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Rev Up and Reinvigorate for 2011
By Julie McGinnis, MS, RD, Certified Herbalist

I love the New Year. It's such a great time to review my life and ask a few important questions like how can I reinvigorate myself? What can I do to make a difference in the world? What simple changes can I make to ensure greater health and happiness?

Our bodies function at peak levels when consuming essential nutrients on a regular basis. Diet is more important than ever so we might start by challenging ourselves to prepare more meals at home using a wide variety of organic vegetables, fresh fruit, and whole grains. High-quality supplements help ensure that we get those critical nutrients that may be lacking from the foods we eat. With that in mind, let's go through a quick review of some important basic nutrients to consider when meal planning and supplement shopping.

Your first ally is the B vitamins so be sure to get at least 100% of RDI daily. B vitamins work together to keep your body running normally especially in times of stress. Bs keep you balanced and are essential for the function of a healthy immune system.

Vitamin C boosts immune function and may shorten the duration of a cold or flu. However, humans do not manufacture their own supply of vitamin C, which means that it must be obtained from the diet. When supplementing, look for products that include 1,000 mg of vitamin C. For those with sensitive stomachs, look for a buffered form of vitamin C called calcium ascorbate. This source of vitamin C is less acidic and easier on the stomach.

Vitamin D, once only thought to prevent rickets, now has extensive research supporting its role in immune function. Researchers claim that it is no coincidence that flu rates are higher in the winter when vitamin D levels are at their lowest due to less sun exposure. Recent studies found those with low levels of vitamin D were 40% more likely to get a respiratory illness. Be sure to get at least 1,000 IU of vitamin D daily.

Two additional supplements to help you maintain peak health are CoQ10, which generates energy, and zinc, which protects your immune system. A new effervescent vitamin/mineral antioxidant drink that I have found that really fits the bill to optimize health and rev up your immune system is Oxylent created by Vitalah. In addition to the daily vitamin requirements, it supplies Albion minerals for maximum absorption. Oxylent oxygenates as the enzymes Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) and catalase work together to promote the conversion of txins into beneficial oxygen and water to enhance cellular oxygenation. It hydrates, as important electrolytes control the balance of fluid in the body.

As we age, our digestion may become compromised and this can affect the absorption of vitamin tablets and pills. By drinking the effervescent vitamins and minerals found in Oxylent, you get improved absorption of the nutrients in the body, and they taste delicious! According to the Physicians' Desk Reference 2000, only 10-20% of supplements in pill form are absorbed by your body. Just one packet of Oxylent daily enhances health, supports your immune system, and is one simple, positive change towards a healthier, more empowered new year.