Fight Seasonal Allergies with Tips from Our Retirement Communities

Stay Healthy, Active, and Don’t Miss Out on Spring Fun!

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Spring is known to be allergy season, as well as the end of cold and flu season. For many people, sickness and allergies can make it difficult to breathe and can even cause other health issues. We want to help residents at our retirement living communities combat these issues and stay healthy this spring. Spring is the best time to get outdoors, get active, and take care of your health. It’s also the perfect time of year to pay special attention to not only your physical health, but your mental health too! Check out our top tips for you to try out.

Drink Your Water and Stay Hydrated

Hydration is one of the biggest keys to health during any time of the year. Making sure you’re keeping your body hydrated will be a huge help in combating health issues like allergies and colds. Water is also essential for many bodily functions, from digestion to keeping us “regular” and transporting key nutrients to the right parts of your body. One of your main goals should be to combat dehydration. When you get dehydrated, your cognition suffers, so staying hydrated ensures you stay mentally sharp too! Water also flushes out toxins which aids in fighting germs. Increase your hydration and make your water taste better by adding electrolytes! Use powdered electrolyte packets to add a flavor and hydration boost or keep electrolyte drinks stocked in the fridge.

Wash Your Hands

Hand washing is a simple and easy way to protect ourselves and others from illness. It only takes a few seconds, and it’s something we can do regularly throughout the day. Our hands come into contact with many surfaces as we go about our daily activities, including door handles, keyboards, and other people. Washing our hands can help remove germs and prevent them from spreading to others. Germs that our hands pick up can cause illnesses such as the flu, colds, and stomach viruses, so it’s important to wash your hands in order to prevent these illnesses. Remember to wash your hands before and after being out in public or visiting other people.

Keep a Vitamin and Supplement Regimen

Taking vitamins and minerals can help alleviate your allergy symptoms and support your immune system! A few of our favorites are Vitamins C, D, E, and Zinc. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation and histamine levels in the body. While you can take this in pill form, it’s also commonly found in citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, and peppers, so if you prefer eating it, snack on some produce!

Vitamin D, which we normally get from natural sunshine or supplements, plays a role in regulating the immune system and reducing inflammation. Vitamin E reduces inflammation in the body and is easy to find in foods like nuts or leafy greens. Zinc is a major immune system supporter and can be eaten through seafood or lean meats. Remember to have your vitamin levels checked via regular blood tests and work with your doctor to ensure healthy levels! Your doctor can also recommend certain vitamins and supplements specific to your needs. Be sure to stay in close contact with your provider to find the best regimen for you.

Daily Outdoor Activity

With sunshine being the strongest natural form of Vitamin D, it’s best to get outside when the spring weather permits. Getting exposure to sunshine and fresh air boosts both your physical health and your mental health! Daily sunlight improves your mood and fresh air cleans out your lungs while increasing energy levels as well as supporting white blood cell function. Whether you go for a walk, have a yoga session in the park, or enjoy a bike ride, outdoor activity is so good for you. Your joints, heart, lungs, muscles, and brain will all thank you.

Staying healthy in the spring is important for maintaining good health, taking advantage of seasonal opportunities, and reducing the risk of illness or allergy symptoms. It’s important to take care of your physical and mental health during this season to enjoy all that spring has to offer!

To enjoy a spring tour or get more information about our retirement communities, contact our friendly team today.

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