How Seniors Can Boost Their Immune System
As we age, life’s stressors can take a toll on our immune system. Therefore, it is important to take all of the necessary steps in order to boost the body’s ability to fight off infection and sickness. Here, the aging-in-place experts at Avila Home Care clarify four essential ways that senior citizens can boost their immunity and protect their health.
Staying active can be beneficial for achieving optimal health, and daily exercise can help boost immunity and help the body fight disease. Regular exercise is believed to aid heart health, promote circulation and strengthen respiratory stamina, while also relieving stress and calming the mind. The elderly can especially benefit from exercise, since frequent physical activity can promote longevity and relieve certain aches and pains that come with age. If increasing your level of exercise seems daunting, even a minimal amount of exercise, such as walking or light yoga, can be beneficial for people of all ages.
Eat a Nutrient-Rich Diet
Obtaining a sufficient amount of nutrients through diet can be an essential aspect of overall health and immunity. Healthy eating is one of the ultimate forms of self-care, which is why prioritizing a balanced, natural and nutrient-dense diet can be a method of boosting energy and strengthening the immune system. Steering clear of harmful sugars and artificial ingredients can be a precautionary step towards protecting against detrimental diseases, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, as indicated by a study originally published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Get Enough Sleep
A robust immune system is often attributed to ample amounts of sleep, as the body has the capability of fighting off harmful disease while at rest. Studies have shown that the immune system is a complex machine that, when afflicted by lack of sleep, can throw off the body’s entire balance. Prioritizing the rest that your body needs can be achieved by implementing daily practices such as adhering to an earlier bedtime and reducing stress.
Stress Less and Stay Positive
There is evidence that suggests excessive amounts of stress can lead to a suppressed immune system, as the body is constantly in “fight-or-flight” mode, which takes a toll on the body’s ability to function efficiently and therefore makes it more susceptible to illness. Luckily, there are simple techniques that seniors can use to ease their stress, such as deep-breathing exercises or gentle yoga. In addition to easing the physical impacts of stress on the body, the elderly can benefit from certain mental exercises believed to enhance positivity and relaxation. Simple practices, such as mindful meditation or guided imagery, can have limitless benefits on mitigating stress and strengthening the body’s defense system.
Stay Healthy with the Help of Avila Home Care
A strong immune system is one of the cores of optimal wellness, and it is never too late to consider your health as a top priority while aging in place. Our home care professionals at Avila Home Care are here to assist you in your health journey and are happy to help you integrate these simple practices into your daily routine. While our home care providers are here to provide assistance while aging in place, remember that it is important to consult a medical professional before making adjustments to your lifestyle or exercise routine. For more information on the services provided by our dedicated caregivers, contact us today!
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