What Are the Best Foods for Immune Support?

What we feed our bodies affects its ability to resist and fight-off disease. Inadequate nutrition can compromise our body’s defense and its response to foreign invaders, while conscious dieting can optimize its ability to resist disease. It’s therefore important we be mindful of our diet to ensure that our bodies have the tools needed to heal and recover.

Diet can be broken up into several basic categories. The following food groups and types are excellent sources of nutrients that directly support the immune system.


As simple as it sounds, water is an essential part of our well-being. Sticking to water as opposed to diuretic beverages like alcohol, coffee, and sugary drinks is ideal. Hydration is especially important during winter and early spring, as colder and drier weather can leave the respiratory lining susceptible to infection.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables offer countless benefits to our body. These are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that our body needs to function and keep our organs healthy. They are nutrient dense, meaning that they offer more nutrients per calorie than most other foods.

Fiber from fruits and vegetables promotes a healthy digestive tract, where they act as prebiotics. This is extremely important! Our gut plays a key role in the absorption of nutrients and in supporting the immune system. A healthy gut allows the body to reap the full benefits of the nutrients consumed.


Berries are packed with antioxidants that protect our body from all sorts of wear and tear. Antioxidants work by neutralizing free radicals, reactive molecules that would otherwise react with important micro-biological structures and render them useless.

Berries are also abundant in phytochemicals (“plant-” chemicals), which are becoming more and more recognized as important to our health. Examples of phytochemicals includes flavonoids, carotenoids, anthocyanins, sulfides, thiols, and many many more. Phytochemicals are the most effective when consumed in their natural form, not as a supplement.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are a good source of healthy (poly-unsaturated and mono-unsaturated) fats. Examples include plant-based oils (liquid at room temperature), omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to immune support and function, eliciting a supporting effect on phagocytic cells like neutrophils and macrophages. Nuts and seeds are also packing with energy and are phytochemicals, making them a no-brainer when it comes to immune support.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is a miracle worker when it comes to immunity. Adequate levels of vitamin D ensure that we have strong bones and a strong immune system. Supplementing with vitamin D has been found to lower the likelihood of upper respiratory tract infections as well as shorten the illness. Vitamin D also has antioxidant properties that protect with oxidative damage and has a stabilizing effect on mood.

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Join the LIFEAID LIFT, Help Financially Boost Our Community


With so many gym doors forced to close, we started the LIFEAID LIFT program to support our local gyms & businesses, helping our community get through this current crisis, together.

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Your gym will receive $15 cash for every 24-can purchase made by your loyal members or customers under your gym’s name at LIFEAIDlift.com! We ship their orders directly to them and send you the cash*. It’s a win-win.  (*Verified accounts will be paid out every two weeks via PayPal.) Program valid only for the temporary duration of your gym or business’ mandatory closure.

GYM MEMBERS, now you can purchase discounted cases ($5 OFF/case) when you shop at www.LIFEAIDlift.com. Plus, we’ll give $15 cash back (for every 24-can case purchase) directly your gym. Remember to SHARE the link, SHARE the love!

This is a great way for those who are working out at home to be able to stock up any of our immunity and recovery boosting LIFEAID blends—chock full of vitamins—while supporting the gyms and businesses we call ‘home,’ so we can return to them once the dust settles.

We’re so grateful for our community. Let’s stay strong together!

Your LIFEAID family is humbled and grateful to be able to give back and financially lift up those in need during this difficult time. Please contact our team if you have any questions about the LIFEAID LIFT or how to get started: (888) 558-1113.


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HindeSight #33: How to Thrive During Uncertain Times + LIFEAID LIFT Program (coming soon)!

Later this week, LIFEAID will be launching its LIFEAID LIFT program.
Watch your inbox for additional details!

“Our gyms have been so supportive of our brand, making FITAID the #1 Workout Recovery Drink in America. Now we want to give back and provide monetary assistance to them during this time of turbulence and financial uncertainty. We’re all in this together.”
—Orion Melehan, LIFEAID CEO and co-founder


The Guest Show Podcast: Aaron Hinde Discusses How to Thrive During This Time of Uncertainty

On this episode of the Guest Show, co-founder and president of LIFEAID Beverage Company, Aaron Hinde comes on to talk about the uncertainty presented by the COVID-19 outbreak and how you can steer your business through it.

Aaron’s life story takes him through all the ups and downs that entrepreneurs face and this episode presents his actionable advice that you can use now to get through this.

Listen to this episode here.


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“If we picture ourselves like magnets … If everybody is throwing out the same polarity—and it’s fear—then the people who throw out confidence, certainty and calm are going to be like the super-magnets, attracting everybody to them.”
—Dr. Sean Pastuch

LIFEAID Employees Find Positivity in Social Distancing

During this dark time for many, the entire team at LIFEAID Beverage Co. is shedding a light on the brighter side of social distancing.

Read the blog here.

Debunking 4 Popular Immunity Myths

Dr. Nick, MD, talks all-things immunity and sets the record straight about a few commonly misbelieved notions.

Read the article here.


HindeSight  |  No. 33

How LIFEAID Employees Are Finding Positivity in Social Distancing

While this has been a time of uncertainty around the world, one thing is certain: social distancing is leading many of us to a revolutionary time as a society, we’re witnessing a ‘closening’ of relationships. People are reflecting on what matters most in their lives, surrounding themselves with the people they love (even if only via FaceTime), appreciating nature, embracing new hobbies, making time for healthy habits, and just taking life at a slower pace in general. The LIFEAID team shares how they are practicing social distancing and embracing all the good things that have come out of this otherwise difficult time.

Wishing everyone health & calm.
—Your LIFEAID family

Aaron (President & co-founder)

  • How do you start your day at home?
    Keeping the same morning ritual I always have to start my day on the right trajectory has been key: 20 minutes of yoga, my 5-minute journal, Wim Hof breathing, cold shower, Keto coffee, short prayer, 5 minutes of meditation, then off to the virtual office.
  • What does your home fitness routine look like?
    Morning yoga and a lot of bodyweight exercises like burpees, air squats and push-ups.
  • What are some staples in your daily nutrition?
    I drink lots of IMMUNITYAID, take extra Vitamin C and D daily, and eat clean proteins and veggies.
  • How do you de-stress?
    I take time to de-stress by taking walks, breathing, practicing yoga, meditation and grounding.
  • What in your home helps bring you calm?
    Going out on my deck, looking out over the woods towards the ocean.
  • What keeps you motivated?
    I’ve always been self motivated so don’t need anything extra to stay that way.
  • How do you stay focused with distractions at home?
    FOCUSAID and making sure I get through my top priority every day.


