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7 Foods and Drinks to Fight the Flu in Seniors

Eating a nutritious diet is a great way for seniors to prevent getting the flu this year. There are many different foods and drinks to help seniors fight the flu, and including them in your loved one’s diet can prevent infections from forming in the body. Sacramento home care experts list 7 nutrition-packed flu-fighting foods and drinks to give your loved one.

1. Citrus Fruits

Eating citrus fruit or drinking fresh citrus juices gives a senior a dose of vitamin C. Because the body does not store vitamin C, it is important to consume it daily. Encourage your loved one to have an orange, tangerine, grapefruit, or clementine each day.

2. Broccoli

Broccoli is rich in vitamin A, C, and E, so include it in your loved one’s diet as often as possible. The trick to getting the most benefits from broccoli is to cook it as little as possible or to have it raw.

3. Spinach

Spinach is high in vitamin C and is loaded with beta-carotene to help fight off the flu’s effects. Encourage your loved one to eat spinach regularly.

4. Yogurt

Probiotics in yogurt can reduce the body’s inflammatory response. For the best results, serve your loved one yogurt with live and active cultures and fortified with vitamin D.

5. Green Tea

Both black and green teas contain important antioxidants. However, green tea also contains other important antioxidants that are destroyed during the production of black tea. Green tea also contains an amino acid that helps the body fight the flu.

6. Papaya

If your loved one is looking to try something different, grab a papaya from the produce section for him or her. This fruit is loaded with vitamin C, and it also has some vitamin B and potassium to keep your loved one’s body feeling great.

7. Poultry

For years, mothers have given children big bowls of chicken soup to fight off illnesses. Scientists now know what mothers knew all along, as poultry is loaded with important vitamins and antioxidants that can help your loved one fight an infection in the body.

Help your loved one keep the flu away this year by eating a well-balanced diet. Reach out to Home Care Assistance to learn about our highly trained caregivers who can help promote your loved one’s physical and emotional wellbeing by encouraging him or her to eat nutritious meals. Our caregivers are also trained to provide specialized Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia care Sacramento families can rely on. Call 916.706.0169 today to speak with a friendly Care Manager who can help you customize a care plan for your loved one.