Rocky Gorge Wellness May 2020 Newsletter

Safe and Strong

Here at Rocky Gorge Wellness we recognize how challenging these last few months have been for all of us. As we attempt to make adjustments in light of COVID-19, we have been finding ways to stay safe and healthy while navigating stay-at-home restrictions. It’s clearer that more than ever, taking charge of our own health must be our #1 priority.

We are continuing to serve clients virtually through private sessions and group classes. You will see our updated schedule on our home page. Although it’s not the same as the in-person experience, not only has it been working very well, it’s been a lot of fun! As we work towards phasing back into normal activities in the next few months, we continue to comply with State of Maryland mandates by upholding the highest standards of hygiene and safety. We will reevaluate in-person appointments and classes as the state recommends. We’ll also explore creative ways to do outdoor activities which are now allowed by the state. If you have not yet tried one of our virtual classes or would like to schedule a private session, please reach out to me.

May is National Fitness Month!

When we think “fitness,” we always consider multiple areas of wellness through safe and effective exercise, balanced nutrition, sensible hygiene practices, and enhancing our immunity.

Vitamin Spotlight: Vitamin C

This month, in order to more safely manage our lives by strengthening our immune systems, we are highlighting a vital nutrient: Vitamin C. With respect to the current pandemic, it is especially important to keep our immunity strong. So let’s focus on getting more Vitamin C into our systems.

Decades of studies have shown Vitamin C’s role in supporting our immunity. It can help reduce the length of illnesses, especially viral ailments such as colds, flu, and the novel Corona virus. It maintains healthy tissue, supplies antioxidants that help our bodies remove cell damage, and supports uptake of other vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C also contributes to collagen synthesis, helping to keep aging connective tissues, such as skin, blood vessels, and gums healthy and strong.

High dosages of much-needed Vitamin C supplements can result in stomach acidification and excess excretion with minimal absorption. However, “ester” varieties include buffering agents that decrease the acidic effects. And liposomal Vitamin C is considered to be the most absorbable. Both forms make C more bioavailable.

Know that all supplements are not equal! Look for those with bioflavonoids, compounds that are found in citrus fruits and are needed for Vitamin C absorption. We appreciate Ester-C because of its high level of bioflavonoids. Not only do they ensure absorption, they reduce gastric distress that can be caused by other forms of C. We’re also very impressed by liposomal varieties of Vitamin C, which capture this water-soluble vitamin in a fatty membrane that can shield it from stomach acids, delivering C more effectively.

Remember that the absorption of nutrients depends a great deal on consuming them in whole foods. In addition to taking supplements, lots of delicious foods help you bulk up on Vitamin C. Here are just a few:

  • Bell peppers
  • Citrus fruit
  • Cranberries
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Pineapple
  • Pumpkin
  • Rose hips
  • Strawberries

I highly recommend that individuals consider vitamin C as part of their daily supplement regimen!

Coming Soon! Staying Safe and Strong at Home with Abby

While in-studio options are not available right now, don’t rule out at-home workouts! If you’re able to go outside when the weather’s agreeable, and you can keep a safe, acceptable distance from others, we encourage you to take advantage of fresh air and movement from a walk, a run, or a ride on your bike to keep you energized.

We are especially excited to announce that very soon we will be featuring on our website safe-at-home exercise demos that you can do with some simple equipment.

Keep tuned and keep healthy!