The COVID-19 vaccine is available to all seniors, and many are already fully inoculated, but the work does not stop there. According to the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), physical activity and good nutrition contribute to your vaccine response long after you received your shots.
As adults age, their natural ability to fight germs, stave off infections and develop new antibodies decline. The good news is this state of immunosenescence can be slowed down with a lifestyle full of exercise and a healthy diet.
CAPTION: Factors influencing the immunosenescence of older adult immunity; Source: ICAA
Continuing to exercise as we age has several benefits but when it comes to your immune system it promotes stronger antibody response. A famous study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) found: “Chronic exercise or high levels of physical activity have been shown to be related to improved vaccine responses in older adults, illustrating improved immune function, and conferring potentially significant public health benefit.” If you need ideas on exercises you can do at home, check out this blog.
For decades clinicians and researchers linked good nutrition to several health benefits for seniors, including the effectiveness of vaccines. Deficiency of nutrients and malnutrition are key factors in a weakened immune system. It is important to focus on getting enough protein, vitamins such as vitamin D and minerals like zinc in your diet. Talk to your doctor to make sure your diet is on track for a healthy immune system, and in the meantime, check out these three healthy recipes for what to make at home tonight.
Nearly 30% of the population is fully vaccinated in the U.S., and almost 3% in Canada. While things are looking up for everyone, it is still important to put in the work to boost your immune system in conjunction with the vaccine.