Although we cannot be with every senior during this time or peoples with compromised health systems, we still want to be a resource. Our Corporate Registered Dietitian will be putting together some short video segments to provide nutrition tips and fun little recipes for people to try on their own. We are hopeful that with these precautions we will be able to move on to our “normal lives” soon.
Foods to Help Boost our Immune Systems
Nutrients found in foods can help boost our immune systems and provide our bodies with extra protection. That being said, it is not guaranteed that any of the foods will actually prevent you from ever becoming sick. However, here are just a few foods that can give us a little help in staying healthy during COVID!
Beta Carotene Foods
Carrots, mangos, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes- all contain Beta Carotene, a naturally occurring retinol precursor that can help stimulate the release of natural killer cells, lymphocytes, and monocytes while inhibiting free-radical damage to DNA.
Vitamin C is packed with Antioxidants
Citrus fruits, berries, melons, bell peppers, broccoli, and tomatoes- contain Vitamin C which supports other cellular functions and has antioxidant properties. Vitamin C helps direct immune cells (neutrophils) to sites of infections.
Vitamin D Foods help with infection
Fatty fish, eggs, and fortified milk & juice- contain vitamin D which has anti-inflammatory properties that can counteract microbial infections in addition to inflammation.
Great Sources for Zinc
Beef, seafood, bean, tofu, and nuts- good sources of Zinc that are critical for normal development and function of cells that can help fight infection & heal wounds. Zinc may also reduce the duration of the common cold and reduce the risk of upper respiratory infections in children.
Probiotics For a Healthy System
Cultured dairy products and fermented foods- provide probiotics to promote good gut health
Protein Repairs Body Tissue
Dairy products, eggs, beef, chicken, seafood, nuts, seeds, beans, and lentils- great sources of protein which is crucial to build, maintain, and repair body tissue. Antibodies that help fight disease are made of protein (amino-acids).
A healthy Balance and Eating Well Can Make a Big Difference
During these trying times, focus on having a healthy balance in your life including eating well, moving (as much as possible), and getting adequate sleep. Aim for 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies daily to get these immune-boosting minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants!
Tips to Help Stay Healthy
Of course, proper hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to help prevent the spread of germs. We would also like to remind everyone to properly clean utensils, glassware, and other serving dishes. Refrain from sharing silverware, cups, bottles, etc… to avoid the spread of germs from one to another.
The recipe today is one that our Registered Dietitian Becca thinks we all deserve at this time because it features steak! Steak is a wonderful source of protein, zinc, and iron. Pairing foods like steak with other foods containing vitamin C (strawberries) helps our bodies absorb iron more efficiently too!
Learn more about Orchards
Our chefs create all of our meals from scratch with a balanced diet in mind! It’s important right now to say healthy and get a good balance of Vitamins and minerals in your body to fight infection and diseases. To learn more read our Orchards of Minnetonka Blogs or contact us!
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