Rise in fruit and vegetable ingredients spurred by immunity and health-boosting demands

Rise in fruit and vegetable ingredients spurred by immunity and health-boosting demands

  • August 3, 2020

03 Aug 2020 — As consumers become more aware of the environmental and health implications of their eating habits, consumption of plant-based foods is moving to new heights. This onward trend allows the creative juices of food manufacturers to flow, in a bustling sector ripe for further growth and innovation. New taste sensations are also fuelling interest in the fruit and vegetable sector. Meanwhile, natural ingredients with antioxidant and immunity-boosting credentials are gaining further traction amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Maren Döbl, Product Manager at Austria Juice, active nutrition, taste experiences, mindful consumption and premium by nature, are the top driving forces behind fruit and vegetable applications. 

Health and well-being are high on the global value hierarchy of consumers. People are looking for holistic solutions that support them in changing their lifestyle,” she explains. Health is one of the most important topics for consumers. Berries with antioxidant properties and immune system supporting ingredients will play a key role over the coming months, Döbl stresses, noting prevalence in elderberry, blueberry and also haskap berries. 

Meanwhile, Bastian Hörmann, Director Product Management Food at ADM Nutrition, says that fruit and vegetables associated with comfort are expected to take the lead as consumers justify indulgent treats as part of their self-care. Click to EnlargeThe trend for more mindful consumption is growing and consumers are paying closer attention to how food contributes to their health and mood.

“Today’s wellness ideals are characterized by thoughtful, measured pleasure, not by self-restraint. Ashwagandha is an example of an ingredient that is currently meeting consumer demand for relaxation and will arguably drive innovation in the F&B sector,” he explains. “Maca and moringa are also trending as consumers look for more variety in energy-boosting snacks and beverages.”

With the trend for more mindful consumption growing, consumers are paying closer attention to how food and beverages contribute to their health, well-being and mood. Because of this, snacking has seen a real shift, says Hörmann. “The concept of elevated snacking has emerged thanks to the availability of premium options and the prevalence of these products in consumers’ lives.”

Healthy snacking is seen as an essential part of our lives, which can meet the need for nourishment and pleasure. Fruit and vegetable ingredients will play a crucial role in fulfilling this demand, according to Hörmann. 

“When it comes to flavors, colors, proteins and other specialty ingredients derived from nature, it is important to keep food science and supply chains in mind, along with an understanding of formulation challenges and consumer needs,” he asserts. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has recently increased demand for both vitamin-fortified juice products and for products targeted at strengthening the immune system, says Julian Bopp, Product Manager Fruit and Vegetables at Doehler. “Society as a whole is moving towards greater awareness for sustainability in day-to-day life. Consumers demand that raw materials are grown, processed and packaged sustainably, and that social standards are adhered to.”

Click to EnlargeTreatt has seen lots of demand for classic summer flavors – such as watermelon.Fun with flavor
Innovation and trends in fruit and vegetable applications are driven by consumers’ desire for their beverages to come with associated health benefits. “For example, watermelon is very refreshing and hydrating, so when people see a watermelon-flavored beverage on the shelf, they immediately make that association. Similarly, blueberries are full of antioxidants, so anything which contains a blueberry flavor also has those ‘healthier’ connotations,” Julie Barnes, Product Development Specialist at global ingredients manufacturer, Treatt, tells FoodIngredientsFirst

“We’ve seen lots of demand for the classic summer flavors – think watermelon and pineapple. Blueberry is also becoming more popular as a standalone flavor, such as in sparkling water,” she adds. 

“No matter what types of innovation we’re looking at, or the types of beverages that we’re applying them to – whether it’s a juice, hard seltzer, flavored water or smoothie – our focus is always on making sure we preserve the natural flavor profile.” 

Treatt has also noted more requests for tropical flavors such as passionfruit and guava; “Flavors that used to hide in the background are now a standalone or forefront flavor,” Barnes highlights. In the COVID-19 era, the company is also seeing more of a return to flavors like pineapple, cucumber and watermelon, which offer familiarity, comfort and a true-to-fruit profile, she maintains.   

The company’s fruit and vegetable products are made using only water and extracts from the named fruit. “This ensures that our ingredients can be described on labels as being 100 percent natural or containing real fruit extract or essence, rather than describing it as an artificial flavor. This is key with beverage products at the moment, as the demand for clean label products from health-conscious consumers continues to soar,” Barnes notes. 

In previous years, consumers have often consumed a diet of synthetic flavors and ingredients, and Barnes says that sometimes “the real flavor can come as a surprise.” Take cherry, for example. “Many people associate cherry with the artificial taste of benzaldehyde. In reality, although cherries do have some of that flavor profile in them, it’s not as potent when it comes directly from the fruit,”

“Furthermore, consumers want adventure triggered by sensory, visual and haptic experiences. Fancy, spicy or exotic flavor combinations, special ingredients and textures provide taste sensations,” Döbl states.

Meanwhile, Doehler offers a broad range of natural and plant-based ingredients such as botanical extracts, fruit and vegetable ingredients, vitamins and fibers that enable healthy product positionings. 

“As part of the trend towards a healthier diet, fruits that are naturally rich in vitamins and nutrients such as acerola, white guava, dark berries or root juices such as ginger are particularly in demand,” Bopp explains. 

He also notes that the company’s portfolio of natural and plant-based ingredients brings this added value to products in a targeted way and “unlocks healthy growth potential.”

