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Health & Vitality Tips from Voci Health

The Care and Feeding of Your Immune System

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Maximize Immunity

I’ve been getting a lot of questions from clients about how to “boost” their immunity. Googling for answers brings up countless supplements and foods with claims to enhance your natural defenses. While some small studies have shown some effectiveness of things like garlic or turmeric or ginger, strong repeatable evidence isn’t there yet.

So if you enjoy eating those things, go for it, there’s no harm in doing so.  But no supplement is going to give you super-immunity.  What you really want to do is maximize your body’s natural immune response.  And to do so, there are several simple things you can do:

  1. Eat Right – Make sure you’re eating real, whole foods and plenty of vegetables and fruit to fuel your body. (Note that frozen vegetables and fruit are just as good.)
  2. Get Sleep – At least 6 hours a night. And put down the phone well before you get in bed to maximize restfulness.
  3. Lower Stress – Your body is better at fighting unwanted visitors when it’s not taxed battling stress.  Try meditation or even just simple mindful breathing to settle yourself.
  4. Drink in Moderation – Alcohol can alter your gut biome which is one essential part of your immune response.
  5. Mind Your Vitamins – If you’re eating a balanced diet full of plants, you’re likely getting all the vitamins you need.  However, vitamin deficiency is not uncommon given the Standard American Diet. Vitamins like B6, C, D, and E all have a part to play in your immune response.  Check with your doctor and see if a supplement may be in order.

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Walk for the UPS AND DOWNS you want for great energy.

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Walking

Simply walking is one of the easiest and best things you can do for everyday to keep up your health and vitality.

Walking UPS the stuff you want more of:
⬆️ Mood
⬆️ Mental Clarity

And it DOWNS the stuff you want less of:
⬇️ Stress
⬇️ Blood Pressure
⬇️ Weight

And it doesn’t take long Just a 10 minute walk has nearly immediate wellbeing benefits…but a 30 minute brisk walk is even better!

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Light Up Your Brain with 5 Powerful Foods

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Light Up Your Brain

Keeping your mind bright with these brain foods can help you think clearer, remember more, and overcome your biggest daily challenges. Incorporate these items into your diet on a regular basis to see results.

???? Wild Alaskan salmon – astaxanthin for cognitive function.  (Big note: stay way from the farmed salmon, even though it’s cheaper.)

???? Blueberries – anthocyanin for memory, motor function, and your eyes

???? Greens – folate for making neurotransmitters and cell detoxification

???? Walnuts – DHA for helping prevent cognitive decline

???? Avocados – monounsaturated fats for healthy blood flow to the brain

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Comparing Yourself to Others: An Energy Suck You Can Avoid

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Apples and Oranges

One of the biggest ways you can zap your energy is spending time comparing yourself to others.  It’s natural. We all do it. And you know it really gets you nowhere productive. It can really drain you and make you feel like you don’t have the energy to keep up.

Here are some strategies to help you avoid the comparison trap.  The less you compare yourself to others, the more energy you’ll have to live the life you love.

  1. Focus on your actions not outcomes.  Actions are under your control. Outcomes rarely are. Actions done consistently give you satisfaction and a sense of well-being.
  2. Look the other way. Sure role models can be helpful. But is there a person, a blog, a book that you keep looking at, but presents an ideal that seems like you’ll never attain?  Put it on hold, decide what YOU want, and then go back to it when you can glean information to help you with your actions (not your outcomes).
  3. Embrace appreciation.  Especially self appreciation. Every day jot down something you’re grateful for, something you’re looking forward to, and something you’re proud of. This will help transform your overall mindset from comparison to appreciation which will make you feel healthier and more energetic.

Learn how to use small actions to achieve your big goals.
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Foods for Heart Vitality

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February is American Hearth Month, but every day should be your own personal Hearth Health Day. After all, Heart Disease is the number one killer of men and women in the US.

So here are some foods that help keep your ticker ticking (and therefore ensure you have optimal energy) that you can incorporate into your diet every day:

  • Berries – full of fiber and antioxidants
  • Leafy Greens –  loaded with nitrates that help blood pressure
  • Whole Grains – another fiber-rich food
  • Seeds – omega-3 powerhouses
  • Green Tea – liquid anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory gold
  • Beans – lots of resistant starches that your gut bacteria love so they in turn can help reduce your cholesterol
  • Avocados – loaded with heart-healthy potassium
You may have noticed what all these foods have in common…they are all plants!  Big hint there for maintaining optimal health!  Try to make half your plate plants at every meal.

Improve your entire diet for optimal heart health.
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The Real Benefits of Optimism

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Thumbs Up
There is real evidence that having a positive outlook can have both psychological and biological benefits.

The data comes from an analysis of 15 studies with more than 200,000 participants, so there’s real science to back it up.  The lead research, Dr. Rozanski, said “In every case, there was a strong relationship between optimism and a lower risk of disease.”  And less disease means more vitality.

How do you amp up your optimism?  Look back with gratitude, look ahead with excitement.  Take some time each morning to think about 3 things from the day before that you’re happy about.  Then think about 3 things for the day that you’re looking forward to.  And these don’t have to be big things. You can be grateful for a great parking spot and look forward to pancakes.

When you focus on the positive, the negative pessimism gets less energy and goes away by itself. Which will leave you with more energy since pessimism “[bathes your body] in damaging stress hormones like cortisol and norepinephrine… Pessimism increases inflammation in the body and fosters metabolic abnormalities like diabetes.”

For more, check out this article from The New York Times.

 

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