Mom's Meals: This Nasty flu Season, Keep that Bug Far, Far Away (& Listen to Your Mother!)

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During this horrendous flu season, seniors need to be especially cautious. Being mindful of a few simple things, including some age-old advice, can make a big difference in keeping that nasty flu far, far away.

All of us, but especially seniors, need to be extra careful to avoid the flu this winter.

Mother was right. Be sure to eat, not just three meals a day, but three healthy meals each day. If you are not cooking like you once did, or if preparing your own meals is not feasible or appealing, consider home delivered meals.

Compared to the younger crowd, aging Americans need to be extra careful, especially during this horrendous flu season, about staying healthy. As we grow older, our immune response is reduced, and the likelihood of catching something goes up. Here are some easy tips on boosting your immune system this winter, keeping those nasty flu bugs far, far away.

1.    Eat right! You may hate to admit it, but Mother was right. Be sure to eat, not just three meals a day, but three healthy meals each day to help keep your immune system at the top of its game. For those no longer cooking, or if meal preparation is overwhelming, consider home delivered meals. One company, Mom’s Meals, offers a wide variety of options, prepared by chefs and Registered Dietitians, and many are even designed to fit specific diet restrictions including those on a special renal diet, a diabetes diet, or a heart healthy diet. Meals are delivered directly to any address in the lower 48.

2.    Wash your hands! A little thing like washing your hands regularly and thoroughly can go a long way in staying healthy this winter. For those not near a sink, hand sanitizers should be used every hour or so.

3.    Exercise! Get out there and get moving! If your old joints are creaking and the thought of walking makes you cringe, try water aerobics, or another low impact form of exercise. Area malls are a great place to walk and window shop at the same time.

4.    Let the Sun Shine! Get some sunshine on that face if you can. It provides vitamin D and helps fight off the various germs that can cause the flu.

5.    Chill! As the kids say, “Chill,” meaning take a load off, kick your feet up, quit worrying about things you can’t control, and focus on taking care of yourself.

Mom’s Meals, is dedicated to providing fresh-made, nutritious, home meal delivery to customers nationwide, specializing in senior and patient care for over a dozen years. The company prepares, packages, and ships ready-to-heat and eat meals directly to a customer’s door, delivered anywhere in the United States.

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