How to Slow the Aging Process…

If you’re over 50 then you’ve probably had the experience of not being able to do things that you used to be able to do pretty easily… If you are experiencing:

 

  • Low energy levels
  • Lack of motivation to do things.
  • Finding it harder to get a decent night’s sleep
  • Stiffness and niggly aches in the body.
  • Finding you are not as sharp as you used to be.
  • Lack of mental clarity and focus.
  • Finding weight management an issue
  • Finding it hard to maintain a healthy diet

 

It’s called aging, and while there is currently no way to completely avoid aging we can take anti-aging steps to slow it down.

To do this we must understand the 5 causes of premature aging…

 

Free Radical Damage to Cells
Under normal circumstances your body’s natural antioxidants can neutralize harmful free radicals, but system stressors like poor diet, environmental toxins, and emotional stress can tip the scales in the favour of oxidation damage.

 

Immune System Deterioration
As you age your body produces fewer immune cells and does a poor job of quickly getting those cells to the places they’re needed. The result? You get sick more often and it takes you longer to recover.

 

Hormone Imbalance
Hormones are how your brain sends instructions to your organs. Brain cell oxidization and under-nourished, under-performing mitochondria (the powerhouse of your cells) can throw your hormones out of balance.

 

Decreased Organ Function
Almost every organ in your body becomes less efficient as the cells in them age and become oxidised. Once again, under-performing cell mitochondria not receiving the nutrition it needs to function at optimal levels is a major contributor here.

 

Neurological Deterioration
1 in 3 seniors die from Alzheimer’s or another type of neurodegenerative disease.

 

If all of this makes you a little uneasy then I want to tell you one big step you can take on the path to optimal health… GET YOUR NUTRITION RIGHT!

 

 

Making sure you are getting an ample supply of amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, pre and probiotics and antioxidants (free radical scavengers) is a powerful way to slow down the aging process and revitalize your body.

 

And I am not talking about the cheap nutritional supplements (if that’s what you can call them) off the supermarket and chemist shelves. I am talking about the highest quality, pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements.

 

Did you know that there are 3 grades of nutritional supplements for human consumption? Those 3 grades are:

 

Pharmaceutical Grade is the highest quality grade of vitamins and supplements meaning the purity; dissolution and absorption meet the highest regulatory standard verified by an independent party. Pharmaceutical grade vitamins and nutrients may be available without a prescription, but they are typically sold by licensed health care professionals.

 

Medical Grade vitamins and nutrients are also high-grade supplements but may not meet all the standards of pharmaceutical grade supplements. Prenatal vitamins normally fall into this category.

 

Cosmetic or Nutritional Grade supplements are typically sold in health food stores, chemists and, readily available on supermarket shelves. These supplements may not always be tested for absorption, dissolution or purity. Additionally, these supplements do not always have the same concentration of active ingredients as what is listed on the label.

 

Did you know that 98% of supplements readily available in stores are cosmetic grade… the lowest grade safe for human consumption?

 

The Bottom Line: If you are serious about attaining optimal health, you need to source premium, preferably pharmaceutical-grade; nutritional supplements to stop-gap your nutritional deficiencies.

 

If you are looking for powerful nutritional supplements that will support you in:

 

More energy for your day (but not overwhelming… but available if you need it)

  • Mental Clarity & Focus
  • Sleep Sounder & Deeper
  • Joint Support
  • Reduce Aches and Discomforts
  • Supports Gut Health
  • Weight Management
  • No Fasting or Starving
  • Anti-Aging Antioxidants
  • Better Exercising
  • Faster Recover Times
  • Lean Muscle Support

 

You need to be accessing powerful, high-quality, pharmaceutical nutritional supplements… because you deserve to feel the best you can feel. And what makes premium grade nutritional supplements superior? It’s all about the purity and absorption rate… it’s in the science! We recommended Le-vel Thrive Nutritional Supplements because they are premium.

Other powerful steps you can take to slow down the aging process are:

Keep moving… regular exercise, even walking every day and preferably in nature, can make a big difference to your wellbeing.

