Aging Well with Healthy Nutrition
Jane Seymour, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Stamos and Chadwick Boseman all have something in common. They look years younger than they actually are. While some may have the added fortune of good genes (and let’s face it, expensive anti-aging serums), you may find yourself wondering how someone in their 50s, 60s or even 70s can look years younger.
The answer is easier than you may think. It’s the small, consistent choices you make every day. It’s choosing to be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day rather than catching up on your favorite show. It’s eating the kinds of food your body needs. And it’s saying no to dessert more often than not.
If you want to learn how to live your best, healthiest life well into your golden years, the certified dietary managers at Royal Palm Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center can help. We want to help you get the right kind of nutrition and rehabilitation you need to support your unique health care needs.
How can proper nutrition help me age well?
Older adults need fewer calories—but they need just as many or more nutrients as they did when they were younger. Here are a few ways you can fuel your body with more of what it needs to thrive as you age:
- Drink more water
Don’t trust your lack of thirst. Sometimes thirst manifests as low energy or sleepiness as you get older.
- Eat more fiber
Eating foods rich in fiber promotes proper digestion by helping food move through the digestive tract more efficiently.
- Eat more cold water fish
Omega-3s, most commonly found in cold water fish, are essential to cognitive and physical development. Keep your brain healthy as you age with salmon, tuna and trout. You can also add flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts and soybeans to your diet for more omega-3s.
- Eat more nutrient-rich foods
The color of your food can tell you a lot about its nutritional value. The more colorful your plate is, the more likely you’re getting the nutrients you need to be healthy.
- Try supplements
Even if you eat a balanced, whole-foods diet, you may still be missing vital nutrients. Talk to your doctor to find out if supplements can help you increase energy levels, strengthen your immune system and restore brain function.
At Royal Palm Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center, our senior rehabilitation services are ready to guide you on how to eat a well-balanced diet and stay as healthy as possible as you age.