There’s no doubt that the winter months are prime time for developing colds and the flu. In the winter, when the air is much colder and drier, the flu virus thrives and is able to linger in the air longer. Plus, we stay indoors more, where the recycled air can be full of germs from other less healthy individuals.
For older adults, the flu can lead to especially dangerous complications like pneumonia, bacterial pneumonia and other severe respiratory infections. Seasonal influenza can also lead to chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure, and is responsible for numerous visits to the hospital every year.
This is why it’s vital that you take measures this winter to ensure your immune system is strong and ready to fight off infections. Luckily, there are things you can do give your immune system the boost it may need.
The immune system is comprised of a network of organs, cells, tissues and proteins that protect the body from foreign substances, including viruses and bacteria. When it’s working properly, we don’t even notice it. However, when its performance becomes compromised in some way, that’s when sickness can set in. As you age, the immune system begins to change, with some of the cells starting to lose the ability to properly communicate with each other. This allows in more potentially harmful germs.
So, how can you improve your immune system and ward off illness this winter? Here are five tips to get you started on a path to better health:
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