Don't Hibernate: Stay Active & Healthy During the Winter Months - Part 2 Feb. 26, 2015

Stay Active During Winter Months to Stay Health | BrookfieldWith winter in full swing, the cold and flu season is at its highest. To ensure your body is ready to fight off germs and keep you illness free, proper nutrition through a healthy diet is vital. Follow our nutritional tips to stay healthy and feel great during the winter months.

 

Eat foods from every food group

  • Fruits and Vegetables: Make sure to eat plenty of fruits and veggies. Aim for dark green, red, orange, and yellow ones, as they are the most nutrient and vitamin rich. Examples include spinach, bell peppers and oranges.
  • Grains: Fiber is essential for the normal function of the digestive track. Try eating whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta and steel cut oatmeal.
  • Dairy: Milk, cheese and yogurt provide us with essential vitamin D and are a great source of protein. Getting vitamin D through food is especially important during the winter because we normally get our daily dose of vitamin D through the sun. During the winter months, we are outside less, and need to make up for the vitamin deficit through the foods we eat. Bone and muscle health are also supported through the dairy group.
  • Protein: There are a variety of ways to get protein, but it’s essential for muscle repair as well as keeping our bodies well nourished. Protein supplies us with essential vitamins and minerals. Meat, fish, lentils, poultry, chickpeas, seeds and nuts can all be great sources of protein. 

 

Stay hydrated

Water plays a vital role in our body’s functions, so staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids is especially important. Water is essential for the transport of medications and plays a key role in digestion and circulation, which affects our joints and muscles.

 

 

At Brookfield Assisted Living, we want to ensure the best lifestyle for all of our residents. We offer top-notch cuisine to go hand in hand with routine exercise for our residents.