6 Ways to Increase Your Immunity this Winter

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D is the new Vitamin C! This isn’t the newest cover of Women’s Health magazine but rather a glaring realization within the health community that most people in the western hemisphere, and certainly those who live in the northern climates, are grossly deficient in Vitamin D. Vitamin D is not only one of the biggest players in your immune system’s performance, but is vital to 1000’s of other functions as well. By this definition, this hormone is an essential requirement for optimal health. How do we maintain optimal levels year round but especially during the winter months? Supplement. Daily. Ask Dr. Rob at your next visit for what quantities are appropriate for you and your family.

What we use: Innate Choice Vitamin D Sufficiency

 

Eliminate Grain, Sugar, and Alcohol

Please, no more hissssssing! Know that this “blasphemous” statement comes with reason. If we could leave emotion aside for one second, I’ll try my hardest to convince you. Grain products like bread, pasta, rice, etc.; sugar in all its forms; and even your favorite cocktail, all increase inflammation dramatically. So what?! Well, this keeps your cells in a constant state of stress which causes cell breakdown, disfunction, rapid aging, sickness, and death. Remember, you are entirely composed of cells, so think about what this means for you! Along with this, your immune system is hit hard; with its lowered resistance, your Holiday season now becomes cold and flu season!

Probiotics

What would you do if I gave you a 5 pound bag of bacteria? Run the other way?! What if I told you this bacteria not only kept you alive but healthy? You see, each of us requires approximately 3-5 pounds of good bacteria to cover us, inside and out, if we are to be healthy. As the majority of this bacteria live within our intestinal tract, the bacteria accounts for 85% of your body’s immune strength. Stress, poor diet choices (grain, alcohol, processed foods, etc.), and antibiotics are largely responsible for killing these bacteria on a daily basis which is why a good broad spectrum probiotic supplement is essential for you and your family. And unfortunately, while Greek yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha are tasty, they do not fulfill this requirement in the form and quantity you need!

What we use: Innate Choice Probiotic Sufficiency

Dr. Rob’s Fizzy Lifting Drink

No need to find the last golden ticket in a Wonka bar to try this Fizzy Lifting Drink. In fact, this drink has become a favorite among our Foundation community! A mixture of (2 Tbsp) organic apple cider vinegar and (1/4 tsp) baking soda is topped off with seltzer water. Apple cider vinegar holds unique antimicrobial and antiseptic properties and gives your body the raw materials (nutrients and vitamins) it needs to increase immune function. Baking soda increases your body’s ph, making your internal environment inhospitable to bacteria and viruses.

Get Spine and Nerve System Checked

It’s simple. Your brain and nerves control your immune system. In fact, the entire branch of medicine called, psychoneuroimmunology, is based on this single concept. Common reasoning would reveal that if your nervous system is not able to communicate to your body adequately, your immune system suffers a lot! Would you like to know how to boost you and your family’s immune cell production by over 400%? Get your nerve system checked regularly and adjusted when necessary!

Bone Broth

Let’s face it, mom was, or may even still be, the best healthcare provider you’ve ever had! Her comforting chicken soup on those days you stayed home from school now has a mountain of scientific evidence to support her instincts. Bone broth is now known to be a potent wonder-food that contains a plethora of minerals and vitamins and other compounds that support optimal cell and organ function needed for a healthy immune system.

Note: the homemade stuff is best, as commercial products will lack the same impact because of the shelf-life processing. For a simple bone broth recipe click here.

Have more questions? Register for our next workshop on January 26th, 2017, “The Fuel Project: a revolutionary look at food requirements and the human body”.


Uniquely Boston: 5 Activities for a Fit and Fun Winter

Thanksgiving has passed, and winter in New England is fast approaching. Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary to go into hibernation and pack on the added layer of “insulation.” Here are five Dr. Rob approved activities to stay healthy and active this winter!

Ryan Warming Up

Greet the sun.

