Indigestion in senior citizens is a common issue that many deal with as they age. Lack of physical activity, unhealthy lifestyle, reduced production of digestive juices, dental loss and an intake of anti-inflammatory medications can all lead to indigestion in aging adults.
Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is a common ailment these days affecting millions of people, especially elderly. Almost everyone has experienced it at least once in their lifetime. As our body becomes more frail due to aging, the chances of having difficulty in digesting food becomes higher. There are an enormous number of people suffering from this condition, some of whom do not even know it.
What are the symptoms of indigestion?
- Uneasy feeling in your stomach soon after meals
- Heartburns caused when stomach contents and digestive acids escapes into the esophagus or gullet
- Unexplained weight loss and persistent abdominal pain
- Burping and difficulty in swallowing
- Poor appetite for an unusual long period
- Presence of a hard lump in your stomach
- Loose, tarry or dark stool
Others who are well aware that they’re having trouble digesting food, but they do not know what to do about it. Sure enough, there are simple steps you can take in your every-day life that can assist in reducing or eliminating indigestion.
Tips and remedies for indigestion
- Refrain from smoking and reduce your caffeine intake. This alone can be a bit of a challenge, but a caregiver can take easy steps to assist you.
- Watch out for fatty foods and eat smaller, but more frequent meals to avoid overloading your digestive system.
- Avoid bending over or lying down right after meals to prevent acid reflux.
- Cut food in small portions and chew it thoroughly before swallowing.
- Stewing and braising can make your foods easier to digest.
- Eat lots of fruits, but try to avoid citrus fruits as it can potentially trigger heartburns. * Ensure enough sleep at night and avoid eating two hours before bedtime.
- Vitamin B can help digestion of starches.
- Some spices such as cloves, anise and allspice can be chewed shortly after meals to stimulate digestion.
- Drink a cup of hot ginger tea to help settle your stomach.
- Certain non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs can cause indigestion or worse, peptic ulcer. Seek for an alternative medication for joint or muscle pain.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle and a regular exercise routine. A morning walk at the park for at least 15 minutes a day can be really helpful for digestion.
Your backyard can be a good place to raise natural, organic, and untreated food. It can also be a light workout and a fun hobby at the same time. However, this may be only half of the story. There are many different causes of indigestion which require different forms of treatment. Make sure to always consult your doctor or professional caregiver for the proper treatment.
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