Those who are working in a health care facility like hospitals, clinics and other similar institutions don’t run out of amusing and funny stories about their patients, particularly our beloved seniors.
One such story tells about a granny who has just suffered from the debilitating effects of stroke and yet insists in going home earlier than scheduled just so she could already devour her favorite pork picadillo or the mouth watering pork braciola marinara.
Another grandma who is sporting a nasogastric tube (NGT) because of the effects of another degenerative illness keeps on bugging the nurses on duty why she would not still be allowed to eat. She even calls them rude for not giving her solid food.
Tales such as these bring us to the discussion on therapeutic diets.
What Are Therapeutic Diets?
Rick Rockwell of Demand Media describes therapeutic diets as food and lifestyle changes that have strict parameters and a narrow focus. The intention of a diet of this sort is to cleanse, build or increase health following severe illness. He further says, “There are many sustainable, healthy diets that produce holistic results to offset severe illnesses.”
Uses Of Therapeutic Diet (Source: getfit.jillianmichaels.com)
One benefit of therapeutic diets is to treat a specific medical condition or disorder. For example, gluten-free diets have been known to treat celiac disease, a disease where the small intestine can’t absorb nutrients. The Feingold diet also has been used to combat hyperactivity in children.
Some diets are used to prevent adverse reactions in sufferers of disorders such as seizures or hypoglycemia. Even diets that include increasing the intake of cancer-fighting vegetables are considered therapeutic, as the intention is to prevent cancer or alleviate the effects of the disease.
- Weight Loss
Calorie-controlling diets, diets to increase fiber intake and diets that reduce cholesterol and fat intake have the intention of weight reduction in a patient, with the goal of total body wellness – mental, emotional and physical – at the core. This is an extremely common way of losing weight. Due to the restrictive nature of these diets, they are not sustainable for most people and are usually recommended when significant or rapid weight loss is necessary.
Examples of Therapeutic Diet
Jill Corleone of Livestrong.com cites two examples of Therapeutic Diet:
- Diabetic Diet
The diabetic diet is intended obviously for the treatment of diabetes. The principle behind the eating plan is that people with diabetes have a difficult time managing the sugar their body produces from the food they eat due to an inability to make enough insulin or properly use the insulin they do make. The diabetic diet aims to control the amount of food you eat, especially foods that dramatically affect blood sugar, to help manage the disease.
- DASH Diet
The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, also known as the DASH diet, is a therapeutic diet used to treat high blood pressure. The diet encourages you to eat foods that contain high amounts of potassium, magnesium, calcium and fiber to help lower your blood pressure. It also recommends you limit your intake of sodium to 1,500 mg a day if you have high blood pressure. The diet includes high amounts of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, along with lean sources of protein, low-fat dairy foods, nuts, seeds and legumes.
Our company, Cambridge Place, the Skilled Nursing Facility in Cambridge Drive Lexington KY offers therapeutic diet to our patients that need it. It is intended to complement other nursing services at the facility to hasten the recovery of our patients.
Combine the excellent on-site conveniences at the Cambridge Place with the equally excellent services that the Skilled Nursing Facility in Cambridge Drive Lexington KY has, the results would surely be short of miraculous.
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