The modern world we live in is not the most conducive to our immune or gut health. Most of us are overworked, feel stressed regularly, don’t get enough nutrients, get inadequate sleep, don't go out in the sun enough, and are routinely exposed to toxins through our environment and lifestyle (pollution, water quality, personal care products, etc.). Over time, this constant strain on our immune system can weaken our resilience and leave us feeling, let’s say, less than vibrant.
How to support your body?
So how do we make sure that we are getting in enough nutrients from whole food sources and nourishing our cells to support our system daily? This is where building immunity with the Clean Daily Shake comes in. It’s simple, nutrient-dense, easy to whip up, and delicious. We love how easy and effective it is.
Adding in plant-based protein powder to your daily smoothie or beverage is a simple way to increase hydration, easily digestible nutrients, protein, and fiber into your body all at once. The liquefying process breaks down the cell structure of the ingredients in a blended shake, so the nutrients are more readily available to be digested, putting even less strain on your digestive system and assisting with nutrient absorption.
A nutrient powerhouse
We love adding nutrient-dense ingredients into our morning shakes like antioxidant-rich fruits, vitamin-rich leafy greens, blood sugar-stabilizing healthy fats like almond or coconut butter, and plant-based fiber sources like chia seeds to help with detoxification. It’s easy to get a variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients with dozens of different benefits in one single glass.
As you can see, a daily shake is a way to pack in enough nutrients to get us through our busy mornings while supporting immunity. As Clean’s VP of Science and Research Deanna Minich has taught us, “it’s important to eat from all the colors of the rainbow.” And a daily shake can make eating each spectrum of color easier.
Not to mention, the diversity of plant foods also helps to support healthy gut microbes and protect us from things like pathogens, inflammation, and more. Did you know that a healthy immune system starts in the gut? You can optimize your immunity by optimizing your gut health. The health of your immune system depends on a strong and resilient gut microbiome.
Seventy percent of our immune system resides along our gut lining. Depending on what we put into our mouths, we can affect the consistency of our gut microbiome (the microorganism makeup) and the integrity of the gut lining, and in turn, influence what’s happening with our immune system.
There is a close association between your gut microbiome and the maturation and development of the immune system because the gut has the most extensive collection of immune cells than anywhere else in the body. The gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) is the body’s largest immune organ, and it resides in the gut microbiome. That means that the bacteria that live in the large intestine, part of the gut, play a role in building immunity and protecting against foreign invaders. If we want to strengthen our immune system, we must feed and nourish our gut.
Protein is critical for immune function, and protein malnutrition is a significant risk factor for death from infections. As a general guideline, we should be eating approximately half our body weight in grams of protein a day, whether from animal or plant-based proteins. Plant-based proteins (legumes, nuts/seeds, plant-based protein powder) are adequate if consumed in enough quantity.
Our Daily Shake is a clean protein powder that’s both non-GMO and vegan, meaning there’s no whey or other fillers. It has a unique blend of high-quality organic plant protein and fiber to help fill nutritional gaps and encourage clean eating. If you implement one shift to support building immunity, add in a Daily Shake. Aside from that, make sure to hydrate, sleep, get enough sunshine or vitamin D, and manage stress as best as you can.
Written by Hannah Aylward
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