Age-related changes, such as slower and weaker gut motility, can mean that the gastro- intestinal system in seniors may not function as efficiently as it used to.
Digestive enzyme levels drop, so absorption of foods can be affected and seniors may find that they are less able to tolerate or digest certain foods.
Bacterial overgrowth can affect absorption of foods and cellular regeneration is slower, so damaged digestive cells and tissues are not being repaired and replaced as quickly.
Underlying medical conditions and certain medications can also affect gut health. Inadequate amounts of water intake and increased periods of inactivity can quickly lead to constipation in seniors which, if left untreated, can affect brain health and cognitive ability. Research has shown that clearing the bowels can rectify mild cases of confusion almost immediately.
Essential Oils can be of great benefit to the older digestive system, especially when used topically on the abdomen. These are Essential Oils that can help with DIGESTIVE SUPPORT:
DIGESTIVE BLEND SOFTGELS
PROBIOTIC DEFENSE FORMULA
DIGESTIVE ENZYME COMPLEX
DIGESTIVE BLEND is a blend of Ginger, Peppermint, Caraway, Coriander, Anise, Tarragon and Fennel Essential Oils. It supports and maintains overall digestive health.
Add a few drops to water to take internally.*
Rub on the stomach before flying or taking a road trip for a calming aroma.
Take DIGESTIVE BLEND internally when traveling or trying new foods to soothe occasional stomach upset.*
Add to water or tea to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.*
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
DIFFUSION: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
INTERNAL USE: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
TOPICAL USE: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
Statements with asterisks (on this Step) refer to internal use. All others refer to aromatic or topical use.
QUESTION – WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU EXPERIENCED DIGESTIVE DISCOMFORT?
A. HAPPENS EVERY DAY.
B. SOMETIME LAST WEEK.
C. SOMETIME LAST MONTH.
D. SOMETIME IN THE PAST YEAR.
E. SO LONG AGO I CAN’T REMEMBER!