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

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Raw and Wild Pili Nuts

In our October Lifebox you’ll find the incredible Raw & Wild who are masters of the nutritionally packed and delicious Pili Nut.

You might be wondering, what exactly is a Pili nut?
 

Raw & Wild wild harvest their nuts from Pili trees in the Bicol region in the Philippines.

Known as the ‘stress loving trees‘ due to their resilience to extreme weather conditions, Pili trees often have an abundance of fruits after typhoons and so are perfectly suited to this tropical, rainy region.

Similarly to a coconut, Pili fruits are dried in the sun before they are shelled! They are one tough nut to crack, so Raw & Wild employ the most skilled shell experts who use Bicolano machetes over a wooden board to break through their tough exterior. These experts are masters in precision, controlled strength and speed – a real art form!

Once shelled, Raw & Wild pre-sprout and rehydrate their Pili Nuts to preseve all the vital enzymes, minerals and nutrients. The activation process breaks down complex starch, neutralises the phytic acid found in all nuts and seeds and ignites the ‘life force‘ of the nut.

Are Pili nuts nutritious?

Pili nuts have an impressive nutritional  profile. They contain the highest amount of Vitamin E than any other nut, are very high in magnesium and Omega 9.

They are also the highest balanced fat whole food making them the perfect paleo snack that will keep you satiated all afternoon long.

On top of all that, they’re:

Low in Carbohydrates

Low GI

Keto Friendly

Good for Your Skin and Hair

Vegan, Gluten Free, Non-Gmo

High in Omega-9

 

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