Nutrition & Dietary Information for Older Adults for Clear & Glowing Skin 

As more and more scientific discoveries relating to health and well-being are developed, the simple notion that ‘you are what you eat’ holds much more truth than you may think. For older people and the elderly, it becomes increasingly important to focus your efforts on ensuring that the right nutrients, minerals, and vitamins are being consumed and in the right quantities. 

Continue reading to learn more.

Vitamin D

Not only can a person of any age receive the right amount of vitamin D through safe and monitored exposure to the sunshine, but many different foods can also enrich your body this way.

Eating more eggs, fatty and oily fish, and different types of fortified foods, all of which contain high vitamin D levels, will benefit your skin in the following ways:

  • Protection for your skin by regulating core function and stimulating proliferation.
  • A way to normalize the turnover of skin cells and prevention of dead cell build-up.
  • Decreased amount of visible and internal inflammation of the skin cells. 

Potassium

Potassium is especially important for older adults and the elderly, particularly if you are focused on keeping your natural beauty and maintaining your physical appearance.

Not only will ensuring you consume enough foods containing high levels of potassium, such as apricots, bananas, avocado, raisins, spinach, potatoes, and beans help you to reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering your blood pressure, but will also help your skin to stay hydrated.  

Meal preparation and planning are of supreme importance in the ethos and general running of prestigious assisted senior living in West University communities and this is just one of the outstanding reasons why so many older adults and elderly people choose to relocate to such independent and health-driven communities. 

Fiber

Dietary fiber, found in foods like whole grain items, dried fruit, berries, broccoli, lentils, beans, and apples is essential to maintain good and functional digestive health as you age, so make sure you are consuming foods with fiber every day. 

Moreover, dietary fiber is also an important ingredient to aid the strong circulation of blood and therefore, oxygen, across the entire surface of your skin and help to keep it glowing and healthy as you get older.

Good Old H2O

Finally, and even though you have received this piece of ice from medical doctors, friends, and family members alike, you also need to ensure you are drinking enough cold, clear water every day. 

It would also be worth pointing out that the risk of becoming dehydrated, which can lead to complications with everything from circulation to brain function, is significantly higher in older people than younger people.

Drinking at least four glasses of water a day will also have an immeasurable positive effect on your skin, by reducing redness and puffiness (especially on your face), improving the overall complexion of your skin, and meaning your skin will heal faster when wounded. This is a much cheaper option than paying for creams, for example.

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