What Role Does Nutrition Play in Senior Health? Oct. 28, 2014

Nutrition and Senior Health | Brookfield Assisted LivingThe motto “you are what you eat” is quite true, but is especially relevant for seniors. For adults over the age of 50, there are many benefits to eating healthy: increased mental capacity, improvement in the immune system, increased energy levels, faster recovery times and overall better management of chronic health matters. As we progress through life, eating healthy plays a large role in having a positive outlook on life as well as remaining emotionally balanced.

Healthy eating can be delicious and satisfying. Luckily, it’s not all about dieting and sacrificing the foods you enjoy. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins will help you feel vibrant and healthy. A balanced diet should consist of fruits and veggies, whole grains and fiber. It’s important to avoid foods with saturated fat and empty calories, as those do not provide the necessary energy your body needs. The quality of the food you eat is important, but quantity is equally as imperative. Eat moderate food portions; about 1500-2000 calories a day are generally advised.  

With a healthy diet, you can live longer and feel stronger, as good nutrition keeps muscles, bones, organs and your overall body strong for the long run. Eating key nutrients also feeds the brain and sharpens your mind. By eating wholesome meals, you will have more energy to make your body feel good inside and out.

 

At Brookfield Assisted Living, we provide our residents with top-notch cuisine to ensure that they are eating right to live prosperous, healthy lives. To learn more about our dining options, call one of our 3 locations or schedule a tour of one of our facilities.