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Fun Facts: February

Well, January is drawing to a close, so we thought we would share some fun facts about the upcoming month!

Share these fun facts with your elderly loved one or those in your care today!



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Benefits & Sources of Beta-Carotene and Zinc

In the final blog of our series on the Immune System and ways to support and maintain it, we are discussing the benefits and sources of Beta-Carotene and Zinc.

What is Beta-Carotene?

Beta-carotene is a red-orange pigment found in plants and fruits, especially carrots and other vegetables, that gets converted into Vitamin A – an essential vitamin.

It is a powerful antioxidant that has a number of benefits. It can:

  • reduce inflammation
  • boost immune function by increasing disease-fighting cells in the body
  • improve cognitive function and reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline
  • maintain skin health and appearance
  • support eye health and prevent eye diseases

Sources of Beta-Carotene

As mentioned, this nutrient is found in colourful vegetables such as carrots with its vibrant orange colour. It can also be found in sweet potatoes, apricots, grapefruit, leafy greens like kale, onions, pumpkin, and squash.

What is Zinc?

Zinc is considered a trace mineral. It is an essential nutrient for our immune system to function and to maintain our health.

Found mostly in our diet, zinc provides a number of benefits, such as the prevention of zinc deficiencies, reducing cold symptoms, healing wounds, reducing symptoms of diarrhea, and may slow the process of age-related eye disease (macular degeneration).

Sources of Zinc

  • whole grains
  • milk products
  • red meat
  • poultry
  • legumes, such as chickpeas, lentils, and baked beans
  • nuts, such as cashews and almonds
  • shellfish
  • seeds, such as pumpkin and sesame

Remember, before adding vitamin supplements, always speak to your health care provider as many supplements may counteract with specific and prescribed medications. However, introducing small nutritious dietary changes to your daily routine will benefit your overall health and support your immune system for the prevention of certain diseases and overall functioning.


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Sweet Potato & Zucchini Hash

One of the best ways to support your immune system and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle as we age is to ensure you are getting the proper nutrients at every meal. To achieve this, consider using locally grown produce that is in season. It not only benefits your community but your health as well.

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of betacarotene, which can be converted to vitamin A and help support your immune system and gut health. Its low glycemic index makes it ideal for diabetics, too!

You may be surprised that these traditionally Central and South American potatoes are commercially grown here in Ontario! In fact, Ontario sweet potatoes also contain fibre and are fat and cholesterol-free!

Try this delicious and versatile dish at any meal and enjoy the benefits of this seasonal tuber!

Sweet Potato & Zucchini Hash – Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. (450g) sweet potato, peeled, cut into cubes
  • 2 glove garlic, chopped
  • 1 ½ tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 8 eggs
  • handful parsley, chopped
  • cayenne pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Cook the sweet potato for 3-4 mins in a pot of boiling water, then drain.
  2. Heat the ½ tbsp. of the oil in a pan, over medium heat.
  3. Add the sweet potato, zucchini, onion and garlic, sauté for about 5 mins, until cooked and browned. Season to taste with salt & pepper, and set aside.
  4. Heat the remaining oil in the pan and fry the eggs to your liking.
  5. Divide the vegetables between 4 plates, top with fried eggs and sprinkle with parsley. Season with cayenne pepper, salt & pepper, to taste and serve.

Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Vitamins C & E

In our continuing series on understanding and supporting our Immune System, today’s blog features the benefits of adding Vitamins C and E into our daily diet.

Vitamins C and E are antioxidants that help to destroy free radicals and support the body’s natural immune response. With ageing, the immune response becomes reduced or impaired. This can greatly affect our daily functioning and may lead to infection and risks pertaining to our health and wellbeing.

Antioxidants, such as Vitamins C and E, in your diet, have long been thought to offer some level of protection against the oxidative damage that is involved in those with Alzheimer’s disease and general cognitive decline in the normal ageing process.

