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Nutritional Needs of Seniors

Last updated 2 years ago

Proper nutrition provides your body with the building blocks it needs to maintain energy levels and healthy function. As you age, your body develops nutritional needs that are different from those when you were younger. Palms of Pasadena Hospital is pleased to offer nutritional counseling from a registered dietician as part of our comprehensive hospital services in St. Pete Beach.

Vitamin and Mineral Needs

Vitamins and minerals provide the body with the components it needs for good health. Consumption of vitamin B helps the body to regulate energy levels, while vitamin C boosts immune system function. Vitamin E and selenium are both powerful antioxidants that protect your cells from free radicals and can help reduce your risk of certain cancers. Osteoporosis is a significant health concern as the body ages; vitamin D, calcium, and magnesium help to maintain bone density and musculoskeletal health. Vitamin K plays an important role in both bone and blood health, while potassium maintains fluid balance in the body and can even help to control high blood pressure, which is also a significant health concern for many seniors.

Other Nutrient Needs

Seniors should aim to get 46-56 grams of protein each day to ensure provide the body with amino acids to maintain skin, muscles, and internal organs. Fluids are another important nutritional concern—dehydration can be particularly dangerous for older adults, so seniors should drink nine to thirteen cups of fluids each day. While nutrients such as vitamin A and iron remain important for good health, your requirements for them don’t change as you age. Additionally, your need for sodium and calories will decrease as you age; these nutrients can lead to obesity and high blood pressure, which may cause or exacerbate other medical conditions.

Maintaining a healthy diet is an important part of aging healthily. You can learn more about senior health and wellness when you visit Palms of Pasadena Hospital online to check out our hospital blog. If you have questions about your health or our hospital departments and services in St. Petersburg, please call us today at (855) 245-8328.

 

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