Healthy Nutrition as We Age

You hear a lot of people saying things like “New Year, New You!” this time of year. While it might seem cliché, it’s not without merit. In fact, weight loss and physical fitness are two of the most common new year’s resolutions… chances are they’re on your list, too.

Unfortunately, nearly 80 percent of people who make new year’s resolutions fail to achieve their goal—don’t be one of them. Instead, let the certified dietary managers at Dixie White House Health and Rehabilitation Center help you be as healthy as possible with a tailored nutritional plan that ensures you’re getting the exact nutrients you need morning, noon and night.

At Dixie White House, eating well isn’t just a new year’s resolution; it’s a way of life.

How can nutrition help me stay healthy as I age?

Maintaining a nutrient-rich diet is critically important for older adults because of the impact food has on your overall health. The quality of your diet affects your physical condition, cognitive condition, bone health, eye health, vascular function and immune system.

Unfortunately, aging is often linked to a loss of appetite, changes in taste and smell and slower digestion. Each of these factors influence food-based decisions like quantity and food types. Here are a few easy nutritional ways you can help prevent deficiencies and other age-related changes:

  • Drink (and eat) more water
    Drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content, like watermelon and cucumbers, to avoid dehydration and to keep kidneys working properly.
  • Consider supplements
    Be sure to get your daily dose of B12, vitamin D and calcium to help aid digestion and prevent age-related bone loss.
  • Choose more nutrient-rich foods
    Choose nutrient-dense foods like dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats. While older adults require fewer daily calories they need at least as many nutrients as everyone else.
  • Eat more fiber
    The digestive system naturally slows with age, which can lead to constipation and poor kidney function. Eat fiber-rich foods to help move food through the digestive tract more efficiently.
  • Eat more Omega-3s
    Omega-3 fatty acids help keep your brain healthy as you age. Foods like salmon, tuna, trout, flaxseed and walnuts help support healthy brain function.

At Dixie White House Health and Rehabilitation Center, our senior rehabilitation services include ongoing nutritional guidance for maintaining a well-balanced diet and staying as healthy as possible as you grow older. Our certified dietary managers work with patients to help them maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and get the nutrients they need to live a long and healthy life.