Flu season typically starts winding down in the spring. Allergy season kicks up. Colds and other viruses also tax the immune system. After a long winter, one thing you and your dad want to do is make sure you’ve recharged the immune system as best you can.
If you’ve been sick, it’s important to boost foods that help the body. These foods are the best foods to add to your snacks and meals.
Rely on berries for a boost of antioxidants that benefit the immune system. Blueberries are one of the best as they’re high in anthocyanin, a flavonoid that’s believed to help the respiratory system and lessen the risk of getting a cold.
When you’re sick, you may not be interested in keeping up with daily activities. When you’re a family caregiver, you can’t ignore your dad’s needs. You still need to make sure he has the help he needs.
Grapefruit, lemons, limes, and oranges are examples of citrus fruit. All of them have high levels of vitamin C. Vitamin C has been found to help lessen the length or severity of cold symptoms in some people.
Kiwi fruit is another citrus fruit that’s high in vitamin C. Its seeds contain some omega-3 fatty acids. The entire fruit is a good source of fiber, too.
Add garlic to everything you can when you’re feeling ill. Garlic is high in selenium, a mineral that helps the immune system. Add it to your chicken noodle soup if you’re not fond of it.
Not everyone loves garlic. If you love it, chop it up and steep it in olive oil. Dip red pepper strips and whole-grain bread into the garlic oil.
Red Bell Peppers
Vitamin C is definitely a vitamin to eat more of after you come down with a virus. If you worry about the sugar content in berries and citrus fruit, red bell peppers are a great choice.
Seeds and Nuts
Almonds, hazelnuts, and sunflower seeds contain a lot of vitamin E. Vitamin E is another antioxidant that helps the immune system. The vitamin helps the cells fight free radicals that cause damage.
Instead of leaving him alone, talk to a home care agency to have caregivers stop by and help out. You get to focus on recuperating from your illness. Your dad doesn’t have to be alone and try to do things that are more challenging. Home care makes sure he’s okay so that you can relax and feel better.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering home care in Colorado, TX please contact the caring staff at Viv Health Care Services today at. (832) 871-4223