Nutrition: While there is no special diet required for people with Alzheimer's disease -- unless they have another condition, such as diabetes, that requires a particular diet -- eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet is extremely beneficial. With the proper diet, our bodies work more efficiently and we have more energy. This article addresses the basics of good nutrition.
· Eat a variety of foods from each food category.
· Maintain your weight through a proper balance of exercise and food.
· Choose foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
· Try to limit sugars.
· Moderate your use of salt.
· Drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day (unless you are fluid restricted due to another medical condition, such as congestive heart failure).
· You may drink alcoholic beverages in moderation (but always consult your doctor).
· Ask your doctor if any foods can interfere with the medicines you're taking.
· Eat foods high in fiber. Good sources of fiber are fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Fiber and water help the colon pass stool. Most of the fiber in fruits is found in the skins.
· Eat bran cereal or add bran cereal to other foods, like soup and yogurt.
· Drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water and other fluids a day (unless you are fluid restricted).
· Move your bowels when you feel the urge.
Tips to Relieve Constipation
· Drink 2-4 extra glasses of water a day.
· Add fruits and vegetables to your diet.
· Eat prunes and/or bran cereal.
· If needed, use a very mild stool softener or laxative. Do not use mineral oil or any other laxatives for more than two weeks without calling your doctor.
· Minimize distractions in the area where you eat.
· Stay focused on the tasks of eating and drinking.
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