How to Protect Your Immune System When You Get Older

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When we get older, our body’s ability to react to attacks and deal with them is becoming lower. It is a natural process, but there are a few things you can do to ensure that your immune system is functioning as well as it can, at every age. There are certain habits you might want to get rid of, and others that you should develop. Below you will find a full guide on how to boost your immune system for life and support it, so it can defend your body.

Up Your Game when Exercising

If you haven’t been working out for a while, it might be time to get back to the routine. Your lungs and your immune system both need exercise. Our lifestyle is not the same as it used to be.  We spend a lot of time in the office and drive to work. You might develop chronic back pain, and managing it, as well as the inflammation will take a lot out of your immune system. Prevention is always a better and cheaper way of managing your health and supporting your immune system.

Sauna

If you haven’t heard about the immune boosting benefits of having a sauna session regularly, it might be time to explore them. If you are brave enough, you can alternate between sauna, cold showers, and swimming, and allow your body to get used to the change of temperature. This will make your immune system more used to temperature changes, not to mention that you will naturally detoxify your body. Sauna is also great for dealing with acne and other skin problems.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Nothing can replace fresh fruit and vegetables, not even great supplements. It is important that you pay attention to your diet and make sure that you are able to consume raw food, as well as cooked and frozen ones. Start your day with a healthy smoothie. There are so many food processors available that will not take up all the space in your kitchen, and allow you to make a shake without having to invest in protein filled artificial food supplements.

Manage Your Long Term Conditions


In case your immune system has been knocked back before, and you are suffering from a condition, such as asthma, you will need to attend regular checkups and learn how to manage your health. There are plenty of great resources available online from health care professionals, such as Cynthia Telles, so you can make a detailed plan and learn how to spot the signs of flare ups. Autoimmune diseases, such as food intolerance and allergies can’t be cured, but can be managed long term.  

Sleep More

Sleep deprivation weakens your immune system. It is important that you make the most out of your day, so you can rest at night. If you find it hard to fall asleep, you might try hypnosis and meditation before you go to bed. Get rid of the electrical devices in your bedroom, and see if this makes  a difference. You should also try to upgrade to blackout curtains, or listen to relaxing music on your phone, if everything else fails.

Prevent IBS

Women over 40 often experience IBS, and it has something to do with stress and bad eating habits. You should write a food diary and find out what types of meals cause you discomfort. Your digestive system is closely related to your immune system, so it is important that you look after your gut health. Try probiotic yoghurt, and eat smaller meals more often, instead of having a large meal late at night.

Get a Blood Test

Most people who are on the Western diet find that they are missing some of the most important minerals and vitamins from their diet. A blood test will let you know whether you need more iron, or other minerals. You can also find out about the inflammation in your body you didn’t even know about before. Regular blood tests, especially if you have a long term condition, will keep you in control of your health.

Increase Your Zinc and Magnesium Intake

Zinc and Magnesium are the minerals we are missing the most from our diet. They are easy to replace using supplements, but you should always aim for the most natural way. Instead of going for that chocolate bar or biscuits, you can choose nuts and avocados. Any type of seed will do, including pumpkin seeds. By swapping your regular white bread to a seeded, wholegrain one, you can support your body and your immune system without having to put in a lot of effort in changing your diet.

Get More Sunshine

Vitamin D is essential for the healthy functioning of your immune system. Unfortunately, we get less and less, as we are spending the majority of our time in the office or indoors. If you have a workout plan, you might want to exercise outside at least once a week, no matter what the weather is like. After all, you have to try and get the vitamin in the most natural way. Vitamin D is absorbed the best through your skin, so you have to spend some time outside to get it. Supplements only work up to a certain level.

Listen to Your Body

It is important that – as you get older  – you learn to listen to your body. Yoga is a good way of learning to notice the signs of discomfort and dealing with them in a safe way, before they would cause more health issues. You are the person who knows your body the most, and this means that you have to communicate with your body. Is that just a slight cold, or can it cause you to stay in bed for weeks? The sooner you spot the signs, the more you can help your immune system.

It is important that you take responsibility for your own health. Support your immune system as much as you can, so you can avoid painful complications and long term autoimmune diseases.

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  There are no affiliate links included in this post.  All thoughts are my own and no other.  This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC.

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