Coming into the colder months, many of us are prone to catching the cold and Flu. This doesn’t need to be the norm, nor do you have to suffer through winter with a box of tissues and cold and Flu tablets in hand. People with a depressed immune system or nutrient deficiencies may be more prone to catching the flu or a cold. Stress, lack of sleep and exposure to toxins can also worsen flu symptoms. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. These viruses spread through the air from person to person. There are numerous ways to protect ourselves and boost our immune system to prevent and lessen the duration of cold and Flus. Here are some handy tips:
As 70% of the immunity cells are found in the Gut it stands to reason that if you take regular daily probiotics and fermented foods to sustain and repopulate the good bacteria in your gut that you’ll keep your immune system strong and healthy. You can take a good quality probiotic capsule or consume daily ferments such as Kefir, Kombucha, Sauerkraut, Kim Chi etc. Bone Broth soups, Aloe Vera juice and slippery Elm will soothe inflammation and repair the digestive system which is also beneficial.
Vitamin C and Zinc:
Vitamin C is well researched and well known to boost and improve the immune system. It helps with immune system function and boosts white blood cells.
Zinc lessens the duration and severity of the illness as it helps with the repair of cells. You can get great Vitamin C and zinc powders and tablets to have on hand during the winter months, the recommended dose of Vitamin C is 3000mgs a day. Bright Red and orange foods and berries are full of Vitamin C.
Zinc supports immune function and has an antiviral effect. It works best when taken at the first sign of illness to lessen the symptoms of the cold virus.
Vitamin D as been hailed as a preventative for the Flu. Vitamin D keeps the winter Blues at bay, strengthens bones and immune cells. Just 2000 International units of Vitamin D a day can prevent the risk of catching the Flu by 40%. You can get Vitamin D from 20 minutes of daily exposure to the sun. Also Sardines, salmon, egg yolks and Cod liver oil. (2,000 IU daily)
Honey: is antibacterial and antifungal and also soothes a cough and sore throat. It is effective at night to reduce a nocturnal cough and promote a more restful sleep. Honey can be a powerful immune system booster. It's antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve the digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight disease.
Apple Cider vinegar:
Soothes a sore throat. It has a strong antimicrobial effect. It contains several antioxidants, which are great for you because they boost your body’s immune system and help you fight off illness. it can help to regulate your pH levels, which is the ratio of acid to alkaline in the body. We want a mildly alkaline environment to stave off disease and illness.
Cinnamon: Has an antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory effect in the body. It’s great for upper respiratory tract infections and cold and flu.
It is believed that this herb can deactivate the flu virus and naturally boost immunity. The flowers and berries of elderberry are said to boost the immune system, treat flu and relieve sinus pain. Elderberry attacks the flu viruses and reduces bronchial inflammation. It greatly reduces the severity and length of flu symptoms when given at the first signs of symptoms.
This herb can help your body fight off infections, but it is best to take it at the first sign of illness. Echinacea effectively treats respiratory tract infections. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, which can help reduce bronchial symptoms of cold and flu. Echinacea directly attacks yeast and other kinds of fungus.
Foods for Flu Recovery:
Try to consume light, easy to digest foods: Include soups with bone broth, cooked vegetables or herbal teas to help with digestion.
Adequate hydration is the key to flushing out the toxins from your system. Fluid helps your body to flush bacteria and viruses from your body. Green and black teas are potent immune system-boosters and antioxidants. Try to drink a cup every two hours. You should aim to consume at least 8 glasses of water a day.
Ginger: Make a ginger tea and add raw honey.
Garlic and onions: Both of these vegetables help boost immune function.
Taking some of these remedies regularly and having some on hand if you do happen to get sick will ensure that you recover much quicker. These remedies will help you to enjoy the winter months and stay healthy.
Here is one of my favourite recipes to keep my immune system healthy throughout the winter months. I drink it every night to keep the colds and flu’s away.
In a Mug of freshly boiled water add
1 teaspoon of ground Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Teaspoon of Honey
Stir the mixture well and Enjoy!!
Please consult your Naturopath for a more tailored immunity plan.
