Important nutrients for retirement
Eating a balanced diet, which supplies all the necessary nutrients for health, is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Greater amounts of specific nutrients are required to help keep the body and mind strong during retirement – such as minerals for strong bones and fibre for a healthy digestive system. In addition, it’s also important to eat balanced amounts of fruit and vegetables, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates, as well as lots of water to stay hydrated. Daily consumption of vital nutrients and minerals can have a significant impact. Protein is necessary for tissue growth, repair and maintenance and despite the need for fewer calories as we age, it’s important to eat an adequate amount of protein each day. Mealtimes in retirement communities can provide one of the most important activities of the day because they allow residents, if they so choose, to not only socialise but also to get their required nutrients. The team at award-winning and internationally renowned retirement community operator, LifeCare Residences, ensures that all their chef-led meals are well-balanced – and all include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.