Modern consumption evolvesClick to EnlargeMany consumers are looking for products that are consumable at any time and are as natural as possible and contribute to a healthy diet such as smoothies, for example. 
Today’s consumers are used to on-demand services in their daily lives more than ever before, and this trend is set to continue, Bopp further details. “Consequently, consumers are looking for products that are consumable at any time. These should be as natural as possible and contribute to a healthy diet such as functional smoothies or juice ranges in all colors that appeal to all senses. This is often appreciated as quick energy for the whole day and as a timely boost of nutrients. The connection of easy and intuitive nutrition in to-go formats make especially the chilled shelves bigger and bigger in some European countries,” he outlines.  

Doehler offers natural vegetable ingredients with functional added value that can be used in snacks such as smoothies, cereals or bars for on-the-go and let snacking become much healthier.

Finally, the need for clean label has become increasingly important for manufacturers aiming to gain the trust of the consumers and to create transparency. “These products have a very reduced list of ingredients, which are processed as little as possible, while the natural origin of the products is clearly evident. This means moving away from ingredient lists with ten to 15 fruits to a simple two, three or five fruit mixes. 

To meet consumer demands for transparency, Germany recently introduced the Nutri-Score – a voluntary assessment system for food and beverages, which has already been established in countries like France, Belgium and Spain. Doehler says it is “working closely with its customers in the development and reformulation of recipes to achieve an improved Nutri-Score value,” Bopp concludes. 

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To boost immunity, try Ritucharya diet; why ayurvedic food can keep you healthy year round

To boost immunity, try Ritucharya diet; why ayurvedic food can keep you healthy year round

  • August 3, 2020

Acclimatising to these seasonal changes, particularly by adopting a season-appropriate diet, is considered to be the best way to avoid seasonal illnesses.

The ayurvedic system of medicine is not about curing diseases but preventing them from ever taking root in your mind and body. If you know this basic fact about Ayurveda then you should also be familiar with the two pillars on which the preventive aspect of ayurvedic medicine stands on: dincharya (daily regimen) and ritucharya (seasonal regimen). Let’s take a closer look at what ritucharya means.

Ritucharya: Beating season change at its game

According to a study published in AYU: An International Quarterly Journal of Research in Ayurveda in 2011, ritucharya literally refers to regimens or rules according to the seasons. Every season changes the environment we live in and these external changes can have a deep impact on our body’s internal system.

Acclimatising to these seasonal changes through appropriate behaviours, particularly by adopting a season-appropriate diet, is considered to be the best way to avoid seasonal illnesses. Following ritucharya basically provides the body with all the tools it needs to defeat season change and the diseases that come with it.

“Eating according to the seasons can give you a lot of health benefits, like feeling more energetic, boosting your immune system, and preventing multiple complications such as unwanted weight gain, indigestion, stomach infection, breathing difficulty and other health-related issues,” says Akanksha Mishra, a nutrition and wellness expert associated with myUpchar.

An article published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine in 2019 claims that the major lifestyle disorders that currently plague the world — including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, physical inactivity, weight gain, obesity and even some cancers — basically occur because of our deviation from this natural and seasonal lifestyle.

Consequently, the Indian Ayurveda experts who authored this article recommend the re-adoption of ritucharya to prevent weight gain and other diseases while boosting the immune and metabolic functions of the body all year round.

How to adopt ritucharya to be your healthy best

A 2011 study in AYU mentions that the ancient ayurvedic text, Atreya Virachita Sara, describes six seasons according to which you’re supposed to tailor your pathya-apathya or dietary intake. The following, as per the recommendations of the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, are the dietary do’s and don’ts you must follow during each of these six seasons.

1. Hemant or early winter (mid-November to mid-January)

A nutrient-dense diet which includes satiating foods which taste sweet, sour and salty should be consumed in this season. Include seasonal whole grains and lentils, milk and dairy products, animal products and meats, honey, sugarcane, sesame and fermented products in your diet. Avoid overly spiced or aggravating foods, cold foods and drinks, and fasting or starvation during this season.

2. Shishir or late winter (mid-January to mid-March)

Sour-tasting foods should be predominantly consumed during this season. Cereals, grains, pulses like new rice, wheat flour, corn, peanut, sesame and jaggery as well as raw ginger, dry ginger, garlic, fruits, sugarcane, milk and dairy products should be eaten. Pungent, bitter, astringent tasting and warm foods which are light or cold should be avoided.

3. Vasant or spring (mid-March to mid-May)

Easily digestible foods and foods that improve digestion like barley, wheat, rice, lentils, bitters, honey, light meats, etc should be made a part of your diet during this season. Heavy foods which are sweet, sour or lead to daytime naps should be avoided.

4. Grishma or summer (mid-May to mid-July)

Easily digestible foods which are sweet, cold and liquid should be preferred during summer. Rice, lentils, plenty of water, buttermilk, fruits juices, meat soups, mango juice, curd, milk, etc should be taken. Salty, spicy, pungent, unctuous and sour foods should be avoided.

5. Varsha or monsoon (mid-July to mid-September)

Foods that taste sour, salty and unctuous should be taken, while heavy and hard to digest foods should be avoided. Include honey, barley, wheat, rice, meat of arid animals, light meat and vegetable soups, herbal tea and cold fluids in your diet.

