Aging in Place June 2018

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PRIME LIFE MONTHLY

JUNE 2018

A NOTE FROM

Kathryn Cieniewicz

Happy June, Friends!

Warmer weather is finally here, and everything is in full bloom. How wonderful! In other news, I am excited to inform you of our new office location at 1604 Savannah Road in Lewes! Please come by and say hello sometime. Over the next few issues we will be introducing the new team members of Aging in Place Specialists. Thanks to the incredible support of our community and growing number of success stories of our Physical Therapy programs, we have expanded our team to deliver more care. We are so grateful for each of you and for each person you have sent our way for help. Thank you so very much! It is truly an honor to serve our community. At AIPS, our purpose is to help our senior adult community remain at home for as long as possible by holistically addressing their physical and home environment needs. Our values are kindness, excellence, and integrity. Our promise is that you will feel loved, receive excellent care, and discover your best you. Thank you for helping us deliver on that promise and carry out our mission!

In recent years, science has gained a better understanding of the critical role that gut health plays in overall health, and society is starting to pay attention. Most people know that probiotics aid in digestion, but few people understand how. While probiotics are gaining popularity, prebiotics have flown largely under the radar. According to health experts, most Americans don’t consume enough prebiotics every day, which can result in indigestion, higher levels of inflammation, increased likelihood of weight gain, and increased risk for various chronic diseases. Although research is fairly new in this area of nutrition, here is what’s known for sure. PROBIOTICS Probiotics are good bacteria (live cultures) naturally found in your gut. It is believed that probiotics boost immunity and promote gastrointestinal and overall health. Besides aiding regular bowel movement, probiotics have also been used to manage symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). To add more probiotics into your diet, eat fermented dairy foods like Greek yogurt, kefir products, and aged cheeses. All of these foods contain a significant number of live cultures. If you are dairy-intolerant, try eating kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, and cultured nondairy yogurts. PREBIOTICS Prebiotics are natural, nondigestible fiber compounds that promote the growth of helpful bacteria in your gut. Prebiotics pass through the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract undigested. Once they reach the colon, they are fermented by gut microflora, promoting the growth of probiotics. Prebiotics keep good and bad gut bacteria balanced, improve gastrointestinal health, and may even enhance calcium absorption. A BALANCED GUT IS A HEALTHY GUT The Importance of Probiotics and Prebiotics

–Kathryn

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