Healthy eating advice for the elderly

April, 2013

At Sandwich Generation we aim to provide advice and information for elderly citizens, and their families, on a variety of subjects. One of these health; including lifestyle, physical fitness and healthy eating.

A couple of months ago we gave advice for the elderly and their carers on healthy diets and nutrition. This month Dr Sarah Schenker takes a closer look at some of the foods that can improve digestion.

Herbal teas – said to alleviate stomach problems and aid digestion. Peppermint is best for preventing heartburn and bloating as well as aiding digestion after a meal. Chamomile and fennel teas help with symptoms of IBS and if you have an upset stomach then Ginger is the tea for you.

Prebiotics – nutrients that increase the number of probiotic bacteria in the system, improving the immune system and digestive health. Prebiotics include fructo-oligosaccharides, found in leeks, onions, wheat, chicory root, garlic and artichokes.

Rice – our diet is wheat-heavy! As a result, also heavy in gluten. Some people may benefit from eating more non-gluten grains such as rice which is more easily digested. Rice is used in natural medicine to treat digestive disorders. It is also believed to relieve mild diarrhoea and constipation.

Water – Much of our daily water consumption is needed for digestion and the elimination of waste products from the body. A large amount of water in one go will not be absorbed as efficiently, so encourage your relative to always carry a small bottle with them when out and about – and drink little and often!

If you provide elderly care help for a relative and assist them with their shopping and/or cooking routine, bear these hints and tips in mind next time you hit the supermarkets.

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