Support your Immune System with Better You

Support your immune system with Keeley Berry,  Nutritional Expert and Product Developer at BetterYou Ltd.

As Spring beckons, there is hope that our social calendar may soon be opening up, so it’s crucial to ensure our immune system is strong as we head out of lockdown to protect our health and wellbeing.

Our immune system is the body’s natural defence against harmful viruses and bacteria, it is made up of a network of cells, tissues, organs, and molecules which work together to protect the body from any harmful germs or substances by triggering an immune response. When your immune system is working well, it can prevent germs from entering your body and, if harmful cells do get in, it can limit the harm that they do.

The body needs many vitamins and minerals to function properly.

Vitamin C is one of these nutrients and it is essential to the normal function of our immune system.

Stimulating the production and activation of immune cells, Vitamin C supports cellular functions of the innate and adaptive immune systems and it contributes to three main mechanisms of immune protection, including:

  1. Helping to strengthen skin and tissues to prevent viral invasion.
  2. Increasing white blood cell and antibody production to target viruses.
  3. Helping to clear spent white blood cells to maintain tissue health.

Crucially, vitamin C has the ability to protect our white blood cells from invading pathogens and researchers believe that white blood cells draw in vitamin C to help protect from oxidants, increase oxidant regeneration and to ensure any pathogens are killed.

Who is most at-risk of Vitamin C deficiency?

The most common risk factors for vitamin C deficiency include poor diet, malabsorption disorders (such as Crohn’s, Colitis and Coeliac disease), food allergies and anorexia. The elderly and those taking certain medications such as aspirin, oral contraceptives, and some anti-inflammatories, can also be at higher risk of deficiency and frequent supplementation is advised.

Stress, smoking and alcoholism as well as a fever and viral infections can also negatively impact our levels of vitamin C, so if these lifestyle factors affect you, larger daily intakes be required.

How can I ensure I’m getting enough vitamin C?

Unlike animals, humans cannot naturally produce vitamin C and as it is a water-soluble vitamin, our body does not store it, so supplementation is advised to maintain levels as well as regularly eating foods, such as:

  • Mango
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
  • Green and red peppers
  • Sweet and white potatoes

It’s important to have a food-first approach, but if you struggle to get enough vitamin C a supplement can be a simple and convenient way to increase and maintain levels.

The phrase ‘little and often’ can be helpfully applied to vitamin C supplementation, with absorption believed to drastically reduce as our intake increases. Consuming high levels of vitamin C (500mg and above) results in a rapid decline in absorption efficiency, meaning that supplementing high doses is not beneficial, as it will simply pass through the body.

Healthy individuals are recommended to supplement 100mg of vitamin C per day, an amount that is associated with a decreased risk of mortality from heart disease and stroke.

Some of us, particularly children and the elderly, can find tablets and capsules difficult to swallow, so traditional supplementation methods do not always suit everyone.

Alternative routes, such as vitamin oral spray products, are readily available online as well as on the high-street and with studies showing that they are just as effective at elevating our vitamin levels as traditional capsules, this could be the pill-free supplementation solution we have all been looking for.

Try out the Better You Vitamin C Spray in our April Lifebox, get your hands on one here 

Discover more about the BetterYou range by visiting their website

All things Gut Health with TYG!

TYG (Train Your Gut) is a gut-health sports drink packed with functional ingredients and live bio-cultures to help optimise your performance. 

 

If you purchased a March Lifebox you will have already received a can of Train your Gut Probiotic Drink!

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TYG is the the world’s first probiotic sports drink.

TYG (Train Your Gut) is a gut-health sports drink packed with functional ingredients and live bio-cultures to help optimise your performance. 

Read on to find out about why gut health is pivotal to general wellbeing and why knowing the difference between probiotic strains is so important.

Probiotics

What they are:

Put simply, probiotics are good bacteria. We have a mix of both good and bad bacteria in our gut microbiome and the goal for optimal gut health is to maintain a healthy balance. We can do this by introducing and supporting the growth of the good bacteria through consumption of both probiotics and prebioticsPrebiotics feed the good bacteria and are found in food sources such as green apples, bananas and oats

Why are prebiotics & probiotics important?

Your gut is often referred to as your second brain. It’s proven to influence your athleticism, immunity (70% of your immune system is housed in the gut), metabolism and even the way you thinka whopping 90% of your serotonin (the happy hormone) is said to be produced in the gut. Inside you right now are trillions of microorganisms, some of which are supporting your health, while others could be harming your health – giving you breakouts, making you feel sick, bloated, and sluggish.

How you feel really does come down to the overall balance of bacteria in your gut. 

What affects the balance? 

Antibiotics are known to suppress the beneficial bacteria and change the balance. Stress also has a big impact. Stress comes in all shapes and sizes, from your emotional state (like when you’re trying to homeschool, whilst working full time and keeping your home in some kind of order!) to your physical wellbeing (like overloading the body with sugar or toxins or even going for an intense training session, which is where TYG is your ally). 

