The flu season has been vicious this year, and it’s not over just yet. No matter your age, it’s always important to do all that you can to keep your immune system in top shape. This will help you fight off the flu and other diseases. So, how you boost your immune system? In addition to staying up to date with all your vaccines, especially the flu shot, you can take a few easy steps to maintain an optimum immune system.
Soak Up the Sunshine
Basking in the warm sun during the winter months is so nice and FREE. The sun offers a heavy dose of vitamin D, which is imperative for strengthening your immune system. Try to enjoy sunlight for at least 15 minutes a day or a few days a week if that’s all you can manage. The sun puts your body to work producing vitamin D and antibodies.
Up Your Steps
One of the best ways seniors can boost their immune systems is with exercise. We’re not talking about hardcore workouts. A stroll in your neighborhood would definitely suffice and prove beneficial. In fact, the American Journal of Medicine reports that even the simple act of walking three times a week can increase the number of white blood cells in the body.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Having to make several visits to the bathroom is a small price to pay to keep your immune system healthy. Sip on water all day to flush away toxins from your vital organs. Research shows your immune cells function better when you’re well hydrated. So, drink up!
Promote Gut Health
Your gut has a lot to say about your health. With 70 to 80 percent of your immune system located in your gut, it makes sense that you’d want to keep your gut and stomach happy. Try eating foods with good gut bacteria, such as yogurt. The probiotics in yogurt help to keep your digestive system balanced and functioning properly.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is vital for overall well-being, but during these winter months, when your body is more susceptible to illness, sleep is crucial. When you sleep, it gives your body a chance to recover and heal. Sleep allows your immune system to release proteins called cytokines that help the body’s immune and inflammation responses.
Getting sick is no fun. Take the steps needed to boost your immune system so you can stay happy and healthy. If you haven’t received your flu vaccine yet, contact a VIPcare provider near you to schedule an appointment. Call 866-926-3831.