Functional Nutrition

Immunity Hacks to Avoid Getting Sick this Flu Season!

Cold and flu season is almost here. And while we may not be able to prevent every cold, we can give ourselves a fighting chance by exercising regularly, getting proper rest, and eating a healthy diet consisting of high quality proteins, fats and a plethora of colorful vegetables and fruits. Still, the reality of daily life and the depletion of our environment, means that it is also important to supplement to ensure that our bodies are getting the nutrients we need to stay healthy.

Here are my three top functional nutrition immunity hacks to avoid getting sick this flu season:

Turmeric

We should all be eating more turmeric! If you like Indian curry, as I do, the yellow is from turmeric. This spice first became of interest due to Alzheimer's research. Indians have low Alzheimer rates and eat a ton of turmeric. Curcumin is the effective compound in turmeric and what you'll find in supplements. And unless you're eating curry everyday, there's lots of reasons that you should supplement with curcumin.

Curcumin is antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial and anticancer. It supports the digestive system, which comprises 70% of your immune system. It has been shown to reduce inflammation, which is important for numerous areas of health from muscles, myofascia and joints to heart disease and depression. A low level of inflammation is key to longevity and vitality.

Tumeric also has been show shown to support the liver. The liver is our body's internal cleaner. No matter how clean our diet, the modern world provides plenty of toxic material for our livers to deal with every day. Studies have shown that curcumin increases glutathione and decreases oxidative stress.

Recommendation: Inflavonoid Intensive Care

Phytonutrients

Phytonutrients are substances found in plants that benefit us by helping to ward off many common diseases. "Phyto" means plant in Greek, and phytonutrients are the beneficial chemicals that give fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors. So far, scientists have identified over 10,000 of them and believe that there may be more than 20,000.

These nutrients operate at the cellular level, aiding function and communication. They commonly have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Interestingly, they act in groups - almost as teams - and should be ingested along with their entire family of substances.

Recommendation: Phytoganix

Reishi

Reishi mushroom is a fungus that is commonly used in traditional medical systems in Asia. It has been shown to boost the immune system through effects on white blood cells, which may help fight infection and cancer. Reishi and other traditional fungi are ideal for additional immune support during times of physical or emotional stress, as It has been shown to decrease anxiety and depression.

Recommendation: Mycotaki

When looking for supplements, be 100% sure to choose the highest quality available.

When you purchase supplements online from my portal, you receive 20% off of your first order. We also carry these supplements at the studio. And don't hesitate to ask me anything about these supplements, next time you run into me at the studio!

Support Your Body's Innate Healing Ability with Functional Nutrition

If you've been around Align Brooklyn or my office for even a short while, you've probably heard the word "functional" used a lot. At Align BK we talk about "functional fitness," which really just means exercising the body to move naturally and efficiently. Functional movement (i.e. yoga, Pilates, barre & functional fitness moves) helps us to continue to remain able to move efficiently across all planes of movement and maintain healthy movement patterns as we age.

Functional nutrition is similar. Functional nutrition (sometimes referred to as medicine) simply means using all natural, scientific methods to support the innate healing intelligence of the human body to decrease the signs and symptoms of disease and declining health. Functional healthcare examines any symptom you may experience, and uses all natural methods to facilitate healing.

If you look up most diseases in a medical text, you will find that the causes are largely unknown.  Traditional medicine typically focuses on treating the signs and symptoms of illness without much regard to their root cause. As a result, traditional medicine focuses on treatment protocols that minimize uncomfortable symptoms. 

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Functional healthcare views symptoms as the body's way of letting us know that something is amiss. In the functional model, symptoms are purposeful indicators, and not random occurrences. Functional medicine attempts to remove stressors that cause the body to signal that something is wrong, and also offers support to weak areas. Functional medicine views signs and symptoms as important messengers that will lessen and disappear when their cause is alleviated.

The primary tenet of functional healthcare is that the human body will always heal itself, if properly supported. It is only when the body is overloaded with stressors that it is prevented from healing on its own. If we examine the function of the body on the cellular level, and enable the body to access its creative healing potential, the body will naturally return to a state of homeostasis, and any signs and symptoms will lessen or disappear.

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Functional healthcare uses science and technology to determine where there is weakness, and prescribes scientifically tested protocols to both support the body's internal resistance and lessen stressors. In my practice I mostly use simple tools such as questionnaires and non-invasive tests like the BIA to determine nutritional status and cellular health.

We have so much more control over our over health than we are typically led to believe. Even traditional medicine is beginning to take seriously the connection between our minds and bodies. If we think about the pie chart below, we can consider how we can work on the areas in our control each week. With the right information and tools we can make a difference for ourselves and others.

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As an integrated wellness studio, our goal is to empower you toward total wellness. If you have any concerns about your health or would simply like information on maintenance for your unique biochemical needs, please schedule an appointment with me for a Functional Nutrition Consultation.