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Easy Ways to Reset and Boost the Elderly Immune System

By Beth Brown, 9:00 am on

Many seniors have a higher susceptibility to communicable illnesses, which can be problematic during the flu and cold season. Fortunately, there are a number of things seniors can do to reset their immune systems. The Palm Beach in-home care experts at Home Care Assistance recommend the following measures, which can make aging adults better able to fight off common illnesses.

Add Probiotics to the Diet
Much of human health is heavily reliant upon the internal microbiome. This is the beneficial bacteria that lives within the gut. Although the digestive tract is sterile at birth, each person inherits good bacteria from his or her mother. Various actions and events can compromise the balance of healthy and harmful bacteria living in the gut, such as routine courses of antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals.

The good news is that there are many ways to significantly increase the number of beneficial bacteria. This can be accomplished by consuming yogurt with live and active cultures, taking probiotic supplements, and eating lots of bananas. Ramping up and balancing a person’s microbiome is extremely important to having a healthy and strong immune system

Implement a Cleanse
There are many ways to detoxify and cleanse the body. Seniors do not have to go on stringent fasts in order eliminate harmful toxins that line the digestive tract and impact overall functioning. Simply cutting out heavily processed and refined foods can have a significant and very positive impact on the human immune system. Many seniors wind up eating pre-packaged meals and other processed food products as cooking becomes more difficult. Switching to a fresh, natural, and home-cooked diet can do wonders for senior health. If your senior loved one needs help grocery shopping, cooking, or sticking to a healthy diet, consider an hourly or live-in caregiver in Palm Beach who can assist with meal planning, preparation, and cooking.

Eliminate Subluxations
Chiropractors operate on the philosophy that good nerve to brain communication is vital for optimal health, and when people have subluxated, or misaligned areas of the spine, communication between nerves and the brain is compromised. Consulting with a chiropractor who specializes in senior health is one way to restore good spinal alignment and improve the functionality of the immune system. Contrary to popular belief, these services do not have to entail manual adjustments. Many providers can offer therapeutic massage and ultrasound therapies instead.

Help your loved one stay safe and maintain optimal health this cold and flu season with the help of an hourly or live-in Palm Beach caregiver who can provide medication reminders, transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, and grocery shop and cook healthy meals. Home Care Assistance provides flexible schedules, thoroughly screens all caregivers, and never requires long-term contracts. To schedule your free in-home consultation, call a friendly Care Manager at (561) 429-8293.