 

Removing refined hydrolyzed oils like vegetable and soy oils, fast foods, processed packaged foods, refined flours, foods containing gluten (bread, bagels scones, pizza, pasta), and sugary foods and drinks (especially soft drinks and energy drinks). This is not hard to do if you try removing one thing at a time and replacing it with an alternative like organic cold-pressed coconut oil for cooking instead of vegetable or soy oils.

 

Remember to take time out for you… de-stress by taking up meditation, having a relaxation de-stress hypnotherapy session, getting a luxury massage, pouring a long hot bubble bath, reading a book or listening to some relaxing, soothing music.

 

If you are struggling right now, talk to me about what steps you can take to get YOU back onto the path of optimal health and wellbeing.

The Dark Side of Your Emotional Needs – Mind and Body

“The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patient’s hopes are the physician’s secret weapon. They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription.” – Norman Cousins

 

Your body matters, and so does your mind, because they’re the same matter. Your emotions directly affect your body, and it goes the other way too. Mental and physical health cannot be disentangled.

 

Each and every one of us has a natural current running through us called the ultradian rhythm. Every 90 to 120 minutes we shift from left-brain dominance to right-brain. The shift takes about 20 minutes, and it usually makes us feel a little entranced or day-dreamy.

 

It’s during this shift that the immune system does its upkeep, the brain incorporates new learning, and the gut digests and absorbs nutrients. It’s little wonder that when we continue to swim against the tides of this natural rhythm we start to feel broken and emotional.

 

Sure, you can refuse to listen to your physical needs for a while, override them for a bit… but do it for long enough and you’ll come to feel depleted on every level.

 

Hypnotizing someone is often a case of just letting the sails catch the breeze of this warm and wonderful natural shift in physical and mental focus.

People increasingly treat themselves as machines. We work through lunch, sleep too little, eat junk on the run, skip the gym, and prop up our flagging bodies with ‘energy drinks’.

 

But neglecting proper nutrition, sleep, rest, and exercise long term leads to psychological problems and stress-induced illness, and not just on the individual level. In unhealthy populations, collective emotions run riot. And that can lead us down some dark paths.

 

With too little exposure to natural light, poor nutrition, and scant exercise we start to feel second-rate… we become weak and sick in mind and body.

 

And what is good for the body is good for the mind. Having a terrible diet (or eating foods your body is intolerant of) can make you feel depressed and anxious. Conversely, physical exercise, even a 30 minute walk is protective against anxiety and a wonderful mood enhancer, especially when done outdoors in nature.

 

It’s a cliché to talk about ‘self-medicating’. But people do. Whether through comfort eating, smoking, alcohol, or barbiturates, or cannabis, it’s a common way to ‘switch off’, forget about the day and absorb oneself in the moment.

 

But self-medication is always accompanied by self-delusion – convincing ourselves, consciously or unconsciously, that the ‘medication’ has few side effects, or that somehow we can cheat the future.

 

Cliché it may be, but ‘self-medication’ is a fine analogy. Indeed, it’s the side effects that are the problem. Side effects that can make it harder for people to meet their actual physical and emotional needs.

 

When we seek in the long term to provide ourselves with energy through coffee instead of rest, to distract ourselves from problems through the oblivion of drugs, or to resort to any form of self-harm rather than actually working to solve our problems, then the attempted ‘solution’ becomes the enemy – not the comforting or encouraging ‘friend’ it might masquerade as.

 

Listen and you will hear…

 

We all need to work at being attuned to our bodies. If we don’t, we can lose the capacity to interpret the signals from our bodies. We need to listen to our bodies – always. What is it you actually need?

From the desk of Mark Tyrrell http://www.hypnosisdownloads.com/?6660

 

 

 

How Alkalizing Your Body Can Improve Your Health

Alkalising can be a powerful way for us to support our cells so they can work at their best. A powerful way to accelerate healing in your body is to eat alkaline inducing whole foods. Alkalising foods can help to regulate our energy intake, assist our cardiovascular system and even how we metabolise proteins.

 

If you have a weight issue and/or suspect you may have a thyroid issue try having protein for breakfast instead of in the evening, this can make a huge difference.

 

What to Eliminate from Your Diet:

  • Additive loaded processed and fast foods.

 

  • Remove all foods containing refined flour and gluten including bread and other wheat products such as breakfast cereals and pasta. Gluten can cause gut problems like malabsorption syndrome and leaky gut syndrome.

