May 05, 2024

5 Tips for Year-Round Immune Support

5 Tips for Year-Round Immune Support

Building healthy habits is important at any age—especially if immune support is your goal.  There are various lifestyle factors that can have an impact on your immune health.  Fortunately, there are steps you can take to support your immune system every day. 

Try these tips for year-round immune system support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): 

Catch more ZZZs

Getting enough rest is key to staying healthy. In fact, sleep loss is shown to have a negative impact on your immune system. So, be sure you are logging at least seven hours of sleep each night. 

Watch your weight

Maintaining a healthy weight can help support immune health, among other benefits. Managing stress, choosing healthy foods, and getting enough exercise and sleep can help keep your weight in check.

Cut back on alcohol 

Over time, consuming too much alcohol can weaken your immune system. Try trading “adult” beverages for fun alternatives, such as mocktails.

Quit smoking

According to the CDC, smoking can lead to immune system problems and make your body less effective at fighting disease. Plus, quitting smoking is shown to improve your health and life expectancy. 

Get enough nutrients

Eating nutritious foods can help your immune system function at its best, according to the CDC. Stick to healthy choices such as fruits, veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean meats. Plus, ask your healthcare provider if immune supplements might be right for you, especially if you may not get enough essential nutrients from your diet alone. 

Whether you’re in your 50s, 60s, 70s, or beyond, committing to healthy habits is always a great idea. We hope these tips motivate you to give your body—and your immune system—some TLC!