Healthy Nutrition as We Age

Aging Well with Healthy Nutrition

Have you ever wondered how so many celebrities like Paul Rudd, Susan Sarandon, Pierce Brosnan and Olivia Newton-John manage to look so much younger than they actually are? Good genes, personal trainers and chefs certainly help, but the answer is easier than you might think—and it’s within your reach.

If you’d like to have youthful, glowing skin, the secret lies within small, yet numerous 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 right kinds of food for your age and body—and it’s saying no to dessert more often than not.

If you’d like to live your best, healthiest life well into your golden years, the certified dietary managers at Olive Branch Health and Rehabilitation Center can help. We want to help you reach your health care goals with proper nutrition and rehabilitation services that will enrich and support your changing health care needs.

How can proper nutrition help me age well?

Did you know older adults need fewer calories? It’s true—but we need just as many or more nutrients as we always have. If you’re feeling tired or sluggish, it might be a result of malnutrition or dehydration. Here are a few healthy lifestyle changes that can help you get a jump on better health starting today:

  • Drink more water
    Don’t trust your lack of thirst. Sometimes thirst manifests as low energy or sleepiness as you get older. Drink plenty of water and consume foods with high water content to avoid dehydration and constipation.
  • Eat more fiber
    Eating foods rich in fiber promotes proper digestion by helping food move through the digestive tract more efficiently. Give your body a hand with a helping of fiber at every meal.
  • Eat more cold water fish
    Omega 3s, most commonly found in cold water fish like salmon, tuna and trout, are essential to cognitive and physical development. You can also keep your brain healthy as you age with non-fish foods like flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts and soybeans.
  • Eat more nutrient-rich foods
    The color of your food can tell you a lot about its nutritional value. The more colorful your plate, the more likely you’re getting the nutrients you need to be healthy.
  • Talk to your dietician about supplements
    Even if you eat a balanced, whole-foods diet, you may still be missing vital nutrients that support increased energy levels, a strengthened immune system and proper brain function.

At Olive Branch Health and Rehabilitation Center, our senior rehabilitation services are ready to guide you on our journey to a healthier, more youthful-looking you.