 

  • Remove all dairy products from your diet. Try unsweetened almond, macadamia or coconut milk instead.

 

  • Avoid sugar, particularly refined sugars. Now I know this is a hard one because we are addicted to sugar but it is really important.

 

  • Avoid alcohol because it is loaded with sugar too. If you cannot live without it then cut it down to one or two glasses, once or twice a week.

 

What to add to your diet:

  • Eat whole foods… not processed or fast foods which are loaded with additives.

 

  • Try going to your local health food store and creating your own breakfast power mix with non-wheat, no-GMO cereals, nuts and fresh fruits.

 

  • Eat only pasture-raised, grass-fed animal meats that contain no hormones boosters and antibiotics.

 

  • Fish like wild-caught salmon and sardines.

 

  • Try unsweetened almond, macadamia or coconut milk instead of dairy milk especially if you suspect you maybe lactose intolerant. Actually you not lactose intolerant… you are an adult… milk is for infants (and preferably mother’s milk).

 

  • Organic cold-pressed coconut oil (anti-inflammatory) or pure organic extra virgin olive oil (not for cooking on high heat as it breaks down into carcinogens, use coconut oil instead as it has the highest heat threshold).

 

  • Eat lots of coniferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.

 

  • Add beans (not baked beans as they have sugar in them) and eggs into your diet.

 

  • Introduce garlic and red onions to your evening meal.

 

  • Eat lots of watermelon (richest source of L-Citrulline) and other melons, cucumbers, onions, garlic and chick peas which also contain L-Citrulline. (Your kidneys change L-Citrulline into another amino acid called L-Arginine and a chemical called nitric oxide. These compounds are important to your heart and blood vessel health. They can also boost your immune system.

 

  • Natural food sources containing L-Arginine which include turkey (richest source), chicken, pork, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, spirulina (seaweed) and quinoa.

 

  • Include a high-quality pre and probiotic formula

 

  • Add an alkalizing booster powder containing Magnesium Carbonate, Citric Acid, Potassium Bicarbonate and bicarbonate of soda.

 

  • Supplement with high-quality nutritional supplements, they are more expensive but have a better absorption rate and less additives, and preferably look for the highest grade pharmaceutical-grade rather than the lower medical-grade or the lowest grade cosmetic or nutritional grade supplements (most commonly found on chemist and supermarket shelves).

 

  • Have protein smoothie for breakfast (PEA protein powder, chia seeds, mixed berries, bananas, strawberries, mangoes (skin and all) and other fresh seasonal fruits).

 

A Warning about Whey Protein Powders

Whey Protein

Dr. Art Ayers, a former professor at Harvard University with a Ph. D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, had this to say about whey shakes:

“Avoid whey protein (a by-product of the dairy industry) as it may destabilize the gut microbiota by disrupting the gut flora. This is why it can facilitate weight gain or loss, since gut flora are involved in weight stability but at what cost. But whey shakes also have proteins that are partially digested to produce antimicrobial peptides and other factors that disrupt adult gut flora. I think that the whey shakes work temporarily, because they destabilize the gut microbiota that are providing part of the metabolic set point that helps the body to resist weight change from excess or insufficient dietary calories. Whey protein supplements contain peptides and hormones that may negatively impact human health.”

 

Calcium Caseinate

Dietary supplement ‘calcium caseinate’ is a protein that is obtained from casein present in skim and milk. Calcium caseinate, micellar casein, and milk casein isolate are the three types of casein proteins, out of which calcium caseinate is the lowest quality casein.

Calcium Caseinate does not contain pure casein but a highly processed variant of casein, called calcium caseinate. It cannot offer similar health benefits as offered by casein. Proteins that undergo heating (processing involves exposure to high heat) and various other chemical processes often lose many of the functional benefits. They are said to be denatured (different from their original, natural structure). Such proteins can prove to be harmful to your health.

 

Possible Side effects

 

  • Those that are lactose-intolerant may experience stomach pain and bloating (excess gas and pressure in stomach). They are at a higher risk for developing gastrointestinal problems. Excessive consumption of this supplement may result in heartburn, indigestion, etc.

