Carrots. The orange veggies are rich in beta-carotene which helps a body fight off respiratory infections. Tired of carrots, try: dark green veggies (as long as the senior is not taking Coumadin/Warfarin), sweet potatoes pumpkin and winter squash.
Mushrooms. Yeah, I know, for some of you it is a texture thing, but these bad boys are a nutritional powerhouse that heightens a body’s resistance to viral infections by increasing the activity of natural killer cells, a vital part of the immune system. Mushrooms are also rich in selenium. Low levels of selenium have been lined with an increased risk of developing more severe flu.
There are many old customs and wives tales out there, but believe it or not, those old-timers knew what they were talking about. Perhaps they did not have modern medicine, but it is my belief that modern medicine forgot to take into account that naturalists were able to live long, healthy lives without the influx of so many medicines to keep them alive. They knew that With Age Comes Respect and they strove for the respect!
Some very simple solutions to fighting the flu bug this year include some everyday foodstuffs, including veggies! According to AARP, you may want to feed your elder:
- Black-Eyed Peas. No, not the musical group, the actual legumes. They are high in zinc and help the immune system stay in working order. Other good choices include: pinto beans, peanuts, roasted pumpkin seeds and wheat germ.