For the past few months, I've been hip deep in research, working on something new in the area of immune function.
So stay tuned for more on that soon.
In the process of my studies, I've read it all, from medical journals and tips from doctors and scientists around the world.
Even some celebrities have something to say about staying healthy.
One of the articles I read was a list of "immune boosting hacks" from none other than Tom Brady, former New England Patriots QB and now a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.
He's a starting QB in the NFL, one of the most physically demanding jobs in the world, at the age of 42.
So while I might typically dismiss the ramblings of a celebrity, I thought if the "GOAT" had something to say (for those who don't know, it stands for Greatest of All Time) maybe I should listen.
And you know what? He was pretty spot on.
Not surprisingly, since his jersey number is 12, he has a 12-point plan for boosting immune function and staying healthy.
And as much as I wanted to pick holes in it, I really can't quibble with his advice.
Because he's right. Maybe he's been reading my emails (dare to dream).
Here's his list:
- Keep a positive mindset
- Stay hydrated
- Eat your vegetables
- Consume vitamin D
- Consume essential fatty acids
- Skip added sugar
- Move for 30-60 minutes each day
- Get extra vitamin C
- Add zinc
- Eat lots of protein
- Get probiotics into your diet
Quite simply, it's a great list. And it tracks nearly perfectly with the core of what I recommend to you all the time.
Your diet is everything. So focusing on adding veggies and reducing sugar can make a world of difference, not just for immune function, but for every function in your body.
Making sure you get adequate protein and omega-3 fatty acids (through lean meats, eggs, fish or supplements like Patriot Power Protein and Patriot Omega Resolve) can boost your muscles, reduce aches and pains, and keep your immune system sharp.
Targeted nutrients like vitamins C & D, probiotics and minerals like zinc are great all-around foundational elements.
If you're not supplementing with them, you should.
Rounding out your immune plan with regular exercise, adequate sleep and plenty of clean water is a recipe for a long & healthy life. Whether you're a starting QB or just a spectator.
I've never been a Tampa Bay Bucs fan but I may end up one this year. After all, I'm in Florida now, so when in Rome.
And I want Tom Brady to keep playing as long as possible – so he doesn't try to take MY job.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.