How to Boost Your Immunity For 2021

If 2020 was the year of challenges, then 2021 should be the year of “building your immunity”. I think we’ve all had our share of health problems, whether they are genetic or brought on by unhealthy habits. But what I’ve learned from the pandemic and seeing how others are building their immunity, it’s clear that maintaining your health is one of the most important aspects in beating most illnesses.

While some of us are lucky with long term great health – never really getting sick except for a few sniffles here and there. The majority of people tend to get a few colds throughout the year or even the flu once or twice. Add in COVID health issues, we must do all that we can to maintain good health and prolong our good practices.

Below are some ways you can boost your immunity throughout the year, with emphasis for those with special dietary choices:

– EAT A BALANCED DIET RICH IN FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. I can’t say enough how important it is to eat as much fresh fruits and vegetables as possible. Originally established as the “5 A Day” campaign by the World Health Organization , doctors and scientists determined that adults need to have at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables during the day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But rules have changed in accordance to where you live as well as your own lifestyle. However, to maintain good health, eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables still helps in the prevention of most illnesses and diseases. For children – cut that by no more than half the amount so that children can build healthy minds and bodies.

– REDUCE OR ELIMINATE SUGAR AND SALT. While our bodies do need a bit of natural salt and sugar, heavy amounts during the day can cause detrimental health issues later on in life. Obesity as well as many other health issues can cause problems with both your health and lifestyle. According to WHO, salt intake should be no more than 5 grams per day. Sugar should be no more than 10% of total energy intake. Reduce that even more for younger children.

– REDUCE STRESS. While that sounds easier said than done, when you’re committed to reducing stress factors in your life, you will eventually see a difference in your own health and mentality. Find ways of reducing stress such as meditation, slow stretching and exercising, taking walks, or reading books can be beneficial for both children and adults. Remember that children have the same stress response that adults do so keep an eye out for your kids when they are feeling stressed.

– EXERCISE. Exercising has been around since the dawn of time. Even animals do some form of exercising. Exercising helps boost the immunity as well as tone muscles and ligaments. At least 30 minutes of exercise is sufficient and adjust according to age and ability. Jogging, brisk walking, jumping ropes, and just running around are great ways to get some exercise in.

– SLEEP. Getting the proper amount of sleep is crucial in maintaining balance. As an adult, you already know how less sleep can affect your lifestyle. Imagine how tiring it is for children when they don’t get enough quality sleep. According to studies, children ages 3-6 should get approximately 10-12 hours of quality sleep each day; ages 7-12 years old should get approximately 10-11 hours of quality sleep each day; ages 12-18 years old should get approximately 8-9 hours of quality sleep each day.

– EAT PROBIOTICS. Our gut (digestive and gastrointestinal tract) helps break down food to deliver the necessary nutrients our bodies need. When we feed our bodies healthier food choices, such as fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and plant-based milk, our gut has a better chance of appropriating these important nutrients to ensure a healthy body. Probiotics are live bacteria in our body that helps fight off certain infections and illnesses. Most people can tolerate probiotic foods such as yogurt and other fermented foods. Be sure to check labels to ensure the fermented foods contain live probiotics.

– TAKE SUPPLEMENTS. Many people nowadays do not get the proper amount of vitamins and minerals in their food. Taking supplements can boost your immunity if you’re lacking in the proper amount of vitamins. Vitamins vary by degree of efficacy, age of recipient, and type. Depending on your age and your health issues, taking supplements can fill in gaps in your daily food intake. Check with your local natural grocery store and speak with a vitamin expert on the right kind of vitamins for you. Children as young as 5 years old can take vitamins and supplements but be sure not to rely solely on vitamins and supplements.

IMMUNITY-BOOSTING FOODS FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL DIETS:

– VEGETARIANS AND VEGANS. Because vegetarians and vegans do not eat animal protein, they can lack the importance B12 vitamin. This results in being more tired, having memory issues, and less physical balance. Eat foods rich in Vitamin B12 such as non-dairy milk and nuts.

GLUTEN-FREE. Some people are gluten-intolerant or gluten-sensitive. Some simply choose not to eat gluten made food. Gluten can do harm in digestive tracts for those who are gluten-intolerant or have celiac disease. Choose gluten-free foods that are also rich in vitamins and minerals such as nuts, quinoa, and gently cooked vegetables.

– DAIRY INTOLERANCE. An intolerance to dairy food or lactose (basic sugar found in animal milk) can lead to stomachaches, bloating, and overall lethargy. In order to have some kind of calcium, protein, and healthy fat, those with lactose intolerance should choose foods such as plant-based milk including almond and soy which are usually fortified with calcium and vitamin D.

– NUT ALLERGY. Those with nut allergies can have life-threatening illnesses even death if exposed to certain nuts. The most common allergy is the peanut. In order to get the proper amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and selenium, choose nut-free foods such as eggs, sunflower seeds, and whole grains.

With diligence, determination, and a true desire to live a healthier life, we can increase our immunity by following the above steps. Speak with your health practitioner or certified health coach for more in-depth diagnosis of any health issues. Generally speaking, building your own immunity takes time and practice and really getting to know what your body truly needs to be healthy.

