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​The Best Immune-Boosting Foods

Our immune system protects us from outside invaders. We can support healthy immune system function daily starting with the foods we eat. Here are some of the most important nutrients for a strong immune system – and the foods that provide them.   Zinc is used in over 200 enzyme reactions and helps build the body’s immune defense. Beans, especially garbanzo and lentils, ar…

How Stress Affects Our Immune System

Have you been feeling stressed lately? You are not alone. A poll, Stress in America: January 2021 Stress Snapshot, conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the American Psychological Association, found that 84% of adults reported feeling at least one emotion related to prolonged stress. Those include anxiety, sadness, or anger. Additionally, two in three adults (67%) said the number of…

Sleep and How It Affects Our Immunity

Why is it so crucial that we ALL get plenty of ZzZzZzs? Sleep is an important time for our bodies and minds to rest, repair, and reset from daily tasks. It's entwined with how we function, daily decisions, growth and development, illness, immunity, and much more. With so much uncertainty, stress, and anxiety still present globally due to divided political views, financial strain, racial unrest…

​DPA: What is It & Why is It Being Added to Carlson Labels

DPA (docosapentaenoic acid) is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid, and the third most prevalent omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil after the more well-known and researched EPA (eicosapentonoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid). Until very recent years, DPA was not a very identified nor studied fatty acid, and it occurs in much lower concentrations than EPA and DHA. Emerging research ha…

Send your Kids' [Immunity] to the Head of the Class

It is back to school time. Most years, parents think about pens, paper, backpacks, and other traditional school supplies. This year, many of us are thinking about our kids' wellness and how to keep them healthy and their immune systems strong.  For starters, remember that sweets and sweetened beverages are the number one source of sugar for our kiddos, and sugar can negatively imp…

​Healthy After School Snack for Kids

Parents have witnessed their kids coming home after school, dropping their books, and making a b-line to the kitchen looking for snacks. While it’s easy to stock the pantry with chips and crackers, there are easy ways to make healthy snacks that will give them more energy and not drag them down before they’ve had a chance to start their homework. Here are some easy, quick and delicious snacks…