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Vitamin D and COVID-19

Food Sources of Vitamin D

In a pandemic, with a stay at home mandate, there is little you are able to control. However, self-care and diet are one aspect that you do have control over. What you and your child eat can contribute to how your immune system responds to COVID-19. Of particular interest, is the link between vitamin D and respiratory illness. Studies are linking individuals with vitamin deficiencies with more severe cases of COVID-19 and higher mortality rates.  Vitamin D plays an important role in immune function, including fighting diseases.  It has been linked to severity of respiratory infections in the past such as influenza. 

Here are a few ways to naturally increase vitamin D intake:

Vitamin D from the Sun
  • Eat fish. It is found in fatty fish such as salmon and tuna. Eating six ounces of salmon gives you approximately 4,000 IU of vitamin D.
  • Go swimming. Vitamin D can be absorbed by the sun. However, to make enough, you need 15 minutes of sun exposure with no sunscreen and with lots of skin exposed such as wearing a swimsuit. Location and skin type can also affect absorption of vitamin D by the sun. 
  • Eat eggs. Vitamin D is found in egg yolks and can be enhanced by eating eggs from chickens that have been pasture raised. Why is pasture raised important? The chickens absorb sunlight when they are in the pasture, which adds more vitamin D to their eggs.
  • Read about it. Dr. Michael Holick, is a leading authority and researcher on vitamin D, he recommends 2,000 IU a day for adults and 1,000 IU for children. His book, The Vitamin D Solution, offers inexpensive, easy ideas to reverse vitamin D deficiency.

Science tells us vitamin D can reduce the symptoms of infectious diseases such as influenza and COVID-19. It plays an important role in bone and mental health as well. Enhancing intake is easily done with diet and sun exposure. However, it doesn’t hurt to supplement it, especially during a pandemic. When buying supplements make sure you buy from a quality source such as your chiropractor or O’Briens Pharmacy.

References

Grant WB, Lahore H, McDonnell SL, Baggerly CA, French CB, Aliano JL, Bhattoa HP. Evidence that Vitamin D Supplementation Could Reduce Risk of Influenza and COVID-19 Infections and Deaths. Nutrients. 2020; 12(4):988.

Holick, M.F. Vitamin D Deficiency. New Engl. J. Med. 2007. 357:266-81.

Health Benefits of Summer Camps

Kid’s today face daily stresses on the mind and body. Summer camps are a great way for kids to unplug from technology, reduce stress and enhance physical and mental health. Way to go summer camps!

Here are some of the recognized benefits that our yoga + mindfulness summer camps can provide your child:

  • Boosts Brain Power! Science tells us yoga and mindfulness can promote healthy brain development and boost resilience.
  • Builds Life Skills. Yoga and mindfulness helps children learn self-control, kindness, gratitude, patience, and other important life skills.
  • Cultivates Learning. Children need to move to learn. Cross-lateral movements integrate both sides of the brain, which enhances learning.
  • Reduces Stress. Mindfulness teaches kids to be less reactive to daily stressors. Deep diaphragmatic breathing is quick way to calm the nervous system. The best part is kids can do it anytime and anywhere.
  • Promotes Strength and Flexibility. All of your child’s bodily systems are supported by movement. Yoga strengthens and stretches your child’s entire body.
  • Inspires Happiness. Research tells us a consistent yoga and mindfulness practice produces GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), a neurotransmitter that plays in an important part in your child’s mental health. Increased GABA leads to feelings of relaxation and happiness. Yay GABA!

This blog focuses on the benefits of our Mindful Child camps, but camps, in general, are a wonderful way to promote health and reduce screen time. Regardless of the camp you choose, most summer camps have many character building experiences and offer exercises that build confidence and self-esteem. They are also a great way to explore different hobbies without a long term commitment.

Juice Plus+ For Improved Health

Fruits market

WHAT IS JUICE PLUS+?

Juice Plus+ is whole food based nutrition, including all the amazing antioxidants in 30 fruits, vegetables, and grains just minus the water. Juice Plus is available in chewable and capsule form. Both forms deliver the same healthful benefits.

 HOW DOES IT IMPACT HEALTH?

Juice Plus+ contains multiple antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and folate, which strengthen cells involved in immune functioning. This is important because antioxidants do exactly what the name implies; they prevent oxidation reactions in the body. Oxidation causes “free radicals” which damage cells and cause aging. It’s okay to have oxidative reactions in the body, but we don’t want the by-products, free radicals, wreaking havoc and making us sick. Oxidative stress has been associated with many diseases including, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and Parkinson’s disease.

WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY?

  • Researchers conducted a 6-month study on Juice Plus+ to determine the preventive effects on common cold symptoms (Roll, Nocon, & Willich 2011). Juice Plus+ led to a 20% reduction in common cold symptom days in healthcare workers exposed to patient contact.
  • A Florida study found significantly increased antioxidant plasma levels in a group of stressed out law students who took Juice Plus+ for 77-days (Nantz, Rowe, Nieves, & Percival, 2008). This means that despite their stress the law students had increased antioxidants in their bloodstream.
  • Research demonstrated increased immune functioning and improved inflammatory markers in a 28-week period in police special forces trained men (Lamprecht, Oettl, Schwaberger, Hofmann, & Greilberger, 2007). Thus, men who are physically fit and active have reduced inflammation and higher antioxidants in their bloodstream.

Juice Plus+ has been researched by leading hospitals and universities. There are over 30 research studies that validate the benefits of Juice Plus+.   Therefore, it is a great way to enhance health and prevent disease in children and adults. Order yours today by clicking on  this link.

References

Lamprecht, M., Oettl, K., Schwaberger, G., Hofmann, P., & Greilberger, J. (2007). Several indicators of oxidative stress, immunity, and illness improved in trained men consuming an encapsulated juice powder concentrate for 28 weeks. The Journal of Nutrition, 2737 -2741.

Nantz, M., Rowe, C., Nieves, C., & Percival, S. (2008). Immunity and antioxidant capacity in humans is enhanced by consumption of a dried, encapsulated fruit and vegetable juice concentrate. Journal of Nutrition, 136: 2606-2610.

Roll, S., Nocon, M., & Willich, S. (2011). Reduction of common cold symptoms by encapsulated juice powder concentrate of fruits and vegetables: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. British Journal of Nutrition, 105, 118-122.