Three Easy Habits to Foster Great Immunity

Creating great immunity naturally flows with the design of your body.  Nourish immunity with real food, drink and lifestyle.   Here are three Easy Habits to fend off colds, sniffles and flu this fall and winter:

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First:  Choose vitamin C with the full complement of whole food.  Isolated nutrients such as ascorbic acid for vitamin C can be problematic because they do not provide a complete matrix that whole food offers.  Eating vitamin C rich real food offers cofactors and bioactive compounds not available in isolated or synthetic nutrients.  Bell peppers, broccoli, sprouts, pineapple, kiwi, cauliflower, kale, grapefruit, parsley, greens (turnip, beet, mustard, and collard), Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, lemons, limes and spinach are all excellent sources of vitamin C. Enjoy orange juice in moderation (it can spike blood sugar).  Choose cold pressed orange juice without added sugar or other ingredients for optimal benefit. 

Fizzy packets and little pills of ‘emergency preparedness’ (or more likely fending off what has already reared its ugliness in the form of symptoms) is full of synthetic and isolated nutrients, and sugar (fructose), maltodextrin and other ingredients that do not do a body good.  
When choosing a vitamin C supplement look for the whole food complement with bioflavanoids.  The whole food complement vitamin C supplement will reflect ingredients like spirulina, chlorella, berries and other whole foods rich in vitamin C (reference list above).
 

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Second:  Drink Enough H2O.  Consistent adequate hydration (make it a lifestyle) will help your body function at its best.  H2O is a macronutrient for the body.  Yes, water's importance is right up there with fats, protein and carbohydrates.  Sip throughout the day until you reach half of your body weight in ounces and more to replace diuretics (coffee, some tea, alcohol, energy drinks, soda, juice, etc).  Make water more interesting by adding fruit slices or herbs like lemon balm or basil.  

Third:  Get Enough Shut Eye.  You will accomplish more when you are rested.  During sleep your body’s natural detoxification and rejuvenation processes are at work to restore you and prevent you from succumbing to colds, flu, and the symptoms that can bring you down.  Be honest about how much sleep you need and get it.  Putting your devices away an hour or more before bedtime will help your body wind down and get a good night rest.  You owe it to yourself, your family, and your team to be rested.  

Making these tips habits is guaranteed to help sustain wellness.  If you would like to explore Personalized Wellness Coaching and how Nutritional Therapy can support your wellness factor (reduce signs and symptoms and revitalize you to feel better) I invite you to contact me for a complimentary 15 minute conversation about how my approach can guide you to greater wellness.  Easy.  Simple.  Satisfying.  Delicious.  Guaranteed.   

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This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. Always consult with your primary care Physician or Naturopathic Doctor before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.