Aaron & his family

Destiny (Email marketing)

  • How do you start your day at home?
    I wake up a little later (hooray for sleep!), make coffee, open up the windows and start my day.
  • What does your home fitness routine look like?
    I have two small dumbbells and my body weight which is all I need! Stretch, do a few circuits of simple exercises (sit-ups, push-ups, squats & burpees) and I’m feeling good.
  • What are some staples in your daily nutrition?
    I love snacking on fruits, veggies, whole grains and IMMUNITYAID.
  • How do you de-stress?
    Stepping out onto my porch and taking a few deep breathes helps me de-stress … I turn on some music and forget the world for a minute.
  • What in your home helps bring you calm?
    I keep all the lights off in the house and allow only natural lighting in during the day. Something about it is really calming. I also try and keep my space as tidy as possible. A clean house + sunlight coming through the windows = bliss.
  • What keeps you motivated?
    Keeping in contact with my LIFEAID family helps. A little midday impromptu dance party never hurts either!
  • What book(s) are you reading right now?
    Just grabbed a copy of Call Me By Your Name from the bookstore.
  • What’s your favorite part of this experience so far?
    The opportunity to grow as a human being and to be able to really evaluate what’s important to me at the end of the day: my health, my people and humanity.

Sabine (Accounting)

  • How do you start your day at home?
    I take my dog for a walk down to the beach and check the waves/surf.
  • What does your home fitness routine look like?
    I have a small home gym that is taking the temporary place of the FITAID gym at HQ right now. I also use ‘Ready State,’ an online mobility app, every evening. I still get out in the ocean for my paddle & surf sessions; I have a coach for my racing and we intend to stick to my training plan (even if all the races are cancelled). Sticking to the plan will give me some sense of structure and ‘normalcy.’
  • What are some staples in your daily nutrition?
    My husband and I are doing the 800 gram challenge and plan to keep doing it through this. Fortunately, my Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is still running. I fill in the gaps with items from the Farmer’s Market. My pantry is stocked with IMMUNITYAID and FOCUSAID right now. I do rely on protein powder and bars, too, and am happy there is still plenty of that in the stores right now.

  • How do you de-stress?
    I walk the dog, tend to my little garden, dance or skate around the kitchen, and look at TikTok.

  • What keeps you motivated?
    Living in Santa Cruz is motivating. I also love my job, so it’s easy to stay motivated to do my work.
  • What is in your home helps bring you calm?
    I work by a window where I can see out to our busy street. Watching neighbors and others walk by the house calms me. We are also trying to keep the house tidy. (We already aren’t doing a great job of that.)
  • What activities are you enjoying most during this time?
    I get to have lunch with my husband and take the dog for a walk. Really loving that. 

Hannah (Graphic design)

  • How do you start your day at home?
    I try to set an alarm every morning and begin each day with some yoga. It helps me wake up and get into ‘productive’ mode. Practicing yoga puts my mind in a great place, allowing me to stay positive throughout the day.
  • What does your home fitness routine look like?
    After I start my day with yoga, I try to do a short circuit workout (at least 10 minutes) around lunch time to get my blood moving. I’ve really enjoyed doing AMRAPs with bodyweight exercises such as squats, burpees, sit-ups, push-ups and lunges. I also invested in some sliders, resistance bands, a kettlebell, and a pair of dumbbells (which are on the way) so I can add some weight to the mix.
  • What are some staples in your daily nutrition?
    Lots of eggs, greens (spinach, kale, arugula), bananas, oatmeal, frozen vegetables (they keep much longer), nuts (great for snacking/topping salads) and ground turkey (which I can use in just about anything).
  • How do you de-stress?
    Breathe, drink tea and put on a good playlist.
  • What keeps you motivated?

  • What in your home helps bring you calm?
    It’s not something in my space, but rather it’s getting up and taking a lap around my house every 30 minutes or so, to help keep my productivity up and help me re-focus.
  • What activities are you enjoying most during this time?
    – Playing Farkle and board games. (If you don’t know what Farkle is, look it up. It’s a lot of fun.)
    – Also, c
    ooking with my sister and her girlfriend. I haven’t spent this much time at home with my family in a long time, and we’re growing much closer and our relationships are getting much stronger.
  • What books are you reading right now?
    I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
    Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert
  • What’s your favorite part of this experience so far?
    – Being able to get creative with my workouts. I’ve always relied on the gym for exercise (I never realized just how much I relied on it until now). This time has allowed me to re-discover my love of running, hiking, yoga and volleyball.
    – I’ve been spending quality time with my sister. We were never that close before, so I’m extremely thankful for this time with her. 

Hannah, practicing yoga at home

Karis (Field marketing & social media)

  • How do you start your day at home?
    Once the alarm goes off, I lay in bed for 15 minutes with my pups, then I get up and stretch, make myself some tea and set up my area so I’m ready to tackle work.

  • What does your home fitness routine look like?
    With my gym closing I’ve been able to do daily strength training workouts with the weights and resistance bands at home.  I’ve been able to get my cardio and steps in by walking my dogs. I like to walk them on my lunch time so I can also get some fresh air—it gives me the chance to tackle the rest of my work day with a fresh mind.
  • How do you de-stress?
    At home, I’m able to de-stress by going outside for some fresh air or listening to music.
  • What keeps you motivated?
    Setting small daily goals so that I can accomplish bigger goals.
  • What activities are you enjoying most during this time?
    I’ve been able to spend more time with my dogs, giving them lots of extra cuddles. Also, in our home we’re enjoying classic board games as a family. 

Karis & fur friends

Claudia (Operations)

  • How do you start your day at home?
    My son Damien usually wakes up around 8 or 9am, so I get up around 6 or 7am, drink one full glass of water, turn on my diffuser downstairs in the living room/kitchen area with essential oils in it and go for a run around 6 or 7am. After my run it is nice to come home and smell the essential oils. Once I am home I turn on some music and make breakfast for my husband, my son and myself. My son and I both love starting our day with some good music and doing some fun dancing before we eat breakfast.
  • What does your home fitness routine look like?
    I go for a run in the morning before my son wakes up. I also try to go for a run with my son (in the stroller) around noon, whenever it’s not raining. I received my booty bands just in time (before the in-shelter rule was announced) and now I do some home workouts with my booty bands and some ‘mommy & son’ workouts. Our family enjoys going outside for a walk together in our neighborhood whenever it is sunny, to get some fresh air and to enjoy Mother Nature.

  • What are some staples in your daily nutrition?
    – Scrambled eggs with kale, oatmeal mixed with fruit; Chicken, fish, salads, rice, potatoes or other veggies and fruits (mango, strawberries, raspberries, banana)
    – Nuts are a great in-between-meals snack.
    – Daily Harvest has a variety of smoothies that are packed with a lot of greens: kale, spinach, avocado, cucumber and some other good ingredients like hemp, chia seeds, different fruits, etc.
    – I drink a lot of water during the day as well as IMMUNITYAID Wellness Blend to help boost my immune system. Plus, I take a multi-vitamin pill.

  • How do you de-stress at home?
    I love listening to music and dancing with my son—makes me forget about anything else in that moment.

