Under the weather? 5 ways to stay well this winter
Sniffles, cough, chills? “Staying healthy in winter can feel like an impossible feat,” says Merryfield dietician Kim McDevitt, R.D., MPH. “Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to give yourself an added layer of defense. Focus on whole food nutrition, get plenty of sleep, and rely on immunity fighting nutrients like Vitamin C and D, Zinc and elderberry.”
Here's what your body might need to stay well this season:
Vitamin C has long been associated with staying healthy, and for good reason. Research suggests it supports cellular function to help maintain your immune health. It’s also important to note that vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, so you must obtain this vitamin from food or supplement. We’re fans of Vitamin C-packed Uncle Matt’s Organic Ultimate Defense as well as Earthbound Farm Organics Frozen Organic Strawberries, a natural source of Vitamin C.
Zinc is a mineral and a powerful antioxidant that helps your immune system to stay strong. While most of us meet our daily needs through a varied daily diet, supplementing with oral zinc during winter months has been proven to boost your ability to stay healthy. Find it in MaryRuth’s Organic Liquid Ionic Zinc, Bob’s Red Mill Hulled Hemp Seed Hearts and Orgain Superfoods + Immunity Up!™ Powder.
Elderberry is the dark purple berry of the black elder tree. Cooked down into a syrup, elderberry is one of the most common medicinal plants and has been used for decades to support immunity. Elderberries are packed with antioxidants and some preliminary research suggests that this plant-based supplement may support the upper respiratory system. Great sources: MaryRuth’s Organic Elderberry Liquid Drops, Uncle Matt’s Organic Ultimate Immune, and Suja Organic Immune Elderberry Shot.
Probiotics are helpful bacteria that live in our gut. These microorganisms can help protect your digestive tract, support your digestion and gut function. You’ll get a great dose of probiotics in Health-Ade Kombucha and Stonyfield Organic’s Probiotic Smoothie.
This vitamin is a key warrior in supporting a healthy immune system. Most of us need a supplemental dose of this key vitamin, especially in the colder months, however you can find small amounts in egg yolks and cheese. Smart sources include MaryRuth’s Organic Vitamin D3 Gummies and Nellie’s Free Range Eggs.
Stay well, Merryfielders!
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