Flu season is here and with the kids in school it = bringing germs home
Kick the “Fall Spike” to the curb this flu season. In case you don’t know, Fall Spike refers to when the kids go back to school, where they can start to bring germs home, spreading those lovely germs to all, causing sickness ranging from colds to severe asthma flare-ups. That is the craziness of the Fall Spike. Everyone including the parents, those who work with children, and others have all been subject to the not so fun Fall Spike.
You can prepare for the cold and flu season by taking some preventative measures that are easy to incorporate for the entire family. You’re probably doing some of them already, but you can take it to the next level to help boost your immune system.
Eat well: Make healthy food choices so that you’re all getting the nutrients you need to help your body fight off those germs.
Wash your hands: I know every parent is already nagging (ahem, reminding gently) their children to wash their hands throughout the day to limit the spread of germs.
Know when to make the call to stay home: If you or the kiddos have a high fever (100+ degrees), stay home and remember you need to be fever-free for a minimum 24 hours before returning to work or school.
Get the flu shot: The flu shot is an important factor in your arsenal to help prevent the spread of the flu during flu season.
So, what are some things that you can do with your meals to help boost your immune system?
Nuts and Seeds
Whether at the office or on the road I like to keep a package of nuts around. They are a great snack to tide you over in between meals, but many varieties also contain vitamin E, a great antioxidant for maintaining good health.
Citrus Fruits – Vitamin C
Think about certain foods like citrus fruits. Most kids and adults love oranges and other citrus fruits. It’s a fabulous source of vitamin C and you can incorporate these fruits into your daily nutrition quite easily. One of my favourite ways is to have them in a smoothie or add an orange to my morning yogurt. My daughter just loves to eat oranges just the way they are.
Beans & Legumes – Protein and Zinc
Make a pot of chili, have a bean salad, or how about a bean dip. Choose your favourite and benefit from the protein and zinc in your diet.
Probiotic Foods – Helping Your Immune Function
Probiotic foods like kefir or probiotic yogurt (my favourite snack) contain bacteria that is good for the gut and helps modulate immune function. Better yet if you have probiotic foods, you don’t have to take probiotic supplements, and you get other benefits like protein and calcium.
Our Raspberry Smoothie Bowl is a great way to get your probiotics, fruits and more! GO HERE for this recipe.
Not sure where to start with your nutrition?
No worries an in-store Registered Dietitian at Loblaws/Superstore stores across Canada can help you prepare for cold and flu season. They’ll suggest nutrient-rich foods and recipes that will support you and your family’s overall immune health. How amazing is that?
Don’t forget that a flu shot is still your best, ahem, shot at better immune health and surviving the flu season. You can get your groceries, meet with a dietitian and then head on over to the in-store pharmacist at your local Loblaws/Superstore store.
My family and I have already had our flu shots, and I’ve got my consultation with one of their dietitians all set up. I can’t wait because even though we eat quite healthy already, I know there’s room for improvement. Why not benefit from the knowledge of their in-store experts so we can all kick the Fall Spike to the curb this flu season.
Visit the Real Canadian Superstore online to find a store near you!
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