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Why protein is important for a senior’s immune system

Posted By Admin Staff2 / August 10, 2021 / 0 Comments

 

Taking extra care of your immune system
to avoid getting sick has never been more important
for SA seniors. 

Protein helps your body fight illness at a cellular level,
so for a strong immune system,
make sure you are eating enough of it.

 

“To make a quick protein-rich snack, rinse a tin of chickpeas and pour them into a baking tray. Sprinkle your favorite spices and drizzle olive oil over the chickpeas, roast until golden, and enjoy!”

Busting protein myths

There is a lot said about this macronutrient but not everything you’ve heard is true. Here, we separate fact from fiction.

You can only get protein from meat, eggs and dairy

False! Essential amino acids are available from plant sources too.

There’s no such thing as too much protein

Untrue. An excess of protein can make you gain weight, cause gastrointestinal issues and bad breath, or even damage your kidneys.

You can get enough protein from bars and powders

Myth. The quality of your protein is as important as the quantity so combine supplements with real food sources.

5 Steps to a healthy lifestyle

Supporting your immune system is about more than a balanced diet. Stress, exercise, sleep and hygiene all play a role.

Manage your stress 

Short-term stress (that lasts minutes or a few hours) boosts immune function. But if stress continues for three days or more, it can make you susceptible to infections. Work on the causes of chronic stress in your life for a healthy body and mind.

Get enough exercise

A minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week keeps your heart healthy, according to the The Heart and Stroke FoundationThere is such a thing as too much, though, as grueling training sessions will suppress the immune system.

Sleep well

Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep per night, as too little rest can inhibit killer T cell function.

Focus on hygiene

Keep sanitizing your cell phone and keyboard, wash your hands, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth when you’re in public. Proper hygiene goes a long way to prevent infection.

Vaccinate yourself

Train your immune system to handle infections by getting your annual flu vaccination

A combination of a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet will keep your immune system strong and ready for the flu season.

 

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