March 28th, 2018 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
Comprising over 75% of the immune system, the digestive tract is our first defense against illness. 20% of Americans suffer from digestive issues. Here are a few tips for seniors and their caregivers to help manage digestive health.:
1. Stay Hydrated
Digestion is a metabolic process. When you wake up you can wake up your metabolism with eight ounces of water. It also purges toxins from the organs, glands, and digestive tract.
Throughout the day you can get flavorful fluids from soup, broth, and juice. Other options include:
Avoid alcohol as it dehydrates the body.
2. Dietary Modifications
It’s common sense, but no matter how much you love them don’t eat foods that cause you gastric discomfort. If you are unsure what food is the culprit trying eliminating these usual suspects.
Fatty foods interfere with the digestive process. They also contribute to feeling bloat and heartburn. Avoid greasy fatty foods and replace the frying pan with a grill.
Get plenty of fiber from vegetables, beans, whole grains, fruits, and seeds.
3. Enzymes and Probiotics
“Good bacteria” or probiotics help break down food, so add probiotics to your diet. You can add probiotics by eating certain yogurts or through supplements.
In a senior citizen, poor diet, medications, and illness can deplete digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid. Replenish dietary enzymes with a supplement. Some enzyme supplements can also replace hydrochloric acid.
4. Basic Stomach Lining Maintenance
Nutrients like amino acids repair and protect the stomach lining, as do herbs like zinc-carnosine, marshmallow root, deglycyrrhizinated licorice, and 1-glutamine. Bone broth and Omega-3 fish oil also repair and protect the stomach.
5. Lifestyle and Digestion
Relaxation exercise like yoga and meditation aid the digestive process. Proper rest, stress management and happiness-promoting activities are equally important.