As you know, fitness routines (such as super slow strength training), a well-balanced diet (filled with unprocessed foods such as vegetables, fruits, protein, fiber and healthy fats), and 7-8 hours of quality sleep every night is a powerhouse combination for supporting immune function and optimizing health. However, our bodies may require larger amounts of nutrients (or additional nutrients) than what we’re consuming in our diets.
This is where supplements can be extremely beneficial. While you should never replace exercise and healthy eating with supplements, you can use them as a tool to prevent nutrient deficiencies and provide extra support to your immunity and overall health.
That being said, you shouldn’t ingest just any supplement from any random brand/company. Instead, you should be sure to do your research and carefully select clean, pure supplements from the most trusted brands. It is also advised to steer clear of third party companies (such as Amazon) when purchasing supplements. Supplements from Amazon have been known to be placebos, other inauthentic substances, or even expired.
But how do you know which supplements you should be taking for your immune health? And which brands are reputable?
To help you out, we have put together this helpful list of the best supplements and most reputable brands to support immune function and optimize your health. But first off, it is always wise to check with your doctor and test your nutrient levels to figure out exactly how much of a supplement you should be taking.
One question we get a lot here at Loyalty Fitness is “Do I need to change what I eat when starting to work out?” Typically, when people talk about making lifestyle changes for their health, there are usually 2 things they concentrate on: fitness and nutrition. It’s always important to remember that these two things go hand in hand. In order to improve your overall health, you need to work on your physical fitness AND ensure that you are feeding your body the right kinds of foods to fuel and support you.
Arthritis. The word alone elicits pictures of swollen joints and older people suffering from the disease. Arthritis is really an all-encompassing word for joint pain, tenderness and swelling or joint disease. While it’s more prevalent in older adults, arthritis can affect younger people as well. Arthritis may not be curable, but it is possible to manage symptoms and improve your movement.
We have all had to adjust our normal routines as the COVID-19 pandemic ebbs and flows across different parts of the country this year. The overall coronavirus recovery rate is estimated between 97% and 99.75%, but many of us continue to take prudent precautions to protect ourselves and the immune-compromised friends and family in our life. This can make something as simple as grocery shopping much harder than usual.
Nutrition plays a huge role in having a healthy immune system no matter what is going on in the world. The foods we eat provide our bones and muscles with the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that not only help us perform at our best, but they also ensure that our immune system has the support it needs to help ward off sickness. There are many ways that you can be healthy and nutrition smart during COVID-19.
Everyone turns to their favorite comfort food when times are tough or when the weather gets colder. When looking through some of your favorite recipes, you may find ingredients that don’t fit your current dietary needs, or you’d just like to find a healthier version (Do any of you remember your grandma’s recipes calling for “Oleo”?!). Many ingredients have easy, healthier substitutions that won’t impact the flavor of the dish.
Keeping our body healthy and strengthening our immune system should be our number one priority, our quality of life depends on our health. These last few months have been extremely difficult for so many of us to stay on top of our health, but we are here to help!