Hello Again from Lisa & Domani Wellness,
This weeks email is all about your immune system. You know you did it: hugged a few people you my not have hugged had it not been Thanksgiving, shook a lot more hands than usual… And now you’re feelin it. If you haven’t already. Well, it’s not too late to take action. In fact, it’s the perfect time to prepare your body for the rest of the holiday season and prime time for colds & flu. Let’s start with my Advocare product spotlight – CitriZinc!

“AdvoCare® CitriZinc™ is an easy-to-take chew with the delicious flavor of lemon and lime. CitriZinc supports immunity by providing three important nutrients most of us aren’t getting adequate amounts of in our daily diet: vitamin C, zinc and vitamin D.*

Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps protect against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, and eye disease and can even help protect skin from wrinkling. Also, as an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals, vitamin C contributes to a healthy immune system and is necessary for healthy bones, teeth and skin. This effective nutrient also supports absorption of the mineral iron, and plays an important role in nerve and brain function.

Zinc is found in cells throughout the body and is an important nutrient the body needs to stay healthy. It helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. Some research ranks it with vitamin C when it comes to helping reduce the effect of seasonal illnesses.

Vitamin D
Studies show that vitamin D enhances immunity and helps ensure the body absorbs and retains calcium and phosphorus, critical for building bone. Research conducted over the last decade suggests this powerful vitamin plays a much broader disease-fighting role than once thought. Laboratory studies show that vitamin D also plays a critical role in helping support immune function.” (borrowed from Advocare.com)

My wellness tip for the week, in addition to heading to Domani to pick up your CitriZinc, is GET MOVING. OUTDOORS. Exercise is such a valuable player in your fight for illness reduction. And you get an added benefit from doing it outside. The cold, fresh air helps stimulate the immune system, believe it or not. But, if you think about for how many hundreds of years people have actually CHOSEN to live in Wisconsin and SURVIVED, it makes sense. I’m not talking about spending half a day out there, but most of us can handle a 20 minute walk. It’s still above freezing, go for 25 or 30.

Ginger Tea.  Ginger warms the body and increases circulation. Ginger tea is also a soothing drink for someone who has an upset stomach or nausea.

2 cups water, a 1-inch piece fresh ginger thinly sliced, freshly squeezed lemon juice & maple syrup or honey to taste.

Simmer water and ginger 10-20 minutes. Strain and pour into cups.  Add a squeeze of fresh lemon & sweeten to taste.

Cold Remedy Ginger Tea.  When a cold is coming on, use a piece of ginger the size of the ill person’s thumb in the 2 cups of water.  Simmer until liquid is reduced in half, about an hour.  Remove from heat and add lemon and honey.

from Feeding the Whole Family:  Cooking with Whole Foods, by Cynthia Lair.  Sasquatch Books, Seatle, WA


…’til next time, Keep washing your hands, people!  😉

Lisa Foat