How Nutritional Needs Change with Age
Maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet helps boost immunity, fight illness, and reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, and cancer. Combining proper nutrition with daily physical activity can also improve your independence as you age—and who doesn’t want that?
As we grow older, natural changes in metabolism and loss of appetite make it more difficult to get the right amount—and kind—of nutrition our bodies need to stay healthy. Aging bodies process protein less efficiently and therefore need more of it to maintain muscle mass and strength. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is essential for strong teeth and bones and vitamin B12 promotes proper nerve function and brain health.
Staying healthy as you age with proper nutrition
The dietary department at Suwannee Health and Rehabilitation Center is ready to help you get the proper nutrition and rehabilitation you need to support your unique and ever-changing healthcare needs. You can get started with these helpful tips:
- As we age, our sense of thirst naturally diminishes so it’s important to avoid dehydration. If you’re feeling tired or sluggish, try drinking a glass of water or eat foods with high water content.
- Nutrient-rich foods like dark green leafy vegetables, colorful fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats are good for your health and longevity. They should account for most, if not all, of the food you consume.
- Digestion naturally slows with age. Fiber helps promote proper digestion by keeping food moving through the digestive tract efficiently.
- Add foods like salmon and trout to your diet to help keep your brain healthy. If fish doesn’t appeal to you, you may also mix chia seeds, flaxseed, walnuts or soybeans into your meal.
- Help digestion and prevent bone loss with nutrients like vitamin B12, vitamin D and calcium.
Proper nutrition can help lower your risk of chronic health conditions, slow the pace of aging and help you live longer. Our certified dietary managers are dedicated to effective senior rehabilitation services so you can maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and get the nutrients you need to live a long and healthy life.