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Interesting Information:  November 9, 2014

Eating for Health as Seniors

The summer 2014 issue of Wise Traditions, the journal of The Weston A. Price Foundation, is all about aging.

Don’t think that because you are not yet old that this issue will not contain information that concerns you.  Many conditions encountered as a senior began in that senior’s earliest years.

Anyway, I am now a senior, and I’ve been interested in how I eat promotes my health.

Here’s a nice little sidebar of information from an article by PhD nutritionist Sylvia P. Onusic on how to make nutrition an “anti-aging” factor:

 

CONSERVING THE DIGESTIVE FIRE

As we age, our digestive forces weaken. It becomes harder for the body to make hydrochloric acid (for digesting protein), bile (for digesting fats) and digestive enzymes (for digesting carbohydrates, proteins and fats). That means that seniors are often not getting the full benefit of their food, even if they are eating well and the food is nutritious.

Attention to the digestibility of foods is key to ensuring optimal nutrition for senior diets. Soups and stews made with nourishing bone broth are ideal, as bone broth greatly aids the digestive process. Vegetables should be well cooked. Salads may not be the best choice for seniors—soups serve them better, being easier to digest. Vegetable purées made with butter and cream are great comfort foods for seniors. Lacto-fermented foods with every meal will help ease the digestive burden.

Government warnings to the contrary, raw milk is a great food for senior citizens. It contains all the enzymes needed for full digestion and nutrient assimilation and represents a complete nutrition package. It is our best source of glutathione, the body’s leading anti-oxidant. Fermented raw milk products, like yogurt and kefir, supply the digestive tract with beneficial bacteria, as well as digestive enzymes.

All grains should be properly prepared by soaking or sour leavening, for optimal digestion. Hard-to-digest grains like extruded breakfast cereals, granola, granola bars and muesli represent a difficult digestive burden for aging digestive tracts.

In addition to proper food preparation, supplements that can aid digestion include hydrochloric acid and ox bile; while the herbal preparation Swedish bitters aids in the digestive of protein and fatty foods.

The goal is not to live forever, but to ensure that all those years at the end are full of vigor and optimism. Making sure the diet is easy to digest will ensure that the “golden years” are truly filled with golden good health.

Sidebar , “Conserving the Digestive Fire,” in “Nutrition:  The Anti-Aging Factor,” Sylvia P. Onusic, Phd, CNS, LDN, Wise Traditions, Summer 2014, 20-31.

Here’s the whole article, which is full of good information.

Nutrition: The Anti-Aging Factor | Weston A Price.

Written by louisaenright

November 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm

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