Why is Vitamin C so Important?

Why is Vitamin C so Important

“Oh you’re getting sick? Just take some vitamin C.”

I’m sure you’ve all heard or been told that at one point in your lives, but does anyone really know or understand why vitamin C is so important?

For one, yes, it supports immune function; it’s a protective antioxidant against damaging oxidative stress.

It also plays a significant role in collagen synthesis for connective tissues, bone, teeth and joints. Your body needs vitamin C to produce collagen a.k.a. hello youthful, radiant skin and goodbye achy muscles and joints.

It’s also known to improve the absorption of iron from plant-based foods–for all my vegetarians and vegans out there and also benefits skin health–I think you got the message by now.

Vitamin C is super important especially because it can’t be produced naturally in the body.

This makes it essential to get the vitamin through dietary sources.

Instead of reaching for the vitamin C packets or shots, focus on incorporating some of these vitamin C-rich, whole foods into your meals daily.

Save this post for later when you’re looking for ideas for your daily dose of vitamin C!

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How Much Water Should You Drink?

How Much Water Should You Drink?

Are you drinking enough water in a day?

Gettin’ back to basics here — your body needs enough water every day for several reasons, especially as the weather gets warmer.

Water helps to:

  • regulate body temperature, bowel movements, healthy digestion
  • protect tissues, the spinal cord, and joints
  • rid the body of waste through urination, sweat, and bowel movements

Water regulates:

  • prevent dehydration and regulate body fluid balance
  • is needed for nutrient absorption of water-soluble vitamins A, D, E & K

And so many other reasons…

Moral of the story: you need water and ENOUGH of it to best support your body.

So, ask yourself, “are you drinking enough for your needs?”

Save this post for helpful tips to increase your water intake throughout the day!

Our team at the Holistic Healing Center is here to provide you with what you need to sustain your active body. Schedule a consultation with us today to get started on your nutrition plan!

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Take Care of your Calcium Needs!

Take Care of your Calcium Needs

Calcium is the most abundant mineral found in the body, making up the structure of bones and teeth, and plays a role in muscle function, blood clotting, nerves and hormones.

A deficiency of calcium can lead to reduced bone strength with the possibility of developing fragile bones, bone softening and increased fracture risk.

Bottom line–calcium is important for maintaining good bone health, especially as we age. Be sure to incorporate some of these foods into your diet on a daily basis to take care of your calcium needs!

Call our office for a consultation to go over an individualized nutritional plan for you. Our team is here to support you!

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4 Digestion-Improving Hacks That Have Nothing to do with Food

4 Digestion-Improving Hacks That Have Nothing to do with Food

Your gut health is more than just a result of the foods being consumed on a daily basis!

Our gut health is heavily influenced by environment & lifestyle as well.

How many hours of sleep do you get per night?

Do you prioritize stress-relieving activities?

Are you participating in regular physical activity?

If you’ve been working on your gut health and have switched up your eating habits and still haven’t seen any improvements, consider auditing other aspects of your lifestyle and start focusing on what else you can do to support your body as a whole!

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Why You Should Care About Magnesium

Why You Should Care About Magnesium

Magnesium is an important electrolyte that plays a part in several different processes in the body!

It’s needed for:

  • Insulin sensitivity – releases insulin, clears insulin, improves insulin resistance
  • Energy production
  • Good gut health
  • Supports Vitamin D status – you need magnesium to active and use Vitamin D
  • Important for recovery and sleep

Unfortunately it’s one of the first minerals to go when we’re under stress & I can imagine that’s the case for most of us!

This is why it’s super important to continuously support magnesium status with daily consumption! Save this post so you know exactly what foods to incorporate into your diet daily!

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Time Saving Food Hacks

Time Saving Food Hacks

Raise your hand if you value your time and money.

(These tips are sure to save you just that, trust me)

Plan out all meals for the week ahead

Ever hear the saying if you fail to plan, you plan to fail? Well if you have an idea of what you’re making you’re less likely to just grab whatever out of (h)anger or frustration of not knowing what to eat for dinner. Plus, by planning out your meals you will know exactly what you’ll need from the store, saving you not only time, but also money through strategic meal planning.

Organize shopping lists by layout of store

Once you know what items you need to make your ~planned~ meals, organize your grocery list in order of the store to be IN & OUT! This way, you won’t miss an item or get distracted by other unnecessary groceries, once again, saving you time and money.

Prepare fruits & veggies ahead of time

Save some time during the week and chop up your fruits and veggies as soon as you get back from the grocery store. This way you are ready to go come mealtime! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week and thank yourself later.

Get to know your slow cooker

Slow cooker, instant pot, pressure cooker — throw all your ingredients together and forget about it for hours. These appliances do a great job with producing delicious meals that your family will think took hours of work to prepare (but joke’s on them).

Store individually portioned meals

Batch cook your meals, protein sources, or veggies and store in individual portions in the freezer. Pull containers out when ready to eat!

Set yourself up for success by getting intentional! If you need more help with nutrition, please contact our office to set up an appointment with our team!

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