Top 10 Immune System Boosters for Seniors

As communities across America begin to open again after this global pandemic, it is important that we all seek ways to improve and boost our immune system. After weeks and even months of being in isolation our bodies natural response is to weaken the immune system because it hasn’t been exposed to as many potential threats. 

Therefore, it is important for us to find ways to strengthen our God given immune system in order to fight off bacteria and viruses such as COVID-19. Here are 10 easy ways you and your loved one can boost your immune system.  

  1. Soak Up the Sun – Did you know exposing your skin to sunlight makes Vitamin D from cholesterol? Therefore, sitting in the sun for 15 minutes a day can make a big difference in improving your Vitamin D levels, plus being outside and around nature gives you a little mood boost!  
  2. Vitamin D – Having trouble soaking up the sun? Believe it or not, 42% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D which prevents our immune system from functioning properly. Taking supplements or eating fatty fish like salmon, egg yolks or mushrooms can help boost Vitamin D levels.  
  3. Connect with Others – As we have discussed in previous articles, isolation can lead to serious health issues by causing feelings of loneliness and depression which can compromise immune health. Therefore, it is important to use video technology such as Zoom, Skype or FaceTime to stay connected with loved ones safely.  
  4. Stay Hydrated – As we age, we lose our sense of thirst. Water helps our body absorb vitamins and minerals while flushing wastes and other toxins. Drinking 8-9 glasses of fluid per day can reduce dehydration and strengthen the immune system.  
  5. Zinc – This is an important mineral which can reduce inflammatory responses and is needed for proper immune cell development.  
  6. Vitamin C – This is by far one of the most common vitamins to boost immune system health. Taking supplements or eating food such as cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts and other leafy greens can boost Vitamin C levels.  
  7. Exercise – Taking a simple 15-minute walk through the neighborhood can cause an increase in antibodies and white blood cell counts which are critical for boosting immune system health.  
  8. Probiotics – Who knew “gut” health played such an important role in fostering a healthy immune system. Probiotics can produce antibodies which can help fight infections.  
  9. Get Some Rest – Insufficient sleep over time can cause chronic diseases and conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and depression. Therefore, it is important to get a good night’s sleep so your body can fight off infections and other inflammatory responses.  
  10. Quit Smoking – Well, you already knew that! ha 

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