During these worrisome times it’s important to keep your mind and body in it’s best form possible. A strong immune system helps in fighting off infections and illnesses. Unfortunately, as we age our immune systems begin to weaken – which is why the coronavirus is having such a heavy impact on the older generation.
On a more positive note, there is ways that you can give your immune system a boost:
Healthy Senior Habits
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:
Senior flu shots are essential
Seniors are more vulnerable – People 65 and older are at higher risk of flu-related complications, but the flu can even knock young and healthy people off their feet too. It does every year.
If people get their flu shots, fewer people come down with the flu. This prevents people coming into clinics with symptoms, such as a fever and cough, that are similar to the symptoms of COVID-19. Having fewer flu patients will make it easier to find the patients with COVID-19 and prevent further spreading of the virus.
Nutritional deficiencies can weaken senior’s immune systems and make them more vulnerable to infections. First, we need to make sure we’re eating enough because our immune systems need energy and the right nutrients to work to their full potential.
So what are the top 3 nutrient dense immune boosting foods:
Most people turn to Vitamin C after they’ve caught a cold because it helps build up their immune system. Vitamin C is thought to increase the production of white blood cells, which 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. This cruciferous vegetable is one of the healthiest vegetables you can put on your table.
Take it easy
Stress occurs when life events surpass your abilities to cope, causing 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 creates inflammation. In addition, stress decreases the body’s lymphocytes — the white blood cells that help fight off infection.
Seniors can de-stress by:
- Increasing mindfulness
- Exercising regularly
- Engaging in subtler forms of body manipulation like Tai Chi and massage
- Becoming active within their community and cultivating warm relationships
- Eating nutritionally dense foods and avoiding sugar
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