Your immune system and its ability to respond reduces as you age. When this happens, you can become more vulnerable to infections and even certain cancers. Franklin Park takes measures to reduce the spreading of germs within our communities, and also encourages you to take your own actions to prevent sickness and disease. If you are similar to our residents, your medication regimen may already be stringent, which is why we have created this list of natural immune boosters.
1. Get More Sleep
When you get more sleep, your body has time to restore and repair itself. If something is attacking your body your immune system needs to be working its hardest to stop it. If you are not getting enough sleep at night, your body will be weakened and lower its chance of defeating the virus.
2. Stress Less
According to the American Psychological Association, stress directly weakens the immune system. In the field of psychoneuroimmunology, they have proven that your state of mind directly affects your health. In the 1980's tests had shown that college students who got stressed during the significant exam period almost wholly stopped producing immunity boosting and infection-fighting cells. To try and avoid getting stressed you can meditate, pray, do breathing techniques, or try to sing a few happy songs.
3. Eat Colorfully
When you eat plenty of fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables your immune system gets most of the nutrients it needs. Some of the best immune boosting foods are carrots, oranges, papaya, garlic, and pineapples. These foods naturally contain essential vitamins, such as vitamin C. Nuts and seeds naturally boost your immune system by providing your body with protein, vitamin C and E, and more. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is especially helpful for seniors like you. Some nuts that are exceptionally high in vitamin E are almonds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, and pistachios.
4. Get Some Sun
When you get outside and spend time in the sun, it not only brightens your day but it also strengthens your immune system. Sunlight helps the skin in producing vitamin D. Low levels of vitamin D are directly correlated with the ability to fight off certain infections, such as an upper-respiratory infection. Go outside and go for a walk, work in the community garden, or just go out and sit in a rocking chair with a good friend.
5. Get Some Exercise
Be sure to start or continue working out weekly as it is a great natural immune booster. The exercise you need to help prevent sickness does not have to be an intense work out; it can be as simple as strolling around the neighborhood or attending a yoga class a few times a week. There are also chair exercises and chair yoga if you are confined to a wheelchair. Exercise helps in flushing the bacteria from your lungs and decreases your risk of contracting an airborne illness. Exercising also helps boost your mood and maintain your weight.
No one likes to get sick, it is uncomfortable, prolongs essential to-do list items, and if you're a senior it can be dangerous. Try to stick with these natural immune boosters and help your body be healthy on its own. You can also find other ways we help our Franklin Park residents stay healthy by clicking here.