Healthy Nutrition as We Age

Aging Well with Healthy Nutrition

How can celebrities look years younger than they actually are? They must have good genes, right? While some may have the fortune of good genes (and access to expensive anti-aging serums), you may find yourself wondering how someone in their 50s, 60s or even 70s can look years younger.

It’s not magic, or magical serums that keep people looking youthful—it’s small, consistent, healthy choices you can make every day. It’s choosing to be physically active every day rather than catching up on your favorite show. It’s eating the right kinds of foods. And, it’s saying no to sugar and saturated fats.

The good news is you can still live your best, most healthy life well into your golden years without celebrity status, and the certified dietary managers at Riverchase Health and Rehabilitation Center can help.

How can proper nutrition help me age well?

Did you know older adults need fewer daily calories? Did you also know they still need just as many—if not more—nutrients. Here are a few ways you can fuel your body with more of what it needs to thrive in your 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond:

  • Water
    Don’t trust your lack of thirst. Sometimes thirst manifests as low energy or sleepiness as you get older. Stay hydrated to promote digestion, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients and maintenance of body temperature.
  • Fiber
    Give your digestion a helping hand. Eating foods rich in fiber helps food move through the digestive tract more efficiently.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
    Keep your brain healthy. Omega-3 fatty acids, most commonly found in cold-water fish, are essential to cognitive and physical development.
  • Nutrient-rich foods
    Eat the rainbow. The more colorful your plate is, the more likely you’re getting the nutrients you need to be healthy.
  • Supplements
    Even if you eat a balanced, whole-food 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 Riverchase 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.