Feb 17, 2017 by Comfort Keepers of Pleasanton
Comfort Keepers caregivers in Pleasanton, CA understand that the information of what you should and shouldn’t eat is often difficult to wade through. Many doctors and health professionals emphasize different food for different reasons, but while dietary trends often fluctuate, your senior loved one’s need for fiber will never change.
Most often, what comes to a senior’s mind when thinking of fiber is wheat and grain in the raw form, which is not appetizing to many. However, senior home care providers point out that there are many healthy and delicious foods that are full of fiber and come with significant benefits. If your senior loved one has high cholesterol, consuming soluble fibers may help them lower their cholesterol levels. Soluble fibers include oats in oatmeal, oat bran from muffins and bread, and flaxseed, which can be added to just about any recipe. All of these foods will assist in bringing cholesterol levels down, and kick-start the metabolism when consumed for breakfast. If your parent needs assistance preparing breakfast, senior home care is an option to support them as well.
Fiber helps move food through the body and makes it easier for your loved one to eliminate regularly and have fewer bouts of constipation. Studies show that if bowel movements are regular, the colon will be cleansed and can even prevent some diseases. Fiber also reduces heartburn or regurgitation.
If your senior loved one is diabetic, senior home care professionals suggest adding fiber to their diet to help absorb sugar. This will keep the sugar spikes more level and your parent healthier. It’s also documented that a healthier and leaner diet full of fiber is great for cardiac help. Comfort Keepers will do everything within our power to help your senior loved one maintain independence and happiness, and including fiber in their diet is just one of the ways we can assist them.