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Did you know that roughly 70% of your immune system is housed in your gut? Pretty crazy right!
We are coming to learn more everyday about how crucial gut health & a happy microbiome is to our daily & long-term wellbeing. Known as the ‘second brain’, our gut microbiome plays a key role in both our physical and mental health.
Stress has a huge impact on our wellbeing, but also the wellbeing & diversity of our gut bacteria. So, this month, we have really focused on supporting your gut microbiome & immune system as we re-enter a kind of ‘normal’.
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Allergen Disclaimer: Tonys Chocolonely Dark Almond Sea Salt Bar is suitable for vegan & is gluten-free, however it is made in a factory that handles gluten & milk. So if you have an allergy please be extra careful. For more info, please get in touch with Tonys directly – visit their website.
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!
❤️️ 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!
While in general I enjoy these colder days spent enjoying the cosy comforts of home, I don’t know about you, but I often find myself exhausted around this time of the year.
It feels eternally dark outside and even going for a quick walk just doesn’t sound that appealing.
It’s actually very common to struggle with sleep & experience a lower mood during the Winter months. Why? We actually need daylight (& sunlight) to help regulate our Circadian Rhythm. Sunlight also triggers the release of Serotonin – our happy neurotransmitter, and of course Vitamin D.
So, what’s the solution? When you wake up, try to open all your curtains and get as much light into your eyes as possible straight away. If you can go for a pre-work or lunchtime walk outside to do some gentle stretches, this will definitely help!
I know that the weather sometimes won’t allow for this, so we’ve included some helpful goodies in this month’s box to support our bodies & mind during Winter. Including the fabulous Linwoods Flax with Vitamin D & Probiotics and Jetfuel Rest Sachets which value at £20.
You’ll also find Westlab Muscle Spray to help revive tired muscles and aid relaxation, Virtue Drinks for some natural energy if you’re feeling groggy and Chescots Porridge Pots & the Coconut Collab to get your day off to a flying start.
Of course, the box is also packed with handy on the go snacks including POP Peanut Bar, The Protein Ball Co, Shore Seaweed Crisps, Nucao, Miso Tasty, Mister Freed and Teapigs. We hope you love your box!
Lots of love, Alicia xx Lifebox Owner & Curator. Dip-Nut, mBANT, CNHC.
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
Good for Your Skin and Hair
Vegan, Gluten Free, Non-Gmo
High in Omega-9
Here at Lifebox, we’re a huge fan of Raw & Wild and their amazing range.
For more info on their range, visit their website here
Autumn is fully under way and we’re starting to brace for colder weather and darker days! I’m a huge fan of October – not just because it’s my birthday month – but also because it’s a great excuse for cosy jumpers and hot baths.
As we enter into the colder months of the year, our immune system has to work extra hard to ward off any unwanted germs or bugs that thrive in the chillier weather.
That’s why this month’s Lifebox is an ode to Autumn Wellbeing and we’ve kitted it out with some amazing brands that will help keep you feeling your best as winter approaches.
Starting with an essential nutrient for our immune systems and supporting our mood which can nosedive during darker days – Vitamin D! In this box you’ll find the amazing Better You Vitamin D Spray – take this daily underneath your tongue to feel the effects! You’ll also find the fantastic JetFuel Botanical Blend Tea that comes in three varieties – Immunity, Energy & Rest – & we’re here for all of them!
A very special feature is Phytality Ultana Phytoplankton – one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet! It is rich in omega 3 and contains a whopping 75 essential nutrients. Check out their recipe on page 4 & 5 to find out how to incorporate it into your daily diet.