“Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance. Isaiah 55 2b NASB
Yesterday, I discussed the value of protein for my mother, but today, I will consider other supplementations to her diet. For instance, I add a few tablespoons of organic extra virgin coconut oil to her decaffeinated tea. At room temperature it’s solid, but dissolves in the hot liquid.
Once she notices the oil floating on top, so I stirred it and gave it back to her. The coconut oil has medium-chain fatty acids and lauric acid to promote a healthy immune system and better cholesterol levels. I’ve read of caregivers who report improved cognition for people with Alzheimer’s disease. I didn’t notice this outcome on Mom, but she has vascular dementia.
Mother enjoys hot tea with her breakfast. For years she added artificial sweetener for her weight. The first thing I did as a caregiver was a switch to stevia. It’s believed to be a healthier substitute than the pink or blue packets. She started eating less and dropping pounds, so now I use honey.
For non-diabetics, it’s better than the manufactured stuff. Most elderly have trouble maintaining weight, so the extra calories are helpful for them. If they eat just a little food or sugary drinks, a teaspoon or two of sugar or honey won’t be harmful. Local honey may aid people who have pollen allergies. Mom loves her hot, sweet tea each morning.
I’m pleased because hydration is an essential part of staying healthy. It’s common for dementia patients to intake insufficient fluids. My mother consumes plenty of water, but not all brands aren’t the same.
Studies in England report water rich in silica flushes aluminum from our tissue. Aluminum is a neurotoxin which interferes with electrical transmissions between nerve cells. One study shows, drinking one liter of mineral water daily for thirty days will reduce the aluminum concentration in our bodies.
When Mom drinks half a liter of mineral water every day, I see a slight difference in time. Fiji brand has a higher concentration of silica than those in the studies which might be more advantages. Though I wouldn’t consider her cognitive improvement significant, I would say it’s noticeable. The silica in mineral water makes her calcium supplements more affective, and benefits her skin, nails, and hair.
Since we ingest aluminum from a remarkable number of sources, it’s reasonable to flush the metal from our bodies, and most doctors recommend we drink more, anyway.
Besides the calcium, I also give her a multi-vitamin. Since Mother has arthritis, I give her a joint supplement with Glucosamine and Chondroitin. But I choose one with Hyaluronic Acid (HA), which has a more immediate effect on pain joint pain. In addition, I slip turmeric curcumin in her morning prune juice for her joints.
Even if your loved one doesn’t have arthritis, the turmeric might be beneficial in other ways. It’s an anti-inflammatory antioxidant and can cross the blood-brain barrier, so there’s hope it may treat Alzheimer’s Disease. Though the research is early, it won’t hurt and might help. To be effective, high doses (1 gram per day) of the curcumin must enter the body. Black pepper aids in absorption, and so do fats like coconut oil.
Disclaimer-My supplement choices are with the advice of her doctor. Check with your physician before adding supplements to your loved one’s diet. They depend on you to make wise decisions for them.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”-Hippocrates
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