5 Best Foods for Digestive Health

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As we age, we often face digestive health concerns like indigestion, acid reflux, or constipation. Orlando senior care professionals know that the foods seniors eat can play a vital part in addressing these concerns and promoting health and longevity. Here are a few foods you might consider incorporating into your elderly loved one’s diet to improve his or her digestive health.

1. Almonds

Almonds make a great snack or addition to any meal. Just one-quarter cup per day can lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, boost brain activity and nourish the nervous system. Almonds are also packed with fiber, which can help increase bowel movements and keep seniors feeling full and satisfied.

2. Blackberries

Blackberries are a tasty fruit with many health benefits. These berries contain only one milligram of salt per 3.5 ounce serving, which is important for seniors who are following a sodium-restricted diet. Blackberries are also high in vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber, which promote regularity and improved digestion.

3. Yogurt

Yogurt is an excellent addition to a senior’s diet because it’s high in calcium and vitamin D. It also contains beneficial probiotics that promote regularity and health of the entire digestive system.

4. Red Beets

Red beets are high in dietary fiber and medically endorsed for digestive health. They are also loaded with folate and vitamin B-9 that can help reduce a senior’s risk of colon cancer. For seniors who are prone to constipation, red beets are an excellent choice for their colon cleansing properties.

5. Whole Grains

Seniors should reduce consumption of white bread or highly processed grains and opt for whole grains instead. Whole grains and high fiber content assist with digestion and can help prevent diverticulosis. Whole grain breads, crackers and cereals are excellent digestive aids.

Encourage the senior in your life to make some simple dietary changes and include these foods in his or her everyday routine. To help your elderly loved one maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, consider hourly home care in Prestige from Prestige Home Care. Our experienced caregivers cook, clean, run errands, and engage your loved one in physical activity to promote longevity and general wellbeing. For more information, contact a helpful Care Manager at 407-232-7155 and request your free consultation.

Author

  • Kimberly Miller

    Kimberly Miller, RN, is a proud Florida native with an unwavering commitment to elder care that spans an impressive 25 years. Her extensive journey through central Florida's hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice companies has not only honed her understanding of disease processes but has also cultivated a profound expertise in navigating the intricate landscape of elder care. Kimberly's dedication to delivering the highest quality of care to patients and their families is evident in every facet of her career. Armed with certifications as an assisted living administrator, Kimberly's primary focus on customer service and her drive to address the holistic needs of individuals—mind, body, and soul—have led her to a resounding conclusion: home care is the future of personalized, high-quality care. Her conviction is rooted in the understanding that a combination of healthy nutrition, physical and mental exercise, and social engagement is directly linked to improved physical and mental well-being. The recent global pandemic has served as a poignant reminder of the limitations of institutional care, further strengthening Kimberly's resolve. Motivated by a profound desire to make a meaningful difference, she has taken the helm at Prestige Home Care. Here, Kimberly is dedicated to providing a level of care that goes beyond industry standards—a level of care she would wholeheartedly entrust to her own family.

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