micronutrients

The Importance of Micronutrients

micronutrientsThe holidays are a stressful time for a lot of people. From the pressure to give the perfect gift to the time crunch of fitting in all the holiday parties, a lot of people’s health takes a back seat.

As our stress increases, our ‘weak links’ come out — our treat-filled diets plus stress lead to inflammation in the gut and body, so health issues that you may normally have under control such as digestive issues, anxiety, aches and pains can all flare up. In fact, people can gain an average of 3 to 5 lbs. over the holiday season.

January is a great opportunity to get your body back in balance and start rebuilding with a good, clean system.

One of the best ways to do that is by adding micronutrients to your diet.

You’ve probably heard of the “big three” macronutrients — carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins — that your body needs to function. Micronutrients are all those vitamins and minerals that are necessary for things like keeping you energized, immune function, bone health, fluid balance and so much more. These can include vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium and zinc, to name a few.

When your body doesn’t get enough of these and other micronutrients, you may feel tired, in pain, foggy, depressed and otherwise run down.

One of the best ways to replenish these micronutrients is with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, but with our busy lives, sometimes we’re too busy to get always have fresh produce on hand. Dr. Judy has a variety of concentrated fruit, vegetable and berry-based capsules and chewable tablets that are a great way to bridge the gap between what you do get and what you should get — and rebuild those all-important micronutrients.

If you’re interested in giving your body a great reset this January, ask Dr. Judy about her regimen and how you can reclaim your energy this winter.

Natural Prevention and Survival Tips for Cold and Flu Season

Studies show that between 5 percent and 20 percent of Americans are affected by the flu each year. In addition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults have an average of 2-3 colds per year, and children have even more.

The peak cold and flu season is between December and February. However, in just these three months of the year, over 200,000 people can be hospitalized in the United States, and sadly, some of those cases are fatal.

Fighting colds and the flu starts with prevention!

Try these immunity-boosting tips and products we have available in the office to get your body’s defenses in tip-top shape:

  1. Saline Nasal Spray:

If your nasal passages are dry, the nose can’t flush out bacteria, which results in a safe haven for germs. You can add an essential oil like OnGuard to a saline nasal spray as well (1 drop in 4 oz. of liquid).

  1. Essential Oils like OnGuard or Breathe

doTerra On Guard is a proprietary essential oil blend and provides a natural and effective alternative for immune support.

doTerra Breathe helps to minimize the effects of seasonal threats and promotes a restful nights sleep.

  1. Nutritional Supplements (by Standard Process and MediHerb)

Epimune Complex (vegetarian/Gluten Free) or Echinacea (Gluten Free) both help strengthen the immune system response.

Astragalus (Gluten Free) is good for the elderly or those with chronic immune system issues.

 If you already have the cold or flu, then try these (by Standard Process and MediHerb):

  1. Herbal Throat Spray (Gluten Free) for a sore or scratchy throat which is usually the sign of a cold, infection or flu coming on.

2. Andrographis Complex (Gluten Free) for acute infections associated with a cold or flu.

      3. Congaplex breaks up congestion and stimulates the immune system.

      4. Broncafect helps maintain healthy lung function and fights off a cough.

      5. Oscillococcinum®   temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms such as body aches, headache, fever, chills, and fatigue. (by Boiron)

6. ColdCalm® temporarily relieves cold symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, and minor sore throat. (by Boiron)

How do you know if you have the cold or flu?

Knowing how to identify a cold or flu means being able to identify what it feels like in your body. The symptoms of a cold or flu can be similar and each is caused by a different type of virus. You can tell the difference by asking yourself: “Are symptoms in my head or my whole body?”

Colds symptoms appear slowly over a few days and mainly affect your head; you’ll have congestion, sneezing, a sore throat or a cough. Conversely, the flu affects your whole body and comes on suddenly. You’ll experience pain and body aches, GI symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea, and a fever.

Stay healthy this season!