Health and Wellness Resources
STAY HEALTHY AND BE WELL!
Choose immune-boosting nutrients!
These nutrients play a role in boosting the immune system:
- Beta carotene
Beta carotene is found in plant foods, such as sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, mangoes, broccoli and tomatoes.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C-rich foods include citrus fruits, berries, melons, tomatoes, bell peppers and broccoli.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D is found in fatty fish and eggs. Milk and 100% juices fortified with vitamin D also are good sources.
Zinc tends to be better absorbed from foods such as beef and seafood, but it's also found in plant-based sources, including wheat germ, beans, nuts and tofu.
Probiotics are good bacteria that promote health. You'll find them in cultured dairy products, such as yogurt, and in fermented foods, such as kefir and kimchi.
Protein comes from animal and plant sources, including milk, yogurt, eggs, beef, chicken, seafood, nuts, seeds, beans and lentils.
Keep the immune system strong all year long!
- Focus on a balanced eating plan.
Don't skip meals so your body stays well-fueled. Aim for five to seven servings of vegetables and fruits daily to provide those immune-boosting vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. A serving of fruit is one medium piece of fresh fruit, one cup of berries or melon, or one-half cup of canned fruit packed in its own juice. A serving of vegetables is one-half cup cooked or one cup raw. Getting these nutrients from foods versus vitamin or mineral supplements is always best. Many herbal remedies are marketed to help fight colds or shorten their duration, but check with a health care provider before taking any supplements or medications. And don't forget fluids. Remember to drink adequate fluids throughout the day. Plain water is best.
- Crack down on spreading germs.
Good hygiene and hand-washing help prevent the spread of germs. Remember to wash produce before eating or using in recipes. Clean glasses, forks, spoons and other utensils to reduce the spread and growth of bacteria.
- Increase sleep, reduce stress.
Getting adequate sleep and managing stress can be just as important as healthy eating to ward off the flu. Research demonstrates that lack of sleep and increased stress contribute to illness and overall poor health, so:
Adults should get seven to nine hours of sleep each day, while children need eight to 14 hours, depending on their age.
Healthy ways to cope with stress include meditating, listening to music or writing.
Physical activity is another strategy to manage stress and may reduce the risk of some chronic diseases that can weaken your immune system.
Health on the Web
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Asthma and Other Lung Conditions
American Lung Association
Living Options for Seniors
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
American Diabetes Association
High Blood Pressure
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Hospital Care Comparisons and Ratings
Wisconsin collaborative for Health Care Quality
Wisconsin Hospital Association
National Committee for Quality Assurance
US Health and Human Services
Laboratory Tests (helps you understand your results)
nutrition and fitness for children and young adults healthy eating and exercise for K-12 and college age kids
Food Pyramid (dietary recommendations)
National Osteoporosis Foundation
US Dept of Health and Human Services
General Health and Wellness Information
National Institutes of Health Information
Agency for Health Care Research and Quality Federal Citizen Information Center
Mayo Clinic(tools to help guide treatment decisions)
National Health Information Center, USDHHS
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Wisconsin Department of Health
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families