It can be difficult to determine healthy and suitable foods for a stronger immune system. This has left certain seniors uncertain about what to feed themselves. Statistically, older people consume less food and have less variety in their meals. It does not have to be this way. As a general rule of thumb, go for unprocessed foods, and foods rich in vitamins. If you are still not sure what kinds of food you can take, especially if you have a weakened immune system, here is a list of them.
Almonds are chock full of vitamin E, which promotes a strong immune system. It also contains healthy fats. Take about half a cup daily. Sunflower seeds and dark leafy greens tend to share this characteristic and can be potential alternatives.
Also known as a superfruit, broccoli contains three different types of antioxidants: vitamins C, E, and A. It is also rich in fiber and vitamin B-9, all elements that promote a healthy immune system. Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbages share many similarities with broccoli, and they all contain enzymes that can help fight common germs, directly boosting an immune system.
Spinach primarily contains vitamin C and beta carotene, which directly improves the ability of your immune system to fight infections. If possible, consume it raw, otherwise, give it a light steam. Some light cooking can enhance its vitamin A content and releases oxalic acid, all helpful to the immune system.
These are power foods. They do wonders for your immune system. Eating more of them helps white blood cell production, and white blood cells are just what you need to fight infections. Be aware, however, that not all mushrooms are the same, and you will want to get fresh shiitake, reishi, or maitake mushrooms, if possible, as they do better than other mushrooms in this regard.
We all know that oranges and lemons give vitamin C. The rest of the citrus fruit family have the same properties. Vitamin C helps to reduce the duration and severity of sickness, as it aids the development of antibodies and white blood cells.
Eggs have some vitamin C and a fair amount of vitamin D. They boost your immune system and help fight the flu collectively.
Green tea has two special types of oxidants called Flavonoids and EGCG. These improve your immune functions. It is also a source of the amino acid L-theanine, which helps fight illness. Replace a morning cup of coffee with it and try it out.
At Aston Gardens At Sun City, we do our best to provide such foods to you on our menu and encourage our members to consume healthy foods that are beneficial to the immune system. We lead many independent living programs to improve overall health and fitness for our members. Contact us or schedule a tour to learn more!