At AEH Retirement, we think getting older certainly has more benefits than not. You've done the hard yards and worked for many years, perhaps even raising a family along the way, and now, it's time for you to reflect on yourself.

To enhance retirement living, we've done our best to implement many services for use – the Sugar Valley golf course, social clubs, and also many more activities within close range to our communities.

However, there may be one thing that may feel a little neglected along the way, and that's our digestive system.

Tummy troubles?

Digestive problems are something that almost everyone would have experienced at some point in our life. It can affect anyone of any age, but does have a tendency to be more prevalent in seniors. Why is this? Well, as Everyday Health explains, the digestive tract is just one of the body's many functions that tends to slow down as we age. This may mean it cannot keep up with the rest of our system and subsequently, may not work as efficiently to process everything we feed ourselves.

The result can vary greatly, but are likely to occur as one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Difficult bowel movements – constipation or diarrhoea 
  • Heartburn
  • Gas
  • Abdominal pain – cramps and bloating
  • Nausea
  • Reflux
Abdominal pain should never be stomached - know what you can do to prevent and relieve discomfort.Abdominal pain should never be stomached – know what you can do to prevent and relieve discomfort.

What can you do for a healthy digestive system?

It's harder for your body to metabolise processed foods. Feeding it unhealthy snacks can inhibit efficient functioning of your system, so it all starts with eating the right foods to promote our body to work efficiently.

Enough fresh vegetables and fruits in our diet is key, including fibre and protein, for us to get the necessary nutrients and vitamins. WebMD explains that fibre will help prompt normal bowel movements. Supplement your diet with lots of fluids, so your body isn't dehydrated.

It may help for you to take a wander around your retirement community. The movements of being active may help to relieve cramps and bloating, and you'll also be upping your fitness. According to WebMD, sedentary behaviour can be one of the triggers of digestive problems.

If you do get any of these symptoms, don't hesitate to get them checked out by a medical professional – they can point to something more serious, such as using the wrong medication or other health conditions.

For nausea or bloating, ginger, mint and herbal supplements can help to resolve discomfort. Taking care to stay warm during these cold months can promote healthy circulation and keep your insides working efficiently.

How to look after your digestive system as you age