Nutrition Corner

September – Nutrients for Healthy Aging

September – Nutrients for Healthy Aging

In healthy aging, it is important to consider the nutrients of concern in older adults!

“Nutrients of Concern” are dietary components that the Dietary Guidelines for Americans have identified as at risk for underconsumption. There are a few nutrients of concern that apply to everyone, but additional nutrients may be highlighted for specific life stages.

For older adults specifically, these nutrients deserve some extra attention:

Summer - Vitamin D and Sunshine!

Summer is here and the sun is shining bright! Vitamin D, or the Sunshine Vitamin, is produced in your skin in response to sunlight. It is an important nutrient that promotes calcium absorption and can help support bone health, heart health, immune function, muscle function, including nervous system function.

June - Brain Food!

June – Brain Food

Alzheimer’s Disease refers to a specific disease where neurons in the brain stop functioning properly, lose connections with other neurons, and die. With this progressive and irreversible degeneration, Alzheimer’s can cause dementia and eventually more severe symptoms. This disease tends to be more common among older adults, but it is not a normal part of aging!

December - Finding Joy!

December is here; soon 2020 will be done. It has been an extraordinary time! During this pandemic, it might be hard to find joy in your current reality, however joy is about how we are within ourselves. So, to be joyful we must take care of our body!

November - Eat in Color!

Consuming more colorful produce can increase anti-inflammatory activity, reduce oxidative stress, support immune function, and even help fight diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Learn more about how fruits and veggies have been "cyan-tifically" shown to provide some superpower health benefits!