6. Sharad or autumn (mid-September to mid-November)

Easily digestible foods which taste sweet, sour or bitter should be included in the diet. Wheat, rice, barley, amla, sugarcane, honey, green gram, light meats, etc are to be included in the diet, but fats, oils, curds and the meat of aquatic animals should be avoided.

For more information, read our article on Ayurveda.

Health articles in Firstpost are written by myUpchar.com, India’s first and biggest resource for verified medical information. At myUpchar, researchers and journalists work with doctors to bring you information on all things health.

4 Effective Ways To Boost Your Immunity Naturally At Home

4 Effective Ways To Boost Your Immunity Naturally At Home

  • August 3, 2020

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The rise in the number of novel Coronavirus cases has made people shift to a healthier lifestyle. These days, when the chances of someone getting infected are still pretty high, having a strong immune system is a necessity.

On this note, we bring you 4 effective ways to boost your immunity naturally at home thus helping you maintain your mental and physical health. Even if you get infected, having a healthy immune system is important to fight back the disease.

A healthy and fit body reduces the impact of the infection. The ways listed below may boost your immunity but they won’t completely protect you from the risk of COVID-19. However, any solution that aids in the fight against COVID-19 is a great solution.

A healthy and fit body reduces the impact of the infection. We bring you 5 effective ways to boost your immunity naturally at home to stay healthy.
Sleep atleast 8 hours a day

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The food we intake and the number of hours we sleep form the basis of a healthy immune system. Food and sleep are closely related to our health. Inadequate eating or sleeping makes us more susceptible to catching diseases.

Adults should get at least 7 hours of sleep each night, while teens need 8–10 hours daily to boost their immunity. If you have trouble sleeping, try limiting your screen time and using your devices in blue light mode. It helps in protecting your eyesight from harmful UV rays emitted by the devices and you will be able to sleep better.

Whole plant foods like fruits and vegetables helps you to boost your immunity naturally at home. These food particles are rich in nutrients and antioxidants that help you stay healthy. Intake of good healthy food makes you less susceptible to illness.

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It is always advisable to eat green leafy vegetables and one to two fruits a day, along with lentils and other food items such as rice and whole wheat. Following a balanced diet is a must to staying healthy and boosting your immunity naturally.

Keeping yourself hydrated is also extremely important. One should drink at least 3 to 4 litres of water every day. You can even add lemon drops and mint leaves to get flavoured water which aids good health as well.

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2. Engage Yourself in Physical Activities to Boost Your Immunity

4 Effective Ways To Boost Your Immunity Naturally At Home

While we all are at home and the gyms are closed, it is important to involve ourselves in some kind of physical activity to stay fit. We have ample options for the same. Starting out, one can aim to exercise 15 to 30 minutes daily. This will not only help you boost your immunity naturally at home but will also help you keep shape. 

You can use a staircase for cardio and filled water bottles to replace dumbbells. Doing household chores is also a great way to exercise and boost your immunity. You can even opt to dance to your favourite song. Dancing not only keeps you fit but is also therapeutic, like listening to music. Even yoga is perfect to get a flexible and healthy body. Apart from just visual results, exercise boosts heart health and brings about an inner glow as a result of improved body functions.

3. Homemade Tonics: Back to Basics To Boost Your Immunity 

homemade tonic

Healthy homemade tonics are one of the best solutions to boosting your immunity naturally. There’s a tonic for almost every ail. Tonics are called “kaadha” in Hindi and have been recommended by our grandparents and ancestors.

Kadha is an Ayurvedic home remedy used to fight a variety of flu symptoms and infections. It’s a decoction of edible herbs and spices. Back in the day when medicine was not readily at our disposal, homemade tonics were used to cure every disease and health issue. 

There are many ways and recipes to make different Kaadha(s) that suit your needs. Some of the most used ingredients are the ones that we use daily in cooking Indian food, such as turmeric and ginger.

4. Meditation: The Power of the Mind

4 Effective Ways To Boost Your Immunity Naturally At Home
Western medicine has questioned the medical benefits of meditation.

Physical activities keep the body fit while meditation keeps the mind healthy. The importance of good mental health has increased manifold this quarantine. A lot is happening around us that we can’t control. Being healthy is one thing that you can do to reduce the risk of infection. Meditation will not directly boost your immunization but plays a key role in your overall health and wellness. 

The nature of the mind can make or break a healthy body. Meditating 15-20 minutes daily is enough to strengthen your brain. Meditation also helps you to keep yourself calm and make better decisions. You will be able to focus more on productive things and your thoughts will be aligned.

Apart from these ways, one should also maintain physical/social distancing while practising proper hygiene which, in turn, can help you protect yourself from COVID-19.

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 Yoga for Health Beauty, Immunity

 Yoga for Health Beauty, Immunity

  • August 2, 2020
‘Spread of Yogic education need of hour’
‘Spread of Yogic education need of hour’

Shahnaz Husain

How often do we consider yoga as a tool to enhance beauty, mental peace and boost our immune system? Our immune system is of utmost importance and plays a significant role in keeping us fit, beautiful and healthy.

While there are many ways to stay calm, healthy and look attractive this time of year, yoga has proven to be one of the best ways to not only avoid getting sick but to strengthen your overall immune system along the way.

Yoga helps us fight infections by boosting our immune system, reducing stress and strengthening our body’s functions and systems which leads to  healthy and attractive outlook.