  • What keeps you motivated?
    My son is my biggest motivation since the day he was born. Watching him grow & explore the world while learning new things is a daily reminder to myself to never give up no matter how the circumstances are. He motivates me daily to make the best out of any situation and to enjoy the little things in life. I see the world through his eyes as well and it is nice to forget for a moment all the negative events that happen daily in our world. My son motivates me to keep going and be healthy for myself and him, as well.
  • What in your home helps bring you calm?
    Cleaning the house brings me calm. Our household is always clean, but since I have more free-time now, I get to clean more often.
  • What activities are you enjoying most during this time?
    We just love nature and walks, listening to music and playing with lego, or making music with my son and his music instruments.
  • What books or music are you reading/listening to currently?
    We listen to calming meditation music to relax and find peace during these difficult times. A book that I personally like is Whale Done. (It teaches the reader how to communicate with others to get positive results.)
  • What’s your favorite part of this experience so far?
    – The fact that almost everyone gets a break from our hectic daily routine. It is nice to take a break for a moment from everything and focus on what is really important: health and well-being.
    – I like that I am able to work from home and be present for my son at the same time.
    – I love being able to spend time with my family.
    – I love that we have to get creative again in order to not get bored while being stuck in the house.
    – This is the time that gives us all a chance to change our view of life and to choose what really matters in life.

Ashley (Sales)

  • How do you start your day at home?
    I always turn on my Keurig coffee maker right when I wake up, then (weather permitting) I take my pup for his morning walk, stretch and get ready for the day!
  • What does your home fitness routine look like?
    With my gym being closed, I purchased some free weights and resistance bands so I can continue to do strength-training workouts. Now my cardio just really includes walking (TRYING to run) with my pup. He’s slowly getting better at the whole running part.
  • How do you de-stress at home?
    With my oil diffuser, bubble baths and sometimes some yoga. Oh yeah, also … WINE!
  • What keeps you motivated?
    I just always look at the overall goal. It’s crucial around this time to not lose focus on the big picture.
  • What activities are you enjoying most during this time?
    Well, it is just me and my pup, so we get a lot more cuddles in. But when I am social distancing with family and friends, we are playing old-school board games and enjoying some adult beverages.

Katie (Social media)

  • How do you start your day at home?
    I wake up at my usual time, light a candle and get a ROMWOD® in, then I get ready for my day and make some breakfast. Also, I completely stay away from my phone for the first hour of my day.
  • What does your home fitness routine look like?
    Honestly, it’s been tough being a weightlifter yet not able to lift weights right now. The great part of it, however, is that it’s forcing me back to my CrossFit® roots and making me work on my endurance. I’ve found that taking my workouts outside has been a game changer.
  • What are some staples in your daily nutrition?
    I eat a lot of ground turkey, chicken and lean proteins. One thing I’m enjoying eating more of is greens! I’ve also been eating a lot more fruits lately.
  • How do you de-stress?
    I use the app ‘Calm’ for meditations, read a good book, run a lap around the block, or talk with friends on the phone.

  • What keeps you motivated?
    I remember the greater goal, especially when it comes to work. Also, remaining grateful for the fact that I still have a job.

  • How do you stay focused with distractions at home?
    One of the main reasons why I chose my apartment was all of the natural light. I open up my blinds first thing in the morning and let the sunshine pour in.

  • What activities are you enjoying most during this time?
    Unfortunately, my family is spread out across the United States, but my parents, who live right outside of Nashville, just got an adorable little Corgi/Blue Heeler puppy named Hank and they send me videos of him constantly which makes me smile.

  • What books are you reading currently?
    This is a loaded question—I LOVE to read! Some of the books that have inspired me the most are Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, Shoe Dog by Phil Knight and Artisan’s Soul by Erwin McManus. (My favorite authors are Jodi Picoult, Elin Hilderbrand and Emily Giffin.)

  • What’s your favorite part of this experience so far?
    Not taking human connection for granted.

Katie, in her home office

Orion (CEO and co-founder)

Orion & daughters in Santa Cruz

The biggest blessing for me during this crazy time of uncertainty has been how much quality time I get to spend with my two beautiful daughters. It’s a perfect reminder to us all—never take these moments for granted, they are just waiting to shine through amidst all the chaos.
—Orion Melehan, LIFEAID CEO and co-founder

Need another good excuse to move your body?

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Debunking 4 Popular Immunity Myths 

Featuring Dr. Nick of @thefittestdoc and Aaron Hinde, co-founder and president of LIFEAID®

What’s stress got to do with it? Can’t I just double up on vitamins to stay healthy? With the expertise of Dr. Nick, MD, also known as “The Fittest Doc,” alongside co-founder and president of LIFEAID® Aaron Hinde, we are debunking some of the top immunity myths while providing health tips that will actually help keep your immune system firing on all cylinders.


“It is important to try to reduce anxiety in order to keep your immune system working at maximum capacity. Chronic stressors like a stressful job or home life or even persistent non-transient states of anxiety…tend to cause an inflammatory state physiologically and a persistent depression of our own ability to fight off infection,” says Dr. Nick. 

TIP: If you are feeling anxious, try meditating or practicing breathwork exercises to help reduce stress. Dr. Aaron Hinde, says “My daily life at LIFEAID can be hectic, so I’ve created a morning routine practicing breathwork and meditation to help me stay calm and grounded throughout the day.”

BONUS: Here is a simple breathwork exercise that you can do anywhere:

  1. Get into a comfortable position 
  2. Place your hand on your chest and your other hand on your belly
  3. Take a deep (belly) breath in while counting to five in your head.
  4. Pause, then slowly and fully exhale your breath.
  5. Repeat for a few minutes, until you feel calm & relaxed.


“From the research that I’ve seen, exercise is no different than any other stressor,” says Dr. Nick. “Transient stressors involving family, work and even exercise have been shown to be associated with strengthening the immune system.” Moving the body will release endorphins — the ‘feel good hormone’ — which reduces cortisol levels and thus improves your immunity response. 

TIP #1: Go for a 15-minute walk outside to release endorphins and reduce stress. (You will also be getting the added benefit of absorbing Vitamin D from the sun.)

TIP #2:  If you are not feeling well, skip the gym. “Self isolate to keep others safe,” says Dr. Nick. “Even though you may know what health issues you have, you have no idea what other people at the gym have.”


“If hand sanitizer has 60 percent of alcohol or higher, then it can be just as effective as washing your hands with soap, if applied properly,” according to Dr. Nick.

TIP #1:  Make sure to wash hands for at least 20 seconds.  Many germs live underneath the fingernails, Dr. Nick recommends putting soap on the palm of one hand and cleaning your nails of the opposite hand by lighting scratching the soapy palm.

TIP #2: For maximum effectiveness, coat your entire hand (front and back) when using hand sanitizer, then let it air dry.


There is no proof of the added benefits from consuming extra vitamins and supplements (above & beyond the daily recommended amounts), unless your body is nutrient deficient. However, if you aren’t consuming a diet high in fruits and vegetables, you may need to look for an extra immune boost from supplementation

Dr. Nick also adds, “There is no solid evidence that vitamins like echinacea, zinc and vitamin C effectively treat the common cold; However, there is absolutely some data showing there is a significant decrease in illness duration if taken before onset of symptoms.”

