A strong immune system is an important component of good health. Not only will it help to fight off infections and illnesses but it will also help people to live a more active lifestyle as they get older. There are many different things people can do in order to help boost a senior’s immune system, keep reading to learn how.
Incorporate a Well-Balanced Meal Plan
A poor diet can lead to not only a weakened immune system but also poor nutrition, malnutrition, or bad heart health. A well-balanced diet includes a variety of vegetables, whole fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy, and a variety of protein foods. Incorporating some of the following foods will help to boost your immune system.
- Protein, such as seafood, lean meats, poultry, eggs, beans, and peas
- Vitamin A, such as sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, and spinach
- Vitamin C, such as citrus foods, strawberries, and certain cereals
- Vitamin E, such as almonds, hazelnuts, and peanut butter
- Zinc, such as lean meats, poultry, milk, whole grain products, and beans
Wash Your Hands
Although this one might seem like a given, it is no less important. Washing your hands frequently with soap can help to prevent the spread of disease-causing germs. It is recommended to wash your hands before, during, and after preparing food, as well as before eating. If you are sick or caring for someone who is ill it is important to wash your hands frequently.
Regular physical activity can help seniors as they age to remain strong, healthy, and independent. This regular physical activity does not need to be anything strenuous and can even be something they enjoy. Including a short walk, stretching, or yoga in their daily routine are all great options.
Reduce Stress Levels
Keeping your stress levels low has a great influence on your immune system and its ability to fight off illnesses. To reduce stress levels, it is important to incorporate activities that promote relaxation as well as activities that are enjoyable.
Staying hydrated helps your body absorb nutrients and minerals, and flush body waste. Drinking a glass of water before and after every meal and in-between snacks is a great way to stay hydrated. Keeping a water bottle with you throughout the day is a great way to increase your liquid intake.
Making Sleep a Priority
Regulating a person’s sleep schedule has also been found to help boost immune systems. Insufficient sleep not only can affect your immune system’s ability to fight off infections but it can also affect a person’s ability to stay active, both very crucial to boosting an immune system.
Silver Birch takes the many necessary steps it takes to keep your loved ones safe during their time at our assisted living communities. Incorporating daily physical activities, a well-balanced diet, and proper hygiene are just some of the ways. Contact one of our communities today to learn more about what it’s like living at Silver Birch.