They say health is wealth. As we age, we need to take special care of ourselves. The modern age of science and medicine makes it easier to manage and treat most diseases. But prevention is always better than cure. The best time to cure an infection is before it even begins to take root. And what better way to do so than by strengthening our immune system?
Our immune system is the number one barrier against harmful substances, including cancer cells, toxins, bacteria, and viruses. As we get older, our immune system tends to weaken, failing to perform its usual functions. This can lead to a higher risk of acquiring infections and developing autoimmune diseases, which are far too common in older people.
So how do we boost our immune system?
Some of the most common illnesses that we encounter in our advanced age include the flu and pneumonia. Vaccines offer a line of defense against both. That is why most seniors are often encouraged to get vaccinated during the flu season.
Let us make it a point to adhere to vaccination schedules and guidelines. Talking to our healthcare provider about our options for vaccination is a huge step in preventing certain diseases.
Getting Regular Exercise
As we get older, doing any kind of exercise becomes challenging. However, the benefits of physical activity can’t be denied. Not only does it boost our energy, but it also bolsters our immune system.
Even something as simple as a 10-minute walk can stimulate the production of antibodies and white blood cells. This means our body has a better chance of keeping bacteria and viruses at bay.
Eating Healthy Foods
Having a healthy diet is essential in maintaining a healthy immune system. According to scientific facts, poor nutrition and dietary choices can lead to immune dysfunction that can alter humoral immunity, including a lack of flu-shot antibodies after vaccination.
We should eat more fruits and vegetables and less saturated fats. Otherwise, we could experience various complications, such as a rise in our sugar levels. It’s also smart to supplement our diet with vitamins.
Maintaining Gut Health
Our immunity begins in our mouth and ends in the anal cavity. This is commonly known as the alimentary canal. That’s why we can tell something is wrong with our immunity when we notice changes in bowel movements, appetite, and weight.
We need to ensure that there is a balance between good and harmful bacteria. Once this balance is tilted to the rise of harmful bacteria, we suffer from intestinal discomfort. We can do something about this by eating food rich in probiotics. This includes kombucha, natural yogurt, and wine.
Minimizing Stress Levels
Stress heavily affects the immune system. When we are under stress, our immune system responds poorly. This makes us susceptible to viruses and illnesses. We can avoid stress by knowing our limits, both physical and mental.
It would not hurt to go out and get a little bit of sunshine. We can also practice mindfulness, which allows the brain to relax. Let’s enjoy the peace and let the body go back to its relaxed state and rejuvenate.
Wrapping It Up
While a deteriorating immune system comes with age, there are ways to offset its decline. These valuable tips can help you avoid infections and other diseases, allowing you to lead a healthier and more energetic life.
This guest post was graciously provided by Nikola Djordjevic, Medical Advisor at DisturbMeNot