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:

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: 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:

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.


Is Chocolate Really Good for You?


Time to clear up the hype about how chocolate is good for you. This was obviously conjured up by marketeers and chocolate manufactures to keep you buying chocolate… and then reinforced by all the chocoholics that want to find an excuse for eating more of it. People will take any hint of goodness to label something they love as ‘healthy’ and then tell everyone… a marketers’ dream right?


Sorry but No, chocolate is NOT good for you! Chocolate contains high amounts of saturated fat and lots of added sugar, both of which are very bad for you. Neither are the commercial brand of Milo and drinking chocolates because they are loaded with sugar, milk solids and high level of saturated fats added during manufacturing.


Although many studies show chocolate has some beneficial effects, and contain antioxidants, these effects are due to the cocoa or cacao component and are FAR more effective in the form of pure cocoa or raw cacao powder than they are in chocolate.


You only need a small amount of cocoa or raw cacao powder to experience these benefits, but the benefits you receive from chocolate are quickly outweighed by the intake of bad macro nutrients.




Are Cocoa powder and Cacao powder the same?

Raw cocoa and raw cacao are the same. Cacao is just the botanical name for the cocoa plant… both cocoa and cacao come from the same plant albeit processed differently. What is generally considered “raw” cacao is suppose to be a cocoa powder that has been in a process that never exceeded 110 degrees Fahrenheit.


This is almost impossible to achieve as the cocoa (cacao) is sourced from third world countries near the Equator and the drying process, under black linens on patios and even on concrete slabs under the hot sun making it an almost impossible scenario… and yes, you need to dry them, otherwise within a few days they will rotten, and the shell will be too difficult to peel off.


ALL cocoa powder comes from the cocoa bean, which without the shell is called cocoa nib (a.k.a. cacao nib). The first step is grinding of the nib (which again, when you grind something to such small particle size you will create a lot of friction with… that’s right… heat!). That will give you the cocoa/cacao paste (a.k.a. cacao mass or chocolate liquor), which has about 50 to 56% fat (cocoa butter) in it…and ALL cocoa powders have to go through that stage.


Next stage is to take some of that butter away, which the raw community claims can be done through “cold pressing”. For any that don’t understand that term, cold pressing is done with oils like olive oil to preserve the oil almost intact by cooling the press plates while applying pressure (pressure generates heat, therefore it needs to be cooled). But here is a reminder, olive oil is liquid in room temperature, cocoa butter is SOLID, and it STARTS melting at about 100 degrees Fahrenheit … so, you cannot control and cool it to a point where it will be still in a solid phase, because it cannot be pressed and “flow” out.


Last operation is to grind the solids left in the press, again – heat…and there is your cocoa powder or cacao powder… you tell me if you call it “raw”, a term not defined by the FDA for cocoa, and that can be used by anyone just to sell the cocoa to a much higher price. Maybe that is why bigger, more serious companies don’t have this product, since they do not want to be liable for false advertising…


Regarding “Raw” cocoa nibs or cocoa beans…yes, that is possible, and the only concern is the high bacteriological plate count… but how much you want to train your immune system is up to each individual. And yes, the less manipulated the cocoa, the more polyphenols and healthy chemicals you will obtain from it.


There is also a difference between alkalized or ducthed powders, and the natural ones (which do not contain any potassium carbonate), being the second ones the ones containing more of the healthy properties (antioxidants). But that is totally different than claiming a “raw” cocoa powder.


So, that is my explanation, and again, I respect anyone’s opinion on what they want to eat or how they want to consume it. I just disagree with misleading the general public just to make juicy profits.

-Source: From a forum post by a chemical engineer based on her reasoning and experience of 15 years in the cocoa business.


Do production differences affect the antioxidant levels of raw cacao and cocoa powders?


Since natural unsweetened cocoa powder is very similar to raw cacao powder except for experiencing higher temperatures during production, the question is, does natural cocoa powder have the same benefits as raw cacao powder?


The main beneficial property of raw cacao powder is antioxidants. Antioxidant activity is measured as an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) score. Foods with higher ORAC values have more antioxidant activity.


The ORAC score for raw cacao powder is 95 500 μ mol TE/100g, compared with 26 000 μ mol TE/100g for roasted cocoa powder (I cannot find a source clarifying whether this is for natural or dutch-processed cocoa powder). So raw cacao powder has 3.67 times the antioxidant activity of roasted cocoa powder

-Read more at Nourish My Life 


What are the health benefits of raw cacao?


