With every passing year, our immune system gets weak that causes difficulties in digesting food as well. Breaking down nutrients is a complex and time-consuming process. At old age, it becomes challenging for our body to digest the food as our body used to do at a young age. As a result, it led to various digestive issues like - constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence, bloating, etc. These problems become common and keep on affecting our health. But, there is a solution to every problem. We can keep ourselves fit and fine even as we age by following some simple and helpful tips
Here is how we can keep our digestive system healthy at old age.
The first step of digestion begins in our mouth, with the help of an enzyme called amylase present in saliva. Chewing food properly is necessary for digestion because it increases the surface area of food in our mouth, which allows amylase to break down the food efficiently.
At old age, our body starts producing less saliva, and eventually, it becomes more important to chew food properly. Swallowing food without chewing increases pressure on the other parts of our digestive system and causes digestive issues like bloating and gas.
As we grow older, the walls of our stomach lose elasticity and cannot accommodate much food. The rate at which the stomach evacuates food into the small intestine also decreases. By eating little and frequently, we can make sure that the digestive system is not overfilled. It also helps in eliminating digestive problems caused by an overloaded stomach.
Decreasing the rate at which we consume food will help the body to get better in coinciding with its satiation signals. These signals allow the stomach to inform the brain when it is overfilled and excluding overeating from the routine.
The way chewing is important, it is equally essential to take care of teeth and gums. For maintaining oral and digestive health, it is always suggested to go for dental check-ups regularly. If the issue in chewing food is caused because of dental reasons then, eating soft food, vegetable soups, smoothies, will help in improving digestion, at the same time, provides an ample amount of gut-healthy nutrients.
For normal contractions of the bowel, it is essential to do regular exercise. Living a sedentary life is one of the major reasons for chronic constipation. At old age, it becomes difficult to move frequently. But for keeping the digestive system healthy, getting up and doing light movement like walking normally can help in getting rid of constipation. If it is recommended by the doctor then, one can also try some stretching exercises and yoga positions.
Following these habits can keep the digestive system healthy even at old age. But sometimes, home remedies for acidity are also proven fruitful for treating mild gastrointestinal issues. Trying ayurvedic products like Gas-O-Fast Jeera is good for old age people because it has no side effects and does not contain any harmful chemical components. So, elderly people can give it a try. In case the symptoms are severe and the pain is unbearable then, one should go to the doctor without delay.
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