Homedics—Immune Boosters for Seniors
The holiday season brings with it colds and flu. For seniors this is a major concern, because during most flu seasons in the United States, an estimated 90% of flu-related deaths and 50% to 60% of flu-related illnesses occur in people aged 65 or older. Flu immunization, healthy eating and exercise are significant ways to prevent and help the immune system ward off respiratory illnesses. But there is still concern when people, especially seniors, spend 90% of their time indoors. This environment can greatly affect the immune system. So, for your gift-giving or for your personal use, here are some HoMedics immune boosters for seniors that you can incorporate to relax your body, de-stress your mind, and promote a greater sense of well-being.
As you age, the body’s immune system becomes weakened. In addition, scientific evidence shows people who are older or who are already sick are more susceptible to stress-related immune changes. A 2002 study by Lyanne McGuire, PhD, of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with Kiecolt-Glaser and Glaser, showed that age played a key factor in the suppression of the immune system. The participants in the study involved 70-year-olds caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. The caregivers were also diagnosed with chronic mild depression. Even 18 months after caregiving, the participants’ immunity remained down and continued to decline with age.
In contrast, practicing relaxation regularly can help strengthen the immune system. For example, a massage, in relaxing the body, also boosts the immune system by reducing cytokines and cortisol hormones. Researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center studied 29 participants who received 45-minute massages. The participants showed an increase in number of lymphocytes, which are white blood cells that play a large role in defending the body from disease.
Why not try a homedics massager as a way to de-stress and relax the body in the comfort of your home?
A massage at your convenience can help you feel better by relieving tight muscles which can lead to poor circulation and inflammation.
Because of the length of time spent indoors, air pollution may be greater than risks from outdoor pollution. Although flu vaccines have been developed, the influenza virus can be affected by ventilation levels in the home. According to the EPA, the most effective way to improve the quality of air in your home is to reduce or remove the sources of pollutants and to ventilate it with clean outdoor air. Additionally, supplementing with filtration has proven to be an efficient source of control and ventilation.
Air purifiers, for instance, can help remove some pollutants from the air.
Try these Homedics air purifiers, which contain HEPA filtration. A HEPA filter is a type of device composed of fibrous or porous materials which remove particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, tobacco smoke, and unpleasant odors.
It is important to note that, currently, there are no widely used performance rating systems for portable air filters designed to remove pollutants.
Winter can bring low humidity, which can cause dry skin, nose, throat and lips. The problem can become exasperated by heating systems within the home, causing more germs to spread. However, humidifiers can add moisture to indoor air and alleviate these physical discomforts. Because micro-organisms can grow in standing water, care must be taken in using these products.
EPA recommends using water with low mineral content such as distilled water. Evaporative and steam vaporizer humidifiers are known to disperse less minerals into the air.
Try these Homedics humidifers which can help you breathe better, especially as you sleep.
When it comes to sleep deprivation, seniors are some of the most vulnerable. Lack of sleep affects the immune system. Studies show that sleep quality is thought to be an important predictor of immunity and in turn susceptibility to the common cold.
Having trouble falling asleep or know of a senior who does?
Homedics Soundspas® can help you fall asleep and improve your sleep quality. The Soundspas® allow you to fall asleep to a variety of sounds from white noise machines, like everglades, ocean, rain, or brook. There is also an option for simply white noise. The Soundspas® have built-in clocks or also include essential oil diffuser.
Essential oil immune boosters
Essential oils, derived from flowers, leaves, roots, bark, seeds and peels, are highly potent. Each oil has a distinct healing property.
Add Homedics essential oils to your Soundspa® or use them in a diffuser.
Try cedarwood or pine oil as an immune booster that can help clean the air and enhance sleep.
Cedarwood oil has astringent, antifungal, and antiseptic properties which make it useful in treating infections and skin conditions. Its expectorant effect opens the sinuses, thins mucus, relieves congestion, fights infection, and alleviates difficulty breathing. As a sedative, it can soothe anxiety and nervous tension.
Pine oil has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiseptic, expectorant, diuretic, analgesic, decongestant, insecticidal and antibacterial properties that are effective in treating respiratory and bladder infections, skin conditions, fever and muscle pain.
To Ease Breathing
Pine oil helps open the respiratory passages and promotes expectoration. The following blend in a diffuser will help you breathe freely:
3 drops pine oil
2 drops peppermint oil
2 drops eucalyptus oil
To Clean the Home
Blend 5-10 drops of pine oil with 2 gallons of water.
Use in spray bottle to help disinfect home and leave a fresh scent.
For holiday cheer: Mix 5 drops of pine and cinnamon oils in a diffuser.
Homedics devices can help seniors age in place healthily, especially during the winter season fraught with colds and flu. Regular massages, clean air, soothing airwaves and fresh aromatic smells can strengthen the immune system. These products make excellent Christmas gift ideas as well as supplements for seniors who want to create a healthy space for life.
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