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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:
Helping to strengthen skin and tissues to prevent viral invasion.
Increasing white blood cell and antibody production to target viruses.
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:
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
As the seasons change, what we eat and drink should naturally change too!
But, with beautiful flowers and blossoms can come pesky allergies so to combat this common condition, we’ve made sure to include plenty of gut loving goodies this month to support you as we enter Spring!
This month’s box is an ode to Spring and supporting your body & mind as we welcome in the warmer weather!
Since we’re spending lots of quality time at home, we’ve included Oggs & Just Wholefoods so you can take your vegan baking to the next level.
Of course what would a Lifebox be if not for a couple of extra tasty treats – we’re absolutely delighted to be including Gato & Co Peanut Butter Protein Cookies (yes you heard that right), Nairns BBQ Popped Oat, Fit Bites, and Neat Nutrition!
At Nopla, we want to take gum back to its roots, helping the planet along the way.
Regular gums are made out of a chewy plastic base similar to the plastic found in car tyres, which means it doesn’t degrade and sticks around on our pavements and in our oceans forever.
This wasn’t always the case; gum was originally made from tree-sap, until gum-makers got lazy (and greedy!).
Nopla gum is completely plastic-free, made from natural ingredients and fully biodegradable.
What is gum base and how is Nopla doing this differently?
‘Gum base’ is the main ingredient for chewing gum, it’s what makes chewing gum, gum – it gives chewing gum it’s structure, texture and chew. Gum base was originally derived from natural ingredients, but gum companies settled for the cheaper, rubber-based alternative you chew today in the Sixties.
The actual make-up of gum base is a bit of a trade secret because chewing gum companies don’t have to tell you what’s in their gum, so all and any of the 46 ingredients that can make up the recipe are simply listed as ‘gum base’ on the back of a regular pack of gum.
The most common chemicals found in gum are synthetic polymers (better known as plastics or rubbers). The plastics used in gum base most often are butadiene-styrene, polyethylene, and polyvinyl acetate, the same plastics used to make car tyres,hose pipes and electrical wires ( 😱 ). Synthetic gum base is used because as well as being cheap, it’s versatile, holds other components such as flavouring well and has long-range elasticity.
The plastic rubber beads that go in gum base is what makes chewing gum non-biodegradable and the second biggest littering globally after cigarette butts. Gross!
What’s different about Nopla?
We believe that you shouldn’t have to compromise on flavour and chew to have an honest piece of chewing gum, so we’re doing things a little differently. We’ve taken gum base back to its roots and are using sustainably sourced chicle, making it fully biodegradableand plastic free.
Chicle based chewing gum started selling in 1848, the industry boomed worldwide during WWII and by the Sixties gum companies had switched to the cheaper synthetic rubber they use today.
Chicle is a type of tree-sap found in the Mexican rainforest. As well as the obvious benefits of the lack of plastic rubber, a chicle base is also great at holding natural flavourings and Xylitol which will freshen breath and keep teeth clean.
It’s sourced sustainability by local farmers, also known as Chicleros, meaning the farming practices of chicle helps the rainforest continue to thrive.
Fancy giving Nopla a try? We certainly don’t blame you – we absolutely adore this brand!
Get an exclusive Lifebox discount code: LIFEBOX10 (limited to one use per customer) by visiting their website www.wearenopla.com
Sugar-free and sweetened using Xylitol: Xylitol is a healthy, low-calorie, plant-based sweetener found in birch and beech trees, first discovered in Finland in the early 20th century. Xylitol is great for teeth as it kills 90% of bacteria, reduces plaque and naturalises acids, it also has a low GI of 7 so is suitable for people suffering with diabetes.
Natural flavouring: Our natural Peppermint, Spearmint and Eucalyptus flavours, are made from heating plant leaves or using enzymes to extract flavour compounds from plant ingredients.
Natural Softener: The smooth moist texture in Nopla is created with Sunflower Lecithin by dehydrating a sunflower and separating it into three parts: oil, gum, and solids. The Lecithin comes from the gum and is processed through a cold press.
Natural coating: Carnauba Wax coats our gum, it’s made from the leaves of the carnauba tree, it’s also known as Brazil Wax as its native to Brazil. The leaves are dried and beaten to loosen the wax. Gum Arabic from the Australian acacia tree is the natural binder used to stick the wax to the gum base.
❤️️ Introducing our fantastic February Lifebox! ❤️️
Ah February, the month of love & pancakes – we’re here for it 🥞
This box is a seriously good one – so whether you’re looking for that perfect Valentines or Galentines gift or simply to treat yourself – don’t wait as this box will be a sell-out!
2020 is that still you? The New Year has certainly got off to a challenging (& familiar) start, but there are longer days and sunnier starts on the horizon!
Until then, our boxes are focused on physical and mental health!
In this box you’ll find the likes of ManilifePeanut Butter – their delicious soup recipe in the booklet is wholesome & packed full of nutrients,Tick Tock Wellbeing Tea that is created with balance, bounce and bedtime in mind – Zzz…
DressiniTahini Dressings are packed with calcium, magnesium & minerals that help support our nervous system. Of course you’ll find some of our favourite brands – Bravefor a sweet treat, Gut Stuff giving you an ever important fibre boost, Vedge, Hippeas and Native Snacks.
After a long day, add a few drops of Fushi Rose Skin Oil into a warm bath or massage into your skin for a heavenly and relaxing fragrance that can uplift your mood. And finally the incredible & brand new Better YouHair, Skin and Nails Vitamin Spray – created by Madeline Shaw!
Lots of love, Alicia xx Owner & Curator | Dip-Nut | mBANT | CNHC | www.acoopernutrition.co.uk
❤️️ Introducing the incredible January Lifebox! ❤️️
Whether you’re plant-based all year round or simply trying out Veganuary, our boxes are the perfect way to get in more goodness! New year, new you & all that…😋
Winter does feel never ending, doesn’t it? I always use the Winter solstice on the 21st December as a mental turning point, it means Spring is on its way – albeit rather slowly 🌞
With the Winter solstice firmly behind us (and 2020 for that matter), we can look forward to warmer weather & lighter days. But in the meantime, our January Lifebox is an ode to seasonal immunity and supporting a good mood!