Taking care of yourself starts from prevention, there are many things you can do to improve you overall health, at Om'echaye we believe that the 360 experience is meant not only to make you happy, but also to make you healthier. If you’re over age 65, here’s what you can do to strengthen your immune system and prevent the flu and its complications.
DANCE: Believe it or not there are 4 ways dancing will help you build a strong immune system:
- It fights disease: Most people know about the physical benefits of dance. However, fewer are aware of how it can support the immune system’s ability to fight off germs. The benefits of exercise start to accumulate once physical activity becomes a routine habit. Studies show moderate to vigorous exercise reduces the risk of upper respiratory tract infections, including the common cold. Regular dance sessions have also been shown to lower blood fat and bad cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health.
- Anti-ageing benefits: Did you know dancing has been described as the kale exercise? A 2017 Frontiers in Human Neuroscience report looked at brain scans of elderly dancers and found it improved balance and brain structure. The study concluded dancing as a promising candidate in counteracting age-related decline in physical and mental abilities. Dance has been shown to slow down the physical and psychological signs of ageing, such as reducing the uncomfortable effects of menopause to improve gait in the eldery.
- Lowers stress and depression: A study published in 2013 concluded dance reduces symptoms of depression and lifts the spirits. This correlates to an increase in serotonin and endorphins and decreased cortisol (stress hormone) levels. “You appear to get a much bigger release of endorphins when you dance than during other forms of exercise; it also connects with the emotional centers in the brain,” according to dance psychologist Dr.Peter Lovatt.
- Improves cognitive function: Dance has been proven to have many positive effects on cognitive function. Researchers have shown that dance can work wonders for your brain, especially for the elderly. A 2011 study highlights the ability of dance to improve verbal fluency, delayed recall, and recognition memory function. Dancing has also been shown lower one's risk of dementia to by up to 76%.
Did someone said zumba?
Eating a healthy, nutrient-rich diet is another way to boost your immune system so that it can fight off viruses. This includes eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, which contain vitamins and antioxidants to promote good health.
You should also reduce your intake of sugar, fat, and processed foods, and choose lean meats. If you feel that you’re not getting enough vitamins and nutrients from your diet alone, ask your doctor if they recommend taking a multivitamin or herbal supplement.
If dancing is not your thing, you can start with cardio and weight workout. Even when strenuous physical activity can become harder with age, that doesn’t mean you should stop moving completely. Regular physical activity can strengthen your immune system and help your body fight off infections and viruses.
Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity for three days a week. This can include walking, biking, yoga, swimming, or other low impact workouts.
Exercise increases blood circulation and has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.
BE IN CONTROL OF YOUR THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS:
Chronic stress can affect your immune system, decreasing its effectiveness. When under stress, the body increases the production of cortisol. This is a hormone that helps the body deal with stressful situations. It also limits bodily functions that aren’t essential in a fight-or-flight situation. Meditating, being grateful and taking a moment for feel and hear yourself can relief some of this negative feelings, If you don't know where to start, come for meditation and sound healing class and let our certified meditation instructor guide you through it.
As many longtime yogis can attest, asana practice provides a gentle, natural means of supporting the immune system on a day-to-day basis—, no matter how hectic your schedule might be. Yoga helps lower stress hormones that compromise the immune system, while also conditioning the lungs and respiratory tract, stimulating the lymphatic system to oust toxins from the body, and bringing oxygenated blood to the various organs to ensure their optimal function. "Yoga is unlike other forms of exercise that focus only on certain parts of the body," says Kathleen Fry, M.D., president of the American Holistic Medicine Association in Scottsdale, Arizona. "Yoga works on everything."