Burning the candle at both ends
3 foods and 3 supplements to fireproof your immune system this festive season
We all know what the festive season means. It starts with chowing down on candy and partying at Halloween, then on to stuffing our faces for thanks giving, Christmas parties and then the coup de grace – New Years. Two months of burning the candle (and your immune system) at both ends. Here are our suggestions on foods and supplements that can help stop your immune system crashing and get you through the fun times unscathed.
Your grand mother told you to eat it and it turns out she had a reason. Garlic doesn’t jut add amazing flavor to meals but, when crushed and let sit, contains an anti-bacterial/anti fungal compound call Aliciin. Research shows that garlic has both anti-inflammatory and immno-protecive properties. You can crush garlic and add it to salad dressings or your favorite stir-fry.
Liposomal Vitamin C:
Vitamin C is essential for the immune system to function as well as the adrenal glands (These help us produce energy). It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. With the unfortunate reality of high sugar consumption during the festive season, the adrenals work overtime and cortisol levels sore. Much of the vitamin C we consume is destroyed in the gut. Liposomal vitamin C is contained in a phospholipid complex, which negates this issue, vastly increasing uptake of this essential nutrient. Have this one handy when you need a powerful immune boost when the sniffle start to kick in, or as a precaution measure when you know you are going to give your immune system a work over. We carry the “Seeking Health” brand in the gym, formulated by Dr Ben Lynch. Ask your trainer for more information.
Another oldie but a goodie. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties as well as digestive supportive qualities. As we often discuss, gut health and controlling inflammation is essential to maintaining a rock solid immune system. Like Garlic, ginger is great added to stir-fry’s. You can also add a tiny piece of ginger to smoothies and shakes.
B Vitamins are essential for regulating energy systems. Late nights, more sugar and partying redline our adrenals for the festive months. B vitamins support our adrenals and give us immune boosting energy to stop us getting run down. Many forms of B Vitamins are not well absorbed and can even cause toxicity, particularly folic acid (Synthetic Folate) and Vitamin B12 (one of the highest deficiency rates in the US). The “Seeking Health” brand we carry at HDX is formulated by Dr Ben Lynch, and contain the highest quality absorbable B Vitamins available. Ask your trainer for more information.
This recommendation would have got us crucified 20 years ago. Luckily science has caught up to and we can now enjoy one of the factors responsible for the very large brain that separates us from the beasts (Well some of us). Saturated fats from coconut, grass fed red meats such a beef, bison and lamb as well as grass fed butter and cream (Used sparingly) contain immune boosting MCTs (Medium chain triglycerides). You can add grass fed red meats to a balanced diet. Raw coconut or dried coconut is great in smoothies. You can cook I grass fed butter or add a small amount to coffees to give your brain a boost. While we do not recommend using the large amounts often used in “Bulletproof coffee” we do have an abbreviated recipe we do recommend. This will be in our upcoming “New Year New Rear” nutrition program.
This is the highest nutrient deficiency in America. Unless you get 1 hour of sun per day in a bathing suit there is a high likelihood you are deficient. This nutrient is essential for normal immune function, hormonal function and deficiency increases chances of weight gain and illness. We call this the “No brainer supplement” as the repercussions of deficiency are severe and normal supplementation is safe and cheap. Ask your trainer fro more information on the correct Vitamin D dosages and how to take it.