* portions of this post was provided by New Hope Network. I am a member of the New Hope Influencer Co-op (www.newhope.com), a network of health and wellness bloggers committed to spreading more health to more people.

*photo credit gardenoflife.com, newhope.com, haliborange

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IZZE – Products Worth Reviewing and Giveaway

I don’t let my son drink sodas or anything artificial. I really don’t drink anything artificial either and I no longer drink sodas. When I found out all the yucky stuff that went into making soda, I was repelled by it. But when we are craving something sparkly and refreshing, we reach for beverages that contain fruit juice and sparkling water only. And that’s when we discovered IZZE not too long ago. IZZE, named after the daughter of the founder of the company, is an all-natural sparkling juice beverage company and their sparkling beverages are truly delicious! There are so many flavors to choose from and all of the flavors are effervescently yummy! And because they are made with only the juice of real fruits, I don’t feel too bad about serving it too my son. Sometimes you need a little bit of kick with your fruit juice, and what better way to do that than with IZZE?

The company IZZE was founded by two friends who believed that good-tasting beverages should also be good for you. That’s when the co-founders decided to create a sparkling beverage that contained only natural ingredients without any unnecessary additives. IZZE sparkling beverages do not have any preseravatives, and with the exception of their Sparkling Birch and Sparkling Ginger, their drinks do not contain any sugar – only the pure taste of natural fruit juices. I think that’s why I like IZZE beverages so much – that it’s not too sweet, but sweet enough to satisfy a sweet, bubbly, drink craving. I also like the fact that it is very refreshing, especially when it’s been in the fridge for a long time. You don’t even need to add any ice to a cup – you can drink it straight out of the bottle or the can. I personally like the glass bottle version because it’s readily recyclable and you can also reuse it for many purposes. And it looks really pretty.

IZZE’s current lineup of flavors and varieties are:

IZZE Sparkling Juice and the flavors include Pomegranate, Grapefruit, Lime, Blueberry, Clementine, Peach, Blackberry, and Apple.                                

IZZEesque (which is a low calorie beverage) includes Watermelon, Black Rasberry, Limon, and Mandarin                                                                                          

IZZE Fortified which includes Clementine, Pomegranate, Apple, Grapefruit, and Blackberry and are fortified with essential vitamins                                                                                                                   

IZZE Natural Soda which includes Ginger and Birch

I haven’t tried their new Natural Ginger and Natural Birch yet but I think they sound quite interesting! A beverage made from birch oil – definitely something different and unique. And that’s exactly what you’ll find IZZE beverages to be – uniquely satisfying and craving for more. But IZZE isn’t just a pretty bottle with an effervescent kick. IZZE believes in giving back to the community and to be responsible for the environment. They support local and nationwide events that mirror their own philanthropic views and is partnered with the Global Education Fund – an organization dedicated to bringing educational support to children in need. You can read more about it here: http://www.izze.com/giving-back/global-education-fund/. IZZE also uses Wind Energy where possible and post-consumer recycled cardboard in the packaging of their 4-pack containers. IZZE also supports “Bike to work day” for their city’s annual event and makes sure that their employees are always happy and satisfied. With a company that cares about people in their products and their philosophy, that’s always a win-win situation.

Although I’ve  tried a few of their varieties previously, IZZE sent me samples of their new IZZEesque in their four dazzling flavors: Watermelon, Black Rasberry, Limon, and Manadarin. I was incredibly honored and pleased to try the new flavors. My son and I are big watermelon lovers and I think our favorites were the Watermelon and Mandarin – although they were all flavorsome and intensely satisfying. Because they were low-calorie (the IZZEesque versions contain only 50 calories per 12 oz.), they weren’t as sweet as their other varieties but it was still amazingly delicious! I’m not ashamed to admit that I gulped down the entire bottle in one sitting! And right now with it being Summer, IZZE sparkling beverages have what it takes to cool you down and make you feel all tingly when you drink it. So – IZZE wanted to give readers of Happymomblogger a chance to try and enjoy some of their sparkling beverages. The prize is 2 FREE product coupons good for a FREE (up to $5.99) 4-pack of 12 oz. bottles of IZZE or IZZE esque. There will be 5 winners total with 2 FREE coupons each. So how do you enter in this bubbly contest? Read below to find out!

Here’s how to enter in the IZZE giveaway:

MANDATORY ENTRY:

#1 entry – “Like” IZZE on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IZZE  and write on their wall that you are entering the contest at Happymomblogger: http://www.happymomblogger.wordpress.com/. Please put Happymomblogger as the heading.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES: 

#2 entry – Become a follower: http://twitter.com/#!/happymomblogger and “Tweet” me @happymomblogger that you are entering the IZZE giveaway. Become a follower of IZZE: http://twitter.com/#!/izze and “Tweet” that you are entering the contest at Happymomblogger.

#3 entry – Visit http://www.izze.com/ and tell me what flavor/variety you would like to try.

#3 entry – Subscribe to my Blog.

#4 entry – Enter in my other contests.

#5 entry – Vote for me at Top Mommy Blogs using the link provided below.