 

  • Acid casein is treated with the chemical calcium hydroxide (alkali) to get calcium caseinate. Such chemical alkalies may curb and damage the nutrient-absorbing capacity of your digestive system.

 

  • Because it is exposed to high heat during processing, the caseinate becomes an ultra thermolyzed protein combined with MSG (a by-product of protein thermolyzation). Consumption of this protein may lead to headaches, chest pain, nausea, weakness, heart palpitations, etc. It is true that more research is needed to prove these facts. Most people experience short-term reactions to MSG that don’t require any treatment, but possibility of long-term effects cannot be completely denied. Dangers of MSG include brain damage, weight gain, obesity, liver inflammation, type 2 diabetes, etc. The MSG in disguise can trigger your allergies too.

 

  • It is difficult for the human stomach to digest the denatured protein completely. So, some undigested protein enters the colon. There, it is fermented by colonic bacteria. This results in formation of highly carcinogenic phenolic compounds that contribute to the growth of colonic tumours. Thus, ultra thermalised casein can increase the risk of colon cancer.

 

  • Researchers and doctors are of the opinion that casein peptides can seriously affect blood pressure levels during and after surgery.

 

  • It has been observed that casein products interfere with the adsorption of certain drugs which can eventually result in serious health issues.

 

  • Some people are allergic to casein and may have a life-threatening reaction.

 

Dr. Russell Blaylock M.D., has described in his book “Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills” that calcium and sodium caseinates as food additives always contain free glutamate. The review of this book is available on the American Nutrition Association’s Nutrition Digest, Volume 36, No. 4. Although MSG is not added to the supplement as an ingredient, it is formed during processing, and therefore, it may not be mentioned on the label. To be on the safe side, pregnant and breastfeeding women and those who are about to undergo a surgery should avoid taking calcium caseinate supplement.

Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/side-effects-of-calcium-caseinate.html

 

Fructose Excess in your Protein Powders

It’s good to keep in mind though that fructose, in small amounts, has been in our diet for a very long time as a species and that we usually handle small amounts very well. The real damage is when the high sugar habit becomes chronic and is repeated day after day like consuming protein powders with a large Fructose component.

 

Here are a few known possible health issues:

Fructose can only be metabolized by the liver and can’t be used for energy by your body’s cells. It’s therefore not only completely useless for the body, but is also a toxin in high enough amount because the job of the liver is to get rid of it, mainly by transforming it into fat and sending that fat to our fat cells. Excess fructose damages the liver and leads to insulin resistance in the liver as well as fatty liver disease.

 

Fructose reacts with proteins and polyunsaturated fats in our bodies 7 times more than glucose. This reaction creates AGEs (advanced glycation end-products), which are compounds that create oxidative damage in our cells and ultimately lead or contribute to inflammation and a host of chronic diseases.

 

Fructose increases uric acid production, which, in excess, can cause gout, kidney stones and precipitate or aggravate hypertension.

 

While most of your body’s cells can’t use fructose as a source of energy, the bacteria in your gut can and excess fructose can create gut flora imbalances, promote bacterial overgrowth and promote the growth of pathogenic bacteria.

 

In part because of the damage done to the liver, chronic excess fructose causes dyslipidemia, which means that your blood lipid markers tend to shift towards numbers that indicate a risk for heart disease.

 

Fructose rapidly causes leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone that controls appetite and metabolism to maintain a normal weight. Leptin resistant people tend to gain fat and become obese really easily.

 

Excess fructose alone can cause all the problems associated with the metabolic syndrome (diabetes, obesity, heart disease).

 

Cancer cells thrive and proliferate very well with fructose as their energy source.

 

Excess fructose also affects brain functioning, especially as it relates to appetite regulation. It has also been shown to impair memory in rats.

-Source: https://paleoleap.com/10-reasons-why-fructose-is-bad/

Is Detoxing for You?

Robyn Openshaw is a researcher and expert in human detoxification.

You’ve heard about cleansing or detoxing, and maybe you’ve wondered:

  • Is it scary?
  • Will I suffer?
  • Will I be hungry?
  • Don’t I have a liver and kidneys already “detoxing” for me?
  • Will my food addictions get the best of me?
  • Will I fail?

