Vitamins to help boost your Immune System

In light of all this pandemic panic we can use a little humour:

sometimes we dogs have to laugh

However on a more serious note:

I, like countless others am staying put right now.  Of course I’m still walking my dogs outdoors and I have gone to yoga (with my own mat) but for the most part avoiding social  interactions as much as humanly possible.  Taking the COVID-19 situation more seriously now especially since I’m still in California, planning to make my way back to Vancouver very soon. So many events are cancelled.  It takes something really major to cancel popular sporting events, parties and music festivals.  Many businesses have already begun to suffer.  Hope we get back to some normalcy soon.  Only time will tell, for better or for worse. 

Until then, trying to stay healthy with a morning tea concoction of fresh squeezed organic lemon, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, apple cider vinegar + organic raw honey.  It’s delicious. Followed by a cup of coffee with added cinnamon to the grounds. This incorporates some of the super spices. Mid morning I usually make a smoothie using frozen organic blueberries or açaí, half a banana, fresh (or frozen) ginger, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, topped with organic unsweetened almond or coconut milk, 3 Tbsp. of organic whey protein (grass fed bought at market) + a little turmeric powder. It’s the best! Taking lots of vitamins too and trying to get plenty of restEmphasis on trying. 

My lineup includes Super Omega-3, Ester-C, Advanced Turmeric (because I broke 2 fingers), Mega B complex, Vitamin D3, L-Lysine, Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes, Probiotic (has Prebiotics from Inulin), Extend-Release Magnesium. Layla + Jia Jia are stress releasers (sometimes not so).  Not shown: *Leaf Source + **Samuraw Organic complete but only because I’m out.

Other recommended supplements to help boost your immune system: QuercetinN-A-C (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine) to treat respiratory issues such as bronchitis – an amino precursor to glutathione, and 2 grams of Vitamin C per day.  

What’s the difference between an Epidemic and a Pandemic

An epidemic is defined as “an outbreak of disease that spreads quickly and affects many individuals at the same time.” A pandemic is a type of epidemic (one with greater range and coverage), an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population. While a pandemic may be characterized as a type of epidemic, you would not say that an epidemic is a type of pandemic.

Epidemic is a term that is often broadly used to describe any problem that has grown out of control such as an event in which a disease is actively spreading. In contrast, the term pandemic relates to geographic spread and is used to describe a disease that affects a whole country or the entire world.

Even so, it doesn’t do much good to panic….unless of course, you test positive for the virus. And even then, your survival rate depending on factors of age and overall health are not dire.

Wishing you a weekend of wellness.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed (and washed) that this terrible virus will go away in short order. 

I recommend the two products below available online and in select health stores.  Full disclosure: both are formulated by my brother Brad King.  Aside from him being my brother, you should know that I believe these are excellent quality products and would take them regardless.

*Leaf Source: The world’s cleanest + most powerful humic – fulvic acid complex.  Find out more at:  https://leafsource.com/

**SAMURAW NUTRITION: the very first truly natural 100% whole food derived multi-vitamin/mineral/probiotic.  Available at:  https://www.samuraw.com/

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

 

 

Health MATTERS – Inflammation Fighters

Why eating certain power foods can help you avoid the disease-causing condition.

Susan Biali (a practicing GP, wellness expert and life coach) explains the connection between food and inflammation.  She is also the author of Live a Life You Love: 7 steps to a Healthier, Happier, More Passionate You. inflammation2

Biali first learned about this connection a decade ago when she visited a dermatologist about her acne condition at the time.  This specialist was way ahead of his time: instead of prescribing medication, he asked her what she was eating.  He explained that angry, red pimples are a manifestation of inflammation in the body, and that eating certain foods makes acne worse or better.  When she took his advice and changed her diet, her skin changed dramatically.  Of course, there are different causes for acne so food isn’t always the cure, but as a rule an anti-inflammatory diet should improve redness, inflammation and the overall look of your skin. 

Sometimes chronic inflammation is obvious, as with a painful arthritic knee, but it’s typically much more subtle.  Inflammation that contributes to heart disease happens at a microscopic level in your arteries.  You’ll never notice it or feel it until the condition is severely advanced.  The various triggers responsible for this can be stress related, depression, smoking and poor sleep.

You probably heard long ago that eating a Mediterranean-style diet reduces the risk of heart disease.  What you might not know is that it’s also a textbook “anti-inflammatory diet” packed with whole foods and low in refined sugars, refined flours, trans fat and red meat – all of which are believed to lead to inflammation.  Here are some of the power foods that reduce inflammation, protect you from disease and slow the aging process.

Fatty Fish – like mackerel, salmon, trout and sardines are powerfully anti-inflammatory.  In addition to eating fish a couple times a week, taking a high-quality wild fish oil supplement daily is also recommended.

Fruit and Vegetables – deep red berries, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and red & orange peppers are potent anti-inflammatories.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – this is one of the cornerstones of the Mediterranean diet.  Use it in salads, in cooking and for dipping whole grain breads.  Don’t go overboard, though; one Tbsp. has about 119 calories and 14 grams of fat!  Yes, it’s a good fat,….but can still be fattening.

High-Fibre Whole Grains – refined white flours convert quickly into sugar in your blood, which is inflammatory.  Fibre, in contrast, is anti-inflammatory and digests more slowly, avoiding damaging spikes in sugar.  A test: if you can easily squish a piece of bread – crusts removed – into a pea size ball, it’s not high fibre.  Look for four to six grams of fibre content on the label before buying a “whole-grain” product.

Tumeric – a superstar!  It’s active ingredient (this was mentioned in my beauty post) curcumin, comes in supplement form and has been shown to be as potent for easing aches and pains as OTC painkillers such as ibuprofen.  I love turmeric rich curries and keep a bottle of the spice in my cupboard.

The scientific support for whole foods just keeps growing.  The better you eat, the better you’ll look and feel, and the more likely you’ll enjoy a healthy, inflammation-free life.

An excellent book on the subject:

inflammation1Conquer Inflammation will give you clear and concise details on exactly how inflammation is generated by your immune system or your fat cells and how it continuously creates havoc in your heart, your brain, your joints, your skin, and your soft tissues. This book will show you how you can end the inflammatory activity in your body without resorting to drugs that may have harmful side-effects. Lifestyle changes, nutritional strategies, and natural supplements can stop the inflammation process without causing more harm to your body.  Available on Amazon.com

You can also try a product called “Leaf-Source”inflammation3LeafSource mineral products are derived from a 100% natural, organic, prehistoric sea-bed deposit dated at about 120 million years old. Agricultural civilizations have long relied on sea beds as vital sources of fertilizer that enrich soils and provide the nutrients in our foods.

We now know that this intricate matrix of naturally occurring organic acids and alkalizing minerals can have a direct beneficial effect on the body ultimately helping the body run more efficiently. http://www.leafsource.com/

If you have other recommendations for fighting inflammation please pass them along.