By Kristin Burgess, RD, Health and Wellness Coach and Personal Trainer
1. Stay hydrated
Most of us are dehydrated and don’t even know it. If you aren’t drinking close to half your body weight in ounces of water daily, it is likely you are dehydrated. It is important for proper immune function to stay fully hydrated. Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces of water starting your day with 12 (or more) ounces of water before breakfast. Drink from a measurable reusable bottle throughout the day, knowing how many bottles you need to drink per day to meet your needs. Plan to hit your water goal before 5:00pm.
2. Take a multivitamin/multimineral supplement.
Look for one that has a USP seal. This means that it has been tested to be free of additives and other chemicals. Micronutrients are vital for our immune system to work properly and it is likely we don’t get enough vitamins and minerals in the food we eat. By taking a reputable supplement, you are ensuring your body sufficient quantities needed for optimal function.
3. Eat a diet rich in nutrients that help fight disease
Citrus fruits, red bell peppers, broccoli, garlic, ginger, spinach, bananas, turmeric and almonds are a few foods that are rich in nutrients that can help boost immunity.
Registered Dietitian/Personal Trainer
Being a registered dietitian and health and wellness coach, Kristin believes you are what you eat! Eating whole, natural foods can not only increase energy and help you be at an ideal weight, but it can boost your mindfulness in every aspect of your life. After all, we walk around in our body all day…it must be a priority to take care of it! Running and triathlons have taken Kristin everywhere from Boston to Boulder. Kristin believes everyone has an “athlete” in them… after all, exercise makes the heart smile!
BS in Nutrition, Applied Physiology and Exercise Physiology
NASM Certified Personal Trainer, CES