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Digestive Health of Aging Patients

Digestion is an extremely important process. Among its many functions, it helps us obtain nutrients and energy. Age, lifestyle, and physical health can all affect your digestion. An imbalance in your digestive tract can cause such problems as gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain and cramping. Helping your patients understand elements of digestion can help them avoid digestive problems and take greater pleasure in eating as they age. Here are a few tips for your patients who are working towards healthier digestion. Drink Plenty of Fluids Drinking plenty of water and nutritious fluids that contain fiber can help you avoid problems with constipation, as the combination of liquids and fiber can improve your digestion. Staying hydrated is important for digestive health. At the same time, you should be aware that caffeinated drinks such as tea and coffee can have the opposite effect of dehydrating your body. Make sure to encourage your patients to provide their body with a balance of fluids to make sure they are staying hydrated even after enjoying a caffeinated drink. Eat Healthy Eating unhealthy foods and overeating can be hard on your digestive system, causing indigestion, heartburn and excess weight gain. Eating smaller portions and following […] Read More