Renishaw Hills

Age & Immunity: How you can stay healthy during your golden years

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the cause of much panic, especially for those of us who are unfortunately saddled with co-morbidities. If science has taught us anything, it’s that our body’s ability to fend off infections decreases as we age. In scientific terms, this is referred to as “immunosenescence”. This can leave us more susceptible to viruses like the flu or worse, the dreaded COVID-19. It’s not all doom and gloom though as there’s still a lot you can do to keep your immune system in fighting shape…

Your lifestyle choices make a big difference,

Immunity is a lot like other important bodily processes like functioning organs, repair and circulation. These things can also decrease in terms of effectiveness as we age. Luckily for some, these processes can be influenced by the choices we make on a daily basis.

If you’re a smoker, now might be the time to stop

We’re all aware of the impact that smoking has on the body. When it comes to circulation, immunity and respiratory health, smoking can have a frightening effect. It’s why many are choosing to kick the habit in the wake of the global pandemic. With many fatalities coming from those who have a history of smoking or lung disease, there’s no better time than the present to stop lighting up.

Diet is key

Your immune system is fuelled by what you put into your body. This makes a diet rich in fruit and vegetables important for giving your body the antioxidants it needs to fight free radicals. When it comes to eating meat, moderate portions will keep your immune system going strong but don’t over-do it. Inflammatory foods like sugar are also best enjoyed in smaller amounts as inflammation can cause issues with immunity. If you’re not getting enough vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, now is the time to invest in some supplements that will deliver what you’re lacking.

Keep it moving

Improving immune function relies on regular exercise too so why not find something you enjoy? Whether you would prefer to walk, run, cycle or surf, there’s more than enough options to choose from. At Renishaw Hills, our residents get to partake in an array of activities thanks to our wide-open spaces, on-site nature trails and more days of sunshine each year. Whilst we’re on the subject of sunshine, vitamin D is great for immunity too. If you’re going to catch some rays, be sure to wear a hat and some sunscreen.

Get the happy, healthy retirement you deserve

We’ve all got dreams when it comes to how we’ll spend our golden years. At Renishaw Hills, we deliver the best in value, quality, community and lifestyle so that our residents get to live the holiday 365 days a year. For more on the village or how you can take a private tour complete with social distancing, please get in touch with us today by emailing sales@renishawhills.co.za.