Posted: October 20, 2021
Health & Wellness
Research shows having a balanced gut boosts immunity, improves psychological health, helps regulate autoimmune disorders, and supports weight management. For seniors, probiotics and prebiotics can promote healthy aging. The gastrointestinal system, or human gut, is a fascinating and diverse world of microorganisms, also known as the microbiome. Living inside this complex system are billions of different types of bacteria that all play a role in our overall health. With so many types of bacteria, it is important to maintain a healthy balance of “good” to “bad” bacteria to prevent an overgrowth of the harmful type. Older adults also tend to have less good bacteria in their intestines, which can increase the risk of infection. This balance can lead to a better quality of life and contribute overall to healthy aging.
Probiotics and prebiotics work symbiotically to provide healthy bacteria and allow it to flourish in the gut. At Sugar Fork Crossing, residents can choose from a variety of pre and probiotic foods including yogurts with live active cultures, fermented foods such as cabbage and pickles, and many meals are cooked with onions, leeks, and garlic.
Probiotics can be taken in the form of a dietary supplement as well. When choosing a supplement, look for a seal that says Live Active Culture, which means the product contains live cultures (probiotics). The supplement should contain many strains of bacteria, greater than five billion CFUs (colony-forming units) per dose. In addition, the supplement should have the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) seal, a sign of third-party testing for quality standards.
As we age, we are more likely to fall ill and require medications that affect gut microbiome health. These drugs can further disrupt the normal balance of the microbiome. Antibiotic use can decrease the good bacteria while killing the bad bacteria, which can lead to bacterial infections, sleep disorders, depression and obesity.
Caring for the gut through proper nutrition, including probiotics and prebiotics, can lead to a healthier and more active life in our later years. The best way to promote an abundance of healthful bacteria is to consume probiotic and prebiotic foods.
Sugar Fork Crossing is passionate about helping older adults thrive in all areas of life and we are thankful for partners like Duet Dining who make this a reality through food for residents. The Duet Dining program works closely with the residents who call Sugar Fork Crossing home to create a customized menu featuring probiotics and prebiotics, and a one-of-a-kind program that elevates the dining experience for healthy aging.
Duet is a division of one of the largest dining providers in the world, granting accessing to advanced training, menu planning, nutritionists, executive chefs, and a rich stock of ideas. The team brings that wealth of resource to a conversation with each community to create a program that matches the unique culture, resident’s tastes, and the regional preferences in our state.
The goal is to create meaningful and memorable times of connection and community for residents and their families. From our partnership you will see quarterly signature items that enhance the ever day dining experience to engaging programs that combine food into enriching programs that delight and educate residents, team members and families.