The Wellness Corner: January 2019

Immune System Threats are Everywhere … Fight Back to Feel Your Best!
Every day we are bombarded with potential threats to our health and wellbeing. They range from endless new airborne virus strains to pesticides and bacteria contaminating our food and hazardous chemicals in our water. In addition we are faced with aging, poor diets and constant stress.

A poorly functioning immune system often cause a sick, sluggish, and tired feeling. So what can we do about it?
Get plenty of quality sleep, manage our stress by doing things like meditation and yoga, and get proper nutrition and supplementation to help your body combat daily threats.
We all know a bit about proper nutrition, but here are known superfoods that will help boost your immune system:

Apples – The fruit contains compounds (quercetin and ellagic acid) that nourish and strengthen the tissues lining and the respiratory tract to ward off viruses. British scientists say you will be 25% less likely to catch a winter cold and half as likely to develop a throat infection or bronchitis if you eat one apple daily.

Garlic – This flavorful herb is packed with 33 different sulfur compounds (raw materials needed to build germ fighting antibodies). British researchers say by adding one clove of garlic daily you can cut your risk of catching a cold by 43% and take a full day off of your recovery if you are already sick.

Rooibos Tea – This tea contains phytonutrients that switch on virus fighting genes located inside immune cells By sipping 16 oz. of sweet ruby red rooibos tea daily, you will build your defenses against winter bugs. (It is recommended to steep the tea leaves for 3 minutes before drinking to maximize the healing compounds)

Tomatoes – Tomatoes contain lycopene, a pigment that eases immunity weakening inflammation. According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, adding 1 cup of tomatoes to your daily diet helps white blood cells react to viruses up to 38% faster.

Pink Grapefruit – This superfood contains a large dose of antioxidants that stimulate the formation of virus killing immune cells. Eating 1/2 a pink grapefruit daily can reduce your risk of colds by 25% according to researcher at UCLA.

Mushrooms – Agaricus, Cordyceps, Shitake and Reishi — known to be the best — have been proven to help increase Helper T-cell and Natural T-cell function. Helper T-cells help initiate the battle against invading pathogens and Natural Killer T-cells help the body destroy unhealthy cells in the body on contact.

If you prefer to take a daily supplementation to help your body’s immune system, try Zamu Gold from the Amazon rainforest. Zamu Gold is a natural “feel good” health drink that reinforces your body’s natural ability to combat daily threats. The ingredients in the power packed wellness drink will nourish your immune cells and reinforce your body’s own natural immune resistance. Its one-of –a –kind formula is filled with unique ingredients that will energize your body and improve your vigor and resilience. It contains:

  • Medicinal Mushrooms
  • Super Antioxidants (Acai, Camu Camu, Cinnamon, Cacao)
  • Amazon Rainforest Botanicals (Muira Puama, Suma, Maca, Catuaba and Sarsparilla