|To have a fighting chance against viruses and infections, it is important to keep healthy with a diet that helps boost and maintain your natural immune system. With the flu season approaching and the coronavirus amidst us, why not supercharge your immune system by including immune-boosting foods in your meals. |
The best preparation against the flu is to get the flu vaccination, ensure you get 6-8 hours of sleep per night, maintain hygiene against germs and eat healthily. The vitamins and minerals most noted to maintain and boost a healthy immune system include Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Zinc to name a few.
Vitamin C is super important as it not only helps build your immune system but is also a powerful antioxidant. Most citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit and lemons are a great source of Vitamin C but so are vegetables such as bell peppers, broccoli, and spinach.
An alternative source of Vitamin D other than spending time in sunlight would be mushrooms and yoghurts. Add Vitamin E to your diet by including almonds over your breakfast cereal or sunflower seeds to salads. Sweet potatoes are a great source of Vitamin A while whole grains, eggs, and dairy are a great source of Vitamin B.
In addition to valuable micronutrients needed to fight infections, minerals such as iron, selenium, and zinc play an important role in boosting immune systems. The most prominent source of iron is meat, chicken, and fish while legumes and whole grains are great substitutes for those who follow a vegetarian diet. To increase zinc and selenium intake include different nuts, mushrooms and dried beans in your menu.
There are a variety of medical aid options that motivate and reward healthy lifestyle choices. Rewards and points could be earned through participating in regular exercise activities, shopping for healthy foods at partnered retailers or by taking advantage of regular screening and preventative benefits that form part of your medical plan.
Ask a Glopin Healthcare Consultant for a medical aid that compliments and rewards your healthy lifestyle choices.