5 Ways for Seniors to Boost Their Immune System
Cold and flu season is upon us. While it’s important for everyone to take precautions to stay healthy, it’s especially important for seniors since our immune system can weaken with age. Here are a few of our favorite tips to boost your immune system to help you continue living a healthy and independent life.
By now we know that a healthy and well-balanced diet delivers a wide variety of health benefits. Keeping our bodies properly fueled helps us to be prepared to combat any illnesses we may encounter. To take an extra step in building your immunity, concentrate on eating foods rich in Vitamins C and D as well as Zinc, which all are known to boost your immune system.
As we age, our bodies get less efficient at retaining water. That’s why it’s increasingly important to stay hydrated as we age. Keeping ourselves properly hydrated is essential for our immune system to function properly and efficiently. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
Getting enough sleep each night is vital for immune health. A full night’s sleep helps our bodies to repair and regenerate, fighting off any illnesses we may encounter. Aim for 7-9 hours of restful sleep each night to help support a strong immune system.
While this one might sound obvious, one of the best ways to boost our immune system is to have good hygiene and fight off germs. The fall and winter bring a spike in the common cold, the flu, and COVID—meaning more of the general public are walking around with these germs. Be sure to wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitizer, especially after using the bathroom and spending time in public, high-trafficked areas.
Chronic stress can weaken your immune system. While it can be easier said than done, if you find yourself entering a period of high stress, take a few precautions to attempt to limit your stress levels. Taking time to go for a walk, read a book, meditate, or talking to a friend are all great ways to help relieve and reduce stress.
Supporting your immune system is a great step in prioritizing your health. If you find that you need outside support to help you live a healthy and happy life at home, New Horizons can offer as much or as little support as you may need. Contact us today for a free in-home care assessment.