How Can I Boost My Immune System?

How Can I Boost My Immune System?

As people age, the immune system and its defense mechanisms naturally decline, making them more susceptible to infectious diseases. Adults over 65 are more prone to contract respiratory infections, influenza, pneumonia and viruses like the Coronavirus (COVID-19). While there is no magic fix to increasing immunity, maintaining a healthy lifestyle plays a large role in keeping you healthy.

Good health is determined by far more than what you eat, and is the single best way to keep your immune system strong.

Try these tips to give your immunity a boost:

• Don’t smoke
• Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Stay hydrated
• Use good handwashing practices as frequent as needed
• Disinfect high-contact surfaces at home and in your vehicle
• Try to minimize stress
• Stay Connected with others
• Avoid prolonged sun exposure

Don’t fall for products on store shelves that claim to boost or support immunity—many of these supplements can do more harm than good. No evidence suggests that vitamin C supplements can help prevent against respiratory infections or COVID-19. Some products simply help reduce the duration of a cold or symptoms themselves.

Now more than ever, flu, pneumonia and COVID-19 vaccines are critical to keeping your immunity in tip-top shape. Check with your doctor if you have concerns about receiving vaccinations.

Be consistent and confident in your health choices as you implement an active lifestyle and healthy-living strategies. Your body will thank you!

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