Health And Wellness Tips

Don’t Boost Your Immune System; Optimize It

How do you optimize your immune system?

  • Unhealthy habits you need to give up immediately 
Don’t smoke. Anything. Tobacco, marijuana, crack cocaine, or any of the so-called healthier plant alternatives. 
  • Eat healthy food

Eating healthy foods is like putting premium gas in your automobile. It just runs better! When you choose to eat sweets and junk food, you won't get very far in your quest for an optimal immune system

  • Vitamin D

Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, helps support the immune system and fight infections. It's important to get enough vitamin D in your diet, especially when the sun takes a holiday.

Natural immunity seems to wane with the aging process. Most people accept this as inevitable. There are certain lifestyle habits that promote a healthier immune system, though. Here are some tips for seniors to optimize your immunity. These habits might just help your body fight diseases like influenza and the new coro.navirus.

  • Vaccinations

Get a flu vaccination every fall. It can't guarantee you won't get the flu. But if you do get influenza, your case may be milder than if you had opted out of the shot.

  • Hygiene

Be aware of what you’re touching with your hands. Door handles, stairway banisters, and shopping carts are constantly touched by others. Avoid touching surfaces when you’re running errands or going to appointments.

Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water often. It’s not even necessary to use antibacterial soap. Any kind of soap with water works when you wash hands for at least 20 seconds.

  • Hydration

Your cells can’t fight off infection as well when you’re dehydrated, so get lots of fluids into your body daily. With age, the thirst mechanism is not as keen. It’s important to be conscious to drink plenty of fluids.

Fluid intake doesn’t have to be all water. Soups, tea, fruit juices, and smoothies all count. Any type of fluid is beneficial to the body, although stay away from sugar-sweetened fluids. Coffee is ok to drink but since it acts as a diuretic, it actually moves more fluids from the body. Drink one cup of extra fluids for every cup of coffee you drink.

  • Diet

Seniors often lose their appetite and sense of taste. If you're losing the edge on your palate, it’s even more important than ever to choose healthy foods! Make each meal count.

Choose a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables to eat at each meal. This helps ensure you get all the necessary vitamins and minerals. Taking a multivitamin would be another way to help you get the ABCDE vitamins.

Another great way to help your immune system is to cut out refined sugar and ultra-processed foods. Say no to greasy or fried foods, too.

Instead, choose to eat lots of anti-inflammatory foods. Include more mushrooms, berries, and grapes in your diet. Eat more salmon and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower. Also, don’t forget the anti-inflammatory benefits of green tea. Spice up your recipes with ginger, raw garlic, and turmeric.