Thrive this Fall: Protect & Defend!

Today we are talking about protecting and defending ourselves this fall/winter season. Hopefully it's no surprise to hear that what we put in our bodies matters quite a bit. Actually, that's an under-statement. FRIENDS, it matters so So SO SO SO MUCH what we put in our bodies. Especially what we put in our mouths!

Did you know that up to 80% of your immune system is located in your gut? I didn't know that until a couple years ago. In fact, until I started cleaning up my diet/eating paleo/joined Young Living, I don't know if I had ever heard the phrase "gut health" or knew that the gut was an important thing. Oh, but it is. I also don't know where I thought the immune system was located in the body? Maybe I thought it was more of a transcendent thing or that it traveled through the body to wherever needed immunity? Who knows. But I do know NOW that taking care of the balance of your gut is VERY important to overall health and that when our guts get out of whack, our whole body can get out of whack. So today we are going to talk about a couple of things that support gut health and balance that will help us THRIVE this season!

1. Avoid Sugar. We have to start here. #sorrynotsorry This time of year especially, it becomes incredibly easy for everything we put in our mouths to be some sort of sugary, pumpkiny, comforting bread-like treat or candy. We are not doing ourselves ANY favors in trying to stay well and avoid the crud through the fall and winter when we are stuffing our faces with sugar and white flour and processed foods and candy (not to mention all the hot chocolate and PSLs and peppermint mochas, etc.)!

Sugar has been proven to weaken the immune system, create inflammation in the entire body, feed cancer and yeast, wreak havoc on our blood sugar, stress our organs, contributes to obesity and disease, and lots of other evil things. When we eat something sugary, our bodies' defenses come down for a bit to go process all that sugar. So basically we are distracting our systems from doing the more important work just so we can enjoy a pumpkin donut for 2 seconds. Not worth it!! The average American eats over 130 lbs of sugar every year! No wonder we are all sick all the time!

We need to break up with sugar. I know I need to. You know you need to. Yes, it will always taste amazing and yes, it will always make everything it's added to taste better. But, if it's keeping you and your kids sick all winter and it's slowly killing you and making you miserable....isn't it worth it? If you had a friend complain about a boyfriend that was slowly killing her and getting her sick and making her totally miserable, you'd tell her to BREAK UP WITH HIM! So, do the hard thing that's worth it in the end and you'll start to see an incredible transformation in yourself.

2. Avoid white flour & processed foods. When you eat these things, they have no nutrients and your body sees them as sugar, so it does all the same things. Break up with white flour and eat whole, real, nutrient-dense foods that are not processed (lots of lean meat, eggs, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds). See above about breaking up with bad boyfriend.

OKAY. Now onto some things we can ADD to our bodies to support gut health and balance. Last time we talked about NingXia Red and how awesome it is for overall health & wellness support. In addition to that, there are a couple supplements that we make sure we are taking regularly to help protect & defend our bodies:

  • Life 5 or Life 9 Probiotic from Young Living - taking a probiotic helps support a healthy gut (and therefore a healthy immune system!) because it helps to bring gut flora back into balance by giving it beneficial bacteria that it needs! Bacteria can be good and it can also be bad.  Too much bad bacteria in our gut causes digestive upset and researchers are finding that it has almost everything to do with disease and overall health. Sugar feeds bad bacteria, btw (break up with that bad boy). Probiotics are found in naturally fermented foods like kombucha, kefir, fermented vegetables, yogurt, etc. We drink kombucha and eat yogurt occasionally, but we love having the support of Young Living's awesome probiotics, too! Life 5 contains 10 billion active cultures and improves colonization up to 10 times! Life 9 is a newly formulated probiotic that contains 17 billion live cultures from 9 strains!! Having an awesome probiotic like this on hand is especially important if you ever do find yourself on antibiotics, since they wipe out all the bacteria in your system (both good and bad). A probiotic can help to rebuild your gut flora in a balanced way!
  • Inner Defense - this little guy packs quite the powerful punch when you need extra support to stay on top of your wellness. When we are stressed or traveling or know we are going to be around others who are sick, we take a capsule of Inner Defense 1-2x daily. This supplement is awesome because it is made from pure essential oils and fractionated coconut oil. It contains about 245mg of Thieves essential oil and then Oregano, Thyme, and Lemongrass essential oils in capsule you can take by mouth with water. Even more awesome is that Inner Defense has even better results when it is taken in tandem with Life 5 or Life 9 probiotic! 
We make sure we have plenty of each of these supplements on hand during the fall/winter season. Food and nutrition is MOST foundational and important to gut health (and therefore immune health), so break up with sugar! In addition, adding awesome supplements like NingXia Red, Life 5 or Life 9, and having some Inner Defense on hand for this season is a great idea to really boost up your body and help it function the way it should! 

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