-Lowers insulin resistance.


-Protects your nervous system: Cacao is high in resveratrol, a potent antioxidant also found in red wine, known for its ability to cross your blood-brain barrier to help protect your nervous system.


-Shields nerve cells from damage.


-Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease.


-Reduces your risk of stroke.


-Reduces blood pressure.


Slows the ageing process by assisting with nitric oxide metabolism: Nitric oxide protects your heart by relaxing your blood vessels and thereby lowering your blood pressure. However, nitric oxide production produces adverse reactions and toxic metabolites, which must be neutralised by your body so they don’t result in oxidative damage to your blood vessel lining. Cocoa polyphenols protect your body from these metabolites and help counter the typical age-related decline in nitric oxide production.


Guards against toxins: as a potent antioxidant, cacao can repair the damage caused by free radicals and may reduce the risk of certain cancers. In fact cacao contains far more antioxidants per 100g than acai, goji berries and blueberries. Antioxidants are responsible for 10% of the weight of raw cacao.


Boosts your mood: cocoa can increase levels of certain neurotransmitters that promote a sense of well-being. And the same brain chemical that is released when we experience deep feelings of love – phenylethylamine – is found in chocolate.


It is rich in minerals: magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese.


On the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) scale, which is a way of measuring antioxidants raw cacao has an ORAC of 95,500 where as roasted cocoa powder has an ORAC of 26,000. This does make raw cacao a more powerful antioxidant source.


However, when assessing raw cacao we must also consider where the cacao is sourced and whether the process is monitored correctly, which in this day and age of the quick buck, needs close scrutiny.


Most cacao or cocoa is harvested from beans grown in third-world countries, and many of the conditions these beans are exposed to during growth and fermentation is extremely unsanitary.


In her article on potential risks of raw cacao, Stephanie Zonis explains that consumption of raw organic cacao powder may drastically increase the risk of pathogen-associated illnesses (or food poisoning) because the cooler temperatures may allow pathogens to survive. However, pathogenic risks are also associated with the addition of egg and dairy products to cocoa powders during the production of chocolate.

Read more at Sally


Weight Loss Weight Gain Emotional Stress Triggers

When you look for the reason why you are struggling with weight loss you may or may not find it, but even if you do, it won’t change anything. All it will do is make you feel bad about it and at the same time add a little more anxiety and stress to your life each time you think about it, which ultimately leads to more weight gain or loss in the case of anorexia.


You see the trap many people fall into, once they find out “WHY” they struggle with weight-loss or weight gain, are they get to label their condition and, can opt out doing anything about it. They say things like I can’t help it because:


  • I am a diabetic
  • I’ve inherited a fat gene
  • I’m just naturally thin
  • I’m big-boned so am naturally over-weight
  • I have a slow metabolism so that’s why I can’t lose weight
  • I have a fast metabolism that’s why I can’t gain weight
  • I was rejected.
  • I was abused.
  • I was abandoned
  • I ………………. (fill in the blank)


Now while all these conditions may be true, they cannot free you. In fact they keep you trapped in a vicious circle by reinforcing your belief system that you cannot do anything about it and many of the drug companies and even support groups attest to this… but the truth is you can!


Recent research is showing that the reason many people cannot lose weight or gain weight (anorexia) lies in emotional stress triggers. They are carrying an emotional trigger (or triggers) that prevent them from gaining or losing weight.


And most people struggling with weight issues are not consciously aware of this emotional stress trigger… because it is buried deep in the subconscious mind. It could have been some event (major or minor) that happened many years ago or even in childhood and your mind created this trigger to protect you.


At the time when this emotional trigger was created it was the only way your subconscious mind could protect you from the threat (real or imagined) and it was the correct decision at that time. However the issue is… your subconscious correct decision made in the past is not the necessarily the right decision for today… and so now the past solution has become the present problem… and your subconscious mind, not your conscious mind, runs the show.


This subconscious conditioning, of solutions to past problems, which were right at the time, are the cause of new problems and blockages… in all areas of life… health, weight, relationships, stress, anxiety, depression, mental health, spiritual development… and the list goes on.