As the country battles the Covid-19 pandemic on a war-footing, India’s traditional system of Yoga has been established as a means to boost immunity and improve overall health and well being. Yoga for immunity is a thing. A consistent yoga practice – along with certain poses in particular – can support and boost the immune system.

Lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and stressful life all lead to a weakened immune system and vulnerability to sickness.

In addition to the basic measures taken this time of year—getting enough sleep, eating whole foods, stressing less—yoga is a proactive way to take control of your health so you can feel cheerful, all year long.

In this fast-moving world where one hardly gets time to take care of himself, here we bring to you a complete yoga routine that you can follow to maintain your immunity.

. You do not have to be born beautiful. You can acquire  beautiful, supple, glowing and flawless  skin by treating     yourself from inside through selection of yoga poses and exercises rather than relying on expensive cosmetics and  time consuming salon treatments  .

You can  enhance your beauty with yoga   by  incorporating   strict guidelines  in your daily life. Regular yoga practice  pranayama, and meditation aid you in  reverse the signs of ageing including wrinkles, saggy skin, crow’s feet and fine lines amongst other .

Pranayam helps purifying the blood because of the increased intake of oxygen, which is very crucial for improving immunity.     Yoga is one of the most effective and time-tested natural immunity boosters that can lead to a healthy, sickness-free body.

Mindfulness meditation can have benefits for health and performance, including improved immune function, reduced blood pressure and enhanced cognitive function.

. Those who regularly practice yoga  and meditation have a certain glow about them that comes from within and radiates outward  .Yoga helps lower stress hormones that compromise the immune system, while also conditioning the lungs and respiratory tract, stimulating the lymphatic system to oust toxins from the body, and bringing oxygenated blood to the various organs to ensure their optimal function  whiich helps us to remain healthy  and attain inner beauty .

Mindfulness meditation can have benefits for health and performance, including improved immune function, reduced blood pressure and enhanced cognitive function. Meditation produces more antibodies in people. It  significantly increases left-sided, anterior brain activation (pattern indicating positive emotions) in meditators (compared to non-meditating controls) and that this activity was associated with the rise in antibodies

The practice of yoga may greatly aid in helping you look more youthful and more refresh.

I have always said that a strong immune system, good health and beauty are complimentary to each other . Unless you are healthy from the inside, you cannot reflect true beauty. For a flawless skin, shiny hair and a slim figure, good health must be on top of the list. In fact, I promoted the Ayurvedic principles of holistic health, with yoga as an integral part of the program. This concept of holistic beauty care was unique and caught on worldwide. In fact, I believe that yoga is very relevant to our modern lifestyle, in terms of both health and beauty. Personally, it has been a part of my life and I have experienced its numerous benefits.

The appeal of Yoga lies in the fact that it helps both body and mind. It not only works on all the muscle groups, but also increases vitality, tones the internal organs, stimulates the nerve centres, relieves stress and clears the mind which boost immunity and  gives  you attractive  personality and  beauty from within . Although it is an ancient Indian discipline, it has also gained relevance as a means of attaining a well-balanced personality and delaying the visible signs of ageing. The other important aspect of Yoga is that it involves breath control and specifies the inhalation and exhalation of breath during the exercises. Thus, it helps oxygenation  which boost immunity  imparts a feeling of physical and mental exhilaration. This is so important for beauty, because feeling good is an integral part of looking good.

Yoga improves blood circulation, including the circulation of blood to the skin surface. This is so important for the good health of the skin, as it helps to supply essential nutrients to the skin. It also promotes the removal of toxins through the skin which boost immunity. This is so important, especially in cases of skin congestion. It tones the skin, improves oxygenation to the skin, imparts a beautiful glow and keeps the skin youthful and free from problems. The same goes for the hair. Yoga helps to promote blood circulation and oxygenation to the scalp and hair follicles. This helps to supply nutrients in the bloodstream to the hair follicles. It promotes hair growth and keeps the scalp healthy.

When we talk of beauty, we do not talk only about the beauty of the face. It also includes the figure, giving it suppleness, good posture and grace. Where the appearance is concerned, a slim figure can take years off and helps in staying youthful for a longer time. It supplies oxygen to every tissue and this, itself makes way for both health and beauty. If you are leading a life that does not provide enough physical activity, you are actually encouraging ageing. Exercise is a potent remedy for pre-mature ageing, not only because it strengthens the body, but also keeps it looking trim ,fit and enhances immunity in body . The yogic asanas are designed to keep the spine and joints flexible and supple. They make the body strong and agile, tone the muscles, improves blood circulation, imparts vitality and enhances both beauty and good health .

Many beauty problems are triggered off by stress. Since yoga helps to induce relaxation and reduce stress, it certainly helps in dealing with stress-related conditions like acne, hair loss, dandruff, etc. Studies conducted on those who practice yoga have shown that positive changes also occur in the personality, in attitudes, emotional stability, self-confidence. It has a direct effect on the mind, emotions and mood. In fact, it is a regular stress-buster and puts the glow back on the skin. You will feel instantly rejuvenated and good about yourself.

Indeed, the benefits of Yoga reflect as external beauty. For a flawless skin, shiny hair and a slim, graceful figure, make yoga a part of your daily life . .

The author is beauty expert from India.




