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My Favorite Immune Boosters

Being sick in the winter time has become “normal” in our culture.. just as many other things have become that are not actually natural to our bodies. The good news is we don’t have to get that annual sinus infection, or that cold that never fails to come when the weather changes. How do we avoid this? By building up our immune system so we are strong enough to fight off common winter illnesses.

I use to get sick almost every winter.. and normally multiple times. Once I started learning about building up my immune system to prevent it, I started on a simple regiment of a probiotic & a wellness formula vitamin. And boom! In the last 5 years I have only been sick once.. and the one time I got sick was after flying back home from being out of the country for a week.

Over these past few years I have come across some great immune boosters that I have kept apart of my life year around to prevent sickness. There are many out there.. but these are ones I have personally used & can vouch for!

Probiotic

I always tell friends & family- if you take one vitamin everyday.. it should be a Live Probiotic. A good probiotic is crucial for your overall health. Why? The good bacteria flora in our gut (where 70-80% of our immune system is) determines how we fight sickness, disease, & cancer. It also plays a big role in our digestion & other vital everyday functions. Things like stress, poor diet, prescription pills- especially antibiotics.. can disrupt this flora. When our good bacteria is weakened, it leaves your vulnerable & sets you up for sickness.

Colliodal Silver

This is some old school holistic health right here. Its been around since the early 20th century, but has never received the mainstream attention it deserves. It is a powerful, all natural antibiotic that detects & kills out any disease causing pathogens. Unlike conventional antibiotics- which kills out good & bad bacteria, colloidal silver leaves good bacteria unharmed.. only going after the bad stuff your body doesn’t need. I used a diluted store bought version to cure a inflamed stye outside of my eye & it was gone within 24 hours! I also take it weekly for maintenance & up it to daily when I feel anything coming on. Here is a great article explain it & you can even purchase a machine to make your own!

Marine Phytoplankton

Phyto what? Or my favorite is.. You mean like Spongebob? Marine Phytoplankton is a powerful microalgae that is needed to sustain life on a cellular level. It’s loaded with essential fatty acids, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants and trace minerals.. and gram for gram it is one of the most nutrient dense superfood on the planet. Do I need to explain more? Lol. I came across this gem when doing random research.. and it was a game change! The doctor’s article I found talking about it was swearing by this stuff to cure & prevent cancer, disease, and common illnesses. It has helped heal my husband’s stomach that was damaged from years of acid issues. It helped heal our friend’s mom who had lumps in her breast. It heals on a cellular level.. and its really hard to find dense nutrients like this in any modern foods. And its REALLY SIMPLE. You take drops of it strait or in juice everyday, first thing.. and boom! Thats all. Check out Sunfood’ s website to get more information & to purchase it. I highly recommend making this apart of your everyday life- ALWAYS 🙂

Wellness Formula

A wellness formular vitamin is very handy to prevent or get you through sickness. Versus taking a bunch of different vitamin, you can get one target towards immune health that is filled with a handful of herbs & vitamins you wouldn’t normally take. Your immune system can be compromised by stress, weather change, lack of proper sleep.. and so on. So anytime the weather changes dramatically, I am under stress, or just don’t feel 100%.. I take my Wellness Formula vitamin. Its also smart to take daily to build up your immune system, then take as needed for maintenance.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the more main stream vitamins that people are familiar & comfortable with.. but its importance isn’t praised enough. Most people think they should just load up on it when they get a cold, but your body’s need for it is much deeper than that! It is a powerful antioxidant that protects our bodies on many levels.. such as from free radical damage, promoting cell health, helping with aging… and so on. It is a water-soluable vitamin, therefor your body cannot store it so it needs to be consumed daily through diet or supplementation.. And not to be there barrier  of bad new- but orange juice is not a good source! Many fresh fruits & vegetables are great sources of vitamin c and you can always find a trustworthy supplement to make sure your getting plenty. When I am feeling sick I take a 500-1000 mg. supplement every hour or so for a boost.. since your body will flush out what you don’t need, I constantly replenish it to be safe!

Garlic

Garlic has a list of benefits for your health- giving it many characteristics of a superfood. Its has antibacterial, anti fungal, and antiviral components to help prevent & fight sickness. It also promotes cardiovascular health, cancer prevention, and is anti-inflammatory (inflammation is the root of many problems!). It is also beneficial for fighting candida in your gut (overgrowth of yeast). Of coarse, raw garlic is the most powerful source because cooking it can destroy some of the nutrients. If you have not acquired a taste for raw garlic, the next best thing is finding a good supplement. Taking it daily can help promote overall health including keeping your immune system strong!

