6 Ways Seniors Can Boost Their Immune Systems

January 3rd, 2019 by John Wilson

Now that you’re getting older, you may have noticed your body and overall health have gone through some pretty significant changes. For starters, you’ve become much more susceptible to illnesses than you used to be. Any bug going around your home and/or other common spaces you frequent is sure to land on you. Oftentimes, the symptoms that manifest are even worse for you than they are for everyone else!

Is this just another consequence of aging? Is there anything you can do to improve your health and your immune system? The answer to the latter question is actually a resounding “Yes.” Here are six methods for giving your immune system some much-needed strength.

Cut Out Drinking and Smoking

If one of these habits happens to be your biggest vice, limiting or even completely quitting this habit will work wonders for your immune system and overall health. Too much alcohol can wreak havoc on your white blood cells, which are key players in your immune system. Cigarettes and other forms of tobacco kill antioxidants and antibodies. While it’s unrealistic to be able to completely quit these habits cold turkey, with some medical counseling, you can begin to make those important first steps to improve your health.

Wash Your Hands

While this suggestion may seem like common sense, it isn’t out of the ordinary for residents of senior care in OKC to sometimes forget to wash their hands before meals or after using the restroom. This is how germs spread and illnesses develop. Stay on top of this habit to maintain a healthier immune system.

Sleep for a Full Eight Hours

It’s no secret sleeping well brings substantial health benefits. One of those benefits is an improved immune system. Getting a full night’s rest ensures your body is able to replenish your white blood cell count and keep it stable, which allows you to properly fight off viruses and other types of illness. If you struggle with insomnia or other sleep disorders, talk to your nearest senior care services professional so they can help you obtain the health and rest you need.

Drink plenty of water in senior care services.

Senior care services encourage drinking plenty of water.

Drink More Water

As you age, you may notice you feel less prone to thirst than your younger friends and relatives. However, it’s still important to drink, even when you don’t feel thirsty. Regularly indulging in water, coffee, tea and soup can all help your immune system thrive.

Keep Up Your Nutrition

One of the best things about choosing senior care in OKC for your golden years is this particular step is easy to follow. The staff in these facilities provides you with plenty of delicious and nutritious meals filled with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and all the other elements you need to maintain a balanced diet. Eating healthily is key to maintaining your immune system, as well as staving off your chances of developing a vast array of chronic health conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes.

Be Active

An active body maintains an active and alert immune system. Take some time each day to move around, whether that involves yoga, walking or anything similar. Most assisted living options offer plenty of resources to help get you moving.

If you and your family are looking for assisted living options that will make your health and well being top priority, contact us. We will be happy to provide you with information on how we care for our residents.

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