A healthy balanced diet, packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants is key, as is eating regularly throughout the day. Aiming for three meals a day, plus two healthy snacks is a useful rule of thumb.
This article takes a look at three ways you can ensure your diet supports your immune system and helps to keep you healthy this winter.
Over recent years this has become a popular mantra for nutrition experts and for a very good reason.
In order to ensure that you consume a balanced diet you need to eat a variety of foods containing immune boosting vitamins A, C and E, as well as foods that are high in fibre and low in fat.
Cooler temperatures, less daylight and dreary weather means it can be tempting to comfort eat at this time of year. However, that can quickly lead to an unhealthy increase in foods that are high in ‘bad’ fats and offer little nutritional value to your immune system.
To keep a balance while still enjoying some treats, try some of these easy food swaps:
Stress isn’t good for your immune system and 2020 has been a stressful year for many people in different ways. Maybe you have been shielding, attempting to go about ‘business as usual’ or are feeling the effects of a year spent in a heightened state of alert, all of which will have resulted in increased stress levels and the harmful effects of the stress hormone ‘cortisol’.
Getting plenty of sleep and taking regular exercise will help to offset the effects of stress and help your immune system to function properly.
If you feel that you are struggling to deal with stress, or stress-related conditions, it is really important to speak to friends, family and your GP or other medical professional in order to get the support you need to stay well.
At The Dower House, residents enjoy a wide and varied menu with meals that are freshly cooked in our kitchen by our expert team. Resident’s specific dietary requirements are easily catered for, as are medical needs such as the need for softer foods. Our residents often comment that meals at The Dower House are akin to eating in their favourite restaurants - high praise indeed!
If you would like to know more about life at The Dower House, or to arrange a short stay for you or a loved one this winter, please get in touch.
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