- Med­i­ca­tions, in­ac­tiv­ity, poor diet may all play role

Weekly Trust - - Weekend | Health - Kara Mayer Robin­son Older ail­ments adults and diges­tive Ap­ples Car­rots Eggs Spinach Toma­toes What role does diet play? 5 steps to im­prove your di­ges­tion Onions Wa­ter­melon Sweet pota­toes Main­tain a healthy diet Re­duce salt con­sump­tion. Avoid foods heart­bur

SThe “tummy aches” you may have had as a child can evolve into a long list of diges­tive prob­lems as you age. They’re an­noy­ing, but the good news is that things like acid re­flux and constipation are ir­ri­ta­tions that you can treat. Of­ten, sim­ple life­style changes will do the trick.

“Many older adults fix­ate on their gas­troin­testi­nal prob­lems,” says gas­troen­terol­o­gist Maged Rizk, MD. “The gas­troin­testi­nal tract ages with the rest of us. I tell pa­tients not to get too up­set by it.”

Medicine, in­ac­tiv­ity and even grav­ity all can take their toll and con­trib­ute to diges­tive trou­bles as you get older, Dr. Rizk says.

Here, ac­cord­ing to Dr. Rizk, are the main cul­prits and the symp­toms they cause:

Mul­ti­ple med­i­ca­tions - Th­ese may cause a va­ri­ety of gas­troin­testi­nal is­sues, in­clud­ing constipation, di­ar­rhea, ab­dom­i­nal pain, nau­sea and bleed­ing ul­cers.

In­ac­tiv­ity and de­hy­dra­tion - Th­ese is­sues are more com­mon as you age and they can make constipation worse.

Grav­ity - Over time the di­aphragm can sink, caus­ing de­creased sup­port where the esoph­a­gus joins the stom­ach (a hi­atal her­nia). And it typ­i­cally causes heart­burn and re­flux. Med­i­ca­tion of­ten helps, but surgery is some­times needed.

A weak­ened sphinc­ter mus­cle, seden­tary life­style and chronic constipation - Th­ese all may con­trib­ute to cause hem­or­rhoids, which are swollen veins in the lower ev­eral mil­lion Nige­ri­ans suf­fer from high blood pres­sure. Ex­perts have said that adding cer­tain foods to one’s diet could help lower blood pres­sure. Be­low are some foods ex­perts and med­i­cal stud­ies have iden­ti­fied could help keep your blood pres­sure un­der con­trol: Man­goes Stud­ies in Hy­per­ten­sion Re­search showed that adding man­goes which are a great source of fiber and beta-carotene is an ef­fec­tive way to lower blood pres­sure. gas­troin­testi­nal tract. Hem­or­rhoids are com­mon in older adults.

Your eat­ing habits also likely change as you age.

You may no longer have the in­ter­est or en­ergy to pre­pare a well­bal­anced, high-fiber meal or to cut up fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles, es­pe­cially if you eat your meals alone. And food may no longer be as plea­sur­able and tasty as it once was.

“When we are in­fants, we have the most taste buds, and they grad­u­ally re­duce in num­ber as we get older,” Dr. Rizk says.

An un­bal­anced diet can cause iron, B-12 and other vi­ta­min de­fi­cien­cies, which in turn re­sult in diges­tive prob­lems. Ag­ing may spur diges­tive is­sues,

Ap­ples con­tains fiber and quercetin which is seen as an ef­fec­tive an­ti­hy­per­ten­sive. Ac­cord­ing to a study by the Com­plutense Univer­sity of Madrid’s School of Medicine eat­ing an ap­ple a day help peo­ple strug­gling with high blood pres­sure to keep the doc­tor away

Car­rots con­tain beta-carotene and vi­ta­min C, and helps put your blood pres­sure in a healthy range, say ex­perts.

Re­cent re­search sug­gests that eggs help im­prove your blood pres­sure Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Hy­per­ten­sion, a high-pro­tein diet, like one rich in eggs, can help lower blood pres­sure nat­u­rally while pro­mot­ing weight loss, as well.

Mak­ing spinach a part of your blood pres­surelow­er­ing rou­tine is im­por­tant as it has healthy help­ings of fiber, beta-carotene and vi­ta­min C. but Dr. Rizk says there are steps you can take to coun­ter­act those chal­lenges. His five best tips: Add fiber to meals by in­clud­ing raw veg­eta­bles, fruits and whole grains.

Avoid “white foods” such as bread, rice and pota­toes.

Drink wa­ter or other non­caf­feinated, non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages through­out the day so your urine is al­most clear.

Try an elim­i­na­tion diet if you are un­cer­tain about which foods cause is­sues for you. “It’s dif­fer­ent for ev­ery­one,” Dr. Rizk says.

Pro­bi­otic sup­ple­ments, which con­tain help­ful “good” bac­te­ria, some­times can aid peo­ple with chronic constipation. How­ever, Dr. Rizk does not rec­om­mend tak­ing them for di­ar­rhea un­less it is af­ter spe­cific types of in­fec­tions.

Over-the-counter and pre­scrip­tion drugs can cause diges­tive prob­lems. Talk to your doc­tor about pos­si­ble side ef­fects. And ask for a sub­sti­tute if a medicine is caus­ing nau­sea, di­ar­rhea, constipation or other con­cerns.

Ex­er­cise and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity of­fer lots of health ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing pre­vent­ing constipation. Ag­ing may throw you some an­noy­ing curve balls. Fol­low­ing th­ese tips will go a long way to­ward im­prov­ing your di­ges­tion and lim­it­ing your tummy trou­bles as you age. Source:

Adding toma­toe to your diet helps keep your blood pres­sure health­ier. It con­tains a lot of vi­ta­min C and quercetin. Re­searchers at Ben-Gu­rion Univer­sity in Is­rael say toma­toes are a great source of ly­copene, which has been linked to sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tions in blood pres­sure..

Onions are a great source of quercetin, which re­searchers at Ger­many’s Univer­sity of Bonn have found ef­fec­tive at low­er­ing blood pres­sure in over­weight and obese study sub­jects suf­fer­ing from hy­per­ten­sion and pre-hy­per­ten­sion.

Wa­ter­melon is a good source of blood pres­surelow­er­ing vi­ta­min C and ly­copene., A study pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Hy­per­ten­sion re­veals that pa­tients with pre­hy­per­ten­sion who added wa­ter­melon to their diet sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced their blood pres­sure.

Sweet pota­toes are a good source of hy­per­ten­sion­fight­ing re­sis­tant starch and vi­ta­min C. They are also loaded with blood pres­sure-low­er­ing beta-carotene.

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