Early this year, a new kind of virus began generating headlines all over the world because of the unprecedented speed of its transmission. Corona virus (originally named SARS-CoV-2 and now designated COVID-19) has infected tens of thousands, with a rising death toll.
One of the most powerful defenses against a viral illness is a healthy diet. Did you know that eating foods loaded with sugar and simple carbohydrates compromises your immune system? On top of a healthy diet, experts recommend that various vitamins not only lower your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, but can also help your body fight off more temporary infections and illnesses, like COVID-19.
In this blog we're bringing you tips for stocking up your pantry without having it all go to waste, the best items to purchase, and other ways to protect yourself and your family against the threat of a viral outbreak.
Being mindful to stock up slowly, try to consciously grab a little bit extra every time you have to stock up on something. You don’t need to stock up for the end of the world, but stay on top of what you have to ensure you don’t run out of goods if you’re home sick, self-isolating or quarantined for a couple weeks. Look for frozen foods and canned items that won’t go bad.
Experts say that if you’re healthy, you probably don’t need to buy face masks. If people keep buying the masks, there will continue to be shortages, and the individuals who actually need the masks — sick people and healthcare providers — won’t have them.
Rather than emptying store shelves, experts recommend that it's best to stock food, water, and other emergency supplies slowly and diligently. Rotate out your older perishable goods, using them before they rot. Keep reading for handy tips on how to successfully rotate your food without having to throw it out!
When stocking up, rotating your food items as you use them is going to be incredibly helpful in avoiding food spoiling. Organize your pantry items in order of expiration date - with the earliest expiring items at the front. Similar to a grocery store, as soon as you use one of your stocked-up items, be sure to replace it.
For example, as you finish a jar of peanut butter that was in your pantry, replace it with another one and place that one at the back, as it will be the most recent purchased and have the oldest expiry date.
Aside from the mood-boosting mental-health lift, exercising is a great way to keep your body healthy and strong. Keeping your exercise routine is important for your over-all health, but also studies have shown that exercise does trigger changes in our white blood cells, making them circulate more quickly, and it's possible this could help us fight off infections quicker.
Home workouts, a 10-30 minute walk outside, or even just some early-morning yoga. Get moving!
By now you've probably witnessed the graphics being shared on Facebook and other social media making fun of people for running out and stock-piling soap. All jokes aside, this is a great idea. Health experts widely agree that frequent hand-washing is the most effective way to avoid contracting COVID-19, and other illnesses.
Cleaning surfaces that are in heavy-traffic areas (such as kitchen counters, bathrooms, etc) routinely will help protect against the spread of diseases as well. Don't forget to routinely sanitize your cellphone, something we often overlook!
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.
Soap and water are more effective than hand sanitizers at removing certain kinds of germs, like Cryptosporidium, norovirus, and Clostridium difficile and experts say Covid-19.
However, that doesn't mean hand sanitizer doesn't help! It doesn't really matter which brand of hand sanitizer you use or whether it's gel or foam, as long as it has at least 60% alcohol. And you should use enough hand sanitizer so that your hands get wet and it takes about 15 to 20 seconds for them to dry.
So in contrast to hand sanitizer, washing your hands does remove those pathogens like norovirus, Giardia, C. difficile & Covid-19 because it's not the soap alone that kills the germs — but the friction of lathering and washing away the organisms that makes handwashing more effective.
But you need to wash for at least 20 seconds, and make sure all the surfaces of your hands are rubbed thoroughly with soap and water. This illustration from the WHO is a great guide:
Sleep is great for our immunity. When you haven't slept enough, it's harder for the body to fight off illnesses ranging from the common cold to cancer. About eight hours a night is a good benchmark.
It comes highly recommended to stock up on a good daily multivitamin like our Nutracelle Gummies. Not only are they sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan, they're chew-able and taste just like candy so it's easier to stay on top of your health!
While you should plan to have lots of variety in your diet through your food pantry efforts, it’s good to have a daily dose of everything you need in a gummy.
Experts agree that one of the best emergency foods to have in your pantry is protein powder. Because it's filling, aids in immune function, and has a very long shelf life (Nutralean & NutraVegan both have a shelf-life of up to 24 months).
Plus it's a very easy food to prepare with just water. Whether you're a Nutralean, NutraVegan (or both!) fan, both proteins are the perfect just-in-case pantry item.
Not only are our prebiotic protein products made with clean ingredients and have an impressive shelf-life of two years from production run, but because of our unique formula... they also offer a wealth of nutrients, gut-healing benefits, and hunger-fighting powers.
We choose a special prebiotic fiber from the acacia tree that slows down the digestion of the protein. This enables your body to get the most out of the protein, which is the most-filling macronutrient there is! Feeling full and protein are two huge factors in remaining healthy and for fighting off diseases.
Plus, as an added bonus, both of our protein powders are perfect for baking and cooking with, so you have tons of recipes at your disposal. Make a delicious, filling smoothie in just seconds in your NutraShaker cup, or choose from hundreds of easy, few-ingredient recipes!
We have some advice on what to prioritize for your pantry-stocking grocery list.
Although some items on the the list may not be ideal when living Keto or Low-Carb, we have a hack for that! Add Nutralean to some of the higher-carb foods, this will boost their nutrition profile with healthy, filling protein and prebiotic fiber and as an added plus, you will automatically eat less of it - making your supplies go even further!
Also remember to get a can opener and have some bottled water jugs on hand.
