Amidst COVID-19, withinUs is committed to ensure the safety and health of our team and community. We have taken action to have a portion of our team members work from home as well as carefully adhering to the recommendations provided by local health authorities, the World Health Organization, the CDC, and the Government of Canada. We are truly committed to do our share in the community to minimize the spread of this virus.
It is important, especially at this time, to listen to your body and provide it the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. As a premium natural health company we are proud to share knowledge of actionable items along with foods and supplements that can boost one’s immunity during this time. Boosting your immune system can help fight off viruses, bad bacteria, and disease, increasing your overall health and wellness.
1. Drink a high-quality, organic matcha
TRUFACT: Matcha contains a higher level of antioxidants than any superfood. It contains a unique, potent class of antioxidants called “catechins.” Catechins, which are rare in other foods, help counteract damaging free radicals caused by pollution, alcohol and stress. They help fight infection and disease at a cellular level.
Matcha also provides your body with the alertness and energy that you crave from coffee, without the spikes.
Note: Not all matcha is created equal. The origin of matcha is very important, along with its regulations and certifications. Depending on the origin, matcha can be contaminated with lead and other toxins which render its antioxidant properties ineffective and more harmful in the long run. Although matcha contains caffeine (only half as much as a cup of coffee), unlike coffee, it is not acidic - it is alkaline. High acidity levels in coffee can impede on the small intestine making it harder to absorb nutrients that are essential for a healthy and functioning immune system.
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2. Stay hydrated
Dehydration weakens your immune system and many people are chronically dehydrated.
90% of your blood is made up of water. Water is vital for bringing oxygen and nutrients to boost your immune system. For example, lymphatic fluids are key components to your immune system as they are designed to remove waste products such as viruses and bacteria from the body. These essential systems throughout the body can become impaired if you do not consistently stay hydrated.
Our organic flavoured, non-GMO withinUs ReHydrate contains the essential ingredients necessary to optimize the absorption of electrolytes and water. Sodium and glucose (cane sugar) join in the small intestine which leads to a more rapid absorption of solute and water making sure you are hydrating faster than water alone.
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3. Get enough sleep
There is a complex relationship between sleep and the immune system, and it is no surprise that one affects the other. Lack of sleep can negatively impact the immune system, making your body more susceptible to illness. Many illness fighting substances are released in the body when we are asleep - our body needs these proteins, hormones and chemicals to fight off infection. Sleep deprivation, or a lack of sleep, can therefore decrease the availability of these illness fighting substances making the body more vulnerable to illness.
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Probiotics are live (good) bacteria and yeast that are beneficial for your health, especially the digestive system. Taking probiotics helps increase gut health by strengthening the intestinal lining, making it more difficult for harmful bacteria to escape into the bloodstream, which is one root cause for illness.
You can get probiotics in supplement form. Be sure that the supplement you choose contains Lactobacillus Acidophilus, which is the probiotic required for adults.
Probiotics are also present in a variety of cultured foods. Some foods that are high in probiotics are:
- Live cultured yogurt
- Fermented foods - such as - tempeh, natto, sauerkraut, miso, kefir and kimchi
- Pickled vegetables
5. Drink your TruMarine™ Collagen and Turmeric
Lysine is an essential amino acid - meaning that your body needs it, but cannot produce it on its own. It is an immune system booster as it helps build antibodies and has important antiviral properties.
withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen contains this important amino acid, and as a result, by taking 5g of collagen daily you are boosting your immune system!
withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen has a greater absorption rate than other collagen sources - such as bovine, porcine, chicken, fish skin or bone broth. The source (scales from wild-caught fish) is broken down to a low molecular weight, which ensures that the amino acids and nutrients are quickly, and easily, absorbed into the bloodstream igniting collagen production.
Turmeric has high antioxidant properties which help fight free radicals in your body that, when exposed to (in excess) can cause damaging oxidative stress to healthy cells (1).
The immune system works hard to protect you from free radical damage with the help of antioxidants. This is where turmeric can assist in the form of a delicious beverage like withinUs Golden Glow + TruMarine Collagen and can help to support your immune system by supplying you with a nutritious dose of antioxidants.
These are just a few ways that you can help boost your immune system, but a few other ideas that are especially important during this unprecedented and uncertain time.
- Wash your hands for 20-40 seconds with soap and warm/hot water
- Practice social distancing
- If you feel unwell or have travelled recently, self-isolate to help protect others
- Eat a well balanced, healthy diet
- Keep your body active
- Practice gratitude
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