Tips to Maintain Health During COVID-19 and Flu Season TopicsPopular TopicsMost Recent Medicare Working Past 65 Lifestyle & Wellness Considering Retirement Existing Clients As concerns about COVID-19 continue, we are about to be faced with the additional challenge of the flu season. While health officials continually work to learn more about the coronavirus and mitigate its effects, suggestions have been made that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the flu during the upcoming season. As your advisor in Medicare, our top priority is your health and safety. Though there are no scientifically proven ways to enhance immunity, certain lifestyle decisions can affect your immune system in a positive way. An overall healthy lifestyle is the first step to maintaining a healthy immune system. Our team has provided a list of recommendations that may help you fight off sickness and prevent its spread in the coming months. Stay Active Exercise can help prevent many health concerns. Long periods of inactivity can weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to the coronavirus, the flu and even the common cold. Because physical activity contributes to good general health, staying fit increases your chances of staying healthy. Additionally, exercise can limit other severe health problems, anxiety, and can produce better sleep. Get Plenty of Sleep When you do not get enough sleep, your body does not produce enough of a specific protein that plays an important part in maintaining a healthy immune system. In turn, you may become more vulnerable to sickness. According to the Sleep Foundation, the recommended amount of sleep per night for individuals 65 years of age and older is between seven and eight hours. Going to sleep and waking up around the same time each day and making night-time and morning routines are two suggestions that may help you get the sleep you need to stay healthy. Eat a Healthy Diet A diet rich in nutritious food aids in promoting good overall health. If your diet lacks certain nutrients, it can alter the activity of cells and antibodies that are important for your immune system to function properly. Taking steps to ensure you are getting well-balanced meals helps you maintain overall health and strengthens your immune system. Make sure you are including macronutrients and micronutrients in your diet to maintain balance. Protein, vitamins A, C, and E and zinc are a few key players in a healthy immune system that can be found in both plants and animal-based proteins. Reduce Stress Research has shown that stress has a direct correlation with physical health. When your body experiences prolonged stress, it overproduces hormones that can cause inflammation. It also decreases key white blood cells that combat infections. Experts at the Mayo Clinic recommend following the four A’s when possible to cope with stressful times or situations: avoid, alter, accept, and adapt. Additionally, health professionals recommend taking time to meditate and work on skills such as adapting and problem-solving to reduce stress levels. Stay Hydrated Believe it or not, hydration plays an important part in your health and immunity. Water is essentially a natural detox for your body. It eliminates toxins and bacteria that may be a source of infection or illness. According to The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the recommended amount of fluids for men to drink per day is about 15.5 cups, while the recommended amount for women per day is 11.5 cups. If you find yourself struggling to drink the recommended amount, try logging how much water you drink in a day or finding someone to keep you accountable. Follow Government Guidelines and Take Precautions Limiting the spread of COVID-19 and the flu begins with you. Be aware of the guidelines that your area has put into effect for COVID-19. Social distancing, wearing a mask in public and avoiding large crowds are a few guidelines that can help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Additionally, practicing the healthy habits listed above can help prevent you from getting the flu. Additional Tips There are additional ways to take caution when it comes to the flu and COVID-19. The following are a few more tips when it comes to staying healthy: Keep hand sanitizer with you Wash your hands frequently and correctly Use soap Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds Rinse your hands well Use a clean towel to dry your hands Limit touching your face, eyes and nose when in public Avoid sharing food and drinks with others Stay updated with vaccines, including the flu shot Use telehealth as a resource Your health is important, and we hope these suggestions are a helpful start to a healthy lifestyle during the coming season. If you have questions about the coronavirus and your Medicare coverage, you can contact our Client Advisor team at 1-877-222-1942 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not yet a RetireMEDiQ client and would like to speak with an advisor about your Medicare needs and questions, call our team of experts at 1-855-981-8611. 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