Boost Your Immune System: 5 Tips to Stay Healthy


Boost Your Immune System: 5 Tips to Stay Healthy

It’s kind of a crazy time. Cases of COVID-19 are still on the rise, and we’re fast approaching cold and flu season. While you can get the flu vaccine, there isn’t one for the coronavirus...yet.

What else can you do to protect your health? Make smart lifestyle choices to support your immune system, including:

1. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods

It’s one of the best ways to support your immune system, and feed your body the vitamins, nutrients, and calories it needs for best health. And it’s easy. Just pick your favorite Senior-Friendly meals made with fresh ingredients, and you’re ready to eat in minutes.

2. Practice good hand hygiene

Rinse your hand with water. Lather up with soap. Scrub for 20 seconds (that’s about how long it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice). Rinse with hot water. And dry with paper towels, a clean cloth, a fan, or just air dry. Wash your hands after using the bathroom, before eating, and anytime after you touch potentially-contaminated surfaces.

3. Supplement your diet with vitamins

Taking a daily multivitamin for seniors can help you get all the vitamins and nutrients you need, and strengthen your immune system. Vitamin C and Vitamin D supplements can also protect your health and help you avoid getting sick, and recover faster if you do.

4. Manage stress in healthy ways

If you’re stressed out, guess what? You’re more likely to get sick. Stress weakens the immune system and causes a spike in cortisol levels linked to inflammation and other health issues. Try yoga, meditation, or deep breathing. Go for a walk, exercise, or make time for a hobby you enjoy.

5. Get your Zzzs

Here’s another important, but often overlooked way to strengthen your immune system. Get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night. Sleep helps restore hormones that support your immune system, protect your health, and rebuild and repair muscles, cells, and tissue.

If you want to protect and strengthen your immune system naturally, follow these tips and practice other healthy lifestyle habits. You’ll feel better, be happier, and live longer.