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Psychotherapy May Boost Immunity

  • August 2, 2020

the best time to talk to your therapistPsychosocial interventions like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) have always been a boon for emotional and mental health, and a new meta analysis published in JAMA Psychiatry suggests it may provide an immune system boost as well.

Researchers conducted a review of 56 clinical trials, representing 4,060 participants that tracked changes in immunity over time during the course of psychotherapy. Shields, et. al, looked at eight different psychosocial interventions, such as CBT, behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, and psycho-education, as well as seven markers of immune system function, including inflammation, antibody levels, viral load, and natural killer cell activity.

They found that across the interventions, there was a strong association with enhanced immune system function, and that persisted for at least six months following treatment. The associations were most significant for CBT or combined interventions, but as a whole, all intervention types provided some level of improvement in immune system function. The main takeaway here is that psychotherapeutic interventions have a variety of beneficial effects on the immune system.

There are long-held stigmas attached to people seeking psychotherapy for their mental health. Understanding the numerous benefits can go a long way toward fighting those stigmas and letting people know that therapy can help anyone, even those without a diagnosed mental health condition.

The reason that psychotherapy, and particularly CBT, might have such a direct effect on immune function was not part of the study, which was one of its drawbacks. But the assessment of inflammation markers gives a clue about what the underlying mechanism at play might be.

Inflammation has often been connected to numerous health issues, including cognitive and mental disorders from dementia to depression. A review of the literature published in Frontiers in Immunology highlights that, while many factors play a role in the development of depression, there have been links to increased inflammatory activation of the immune system, which affects the central nervous system. It notes that antidepressants have been shown to decrease inflammation, while higher levels of inflammation can lower treatment effectiveness.

Furthermore, with respect to immune function, inflammation is part of the body’s natural defense mechanism, and it plays a role in healing. But when it goes into overdrive, that’s when the health issues begin to crop up. Keeping it regulated in a way that harnesses the power of inflammation without letting it surge is an important part of maintaining health at every level, says Shields.

The results of this study underscore how much mental and emotional issues can affect physiological reactions, and that goes both ways. For example, we often see people with compromised immune function and chronic health problems facing mental health challenges. Addressing physical health will have an impact on mental wellbeing, and vice versa.

Additionally, lifestyle factors can also play a role. Addressing emotional and mental difficulties can also affect the immune system, including inflammation levels, because it could prompt changes in behavior. For example, if someone is empowered through therapy, they may be more inclined to make changes such as:

  • Exercising more
  • Eating healthier foods
  • Pursuing more social interaction
  • Creating a better sleep schedule
  • Implementing anti-stress strategies

All of these shifts have been shown in past research to affect immune system function, in part because they reduce inflammation, but also because they improve gut health, a major aspect of psychological well-being.

It’s all interconnected in terms of how your mind and body are responding. Generally, when people start feeling better mentally, they start to implement behaviors that support their health, and that begins to build on each other. It’s a positive reinforcement cycle that continues. For example, if you start exercising more, studies suggest you tend to sleep better. When you get more quality sleep, that lowers inflammation levels and improves gut health, and in turn, that improves mood and emotional resilience.

These systems all work in tandem with one another, and it starts with small changes in some behaviors, along with setting reasonable goals. Subsequently, you will likely find that it gets easier to adopt healthier behaviors from there. The first step of psychotherapy could be the kickoff needed to start this ripple effect.

For many people, finding the right fit of psychotherapy method can take some time, patience, and may involve multiple types of therapies, with some normal frustration along the way. For instance, CBT may be paired with mindfulness, behavioral therapy, and medication. It’s important to talk with a mental health professional about potential options that align with your needs/lifestyle, and never give up until you find the right therapy that is suitable for you.


Shields, G.S., Spahr, C.M., & Slavich, G.M. (2020, June 3). Psychosocial interventions and immune system function: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trialsJAMA Psychiatrydoi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.0431

Lee, C.H., & Giuliani, F. (2019, July 19). The role of inflammation in depression and fatigueFrontiers in Immunology. 2019;10:1696. doi:10.3389/fimmu.2019.01696

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  • August 1, 2020

Jack Estes Debrabander discusses how vitamin C injection could be used to help boost immunity against the coronavirus pandemic.

ANN ARBOR, MI / ACCESSWIRE / JULY 31, 2020 / IV bars are a growing trend in cities across America. The “bars” are actually centers administering researched and tested vitamin IVs and vitamin injections to patients. The injections or IVs are tailored to suit patient goals, whether those goals are superior hydration, increased vitamin C intake, or others. Jack Estes Debrabander plans on opening in IV bar in the city of Ann Arbor, Mich. He recently discussed how Vitamin C injection could help boost immunity against the coronavirus pandemic.

“Vitamin C is something many people take to boost the immune system, treat a vitamin C deficiency, or improve overall health,” Jack Estes Debrabander said. “Vitamin C injection is a convenient and efficient way to boost the immune system and provide your body the vitamins it needs fight off viruses.”

Jack Estes Debrabander explained that many times, the reason we get sick is because we’ve completely exhausted our bodies. This can be due to nutritional deficits, an abundance of stress, lack of sleep, or a variety of other issues. Jack Estes Debrabander stated that vitamin injections can be a way to immediately boost the immune system and decrease the chances of a cold or virus, like the recent coronavirus, taking hold. An article in Medical News Today stated that while vitamin C injections have not been proven to cure or treat COVID-19, it is though to aid in the reversal of some damage that can be caused by the virus.

