Healthy Nutrition as We Age

New Year, New You with Healthy Nutrition

There’s never been a better time to take charge of your health. Start off the new year—and new decade—with a few simple lifestyle changes that will help you feel better, heal faster and live longer. The certified dietary managers at Oaks of Kissimmee Health and Rehabilitation Center can help you be as healthy as possible with customized plans designed to meet your unique nutritional needs morning, noon and night.

Why is proper nutrition more important than ever?

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

Have you noticed a dip in your appetite? Perhaps your sense of taste and smell has changed or you’ve noticed your digestion has slowed down. You’re not imagining these changes; they are a natural part of aging. But, they may be contributing to poor food-based decisions like quantity and food types. Here are a few easy lifestyle changes you can make today to help reset your body and your health for the new year:

  • Drink (and eat) more water
    Drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content, like watermelon and cucumbers, to avoid dehydration, promote proper digestion and keep kidneys working properly.
  • Consider supplements
    No matter how well you eat, you may need supplements to help you meet your daily requirements. Older adults in particular need to make sure they’re getting enough B12, vitamin D and calcium.
  • Choose more nutrient-rich foods
    Older adults require fewer daily calories, but they need at least as many nutrients as everyone else. Choose nutrient-rich foods like dark green leafy vegetables, colorful fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats.
  • Eat fiber at every meal
    The digestive system naturally slows with age, which can lead to constipation and poor kidney function. Consuming fiber-rich foods at every meal helps 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.

Oaks of Kissimmee Health and Rehabilitation Center is your home away from home for skilled, compassionate senior rehabilitation services. Call 407-847-7200 for exceptional medical and nutritional care to help you live your healthiest life.