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:
Immune System Boosters
Keep On Washing Those Hands
Being aware of the cleanliness of your hands can help in the prevention of spreading disease-causing germs. Washing your hands is the best way to stop germs from spreading. Think about all of the things that you touched today — from the telephone to the toilet. Maybe you blew your nose in a tissue and then went outside to dig around the dirt.
Whatever you did today, you came into contact with germs. It’s easy for a germ on your hand to end up in your mouth. Think about how many foods you eat with your hands.
- when your hands are dirty
- before eating or touching food
- after using the bathroom
- after blowing your nose or coughing
- after touching pets or other animals
- after playing outside
Wash your hands the right way by:
Stay Up-To-Date With the Flu Shot
You are vulnerable – People 65 and older are at higher risk of flu-related complications, but the flu can knock young, healthy people off their feet, too. It does every year.
If people get their flu shots, fewer people come down with the flu and come into clinics with nonspecific symptoms such as fever and cough, which overlap with symptoms of COVID-19.
Having fewer flu patients will make it easier to find the patients with COVID-19.
Nutritional deficiencies can weaken our immune system and make us more vulnerable to infections. First – we need to make sure we’re eating enough; our immune systems need energy – and the right nutrients – to work to their potential.
So what are the top 3 nutrient dense immune boosting foods:
Most people turn to vitamin C after they’ve caught a cold. That’s because it helps build up your immune system. Vitamin C is thought to increase the production of white blood cells. These are key to fighting infections.
2.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, broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables you can put on your table.
Stress occurs when life events surpass your abilities to cope. It causes 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 opens the door for more inflammation.
In addition, stress decreases the body’s lymphocytes — the white blood cells that help fight off infection.
Also, these steps can help minimize stress:
Meditation brings short-term stress relief as well as lasting stress management benefits. There are many different forms of meditation to try–each one is unique and brings its own appeal.
Focus on Breathing
Just focusing on your breath or changing the way you breathe can make a big difference to your overall stress level. Breathing techniques can calm your body and your brain in just a few minutes.
Take a Walk
Exercise is a fantastic stress reliever that can work in minutes. Taking a walk allows you to enjoy a change of scenery, which can get you into a different frame of mind, and brings the benefits of exercise as well.
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