“The goal is to enhance the natural immune system of the body,” Jack Estes Debrabander said. “It’s a preventative measure that could help your body fend off viruses and some other illnesses. It could also help reverse some of the damage caused.”

Jack Estes Debrabander added that vitamin C deficiency can also result in joint pain, discoloring of the skin, fatigue, wounds that won’t heal, and swollen or bleeding gums. He described that all of these painful side effects of this deficiency can be prevented by maintaining proper amounts of vitamin C in the body through vitamin C injections.

Jack Estes Debrabander explained that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved vitamin C injections as a means of treating vitamin C deficiency. He stated these injections are an ideal way to boost vitamin C levels when they need to be increased immediately. Injections are also an ideal alternative for anyone who has an aversion to oral supplements. Jack Estes Debrabander added that vitamin C injections can be used to heal wounds more quickly as well as a variety of off-label uses.

“IV bars are safe, convenient, and affordable places to receive vitamin C and other vitamin injections,” Jack Estes Debrabander said. “This is what we want to bring to Ann Arbor — a safe, comfortable place for people to seek superior health and an overall better quality of life. This service could be especially helpful now, during the heart of the coronavirus pandemic.”


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Can weightlifting keep you from getting sick? Immunity study explains

Can weightlifting keep you from getting sick? Immunity study explains

  • August 1, 2020

When the immune system is battling an invader like cancer or a virus over long stretches of time, it can get tired. In a recent study, researchers discovered what could help stave off this “immune exhaustion.”

According to research conducted in mice, skeletal muscle can keep the immune system from running out of steam when fighting chronic illnesses. That’s because muscles can shelter certain types of T-cells and replenish immune system ranks when they become fatigued.

Jingxia Wu is the study’s first author and a researcher at the German Cancer Research Center. She explains that this sheltering helps the immune system when it’s been continuously fighting a virus over a long period of time.

“If the T-cells, which actively fight the infection, lose their full functionality through continuous stimulation, the precursor cells can migrate from the muscles and develop into functional T-cells,” Wu says.

If the findings are found in humans, not just mice, that could mean weightlifting and building muscle keeps people’s immune system awake, alive, and alert too.

The study was published June 12 in the journal Science Advances.

The link between muscles and immunity — When people become sick with chronic viral infections or cancers, they often lose weight and muscle mass, experiencing a medical phenomenon known as cachexia.

Meanwhile, these populations can also lose T-cells, one of the major players involved in the adaptive immune system. T-cells also become fatigued when fighting these bodily invaders over time.

Until now, researchers haven’t fully understood if and how these separate phenomena — muscle mass and T-cell exhaustion — were linked.

“It is known that T-cells are involved in the loss of skeletal muscle mass,” co-author Guoliang Cui explains. “But whether and how, in turn, skeletal muscles influence the function of the T-cells is still unclear.”

To answer this puzzling question, scientists rounded up a group of mice and infected them with lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV). This model is commonly used to study acute and chronic infections in mice.

The researchers then analyzed the gene expression in the skeletal muscles of the mice. They found that during chronic infections, the mice’s muscle cells release an increased amount of interleukin-15. This cytokine signals a group of T-cells (called CD8+) to settle in the skeletal muscles.

Hidden away, these T-cells are sheltered from chronic inflammation throughout the body. Then, when other T-cells become exhausted, these muscle T-cell pockets replenish T-cell pools. This helps the mice sustain better long-term antiviral immunity.

Ultimately, the researchers write, this study reveals a “mechanistic link between these two seemingly isolated events” — T-cell exhaustion and muscle mass.

In a global pandemic that makes immune system function more crucial than ever, these findings hint at a possible way to keep immunity strong: weightlifting.

However, since these findings weren’t conducted in people, we don’t know whether muscles play the same cheerleader role to the human immune system.

Even though we’re waiting for human experiments to confirm the findings, it is still worth picking up a kettlebell. Strength training has a long list of benefits — on top of potentially boosting the immune system. It strengthens the nervous system, prevents bone loss, and increases flexibility as people age.

LONGEVITY HACKS is a regular series from Inverse on the science-backed strategies to live better, healthier, and longer without medicine.

HOW THIS AFFECTS LONGEVITY — Researchers discover that skeletal muscle can replenish T-cell pools and keep the immune system from becoming exhausted. At least in mice.

WHY IT’S A HACK — Unlike a lot of the immune “boosters” sold online, exercise works — when it comes to supporting optimal immune function.

SCIENCE IN ACTION — The study suggests on top of promoting a healthier brain and bones, strength training keeps the immune system from becoming exhausted. Burn baby, burn.

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Abstract: CD8+ T cells become functionally impaired or “exhausted” in chronic infections, accompanied by unwanted body weight reduction and muscle mass loss. Whether muscle regulates T cell exhaustion remains incompletely understood. We report that mouse skeletal muscle increased interleukin (IL)–15 production during LCMV clone 13 chronic infection. Muscle-specific ablation of Il15 enhanced the CD8+ T cell exhaustion phenotype. Muscle-derived IL-15 was required to maintain a population of CD8+CD103+ muscle-infiltrating lymphocytes (MILs). MILs resided in a less inflamed microenvironment, expressed more T cell factor 1 (Tcf1), and had higher proliferative potential than splenic T cells. MILs differentiated into functional effector T cells after reentering lymphoid tissues. Increasing muscle mass via muscle-specific inhibition of TGFβ signaling enhanced IL-15 production and antiviral CD8+ T cell responses. We conclude that skeletal muscle antagonizes T cell exhaustion by protecting T cell proliferative potential from inflammation and replenishing the effector T cell progeny pool in lymphoid organs.

