They say “health is wealth”, and today we’re changing it up to say that “knowledge is power”. While we are typically most inclined to discuss the health of your business, we wanted to switch it up for a moment and try something a little different! After all, when has a discussion about a healthy body been more appropriate?
Starting with the most obvious statement: eating a nutrient dense diet is important. Eating a nutrient dense diet during a pandemic? SUPER important. Now, you may be wondering, “isn’t eating a balanced diet important all the time? What makes right now so special?” Understandable questions, and the simple answer is that your nutrition choices and immune system work hand in hand, and now is the time to get them walking the same path! Which is perfect, because you, your team, your clients, all of us, have had quite a bit more time to get reacquainted with our kitchens (and the Chinese leftovers that may have been growing a new ecosystem in the back of the fridge).
Water, sleep, the foods you eat, exercise-- all play an important role in how well our immune system goes to bat for us in times of need. Our food is made up of macro and micro nutrients, all of which serve specific functions for our bodies. The more diversified you keep your diet in these nutrients, the better of an insurance plan you’re giving yourself!
So you may be wondering, what are these nutrients, and what do they do? So glad you asked!
Protein is a key macro-nutrient that helps our body with recovery. Good sources include chicken, fish, eggs, and even some plants based sources such as lentils, mushrooms, or broccoli.
Carbohydrates provide the energy to fuel our body. Choosing the right, complex carbohydrates is key, as complex carbohydrates will usually keep you fuller longer, and can be a great source of fiber, which also aids in digestion and heart health. Examples include leafy greens, brown rice, oats, and beans.
Fats are best to be kept minimal, generally speaking-- think butter, fried food. That said, fatty acids are our T cell’s best friends. T cells are the front line soldier cells of our body! They fight off bad cells and infections, and fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6 give them fuel they need for the job! Examples are hemp seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, and leafy greens.
In terms of the micro-nutrients that are heavy hitters, think of the acronym “ACE” for your vitamins, as in vitamins A, C, and E! Vitamin A keeps our tissues nice and healthy, and can be found in carrots, red bell peppers, spinach, and sweet potatoes. Vitamin C gets our antibodies moving, and is most likely the most famous immune health vitamin! It can be found in most citrus fruits, as well as red bell peppers and strawberries. Vitamin E is a great antioxidant, and can be found in some of those fatty acid foods we already talked about, plus almonds, sunflower seeds, and peanut butter.
Other key players can include B vitamins, zinc, and folate.
Lastly, perhaps one of the most important things that can impact our immune system of all: STRESS! I realize it may seem a little unrealistic to ask you, or anyone, to take a chill pill at the moment, but science shows that high levels truly do suppress our immune response! That said, do you know what one recent Smithsonian Magazine article states actually reduces stress levels? You guessed it-- cooking and baking.
Now, to arm your clients with products to make them healthier chefs, take a look at these kitchen items below! Whether you’re a Real Estate agent getting clients welcomed and settled into their new home, or an Insurance Agency owner wanting a little extra way to remind your team you value their health during this time-- not only will these gifts make cooking a breeze, they will express that you value the health of those you send them to. That is one sentiment which is possibly more heartfelt today than it has been in our lifetime.
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