Good Health is the Reward for a Healthy Lifestyle
While 2020 seems like a continuous season of illness, we in the northern hemisphere are entering what has been called the “Flu Season“. What that ultimately looks like this year is still to early to tell. However, CoronaVirus or not, the best way to avoid complications from what the CDC calls PIC respiratory illnesses. Pneumonia, Influenza and Common Colds (ILIs) is a healthy immune system.
And that requires the practice of immune support activities. The attached article caught my eye because it focuses on seniors over age 65.
I suggest you review the full article yourself, but here are my favorite of their tips:
- Eat Healthy
- Be Active
- Maintain your Weight (I prefer waist line)
- Spend Time Outdoors.
Sounds simple enough. But eating healthy is harder than most people think. Try avoiding unhealthy foods, or non-foods as a good start. Even fresh vegetables have lower nutrition levels today. If you want to learn how I bridge the gap between what I should eat and what I do eat — message me.
Maintain Your Waistline
Obviously keeping your weight to an optimal ratio to your height is key, but I prefer to focus on trimming the waist. If your core is maintained, the rest will follow.
Weight management requires two habits, increased physical activity and adjusting your diet. Do both and you can shed excess pounds. Since most of us have most of that excess around the middle that’s why I focus attention there. Too much excess weight have a negative impact on your immune system, while both physical activity and eating healthy can reduce inflammation.
As a senior myself its just a fact, as we age we all seem to become less active. They suggest, “Regular physical activity can strengthen your immune system and help your body fight off infections and viruses”. And “Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity for three days a week. This can include walking, biking, yoga, swimming, or other low impact workouts.”
Easier living here in NC than say, New England or Minnesota, but the data tells us we produce Vitamin D from the Sun and your Vitamin D level strengthen the immune system. (If your level is low, talk to your health provider about supplementation.) I take D3 with K2.
Source and Inspiration
“8 Ways to Boost Your Immune System If You’re Over 65“. Valancia Higuera. 2019.