Juro's Pharmacy Can Help Boost Immunity

Juro’s Pharmacy Can Help Boost Immunity

  • July 31, 2020

The back-to-school rush looks a little different this year. Parents, teachers and school leaders alike are considering remote, in-person and hybrid learning plans, and there’s a good chance that face coverings are making it on school shopping lists for the first time.

But as you’re navigating this new normal, don’t forget the importance that a strong immune system can play in staying heathy, not only for your child but for the whole family. A robust immune system helps fight off potential illnesses and helps you heal faster if you do get sick. How can you make your body as resilient as possible?

It’s a question you should take to Juro’s Pharmacy Health & Wellness. Not only do they compound medicine and sell durable medical equipment, but they have a team that can suggest specific vitamins and supplements for your situation. Juro’s remains open during normal business hours, while their staff is available by phone at (406) 869-0123 and purchases are available for shipping and delivery.

You’ll rest assured that their vitamin and supplement recommendations won’t interfere with any medications you’re taking or make any medical conditions worse. They’ll listen to your situation and help you make the best decisions for your family.

Their staff includes “pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, respiratory therapists, home-care consultants, certified contractors and mechanics as well as insurance specialists,” their website states. And they’ve been serving Montana for more than 60 years, so you know they are invested in our community and our wellbeing.

Stop by 2043 Grand Ave., Billings or give them a call at (406) 869-0123.

The Secret Weapon for Immunity, Energy and Weight Loss: Sea Moss

The Secret Weapon for Immunity, Energy and Weight Loss: Sea Moss

  • July 31, 2020

The newest hidden weapon in your health arsenal may just be the seaweed you stepped over to get into the ocean the last time you were at the beach. Sea moss has been around since the oceans first lapped the shore, but it’s enjoying a surge in popularity, because of its powerful immune-boosting nutrients. Sea moss is rich in natural minerals, high in iron and antioxidants that make it an all-around immunity booster and weight-loss aid, which is why companies are harvesting it from beaches as far off as Ireland and the Caribbean, and consumers are adding it to everything from smoothies to acai bowls and rice and beans.

It would be hard to identify one particular plant that has all the vitamins and minerals your body needs, but sea moss comes close. It contains more than 90% of the nutrients your body needs and can be used as a natural medicine to treat or reduce flu-like symptoms. This is why the small sea plant is often called “Nature’s Multi-Vitamin.”

What is Sea Moss and where does it come from?

Sea Moss, also known as Irish Moss, is a seaweed, is a macro-algae. It is sold in bunches that look just like the translucent yellow seaweed you’d find washing up on beaches along the Atlantic seaboard and the Caribbean. Sea moss comes from both organic harvesting and man-made pools, and where it’s grown affects the composition of the plant and its health benefits. Vital Vegan believes that “wildcrafted” sea moss from the ocean is better, so they only harvest their sea moss from the Caribbean, specifically Jamaica.

Less than two centuries ago, sea moss was used as a health treatment of tuberculosis and pneumonia. It’s also been used as a food to nourish people who worked in potato fields because it was an inexpensive source of nutrients. Because it was used by poor farmers, the seaweed was thought of as a “poverty food,” and forgotten by health seekers, due to the negative association. Dr. Sebi, the well-known herbalist with the cult-like following, brought sea moss back to the attention of his followers and recommended it to his patients to treat chronic illnesses. Now mainstream, sea moss is available at health markets and online through companies that grow it in ocean pools and harvest it to sell.

Six Health Benefits of Sea Moss

Author and vegan herbalist Paul Otote explained the health benefits of sea moss and why this seaweed is considered a “powerhouse” food. The Beet listed his six reasons to eat sea moss, so you can fully understand why this nutrient-dense food is beneficial for overall health.

1. Sea Moss Contains Iron and Can Help You Have More Energy. 

Sea moss is full of iron, which many plant-based eaters lack because it’s commonly found in animal foods like meat, poultry, and seafood. Sea moss contains about 9 milligrams of iron per 100 grams, which means sea moss has 9 times more iron than chicken. When you’re feeling fatigued or low energy, it may be because your iron levels are low, since iron helps your body create red blood cells to move oxygen from your lungs to your cells. On top of taking a healthy iron supplement, try adding sea moss in a gel form to your smoothies and see if you begin to notice the difference in your energy. If you have ever been diagnosed with mild anemia, sea moss could work to help your body get the iron you need.

2. Sea Moss Contains More Tha 90% of Nutrients Our Bodies Need.

The tiny spiral yellow seaweed is extremely nutrient-dense, it’s almost like nature’s multi-vitamin. Otote explains that “sea moss has 92 of the 110 minerals the body is made from,” and he calls it the “powerhouse.” Sea moss contains beta-carotene, vitamin B, vitamin C, and sulfur as well as minerals like magnesium, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc. All these contribute to healthy cell functioning in the body.

