As the seasons change it’s common for colds and flu to do the rounds. In this week’s blog we’ve compiled a list of tools you can use to stay well and build up your immune system coming into winter.
The first thing to ensure is you are eating a nutrient-dense diet that gives you stable blood sugar levels and promotes vitality and health. This is key to obtaining - and absorbing - as many essential nutrients as possible to support your body through winter.
However, there are several specific things you can do to give your body some extra love when you or your family are feeling run down.
Increase your Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a vital nutrient. Vitamin C - also known as ascorbic acid - is important for fighting infections. It works as an antioxidant to protect our bodies from damage, is involved in the growth of our bones, tendons, ligaments and skin and helps us absorb other essential nutrients, such as iron, better.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are our best sources of vitamin C, which help to strengthen our immune system and keep our body healthy. Great food sources of vitamin C include berries, citrus, kiwi fruit, capsicum, and dark leafy green vegetables.
I always try to support my health with nutrient-dense foods that provide me with energy. But when I feel like I’m a little bit run down or my immune system is compromised, I increase my vitamin C intake to get me through. I use our BePure Super Boost C, this is basically giving your body as much vitamin C as it needs on that given day. I take Vitamin C throughout the day, half a teaspoon at a time, every four hours, until I have a loose bowel motion and then I stop. I will write more about finding bowel tolerance and how to do it in an upcoming blog.
According to Dr. Linus Pauling, Vitamin C is the most important nutrient to supplement to support the work of the body’s immune system. It has been found that Vitamin C boosts the manufacture of antibody molecules required to assist the body in the defence of bacteria and viruses.
For those of us with adrenal fatigue, increased stress also results in greater need for Vitamin C within in the body.
Test for zinc deficiency
Zinc acts as an antioxidant, controlling the activity of over 300 enzymes within your body. It also controls your body's ability to uptake other minerals. When you’re battling a cold or theflu,you need to be absorbing all the nutrients you can get! Making sure you have adequate levels of zinc is a priority for everyone.
Testing for zinc deficiency can be simple and inexpensive. You need sufficient levels of zinc within your body to be able to taste zinc when ingested orally. Simply drink a small amount of zinc. It should taste immediately bitter. If you tolerate it without complaint, you need more zinc!
We have a zinc test on our website. One bottle will test up to ten people, it’s quick and one of the most simple things you can do to boost your health.
Bone broth - or technically, stock - is a mineral-rich infusion made by boiling bones of healthy animals with vegetables, herbs and spices. It provides you with gelatin, glycine and protein to support your gut and promote energy. The minerals in it support your body if you have any aches or pains.
Homemade, nutrient-dense bone broth is incredibly easy and inexpensive to make. It is also wonderfully warming for the cooler months and adds a huge depth of flavour to soups, casseroles and curries. Here is a great recipe for you to try.
If you don’t have time or don’t want to make your own broth there are some great brands on the market. Harris stock can be purchased at health food stores and Best Bones Broth is an Auckland based broth company with several stockists throughout the region. You can find out more information on their Facebook page.
According to the sleep foundation a recent study found a direct link between lack of quality sleep and compromised immunity. For instance, if you aren’t sleeping well, you’re more likely to get sick.
The study looked at the white blood cell count (a marker of infection) in participants following 29 hours of wakefulness. It found severe sleep loss jolts the immune system into action, reflecting the same type of immediate response shown during exposure to stress.
This means our body has to use vital nutrients to repair ourselves from the lack of sleep, instead of fighting foreign bugs.
Utilising these tools will help you through these cooler months. If you are battling chronic conditions, are constantly low in energy or have any other questions, please contact the us at firstname.lastname@example.org.