TIP: Need a boost? Try IMMUNITYAID. The IMMUNITYAID Wellness Blend delivers key vitamins and nutrients to naturally help boost your immune system, with 20x more Vitamin C than one orange, plus other natural ingredients like Echinacea, Zinc & Astragalus Root in every can. IMMUNITYAID is the simple and delicious way to get your vitamins and stay defended, with only 40 calories and a refreshing Orange Burst flavor kids & adults love!

> > > Be well.

The Benefits of Sunshine

Sunshine has a bigger impact on health than most would think. Simply going outside and getting some sunshine can boost your mood, energy levels, and immune function. This connection between sunlight and health sheds some light our synergistic relationship with nature.

While there is concern over potential damage to the skin and the adverse effects of ultraviolet radiation, moderate sun exposure is still recommended. The benefits of moderate sun exposure go beyond the skin- they affect the entire organism.

Here are the top three reasons to go into nature and enjoy the sunshine:

1). Vitamin D

Vitamin D synthesis is perhaps the most well-known benefit of sunlight. Our skin naturally makes vitamin D in response to light stimuli and going into the daylight will promote it. It is a powerful antioxidant that boosts mood, energy levels, bone density, and immune function.

It is possible that going into the sunlight will not promote sufficient vitamin D and need to supplement. Ongoing research on this vitamin suggests that it has a unique role in preventing upper respiratory infections and certain types of cancer. Since vitamin D deficiency is common, it is recommended to supplement it if you spend most of the day indoors.

2). Circadian Regulation

The light stimulation from the sun helps regulate the circadian rhythm- a daily rhythm of hormone oscillations that follow roughly a 24-hour cycle. Melatonin is perhaps the most well-known hormone that follows this pattern. The circadian rhythm is key to getting good sleep at night and being productive during the day.

Light stimuli from the sun regulate our internal biological clock (the suprachiasmatic nucleus) which in turn influences many homeostatic functions in the body- like body temperature. Waking-up to the morning sunlight will help ensure that you are alert during the day and sleepy at night.

3). Biodiversity

Apart from sunlight, spending time outdoors is good for stimulating our immune system and gaining biodiversity in our microbial populations. The outdoors (the wind, the earth, the plants) is full of different types of antigens to which our immune system responds and adapts to. By going out and increasing our exposure, we are strengthening our immune function.

Microbial populations in our bodies become more diverse when we interact with nature. This is beneficial because a diverse microbial population in the body helps us better respond to our environment and synchronize with it. Microbes, especially those in our gut, have been found to play countless roles in our health- from digestion to even our behavior. So go out and enjoy nature!

—Content and images courtesy of Santa Cruz Core
(All rights reserved)

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The Fittest Doc Answers the Question: Are You at Risk for Coronavirus?

Special guest Dr. Nick, MD—the “Fittest Doc”—sits down with Aaron Hinde D.C. (president and co-founder of LIFEAID) to debunk some common myths about the Coronavirus. The two doctors also share important facts, health tips and suggestions to stay healthy and protect our community during this time. Watch the interview now to learn more about COVID-19, including how practicing gratitude & mediation are beneficial to help boost your immune system! (35:45)


Full transcription of the audio recording from the interview with Dr. Nick, MD, and the co-founder of LIFEAID Aaron Hinde, on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Aaron Hinde: Hey, doc, how’s it going?

Dr. Nick: (0:01) Hello. Hi, how are you, Aaron?

Aaron Hinde: (00:03) Looking good, doing well. Thank you. Thanks for taking the time today. And thank you, everyone, for joining. We’ve got an interesting conversation with Dr. Nick from SteadyMD, @thefittestdoc on Instagram, and Dr. Nick and I have had a chance to hang out together, and I can tell everyone on the line right now, he absolutely is the fittest doc as you can see from the image there on the phone. So what did you just squat the other day? You almost did a 500-pound squat, right?

Dr. Nick: (00:35) Yeah, 485 successfully, and 500-pound fail.

Aaron Hinde: (00:39) Oh, man. Congrats. That’s amazing. That’s amazing. Well, I can speak from experience, being in the healthcare field for 10 years myself and meeting hundreds of docs, you definitely are the fittest doc. So keep up the good work.

Dr. Nick: (00:53) I’m pretty sure Julie Foucher is, but this is a Coronavirus talk so–

Aaron Hinde: (00:58) We’ll give you the fittest male doc. How about that?

Dr. Nick: (01:00) Okay.

Aaron Hinde: (01:02) So today, we’re going to talk about something very topical, very much in the media. Everybody’s talking about it; everybody’s very concerned about it; which is the Coronavirus. So we wanted to get an authority figure like yourself, somebody educated in medicine to kind of set the record straight. There’s just a lot of fear mongering going on right now in the media and misinformation being spread. So wanted to set the record straight. So why don’t you just tell everybody, what is a coronavirus? How does it spread? Is there something we should be afraid of here?

Dr. Nick: (01:40) So Aaron, first of all, thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak on this. But essentially, coronaviruses are actually pretty common human viral infections. They were initially identified in the 1960s, and they commonly spread person-to-person. There are, in total, seven coronaviruses that can infect people. Amongst them, there are actually two common what are known as alpha coronaviruses, two common what are known as beta coronaviruses. These common variants are among the viral infections that cause the common cold. Additionally, there are also MERS Coronavirus, SARS, that, you know, everybody heard about a couple years back. That is a coronavirus variant. And now, this coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is also known as SARS Coronavirus too. So this is what’s called a novel coronavirus, and that essentially implies that is a coronavirus that, in the past, was not known to infect human beings. And as I stated earlier, it’s currently known as, specifically, COVID-19. So these last three, MERS, SARS, and COVID-19, are notable because they were initially relegated strictly to animals. They subsequently evolved and are now capable of making people sick.

Aaron Hinde: (03:28) So they made the jump, so to speak, from animals to humans.

Dr. Nick: (03:32) Absolutely.

Aaron Hinde: (03:34) Similar to how we anticipate AIDS first started in an animal population and–

Dr. Nick: (03:39) Sure, sure. Absolutely. So in terms of spread kind of between people and how that happens– So it is currently thought that this is a primarily respiratory droplets exposure spread virus. So it may be possible, yes, that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or an object that the virus has been on and then touching their mouth, touching their nose, touching their eyes. But currently, it is not thought that that is the main way that the virus spreads. Also, there is currently no evidence to support the suspicion that COVID-19 can be spread through transmission of food. So I know that some people have concerns about certain– whether it’s items coming in from China or other places exposed to COVID-19 or food, people seem to have a concern about that. And insofar as we’ve currently seen, that is not a concern. There’s nothing, essentially, as of right now, to support that from an evidence-based standpoint.

Aaron Hinde: (05:01) No, I appreciate you clearing that up. So what type of symptoms would someone expect to get? How long is the incubation period? What symptoms would develop? And how could you mitigate the spread of COVID-19?

