Top 5 Foods for a Healthy Immune System

Senior Care in Guelph

With cold and flu season rapidly approaching, many seniors and their caregivers will be thinking of ways they can stave off illnesses this winter.  Senior-Care-GuelphAvoiding viruses such as the cold and flu viruses, is especially important for the elderly because they are at a higher risk of complications from these infections.  With advancing age, unfortunately, also comes a weakened immune system, so seniors must do everything they can to help keep it strong.  One way seniors can boost their immune system is by eating certain foods that promise to strengthen immunity.  By incorporating these foods into their diet, seniors can feel confident in the fact that they are doing their part to help ward off infections and illnesses.

 

Top 5 Immunity-Boosting Foods:

 

1.       Yogurt

Yogurt contains probiotics, otherwise known as “good bacteria”.  This “good bacteria” may help your immune system function better and it also aids digestion.  Yogurt makes a great breakfast when topped with fruit, granola, and/or nuts.  Yogurt cups also make for a quick and easy snack.

 

2.  Kiwi Fruits

Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C which is well known for strengthening the immune system.  Kiwi fruit, however, actually contains more vitamin C than an orange.  So, when citrus fruit starts to get a little boring, toss some kiwi into the mix!

 

3.  Garlic

Regular garlic consumption can lead to a strengthened immune system.  Garlic contains an active ingredient called allicin which is known to fight off bacteria and infection.  Garlic can add a powerful flavor to soups, sauces, and dips.

 

4. Spinach

Spinach is considered to be a “super food”.  It is high in vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber, making it an ideal addition to any healthy diet.  Even when it is lightly cooked, spinach retains its nutrients.

 

5.  Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are another food that, surprisingly, contains more vitamin C than oranges.  If bell peppers aren’t your favorite, vegetables such as broccoli and kale are also great sources of vitamin C.

 

In addition to enjoying the foods above, seniors should take some additional steps to prevent catching a cold or the flu this season.  Seniors should get their yearly flu shot, wash hands regularly, and try to avoid being around others who may be ill.  Getting enough sleep and reducing stress may also aid in the prevention of these illnesses.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care in Guelph, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at 905.709.1767.

 

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