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    Better Eating = Healthier Brain & Body

    Better Eating = Healthier Brain & Body

    March is National Nutrition Month

    With March being National Nutrition Month, it’s a good time for everyone to evaluate their diets. It’s particularly important for men and women living in senior communities as healthy eating leads to increased mental sharpness and better physical condition.

    Plant-based diets rich in fruits and vegetables are recommended, especially for seniors. Individuals who eat healthy items from those categories, plus fish, say they experience the benefit of not only a healthier brain, but a healthier heart and overall body.

    Larger Brains Protect Against Dementia

    Older men and women who are dedicated to healthier diets tend to have larger brains, which research shows may help protect against dementia. Healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, dairy, and fish have been associated with larger brain volumes.

    According to one study, those engaged with healthier eating had an average of two more milliliters in total brain volume when compared to those who did not. To compare, a brain volume that is 3.6 milliliters smaller is equivalent to about one year of aging.

    A Checklist for Healthier Diets

    To lower the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, seniors need more fiber and potassium. They should also eat healthier fats, such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. In addition, more calcium and Vitamin D lead to better bone health, and more Vitamin B12 helps with blood cell and nerve health.

    Some recommendations for a healthier diet include:

    Eat Less:

    Trans fats or saturated fats (packaged snack foods, fast food, fried food, etc.)
    Packaged and processed foods (high in sugar, sodium, etc.)
    White breads, refined pastas, white rice, and sugary cereals
    High-fat dairy products and meats
    Processed meats (salami, sausage, bacon, etc.)
    Processed cheese
    Butter and lard

    For Calcium & Vitamin D, Eat More:

    Fortified cereals and fruit juices
    Fortified plant-based beverages
    Dark-green leafy vegetables
    Non-sugary yogurt

    For Vitamin B12, Eat More:

    Fortified cereals
    Fish and seafood
    Lean meats and poultry (including cuts with “loin” or “round” in the name)

    For Fiber, Eat More:

    Whole-grain breads, cereals, and pastas

    For Potassium, Eat More:


    Our Gourmet Dining Experience

    Parc Provence is proud to offer residents a wide variety of healthy dining options, which span all food groups to help with brain and overall body health. Our chefs bring a demonstrated record of success and dedication to their day-to-day craft.

    Each meal at Parc includes the freshest and best-quality ingredients available. Our dining staff collaborates with residents and their families to make sure special appetites/tastes and dietary requirements are accommodated on a regular basis.

    Schedule a Personal Tour Today

    Schedule a personal tour today by calling 314-697-2081. Our professional staff is happy to meet with prospective residents and/or their loved ones. Come find out why we’ve been “Leading the Way in Memory Care” for years.