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Natural Ways To Improve Your Immune System If You Are In Your 50s And 60s

The body's defense system tends to weaken as we grow older. According to WebMD, the immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues, and organs which functions together to protect the body against disease causing organisms such as bacteria. Although the actual cause of decreased immunity with age is still unknown. However, researchers have noticed some changes in older people such as slow response to vaccines, prone to fall sick, and slow recovery from illness. Another study from NCBI reveals that the decreased production of B and T cells in the bone marrow and thymus. Coupled with the reduced function of mature lymphocytes in the secondary lymphoid tissue is the leading cause of age-related immune decrease.


Many old people usually result in taking medications in order to improve their immune system. Meanwhile, there are many ways we can use to boost the body's immunity. It is therefore recommended that we observe the following lifestyle habits, especially in our 50s and 60s, in order to maintain a strong immunity.


1. Engage in physical exercises.



Some forms of exercises can be very difficult for old people, but engaging in less strenuous ones such as walking, jogging, swimming, dancing, and others have proven to be beneficial. Regular exercise helps to strengthen the immune system, thus making it more formidable in fighting off infections.


2. Reduce your stress level.



Stress has many negative effects on the immune system. Chronic stress affects the body's immunity, thus making us more prone to fall sick. This is why it's very important to reduce stressful activities in old age. Some ways of relieving stress include sleeping, meditating, resting, and others.


3. Eat nutritious foods.



The presence of food in the body plays a huge role in boosting the immune system. Eating every type of food is not encouraged in old age. It's very important to maintain a healthy diet in our 50s and 60s because the nutrients derived from the food are greatly utilized by the body in the fight against infections. Old people are advised to eat foods that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants such as vegetables and fruits in order to remain healthy.


4. Maintain a healthy weight.



Research has shown that carrying too much weight tend to affect the immune system. Those in their 50s and 60s should try to engage in more physical activities to reduce their weight because it helps to lower inflammation, thus strengthening the immune system.


5. Spend time outdoors.



Going outside the house allows your skin to be exposed to sunlight, which is naturally converted into vitamin D. The presence of this nutrient in the body helps to improve bone health, thus preventing osteoporosis in old people. You don't need to remain indoors as an old person, sometimes you need to step out of the house and expose your skin to sunlight and fresh air because it's good for you.


6. Get enough sleep.



Sleep is very beneficial for both young and old because it helps to improve brain functions, concentration, and memory. Research has shown that lack of sleep also affects the immune system and old people who don't get enough sleep stands at a greater risk of experiencing nighttime falls which could be dangerous.


7. Quit smoking.



This is one unhealthy habit you need to stop once you start aging. Smoking is harmful to both young and old because the chemicals in the cigarette are associated with lung damage and cancer. If you really want to maintain a healthy immune system in old age, you need to quit smoking.


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Source: Healthline .


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