Robyn made this short video about WHO should detoxify, and WHY…..after over 20 years of studying with the most gifted and knowledgeable holistic clinicians all over the world–on 4 continents, in 19 clinics.

She learned that the vast majority of medical doctors have no idea how to optimize the detoxification pathways of the body.

And why you NEED to, just like you need to change the air filter and oil filter in your car.

(If you’d had a Model T in the 1930’s during the infamous Dust Bowl, could you have driven forever without changing the air filter? With 84,000 chemicals approved for use in our environment now….well, it’s the equivalent of the Dust Bowl!)

Eating processed food and animal products, and even conventional produce sprayed with herbicides and pesticides, adds to your Toxic Body Burden. (That is, the amount of toxicity that goes in, reduced by the amount that is filtered out, by your organs of elimination.)

Toxins in your beauty products and in your water and air are other sources of exposure.

We live in a strange new world full of synthetic chemicals harmful to human life, everywhere.

(The Environmental Working Group estimates the average woman is exposed to over 100 harmful chemicals every week, through personal care products alone!)

In your food, there are genetically modified ingredients, synthetic additives, preservatives, nitrites and nitrates in cured meats, neurotoxins like MSG and aspartame in hundreds of products. And so much more.

Municipal water contains endocrine disruptors like chlorine, fluoride, phthalates, and even residuals of prescription drugs. Bottled water contains leached plastics.

In Robyn’s Detox Video Masterclass she’s made available to us, Robyn tackles all these topics.

If you’ve ever wondered what you can do, to eliminate more toxicity from your body, check out her 4 really educational inspiring and educational videos in the masterclass on these topics:

  1. Could Toxicity Be Why I’m Sick? The 7 Types of Toxins in Your Body and How to Eliminate Them
  2. How to Change Your Weight Set Point Forever (Detoxing, Not Dieting)
  3. 8 Foods That Help You Detoxify (and 11 That Cause Toxicity)
  4. Bonus: How a Physical Detox Can Resolve Emotional Issues

She’s offering you a spot in her FREE video class, on how to clean up and reboot your organs of elimination, to feel better than you have in 20 years.

VIDEO: Is Detoxing For You?
After 20 years of research and experimentation, Robyn has now supported over 10,000 people through a 26-day detox process.

She’s gathered data, including 500 detoxers’ inspiring stories, and she has some pretty interesting things to say about what happens, in the process!

 

(What’s “easy and fun.” What’s “hard.” She’s really honest about it.)

If you think detoxing is for weight loss, think again. Watch the short video to learn why some folks in the “ideal weight” category are shown to be at higher risk than those with lots of external body fat.

Detoxing is for anyone who lives where there’s car exhaust, processed food, chlorine and fluoride in the water, electronic devices in your energy field, or who experiences chronic stress. Robyn explains why.

It’s a strange, polluted world out there, and we have to get very smart, to eliminate higher-than-ever “toxic body burden.”

That’s where A (the input of toxic chemicals) minus B (the amount of chemical burden your elimination channels successfully excrete) = C (what’s left).

So, what do you do about the remainder? That overwhelm of toxicity, when kidneys, liver, lymphatic system, blood, and respiratory system can’t keep up?

An extremely well tested detoxification process radically reduces your disease risk.

Plus, following the program for 26 days robs your fat stores of the job they’re currently doing for you.

(Because your fat stores are hoarding toxic chemicals. Why? So they don’t get into critical organs and kill you. Your fat plays a very important role, especially around the middle of your body. And your body will keep hoarding fat, until you decrease that toxic body burden.)

I highly recommend this Video Masterclass, where Robyn explains that. She began researching detoxification when she was obese, very ill with 21 diseases, and her 1-year old was dying, in and out of hospitals, on constant bronchial drugs, steroids, and antibiotics. A “failure to thrive” baby below the 5th percentile, he clung to life and bounced in and out of emergency rooms.

What she discovered is in this Video Masterclass. Detoxing twice a year is how she became a competitive athlete, and ditched 70 pounds and all medications and disease states. She was dying, and on half a dozen drugs, diagnosed with 21 diseases, at 25. Now she’s 50 and free of all symptoms, diagnoses, and prescriptions.

