“Take care of your body- It’s the only place you have to live” Jim Rohn

Resolute again! 2021!

Better health, everyone wants it, but it’s so hard to tend to, or is it? Each day, actually 3 times a day, we have the opportunity to tend to our health as we decide what we are going to eat. Nutrition– good and bad affects how our bodies function, and impacts our organ function, immune systems, muscle and bone health  and so much more.

There are many nutrients that our bodies need  in order for us to lead a healthy lifestyle, especially as we age, EAT RIGHT (link below) states that “as we get older our bodies have different needs, so certain nutrients become especially important for good health.”

Calcium and Vitamin D

If I wanted to grow up and be strong, my parents always said that I had to drink my milk, well if you want to stay strong as you grow older keep drinking that milk!  Calcium is best known for its role in building healthy bones and teeth. Getting enough calcium can lower your risk of developing osteoporosis. You can find a good source of calcium in dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt. FUN FACT- January 11th is National Milk Day!

Vitamin D is needed to help absorb calcium into the body. Vitamin D  also helps protect against Type 2 Diabetes. Dairy products, eggs and fish all contain this essential nutrient. Spending time outside in the sun is another good source of Vitamin D. That’s why many people call it the Sunshine Vitamin!

Protein

Protein is a VITAL nutrient. It promotes muscle strength and bone health. A good source of protein can be found in poultry, fish, eggs, and nuts. According to EAT RIGHT (link below), walnuts, seafood and fatty fish have shown to have a positive impact on improving cognitive functions.

Vitamin B12

EAT RIGHT (link below) states that “some adults older than 50 may not be able to absorb enough vitamin B12.” By adding lean meat, some fish, and fortified cereals you are can ensure that you are getting enough of this nutrient.

Fiber

Fiber is a key nutrient to help regulate the digestive tract, can prevent heart disease, obesity, and it may help reduce the risk of diverticulosis. Whole grain breads, brown rice and lentils are good sources of dietary fiber.

Physical Activity

Newton’s first law of motion states that an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion. If your New Year’s resolution is to obtain a healthier lifestyle, eating right is only half of the battle . When eating right and physical activity are practiced in unison you are creating an overall healthier lifestyle. Brewster place does an amazing job at encouraging all of our residents to exercise and partake in activities. Take some time to get some Vitamin D and exercise!

The information contained in these topics is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, it is provided for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional.

Sources: Special Nutrient Needs of Older Adults (eatright.org) ;  4 Types of Foods to Support Memory (eatright.org)

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