Covid-19 | August 13, 2021
Eating healthy foods can make you look and feel great, not to mention how it can ward away a number of ailments by boosting your immune system and keeping you fit. Although it might seem hard to do during this infamous global pandemic – the dreaded Covid-19 –it is much easier than you might think. Read on below to learn more and find some inspiration!
Why bother? Although all age groups are at risk of contracting COVID-19, our elders are more likely to get sick from COVID-19 due to physiological changes and health conditions characteristic of the golden years.
While health and safety precautions are a necessity, we need to do more to protect ourselves and others. Let the health authorities go on the offensive, fighting the pandemic with lab science. There are key measures that seniors can follow to be on the defensive, by maintaining their health and improving their immune systems through food science (Which is, arguably, the most delicious form of science).
Improving your diet is a healthy experience and a delicious one too. A well-thought, simple meal plan can support overarching health and leave you feeling satisfied. Look for these vitamins, among others:
You may have heard of this one. No doubt, you’ve probably seen it at stores and pharmacies, and your doctor has likely raved on about it like it’s the best thing since the advent of the wheel. Needless to say, that’s because it’s important. I’ll spare the scientific mumbo jumbo and just say that vitamin C can be found in fruits and vegetables like oranges, guavas, kiwis (Not the bird!), bell peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes, and more. As the new adage goes, when life gives you vitamin C, make a platter and photograph it.
Zinc is essential too; the human body doesn’t naturally create or store zinc, so you must get it through the food you eat or else take external supplements. For this reason, you must have a constant zinc supply throughout your diet. It aids growth, metabolism, digestion, nerve function and more. Zinc is conveniently found in many types of food sources, including meat, fish, beans, and fortified grains. So, grab oil and a pan, rosemary and spice, and sauté a salmon with a side of rice.
Additionally, vitamin D is another important one. It is the first line of defense against infections and diseases. We can get much of it by directly sunbathing for ten to fifteen minutes a day. However, during a typical Canadian winter it may be easier to just get it from a more delicious source and save yourself from a fool’s errand. Indeed, one can find it in sardines, mushrooms, egg yolks and more! So, go lay some ingredients, hatch a plan, and get cracking (Pun, pun, pun!).
Research finds that those of us who regularly eat home-cooked food tend to have enhanced immune systems and are far more fit than our fast food-feasting friends. Being at home for longer periods offers us the unique opportunity to cook our favourite dishes and even learn a few new healthy and delicious recipes. Making matters easier, home delivery systems exist and are offered by many companies who also offer contact-less payment and delivery options. This way, there is little to no face-to-face interaction required. For added convenience, companies like Comfort Keepers can go beyond this: we can take you grocery shopping or do the grocery shopping for you; and we can also cook with you or even cook for you. When it’s this easy to eat healthy, there’s really no excuse for not doing so.
Above all, drink lots of water. Drinking up to 10 glasses of water every day helps you to stay hydrated. Hydration will help to remove toxins from the body, helps avoid heat exhaustion, helps to maintain energy levels, and so much more. On that note, avoiding excessive consumption of alcohol is another important practice. This is because alcohol acts as a diuretic and it reduces hydration. What’s more, since variety is the spice of life, make sure to try hydrating through natural fruit juices and coconut water for added vitamins, exotic flavours, and bragging rights.
In sum, eating healthy is important. It is simple. It is easy. It is delicious. It can boost your immune system. It can keep you fighting fit. What’s more, it adds a dash of colour and excitement to your life – and who could resist that?
Comfort Keepers senior care of Hamilton, Kitchener, and Waterloo has been helping seniors lead healthy, active, and enjoyable lifestyles for over two decades in North America. We understand the challenges of the golden years, we know what our seniors are capable of achieving, and we offer companionship and care that helps empower seniors to sustain their autonomy, maintain good health, and enjoy their time in retirement.
Our trained caregivers can make your day-to-day life easier and help you make the most of your time, rendering it a relaxing and enjoyable experience. At Comfort Keepers Kitchener and Waterloo senior care, we can help you achieve your tasks so that you can focus on the things that matter. We help our clients find joy by elevating the human spirit.
Call us today for more information on how we can serve your needs.