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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 a healthy diet, can lead to a reduction in digestive problems. High fiber foods, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts aid in digesting food properly while helping you maintain a good weight level. In contrast, food containing refined sugar is more prone to cause issues with your digestion. Encouraging your patients to consume foods with probiotics can also improve their digestion. Probiotics function similarly to good bacteria within the body, combating infections and aiding in the digestive process.

Remain Active

Regular exercise, such as walking, swimming, biking, dancing, and aerobic workouts help promote good digestion. Encouraging patients to exercise regularly will also help them maintain their weight, which can also help alleviate digestive problems.

Reduce Stress

Stress can cause indigestion and heartburn, as it can increase gastric acid levels in your system. If you suffer from ulcers or IBS, stress can cause a flare-up in your condition. Exercise, meditation, yoga and a good night’s sleep can help reduce stress, helping you benefit from improved digestion.

Maintain Oral Hygiene

Digestion begins with proper chewing, as you break down food into pieces small enough for your digestive system to handle. Good oral hygiene habits will keep your teeth in good condition for chewing. By taking good care of your teeth, you can benefit from improved digestion.

In addition to adopting healthier eating and living habits, consider encouraging your patients to add the dietary supplement L-OptiZinc® to their health regimen to enhance overall health and fitness. This supplement has been known to offer multiple health benefits ranging from improved muscle function to enhanced skin and immune health. Learn more about L-OptiZinc® by calling 1-800-783-4636 or emailing us at info@interhealthusa.com.

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