Frozen vegetables are picked and frozen as soon as they are ripened, so they are often more nutritious than fresh vegetables and fruit that are trucked long distances before they reach your local grocer.
We hope you're taking the advice of officials, as we are! Nutracelle supports being cautious, thoughtful and above all: conscientious. During this time, our head office is working remotely to follow social distancing guidelines and recommendations.
Stay safe everyone! We'll all get through this together ♥
After searching for a long time for a the right protein shake, I found Nutracelle. It's the only one that not exacerbate my chronic migraines (because there's no chemical additives) and help me stay healthy and help me manage the sides effects of my medication.
The flavors are yummy (my favorite one is Salted caramel but all the flavors are amazing), the price is affordable and the quality is amazing. Plus, it's proudly Canadian 😀
I love the vitamins, they are so tasty. I am going to start making the protein snacks tomorrow
I honestly cant live without my nutralean! I am grateful that this product has helped me lose weight and maintain it for years! Thank you! ❤
with socail distancin, no school, "comfort food" at your reach it's hard to keep a strickt routine. YOu know you are domg something right when your 2 teenage kids are asking you for a Strawberry Nutralean protein "icecream". THANK YOU, NUTRACELLE
I’ve been a fan of the Nutralean protein powder for a long time and thought I’d try out the vitamin gummies and they are equally as great! I highly recommend both products!
A nice "clean" protein powder carefully made in Canada. The ingredient list is short ...... the taste is great. Helps me keep to my low Potassium diet. Nut free allowed me to share it with my 30 something son. You won't go wrong!
I ordered both nutravegan chocolate and vanilla, both so good. I'm definitely going to try nutralean line next!
Great product. Delicious, thank you
I ordered the vanilla, chocolate dream & strawberry. They are so good mixed with frozen avocado or berries, I find it masks the stevia aftertaste. I tried vanilla first with just unsweetened coconut milk and noticed the stevia instantly, I can't taste it when I blend with berries. I feel satisfied and don't feel like I am starving which has happened with other protein powders. It also helps satisfy the sweet tooth.
Very smooth and creamy shake. I use frozen berries and unsweetened almond milk. No clumps delish.
I find all is good except the Salted Carmel , I love the nutra bites
I'm loving my first purchases so far. I got the strawberry and the salted caramel. They blend so well with my almond or coconut milk. I am very pleased. Would highly recommend!
Best vegan protein powder I've tried. Smooth and creamy. Great addition to my cupboard. Lo e it with frozen fruit.
I've tried a lot of protein powders, but this is awesome. I have food allergies and lots of protein powders are not safe for me. This is the yummiest.
I absolutely love the product! Not too sweet and so smooth !
I have been searching for a long time for a dairy free protein powder that tastes good. I had not found anything I loved until now! The Nutravegan products are delicious, have a great consistency, are filling and best of all don’t hurt my belly at all! I will continue to be a customer for a long time coming.
Nutracelle tastes amazing! It’s not chalky and doesn’t have a bad aftertaste like a lot of other protein products. I make the best chocolate banana smoothie for breakfast every morning and put two scoops of my protein powder in it!
I love these powders. The flavours are exceptional and the probiotic fibre really makes a difference in satiety. I highly recommend this brand.
I love how smooth the shake is in just the shaker! I crave them and can’t wait to drink it!!!
My husband and I have been following a lowcarb/keto lifestyle for the past 5 months. We were so excited to finally find a sugar free vitamin gummies! Not only do they taste great, they are keto friendly 😊 highly recommend!
I absolutely love, love, love this product. They taste great, are good for you, and are an easy part of my daily routine. My only criticism is that I wish they were a candy that I could eat by the handful instead of only 2 per day!!
This Nutracelle protein powder is our favourite! We love adding it to our smoothies! Highly recommend this protein powder!!
It’s a must have for me! Salted caramel and strawberry are my faves
I was introduced to this by a friend...i truly love the flavors of the protein powder and the endless ways ro use it. I know have started a friend on it and sbsolutely loves it
Nutracelle's protein powder is by far the best purchase I have ever made! I have tried several protein powders in the past, and they never worked for me. Nutracelle's powder tastes great, is great for cooking/baking, and is so easy on my stomach! I will never use anything else.
I couldn't get these on Amazon last month and it said it didn't know when or if they would get them again. Whew, I see they're back. These are the best, however they taste like candy...a really good candy and so you need to make a sugar free candy version we can just eat, lol.
I love the shaker! It’s convenient, really helps mix the powder with my favorite milk, and is so durable. Highly recommend!
Tastes great and keeps me feeling full for hours.
I have just tried the Nutravegan and fell in love with it! Added some ice, water and shook. It feels so smooth and not gritty/chalky!! Thank you Nutracelle!!!
I bought the family pack including 3 flavours Nutracelle, 2 tubs of Gummies and 4 packs of Protein Bites. Very pleased with everything. Lost 8 lbs in 2 weeks making shakes 2 times a day. Very tasty and we do not miss the sweets.😊
We like that they hold a good amount, we can make our breakfast shake and go about our business on the Resort, taking a sip now and then. Nice design and easy to clean.
I workout everyday and I found it hard to get all the proteins that I need. For the last 5 years, I've been searching for a protein shake that suits me well. Sadly, all the proteins shake I tried got "additives" in it that exacerbate my migraines. Then I found Nutracelle. Natural ingredients and nothing "not needed" in it. Plus, it's yummy and affordable. Never got a migraine because I drink it. Thank you Nutracelle, I love it so much!
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