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Two Immune Boosters to Help You Stay Healthy This Fall

Maintaining a healthy immune system is critical for preventing the cold and flu as we get closer to the winter season. Learn about two immune boosters that can help you stay healthy.

Fall is here and while things may be milder here in Phoenix than in other parts of the country, the cold and flu season is right around the corner. 

When you’re back at work and the kids are back at school, it can feel like there’s little you can do to avoid exposure to the many viruses and bacteria. The common cold strikes millions of people every year. Most adults and children develop a cold two or three times per year.

But there are measures you can take to protect yourself from getting sick. Or at the very least, reduce your symptoms should you get sick. Healthy lifestyle habits like eating well, sleeping plenty, and exercising improve your immune system response to intruders to help you heal faster. With the right habits, it’s easier to prevent illness altogether. 

But when life gets hectic and you need that extra boost, there are also helpful supplements to give your body that extra support it needs during the sickest times of the year.

Vitamin C immune boosters

Vitamin C is one of the most important nutrients in our diet. The health benefits of vitamin C range from reducing the risk of heart disease, to protecting your memory, and even preventing iron deficiency.

The vitamin also plays an important role in keeping your immune system healthy in a few ways. For one, it helps produce and protect the white blood cells in your body. These white blood cells are an important part of your immune system that fight off infections in your body. 

Not only are there internal immunity benefits from vitamin C, but it also helps one the biggest barrier to bacteria and viruses entering your body — your skin. Vitamin C gets transported to the surface of your skin where it’s antioxidant properties form a barrier to intruders. It has the power to help keep you healthy from the outside in.

It has proven to be a helpful protective measure especially for those who are already sick. If you’re already sick with a cold, it can reduce your symptoms and the longevity of your cold.

Glutathione immune boosters

Glutathione is an antioxidant naturally produced by your cells and has a range of health benefits.

One of the ways it helps you stay healthy is by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in your body. Oxidative stress is caused by an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in your body.

Free radicals are unstable molecules that enter your body from your environment that can damage cells. The antioxidants in your diet or in supplements help protect your cells from free radicals. Glutathione specifically helps protect your cells’ mitochondria by destroying free radicals in your body.

Not having enough Glutathione in your can lead to difficulty fighting off free radicals and leaves your cells vulnerable to damage. As a result, a deficiency in Glutathione is associated with a higher risk of diseases like cancer, diabetes, and arthritis.

Because of its ability to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, Glutathione also helps prevent autoimmune diseases. 

Autoimmune diseases are diseases that develop when your immune system attacks your body’s cells. While we often think of our immune system as our greatest asset against illness, there are instances where it can become too aggressive and attack normal, healthy cells. When this happens, an autoimmune disease can develop.

By getting enough Glutathione, you can reduce your risk of developing autoimmune diseases like celiac disease, psoriasis, and lupus.

Other important ways to stay healthy

When we talk about boosters and supplements, it’s important to remember that these are exactly what they say in the name — extra support for your body.

Studied and tested supplements can be powerful support for your body. But it’s important to remember the basics that keep you healthy all year round:

Get enough sleep

Sleep is one of the most overlooked influencers in our overall health. But not getting enough sleep has been linked to inflammation, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and depression.

 Most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep per night for their health to perform at optimal levels.

Eat a healthy diet

We all know the phrase “you are what you eat.” And if you want to be healthy, then it’s important to consume healthy foods.

What are healthy foods? If you want to focus on immune health, then there are certain vitamins and nutrients to make sure you get in your diet:

    • Protein rich foods like chicken, fish, or vegetarian options like beans or lentils
    • Zinc which is found in chickpeas and nuts
    • Vitamin D from foods like salmon and eggs
    • Vitamin C from citrus fruits, bell peppers, and tomatoes
    • Iron-rich foods like spinach, turkey, and legumes

Ensuring you eat a variety of fruits, veggies, and protein rich foods will give your immune system the support it needs to keep you healthy. This is especially true if you limit the amount of processed foods you eat as well.

Exercise

Exercise is one of the most worthwhile habits to get into for your health. 

Exercise helps your immune system function better by:

  • Helping your white blood cells circulate faster through your body so they’re more likely to identify and fight off infections
  • Reducing inflammation and slow the release of stress hormones that contribute to a weak immune system
  • Flushing bacteria and viruses from your lungs more efficiently

The best part is all you need is twenty or thirty minutes a day to reap the health benefits. And you can do any exercise you enjoy whether that’s hiking, lifting, swimming, jogging, or pilates. As long as you move, you help keep your body healthier.

We’re here to help you stay in peak health all year round with our top two immune boosters

We don’t just provide weight loss plans to help you stay healthy. We care about your well-rounded health and offer additional supplements for immune support.

You can get our Vitamin C injections or our Glutathione injections to help keep your immune system healthy this fall.

Visit your closest Valley Medical Weight Loss to get one of our immune-boosting injections. 

