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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Feel Tip Top This Fall: Immunity Boosters

Echinacea is a great cold preventative.  Start taking it NOW!
Hey sicky gettin' what's going 'round?  Start taking steps to get yourself healthy and feeling tip top this fall.  Cook with more Garlic and Onions.  They are nature's antibiotic and contain strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is great for sore throats and helps to remedy nausea, vomiting, and indigestion.  Make Ginger Tea: slice a medium piece of ginger and add it to a pot of filtered water. Boil, simmer, strain (the longer it sits the stronger ginger flavor you'll have). Turmeric is a common kitchen spice that acts as an anti-bacterial and is often used to help cough, cold, and sinusitus. It's probably already on your spice rack, so start cooking with it! Astragalus is anti- viral, has a balancing effect on the body, and protects the body against the various strains of the flu. Immunity Boosting Mushrooms like shitake, maitake and reishi are known for their immune boosting qualities.  Look for New Chapter Host Defensea combination of amazing medicinal mushrooms that increase production of white blood cells (your fighter cells). Wellness formula by Source Naturals is a combination of many immune boosting herbs that you take either as a preventative or at first sign of imbalance in your body. Elderberry extract  shortens duration of the flu. Look for products labeled Elderberry "immune support" that contain additional Vit C, Zinc, Astragulus, and Echinacea.  A daily Multivitamin   is a surefire way to get the vital nutrients your body needs.   And don't forget to boost your Vitamin C intake.  Take up to 3-6g (6g for when you are sick).  Pace yourself as you increase your dosage, and notice if your multi-vitamin or other supplements already contain some C.   Eat more raw and lightly cooked seasonal fruits and veggies.  Produce that is raw is full of nutrients and enzymatic qualitites. Add in more produce that's rich in Vitamin C like oranges, kiwi, grapefruit, lemons, bell peppers, and broccoli.  Consume spinach and swiss chard and eat your roots and tubers like carrots and sweet potatoes. Choosing produce with a colorful depth is a reflection of the amount of carotenoids and antioxidants it contains.  And simplest of all....WASH YOUR HANDS MORE! Our hands transfer germs into our mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth) where the body absorbs the bacteria.

Stay Hydrated, Stay Warm, Rest Well, and Be Healthy!

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