Probiotics add helpful microbes directly to the digestive tract, benefitting brain function and lessening the symptoms of gastrointestinal problems like inflammatory bowel disease. To ensure your senior loved one is getting enough of this good bacteria, here are a few easy ways to add probiotics to his or her diet, brought to you by the staff at Mississauga Home Care Assistance.
1. Add Yogurt to Breakfast
Adding yogurt to your loved one’s breakfast is a simple way to incorporate probiotics into his or her diet. Make sure the yogurt has live and active cultures in order to reap the full benefits.
2. Use Fermented Foods as a Side Dish
Fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and tempeh, all naturally have probiotics as a result of the fermentation process. Try serving kimchi or tempeh to your loved one alongside the main dish at dinner or topping a sandwich with sauerkraut at lunch.
3. Offer Drinks Rich in Probiotics
Kefir is a thick, creamy drink that many describe as a cross between yogurt and milk. It is naturally high in probiotics and comes in many delicious flavors, making it one of the easier ways to ensure your loved one is getting plenty of gut-friendly bacteria. Acidophilus milk and buttermilk are also rich in probiotics and may be enjoyed by your loved one as a snack or in addition to a meal.
4. Give Probiotics as a Supplement
Probiotic supplements come in tablets, capsules, or a powder that can be mixed into a drink. For the greatest benefit, ensure the supplement has at least 20 billion live and active cultures.
Early research indicates probiotics may help those with diabetes by making cells more sensitive to insulin. If your loved one is pre-diabetic or has diabetes, probiotics may help keep his or her blood sugar levels under control.
Adding probiotics to your loved one’s diet is a great way to boost overall health, but it might not be enough for some seniors. If you’re concerned your aging parent might not be getting all the nutrients necessary for a healthy lifestyle, reach out to Home Care Assistance and learn how our live-in and hourly caregivers in Mississauga are helping seniors prepare and enjoy delicious, nutritious meals. For more information, call 905-337-1200 and speak with a friendly Care Manager today.