4 Tips For a Better Immune System

Mar 9, 2022

Most of us are very aware of the consequences of our bad habits and how they can impact our immune system. And during the winter months, we’re all probably more inclined to indulge them.

Bad habits often encompass a myriad of things. For instance, some folks may get less outdoor exercise and fresh air. Most of us Canadians suffer from less exposure to sunlight and therefore need to supplement our diets with vitamin D. Others may indulge more often in heavier meals or eat fewer fresh fruits and vegetables. Some may imbibe a little more frequently. Long and dark winter evenings may see a lot of people leading a more sedentary lifestyle than during other times of the year – perhaps seated in front of the TV or laptop and staying up late. Maybe they’re simply not getting enough sleep.

All these behaviours and habits can lead to a less than optimum immune system. Well, we have a few tips to help correct these bad habits which could potentially help fire up your body’s resistance to colds, flu and the like. Here’s what you can do.

Maximise Your Micronutrients

As people get older their bodies can become more vulnerable to micronutrient malnutrition. In other words: a deficiency of vitamins and minerals such as, but not limited to Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K, plus Calcium, Folate, Iodine, Iron, Zinc, Potassium and Magnesium. Following a naturally healthy meal plan should be all you need to do to fulfill your daily requirements as a senior, so eat well and enjoy the benefits! However if you need to supplement your diet with vitamins, please consult with your doctor first.

Exercise Regularly

Keep your immune system on the boil with a daily workout or some kind of physical activity, however gentle (or robust) it may be. Not only will participating in an exercise or physical activity boost your immunity, it will also contribute to your overall sense of well-being and contribute to stronger mental/emotional health.

Mind Over Matter

Meditation is an excellent activity for any one, but especially seniors, to pursue if you want to reinforce your immune system. Relaxation, both mentally and physically will enable you to reduce your stress which can cause too much of the hormone cortisol to be released into your body. There are great meditation apps available – explore and find one you enjoy!

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Get your zzzz’s. Rest is essential to a well-supported immune system. It’s recommended that a person get seven to eight hours of sleep per night. The older we are, the more difficult it can be for some of us to get a full night’s sleep – so if falling asleep eludes you, try creating a more sleep-friendly environment for yourself.

A healthy immune system is important for everybody, whether they’re young or old, and taking into consideration these four tips can help you achieve and maintain yours.

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