She believes that aging isn’t so much about years, as much as toxic body burden overwhelming the immune system.

And I won’t be a spoiler, but there’s a really amazing story about what happened to her severely ill “Failure to Thrive” baby, in one of the masterclass videos as well.

Watch this short video to help you think through whether a period devoted to resting, rebuilding, and repairing your elimination organs and immune system is right for you.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of decreasing your own toxicity, take a deeper look, in the free video masterclass. And ask questions of Robyn after watching any of the videos. Enjoy!

Kick Start Breakfast Herbs

Looking for a powerful pick-me-up in the morning without having to dive into that energy drink or strong cup of coffee? Then try out the Eden Health Foods Kick Start Breakfast herbal blend… an energizing pick-me-up without the crash… all the powerful immune and energy boosting herbs in Kick Start are certified organic or wild crafted.

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Ingredients:

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)

Its main use has been to boost the body’s immune system and appears to work by stimulating the immune system. It is also considered useful to enhance the capabilities of the liver and cardiovascular systems.

 

It has antioxidant effects that inhibit free radical production. In the body, free radicals’ damage cells and are linked to many health problems associated with aging. It will also help you to deal with fatigue and is helpful if you have been experiencing on-going stress.

 

Astragalus is usually taken in combination with other herbal supplements. When used appropriately, astragalus appears to be very safe and to have few side effects.

 

Brahmi

Brahmi is used to help reduce stress and anxiety, as a memory enhancer, for boosting cognitive performance, and a possible therapy for Alzheimer’s disease. It appears to improve the speed of visual information processing, learning rate and memory consolidation.

 

Brahmi is well tolerated with no major side-effects observed in human trials.

 

Siberian Ginseng

The benefits of Siberian Ginseng for stress and energy are renowned. It is a powerful “adaptogenic” herb used to help the body’s reaction to stress. Siberian Ginseng can be used to increase a sense of wellbeing and stamina, and improves both mental and physical performance.

 

Siberian Ginseng can be used to help with erectile dysfunction, hepatitis C, and symptoms relating to menopause, and can also be used for lowering blood glucose levels and controlling blood pressure. Ginseng has been shown to reduce the levels of stress in both men and women. Those that take ginseng regularly are able to withstand higher amounts of physical and emotional stress.

 

People who experience mild to moderate fatigue due to illness, insufficient sleep or emotional problems may benefit from Siberian Ginseng. Siberian Ginseng can be used to improve the health of people recovering from illness.

 

Siberian Ginseng is usually a very well-tolerated herb when it is taken by mouth. Be aware that ginseng can cause allergic reactions. Because ginseng has an estrogenic-like effect, pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take it.

 

Withania (aka Ashwagandha)

Ashwagandha, an exotic Indian herb, has remarkable stress-relieving properties comparable to those of powerful drugs used to treat depression and anxiety. In addition to its excellent protective effects on the nervous system, Ashwagandha may be a promising alternative treatment for a variety of degenerative diseases.

 

When taking this herb, people are finding they sleep better, feel less irritable and it takes more to get them upset.

 

Ashwagandha is also a powerful energy booster and people are finding it can increase sexual desire and energy and, they feel like doing more in general. People say things like they feel more motivated and have been getting more things done.

 

Licorice root

Licorice root contains many anti-depressant compounds. It seems to prevent the breakdown of adrenal hormones such as cortisol (the body’s primary stress-fighting adrenal hormone), making these hormones more available to the body.

 

Licorice root is useful for several conditions including asthma, athlete’s foot, baldness, body odour, bursitis, canker sores, chronic exhaustion, melancholy, and treating yeast infections. Two controlled studies suggest that regular use of Licorice root in a combination product also containing antacids can heal ulcers as effectively as drugs in the Zantac family.

 

The phytoestrogenic and anti-oxidant action of licorice root is thought to be useful for hormonal problems including exhaustion, mood swings, and hot flashes in women who are going through menopause. This herb has anti inflammatory, antispasmodic, and a moderate estrogenic action which might assist with PMS symptoms including breast tenderness, menstrual cramps, nausea and bloating, not to mention mood swings.

 

Use of whole licorice has not been associated with significant adverse effects in the short term. For long-term consumption, about 0.3 g of licorice root daily should be safe for most adults.

