Particularly with the coronavirus having devastated the US and the rest of the world, people are more aware of their immune system, viruses, social distancing, and other ways to stay healthy. To keep a healthy immune system and stay physically fit, there is a plethora of good information available via the Internet.
Here, however, we are going to focus specifically on maintaining a healthy immune system for the elderly who may not otherwise be aware of how to go about doing so. We’re going to look at how the immune system is impacted by lifestyle factors and the best way to go about preventing immune system malfunction.
A Balanced Healthy Diet
It should come as no surprise that a balanced, healthy diet helps maintain a healthy immune system. Improve your digestive system’s microbiome health with low levels of simple sugars, whole grains, and lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. Believe it or not, on your immune function, a significant effect is generated by your digestive system’s microbiome (fungi, bacteria, and other microbes).
Take It Easy with Alcohol
Your immune system may suffer if you consume alcohol excessively. Wounds and infections are repaired and recovered more slowly, and individuals are more susceptible to respiratory infections if they drink excessive amounts of alcohol.
Studies show that respiratory infections are better prevented if a normal vitamin D level is maintained. You may want your vitamin D level checked by your physician and, if it’s low, consider vitamin D supplements.
Get Enough Sleep
Strengthen your immune system by improving your sleep habits. Roughly 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night should be sufficient. The more routine you can make your waking time and bedtime, the better. Particularly late at night, try to avoid excessive lighting. Encouraging a better night’s sleep, your natural melatonin release is triggered by dimmer lighting.
When you’re not under stress, your immune system fights off illness better. In studies, even though a number of participants were exposed to a cold virus, they were significantly less likely to develop symptoms compared to other individuals who were submitted to cold viruses, but who were under stress.
Remember, worrying about the stock market or the coronavirus doesn’t help your stress level. To manage stress, learn some helpful techniques.
What About Your Workouts? Exercise?
Exercise is good, right? Your immune function may be healthier or negatively impacted, depending on your level of exercise. Significantly fewer respiratory infections and an improved immune system can benefit from 30 minutes of moderate daily exercise. If you maintain a regular exercise routine such as this, you’re going in the right direction.
On the other hand, high-intensity workouts should probably be avoided. Increased respiratory infections could be the result of regularly exercising for more than 90 minutes at a time. Don’t push your body past its limits. Don’t ask too much of it.
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