Benefits & Sources of Vitamin C

Vitamin C protects against deficiencies in the ageing immune system. It increases white blood cell production, which aids in protecting us against infection and disease. Vitamin C also provides antioxidant protection and shields white blood cells from any free radicals – atoms that can damage cells, causing illness.

Other benefits of Vitamin C include protection against cardiovascular disease, eye disease and increase iron absorption – which is needed to reduce the risk of anemia and other conditions.

Vitamin C can be found in supplement form or in nature, such as in red bell peppers, oranges, strawberries, broccoli, and lemon.

Benefits & Sources of Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a nutrient that is important for maintaining the health of our vision, reproduction, and the health of our blood, brain, and skin. According to some sources, Vitamin E improves the immune and inflammatory responses of older adults.

This nutrient also has antioxidant features that protect us against damages to our cells. Some research shows that a high dose of vitamin E may delay the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in those who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Other benefits include improved symptoms of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Natural sources of vitamin E include canola oil, olive oil, almonds, peanuts, leafy greens such as spinach, some meats, and dairy.


Supplementation

Always speak with your doctor or medical practitioners before starting any vitamin supplement routine. Much of our vitamin nutrients can be gained through dietary changes and natural foods. There are some risks, especially with Vitamin E supplements that may actually increase the risk of certain diseases.


In conclusion, vitamin deficiency is just one of many concerns that affect older adults. Seniors are prone to a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be lessened with the help of medical professionals, and professional in-home caregivers who can provide meal preparation, medication reminders, or meal assistance.

If you or your elderly loved one requires assistance in these areas, contact us today at 613-769-1669 for information on how we can support you.


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Mushroom Soup

One way to boost our immune system is by adding fruits and vegetables to our daily diet. This not only provides a well-balanced meal plan but also allows for a much-needed daily intake of vitamins and minerals.

Mushroom Soup

This delicious and easy recipe serves 4 and is rich in fibre, protein, antioxidants, and vitamins.

Ingredients

  • 1 small carrot, shopped
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 pnion, sliced
  • 1/2 leek, chopped
  • 5 1/3 cups (500g) mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small parsnip, chopped
  • 1 small potato, peeled, cubed
  • 2 1/2 cups (600ml) vegetable stock
  • scant 1/2 cup (100ml) cream fraiche

Directions

  1. In a large pot heat the oil, and sauté the chopped onion and sliced leek for about 3 mins.
  2. Next, add washed and sliced mushrooms and fry for another 10 minutes stirring now and then.
  3. Add the carrot, parsnip and potato. Mix well and cook for 3-4 mins. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour in the vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Simmer, covered for about 15 mins. until the vegetables are soft.
  5. Mix with a hand blender until smooth, add cream at the end
    and serve.

Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Jan. 18: This Day in History

#Onthisday in history, we celebrate the achievements in television, sports, and the birthday of a beloved author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books – A.A. Milne!


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Winter Polar Bear Craft

As we prepare for the colder snowy weather this winter, cozy up with this cute winter polar bear craft!

Please note** This activity has a number of pieces that should be prepared ahead of time especially if your elderly loved one or clients have difficulty with fine-motor skills or eye-hand coordination when using scissors and drawing.

Materials

  • White craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers or Coloured Pencils
  • Craft glue
  • Blue craft paper (for background)

Instructions

1 Using the white craft papaer and a pencil, draw 3 circles of different sizes for the body and face of the polar bear and 6 small circles for the ears, arms, and feet (see image below). Cut and set aside.

You may also trace objects, such as bottle lids/caps, to create “perfect” circles!

2 Arrange the body parts using the photo below as a guide and carefully glue each piece to secure them. At this time you may wish to glue the polar bear to the blue craft paper background.

3 Once the pieces have been secured with glue and your polar bear is mounted to the background paper, begin to decorate! Using a black marker or coloured pencil, colour in the bear’s feet, face, and ears and bring your character to life!

