Eating a balanced, healthy diet can work wonders. It can…
- Give you more energy
- Help you stay trim
- Reduce your risk of illness, and more
One important aspect of a diet such as this is the inclusion of immune-boosting foods. Eliminating unhealthy choices from your diet and keeping your calories at an appropriate level, in addition to ingesting immune boosters, is a recipe for success.
Zinc, beta-carotene, and vegetables/fruits rich in vitamins E and C are great immune-boosting foods. By incorporating lean proteins and whole grains, as well as maintaining a low-fat, low sugar diet, you will receive additional health benefits.
To help fight off inflammation and further boost your immune system, healthy fats found in salmon and olive oil are key.
You’ve heard it before: “You are what you eat.” Everything you consume is used by your cells to build, maintain, and repair your body. Nutrients referred to as antioxidants are present in some of the best immune-boosting foods.
For retirement-age individuals, in particular, the following foods will help boost the immune system:
- Wheat germ
- Sweet potato
- Pomegranate juice
- Low-fat yogurt
- Chicken soup
- Button mushrooms
There are also items referred to as “superfoods” which are so incredible that they may even help fight off cognitive disease-related problems. These can include berries, certain mushrooms, avocados, broccoli, and kale.
Nonfood Immune Boosters
Though eating the previously listed foods is a good way to boost the immune system, there are other ways of giving the system that keeps you healthy some assistance.
- Stay hydrated
- Use herbal supplements and/or multivitamins (check with your physician first)
- Stay mentally and emotionally positive
- Frequent handwashing
- Get the proper amount of sleep
- Reduce stress
- Physical exercise (make sure to exercise your mind as well to stay sharp)
Eat Healthy and Stay Happy at Discovery Village At Dominion
Discovery Village At Dominion offers several distinct options for retirement living: assisted living, SHINE Memory Care, and independent living. We offer retirement age individuals the support they need, but the freedom they desire. Discover an innovative approach to retirement living through the resort-like lifestyle we provide.
Courtesy of our Sensations Dining program, only the highest quality cuisine is presented in a fine dining atmosphere. Three meals a day are chef-prepared, nutritious, delicious, and made with the freshest ingredients we can find. Whenever possible, the ingredients are locally sourced. Your loved one will enjoy tableside service including cloth napkins, tasteful lighting, linen tablecloths, and the finest tableware. If your loved one has special dietary requirements/requests, they are never a problem. Our food prep specialists frequently concoct innovative dishes for our celebrations and events, as well. Many residents take advantage of these meals, though in the independent living communities, they may choose to prepare their own meals in the comfort of their kitchen. Remember, healthy living and eating well start at home.
To contact us, feel free to phone 210.436.1669 regarding living options. Other inquiries can be phoned in to 210.840.8000. Better yet, to experience for yourself what we have to offer, schedule an in-person tour.