Seniors have special nutrition requirements that differ from what constitutes a healthy diet for children and younger adults. With the right nutrition, active independent seniors can maintain healthy bodies and minds.
- Protein - The human body becomes less efficient at processing proteins as it ages, so for seniors—especially active seniors—it’s important to incorporate high-protein foods into the diet on a daily basis. This will help the body maintain itself and repair muscle, skin, bone, and internal organs for improved longevity and quality of live. Additionally, there are certain amino acids that the body cannot produce, so these must be consumed in foods such as meat, fish, and eggs.
- Fluids - Water is essential to healthy living at any age, but it is vitally important for seniors to maintain a healthy level of hydration. In fact, dehydration is the most common factor in the hospitalization of seniors over age 65. Practicing good drinking habits to ensure enough water is replaced is important for seniors, especially those who are active or ill. Fluid intake can include milk, juice, tea, or coffee, and of course, plain water. Consider that many fruits and vegetables also contain water and other important nutrients for seniors.
- Vitamins and Minerals - Seniors benefit from incorporating vitamins and minerals into their diets, which can be included through the foods they eat as well as additional supplements. Vitamins and minerals provide the body’s building blocks and help the body build new tissue and bone. Speak to your doctor about your specific requirements, as your health, gender, and level of activity all play a role in the amount and type of vitamins and minerals you will require.
Seniors can maintain a healthy and active life with the right nutrition and a supportive community. Find out more about independent and assisted living options available from San Clemente Villas by the Sea, designed to promote a healthier senior lifestyle. Check us out on the web or call (949) 485-4028 to learn more about our community in Orange County.