ARE YOU EATING FOR YOUR IMMUNITY?

Health is a hot topic now more than ever. While the interest in health and affinity to healthy living was already on the surge, the COVID-19 pandemic has now sparked an obsession with health as everyone tries to preserve their health in the face of the deadly virus. Without a doubt, getting the COVID-19 jab should be a must and so is masking up, social distancing, washing hands or sanitizing frequently and testing to be sure of one’s status for appropriate action. However, a key element in the fight against COVID-19 is the body’s immunity.

The body’s immunity has a lot to do with our lifestyles: how well we feed and how active we are. It goes without saying that a substantial amount of physical activity improves the body’s immunity but in this article, we are focusing more on nutrition. 

Heard of antioxidants? These are natural compounds found in some foods that help to neutralize free radicals in our bodies. This essentially means that they improve the body’s ability to fight off disease and decelerate the ageing process.

The best antioxidant sources are fruits and vegetables, as well as products derived from plants. Some good choices include blueberries, apples, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, eggplant, and legumes like beans. They’re also found in green tea, black tea, red wine and dark chocolate. Usually, the presence of color indicates there is a specific antioxidant in that food. For the best results, variety is key. Try to get as many fruits and vegetables with different colors when you plan your meals. The more colors in your diet, the wider the range of beneficial antioxidants.

We can’t talk about antioxidant foods without touching on the “master antioxidant” – Glutathione. It is a commonly used component in dermatology treatments. However it should be noted that it can be essential to your body’s ability to fight off disease. It assists in boosting other antioxidants, like vitamin C and vitamin E etc. Glutathione protects your mitochondria, the power house of your cells. Each one of your cells has mitochondria, which convert glucose, amino acids and fats into energy.

Glutathione is your immune system’s warrior as it lowers inflammation, aids in anti-aging, prevents depression and anxiety, promotes brain health, boosts your immunity, boosts gut, heart, kidney, liver & skin health and fights oxidative stress. “Keeping your immune system healthy, preventing disease, boosting your performance, and aging gracefully all are dependent upon your glutathione levels” says Dr. Kotecha, the lead specialist at Avane Cosmetic Clinique & Medispa. It shouldn’t be only about fighting COVID-19 but improving health overall. Glutathione is the master detoxifier and our body’s main antioxidant, he adds.

Freaking out about your Glutathione levels? Well, don’t, because besides consuming the right foods, you can now top up on it and other important elements via the revolutionary IV (Intravenous) Therapy – a medical technique that delivers fluids, medications and nutrition directly into a person’s vein available at Avane Cosmetic Clinique & Medispa located at Forest Mall.

As we remain vigilant and protect ourselves from COVID-19, it is also crucial that we don’t forget to work towards improving our bodies’ immunities so that we are able to fend off infections or respond better when attacked.

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