Let’s Boost Our Immune Systems! Immunity for Older AdultsSeptember 11, 2020
As we approach flu season and are still working hard to stay protected from COVID-19, we want to do everything we can to keep our immune systems in tip-top shape.
In today’s True Blue blog, let’s take a look at ways to boost our immune systems!
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
When we drink plenty of water, we help to flush out toxins and reduce inflammation. The recommendation is generally eight 8-ounce glasses a day. A great tip is to sip on water throughout the day!
Add Lemons & Honey!
Lemons are jam-packed with antioxidants and vitamin C. Try adding a bit of lemon juice to your water for an added boost! We also love a morning ritual of warm water, lemon, and honey; a very soothing elixir that keeps bugs at bay!
Do you love spice? Cayenne is a wonderful spice that adds an extra kick to your favorite dishes. Plus, it has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and helps to get our circulation moving, flushing out toxins. We like to add a dash to soups! But if you’re not into spicy foods, be sure to use it sparingly; it’s a real zinger!
Exercising regularly helps to keep our blood moving, boosting our immune system. Depending on your physical condition, make sure to start slow and listen to your body. Daily walks are excellent for the health. Check out our tips for other types of exercise to try for older adults.
Load Up on Fruits & Veggies!
Lay off the sugar as much as possible to reduce inflammation. And instead, replace with lots of fruits and veggies! A diet full of fruits and veggies and low on processed sugars is sure to help your immunity.
Get Plenty of Rest
When we aren’t getting adequate sleep, we make our bodies more vulnerable to illness. Get at least 7-8 hours a day. Practice good sleep hygiene by avoiding coffee late in the day and by staying off of screens in the later evening. Wind down with a cozy book and try to stay active throughout the day.
Hot & Cold Showers
One way to boost our immune systems is to try alternating between hot and cold temps in our showers. Studies show that taking cold showers actually leads to fewer sick days as it helps to reduce inflammation. It can be a bit tough to get used to at first, but even just 30 seconds of cold water at the end of your warm shower can be a great place to start! Check out some additional insights on how to try this type of healing hydrotherapy.
Love from Your True Blue Family
Stay healthy and well, all! Please feel free to check out our other wellness blogs for ways to keep your health in tip-top shape.
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