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Eat well for summer health

The benefits of eating well are well researched and wide reaching. Retirement communities such as those operated by award-winning LifeCare Residences fully understand the importance of healthy eating for their residents, and not only provide delicious meals in their chef-led restaurants, they do everything possible to cater to their residents’ special dietary needs. All LifeCare Residences communities go the extra mile to ensure that residents benefit from delicious and nutritionally optimal meals. During the summer months, one’s hair and skin is more prone to drying out so a diet rich in antioxidants and a high-water content is essential. At Somerleigh Court in Dorchester, the team have set up a home delivery service for residents with an emphasis on locally sourced and local farm produced products. This also includes providing fresh fish – high in essential oils and fatty acids – caught from the local coast, just ten minutes away. Residents at Grove Place in Hampshire also benefit from enjoying the seasonal fruit and vegetables grown in the dedicated kitchen garden. Home-grown leeks, onions, herbs, red chard and even rhubarb are regularly found on the menu. The main health benefit of this home-grown food is that it’s fresher. Fruit and vegetables begin to lose their nutrients within 24 hours of being picked. In addition, home grown or locally grown food is picked at its peak ripeness, when it’s most dense with nutrients and therefore most beneficial to summer hair and skin.