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5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Holistically (As Seen On Fox 32 Chicago)

Women’s Weight Loss Coach and Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour was featured on Fox 32  in Chicago to discuss holistic remedies for the upcoming cold and flu season. These are five simple things you can easily add into your existing daily routine to keep your health at a maximum.

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that every time colder weather rolls around, people start falling sick with the same bug. Whether you opt to get the flu shot or not, these natural remedies can help you fight inflammation in your body and they come with zero health risks.

Let’s start bright and early.

Are you an avid coffee or tea drinker in the morning? You don’t have to ditch your beverage of choice, but try getting in the habit of having a cup of hot water and lemon first thing in the morning. You can boil the water in the microwave if you’re short on time. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon in there, sip, and you’re good to go! The reason is twofold; lemon is very detoxifying and it’s going to help reduce inflammation.

Or, maybe you’re more of a morning smoothie drinker. If that’s the case, try adding one to two cups spinach to get the same anti-inflammatory benefits plus that boost of Vitamin C.

That Dreaded Midday Crash

Do you find yourself reaching for more coffee in the afternoons to keep yourself going? Let me introduce you to a better option, Bru Broth. Bru Broth is the freshest bone broth on the market and contains just the right amount of protein to wake you up out of that afternoon slump! It’s loaded with collagen which is great for your skin, and it’s amazing for your overall gut health.

They come in easy-to-pack, portable bottles, are available in a variety of fun flavors, and they’re 100% organic! Win, win, win! They also sell a line called RESET for anyone interested in doing a bone broth cleanse. Unlike most juice cleanses that can be pretty high in sugars, the Bru Broth cleanse boasts less than one gram of sugar per serving.

The Evening Meal

Dinner is the perfect time to play up the spices. Depending on your spice tolerance consider adding one of the following to your nightly stir-fry or soup: turmeric, ginger, garlic, or even some cayenne pepper.

What we’re looking for here is just enough spice to speed up your metabolism and keep that digestive system running smoothly. Gut health is essential, especially when trying to fight off or avoid the flu.

No Days off, Right?

Wrong. Like I always tell my private weight loss clients, it is absolutely okay to stop your workouts if you feel yourself getting sick. If your body is aching, kick back and treat yourself to some self-massage. You can use a foot roller, or roll out on a foam roller if you have one handy. Go easy on yourself.

Get That Healing Sleep

Right after fluids, “get some rest” is the top prescribed remedy for fighting off sickness. Motivate yourself to go to bed earlier with a cushy sleep mask and/or an aromatherapy ball. If you know a lush sleeping set-up is waiting for you, you’ll be more apt to hustle under those covers!

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

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How to Keep Your Skin, Hair, and Nails Healthy This Fall As Seen on ABC Chicago

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We all look forward to the beauty of autumn leaves that this season brings. What we don’t look forward to are the brittle nails and rough skin that also come with dropping temps. Have no fear. I’ve got a few simple tips that will keep you glowing from the inside out all fall long.

I stopped by the ABC 7 Chicago studios to share some of my favorite tips and products for looking good and feeling good when the weather changes.

See it. Believe it. Achieve it!

Here’s something I tell all my private weight loss clients—it’s all about mindset. So with the changing season, learn to let old habits and negative thought patterns “fall” away! My holistic mind and body workbook 30 Days to Love Your Body & Your Life is a great place to start if you’re ready to improve body self-esteem and claim confidence for life.

What You Put in Your Body

Four Amazing Foods that Improve Your Complexion, Hair, and Nails:

These foods are high in omega-3 essential fatty acids and work wonders on your hair, skin, and nails.

Flax: Sprinkle on your oatmeal or add it to a smoothie, flax seeds are an easy way to get your omega-3 fatty acids and a healthy dose of fiber!

Brazil Nuts: The benefit to eating brazil nuts is they also contain high amounts of selenium which promotes hair growth.

Leafy Greens: All leafy greens are good for you, but let’s talk spinach. I love this superfood! It is chock full of goodies like vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and all of these promote healthy hair growth.

Fish: The omega-3s found in fish give your body an extra boost because they help keep skin-cell membranes strong and elastic!

(If buying and cooking fish scares you, or you just don’t have the time, I found the yummiest and easiest solution: Love the Wild frozen fish makes dinner super simple with filets ready to bake in a seriously awesome sauce. Plus, check out their blog for amazing recipes like their Barramundi Poke Bowl!). Find them at your local Whole Foods Market.)

What You Use on Your Body

Two Great Body Products with Health Benefits:

Yes, I’m a weight loss coach, but it’s always been about more than just shedding the pounds. It’s about feeling great and living a healthy, beautiful life from the inside out. That’s why I love beauty products that do double duty as health products! These products also provide instant gratification, which just makes you want to do more healthy and positive things for your body.

Spray Away: This amazing, first-ever, acetone aerosol nail polish remover just hit Wal-Mart shelves last month. Nail Aid’s Spray Away removes polish fast and actually hydrates your nails at the same time. Tell me that isn’t awesome.

Dry Brush: Use a dry brush once or twice a day to exfoliate your skin, giving it a healthy glow. On top of that, dry brushing stimulates your lymphatic system which helps release toxins. It’s a beauty-body win!


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