Many people believe that pure willpower or positive affirmations will solve their problem, and it may… for a little while… but you will soon slip back into the old patterns. This is because the subconscious mind (remember it runs the show, not your conscious mind) needs to be re-programmed, and to do this you must bypass the “inner gatekeeper” that protects it.


This is why positive thinking and a lot of programs like “The Biggest Loser” and “Boot Camps” tend to fail… , it wasn’t through a lack of commitment and desire to change… something was missing from the formula. They focus on the conscious mind or the physical body and are not addressing the real problem… the subconscious emotional blockage.


Yes exercise is an important of a healthy lifestyle but is not the be all and end all of weight loss and, if done excessively (over-exercising), can become a problem of its own… what is the emotional trigger behind over-exercising or the obsession with bulking up and poisoning the body with weight-gain supplements?


Most diet and weight loss programs rely on external motivation and that’s exactly why they fail… it’s not your fault… you have just being given the wrong recipe.


Thankfully there’s a simple weight loss or rather emotional weight release method you can learn which is designed to erase practically any dysfunctional emotional behaviour pattern. Visualise having the capability to eliminate any kind of detrimental block which is preventing you realizing what you desire in every area of your life, and living the lifestyle you always desired.


This approach is NOT yet another self-help techniqueit is a subconscious mind paradigm shift method that enables you to clear away the memories, encounters and self-limiting belief systems which have trapped you inside a self-defeating and self-destructing sequenceand get rid of them permanently!


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We refer to this method as the zero resistance weight release solution and it works on the subconscious and emotional level, and that is the location where the genuine challenge with gaining weight exists.


The actual difference between you and your optimal bodyweight is related to your current emotionally charged fat survival switchit’s actually a mind body relationship.


The true secret to getting rid of unwanted weight resides in the psychological, emotive and spiritual stress triggers, and weight loss is usually simple and easy once you deal with these kinds of activators.


You need to understand precisely why these triggers keep your fat survival button on and, you must learn the way to switch those triggers off!


When you get this approach correct the remainder is easy and you simply won’t believe how rapidly you’re going to get positive weight loss effects.


Diet plans are not effective and will never ever work until this switch is off and, in order to accomplish that we have to align the subconscious and conscious minds. Absolutely no dieting will be necessary when you get this alignment right; you are going to lose weight easily, effectively and effortlessly.

How to Really Utilise the Law of Attraction

The universal law of attraction is more than sending out positive affirmations to the universe. Sure they might work sometimes but mostly you will end up back where you started. You need to play the inner game.


Do unwanted things keep turning up in your life? And do these things keep happening no matter how positively you think or what positive action you take? If this is you then you may be in energetic vibrational disharmony with the Universal energy force.


You see the issue is if you are in a negative situation, you will think negative thoughts. Now when you try to take action to rectify these situations, be it lack of money, bad relationships, feelings of being unloved and unwanted, in a bad job or have no job at all, the action you take is coming from and grounded in the negative thoughts and situations of the experience and therein lies the trap.


If you take action from a grounding of negative thoughts or a negative situation, no matter how positive you are, you will always attract more of the same. Maybe not straight away but eventually you will end up back in another bad relationship or in a state of lack.


This is because the negative grounding is NOT in your conscious mind, it is in your subconscious mind, and that is carefully guarded by something we call your inner gatekeeper. The trick is to find a way to bypass the gatekeeper and access the programming in your subconscious mind. One way to master your inner game is through hypnosis.


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Does it seem like no matter what you do, you can’t seem to get the results in your life that you desire? If you think you have tried everything… the key, the aha moment, the light bulb going off… is that the problem isn’t with the programs or systems you have tried…


The real problem is that what you learned never got past your conscious mind to your subconscious mind. We are creators and we create our reality based on what we have in the blueprint of our subconscious mind and ALL suffering is the result of the wrong blueprint.


The good news is that you can change your blueprint and align your conscious and subconscious minds so they are in agreement. When you do that, you gain limitless access.


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The tricky part is bypassing your inner gatekeeper to get your subconscious mind to accept your conscious intentions. In the Deliberate Creation Instant Self-Hypnosis program, Dr Robert Anthony shows you exactly how to reprogram your subconscious blueprint. And you are able to do this instantly because he built a trigger in that allows you to remove your critical thinking without long inductions or suggestions.


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