Although there are many reasons behind seniors in home care in Toledo OH eating less as they age, one of the main causes of malnutrition in the elderly is indigestion.
As we age, our bodies aren’t able to produce as many digestive enzymes, the substances in our stomach that are used to break down food. As a result, this leads to the body quickly flushing away many of food’s key vitamins and nutrients, as well as causing bouts of indigestion.
Mark and Mary Reilly, the owners of the in-home care provider, Always Best Care, are well aware of just how much an upset stomach can put a senior off eating altogether. Part of their role as caregivers involves choosing a diet that is both nutritional and easy to digest.
As the condition is so common, the Reilly’s have kindly put together a four-point list that should help to alleviate the worst symptoms of indigestion, below:
1) Include Fiber in their Diet
Fiber and a good diet go hand in hand, as it helps prevent a range of diseases, from diabetes through to colorectal cancer.
It also helps to reduce constipation by moving waste through the intestines quickly and by solidifying a person’s stools.
While fiber is a miracle worker, it can’t work on its own. It needs lubrication from water to help keep the digestive tract moving smoothly.
Found in: nuts, vegetables, cereal, fruits
2) Make Sure They Chew
Chewing food sends signals to the salivary glands and stomach that your body is about to take on fuel, which starts the process of the release of the stomach’s digestive enzymes.
Swallowing food quickly or without sufficient chewing will result in food sitting in the stomach for longer, eventually leading to indigestion.
3) Visit Their Doctor
Indigestion can be an early symptom of a more serious condition such as Crohn’s disease.
By spotting the condition early, a doctor may be able to prescribe you medicine or a diet plan that helps you to live a more comfortable lifestyle.
A recent study that was published in the Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology journal showed that physical activity acts as a remedy to many of the world’s most common indigestion problems.
Symptoms of diarrhea, stomach pain, and irritable bowel syndrome were also shown to decrease in patients that took part in an active lifestyle.