Mar 17, 2017 by Chris Gamble
Probiotics are strains of live bacteria that act as defensive agents within the digestive tract, helping the body fight off bad bacteria as well as efficiently process food. Senior adults who would like to incorporate probiotics into their daily routine can take a doctor approved probiotic supplement or eat kefir, a probiotic-filled yogurt, sauerkraut, or miso soup. Aides who specialize in elder care planning encourage senior citizens to take advantage of probiotics for the following reasons:
Unfortunately, many seniors suffer from a diminished immune system and are more likely to catch the common cold or the flu.
However, regular intake of probiotics can improve a senior’s gut which can lead to stronger immunity. Elder care planning professionals note that probiotics are also good for older adults with allergies because they can train their immune system to distinguish between harmful and safe antigens so that it can respond properly.
One of the greatest benefits of probiotics is their ability to help older adults achieve a healthy gut. A healthy gut is vital for seniors who would like to lose weight or maintain a healthy body mass index. Studies have proven that bad bacteria in the gut can lead to body inflammation which can make it challenging to lose weight. In addition, studies have proven to improve benefit metabolic syndrome which is a common cause of obesity.
Reduced Symptoms of Digestive Disorders
Elder care planning professionals work with many senior clients who suffer from digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, and ulcerative colitis. Probiotics paired with healthy lifestyle choices such as a nutrient-rich diet and regular exercise may reduce the symptoms and discomfort that often come with these disorders.
Improved Bone Health
Osteoporosis and weak, brittle bones are often the results of calcium and vitamin B and D deficiency. These nutrients can be obtained through probiotic yogurts and certain pills and capsules that are designed to help individuals absorb calcium and build and maintain strong, healthy bones.