You can enter as many times as you like but you MUST enter in the Mandatory entry to qualify. The more you enter, the more chances your name will be drawn.  You can enter by telling me the 5 entries in the LEAVE A COMMENT box. Please be sure to give me your name and email address so that I may contact you if you win. Contest is open to residents of US only. 18 years and older please. Please be sure to provide a physical address and not a P.O. Box.

Contest Start Date: July 14, 2011

Contest End Date: July 28, 2011 – Contest closed, winners will be selected. Congratulations to Becky, Layne, Joann, and Eugenie for winning the prizes!

Only 5 winners will be chosen at random and I will post the winners names on my blog.

GOOD LUCK AND THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING! (For those of you who entered and did not win, you can visit IZZE on Facebook where they’re offering a $1.00 off coupon right now. Or, you can enter to win AND print out a coupon – double goodness!)

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You are what you eat – Foods that are rich in Vitamins

I look forward to Summer not because of the warmer weather, but mainly for the abundancy of sweet and delicious fruits that will be available. Watermelon, peaches, nectarines, corn, strawberries, and so forth. Sure, I can probably buy those fruits that have been shipped from other countries, but really, do I want to eat a piece of fruit that was sitting on a tree 10,000 miles away? No, I think I prefer fresher fruits and vegetables that were locally grown.

I was raised at an early age to eat lots of fruits and vegetables. My husband was not. So I try to teach my son to eat lots of fruits and vegetables so that when he gets older, hopefully he’ll continue with this good habit.  Thankfully, he loves his fruits and vegetables.  Now I’m not saying that we don’t indulge in the occassional “junk food” in our household, we just don’t eat them every day and I don’t buy them often so they’re not tempting us. And whenever possible, I try to buy healthier junk foods. Are there healthier junk foods you may ask? Well, they’re just not loaded with a lot of unnecssary ingredients like refined sugar, hydrogenated oils, trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, and other health-depleting ingredients.

Have you ever heard of the saying, ” You are what you eat”? Well, I find that mostly true, especially in the U.S. where food is so abundant and accessible. But, are we all in danger of eating too much processed food and food ladened with hydrogenated fat and toxic chemicals? I believe we still are since obesity is still on the rise, and more so in children nowadays. After all, if you teach your children to eat and live a healthy lifestyle at a young age, most likely they’ll carry that trait into their adult years. Fresh fruits and vegetables are not only a staple in our household, but it’s a necessity. Besides being a vegetarian, I find that fresh fruits are really delicious and sweet! Some of them more so than a piece of candy or cake. We always have at least one or two varieties of fruit in our house, and when the warmer season comes, I’ll be buying a lot more yummy fruits at the local farmers market or natural grocery store.

Since I was raised to eat healthy and to be more conscious of what I eat, I try to teach my son that same lesson. And being raised in a family of doctors and health experts, I’ve also done my own research as well as learned from my family members. But it’s no mystery to know that eating foods rich in important vitamins and minerals is the key to living a healthier lifestyle and in most cases, prevent certain diseases and disorders. And to add icing on the cake, so to speak, eating foods that are organically grown enhances your chances of living a healthier life. Organically-grown foods are grown without the use of toxic pesticides, they’re not genetically modified, and they’re also grown in organic soil. Thus, they are providing a healthier product for the consumer and for the planet. However, not everyone has the means to eat organic food all of the time. Yes, it’s important to do so, but if it’s not possible, then eat as much locally and fresh or “raw” foods as possible. Below, I’ve listed the important reasons to eat food that are rich in vitamins and minerals and how they can help you live a healthier lifestyle.

* Green food such as kale, broccoli, bok  choy, spinach, collards, watercress, and arugula contain chlorophyll which helps eliminate environmental toxins in the body and protects the liver.

* Fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin C such as lemon, oranges, tangerines, cantaloupe, strawberries, tomatoes, kiwi, and red bell peppers help protect the cells from free radicals and is a natural detox vitamin.

*Garlic is excellent in antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal purposes and has been provent to prevent certain type of cancers. It’s also excellent in helping to reduce high cholesterol and high blood pressure as well as fight certain infections.

*Ginger is best known for its assistance with stomach and intestinal problems. It also helps in flushing out toxins in the liver and kidneys. It’s also been known to shorten the length of the common cold and flu.

*Whole Grains such as brown rice, barley, and quinoa are full of soluble fiber which soaks up toxins in the body so that they’re more easily flushed out. Fiber also promotes easier digestion further down the road.

Below is a list of 12 common foods that contain the most pesticide residue even after careful washing or peeling. These are crucial in buying and eating organic:

1- CELERY   (THE WORST)                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

2- PEACHES   (THE WORST)

3- STRAWBERRIES   (THE WORST)

4- APPLES

5- BLUEBERRIES

6- NECTARINES

7- BELL PEPPERS

8- SPINACH

9 – CHERRIES

10 – KALE/COLLARD GREENS

11- POTATOES

12 – GRAPES (IMPORTED)

These are just guidelines on what is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The math is pretty simple – you eat well, then you’ll feel well. Of  course as an individual, you should always do your own research before trying anything new or different.

Wishing you good health!