Zinc: Your Secret Weapon Against Cold and Flu Season

Protect yourself this cold and flu season with zinc.

Everyone knows that the flu vaccination is your best defense against getting the seasonal virus, but there’s another even more easily accessible weapon available: zinc.

What is Zinc and What Does it Do?

This mineral helps boost the immune system, heal wounds and support the body’s overall growth. It makes perfect sense then that it’s particularly beneficial now, just when the flu and cold season starts to hit hard.

Experts recommend 8 milligrams of zinc a day for women and 11 milligrams for men. Although zinc supplements exist, the best way to reap the benefits of this mineral is by infusing it into your daily diet. The mineral is beneficial for a variety of reasons since it contains antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

Zinc is Everywhere, Just Start Looking

Zinc boosts antiviral properties. What does that mean? Well, that flu that’s attempting to attack your system is a virus, but if you ingest enough zinc your body may have the power to fight it off. Thankfully it’s pretty easy to add more zinc into your diet since the mineral naturally occurs in many of the foods we regularly eat. Also, bringing the foods you don’t eat on a normal basis to the table may make your meals a bit more exciting anyway.

Feel free to order another round of oysters on the half shell. Shellfish is great source of zinc providing 3-and-a-half times the daily recommended amount of the mineral for women. Scallops are another zinc-filled sea-sourced option offering 1.3 milligrams in a three-ounce serving.

Other zinc-heavy items include: whole grains, legumes, red meat, dairy and eggs. Also, don’t forget about this one: dark chocolate. Seriously, you can add this sweet to your “healthy” list since it contains a bunch of anti-inflammatory, memory and cancer-preventing properties. One bar of the dreamy dessert (with at least 70 percent dark chocolate) has about 3.3 milligrams of zinc.

IV Vitamin Infusion for Your Immune System

You can also infuse vitamins into your system without ingesting any food or supplements. IV vitamin therapy can help boost immunity and ward off viruses with minerals such as zinc.

Nenergy Boost offers a Targeted Boost Immunity IV to strengthen your immune system at the first signs of getting sick. We also have an IV drip called Malware which includes a dose of zinc to combat viruses this time of year.

You can schedule a vitamin IV session in Los Angeles by booking an appointment online with Nenergy Boost.

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Scare Away That Halloween Hangover with an IV Drip

How a hangover IV can help you celebrate Halloween.

The costumes are put away, the pumpkin candles blown out and all the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are hidden in your secret stash. You take a last sip of that red wine and then remember that tomorrow is only Thursday, a full work day. Hopefully the bit of revelry you enjoyed won’t come back to haunt you post-Halloween.

What Causes a Hangover?

Drinking too much alcohol is never recommended but on occasion we do indulge. Halloween may be a blast but hangovers are never fun. Between the headache, muscle aches, fatigue and dizziness, it’s difficult to even concentrate when dealing with this self-induced illness.

So why exactly do we get hangovers? All those symptoms basically stem from dehydration, which occurs from drinking too many alcoholic beverages. Spirits contain ethanol, which increases urine production, leading to an electrolyte imbalance which causes dehydration. In addition, the body becomes depleted of nutrients when metabolizing alcohol. As the liver grabs the nutrients, those supplies become depleted. That’s when the blood stream tries to replenish those nutrients, leading to all those not-so-fun symptoms.

How Can You Prevent These Symptoms?

The best way to prevent a hangover is to, of course, not overindulge. That being said, sometimes we sip a little too many cocktails, which can turn into a sleepless night and a difficult following day.

When you know that a day or night might be filled with extra beverages, being prepared can help ward off hangover symptoms. The B-complex vitamins are some of the nutrients that are particularly depleted when too much booze is on the menu. These vitamins are necessary for mental and emotional well-being.

Get a Los Angeles Hangover IV

IV drip therapy can help prevent a hangover from ruining your post-Halloween celebrations. By being prepared for the days when you know you may overindulge, you may not have to deal with all those unpleasant symptoms.

Nenergy offers special IV drip therapy just for these occasions. The nutrient blend in the Sunday Morning Remedy contains a mix of B-complex vitamins, folic acid and magnesium which helps you recover and rehydrate after a night of overindulgence. Taking advantage of this therapy both pre and post-celebration is recommended in order to ensure you are properly hydrated before even stepping out.

Want to learn more about how IV drip therapy can benefit you? Schedule an appointment in our Los Angeles office today.

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How Traveling for Work Impacts Your Health

How traveling for work impacts your health

Ah, the glamorous life of business travel. Not exactly. To the outsider the jetsetter lifestyle may seem fun and exciting, but it takes a serious toll on health.

What’s Unhealthy About Hopping on a Plane?

Sure, there are some exciting elements of business travel. The ability to see new places and dine at nice restaurants, all on the company dime. Escaping the daily doldrums of office life can make traveling for work enticing. Also, all that time in the air and snoozing away at hotels can translate into some serious rewards and when you aren’t working, those points can be used for your own leisure.

Yet, nothing is free and there are some serious drawbacks to business travel. While a few trips here and there are fine, business travelers who are constantly on the go suffer from a variety of ailments from sleep deprivation and obesity to accelerated aging and stress. So, what’s the cause of all these issues?

