Vitamin C is known to help reduce common cold symptoms(1). It can shorten the duration of cold symptoms, as well as the severity of those symptoms(2). Vitamin C contributes to immune defense by supporting various cellular functions, which can help protect our bodies from many things, including environmental oxidative stress (3). Vitamin C can be found in many fresh fruits and vegetables, including red peppers, broccoli and spinach, to name a few.
Check out this recipe: This soup contains 113 mg of Vitamin C per serving
Zinc is another major player in building up our immune system and foods are often overlooked as a great place to find zinc. It is essential for many cellular functions, including our immune system, especially in times of stress(4). Oysters are a well-known source of zinc, as is red meat. If you’re looking for plant-based sources, chickpeas and almonds are also a great source. This recipe has 7 mg of zinc and 95 mg of Vitamin C too!
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin, and for good reason! The sun is the best way to get vitamin D(5). Throughout the winter months, and due to global conditions right now, you may be spending less and less time outside, so it’s best to find ways to increase vitamin D through food. Vitamin D is often overlooked for building up immune function, but insufficient vitamin D is linked to impaired immune function(6). Foods that are a great source of vitamin D are liver, mushrooms, egg yolks and fatty fish.
This meal below packs 123 IU of Vitamin D. Egg yolks are a good source of vitamin D and peppers are a great source of vitamin C
Garlic is often a vegetable that goes unnoticed when it comes to building up immune response. It’s one of the oldest remedies across many different cultures to help the immune system(7). It contains many different compounds that have the potential to influence immunity(8), and there are so many different ways to use it!
By now, we all know the positive effects that probiotics can have on our gut flora, but they can also help our immune response. Probiotics are proven to help with elevating our immune system(9). In fact, yogurt with a specific probiotic strain may help reduce upper respiratory tract infections in the elderly(10).
Side note: I added a cup of chick peas(garbanzo beans)to one of my batches of soup & chopped, peeled & diced a potato for more of a comfort soup. ( optional)
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A workout space doesn’t have to be an entire room. It only needs to have some flex space where you can shift furniture to create a zone that allows you the space to exercise effectively. You can use some of the furniture in the room as a prop to workout with (doing tricep dips from your ottoman or sofa). I recommend at least a 7′ x 7′ space where you can lay a yoga mat down easily and manage more active exercises (especially if you are working out to a video).
Organize your space so that you have a spot to store your equipment safely, and then you don’t need to pull it out of the closet every workout session. Trust me, the more work you have to do to get prepared for your workouts, the more reasons you will find NOT to exercise. Make it easy on yourself and keep it all in one location. If it's a large open room, consider getting free weight stands and decorative bins that will allow you to store your equipment in the room but maybe not in plain sight.
Jennifer Castro is the owner of JAC Wellness Solutions. She is a Health Educator, Nutritionist, and Patient Advocate specializing in Women's Health & Vestibular Disorders. When she was diagnosed with an inner ear imbalance called Meniere's Disease, she knew she had no choice but to step up her game and become a detective for her own health. Coach Jenny is studying to become a Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach while creating course content for health coaches and educators. She created an educational program for preschool teachers called Jump & Roll Fitness. The program provides lesson plans on how to create healthy habits for preschoolers. She also works as an Insurance Broker providing insurance solutions for small businesses, wellness, and medical practitioners. This blog is ALL about health, well-being, nutrition, lifestyle and kitchen hacks. She also tells stories of her own personal health journey. Coach Jenny loves to garden, spend time with her hubby, and loves to bake new recipes. She likes to put her own "healthy" spin on her and her hubby's favorite sweet treats.
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