Jan 17 2016

Importance of a Healthy Microbiome as we Age

Published by at 1:25 pm under probiotic supplements

A healthy microbiome is especially important as we age.
Keep your gut healthy as an added defense against common ailments that affect us as we get older.

There are some common conditions that affect people as they age. Brought on by various reasons, many of these can be helped or prevented by maintaining a healthy microbiome and re-balancing the friendly/unfriendly bacteria ratios in the body. Medications, inactivity, and diet all can affect the bacterial balances in the aging body. Digestive issues become more common for people as they age. It is so important to stay on top of your health at every phase of your life and take preventative measures to ensure a positive lifestyle and quality of life. By focusing first and foremost on a healthy gut, the result will be a healthier immune system, better quality of life, sharper brains, increased feeling of well being and an overall healthier body.

Let’s look at some very common conditions that afflict older people.

One very common condition for older people is constipation, which can be a result in changes in the digestive system. As we age, parts of our body work slower, and when the digestive tract moves slower, water gets more absorbed from the food we eat, which can lead to constipation. Additionally, some medications that treat age related diseases and conditions such as blood pressure medicines which are calcium channel blockers, as well as many pain medications can lead to constipation. Additionally, inactivity due to surgeries or just being older can slow down the digestive process. Drinking fewer liquids can cause constipation for any age, but can especially be an issue for older folks, as common medications include diuretics. By staying hydrated, increasing your probiotics and excercising at least 30 minutes a day, plus eating lots of fiber, you can help to keep things moving in your digestive tract. 1*

Urinary tract infections.

The risk of contracting a Urinary tract infections (UTI) increases with age. “…UTIs are one of the most common health problems among older adults…”2*

“…UTIs are also more common among people who:

  • Don’t drink enough water or other clear,  non-caffeinated liquids (caffeine can “dry you out”)
  • Urinate infrequently
  • Have diabetes
  • Have kidney stones, an enlarged prostate gland, or other health problem that can block the flow of urine through your urinary tract…”2*

It is important to take care to avoid getting a UTI if possible, but if antibiotic treatment is required, make sure to increase your BODY BIOTICS™ intake to combat potential yeast infections or compromised immune system. 2*

Polyps. After age 50, it is recommended that everyone get a colonoscopy to catch polyps, (small growths), in the colon. Though most often noncancerous, if left untreated, they can become cancer, so that is why screening for these early on is so important. Though it hasn’t been determined as to what causes polyps, diet — whether too much or too little of something — is thought to play a part. Genetics factor in greatly as well. 1*

Another condition affecting our digestive tract as we get older is diverticulitis. About half of the population over 60 have diverticulosis, a condtion in which small pouches in the lining of the colon bulge out from weakened areas of the intestinal wall. Many people won’t experience any symptoms, while others experience gas, cramps, bloating, as well as constipation.  Most of the time these small pouches don’t cause a problem and no treatment is needed, but if they become inflamed, it can lead to cramping, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Diverticulitis can be treated with antibiotics, pain medication and a liquid diet. Avoid inflammation with a high fiber diet and lots of water in your diet. And, as always if prescribed antibiotics, get back on your BODY BIOTICS™ right away. 1*

Arthritis and chronic pain is a common complaint of many older adults. For these conditions, doctors prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Using these regularly can increases the risk for ulcers and stomach bleeding, which can include vomiting blood, passing dark stools, or noticing blood when you wipe. All of these should be reported right away to your health care provider.1*

 

What can you do:

Drink lots of water

Keep moving as this is so important for healthy digestion and circulation

Stretch to keep joints limber

Get regular check ups with your health care provider and address health issues before they progress.

Keep your gut healthy through proper diet and a regular dose of BODY BIOTICS™ BIO IDENTICAL SBO PROBIOTICS CONSORTIA.™ An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is more true as we age than ever before. And it takes work! But it is worth it for your long term health.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/features/digestive-health-aging
  2. http://www.healthinaging.org/resources/resource:ask-the-geriatrician-urinary-tract-infections-and-asymptomatic-bacteruria/


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