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Home Care Tip — Protect Your Aging Mom’s Health With Fresh, Organic Celery

Let’s face it, many holiday foods are delicious, but are not healthy. That’s why during the holiday season, many Americans gain 3-5 pounds of extra weight. That extra weight can be detrimental to our aging loved ones. Let us help them (and perhaps ourselves) shed that weight by including some healthy foods on their plates.

One of the most nutritious and cleansing vegetables is a good, old celery. Although most people choose to eat celery stalks, let us keep in mind that celery leaves and seeds are equally healthy and edible. Celery stalks are a terrific snack food. Chopped celery is a delicious and flavorful addition to fresh green salad and tuna salad sandwich. Chopped celery stalks and celery leaves, when added in the last stages of cooking — to avoid being overcooked — make a slightly crunchy and tasty addition to a fresh vegetable soup. 

Celery Nutritional Facts

Celery has a number of key nutrients (percentages are based on the RDA for adult women), and just one small cup of chopped celery contains:

          • 16 calories
          • 0 fat
          • 1 gram of protein
          • 5 grams of fiber
          • 5 milligrams vitamin K (37%)
          • 36 milligrams folate (9%)
          • 22 milligrams vitamin A (9%)
          • 263 milligrams potassium (8%)
          • 1 milligram vitamin C (5%)
          • 40 milligrams calcium (4%)
          • 0.08 milligrams vitamin B6 (4%)

Celery Helps to Minimize the Risk of Winter Dehydration

Many of our aging loved ones experience winter dehydration. Because of the serious nature of this phenomenon, we will devote a separate article about this very issue. Meanwhile, adding fresh celery into the diet of a senior is sure to minimize the risk of dehydration. Celery is very, very water rich veggie.

Celery (organic) is a Terrific Cleanser

Because it is a fiber-rich food, celery also a terrific cleansing veggie for your aging loved one’s colon. Obviously, when a colon is clean and healthy, it increases the absorption of other nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

Organic vs. Conventional Celery

Organic celery is free of pesticides and other chemicals conventionally used to grown vegetables. It is a well-established fact that pesticides destroy colon health. Organic vegetables are a little more expensive, but are much more healthy. Whenever possible and affordable, we recommend buying organic veggies only — especially for already compromised digestive system of our seniors. 

Fresh vs. Cooked Celery

Fresh (or raw) veggies are always better. Cooking with high temperatures (or freezing for that matter) simply kills many nutrients contained in our vegetables. Whenever possible, encourage your aging mom and dad to eat fresh celery. If they feel like having a delicious vegetable soup, try to add the celery toward the end of the cooking process. Celery is much more delicate of a vegetable than potato is. Avoiding overcooking the celery will preserve its nutritional value and will add a little crunch.

Share and Chat

Share and chat about this article with your family members. Involving them in the discussion of the many health benefits of celery, will likely improve the communication process and will increase the possibility of including more fresh celery into their diet.

Do you have a celery recipe that you could share with us? Email us today.

With ❤︎ for the Elderly…

Article topic: Home Care, Senior Care, Eldercare, In-Home Care, Caregivers.

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