only a few 1-bedroom apartments left in this high-demand community

Immune-Boosting Nutrition Tips

free resources

Download our helpful decision-making resources now.

Need Any Help?

quick contact

Name(Required)
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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!

Strawberry Bleu Cheese Steak Salad Recipe

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!

Orchards of Minnetonka is a premier Senior Living Community in Minnesota, designed for today’s seniors. Our community is located in beautiful Minnetonka, Orchards of Minnetonka is surrounded by beautiful walking paths and outdoor spaces. Orchards combines the natural beauty of one of the most desirable suburbs in Minneapolis with the convenience of apartment living. We offer Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care amenities to our senior community.

Related Articles

Our blog

Check out the latest news and articles from the Orchards of Minnetonka. Stay up to date with all our senior living options, activities and amenities.

calmly sitting holding cane
Alzheimer’s and Dementia: The Basics
There’s a lot of confusion out there around what is Alzheimer’s and what is dementia. Is there any difference between the two? Is one worse than the other? People sometimes ...
Read More
affection and holding hands
Difficulties of Dementia
People living with dementia experience many difficulties. They may have problems with language like word-finding struggles, substituting one word for another, or talking in what’s called a “word salad,” where ...
Read More
moving boxes
moving to a senior community: how to get ready when you’re not ready!
Many older adults think about moving to a senior living community, or have had talks with their family members about moving, but often have the feeling that they are ‘not ...
Read More
seniors holding grandchildren
Independence vs. Isolation – How Senior Living Improves Lives
Many older adults want to stay in their home as long as possible. There is an assumption that staying in your home means you are keeping your independence longer, but ...
Read More
Taking the Car Keys Away
“Mom, I don’t feel safe in the car with you.” “Dad, I think your eyesight is getting worse.” “I don’t think you should drive anymore.” These are one of the ...
Read More
therapy pet dog
the role pets play in our health and happiness
Have you ever noticed how snuggling and petting a dog, or giving a cat on your lap gentle strokes seems to create a sense of calm and wellbeing?  Turns out, ...
Read More

Get In Touch

Name(Required)
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.