 

Slippery Elm

Slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) has been used as an herbal remedy in North America for centuries. Native Americans used slippery elm in healing salves for wounds, boils, ulcers, burns, and skin inflammation. It was also taken orally to relieve coughs, sore throats, diarrhoea, and stomach problems.

 

Slippery Elm has a soothing action on all mucous membranes, including those of the digestive tract, urinary and respiratory tract and also soothes the skin on contact. It also has astringent effects, tightening the surfaces on which it contacts, providing an effective barrier to bacterial infection and alleviating diarrhoea. Slippery elm is also rich in nutrients and can be used as a gruel for infants, invalids and patients with intestinal inflammation.

 

Slippery elm also contains various nutrients, such as beta-sitosterol, campestrol, tannin, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, beta-carotene and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and vitamin C.

 

Milk Thistle

Our bodies are subjected to a barrage of environmental toxins, mostly absorbed through our skin and respiratory system but also through the foods we choose to eat. The liver is our primary organ of detoxification to help remove these toxins that can damage other organ systems, including the heart, blood vessels, eyes, and skin.

 

Milk Thistle is an herb that detoxifies and protects vital liver functions by binding to the outside of cells and blocking the entrance of toxins. Furthermore, toxins that are already in our liver cells are neutralized by silymarin. Milk Thistle can also help protect against dangerous chemicals, such as carbon tetrachloride, alcohol, acetaminophen, and some commonly prescribed medications.

 

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Please Note: This research is provided for informational purposes only. None of the foregoing is a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


Winter Superfood Immune Boosters

 

Winter Superfood Immune Protectors

With winter just around the corner it’s time, if you have not already started, to build up you immune system to combat the cold and flu viruses and infections. To help you in the fight we have put together some powerful immune system boosters to get you prepared.

Vitamins A and C have always been big players in the immune boosting game. Resveratrol (found in red grapes, raw cacao and cocoa) and pterostilbene are now also recognised as excellent immune boosters. Add some antimicrobials, antibiotics, antiparasitics foods to help your body fight off unwanted microscopic winter invaders.

Collard Greens and Cruciferous Vegetables:Collard greens and Cruciferous vegetables including Kale, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Bok Choy, Watercress, Brussels Sprouts, Radish and Wasabi arehigh in folate, vitamin C and soluble fibre and contain multiple nutrients and phytochemicals.

Beetroot(not canned):Excellent source of A and B vitamins, antioxidants Don’t throw away the leafy tops to your beetroot (beets) as they are considered the healthiest part of the plane containing important nutrients like protein, phosphorus, zinc, fibre, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese, beet greens also supply significant amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.

Through them into your smoothie or green drink mix as they will strengthen your immune system by stimulating the production of antibodies and white blood cells

Fresh Lemonsand Limes:high in antioxidants and vitamin C and although acidic tasting are actually alkaline when consumed and help balance the pH level of the blood.

Fresh Ginger: strong antimicrobial, antibiotic, and also high in antioxidants. Ginger has been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds and flu around Asia. The root acts as an antihistamine and decongestant, two cold-easing effects that can help with symptoms. Stir up some ginger tea to get rid of throat and nose congestion. And when there’s a nip in the air, the warming benefits of this tasty tea are even greater!

Blueberries Fresh or Snap Frozen (no added sugar): high in pterostilbene, a known immune booster. Blue Berries, being very rich in anti oxidants like Anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper (a very effective immune builder and anti-bacterial), selenium, zinc, and iron (promotes immunity by raising haemoglobin and oxygen concentration in blood). Once your immunity is fortified you are less likely to catch colds and the flu virus so boost up your immune system and prevent infections.

Red Grapes: Red grapes are high in vitamin C and contain small amounts of vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin K, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, folate, beta carotene and alpha carotene. These nutrients help your body processes function properly, and many vitamins, such as vitamin A, have antioxidant properties.

