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Supporting Your Immune System with Senior Home Care

Posted by CaraVita Staff on September 1 2018

senior home careAs we age, our immune system weakens, raising the chances of illness. At CaraVita, we understand that keeping strong immunity is vitally important for seniors, especially during cold and flu season. A significant part of senior home care is ensuring you are healthy and energized. Here are a few tips for giving your immune system a boost:

Stay Hydrated

Water can do wonders for your body, especially related to immune system. Drinking at least sixty-four ounces of water each day can provide endless benefits. Water helps carry oxygen to your body’s cells, improving their overall function. It also aids in flushing out toxins. Take it to the next level by adding lemon, an excellent source of Vitamin C, to boost your immune system and fight off bacteria! 

Try Some Superfoods

Eating your fruits and vegetables is a necessity to strengthen your immune system. Broccoli, avocados, and berries have proven to improve immune system performance. Try one of these recipes to keep your body happy and healthy. The vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables pack a nutritional punch that will help you stay cold-free all year long.

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Get Some Rest and Relaxation

Poor sleeping habits are a primary cause of reduced immune function. Lack of sleep multiplies your chances of getting sick, decreases longevity, and inhibits your ability to fight off infections. Your body does its best healing while you sleep, strive for at least eight hours every night! 

An overwhelming amount of stress is the number one cause of a weakened immune system. Try meditation or curl up with your favorite book to keep your stress level as low as possible. As part of our home care for seniors, we want to help you stay healthy year-round, and staying de-stressed is the first step. 

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Get Moving

The benefits of physical exercise are hard to ignore. Get moving to help muscles and bones, reduce the risk of chronic disease and increases energy levels. Exercise can improve your immune system remarkably. A walk downtown with your CaraVita caregiver or a weekly stroll through the park with your family can boost immune function and keep you healthy all-around. 

Welcome Friendly Bacteria

Healthy bacteria such as probiotics are helpful in fighting off germs. Probiotics found in yogurt keep your digestive system healthy by strengthening the intestinal lining and keeping unwanted bacterial out. Try a parfait or yogurt smoothie as a new breakfast treat! 

Catch Some Rays

Vitamin D is tremendously beneficial for improving immune function and maintaining sufficient levels of Vitamin D will help your body fight against infection. The easiest way to stay on top of your Vitamin D intake is to spend ten to fifteen minutes outside, in the sun, each day. Be sure to always apply sunscreen! 

Your body does a remarkable job of fighting off infection, but by utilizing these simple tips, you can help keep germs from turning into a terrible cold. Check out how other adults are using our senior home care options and be sure to subscribe our blog.

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Topics: CaraVita Senior Care, Wellness & Well-Being, Health & Nutrition