Sources of probiotics:

Fermented drinks have become increasingly popular, with kombucha and kefir available in most supermarkets, but do we actually know why we’re drinking them and their benefits? Interestingly, whilst kombucha is a great soft drink or even alcohol alternative, the probiotics found in kombucha aren’t native to the gut microbiome, meaning you’re not going to be replacing any good bacteria that you might be missing. Given it’s tea based, arguably one of the key benefits are its antioxidant properties. Kefir on the other hand does contain good bacteria, native to the microbiome and is a great source of B vitamins, which are key for energy production. Other sources include yoghurts, TYG and of course probiotic supplements. 

What to consider with the strain of probiotic:

One of the biggest questions to ask yourself when it comes to probiotics is: will they actually reach my gut alive so I experience their benefits? After consumption, they’ve got to pass through the stomach to reach your gut. Our stomachs are highly acidic, as this is where chemical digestion of our food takes place. This acidic environment can kill probiotics before they even get to the gut if they’re not properly encapsulated. Most reputable brands will inform you of how their probiotic withstands stomach acid, like we do with TYG.

How long does it take for probiotic supplements to work?

The short answer: It depends. There are several factors that come into play, like why you’re taking the probiotic, the state of your health, and the strains you’re taking, to name a few. That being said, researchers have looked at the timeline for several common conditions that probiotics are known to support and found some similarities. If you put all the research together, the general consensus is that it can take anywhere from a couple of days to several weeks for your probiotics to start working. Consistency is key, supporting optimal gut health is all about creating healthy sustainable habits, there are no quick fixes sadly. 

How you know if they’re working:

The best way to know if a probiotic is working for you is trying it consistently for a number of weeks and keeping track of any changes to your symptoms. Try keeping a symptom journal, so you can see if things are improving. The more severe or significant your symptoms before starting a probiotic, the easier it is to notice changes. Since probiotics are taken orally and must pass through the digestive tract, digestive symptoms are often the first ones to improve such as bowel movement consistency, frequency and gas, but don’t be surprised if you start to notice things like your skin improving, mood and even sleep patterns! 

TYG is available now in three distinct flavours from Amazon and their website.

To try all 3 flavours, use the code ‘LIFEBOX20’ to get 20% off your first mixed crate!

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“I am thrilled to have discovered TYG drinks – something I actually look forward to drinking as soon as I’m off the bike or back from a run. It’s so nice knowing I am doing something for my gut health and recovery, both of which are crucial to athletic performance and so easy to get wrong! I’m a convert and TYG is now firmly a part of my training routine”

– Olivia Ross-Hurst, Triathlete and Adidas Runners Coach – 

Feel your best with Link Nutrition!

If you purchased a December Lifebox you will have already received a months supply of their Immune Supporting Vitamin C Complex worth £22.95! 

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Link Nutrition specialise in supplements for modern living, powered by nature and backed by science.

Health is at the heart of what they do and their unique dietary supplements will optimise your energy levels, nourish your immune system and enhance mental performance. Errr where do we sign up?

Nature is their inspiration. They scour the world to source the most effective ingredients. Fusing powerful Food Based nutrients with potent mushroom and herbal extracts, the end result is cutting-edge dietary supplements.

At Link Nutrition, they’re breaking the mould, combining the very best of modern science with traditional eastern knowledge. Food Based supplements are created with you in mind and our ultimate goal is for you to feel energised, confident and happy.

Enjoy an exclusive 20% off the full Link Nutrition Range with the code LINKLIFE20

Shop now at www.linknutrition.com

 

 

Relax and Recover with Jetfuel!

Introducing the incredible…

Feel happy from the inside out with Jetfuel’s drinkable vitamins.

Unlike other supplements, JetFuel all-in-one drinkable vitamins are highly absorbable, easy to drink and contain no fillers or preservatives.

Jetfuel Rest

If you’re a Lifebox subscriber, you will have received a pack of Jetfuel Rest & Relax Sachets in your November Box worth £20 RRP.

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JetFuel your rest and recovery with their powdered, hydration, blend of Vitamins, Minerals, Botanicals, and Electrolytes.

Made with 6 safe, natural, evidence-based premium active ingredients, (3 plant-based) Magnesium, 5HTP, Zinc, Chamomile, Lavender, Beetroot.

All ingredients are carefully formulated to relax the body & mind, by calming the sympathetic nervous system and aiding restful sleep.

Their range also includes Jetfuel Health that supports your immunity, circulation and gut health & Jetfuel Performance that works to maintain your energy and keep your mind sharp and focused.

Lifebox Owner Alicia’s top-tip: ‘I love to have a Jetfuel Rest about an hour before bed, mixed into a little water with a dash of oat milk‘!

Jetfuel packaging is sustainable, biodegradable faux plastic made from sugar & corn.

JetFuel Change – With every purchase of JetFuel, Vitamin Angels UK provides 7 women or children with life-changing nutrients in the UK and around the world. We believe in the power of vitamins.

To discover more about Jetfuel and their range of drinkable vitamins and botanical tea blends, visit their website www. jetfuelyou.com and get an exclusive 20% off with code LIFEBOX20.