Dr. Nick: (05:19) So currently, the incubation period – which I know a lot of people have heard so far, for COVID-19 is thought to be 14 days– oftentimes, it can actually– symptomatically, people can start showing symptoms within three to six days in general. At least for that two-week period, at least for 14 days right now, it’s thought to be the incubation period. Symptomatically, when patients do start to experience symptoms, actually, that implies that all patients experience symptoms, and that’s not entirely true. So essentially, as of right now, the range of infected patients is all the way asymptomatic – no symptoms at all – to fever, to kind of symptoms of an acute respiratory illness, including but not limited to cough, difficulty breathing, to myalgias, which are essentially–

Aaron Hinde: (06:23) Muscle pains.

Dr. Nick: (06:23) –tenderness and kind of– Exactly, muscle pain, to fatigue, to what’s called an ILI, and influenza-like illness, and at its most severe, currently, COVID-19 has presented in a small but important population with severe pneumonia, with kind of respiratory failure and, in some people, with septic shock. So it has a wide variety of presentations, and given the current death rate, the current death toll, rather, of this, it can absolutely be presumed that a number of individuals have this asymptomatically. There have already been a number of cases of recoveries all around the world, so yeah.

Aaron Hinde: (07:17) There was one estimation that the reason that kids are not contracting this symptomatically, say, is because they’ve already got some form of the coronavirus or one of the seven type of mutations that you discussed earlier in school, and so they already have some built-up immunity. Is there any truth to that?

Dr. Nick: (07:40) Yeah, you know, that’s an interesting thought. In terms of what is known from the CDC, in terms of what is known by the governing health bodies, there’s currently no known data specifically regarding– as such, I can’t comment on that with any amount of certainty.

Aaron Hinde: (08:02) Sure, sure. Now, I have read from the WHO that the mortality rate, the death rate with this is significantly higher than, say influenza or the common– People of the common cold, as high as three and a half percent. Now, when I read that, my first thought was, “Well, they’re taking known cases, meaning you have to be symptomatic enough to go in and get treatment, and then three and a half percent of those people are dying.” But we’ve also read – and please clarify this – that up to 80% will be mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic, so much so that they’re not even going to seek medical treatment. So it appears to me that, when this all plays out, that three and a half percent is going to be way on the high side, and this could easily come in well under 1% or even a tenth of a percent because of the number of asymptomatic people that will never seek treatment as a result.

Dr. Nick: (08:57) Yeah, Aaron, so what you’re speaking on there is what’s called a case fatality rate. So originally, when this first hit, the data coming out of China, coming out of approximately 70,000 in China, estimated that the case fatality rate was 2.5%. However, just this week, the WHO, the World Health Organization, released their own figures and their own numbers, saying that the number was 3.4%. So they actually– I mean, the percentage according to them was actually a little bit higher. And that number was computed looking at the number of confirmed cases and then case fatality within that. However, as you noted – and I think that’s a very notable observation that you made – there are likely thousands and thousands of people who are infected, and as I noted earlier, who are infected and asymptomatic. And if you look at the map here, the numerator and the denominator of figuring out the case fatality rate, people who are walking around infected and asymptomatic, and furthermore, those who stay asymptomatic over the course of their infection and completely recover from it? Those people, if they were counted, would change the denominator–

Aaron Hinde: (10:22) Significantly. Significantly.

Dr. Nick: (10:23) Absolutely. So as such, I think that, essentially, as more testing kits become available worldwide and they become more widespread, we will be able to accurately calculate how many people are infected and the case fatality rate. But essentially, if you want to look at it compared to other infections, flu is estimated at a case fatality rate of .06 to .1%, kind of depending on the year and the impact of the flu for that year. SARS was calculated at about 10%, and MERS Coronavirus was calculated at about 30, 34%.

Aaron Hinde: (11:05) Gotcha. Okay. That’s good information. And just to put things in perspective, I read the 2017-2018 flu season, about 35 million Americans got some form of influenza in that flu season. We’re talking about, worldwide, so far, 110,000 cases of Coronavirus worldwide that have killed approximately 3,500 people as of this morning. And put that in more perspective: 26,000 die every day in this country from– worldwide – I’m sorry – from cancer; almost 50,000 from cardiovascular disease. 3,000 people die a day from mosquito bites, believe it or not.

Dr. Nick: (11:47) Wow. Did not know that.

Aaron Hinde: (11:49) Yeah. Okay, so let’s talk about your immune system. We had a question I saw come through: does seasonality come into effect here? As things warm up, we always see the common cold, influenza cases go down, I think because we’re getting more vitamin D exposure. But would love to have your thoughts on that. Would you expect to see some seasonal adjustment here?

Dr. Nick: (12:13) You know, that is another thing that I think would be irresponsible any healthcare practitioner to comment as of now, because insofar as I know, Aaron, there is no absolute data speaking on COVID-19 and its uniqueness. As I stated – right? – this is a novel coronavirus. So given that we simply don’t have enough data to state with certainty that this is something that, over the summer, will decrease.

Aaron Hinde: (12:46) Because there are so many people that are asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic that have a possibility to contract this, what is the difference between the symptomatic group and the asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic group? In your estimation.

Dr. Nick: (13:02) How so?

Aaron Hinde: (13:03) I’m just saying, why would I get severely sick and somebody else not be symptomatic at all? Does that have to do with how well our immune system is functioning or–?

Dr. Nick: (13:15) I understand. So one could argue that that absolutely plays a part. With the data that has come out of China thus far, rather, there is absolutely a male predominance. There seems to be a male predominance with this, though I will disclose that that was likely biased by the fact that men in that cohort in China were very commonly smokers and had chronic lung disease. But otherwise, the people who seem to be hit the hardest, at least from the data coming from China, are immunocompromised. So those who are post-transplant, have cancer, even something like diabetes and the elderly who chronically live in a state of immunocompromised compared to the younger and healthy. Paradoxically, at least for now, insofar as I know, there have not been any diagnosed cases in children younger than nine years old. So it seems that, at least for now, from what I’ve observed, children seem to be relatively spared.

Aaron Hinde: (14:34) Great, that’s good to hear. What can we do to boost our immune system? And there’s a lot of– Let’s start with exercise. There’s differences in opinion. “Should I go to the gym? Should I not go to the gym? Should I do low-impact, easy exercise, or should I go more CrossFit style, high impact? High intensity, I should say.”

Dr. Nick: (14:59) So exercise, I think– From the research that I’ve seen, exercise is no different on the body than any other stressor. So I think a better question here is how does stress affect the immune system? And how I would answer that is that it very much depends. So transient stressors, such as those associated with work, with family, or even exercise, absolutely have been shown to be associated with a bolstering and strengthening of the immune system. Unfortunately, more chronic, consistent stressors, those that are not remitting in nature such as a chronically stressful job or home life or even persistent non-transient states of anxiety, especially those of the untreated type, tend to absolutely cause a persistent inflammatory state physiologically, and with that, a persistent depression of our own ability to fight off infection.

