Boosting Our Immune System With Foods Nutritionally Valuable

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Christine Trainer on Instagram Live and we chatted about the importance of boosting your immune system and using foods to jumpstart the process. We are all aware that during this crisis, there have been a lot of conversations around boosting your immune system and increasing your Vitamin C daily total values. 


When we hear the phrase “boost your immune system,” we immediately think about Vitamin C, leaving a host of other great foods and nutrient options off the list. Depending on your diet, the Citrus composition of Vitamin C could have an impact on your gut health causing acid reflux (at least that's the case for me). This is why it's important for us to consider the composition of all foods and how they can benefit our overall health. Christine, shared her wealth of knowledge and shared ideas that can be easily implemented. Let's hop into our chat:



Christine:

Hello Ericka and thank you for having me. My name is Christine Trainer and I am a board certified Integrative Health and Wellness Coach and owner of RED Integrative Health, Where Nutrition, Health and Wellness Meet Your Lifestyle. At RED Integrative Health we offer individual and group coaching, grocery food tours, pantry makeovers, workshops, corporate and private lunch and learning, yoga and more. 


I am a member of the International Association of Health Coaches; a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, a published author, inspirational speaker; marathoner, mediation  and YOGA instructor. 


I am passionate about the mind body connection, treating the gut and the root of our symptoms and have overcome autoimmune conditions through my own clean, mostly plant based and healthy lifestyle finding balance with meditation and yoga everyday. I enjoy helping others through my own private practice, workshops, speaking engagements and group coaching.


Ericka:

Thank you again Christine for joining and I am so excited to dive further into this conversation as we navigate the importance of building a healthy immune system, but I think we often forget that our mind, body and spirit can impact our health, basically looking at the holistic aspect to nutrition. Can you share a little about this?


Christine:

Holistic Nutrition takes into account mind, body and spirit. It addresses the whole person and treats them as an individual. A core concept in my work and what I believe is critical to be a healthy happy whole person is the concept of primary foods. 


Ericka:

What are primary foods?


Christine:

Primary Foods consist of Relationships, Physical Activity, Spirituality and Career. 

These Primary Foods should be the focus for a healthy fulfilling abundant lifestyle and life.The food that we put in our mouth is only secondary. 


Ericka:

Wow, I never thought about it like that.