Metabolic Minute: Boost Your Immune System During the Holidays

The holidays are upon us, and it with cold and flu season approaches as well. Coupled with the ongoing global pandemic it’s more important than ever before to take measures to strengthen your immune system. 

3 Lifestyle Choices that Impact Your Immune System Most: 

 

Sleep: Getting adequate sleep allows your body to rest and repair. Establish a night time routine that works for you that allows you to wind down and get restful sleep each night. It’s recommended that you get 7-9 hours of rest. Use a sleep tracker to track the quality of your sleep throughout the evening. If feel unrested and fatigued during the day talk to your practitioner about additional supplementation that may help improve the quality of your sleep. 

Stress: They say that 90% of all disease boils down to stress and the hormone cortisol. Since the external environment is often out of our control, it’s important to find several stress management techniques that work for you. For example breathing, meditation, journaling, yoga etc. 

Exercise: 30-60min moderate exercise daily is recommended

Diet/Nutrients: Diets high in sugar, processed foods, carbs, and alcohol lead to high blood sugar and meta-flammation which weakens the immune system.

During the holidays we’re all tempted to over indulge in cookies and pies but if you want to give your immune system the upper hand in protecting you this season it’s best to pass on these items when possible. 

Instead, eat a diet filled with unprocessed, whole foods that is low in sugar, minimize or eliminate alcohol as well as other possible food allergens that can contribute to meta-flammation. The Metabolic Code® Diet is a great program that has been developed over 40 years by our team of experienced dietitians. For more information on the MCD click here

Supplements to Boost Nutrients and Your Immune System

Here are 4 key supplements that we recommend as a baseline protocol this season to keep your immune system fed, and on alert. 

  1. Vitamin C
    Our favorite source is ALMA which is natural and more bioavailable. Vitamin C helps build up white blood cells which are your line of defense. This is critical to help prepare your body for a good fight.

    250-500mg | 1-2x a day 

  2. Vitamin D
    It’s important to keep your vitamin D levels between 30-100 all year around. During the winter months these can drop significantly especially in northern states. Supplement for 90days and then get your labs drawn to see where you stand.

    5,000 UI a day  

  3. Zinc 
    Zinc helps your T Killer cells mature, assists in would healing and is involved in hundreds of reactions in the body.

    30-60mg/day

  4. Mushroom Extracts
    Medicinal mushrooms can help feed and support the immune system. 

Metabolic TRIADS® to Pay Attention to:

When it comes to the integrity of your immune system all TRIADS are important here are just two that you should take extra care in supporting when you want to build your resiliency to colds, flus, and virus’. Below you will find supplements that can help support these two key TRIADS. 

Triad 1: Endurance (Cardio, Pulmonary, Neuro-Vascular) This TRIAD includes the cardiopulmonary unit, autonomic nervous system, and the vascular tree. This TRIAD reflects the relationship of mind and heart, mediated by the respiratory cycle. When TRIAD 3 is balanced, the individual has plenty of metabolic resiliency and strength to meet the challenges of life. When levels are not in sync one can become inflamed and spasmodic. 

Triad 2: Resiliency (Gut – Immune – Brain) is comprised of the digestive tract, immune system, and the central nervous system. Together, these intelligent body systems make moment-to-moment decisions with regard to absorption and assimilation, and set key boundaries physically, immunologically, and mentally. When Triad 2 is normal, the person feels organized and secure within themselves and their environment, and when out of balance, this physiologic network becomes disordered and unpredictable. 

Find out how your five Metabolic TRIADS stack up by getting a Metabolic Code® assessment and report done with one the practitioners in our nation wide network. This will give you honest insight into where your health is today, and where you’re headed in the years to come. Click here to get a sample report.

Diet & Lifestyle Recommendations:

If you change your diet, you can change your life. Our Metabolic Code® Diet programs have been crafted by our in-house dietitians to help you reset your metabolic systems and get your looking good and feeling better in as little as two weeks. Curious? Get some free resources to help you get started.

Try Our New Supplement Line:

Quality supplements, that work, and are backed by research. These supplements are available only through a Metabolic Code® Practitioner. 

Vitamin D-3

Vitamin D3 supports immunity, neurological health, and bone health. 

AMLA-C

Vitamin C supports your immune system as well as issues including Leaky Gut and anti-fungal, antibacterial support. 

MycoPro 5 | Mushrooms

Potent blend of 5 water-soluble medicinal mushroom extracts known for their ability to support the immune system, support stress and fatigue reduction, aid in digestion and gut health.  Also support a multitude of body systems for optimal health, including the neurological system, aiding in mental clarity, focus & nervous system health.

Practitioners:  You will find these products in the supplement store on this site. Learn more about these products in depth by visiting the Pro Resource Center.  You must be logged into your account this page as well as the store. Log into your practitioner portal here. Once logged you will see the appropriate links in the main navigation.

Consumers: Think you could benefit from these products? Talk to your Metabolic Code® practitioner today or reach out to us to get connected with a practitioner in our network.