Happy New Year! You’re in luck because this is a leap year, which means you have an extra day to achieve your resolutions. You made at least a few, right? If not, let’s make one together! Let’s kick off this brand new decade with healthy lifestyle choices that can help us age well, live well and thrive.
And when we say together, we mean it. At De Luna, eating well won’t be just a New Year’s Resolution; it’ll be a way of life and we’d love for you to join us. Our dietary department will help ensure you’ll get the proper nutrition and rehabilitation you need to support your unique healthcare needs.
How can nutrition help me stay healthy as I age?
Did you know older adults need fewer calories? That’s probably why you aren’t as hungry as you used to be. Even though your body isn’t asking for more food, it still needs the same or more nutrients each day. Here are a few easy ways you can add more nutrients to your diet that will help you prevent physiological deficiencies and other age-related changes:
- Stay hydrated, always
As you age your sense of thirst lessens, and your kidneys aren’t able to conserve water as well. Give your kidneys a helping hand by drinking plenty of water and eating high water-content foods like watermelon, strawberries and cucumbers.
- Focus on nutrient-rich foods
Choose nutrient-rich foods like dark green leafy vegetables, colorful fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats.
- When in doubt, add more fiber
Our digestive system naturally slows with age, which can lead to constipation and a host of other issues. Eating fiber-rich foods will help promote proper digestion by moving food through the digestive tract more efficiently.
- Talk to your dietician about supplements
Aging adults need plenty of calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12 to stay strong and healthy. They help with digestion and prevent bone loss—two things everyone needs help with as they age.
- Eat more cold water fish
Omega-3s help keep your brain healthy as you age. Try adding cold water fish like salmon and tuna to your diet. If you don’t love fish, flaxseeds, chia seeds and walnuts are a good alternative.
At De Luna Health and Rehabilitation Center, our certified dietary managers will work with patients to help maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and get the nutrients they need to live a long and healthy life. Learn how our senior rehabilitation services can help you stay healthy as you grow older.