Senior's Health

Natural and herbal remedy recipes for seniors


Senior's Health

 

Good nutrition is crucial to the health of seniors. Those who are poorly nourished are more likely to have falls and problems such as osteoporosis, kidney failure and heart disease. Many seniors are undernourished due to chewing and digestive problems, Together with loss of appetite due to other illnesses or side effects of heavy medication, lack of physical strength and insufficient money to buy nourishing foods are all real problems affecting senior's health.

In Chinese medicine, the impairment of blood circulation and qi flow and the deficiency of kidney essence contribute to most health problems in seniors. Therefore, foods promoting blood and qi circulation and nourishing kidneys are commonly used. Tonic soups are best for seniors because they are easy to digest and absorb, and fluid is crucial in promoting movement of food and energy, preventing constipation and stagnation of qi.

Functional foods which can promote blood and qi circulation and improve proper functions of vital organs are important to senior's health. Sea cucumber can pack a powerful punch against joint stiffness because it contains two important compounds: natural chondroitin which protects existing cartilage and glucosamine for promoting more joint-building power. Ginger root can help balance inflammation naturally and increase circulation to actually aid the body in reducing inflammation which is common among seniors. Take a few slices of paper thin ginger root early in the morning (not at night) can promote digestion and prevent cold/flu as well.

Dizziness

Dizziness is a common problem with seniors. Usually it is associated with general weakness but can be a symptom of many diseases. Chinese medicine regards dizziness as deficiency of energy and blood, kidney yin deficiency, stagnant liver qi transforming into fire or excess liver yang invading the head. Treatments include tonifying kidney and nourishing yin, calming liver and suppressing liver yang, harmonizing spleen and stomach, and replenishing blood and qi. Herb such as ginkgo helps improve circulation and brain functions, ginger relieves dizziness and nausea, and dandelion for lowering blood pressure.

Cataract

Cataract is most common in older people. As we age, our lens begin to turn yellow and eventually opaque so that detail is lost. Besides aging, other causes include diabetes, heavy metal poisoning, exposure to radiation, injury to the eye, and the use of certain drugs such as steroids could affect the health of our eyes.

What we eat can prevent or delay the biological process. A deficiency of just one vitamin can lead to various eye problems. Supplementation with the correct vitamins and minerals can help prevent or correct eye problems. Plenty of vitamin C and vitamin A have been proven to prevent cataracts. Oranges and grapefruits provide rich sources of vitamin C. Liver, eggs, cod, halibut, fruits and vegetables are good sources for vitamin A. Sweet potatoes, winter squash and spinach are also rich in vitamin A. Avoid dairy products and saturated fats.

In Chinese medicine, the eye is the opening to the liver and any eye problem is regarded as deficiency of the liver. Chrysanthemum flower can treat eye itchiness and dryness and so is gou-ji-choy, leaves of the goji-berry plant, which is eaten as vegetable. The seed goji-berry is the most common herb in Chinese medicine as tonic for liver and eyes.  

Edema

Edema is the abnormal accumulation of fluid in the body, common to most seniors. When it is the result of cardiac deficiency, it appears at the hands and feet. Nephrotic edema occurs in the eyelids and face. There are also edema in the gastrointestinal tract, in the chest and hypochondrium. Water accumulation is usually a sign of sluggish circulation. Western medicine associates edema with heart, kidney, bladder or liver problems. A diet high in salt is believed to be causing the problem.

Chinese medicine regards edema as the yang deficiency of the spleen and kidneys, causing deficiency of lung qi, resulting in backups of blood and fluid. Yin excess can also cause stagnation and deficiency of yang. Treatments are to warm the lungs to expel phlegm, purging and dispelling retained fluids, warming yang and dissipating fluid retention. Diuresis foods such as little red bean, winter melon and job's tear are commonly used. Cooking peanut, little red bean and garlic with water to drink as tea twice a day can alleviate edema.

Memory loss

Memory loss is common problem to seniors. It is because of insufficient supply of necessary nutrients to nourish the brain. If blood is thick with cholesterol, the amount of nutrient-rich blood that can pass through to the brain decreases. Exposure to alcohol, drugs and free radicals can also be the causes. Minerals, vitamins, and amino acids can help the brain to function better. Ginkgo biloba improves the flow of blood to the brain.

 

Seniors need access to a good variety of healthy foods to stay fit and independent. They should eat easy to digest foods, foods high in anti-oxidant and fiber, more alkaline foods and nutrient dense foods. Deep fried, smoked and hard to digest foods should be avoided. Nutritional congee and soup are most suitable for seniors because they are easy to digest and absorb. Taking meat soup without having to eat the meat can give seniors some vitamin B12 that can only found in meat. Ligament in bones and meat that have dissolved into the soup is excellent nutrients for seniors to promote healthy bones and joints.