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Expert Advice to Stay Healthy This Winter

Winter is here! This means cooler weather, flu season, and longer nights. Here are 5 expert tips to stay healthy this winter.

While winter brings us a much-needed respite from the summer Arizona heat, it comes with some tradeoffs. Namely in the form of colds and the flu. More people seem to get sick in these months than any other time of the year.

And this winter we’re in the middle of another Covid spike too.

So how do you stay healthy when all of this is happening around you?

Here’s what the experts say about how to stay healthy this winter.

Eat healthy and nourishing foods

While we often focus on the importance of diet for weight loss, it’s important not to forget the benefits a healthy diet has for your immune system.

Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamin C. This is an essential vitamin for staying healthy because it improves your immune system function. And while vitamin C supplements are absolutely helpful, you want to get it right from the source too. Because those fruits and veggies serve another purpose in keeping you healthy. Aside from delivering much-needed vitamin C, they’re also high in fiber. 

Why is that important? Because of the bacteria living in your gut.

Many gut bacteria live on fiber from fruits and veggies. Researchers have found that a healthy gut microbiome boosts your immune response against invaders. A healthy gut has the potential to reduce the likelihood of experiencing an infectious disease by 20%. Also, if you do get sick, thriving gut bacteria help you overcome illness faster.

So eating healthy and getting enough fruits, veggies, and fiber every day is one of the first things you can do to stay healthy. 

Get enough sleep every night

Sleep is one of the most overlooked natural defenses to getting sick.

First, sleep helps regulate the stress hormones circulating in your body. When you sleep, your levels of adrenaline, epinephrine, and norepinephrine taper off. This lowering is necessary for parts of your immune system to do their job efficiently. Because these stress hormones can interfere with your immune function.

This helps explain why studies show that people who don’t get enough quality sleep are more likely to become ill. This is especially true if exposed to a virus.

Sleep also improves the performance of your immune system by increasing T cell activity. These T cells are just one of many immune system cells. But these are critical for overcoming viruses and infections.

Exercise regularly

The colder winter months make us feel sluggish and ready to spend all day curled up in sweats and blankets. 

But we need to be active to take care of our health.

How does staying active help you stay healthy?

Daily moderate exercise improves your immune system efficiency, delays the weakening of your immune system caused by aging, and reduces inflammation. The last one is key, as inflammation is the cause of short-term and chronic illnesses showing up or getting worse.

Years of research into the effect of exercise on health points in one direction: the more consistent high-quality, moderate exercise you get, the less likely you are to get sick.

If you aren’t already exercising regularly, it’s never too late to start. And the research doesn’t say you must do a specific type of exercise to stay healthy. Find a type of exercise you enjoy, and make a commitment to do it at least 3 times a week. Your immune system will thank you.

Stay hydrated

It may not be above 100℉ in Arizona right now, but that doesn’t mean you should stop drinking plenty of water.

It’s common for people to feel like they can drink less during the colder months of the year. But it’s not a healthy thing to do for your body.

Water flushes toxins from your body and every organ in your body needs water to function at its best. Researchers find that dehydration lowers your quality of life. Being dehydrated lowers your immune function and leads to increased headaches, aches, pains, and fatigue.

So to make sure you stay hydrated, women should drink around 2.7 liters per day. Men should get for 3.7 liters

Make time for Self-Care

Self-care is so much more than just a luxury time to take for yourself. It’s a critical part of your physical and mental health.

First off, stress is one of the main disturbers of quality sleep. And knowing how important sleep is to stay healthy, you owe it to yourself to find ways to soothe your stress during the day. That way you can sleep soundly at night.

Plus, more studies find that stress increases your chance of getting sick. It even appears that at least 60% of the reasons for doctor visits are caused by stress. Because stress weakens your immune function and increases inflammation—which can trigger or worsen a chronic condition.

So while it’s hard in our busy world to take time for yourself, self-care time is one of your best lines of defense against getting sick. 

Take advantage of supplements

Supplements are one of the quickest and simplest options to boost your immunity.

So how do immune injections help you stay healthy?

Vitamin C injections boost your immune function by increasing your blood antioxidant levels. Antioxidants from vitamin C are important to reduce inflammation that triggers illness. With a vitamin C injection, you increase your body’s natural defenses and improve your ability to stay healthy this winter.

Another type of immune-boosting injection uses Engystol—an all-natural, homeopathic remedy. You can get this injection monthly to prevent cold or flu and other viruses. It’s been proven to treat and prevent a range of viruses and improve your white blood cells.

Supplements are a great way to improve your immunity. And they’re especially helpful if you’re falling short in one (or a few) of the other ways of staying healthy this winter

We’re here to help you stay healthy

Our experts in weight loss help you stay healthy through a healthy diet, exercise, and hydration. We give you a plan that’s right for your personal needs and helps you become your happiest and healthiest self.

Part of that plan includes making sure your immune system is healthy and operating at its best. This is why we also provide vitamin C and immune-boosting injections that support your immune function.

Contact one of our locations today to schedule your visit and stay healthy this winter.

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