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Using a hair sample, Bio-Compatibility testing identifies the influence either positive or negative that each of a wide range of foods and products has on the individuals body. This particular test is called the Hair 500 test and it tests 500 Local and common Vegetables, fruits, Meats, seeds, oils, seafoods, Nuts, Alcohols, Beverages, Biscuits, sauces, Dairy products, Flour and grain products, Cereals, Breads, Gluten Free products, Deodorants, sunscreens, Bathroom chemicals, Cleaning products, toothpastes, common supplements and Health shop items .By using the Bio-Compatability Hair test we are able to determine which foods and products should be avoided and which can be used. The focus is on what you CAN eat and use rather than what you can’t. It includes common local brands found in supermarkets and health food stores. Each item is tested in the form it is usually consumed (both raw and/or cooked where applicable). The technique is based on the way in which the foods and products which we use has either a positive or negative influence the body. Each person is unique so it obviously follows that when it comes to foods and household products that “one size does not fit all”. Each individual has his or her own nutritional and energy requirements. Have you noticed that some foods give you good energy while others seem to drag you down and seem to aggravate existing symptoms?
Yes that's right, So if your digestive system isn't working well, is inflamed or you're suffering from Candida, leaky gut, IBS, Constipation or intestinal inflammatory bowel disorders then there's a high risk that you'll be more likely to get sick, suffer from allergies, food intolerance, and skin disorders.
It all starts in the Gut. Maintaining a healthy digestive system is key to overall health and vitality. We have about 100 trillion bacteria which is about 1.5 kilograms living in our intestinal tract. These bacteria help stimulate digestion of food and absorption of nutrients.
The right bacteria is necessary for proper nutrition and absorption. Digestive bacteria and enzymes break down foods into small molecules in the small intestines. These smaller molecules then enter the blood stream and go to where they are needed in the body.
As mentioned earlier, many conditions can affect this absorption of vitamins and minerals. The main culprits are: Candida Overgrowth
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Parasitic overgrowth or worms
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Post Natal Depression has really stepped out of the shadows and into the spotlight lately. Whether it’s because more and more women are becoming aware of their bodies or because the ‘shame’ and stigma that was once associated with it is now starting to disappear. Pre Natal depression which occurs during pregnancy, is also becoming much more diagnosed now and there are more and more treatment options available.
Whilst post Natal depression is classed as a mental disorder, There are many Physical changes in the body which contribute to this and when you look at the process closer, it is easier to understand why it happens to so many women.
Our bodies thrive with Sunshine and fresh air and in Australia in particular we embrace being a sunburnt country. It is actually very healthy for us to spend time in the sun every day. Just as plants need Sunshine to grow and thrive, so do we! A safe amount of time is between 15-20 minutes a day in the sunshine. Our bodies have an inbuilt Sun protection factor in the form of the Pituitary gland. When we step out in the sun, the Pituitary gland signals the body to produce a hormone which protects us from getting burnt. The problem is though that we tend to wear dark sunglasses so our body is tricked into a false sense of being indoors when we are actually outside. As a result the pituitary gland doesn't receive the trigger to produce the hormone and consequently we end up getting burnt. The other reason is that we stay out in the sun a lot longer then what we should.
Your thyroid is responsible for so many functions in the body which we take for granted!!
Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection, the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process in the body.
When something harmful or irritating affects a part of our body, there is a biological response to try to remove it, the signs and symptoms of inflammation such as heat, swelling and pain specifically acute inflammation, show that the body is trying to heal itself.
Inflammation is part of the body's immune response. Initially, it is beneficial when, for example, your knee sustains a blow and the tissues need care and protection. However, sometimes inflammation can cause further inflammation which can become self-perpetuating. More inflammation is created in response to the existing inflammation.
There are plenty of natural remedies such as Manuka honey, Olive leaf extract and colloidal silver which can alleviate and reduced the symptoms associated with theses conditions. However practicing immune building rituals now can greatly reduce the risk of catching the dreaded lurgy's.
Ear candling can prevent and greatly improve Hayfever and sinus symptoms and taking a herbal tea every evening with cinnamon, honey and apple cider vinegar can help you to power through the winter months without a tissue in sight!
Sugar has a massive effect on the health of the body and it's organs. Sugar is responsible for a number of health conditions such as Diabetes and insulin resistance, cholesterol and not to mention excessive weight gain. One organ that is greatly effected by sugar is the Liver. Overloading the liver with sugar is a leading cause of Non alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is becoming increasingly common!