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I am not a scientist, not a doctor, or a nutritionist. I am a mom of three, a vegan chef, and a health coach. After watching my mom die in a hospital at the mercy of doctors, I made a pledge to learn to tend to my temple. To know my body better than my doctor. I also don’t pretend to know what a doctor knows, their knowledge is so vast, but I put the responsibility on myself to learn what makes a body optimal, so I’m less dependent on doctors. Doctors study disease, I study health. I also believe we have the ability to turn disease on and off. I have read books on all types of diets, lifestyles, and nutrition over the last 13 years. Our bodies love to heal and be in health, they just need help from us. Our choices are like a supporting role with our body being the star.

One Important part of health is supplementing your body with vitamins, minerals, and nutrition. Every vitamin supports a system or another vitamin which supports a system. After all of my research, these are my go-to, immune-boosting, virus, and bacteria-fighting gems. I go heavy on vitamins, and then take a break, so my body can use what it has stored. 

At times like this, you want to fill all your vital functions with…

* Vitamin A. Helps keep skin and membranes healthy. Boosts the immune system and function. Sources- yams, sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, red bell pepper, apricots. 

* Vitamin C. It is essential for preventing infections by creating antibodies. Sources- kiwi, kale, all citrus, red bell pepper, strawberries, Papayas.

* Vitamin E. Works as an antioxidant to build healthy cells. It neutralizes free radicals. Sources include sunflower oil, safflower oil, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, almonds, and peanut butter. 

* Selenium. Selenium may be the most underestimated nutrient when it comes to defending viruses. It helps to produce more T-cells. Sources- brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, grains.

* Zinc. Zinc is responsible for antibody production. It promotes wound healing. Pertaining to the coronavirus specifically, studies are showing that zinc fights the virus. Sources- whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans.

* Probiotics/prebiotics. Studies are showing that health starts in the gut and that there are millions of bacteria that help us break down food and process nutrition from food. Anytime my tummy is off, I dose myself with pre/probiotics

* Vitamin B-6 and 12. All B vitamins are essential but 6 and 12 have important functions when it comes to Immune health. Carrots, spinach, and sweet potatoes all contain vitamin B-6. B-12 is more commonly found in meat and dairy, but healthier options with B-12 are fortified non-dairy milk, and nutritional yeast. 
* Elderberry. It inhibits the early stages of infection by blocking key viral proteins responsible for both the attachment and entry into the host cells. Elderberries can be hard to find, and they have to be cooked to be eaten. Most people take it in syrup form, which can be found at any health food store. 

* Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps to boost energy from within the cell. A hormone normally produced in the skin using energy from sunlight, Vitamin D can also be found in a few foods – but is best from sunlight, and can also be effectively boosted with Vitamin D supplements.

* Folate. Most known as essential during pregnancy. Folate is still a must-have. It’s involved in multiple life-sustaining processes, including DNA synthesis. Without enough folate, the neurotransmitters that regulate your mood get lazy. Not enough folate means not enough red blood cells, which may affect your energy levels. Folate is found in a lot of dark, leafy green veggies like kale and spinach, as well as asparagus and brussel sprouts. 
 
As I stated before I’m no professional but I do believe that all of these vitamins can help nourish your cells, and give your immune system defense. Every vitamin, hormone, and mineral is needed for body health. Each and everyone helps a different vitamin, hormone, or mineral function. So if you are low on one, it can contribute to different functions of the body not working. So stock up, start a routine, keep a journal on what you’re taking, and see if you feel different. We have the power to not only prevent disease by having a healthy system, but we also have the ability to help our bodies heal when in disease. 


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