Get up early and watch the sun rise over the Charles River. Head out early for a walk or run around the Charles. You can customize the length of your route, pass through several neighborhoods, and see an array of urban wildlife. Best of all, it’s FREE!

Frog Pond

 

A Boston Tradition

A quintessential Boston winter tradition, the Boston Common Frog Pond is open for public ice skating. They are open daily, admission is minimal ($6 if you’re over 58-inches), and skate and locker rentals are available for a small cost. After you finish skating, grab a hot chocolate and head across the street for a walk through the Public Garden. If you have your little ones with you, be sure to visit the Make Way for Ducklings statues to cap off your day of Boston traditions!

Ski Track

Weston Ski Track

If you are looking for a new challenge, take the quick ride to Weston to visit the Weston Ski Track. Purchase a trail pass and spend the day cross country skiing or snowshoeing on 15km of trail. Rentals are available on site, and they even offer lessons. Keep an eye on their website for updates on operating hours, because the hours are determined by weather and snow!

 Boston Public Market

Boston Public Market

This indoor market is open year-round and chalk full of local vendors selling a variety of fresh, seasonal foods from Massachusetts and New England. Stop by for a hot chocolate from Taza Chocolate (one of Dr. Rob’s favorite treats!), get your grocery shopping done, or drop by the Kitchen and participate in one of the many workshops, programs, or tours that they offer!

Hopsters

Hopsters

Located in Newton Corner, Hopsters is a truly unique experience! Using all organic, locally-sourced ingredients, Hopsters allows you to experiment and brew your own beer. With over 30 recipes to choose from, they guide you through the brewing process. Hopsters has a partnership with a local organic farm from which they source the ingredients for their beer and food!

-Katie


Our Fall Five: the Healthiest, Boldest Dishes to Pass Through your Kitchen this Fall!

What is our Fall Five? I’ve teased out five of my favorite recipes, literally out of dozens that we’ve tried out in our own kitchen this fall, that are simple, healthy, and packed full of deep autumn flavors! We hope you use these to inspire yourself, impress your family or guests, and warm up your chilly New England evenings! Enjoy!

Dr. Rob

Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry

People will be packing into your kitchen like a Mumbai train as the wafting aromas of this coconut curry hit the air!

People will be packing into your kitchen like a Mumbai train as the wafting aromas of this coconut curry hit the air! Paleo modification: use mashed cauliflower instead of rice.

Sweet Potato Bacon Burger Bites (w/ Maple Chipotle Ketchup)

These Bacon Burgers pack deep flavors and are taken beyond incredible with the accompaniment of maple chipotle ketchup! We don't eat ketchup either, but this will be an exception.

These Bacon Burgers pack deep flavors and are taken beyond incredible with the accompaniment of maple chipotle ketchup! We don’t eat ketchup either, but this will be an exception.

Chocolate Pecan Tart (Grain Free)

We've been making these tarts for years, every year I elaborate by adding orange zest or sometimes a shot or two of espresso to the filling. No doubt, these will become a favorite in your house too! Note: this recipe easily can be made into a full size pie.

We’ve been making these tarts for years. Every year I elaborate by adding orange zest or sometimes a shot or two of espresso to the filling. No doubt, these will become a favorite in your house too! Note: this recipe easily can be made into a full size pie.

 

Ginger Switchel

A new favorite in our house but I guess it's been made in the Caribbean for hundreds of years. Add a cinnamon stick, lemon, or whatever inspires you!

A new favorite in our house but I guess it’s been made in the Caribbean for hundreds of years. Add a cinnamon stick, zest and juice of a lemon or lime, a sprig of rosemary, or whatever inspires you!

 

Shepard’s Pie

This is NO ORDINARY Shepard's Pie! This classic Irish pub fare will no doubt impress you and your guests with it's simplicity and savory flavors!

This is NO ORDINARY Shepard’s Pie! This classic Irish pub fare will no doubt impress you and your guests with it’s simplicity and savory flavors! Paleo modification: If potatoes are an issue, use mashed cauliflower and substitute coconut cream instead of grass-fed heavy cream.