Because seniors have weaker immune systems, they are more likely to get the flu. It is important to help your loved one stay hydrated and boost the immune system while he or she has the flu. Boca Raton senior care professionals have put together a list of 7 nutritious foods and beverages that can help your loved one fight the flu.
Eggs are packed with protein and zinc, which is needed to build disease-fighting white blood cells. They are also soft enough for seniors with sore throats to eat.
2. Tea with Honey
Warm tea and honey is very soothing for sore and inflamed throats. Green and black teas are also packed with antioxidants, which have a protective effect. You may want to pick decaffeinated varieties so your loved one can rest well.
3. Sweet Potatoes
The soft texture of sweet potatoes allows seniors to eat them without hurting their throat or upsetting their stomach. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, which helps the body produce white blood cells and strengthens the mucous membranes of the nose and throat.
Contrary to popular belief, dairy does not increase mucus production, which means seniors with the flu, do not need to avoid it. Yogurt contains beneficial gut bacteria, which can restore intestinal balances after vomiting or diarrhea.
Feverish sweating and vomiting can destroy electrolyte balances in the body. Bananas are a great source of potassium, which helps the body absorb water properly.
6. Clear Broth
Seniors can have trouble keeping food down while they have the flu, but it is still important to ingest some nutritious food. Clear broths are easy on the stomach and contain valuable nutrients. Chicken broth contains cysteine, an amino acid that helps reduce congestion.
7. Orange Juice
Your loved one can get vitamin C and other antioxidants from orange juice. Orange juice also contains a lot of water and calories the body can use to fight illness. Pick orange juice with pulp to provide extra nourishment.
If your loved one has the flu, call Home Care Assistance for more information on managing the symptoms. We are a trusted name in elder in-home care and provide caregivers who are trained to help your loved one with daily tasks such as meal preparation and light housekeeping. We also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia care Boca Raton families trust. Call (561) 826.9282 to discuss flexible elder care options with a Care Manager.