Aaron Hinde: (16:10) So those people that are kind of constantly in that fight-or-flight mode, you want to get out of that. I know in my job–

Dr. Nick: (16:16) Absolutely.

Aaron Hinde: (16:16) –obviously here at LIFEAID can be pretty hectic on a daily basis. And as a part of my morning routine, being very clean with my diet, practicing breath work, meditation, making sure I get really good sleep, staying hydrated right when I wake up in the morning and throughout the day. Do you practice any of that? How does that tie in, do you think, to your overall immune function?

Dr. Nick: (16:45) Yeah, so I think that those type of activities absolutely benefit immunity. Essentially, those are what I like to call mindfulness techniques, right? And they have absolutely been shown– Kind of one of my favorites with my patients is cognate immunity and CBT, cognitive behavioral therapy, has absolutely been established for quite some time now in that it can positively affect mood with that, and essentially cause a lessening of mental stress and anxiety. And then, obviously, that will obviously positively affect our immune system. So kind of personally, what I try and do for myself is practice gratitude. I have a gratitude journal that I try to write in when I wake up in the morning. And something that I’ve been getting into more recently that I used to be into in high school and then fell out of it, was meditation. And I definitely think that’s something that’s definitely beneficial for us in the long run.

Aaron Hinde: (17:54) It’s funny: we’re discussing ways to reduce chronic stress and therefore boost your immune function, yet in most– And a lot of people know, I don’t have a television. I don’t listen to typical radio, and just don’t subject myself to newspapers and all that. So I’m not into the hype and hysteria that is being kind of forced on people right now. But all of that is very fear-driven, creating this chronic stress response, which is the exact opposite of what we need to be doing for our immune system. It’s very ironic to me.

Dr. Nick: (18:33) That’s paradoxical.

Aaron Hinde: (18:34) It’s very paradoxical.

Dr. Nick: (18:35) Absolutely.

Aaron Hinde: (18:37) Let’s get into supplementation. Do you take any specific supplements yourself for immunity? And do you think vitamin C, vitamin D, echinacea, these types of things are worthwhile?

Dr. Nick: (18:51) So personally, Aaron, I do not. I do not take any supplements, simply because I eat a whole foods-based diet. As you stated earlier, you’re very good about your diet. I think that, when you are eating a whole foods-based diet, it becomes redundant. Now, let’s back up: I’m not saying that, if you take certain supplements while eating a whole foods-based diet, that there’s anything bad with that. In fact, essentially, your kidneys will excrete that. So at most, taking these supplements could be wasteful because you could quite literally pee them out. You could excrete them. But I think that, essentially, if you’re on a whole foods-based diet, you don’t need that. Now, otherwise, there are kind of some non-traditional therapies used for the common cold including echinacea, vitamin C, zinc. For those three that I just mentioned, there is really no solid evidence that either of those effectively treat the common cold. However, there absolutely is some data that show that a significant decrease in illness duration can be had if you are taking vitamin C before the onset of symptoms.

Aaron Hinde: (20:17) I’ve been on a diet ever since this thing hit of about five IMMUNITYAIDs a day–and after the fourth one, my pee goes totally bright yellow. So I think I need to cut it back just a little bit. [chuckling]

Dr. Nick: (20:30) Yeah, yeah, yeah. I mean, hey, you’re just peeing it out. It’s still helping you, but you have to keep in mind that your body can be saturated. Sure.

Aaron Hinde: (20:39) Absolutely. Absolutely. Let’s talk about the gym. In Italy, we read this morning on Morning Chalk Up that they forced closure of the CrossFit gyms in Italy. I reached out to many of my friends, gym owners here in the US. They’re all open and they say they’re as busy as they’ve ever been. So there’s really a mixed viewpoint here on what’s going on outside of this country and so far in the US. Should people stay at home? Go to the gym? What do you think?

Dr. Nick: (21:11) So I think– So if we’re talking about CrossFitters specifically, here’s our problem, my problem included, right? That most CrossFitters hate missing the gym, right? When you’re kind of at that place where it’s a habit of yours and you don’t want to not go. So I think it needs to be clear and communicated with people who are sick in any manner, especially if you have a fever and cough, myalgia, essentially the signs and symptoms that we mentioned earlier, that is absolutely paramount that you not be in the gym. That you stay home, essentially self-isolate, simply to keep others safe. As I mentioned earlier, the people who are hardest hit by this are those who are immunocompromised for whatever reason, and unfortunately, insofar as– or rather, even though you may know your own comorbidities, you may know what health issues you have, you have no idea what other people in the gym have. So people in the gym may live with type 2 diabetes, for example, and live in a state of persistent immunocompromise. As such, you are absolutely exposing them to literally infection and potentially, the escalation of that. So I think that keeping sick people out of the gym is important. Additionally, in terms of kind of gym owners– At my gym personally, at my CrossFit gym, we are providing sanitary wipes. This is here in Denver, Colorado, at CrossFit [Andrea?]. They provide sanitary wipes, and the coach, every single hour, when you’re done using your equipment, is encouraging people to take the Clorox wipes and wipe down your equipment. And yeah, that’s something that I’ve noticed at least myself in recent times a lot of gym-goers have been doing.

Aaron Hinde: (23:17) So if you’re feeling symptomatic stay home, not necessarily just for yourself, but for other people who may be immunocompromised that you don’t even know about at the gym. Make sure you wipe down your equipment. Basic stuff, right? Wash your hands. What do you think about hand-washing versus the antibacterial pump stuff?

Dr. Nick: (23:40) Sanitizer?

Aaron Hinde: (23:40) Hand sanitizer, yeah. One way or the other?

Dr. Nick: (23:43) They’re both efficacious. I mean, if the hand sanitizer has a high enough level of alcohol – which, I mean, most hand sanitizers that you can buy in the store absolutely do – they’re both efficacious. They both work. Hand-washing, if you’re going to do that, the minimum recommended time is 20 seconds. This’ll probably be a little bit nerdy, but kind of going through med school and scrubbing and going into surgeries, it’s commonly stated that you want to get under your fingernails. And kind of the best way to do that as you’re washing your hands is to do something like this: with the soap and the water and your hands, with all your fingernails, essentially, make sure to lather it and wash well. But yeah, the other things that you mention are absolutely recommended. At this point, I would not recommend that anybody cough into their hands or sneeze into their hands; I would recommend rather that you cough into your elbow and essentially– if you do have to cough into your hands or sneeze into your hands, then make sure that you wash your hands immediately afterward. If you do need to– I remember just the other day– This literally happened the other day, Aaron: I was at CrossFit, and the workout had– It was a barbell workout, so I needed to tape my thumbs, so I tape my thumbs, and just before 3, 2, 1, Go, I felt an eyelash in my eye. So I literally ran to the bathroom, took off the tape on my thumbs, washed my hands. Only after I washed my hands did I stick my finger in my eye, get rid of the eyelash – because I’m not doing a workout like that – and then proceed to join the class again. So you can absolutely touch your nose, touch your mouth, touch your eyes, if you feel that you need to. But do not do so before washing first.