Advanced Aging

New research shows that constant travel can actually accelerate aging. When our sleep is disrupted from a constant occurrence of jetlag and early hours, it can impact the body’s natural sleep pattern or circadian rhythm. When that happens, we age faster.

Sometimes it’s nearly impossible to get enough sleep when traveling. Early flight times and forcing the body to adjust to different time zones can really disrupt the sleep cycle. The result? Many people stop producing melatonin, which can lead to chronic fatigue and insomnia.

Weight Gain

Staying healthy while on the road is difficult. Fatigue can lead us to make unhealthy dietary choices. Travel means dining out often or snacking on sodium and fat-laden fare. In addition, business travel often involves entertaining customers, so extra alcohol consumption is usually a reality.

It’s also difficult to maintain a regular exercise schedule when sleep is erratic and you’re away from home on a regular basis.

Persistent Stress

Rushing to the airport. Attending meetings abroad. Being away from family. Sleeping in strange places. All of these elements of business travel can cause excessive amounts of stress, not to mention the regular pressures of work.

Furthermore, elevated stress combined with airport germs, recirculated air and lack of sleep can lead to a weakened immune system.

How to Stay Healthy on the Road

It may be difficult but there are ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle even if you’re a frequent traveler. One tidbit that many regular jetsetters stick to is exercising as much as possible. Sitting for long periods of time is unhealthy, so try to move whenever possible. That means, taking the stairs at airports or walking instead of using the people mover.

Also, take advantage of hotel gyms. Exercise immediately when you get to your destination and you’ll not only have energy but also sleep better and adjust to time differences faster. Pack a carry-on bag with healthy, easy-to-transport snacks such as almonds and apple slices. When eating out, look for healthier meals.

IV Therapy for Travelers

It’s key to stay hydrated when traveling, since flying at high altitudes makes you severely dehydrated. IV therapy helps provide maximum hydration with a dose of vitamins and nutrients that will keep you going for several weeks.

Adding more vitamins with IV Therapy can also give travelers a much-needed boost and ward off infections. Nenergy Boost offers an IV therapy formulation, called Jet Lag which is aimed specifically for frequent travelers. Additionally, the Running on Empty IV drip helps rebalance nutrients in the body due to poor diet.

Want to learn more about Nenergy Boost’s variety of vitamin boosts and IV formulations? Contact us for a free consultation whether you live in Los Angeles or travel here frequently for work.

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5 Signs Hinting at a Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Five signs you may have a vitamin B12 deficiency.

Barely able to keep your eyes open during the day? Nodding off during important meetings? Constantly hitting your snooze button, for just “one more minute of sleep”?

If any of these behaviors sound familiar it might be that you’re simply not getting enough sleep, or you may have a vitamin deficiency.

What is B12 and What Does It Do?

This essential nutrient helps maintain the body’s nervous system and red blood cells. It also makes DNA. This vitamin metabolizes every cell of the human body, including fatty and amino acids. Since B12 prevents anemia, a condition that can cause weakness and fatigue, someone who suffers from a deficiency often suffer from symptoms of anemia.

Below are five signs you may be suffering from a Vitamin B12 Deficiency:

1. So Tired Every Day

If the alarm clock has become your sworn enemy and your bed your best friend, it might be time for more B12. Constant fatigue is one of the main symptoms of a B12 deficiency, because when this vitamin is low, the body has fewer red blood cells. The primary job of those red blood cells is to transport oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body.

A lack of red blood cells translates to fatigue. That’s why no matter how much you sleep get, if there aren’t enough of these cells coursing through your body, then you’ll still spend the day exhausted.

2. Feeling Weak All Week
When that 5-pound weight feels like a ton of bricks, there could be other issues going on with your body. Oxygen is a necessity for muscles and recovery after exertion. In addition, B12 helps metabolize protein and fat, which are both essential for building muscle. Therefore, without enough B12, your muscles become weak and you end up feeling anemic and drained.

3. Always Under the Weather
This nutrient is also responsible for the production of white blood cells, the cells that support the immune system. Therefore, when B12 is depleted you may get sick more often since you don’t have the antibodies to fight off infections.

4. White as a Ghost
There’s a huge difference between pale, or a fair complexion, and the ghost-like look that can accompany a vitamin deficiency. When B12 is low, some individuals look literally drained.

5. Stomach Issues
Digestive enzymes are also generated with the help of B12. That’s precisely why digestive issues, ranging from constipation and lack of appetite to inflammatory bowel disease and candida, are some of the symptoms many individuals note when this deficiency is found to be the culprit.

Treatments for B12 Deficiencies

The human body doesn’t make B12 on its own. Everyone needs a little help from outside sources in order to generate this nutrient-rich substance. Some of the major sources of B12 come from liver, kidney and clams, not exactly items on everyone’s daily menu. Other types of meat, fish, dairy and eggs contain moderate amounts of B12.

Yet, some research has shown that the best way to treat a B12 deficiency is not by consuming items rich in it but by infusing the vitamin. If you’re feeling tired or weak, an injection of vitamin B12 can give you a boost of energy and stimulate your metabolism.

Interested in learning more about the Nenergy Boost IV Therapy menu? Contact us to schedule a consultation and see what IV vitamin infusion is right for you.

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