Cold & flu fighting tips!


March 6, 2017
In Lifestyle, Nutrition

As cold and flu season continues to wipe out offices and clear drug store shelves nationwide, we’re going the organic route and bringing you the “farm-acy” fix for cold and flu season! Try these organic health tips and let us know what you think!

Probiotics: Probiotics are beneficial bacteria needed for gut health and a healthy gut means we maintain a strong immune system. We can get this good bacteria through eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir and yogurt, or by taking supplements in pill form or in a water or juice. I suggest Suja Probiotic Waters, Probiotic Juices and Drinking Vinegars for your probiotic intake!

Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is an anti-bacterial so it can help increase your immune defense power. Also, when our stomach isn’t producing enough acid on its own, we can’t absorb nutrients from our food. Adding acid in the form of ACV will help those important immune boosting foods be absorbed in the way we need them to. Check out Suja’s apple cider vinegar drinks to get your daily dose of gut and immune health. 

Turmeric: Turmeric is post-workout inflammation’s best weapon due to its main active compound, curcumin. Various studies have shown a number of different molecules involved in inflammation that are stopped by curcumin.  Not only will turmeric battle inflammation in our body, it can also increase our focus and energy.  When I don’t have fresh turmeric to add to smoothies, I go for Suja’s Fuel, Ginger Turmeric Drinking Vinegar, or our newest Immunity Shot!

Ginger: Ginger has been found to balance and support our immune system. It is best known for its strong antiviral and antibacterial properties.  According to research, ginger has been found to activate T-cells.  These are white blood cells that can destroy cells infected by viruses, so they play a critical role in a powerful immune system. Mighty Dozen, Peach Ginger Drinking Vinegar, and our Ginger Wellness Shot are my go-to Suja products for ginger!

Cayenne: This spicy pepper contains the chemical capsicum, the key immune boosting ingredient and source of Vitamin C. It also has beta carotene and antioxidants that support our immune system. The spice in the pepper also raises body temperature which causes us to sweat and release toxins from our cells. I grab a Lemon Love or Daybreak Probiotic when I’m craving a Vitamin C boost!

Lemon: Lemon is a source of vitamin C and antioxidants that are needed for cell repair and immune function. Master Cleanse or Lemon Cayenne Drinking Vinegar are my lemon favorites from Suja.

Maqui Berry: You’ve heard of acai but in the same family is maqui berry grown only in a small part of Southern Chile. It is a potent antioxidant, helps reduce post-exercise inflammation in the body, and studies have also shown its antibacterial properties as well.  Pick up a Suja Wild Probiotic to try out Maqui Berry!

Cheers to a happy and healthy immune system!

 

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Zelana Montminy

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Dr. Zelana Montminy is a leader in the wellness realm and is Suja’s Health & Wellness Expert! Author of 21 Days to Resilience, she speaks around the world, is a go-to authority in the media and holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in Health, as well as a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University. Dr. Montminy strongly believes that what we eat is intrinsically connected to how we feel. She has been a huge fan of Suja since the beginning and has partnered with Suja to help facilitate her goal of redefining wellness and encouraging people to filter through the truths behind false assumptions in the health, wellness, and nutrition worlds.