As we age, our systems slow down. We are less active, and on top of that we tend to take various medications. One of the main concerns for the elderly is digestive health and having regular bowel movements, and many are on laxatives as a result. Not being able to flush toxins out of the body via the bowels in a regular manner is a huge problem. With fewer bowel movements, there are less healthy intestinal bacteria as well.
For the elderly especially, it is important to ingest a diet consisting of ‘softer’ foods, and more vegetarian food to improve digestive health. Soup is a good option. Less meat protein should be ingested too. In fact, it is preferable to eat less protein overall as it becomes harder to break down as we get older. To top it off, the kidneys don’t function as well anymore, either.
Thus, probiotics (good bacteria) are particularly important for the elderly. Unfortunately, healthy food and healthy bacteria are sometimes an affordability issue.
When my mom was in a senior’s home, she was the only one not on laxatives. The only one in the entire home! What did she do? Every morning and evening she drank cranberry juice with a tab of olive oil. It was the best bowel softener. She also took magnesium calcium in the evening, a teaspoon along with hot tea.
Simple and effective.
By taking care to make digestion as stress free as possible with soft foods, adding high quality oils and some magnesium and calcium to the mix, it is much easier to ensure regular bowel movements which are stress and strain-free.
Carla Roter is Naturally Savvy’s Colon Hydrotherapy expert. She is a Nurse and Director of The Colon Therapy Health & Education Centre in Toronto.