Red Grapes also contain resveratrol, which is a polyphenol antioxidant. This antioxidant is concentrated in the skins of red grapes. A 1-cup serving of red grapes contains about 160 g of resveratrol, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. Resveratrol seems to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiestrogenic properties, and may activate the enzymes of the liver that rid the body of unwanted chemicals,

Raw Cocoa & Cacao: also contain resveratrol (see benefits above), a known immune booster and a potent antioxidant. Raw Cacao and Cocoa also contain a natural endorphin also known as the “bliss chemical”, which acts as a mood booster.

A recent study tested the antioxidant levels of several popular hot winter beverages. The beverages tested included a cup of hot water containing two tablespoons of pure cocoa powder (not the added sugar variety commonplace on supermarket shelves), roughly equivalent to the amount of cocoa in a normal-size packet of instant hot chocolate; a cup of water containing a standard size bag of green tea; a cup of black tea; and one glass of red wine (California Merlot) The researchers found that the antioxidant concentration in pure cocoa was the highest: It was almost 2 times stronger than red wine, 2-3 times stronger than green tea, and 4-5 times stronger than that of black tea.

Apple Cider Vinegar: It boosts your immune system due to its antibacterial properties. You would think it would be acidic but in fact, similar to lemons and limes, once consumed it balances out the body’s pH levels and helps bring your body into a more alkaline state (viruses thrive in an acidic environment so pH balance is key). It is a great detox weapon when taken with water fist thing in the morning as the alkalising effect helps detoxify the liver.

Herbs & Spices

Here are some common herbs and spices known for there immune boosting properties. These can be easily added to omelettes, stews, curries and soups for added flavour.

Turmeric: high in antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, great for overall cell health

If you haven’t tried adding a few tablespoons of coconut oil to your lentil soup or vegan chili, get ready to live!

Cinnamon: antimicrobial Hands down Cinnamon is the best stomach flu cure because it works very fast; it’s simple to use, cost effective and has virtually no side effects for 99.9% of people.

Cinnamon: is a warming agent. That means it has the power to dramatically reduce the chills, aches and pains and make your comfort levels so much better.

Boil some cinnamon sticks in filtered water, add some honey for taste or even add to a cup of black tea. Here is an excellent recipe for Cinnamon tea: http://www.cinnamonvogue.com/How_to_make_cinnamon_stick_tea.html

Paprika: Contains vitamin E, Carotenoids and vitamin A. A tablespoon of paprika contains 3,349 international units of vitamin A… more than 100 percent of the daily intake requirement for men and women, set by the Institute of Medicine.

Coriander: Coriander is considered both an herb and a spice since both its leaves and its seeds are used as a seasoning condiment and contains vitamin A, Vitamin C and vitamin K. Fresh coriander leaves are more commonly known as cilantro and has been found to chelate (remove) heavy metals like mercury, aluminium, and lead from the body. In fact, it is believed to cross the blood-brain barrier and actually remove said metals from the brain.

Curry: strong antifungal and antimicrobial properties

Crushed Fresh Garlic: high in sulphuric compounds, anti-fungal

Fresh Parsley:high in vitamins C, B12, K, and A (big supporters of the immune system)

Oils ain’t Oils

Not all oils are created equal or as the famous saying goes… “oils ain’t oils”. Read more about the good, the bad. And the ugly oils here: https://healthyhomesblog.com/ go to the bottom of the article.

Oregano Essential Oil (not cooking oil): Its antiviral, antibacterial and immune stimulating properties make it highly effective for many pathogenic infections. Because it is high in phenols, as is thyme, clove, basil, tea tree and peppermint essential oils, it cleanses receptor sites and combats free radicals as well.

Organic Cold-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil: (antiviral, antimicrobial) Because of it’s anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, pure virgin coconut oil when topically applied on infections, forms a chemical layer which protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil is also very effective on bruises as it speeds up the healing process by repairing damaged tissues.

According to the Coconut Research Centre, coconut oil kills viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes and SARS. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhoea. Coconut oil is also effective on fungi and yeast that cause Candida growth, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush and diaper rash. Find out more benefits of coconut oil here: https://healthyhomesblog.com/

Sunshine: Last but not least, something that isn’t mentioned often enough when we talk about a strong immune defence is sunlight. The sun gives us an abundance of vitamin D, which has been shown to support our immune system in a big way. You should be getting at least 15min of sunshine on your body per day. The best times are early morning or late afternoon sun.