Healthy Nutrition as We Age

The Connection Between Food and Aging Well

You may have seen advertisements or videos on social media touting miracle serums or herb concoctions that revitalize your skin overnight. Wouldn’t that be glorious if youth really could be captured in a bottle? The hard truth is, these miracle products are never going to give you amazing results overnight—especially if you aren’t eating right, staying hydrated and getting the nutrients your skin, teeth, bones and organs need to be healthy.

Healthy nutrition is important for everyone, but is particularly important as we age. The food we eat fuels our bodies, so it’s important to give them the nutrients they need to stay healthy. The five most important nutrients for older adults are:

  • Vitamin D
    Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, maintain bone density and prevent osteoporosis.
  • Vitamin B12
    Vitamin B12 promotes proper nerve function and brain health. For women, it may also slow cognitive decline.
  • Calcium
    Calcium supports strong teeth and bones.
  • Fiber
    Fiber supports proper digestion and prevents age-related concerns like high cholesterol, diabetes and colorectal cancer.
  • Protein
    Aging bodies need more protein to maintain muscle mass, strength and other physiological functions.

Aging well with proper nutrition

While older adults may not need as many calories anymore, their nutrient needs are at least as high. Eating well helps you avoid chronic fatigue, poor digestion, poor metabolic function, unplanned weight loss and illness.

The dietary department at Arcadia Health and Rehabilitation Center has a skilled and experienced team that’s ready to help determine what proper nutrition looks like for you and your unique health care needs. Are you ready for a healthier lifestyle? Get started with these tips:

  • Omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon, trout, flaxseed and walnuts can help keep your brain healthy.
  • Dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats should account for most, if not all, of the food you consume.
  • Fiber helps promote proper digestion by moving food through the digestive tract more efficiently and protects you from many age-related illnesses.
  • Drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content to avoid dehydration.
  • Talk to your doctor to find out how you can aid digestion, protect brain health and prevent bone loss with supplements.

It’s a fact that eating well lowers your risk of chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. It’s also a fact that proper nutrition helps you maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and get the nutrients you need to thrive. Contact Arcadia Health and Rehabilitation Center at (850) 479-4000 to find out how our safe, effective senior rehabilitation services can help you look like you’ve captured youth in a bottle.