When you’re younger, your body fights off illnesses a lot faster. But, adults over 65 can be thrown off by an illness as mundane as the common cold. Some illnesses bring on secondary infections too. The good news is that a few lifestyle changes can strengthen your immune system and make it easier for your body to combat illness. Here are five tips to stay on top of your health after 60.
Exercise every day: Physical activity doesn’t just keep the weight of it also boosts your immune system. Regular exercise will help your body fight inflammation and infections. If you don’t have a regular exercise routine yet, consider starting something low impact and non-strenuous. Walking, biking, and low-impact aerobics are great ways to start your exercise journey. Engaging in moderate-intensity exercise also improves your mood.
Consider taking supplements: Supplements like calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin D, vitamin B6, or Vitamin B12 all support a healthy immune system. If you already take prescription medicines, ask your doctor which supplements are safe to take.
Eat healthily: Try to include fresh fruit, vegetables, and grain in your diet. You should also cut down on sugar and fatty foods. These kinds of foods trigger inflammation. Try to cut down on alcoholic drinks too.
Wash your hands: Make a habit out of washing your hands often. Viruses live on surfaces for 24 hours. When you touch a contaminated surface and touch your face, you increase your chances of falling ill. Wash your hands with soap and water and work the lather on the backs of your hands and in between your fingers too. Do this for at least 20 seconds. If you’re out and don’t have access to a sink and soap, use an antibacterial hand sanitizer.
Manage stress: Stress causes your body to produce cortisol which disrupts different functions in the body. Too much stress saps you of energy and weakens your immune system. Explore enjoyable activities, take up yoga, and increase the amount of sleep you get every night. These are some ways to manage stress.