Be prepared to be amazed at all the awesomeness that has transpired over the last seven-ish days. Mild astonishment is okay too.
This week was mostly spent studying for a midterm for my History of Technology, Society and Environment class and working on a COVID-19 research paper for my class in human-nature health. I was able to make it to week three in Barre Blend, but I am taking a few days off because my body feels like it’s about to be hit with a fibro flare up. I think the stress of my school assignments and midterm is really throwing me off.
We finally started getting some goodies from out patio garden. Two green beans that I ate as soon as this photo was snapped and strawberries. I think we have some peppers that are almost ready to pick. We faced yet another heat wave this week and our city has asked us to conserve water.
I got in the little oilers starter kit this week with Feathers the Owl diffuser from Young Living this week. Feathers is also a white noise machine and night light. So far Teghan is not fond of the KidScents DreamEase blend. Her thoughts “It stinks. Make it stop!” Hopefully this will Teghan sleep at night. As she gets used to it, or as I find a better sleep and relaxation blend.
The week was concluded with a birthday party celebration for my younger sister. We played mini golf and enjoyed ice cream. Teghan wanted a white Popsicle since they are her new favourite thing ever. It was so hot and unbearable, but after being in lock down for so long, it was nice to have family outing. Andy didn’t get to go because he has started back to work since Ontario has been slowly re-opening.
Your immune system is like that friend you have that is just there, hanging out, chilling and being cool until someone threatens you — then they are ready to attack. Unless they are inebriated, then there is no telling what they will do, or when. That would be like an autoimmune disease/disorder. I will admit, I am not the best with analogies. Also, that pretty much describes me as a friend.
In all seriousness, healthy immune systems are something that some people take for granted. When it functions properly, our immune system seeks out threats such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites and triggers an immune response to fight off the invaders and destroy them.
Keeping your immune system running at tip-top shape is important to make sure that your body is ready and in fighting shape! I’ve put together a shortlist of some of the most important nutrients to help keep your immune system boosted and running optimally. I’ve added some examples of foods that are good sources of these nutrients.
Vitamin C is an important nutrient needed for tissue and bone growth and repair. Unfortunately, the human body doesn’t create any. Studies have shown that Vitamin C can help boost the immune system and ward off viruses such as the common cold. It is best to get this vitamin from your foods. Fruits and vegetables are usually the best sources. Vitamin C is also essential for the body to be able to absorb Iron. Light and heat can destroy Vitamin C in foods, so consuming fresh and uncooked sources is best.
Food Sources of Vitamin C
Vitamin D is needed in the body for calcium and phosphorous absorption and regulation. Sun exposure is one of the easiest, efficient, and most reliable ways to get this vitamin. By exposing the hands, arms, legs, and face to sunlight two or three times a week for about a quarter of the time that it would take for you to get a sunburn will allow the skin enough time to produce Vitamin D. There is not a definite set amount of time (eg 17 minutes) as it will vary according to age, skin type, location, time of year and time of day. Older people have been found to have less receptors for Vitamin D in their skin. Darker skin tends to absorb less Vitamin D due to evolutionary traits. Being low in Vitamin D can compromise the immune system and also cause fatigue. Vitamin D deficiency is really common. It has been suggested that Canadians are at risk for year round deficiency. Anyone living in northern latitudes or are darker skin may be deficient and it may be worth having your physician test your Vitamin D levels.
Natural and Food Sources of Vitamin D
Sun – with caution
Vitamin D Fortified foods
Zinc in an essential trace mineral element. The body only needs a small amount of it, and it doesn’t store it. Zinc has shown to be effective against viruses. It usually lessens the symptoms of the common cold. Zinc helps the body activate white blood cells and is needed for wound healing.
Food Sources of Zinc
Selenium, a mineral found in the soil, water and some foods. It is needed in body to ensure that many of the bodily processes are carried out correctly. Selenium increases the actions of antioxidants in the body and helps to protect the cells. Most of the selenium that we get is from food, and it vary based on where the food originates. A selenium deficiency can result in an under active thyroid and high blood pressure during pregnancy.
The best way to stay healthy is to eat a well-balanced diet and to incorporate some exercise for musculoskeletal and cardio health. The key is to try and maintain good health, not just try to fix things once you’re sick. If you can’t get all of your nutrients from food, talk to your i-health care provider about adding in a vitamin or a multi-vitamin.
Who am I to offer advice? I am a certified NESTA Lifestyle and Weigh Management Nutritional Specialist. I have also worked in the natural health and supplement industry for over a decade. All of my free time was spent reading and learning about nutrition in hopes of keeping myself, family, and customers as healthy as possible. Still, all of this is simply advice and presented for educational purposes. I am simply sharing information. Talk to your physician or medical professional before making any changes or starting a new program or supplement. I am not here to diagnose. prevent, or treat any disease or illness. I am simply offering advice from a nutritional standpoint.