Friday, March 30, 2018

How Can Office Fruit Boost Your Immune System?

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We have all heard of the saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ but how much truth is really in this? Employers across Ireland are considering a new approach to offering staff perks – a free fruit basket each week which is full of different fruits to keep staff hunger at bay throughout the working week. The latest idea is fuelled by the notion that offering fruit in an office setting will help staff stay healthier, encouraging them to avoid ‘bad’ foods like chocolates and crisps, and instead dose up on some much needed vitamins and minerals contained in fruits. What could be better?

There are many benefits to offering office fruit to your staff. The first is that naturally your staff will likely crave something sweet around 11am. Rather than fuelling up on a chocolate bar which is going to give them a quick high followed by a sluggish feeling later on, fruit will encourage the body to stay fuller for longer (especially with fruits like bananas) but will also satisfy that sweet craving. Healthy Eating states that if you just feel a need for something sweet, you could choose fresh or dried fruit instead of chocolate. Not only is fruit naturally high in dietary fiber, which can help you feel fuller for longer, it is also an important part of a healthy diet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that you eat between 1 1/2 and 2 cups of fruit per day. Most people don’t manage this but with office fruit right there on offer, it is much easier to eat more of what your body needs.

Let’s not forget one of the main benefits of fruit – it is good for you. According to Fruitful Office, who deliver office fruit to offices around Ireland, fruit has a whole host of benefits. Many are rich in vitamin C which boosts the immune system. Over time, it is likely that with vitamin C in your diet, you will experience fewer colds, flu and general bugs. With a stronger immune system, you are less likely to be taking sick days in the office. For employers, this means a more productive workforce overall. Each fruit comes with its own benefit, too. For instance, cherries – a perhaps underrated fruit, can offer a lot to staff members who suffer headaches. Researchers believe that 20 cherries are 10 times as potent as an aspirin. "Anthocyanins" – which are found in cherries, block inflammatory enzymes, helping to reduce general pain.  This is a natural way to cure a headache in the office. 

Providing office fruit is good for your staff’s immune systems, but it also helps them to feel more valued as an employee – because it shows that you care. Not having to buy their own fruit may seem like a small perk, but it can mean a lot over time. In many cases, this could equate to free tea and coffee, which we all know is something that staff love to have!

This is a guest blog post.

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