Eating an anti-inflammatory diet can be the key to remaining healthy as you age. Your diet and lifestyle choices play an important role in how you look and feel as you enter the retirement years. Practicing healthy habits can allow you to enjoy an active lifestyle.
At Senior Living Redefined Southfield, we understand the importance of healthy eating for our residents’ overall health and well-being. Our dining services have been carefully designed to include nutritious foods that meet seniors’ needs while promoting a relaxing, social dining experience. Reach out to learn more about Southfield’s community dining services by contacting us at 855.947.3838.
3 Benefits of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet to Support Healthy Aging
Inflammation is at the root of many health conditions of the mind and body. Changing your diet to include more anti-inflammatory foods can help fight inflammation.
Some foods that contribute to chronic inflammation include:
- Red meat
- Fried foods
- Foods made from white flour such as bread, cakes, and cookies
When you are looking to reduce inflammation from arthritis or other health conditions, it is best to limit your intake of the above foods.
Improve Overall Health
Much of the inflammation we encounter is the result of diet and lifestyle factors. By incorporating as many anti-inflammatory foods as possible into your diet, you can help fight inflammation and improve your overall health and well-being. Since diet plays a critical role in many known diseases and health risks, adding anti-inflammatory foods can also reduce or prevent symptoms from inflammatory conditions such as:
- Heart disease
In addition to following an anti-inflammatory diet, making some behavioral changes can also help fight inflammation resulting in lifestyle improvements and better health. Eliminating unhealthy habits, participating in regular physical activity, and practicing stress relief techniques can help alleviate chronic inflammation and improve overall wellness.
A reduction in inflammation in the body through anti-inflammatory foods has the added benefits of:
- Reducing weight
- Increasing energy
- Lower stress on the body and joints
- Improved mood
As we age, the body naturally slows down. With the help of anti-inflammatory foods and a healthier lifestyle, seniors can ensure that they enjoy their life in their senior years and increase the likelihood of living a long life.
Healthy foods as Part of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Eating a diet of healthy foods helps seniors maintain good health and longevity. At Southfield, our licensed dieticians and nutritionists work closely with our dining services staff to ensure proper nutrition is provided for residents, including:
- Fatty fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel
- Olive oil
- Dark leafy greens like spinach and kale
- Antioxidant-rich fruits like berries and oranges
Eating to reduce inflammation can be quite enjoyable besides beneficial. The foods listed above are versatile and delicious, so you will never get bored with your anti-inflammatory diet. For the most part, you will be eating more fresh, whole foods and moving away from processed foods.
A Healthy Dining Experience for Seniors at Southfield
Proper nutrition is one of the best ways to support your quality of life as you age. Following an anti-inflammatory diet can help you stay healthy and active during your retirement years.
At Southfield, we understand the value of healthy eating for seniors and take pride in the nutritional value and variety of the meals we serve in our dining area. Our residents can enjoy a broad range of anti-inflammatory foods carefully and intentionally prepared by our caring, creative chefs. We are always open to suggestions for improving our dining experience to provide our residents with optimal nutrition for maximum health and well-being.