It’s important to keep your mind and body in its best possible state during these worrisome times. A strong immune system helps fight off infections and diseases. Unfortunately, as we age our immune systems start weakening-which is why the Coronavirus has such a strong effect on the older generation.
On a more positive note, there is ways that you can give your immune system a boost:
Increase Your Health
Proper Hand Washing
Being aware of the cleanliness of your hands can help in the prevention of spreading disease-causing germs. Wash your hands the right way by:
Get Your Flu Shot
You are vulnerable – People 65 and older are at higher risk of flu-related complications, but the flu can knock young, healthy people off their feet, too. It does every year.
If people get their flu shots, fewer people come down with the flu and come into clinics with nonspecific symptoms such as fever and cough, which overlap with symptoms of COVID-19.
Having fewer flu patients will make it easier to find the patients with COVID-19.
Eat Your Immune Boosters
Deficiencies in nutrition will weaken our immune system and render us more vulnerable to infection. We need to ensure that we eat enough; our immune systems need energy and the right nutrients to function to their maximum potential.
So what are the top 3 nutrient dense immune boosting foods:
- Citrus fruits
Most people turn to vitamin C after they’ve caught a cold. That’s because it helps build up your immune system. Vitamin C is thought to increase the production of white blood cells. These are key to fighting infections.
- Red bell peppers
If you think citrus fruits have the most vitamin C of any fruit or vegetable, think again. Ounce for ounce, red bell peppers contain twice as much vitamin C as citrus. They’re also a rich source of beta carotene.
Broccoli is supercharged with vitamins and minerals. Packed with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as many other antioxidants and fiber, broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables you can put on your table.
Unwind & Relax4
Stress occurs when life events surpass your abilities to cope. It causes your body to produce greater levels of the stress hormone cortisol. In short spurts, cortisol can boost your immunity by limiting inflammation. But over time, your body can get used to having too much cortisol in your blood. And this opens the door for more inflammation.
In addition, stress decreases the body’s lymphocytes — the white blood cells that help fight off infection.
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