4. Sea Moss Promotes Healthy Weight Loss. 

Sea Moss contains high levels of iodine, a mineral found in a limited amount of foods. Our bodies need this mineral in moderation to produce thyroid hormones. “These hormones control the body’s metabolism and many other important functions. The body also needs thyroid hormones for proper bone and brain development during pregnancy and infancy,” according to a study by the National Institute of Health. The key is to get the right amount, however, and not too much.

Sea Moss contains the vital thyroid hormone precurses that are important for healthy thyroid function and your body’s metabolism. So if your thyroid is not functioning properly they can be beneficial and aid in weight loss. But before you use sea moss to boost thyroid hormones or as a weight-loss supplement, check with your doctor because you don’t want to over-do these hormone precursors either. Moderation is the most important thing with thyroid function.

5. Sea Moss Can Help You Build Strong, Lean Muscles.

The seaweed is rich in protein with 6 grams of protein per 100 grams of sea moss. Specifically, it contains an amino acid called taurine, which helps the body burn fat and build muscle. “Taurine has the ability to make the body burn fat instead of carbs during cardio,” Otote says.

6. Sea Moss Strengthens the Immune System and Helps to Prevent Sickness. 

Sea Moss also helps the body fight back against everyday aging and inflammation, in what could be called “the anti’s:” Anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. It’s used as a treatment to help prevent and relieve cold and flu-like symptoms, in powdered form. “It can be used to prevent colds but also help you heal and recover from sickness,” Otote says. Sea moss contains potassium chloride, which helps the body reduce inflammation and people take it to lower their risk of infections because of its positive impact on the immune system. Otote sums it up as a no-lose additive: “Sea moss when you’re ill is a win, and sea moss when you’re healthy is a win, it’s a win-win.”

How To Use Sea Moss:

Sea moss can be taken in a gel liquid form to add to your smoothies, acai bowl, or even applied directly to your skin or hair as a brightening treatment. The seaweed can also be used as a baking subsite for eggs, which makes is an easy way to get minerals into your diet through baking so use sea moss when you bake cookies, cakes, and muffins. You can also use it as a roux or a thickening gel in grains like rice or quinoa, farro, or when making beans.

Where to Buy Sea Moss:

One company that caught our eye is Vital Vegan, Inc. which harvests sea moss from the shores of Jamaica and sells it as dried plants and powdered supplements or in gel form. Vital Vegan sells sea moss supplements and drinks. “Our goal is to put out a product in its most pure and natural form that will assimilate with the body,” says the website.  Vital Vegan Inc. harvests their own sea moss “from the pristine coastlines of Jamaica.” Watch this video to learn about their harvest and how they use sea moss for healthy living.

Healthy Korean Food That Can Boost Your Immunity During the Pandemic

Healthy Korean Food That Can Boost Your Immunity During the Pandemic

  • July 31, 2020

Healthy Korean food

Honey Loquat

Honey Loquat 부엉이곳간 비파청

Ginger Grain Syrup

Ginger Grain Syrup 부엉이곳간 생강청

Stay healthy and support your immune system with healthy Korean Food products inspired by Korean traditional healing methods

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been renewed interest in healthy eating and physical activities that boost immunity and reduce the chance of infection. More people are shifting to cooking meals at home, concentrating on an increased intake of healthy ingredients that have healing properties.

To aid this growing demand, KimC Market has stocked a wide range of healthy Korean food options, freshly delivered from Korea. An online food and grocery portal, KimC Market carries specialized Immune Support products inspired by traditional Korean healing methods. These items have no additives and are completely natural from the source.

Korean recipes and ingredients are recognized for their medicinal qualities that can curb the spread of chronic diseases and infections. KimC Market anticipates a surge in the popularity of Korean food because of these attributes.

Korean cuisine uses a diverse range of ingredients that can strengthen immunity. In Korean culture, the purpose of food consumption is primarily to maintain health. Many traditional Korean dishes consist of elements that balance and harmonize the energies of the body. Medication is only considered if food is not sufficient to heal a sick individual. Fermented foods that improve metabolism are considered especially healthful.

100% natural Fermented Bellflower and Pear is a product partly inspired by traditional healing methods. It works as an excellent remedy for the flu, especially in children who may refuse to take medicines. This therapeutic concentrate is available at KimC Market. It comes in jar packaging and also in individual stick packs. Only highest grade bellflowers, native to Yeongju, Gyeongbuk Province, are used to make this concoction of fermented sweet pears and lactic-acid bellflowers.

Another popular product from KimC Market’s healthy Korean food offerings is Ginger Grain Syrup. Known for its antibacterial qualities, ginger has a variety of medicinal benefits. This sweetener combines the taste and benefits of ginger with jocheong, a syrup made with rice, barley, and corn. Enjoyed in a latte or tea, it is best used as a guiltless replacement for sugar.

Loquats are another lesser-known immunity strengthening ingredient, historically used to treat stomach cancer. The fruits of the loquat tree are enriched with potassium and other vitamins and grow only in the southern regions of Korea. Bottles of Loquat Matured in Honey are available at KimC Market as well. The honey used in this product is bee-free and comes from unrefined raw cane sugar. It can be used in recipes for both cool and warm drinks.

KimC Market specializes in high-quality Korean products that are healthy and natural. With warehouses on both American coasts, the online grocery store serves customers across the country with fresh ingredients and one-day delivery. Orders exceeding $45 ship for free. View their entire range of healthy Korean food products by visiting www.kimcmarket.com , Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/kimcmarket/

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