Aaron Hinde: (25:39) Yeah, no, great piece of advice. So solid question back to the vitamin C: any recommendation on dosage, how much vitamin C per day?

Dr. Nick: (25:49) Yeah, so the specific study that I referenced earlier looked specifically at dosages of 200 milligrams and above, so at the bare minimum, that’s what I recommend.

Aaron Hinde: (26:03) Great. Have you changed your own travel habits, or what would you recommend people that have travel schedules–?

Dr. Nick: (26:12) So essentially, listen: if people absolutely feel that they need to travel, then travel. But ultimately, I would recommend that people do not— There are a couple places that are absolutely recommended against at this point, and that’s China; that’s Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea. And essentially, absolutely avoid those areas. But if it’s, for whatever, reason, absolutely mandated, do so. If you have to do so, I would absolutely recommend avoiding close contact with anyone whom that you are aware has a fever and a cough or other respiratory symptoms.

Aaron Hinde: (26:59) Gotcha. Gotcha. Now, I read that this particular virus has an R0 of two to three, and R0 basically means, when you’re infected, how many people would you be expected to infect, right? So if I was infected, then two to three other people would be infected as a result of me. I haven’t done the math or looked at any of the math, but it seems like that could spread fairly quickly. And again, we’ve already stated, fortunately, most people will be minimally symptomatic if not asymptomatic. At what point do we reach herd immunity? Could you talk to herd immunity at all and what that means and at what point does this kind of become like the common cold, where, okay, you might get it on a seasonal basis, but it’s not that big of a deal?

Dr. Nick: (27:54) Aaron, I have to apologize: I just got a call and this got interrupted. So I need to pick up the question part of that. Would you say the question again?

Aaron Hinde: (28:01) Yeah, so I was talking about, as it spreads – and we’ll continue to see an uptick in cases because of the R0 being two to three – we’re going to reach a certain saturation point or something around herd immunity. I’ve read somewhere, potentially around 60%. After that happens, any estimate on how quickly that could happen, and then what happens after that? We get symptoms; we’ve been exposed to this virus. Will those symptoms just kind of run their course typically? Or is this something that we need to be concerned about every year now?

Dr. Nick: (28:40) So essentially, that R0 that you mentioned? That’s not what I’ve heard. There’s still– Like I said, right? This is a fast-moving story. As such, I do think it pays to be receptive to the CDC and information that’s coming out from the governing health bodies. But essentially, as of right now, from what I’ve heard, COVID-19 R0 is approximately– is anywhere from one to three. And that kind of changes, right? Depending on how many people are infected, both symptomatically and asymptomatically. Measles’ R0– Measles is essentially one of the most virulent infections that anyone can get, and the R0 for Measles is 15 to 20.

Aaron Hinde: (29:31) Oh, wow. Okay.

Dr. Nick: (29:32) Yes, right? So just keep that in mind.

Aaron Hinde: (29:33) In perspective, yeah.

Dr. Nick: (29:35) Absolutely. Absolutely. The R0s for influenza? Now that, we know for absolute certain, right? And that is 1.3. So given what I stated earlier, that the R0 of COVID-19 is between one to three, arguably, this could either be less infectious or more infectious than influenza. But it is absolutely not as infectious as other things such as Measles.

Aaron Hinde: (30:01) Good. That’s very helpful, put in perspective. Anything else that we haven’t covered that you think that the public needs to know regarding Coronavirus?

Dr. Nick: (30:13) No, other than that– I think that it’s obvious that this puts infection at the forefront of everybody’s thoughts. But I think what is important to realize and important to know is that there are many other– As I stated earlier, there are many other variants of Coronavirus, as well as rhinovirus as well as adenovirus as well as everything that kind of causes common infection that is spread to society commonly. The things that are notable that most healthcare practitioners are saying, the simple things: wash your hands; keep your hands away from your mouth, from your nose, from your eyes; cough into your elbow; stay out of work; stay out of the gym if you’re sick; all of those things are– these are– if you kind of step back and look at them, they’re basic. They’re very basic. But they are very effective, right? And unfortunately, people, because they’re so basic, tend to be dismissive of them, when in reality, they are–

Aaron Hinde: (31:25) Most effective.

Dr. Nick: (31:25) The most effective, yeah. They’re step one. So I would just recommend that everybody kind of keep basic sanitary protocols in mind, and yeah, that’s pretty much it.

Aaron Hinde: (31:36) Doc, last question, and again, really appreciate your time today. Why do you think this particular virus has gotten so much media attention and hysteria?

Dr. Nick: (31:48) Because it’s new and because it’s unknown and because it’s novel as I stated earlier. When something is entirely novel, when you have any novel coronavirus like MERS, like COVID-19, like SARS, you essentially– if something is novel, there is no immunity to it on a population scale, right? And as such, it can– depending on the R0s, it can be very virulent or it cannot be virulent. But essentially, I understand there’s a lot of fear. I think what I don’t agree with on a fundamental basis is that there’s a– It seems that there’s not a lot of evidence-based knowledge being perpetuated and spread about it, or spread on it rather. So a source that I always recommend is the CDC and the CDC website. Anyone can go there, not just doctors. But it is absolutely a great source for information, one, a source of information that is without the hysteria and anxiety that we are commonly seeing these days on television and elsewhere.

Aaron Hinde: (33:08) So avoid the news; go to CDC’s website for the latest and greatest; wash your hands; be smart; don’t transmit this thing around; stay home if you’ve got any symptoms going on whatsoever. Doc, really appreciate your time. Doctor Nick from SteadyMD, where can people find out more if– Quickly tell us what is SteadyMD, and if we wanted to engage your services, how could we do so?

Dr. Nick: (33:34) So SteadyMD is a novel – here we go – is a novel service that has– started many years back, way before my time with them. But it essentially advocates for a personal relationship with your physician as opposed to going to the doctor like so many of us do these days, and either, A, having a different doctor every single time you come, or B, having your doctor rush you with your appointments despite the fact that you just waited 30 days or even more to see the doctor, and you probably have a lot of built-up anxiety about whatever you’re coming in for, and you only– You get into the room with the doctor and they seem to be rushing you in a five or ten-minute appointment. So SteadyMD gets rid of that by being membership-based. You pay a small fee monthly, and then you can get in contact with your doctor however many times you want with no copays, no waits. You message your doctor; you call us; you video chat us; whatever you’d like, and we’re there for you, to attend to kind of whatever your medical needs as well as preventative. I’ve probably given [inaudible] my mindset towards the lifestyle changes. I am very big on the preventative side of medicine and preventing the diseases of kind of lifestyle, of chronic metabolic diseases that unfortunately is prevalent in society. So yeah, that’s what SteadyMD is all about. You can check it out and read more about SteadyMD at www.steadymd.com. And there’s a frequently asked questions page that will answer a good amount of people’s questions.

