Liz McGregor, our resident Nutritional Therapist and Wellbeing Coach

Autumn is such a colourful and beautiful season with the bright lights of Christmas just around the corner – it’s a time to think of hunkering down and savouring some warm comforting food.  Over the years we have been very fortunate to have built some valuable connections with professionals who share our own values and are able to offer our clients a truly rounded service.  In this issue we are delighted to welcome Liz McGregor as our resident Nutritional Therapist and Wellbeing Coach.

Our role as Professional Attorneys encompasses supporting our clients’ overall wellbeing which at times, includes monitoring their nutritional health. A healthy nutritional intake is critical to ensuring our clients remain well – supporting them to retain a healthy digestive system in turn helps to prevent physical decline and importantly optimise overall health.

The recent release of programmes and publications about avoiding ultra processed foods where possible and the impact of the microbiome on our health, together with the onset of winter and its increased risks of illnesses, has really alerted us to share our knowledge and in particular, link with Liz McGregor.  Liz’s advice helps us to support our clients with their food choices, menu planning and shopping and assists them with maintaining a healthy immune system.

Liz has written a very helpful and pragmatic guide to maintaining a healthy immune system and we would like to share some of her insights with you.  Please note, these are suggestions and do not replace your conventional medical care, they just add options for you to consider as you feel appropriate.

It is evident many people do not eat enough of the right foods to keep their immune systems healthy.  Food isn’t the only thing; sleep, relaxation, exercise and loving relationships all help, but let’s focus on food for now.

How can you help yourself? From A to Zinc

Enjoy a rainbow of colourful, fresh, real food!

Choose a wide a variety of foods that either grew, grazed or swam.

You need Vitamin A inside and out; for your eyes, your skin and your vital organs. Good sources are egg yolks, liver, butter and fish, plus red, orange and yellow vegetables and fruit.

B complex vitamins found in whole grains, seeds and nuts, help you make red blood cells and release energy.

Your immune system runs on Vitamin C, found in fruits, berries and vegetables.  You can use it up completely when fighting infection. A supplement can help. 

Vitamin D3 regulates your immune system; keeping it effective but not excessive. Sunlight produces vitamin D3 in your skin, so get outside while avoiding sunburn.  Food sources are fish, meat, liver, eggs and butter. Many people benefit from a supplement.

Nuts, seeds and olive oil provide vitamin E that protects cells exposed to oxygen, especially lung and blood cells.

Around 80% of your immune system lives in your gut. Fermented foods such as yoghurts or sauerkraut contain friendly bacteria.  They can help keep you and your gut healthy.

Magnesium, that puts the green into green vegetables, supports your heart, nerves and muscles, helping you sleep and stay calm.

Omega 3 oils, found in oily fish, build brains. Oily fish are sardines, mackerel, anchovies, salmon, herring and trout (SMASHT!) If you don’t fancy fish, look for vegan sources of Omega 3. 

The sulphur and volatile oils in raw garlic and onions help to kill viruses and bacteria.

Spices and herbs are full of concentrated micro-nutrients.  Eat as many as you can!

And finally, Zinc helps to stop viruses from invading your cells.  Good sources are seafood, organ meats and nuts.

If you would like to explore your own nutritional wellbeing please do take a look at the dedicated section on our website www.paladinadvocates.com where you can also contact Liz direct for a complimentary mini consultation via her website www.lizmcgregorhealth.com or contact her via email liz@lizmcgregorheatlh.com.   We can also help you get in contact so please do call our office on 01822 610303.

With the aim of staying well in mind, please make sure you arrange your Lasting Power of Attorney for Health & Welfare. In the event you should become unwell and unable to manage your affairs, this will provide the legal documentation for the people of your choice to continue your wishes and promote your wellbeing.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new office in Yelverton Business Park. 

We wish both past and present clients and their families very warm and happy seasons greeting for the festive period. 

We at Paladin Advocates and Attorneys are specialists  in assisting clients and their families when in need of help and advice relating to sourcing funding and creating care packages; facilitating hospital and care home discharges; appointing Attorneys and creation of LPA’s and Wills.

Please see our services or call and speak to one of our team on 01822 610303