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Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Being sick is never fun. Strong immunity will help your body stay healthy all year long and will allow your body to fight off a cold or infection. Here at The Springs, we want our seniors to remain comfortable and energized, and that starts with staying healthy. Here are some easy ways you can give your immune system the boost it needs to combat germs!

Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables

There are so many wonderful vitamins and minerals that can be found in the foods we eat every day. Eating a significant amount of fruits and vegetables during the day is one of the easiest ways to keep sickness at bay. Give this immune boosting smoothie a try!

Get Your Exercise On

Being physically active has so many benefits – such as improved sleep, strengthened bones, and reduced risk of heart disease. Exercise can also boost your body’s immune system tremendously. A walk through the gardens at The Springs or a bike ride downtown will help clear your body of toxins and help your white blood cells circulate more efficiently.

Stay Hydrated

Your body is 70% water and needs to remain so in order to stay healthy. Staying on top of your water intake will help increase energy, relieve fatigue, and flush out toxins that could make you sick. Consider trading your regular coffee in for decaf and avoid dehydration.

Catch Some Rays

It is vital to maintain healthy levels of Vitamin D to support your immune system. Heading outside and exposing your skin to sunlight is the simplest and most natural way to get Vitamin D. 15 to 20 minutes in the sun will give you the exposure you need to boost your immunity. If you’re planning on spending more than 20 minutes in the sun, don’t forget to apply sunscreen!

Get Adequate Sleep

Your body does the best healing while catching some Zs. Sleep deprivation increases the hormone cortisol, which suppresses immune function. Make sleep a priority and try to get 7 or 8 hours every night.

Get a Massage

Everyone loves a good massage. It is relaxing and, often times, it relieves pain in our muscles and joints. Not only is massage therapy good for unwinding, but it can also help your immune system, too! Massage therapy increases white blood cell activity, helping your body fight off germs and bacteria. It also increases the production of serotonin, which aids in relieving stress.

Go for the Garlic

One vegetable, in particular, should stay on the top of your list: garlic. Eating garlic boosts the number of virus-fighting cells in your bloodstream. This is essential because viruses cause most colds and the flu. It may not be benefiting your breath, but it turns your body into a germ-fighting powerhouse.

For older adults, staying healthy is crucial for living a happy, comfortable life. At The Springs at Simpsonville, we understand the importance of maintaining your health all year long. Try these tips for boosting your immune system, and see how our residents are staying healthy by subscribing to our blog.

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