Digestion, Lifestyle and Aging

By:  aG | Spunky Seniors Club® | September 2016

As time marches on, our lifestyles evolve, hopefully for the better, and at the same time some of our ‘moving parts’ seem to devolve — especially with our gastrointestinal system.

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The digestive system, among other functionalities, becomes much slower as we age and this can mean you may start to develop some digestive discombobulation.  Our bodies go through a lot of aches and pain via the aging process – as some of you know all too well, thereby making us susceptible to many health conditions.  Some are diabetes, artery blockage, gastroparesis, arthritis and hypertension.

It’s important that you seek help if you think you may have encountered any digestive discomforts and not just whisk them off thinking it’s all a part of aging.

We go through symptoms of IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome), diverticulitis and many other unwelcoming symptoms.  But we don’t want to blame aging for these distressing manifestations — it could truly be something more ominous.  Your best bet is to pay attention to unusual signs of illnesses because they may be a lot more serious than you think.  Having a digestive disorder can easily be missed or mistaken for something else.  Research has shown that (GERD) Gastroesophageal reflux disease has a tendency to be a lot more serious in the 50+ generation and that older adults may show less frequent reflux symptoms, such as coughing or wheezing.

 Aging vs. the Digestive Tract?

With aging comes joint problems.  And joint problems spells arthritis.  What do you do? Buy over the counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs] for relief? Or seek the help of your doctor? Over the counter (OTC) medications can often put you at risk for peptic ulcers which is sometimes overlooked by people and may cause your digestive area to become very angry.  According to the American College of Gastroenterology, women is at risk for developing gastritis with continued to use NSAIDs.  Better safe than sorry — contact your doctor for help.

Protecting your Digestive Tract

Allowing yourself to make changes in your daily activities is key to keeping a healthy digestive system.  By following a few daily routines, it can help you with your digestive problems where it won’t become a serious issue because of the aging process.  Researchers find that to help protect your digestive system, is to start with a regular exercise program, eat lots of fiber, drink lots of water for hydration, reduce the fat in your diet, keep up a healthy body weight and eat portion size foods. 

According to Everyday Health, your digestive health is directly impacted by the foods you eat and the lifestyle you live.  By taking the steps below, they may help to improve your digestive health, your digestive system will function more efficiently, improving your overall health and sense of well-being.  

What you eat and the quality of your digestive health are intertwined.  Following these tips will help your body to always be a happy body. 🙂 Listen!

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