4 Ways to Support Your Immune System
Supporting the immune system is crucial for aiding you and your loved one's bodies in fighting off infections and viruses. The immune system isn’t a singular cell, rather it’s an entire system throughout your body. There’s no one way to boost your system, but there are a lot of things which promote a healthy body and immune system. The number of immune system cells stay the same while aging, but they become less effective. Living a healthy lifestyle is the best frontline defense for your body.
Eating a diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants promotes good health and can help build your immune system. This can be accomplished by eating fruits and vegetables and reducing processed foods and sugar. Nearly 9 in 10 Americans don’t get enough nutrients. If you’re concerned you or your loved one isn’t getting enough nutrients in your diet, talk to your doctor about supplements.
Exercise is considered a pillar for healthy living. It is a great way to build your immune system and helps your body function well. Exercise increases blood flow, reduces stress, and strengthens antibodies. Yoga, swimming, dancing, and other low impact exercises are great for older adults. Another option is to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Lifting and bending while gardening promotes strength and flexibility. Eating lunch outside or at a park encourages walking. Taking the stairs, or just parking a little further is a great way to get a few extra steps in.
Stress can cause the immune system to be less effective at fighting off antigens, and it can lower the effectiveness of the immune system. Lowering stress is important to keep your body healthy and strong. Some simple ways to accomplish this goal is to practice mindfulness, spend time with loved ones, exercise, or listen to music.
Get Enough Sleep
Not getting enough sleep can negatively affect your body, so it’s important to ensure you’re getting a full eight hours. People who are not getting quality sleep or enough sleep can be more susceptible to viruses and can take longer to recover from being sick. If you or your loved one struggles to sleep or rest well for long periods of time, it may be a good idea to discuss this with your doctor.
At CARE, we care deeply for your family, and we tailor our care to meet their specific needs. We help get them to their appointments, will run errands with or for them, and we are here to make sure they stay healthy. Contact us to discuss if our team can make a difference in the life of your family member.
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