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Homecare Tip — Your Aging Parent, an Alligator Pear, and Better Health
Let’s face it — Mom and Dad desperately want to age at home and they want to receive homecare. In order to avoid hospitals and nursing facilities, and to keep them enjoying in-home care, we need to keep them healthy. How do we do that?
Healthy Diet and Physical Activity are the Keys to Graceful Aging at Home
Healthy diet and physical activity are the ways to accomplish just that. Healthy diet should include plenty of fiber-rich, vitamin and mineral-rich vegetables and fruits.
Including plenty of vegetables and fruits in our diet is especially important during and after the holiday season which offers too many ways to deregulate and clog our digestive system with seasonal sweets and cakes.
One of the healthiest fruits (yes, it is a fruit) available to us is an avocado aka alligator pear. Alligator pear is a funny nickname given to an avocado because of its alligator-like tough, green skin, and pear-like shape.
Four Reasons to Include an Avocado in Mom’s Daily Diet
Avocado, because it is such a healthy fruit, is almost a must-have in our daily diet.
Here are four reasons to include more avocado in your aging loved one’s daily diet:
- avocados are full of good fat — the mono-unsaturated fat that helps to reduce bad cholesterol levels and thereby reduces risks of heart disease and stroke. Mono-unsaturated fats are high in vitamin E, which is a very powerful antioxidant,
- avocados are full of potassium and magnesium, which helps regulate blood pressure,
- avocados have plenty of fiber, which is essential to healthy colon and digestive system,
- eating avocados keeps you healthier because avocados increase the absorption of nutrients from other foods. Example: adding avocado to your salad increases the absorption of beta-carotene from carrots by 13.6 times, and the absorption of alpha-carotene from lettuce by 4.3 times, as compared to eating the same salad without the avocado. It is the avocado’s healthy fat that helps us absorb fat-soluble carotenoid phytonutrients.
Best Ways to Enjoy an Avocado
Add some organic avocado slices into your salad, your sandwich, or even better — cut the avocado in half, twist the half into opposite directions to separate them, grab a tea spoon, one by one scoop out a mouthful bites, and let them melt in your mouth.
We hope your Mom and Dad will enjoy an alligator pear today. We also hope that with plenty of the avocado in your aging loved ones’ diet, they will enjoy many healthy years spent in the comfort of the place that is most dear to their hearts — their own home.
Consult Mom’s Doctor
As always, if your aging parents are taking medication or have a health condition, consult with their healthcare provider. Ask how incorporating avocado into mom and dad’s diet can affect their condition, their medications, and improve their overall health and well-being. Moderation, even in avocado consumption, is always the key.
How do you enjoy eating your avocado?
With ❤︎ for the Elderly…
Article topic: Home Care, Senior Care, Eldercare, In-Home Care, Caregivers, Home