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Probiotics in Fermented Foods: How They Promote Elderly Health

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts with many health benefits. Eating fermented foods, which contain more probiotics than supplements, can be a simple way for your senior loved one to experience the most benefits. Here are a few reasons for choosing a diet rich in probiotics, provided by the staff at Home Care Assistance of Lancaster. 

Strengthened Immunity

If your loved one is experiencing frequent colds or taking longer than usual to heal from an illness, those could be signs of a weakened immune system caused by changes in gut flora. Kefir, a fermented milk drink, is an excellent natural source of the probiotic bifidobacterium lactis, which increases the count and effectiveness of white blood cells that help promote a healthy immune system.

Decreased Food Poisoning Risk

Kimchi is a fermented cabbage product and an excellent natural source of lactobacillus reuteri, which helps fight foodborne illness. Kimchi is most frequently served as a side dish with meals, and can be a great addition to your loved one’s diet if he or she sometimes leaves food uncovered or keeps leftovers for too long.

Controlled Weight

Loss of mobility can lead to weight gain, which can contribute to type 2 diabetes. Staying active may be challenging for your loved one, but eating more pickled foods like ginger, carrots, garlic, or sauerkraut can help supplement his or her normal exercise routine. The naturally occurring probiotics in these fermented vegetables can help ward off weight gain by promoting a healthy metabolism.

Better Digestive Health

If your loved one experiences constipation or diarrhea, liver problems, or chronic fatigue, tempeh may be a good addition to his or her diet. A fermented grain product, tempeh is a powerful natural source of healthy microflora that can help eliminate toxins caused by probiotic imbalance. Tempeh can be used as a meat substitute in a variety of recipes.

Knowing which probiotic foods to buy and how to prepare them can be a challenge, but adding them to your loved one’s diet may be worth the extra effort. With reliable live-in or part-time hourly care in Lancaster from Home Care Assistance, the guesswork is eliminated from grocery shopping and cooking. Our caregivers are expertly trained to help seniors maintain a healthy diet and physical activity, promoting total wellness inside and out. For more information, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at (717) 540-4663.