Be Creative! If you don’t want to use a black marker, try a different colour of your choice.

4 Now it’s time to design the background. Using markers or coloured pencils, decorate the background with snowflakes or use more craft paper to add different features!


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Fun Facts: Penguins

As we begin to feel cooler temperatures and see a bit more snow and ice on the ground, it inspired us to learn more about the animals that live in extreme temperatures, such as those of the Antarctic – penguins!


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Benefits of Vitamin D

In our weekly series on how to boost your Immune System for a stronger, healthier way of life, we will be focusing today’s blog on the benefits of Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin.

In Canada, it is estimated that 32% of Canadians have insufficient Vitamin D levels in their bloodstream. This occurs more so in the winter months than during the summer and can cause the softening of bones or osteoporosis (fragile bones) in adults.

What is Vitamin D?

Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is produced by the body in response to your skin being exposed to the ultraviolet rays found in sunlight. It also occurs naturally in foods, such as certain fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks, and in fortified dairy and grain products. Vitamin D is a nutrient that helps the body use calcium and phosphorous to build and maintain strong bones and teeth. Some research says that Vitamin D supplementation may reduce the risk of viral infections, including respiratory tract infections, by reducing the production of pro-inflammatory compounds in the body.

Vitamin D Deficiency

Due to its importance for strengthening and maintaining healthy bones, a deficiency in Vitamin D may lead to symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness. Vitamin D deficiency has also been associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and cognitive impairment in older adults.

This deficiency can be caused by a number of circumstances such as reduced sunlight, especially in the winter months, or by consuming more strict plant-based diets (i.e. vegan diet), as most natural sources of Vitamin D are animal-based.

What foods provide Vitamin D?

Accoding to Health Canada, the major sources of vitamin D are fortified foods. In Canada, cow’s milk and margarine must be fortified with vitamin D. Goat’s milk, fortified plant-based beverages (e.g., fortified soy beverages), and some calcium-fortified orange juices are permitted to be fortified with vitamin D. Cheese and yogurt can be made with vitamin D-fortified milk, however, the final product does not contain as much vitamin D as fluid milk alone. The only natural sources of vitamin D in the Canadian food supply are fatty fish and egg yolks. Because it is a commonly consumed food, fluid milk is a major dietary source of vitamin D.

Other examples of foods containing Vitamin D are:

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Sockeye salmon
  • Sardines
  • Eggs
  • Beef liver
  • Orange Juice
  • Mushrooms
  • Tuna

Supplements

Increasing your daily Vitamin D intake using over-the-counter supplements is one way to improve your health. As of February 24, 2021, Health Canada increased the maximum amount for vitamin D supplements sold over-the-counter to 2,500 IU per dose for adults.  They recommend a dietary allowance of 600IU (15mcg) per day for children and adults under 70 years of age. For those over 70, a daily allowance of 800IU (20mcg) is recommended.

Always speak with your doctor or medical practitioner before adding certain foods and supplements to your daily routine.

For more information on how we can help you with meal preparation and assistance, visit our website or connect with us today!


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Orange, Carrot & Ginger Juice

This 3-ingredient recipe is not only simple and delicious, but it is also a great way to boost your immune system! Packed with vitamins and nutrients, such as 100% of your daily Vitamin C, this juice is quick and easy to add to your morning routine.

Immunity-Boosting Carrot, Orange & Ginger Juice

For the full recipe, click here.

Ingredients

  • 5 large Oranges, peeled
  • 5 – 6 large Carrots
  • 2-inch cube of Ginger, peeled

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients together in a high-power blender until smooth. If mixture appears “dry”, add a splash of water or more oranges.
  2. Using a fine strainer or cheesecloth, strain the juice allowing the liquid to drip through into a large bowl. You may need to use your hand to squeeze excess liquid if using cheesecloth.
  3. Discard the pulp from the cloth or strainer and transfer the juice into a bottle to refrigerate or into your glass over ice to enjoy right away!

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