Aaron Hinde: (35:26) Awesome. Well, check out SteadyMD, connect with Doctor Nick at @thefittestdoc on Instagram. I am Aaron Hinde, president and cofounder here at LIFEAID Beverage company, with FITAID. Thank you all for your time. Doc, thanks a lot for setting the record straight here. Appreciate it. Take care.

Dr. Nick: (35:44) Yep, take care.

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LIFEAID Beverage Co. Launches New Zero-Sugar Version of FOCUSAID


SANTA CRUZ, Calif.— LIFEAID Beverage Co. introduces yet another innovation with the launch of FOCUSAID ZERO SUGAR—a naturally sugar-free version of one of the beverage brand’s most popular drinks, FOCUSAID. While FOCUSAID ZERO SUGAR contains the same proprietary blend of nootropics and 100mg of natural caffeine, it is sweetened with monk fruit (instead of the organic agave used in the original FOCUSAID) and only 5 refreshing calories (instead of 40) per can. The result: the same flavor and fizz you love from the original just without any added sugar to your daily diet.

Say hello to 100% focus and zero sugar! Keto-friendly FOCUSAID ZERO SUGAR offers the brain-boosting nootropics and clean energy of FOCUSAID (with 100mg of natural caffeine)—still without any artificial flavors or sweeteners—now just with absolutely no sugar. Get ready to crush your goals in 2020 with FOCUSAID ZERO SUGAR.

Both FOCUSAID and FOCUSAID ZERO SUGAR have a delicious melon-maté flavor and an effective blend of nootropics to help enhance cognitive function (alpha-GPC to help boost brain activity, GABA to aid mild stress relief, B-complex to create sustainable energy, and other key ingredients such as American ginseng, acetyl-L-carnitine, rhodiola rosea and vitamins C & D). Each can of ‘clean energy’ contains 100mg of natural caffeine from yerba maté and green tea. Like all LIFEAID products, FOCUSAID ZERO SUGAR has no artificial flavors or sweeteners. It is naturally sweetened with monk fruit and stevia. Bottom line: other than having zero sugar, FOCUSAID ZERO SUGAR is made with the same functional formula and great taste that fans love in FOCUSAID.

“We’re proud to offer consumers a clean, sugar-free energy blend that isn’t made with chemicals or artificial flavors, sweeteners, or stimulants,” says LIFEAID co-founder and president Aaron Hinde. “By using only better-for-you ingredients, we are happy to give consumers a healthy alternative that is just as effective as the overly caffeinated and chemically enhanced energy drinks that are currently on the market.”

Presently, FOCUSAID is one of the brand’s top-selling products—now amongst 12 other functional, low-cal and zero sugar beverage products made to fit the different needs of healthy lifestyles— sold in over 20,000 retailers and 10,000 gyms nationwide. The new keto-friendly version—FOCUSAID ZERO SUGAR—will be available to purchase online at lifeaidbevco.com (for $59.76 for a 24-can case) and at select retailers starting March 2020. The suggested retail price (SRP) is $2.99 per 12-fl. oz. can. To find a retailer near you, visit our Store Locator online at: lifeaidbevco.com/storelocator

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HindeSight #32: Q&A with ‘The Fittest Doc’—Are You at Risk for Coronavirus? (Plus 29 Immunity Boosting Recipes!)

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29 Healthy Recipes to Boost Your Immunity

Eating Well shares some delicious & healthy recipes—that are also quick and easy—to help keep your immune system firing on all cylinders right now.

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‘Fittest Doc’ Answers the Question: Are You at Risk for Coronavirus?

Special guest Dr. Nick, MD—the “Fittest Doc”—sits down with Aaron Hinde to debunk some common myths about the Coronavirus. Plus, learn how practicing gratitude & mediation are beneficial to help boost your immune system!

Watch the interview on YouTube here.

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HindeSight  |  No. 32

5 Tips on Staying Germ-Free at the Gym

Written by travel blogger Tiffany Ammerman • Images courtesy of: @crossfitonevalley & @jakehoneycuttphoto

We all know that going to the gym to stay active and fit is super important for our physical and emotional well-being, but many of us forget about the potential for picking up illnesses in communal spaces like the local CrossFit box or the community yoga studio. During your next sweat session consider some of these immunity boosting tips to keep your future trips to the gym germ-free. 

1. Drink Immunity Boosting Drinks

Often forgotten, drinking immunity boosting drinks such as turmeric shots, IMMUNITYAID, or apple cider vinegar can give your body the extra line of defense it needs to keep you nice and healthy while you’re working out. Helping to deliver an extra boost to your immune system, turmeric is also a good anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, helping you recover from your workouts faster! The last thing you want is to have a bad cough that derails your PR attempts. Taking care of your body from the inside out is the first step to whole-body wellness.

2. Wipe Down Your Equipment

Whether you’re working with kettlebells or a yoga block, wiping down your equipment with an alcohol based sanitizer is a must. Forgetting can be easy when you’re leaving your CrossFit class in a post-WOD haze but cleaning your equipment is not only good for you, it’s also respectful to others who use the same wall balls and dumbbells. Germs can really proliferate on unclean equipment surfaces causing an illness to spread quickly through your local fitness center. Help keep sickness at bay by cleaning your (or other’s) gym equipment!

3. Drink Plenty of Water

We all know that drinking water is key to enhance your athletic performance but being well hydrated can also help your body in it’s defense against illnesses. Having a hydrated body can keep toxins from building up as well as assist in moving oxygen to your cells which could help with keeping your immune system functioning properly. 

4. Don’t Come to Class If You’re Sick

Thinking a good sweat session is going to kick your cold? Staying home when you’re sick can greatly reduce how many people you pass it to as well as your recovery time. Your body needs rest to fight off those germs and giving it something else to repair will only increase the time that you’re ill. Take the day off! Everyone, including your body, will thank you.

5. Take Care of Your Own Equipment

Washing your own wrist wraps, yoga mat, knee sleeves and weight belt will keep you and your gym bag healthy and clean. So next time you’re finishing up a workout, throw your stuff in the washing machine rather than in the back of your car. Not only will it keep nasty things such as staph from growing on your equipment, but it’ll smell better, too. 


Next time you’re at your local gym, try to take some of these tips along to help with keeping illnesses from taking root in your workout community. Not only will your fellow athletes be happy and healthy but so will you!


Cover image: Delanie, Gracie, Tiffany & Alexis Wade: @dwade556 | @gracie9421 | @alexis_wade99

Last image: Chase Hill | @chill_365



About the Author:
Georgia native Tiffany Ammerman is the thru-hiker and CrossFitter behind the travel blog The Goodish Traveler. She spends the majority of her time traveling, eating sushi and searching for hiking trails. When she’s not blogging, Ammerman can be found training at CrossFit LaGrange and teaching art to kids.

You can follow her adventures on Instagram: @the_goodish_traveler or website: TheGoodishTraveler.com


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