Aging comes with its perks, but it also comes with annoying problems. Here are some helpful solutions to these pesky little issues.
By Dawn Flemming
Aging is a universal problem. For some it comes with its benefits, some people become calmer and more relaxed, and they grow wiser as they grow older. However, a common issue that many people face as they grow older is digestion. In this article, I will review the three most common digestive problems that people over 60 may face and what they can do about it.
Constipation is a common complaint among people over sixty, especially in the elderly. This is because our metabolism slows as we grow older due to biologically weakness as well as lessened activity. As a result, we become constipated since our stools become drier and harder. To help with constipation, make sure to drink plenty of water, stay active through walking and have an adequate intake of fiber. A good source of fiber for constipation is psyllium husk.
As we grow older, our metabolism slows down. Furthermore, we burn less calories as we become less active. As a result, we may gain weight. A good way to increase metabolism is not only to stay active and do light exercises, but also eat healthy foods, particularly greens, grains and drink green tea and lots of water. These nutrients are important in keeping a proper metabolic balance during old age.
Sensitivity to Foods and Drinks
You will find that as you age, you will become more sensitive to items like coffee, alcohol and even spicy foods as your body is less able to tolerate such "strong" foods and drinks. In terms of alcohol, we do not recommend anyone to drink alcohol. For coffee, those who show sensitivity to it can substitute regular coffee with decaffeinated coffee. As for spicy foods, our only recommendation is to decrease the amount of spices used in foods. Unfortunately, reduction is the only way to deal with such sensitivity.
Before you make any changes in your daily activities and diet, please consult with your doctor.
Dawn Flemming is Director of Business Services at Geriatric In-Home Care in Fresno, California.