Nutrition as You Age: The Best Foods and Tips to Stay Healthy

Unfortunately, we can’t reverse our age. What we can do, though, is provide our bodies with the best nourishment possible to stay healthy as we get older. We don’t only change on the outside, our inside changes, too! Sometimes taste buds lessen or change, the urge to drink water isn’t as prevalent, and our bodies take longer to digest food. 

Choosing to follow a healthy diet is the number one step you can do to remain healthy as you age. At Edwinola, our top priority as an Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care community, is to help seniors live their best lives by giving them the tools to remain their healthiest. That’s why today, we’ve come up with some great health tips to nourish your bodies! 

Health Tip #1: Stay Hydrated 

As we age, our bodies ability to conserve water decreases overtime, causing us to not feel thirsty as often. The body still needs water despite not being thirsty!

Dehydration is a leading cause of illness in older adults. Being sure to talk to your doctor about the recommended daily water intake for you specifically, is one way to be on a great track to overall health. 

Health Tip #2: Up Your Fiber Intake

The digestive system slows down as we age, causing the need for fiber intake to increase.

By upping your fiber intake, you are promoting proper digestion by allowing food to move continuously through the digestive tract. Try out wholegrain cereals and breads, as well as fruits and vegetables to increase your fiber intake. 

Health Tip #3: Choose Foods Rich in Protein

Protein is especially important in older adults. Muscle loss starts as early as age 50!

By increasing your protein intake, you are directly counteracting that potential muscle loss. Research suggests that older adults who have upped their protein intake are less likely to lose their functioning abilities; which include dressing themselves, getting out of bed, walking up stairs, and more activities of daily living.

Health Tip #4: Calcium, Calcium, Calcium!

You may have heard of the link between Calcium and strong bones. This is even more vital as we age. 

Calcium is highly recognized for building and maintaining bones and lowering blood pressure. Our bodies need calcium so much so that if we aren’t getting the sufficient amount, our bodies begin to absorb it from our bones, leading to osteoporosis. 

The World Health Organization has set a standard for the amount of calcium people above 50 should be consuming daily. That number is a whopping 1200 mg! Some individuals find it increasingly difficult to fit this much calcium into their daily diet, and in this case, you should speak to your doctor about starting a calcium supplement. 

Health Tip #5: Your Diet Includes Your Exercise 

Choosing to be as healthy as possible include the exercise regimen you follow, not just the foods you eat. 

Walking, swimming, and even yoga for older adults has been linked to longer life spans, decreased falls, reduced risk of dementia, strokes, and heart attacks, and increased confidence. 

Edwinola: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future

At Edwinola, we want our senior community to not only love their lives, but we also want them to thrive in everything they do. We promote a healthy diet, fun and engaging activities, and living life to the fullest. 

We offer seniors a vibrant lifestyle, contemporary living arrangements, and an impressive menu of care options. Because we believe in a strong continuum of care, we have options for Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care. Contact us today to learn more about our beautiful, family-friendly community.