How to Boost Your Immune System Naturally This Flu Season

Posted on March 15, 2020

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The CDC estimates that there have been 13 to 18 million reported flu illnesses from October 2019 to January 2020. Every year, flu season hits hard, and while our bodies have natural defense mechanisms in place to defend against these illnesses, circumstances can cause our immune system to weaken.

Fortunately, there are ways to help boost our immune systems naturally! Silver Comet Village serves seniors and their families in Powder Springs and Marietta, Georgia, and the surrounding areas, and resident health is always one of our primary concerns. We want to share some easy ways to boost your immune system naturally, so you can enjoy a happier and healthier 2020!

Stay Active & Get Moving

Physical activity has no shortage of health benefits, from being able to relieve feelings of stress to helping our lungs flush out harmful bacteria. Boosting our immune systems is just another perk! Physical exertion can help increase the number of T-cells in our system as well as improving their overall function. This is important, as T-cells play a critical role in protecting our bodies against viruses.

Silver Comet Village knows the value of exercise and how it can affect our overall health. We offer a variety of engaging exercise classes and activities that meet the needs of our residents. In addition, Silver Comet Village has private access to the historic Silver Comet Trail, a beautiful 61-mile long trail with scenic views that is perfect for bicyclists, walkers, or joggers.

Before undertaking any new physical exercise regimen, it is recommended you speak with your primary healthcare provider to find a workout plan that best fits your needs.

Eat Well & Maintain Healthy Habits

A healthy diet can go a long way in helping to boost your immune system naturally. For example, citrus fruits are full of vitamin C, which is key to fighting infections. Other immune-boosting foods include garlic, spinach, almonds, green tea, and kiwi.

Silver Comet Village’s dining services provide residents and their guests with meals that are nutrient-dense and delicious. We know that a well-rounded diet is one of the most natural ways to help boost the immune system. To learn more about Silver Comet Village’s dining services, we invite you to read our blog, The Dining Experience at Silver Comet Village.

Reduce Your Stress

Chronic stress and anxiety can take a toll on our mind, our body, and our immune system. When we become stressed, our bodies release hormones called corticosteroids, which can reduce our immune system’s ability to fight off infections and illnesses.

Managing our stress levels is a crucial component of boosting our immune systems. Avoiding unnecessary stress and finding ways to reduce stress is important. Whether it’s reading, meditating, or going for a walk, find an activity that can help reduce unwanted feelings of stress.

Avoiding Unhealthy Habits

In addition to the efforts that contribute to your body’s immune system functionality, some habits can be suppressing your immune system. Smoking, for instance, can have negative impacts on several parts of the body, and lower immune system functionality. Our airways are lined with tiny hairs called cilia, which sweep out mucus and dirt, so our lungs stay clear. Smoking temporarily paralyzes and even kills cilia making smokers more susceptible to colds and respiratory infections.

Sleep habits also influence your immune system, and not getting enough sleep can place you at an increased risk of illness or infection. Sleep is the time where our bodies heal, and our immune system releases vital proteins called cytokines as well as infection-fighting antibodies. When we are sleep deprived, these proteins and antibodies may decrease, leaving our bodies open to inflammation and infection.

Silver Comet Village understands the importance of maintaining our immune systems, and we do everything we can for our residents in Powder Springs, Georgia, to ensure their health. From our relaxing amenities to our calendar full of engaging activities, our community has made the health of our residents a priority.

If you would like more information regarding healthy aging, we encourage you to visit our Silver Comet Village blog.