Many studies have found that seniors eating mostly vegetarian diet have less chance of getting heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Such diet is easy on the wallet too. Scientists also found that eating less food one day a week and drink plenty of water can reduce tissue wear and tear from excess blood sugar, inflammation and free radicals. Therefore, eating less while maintaining sufficient nutrition can be both economical and healthy for seniors but the challenging part is to maintain healthy balance of nutrients. One has to be very knowledgeable about foods and diet and has to put in a fair amount of work and planning in order to eat well and healthy.

 

All Seniors Recipes:

Complete Nourishing 10 Herbs Wine (1701)

Promote blood and qi

Dang Shen Rice Tea (1702)

Promote qi and energy, benefits spleen and lung

Goji-berry Honey Tea (1703)

Benefit liver and promote better eye sight

7 Herbs Tea (1704)

Promote qi and improve immune system

Five Juice Drink (1705)

Treat difficulties in swallowing and dysphagia.

Leek Juice, Ginger Juice and Milk (1706)

Difficulty in swallowing food

Sealwort and Goji-berry Sweet Drink (1707)

Treat cataract and degrading eyesight.

Burdock & Corn Congee (1708)

Treat high blood pressure and high blood sugar.

Tomato with Egg (1709)

Prevent aging and tumor growth

Onion Red Wine (1710)

Treat osteoporosis, high blood sugar and high blood pressure

Buddhist Delight (1711)

Improve body strength, benefit mental functions, improve digestion

Pork Belly, Mushroom and Mixed Vegetables Stew (1712)

Promote ease of digestion and absorption

Eggplant, Chrysanthemum and Chicken Liver Stir-fry (1713)

Clear eyes, lower blood pressure, soften arteries and anti-aging

Winter Melon, Lotus Seed and Fish Congee (1714)

Lower blood pressure and promote health and longevity.

Chinese Yam, Pig Stomach and Pork Congee (1715)

Improve appetite and digestive function, promote health

Little Red Bean and Winter Melon Congee (1716)

Diuretic and reduce water retention

Eight Treasure Rice (1717)

Promote general health, improve energy and warming the body

Steamed Gastrodia Egg (1718)

Treat dizziness and migraine headache

Pork Belly and Mix Vegetables Stew (1719)

Promote digestion and clean out waste in the colon

Stir-fry Walnut (1720)

Treat frequent urination at night

Papaya & Pork Soup (1721)

Lubricate skin and digestive system

Black Wood-ear Mushroom and Pork Soup (1722)

Treat dull skin with black spots

Lotus Root and Pork Liver Soup (1723)

Promote blood and improve complexion.

Dried Fish Maw, Chayote and Pork Soup (1724)

Tonic for blood, improve immune system, and increase energy.

Pigeon and Cordyceps Soup (1725)

Treat kidney and lung deficiency, dizziness and tinnitus.

Peanut and Pig Tail Soup (1726)

Treat soreness of loin and knees

Pig Kidney and Chestnut Soup (1727)

Treat weakness in loins and knees, frequent urination

Ginseng Carp Fish Soup (1728)

Treat general weakness especially heart and lung, shortness of breathe,

Wolf-berry, Black Beans and Carp Soup (1729)

Promote energy

Black Eye Beans and Chicken Feet Soup (1730)

Treat lack of energy, deficiency of blood and qi

Dang Shen Beef Bone Soup (1731)

Strengthen energy and bones

Partridge and Fish Maw Soup (1732)

Treat upsetting stomach qi in the morning

Spinach and Pig Liver Soup (1733)

Improving liver function, benefit eyes and nourish the whole body.

Duck & 4 Herbs Soup (1734)

Treat stomach and kidney deficiencies

Pigeon and Snail Soup (1735)

Treat ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and hearing impairment

Solomon's Seal, Cordyceps and Black Chicken Soup (1736)

Treat tinnitus and improve hearing

Sealwort Quail Soup (1737)

Treat symptoms of deficient blood and lack of energy

Peanut Chicken Feet Soup (1738)

Promote energy

Dang-shen Chicken Soup (1739)

Treat deficiencies and promote blood circulation

Black Bean, Goji-berry and Beef Bone Marrow Soup (1740)

Treat dizziness with unclear vision

Liver and Chrysanthemum Soup (1741)

Improve eyesight and promote blood generation

Cornbind Chicken Soup (1742)

Treat liver deficiency leading to dizziness, insomnia.

Sea Cucumber and Beanstalk Soup (1743)

Lower blood pressure and ease constipation

Improve Eyesight Tonic (1744)

Clear liver-fire to improve visual acuity, lower blood sugar and blood pressure

5 Herbs and Mutton Soup (1745)

Treat Alzheimer's disease

Beef Hock and Bone Marrow Soup (1746)

Improve brain power and memory,

Most Nourishing Vegetarian Wanton Soup (1747)

Strengthen body constitution and prevent aging

Goji-berry & Egg Dessert (1748)

Promote health and eyesight