Echinacea

This herbaceous flowering plant has very serious healing powers for your immune system & your body’s cells. It stimulates the overall activity of the cells responsible for fighting all kinds of infection.. making it effective for fighting bacteria, viruses, and abnormal cells- including cancer cells. Again- very serious healing powers! Most wellness/immune boosting vitamins will contain this, you could also take it as its own supplement or a echinacea tea. My favorite echinacea tea is by Yogi called Echinacea Immune Support Tea. Its paired with elderberry– which is also a great immune boosting aid. I personally have not used it like the other items listed here, but its worth looking it to!

 

Of coarse, these tools work best with a well balanced lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet, proper rest, and being active. When I first started learning about building my immune system and using these tools.. I lived a pretty average life- not the healthiest or the unhealthiest. Seeing the impact of tools like this encouraged me to learn more about living a well balanced life. Even now though, at my peak of health- eating a very clean/healthy diet, exercising regularly, & getting plenty of rest.. I still turn to these tools. Our bodies are constantly under attack, and all it takes is that right moment for something to line up & boom.. we are sick. Whether its unexpected stress, lack of sleep, poor food choices.. or whatever.. We have to keep our bodies protected & prepared!

As always, I encourage you to do your own research and consult with your doctor if you feel necessary. Knowledge is key to fueling our bodies with the proper tools to stay healthy & thriving.. So always keep learning!

Stay healthy my fellow heath seekers! 🙂

love you. live long.

 

Tips for having a Healthy Relationship with Food

The American culture on how we view food.. is ALL WRONG. We are so obsessed with our food.. What sounds good.. I am craving this.. I have to have a burger.. I need something sweet. When in reality most of the things we “want” or “crave” is actually nothing our body really needs. If anything its the total opposite & contributing to our declining health.

So how do we change this? I personally changed this by rebuilding my relationship with food. My mindset, my focus, how I felt when I ate.. and I educated myself on what my body really wanted when it was having cravings.

Mind Over Matter

Half of the battle, if not more is in your mind. Food is such a way of life in our culture, and we are spoiled because we can have whatever we want.. whenever we want.. so why not? My biggest struggle when I was cutting out gluten & processed sugar of my life was my mindset. Dwelling on what I “couldn’t” or “shouldn’t” eat.. thinking “I can’t” give up these foods. I started to become bitter about it.. and eventually it lead to me falling back on my plan & eating items with gluten & sugar. It took several relapses.. my skin & stomach getting out of whack for me to finally realize I needed to change my thoughts & get it together!! Which leads me to my next tip..

Focus on What You Can Have (aka… Be Positive!)

When all you do is sit around thinking about what you “can’t” have.. it only makes you want to eat it more. As I mentioned, I cut out processed sugar & gluten out of my life, which was for Candida Overgrowth in my gut & a skin issue. When I first went gluten & sugar free.. all I thought about was the stuff I couldn’t eat. I can’t eat a donut, or cake.. No more ice cream.. No more all the desserts & things I have loved most of my life! Yes, I was having a pity party… and it took about 6 months for me to get it together & realize I need to stop focusing on what I can’t have.. and focus on what I CAN have. I can have luscious green salads, lean meats, fruits.. and vegetables. I can open my mind to new foods & arise to the challenge of finding healthy alternatives to the things I love. The moment I focused on all the good I could have.. A big door opened & I was introduced to a whole new world of foods.

Eat with a Purpose in Mind

I hate to be the barrier of bad news.. but eating is not a luxury! It is the means to which we fuel our bodies. So its time to start treating it that way.. You can do it.. I promise!! Do the research, understand what your body needs to thrive & supply your body with it.

Practice Gratitude

Be grateful for the food you are eating. Be grateful that you have a healthy meal that is going to nourish your body. If you are a religious person.. there is a good chance you say a prayer before you eat.. but you can even take it further than that. With every bit of food, thoroughly chew your food.. feel the texture.. taste the different flavor. Eating a wholesome meal can be a spiritual experience! It may sound silly.. but don’t knock it until you try it!

Understanding the Root of Cravings

Your body is a magnificent machine that tells you everything you need to know.. You just have to know how to listen. Getting your mind right, understanding how to fuel your body, & appreciating nutritious foods will all help in building a healthy relationship with food.. but there is a physical aspect to understand as well.

Coming from an “Ex Sugar-aholic”.. Food cravings are the worst. The even harder part is that all the processed, chemical filled foods we eat.. most of which are loaded up with sugar, are highly addictive & leave us stripped of the nutrition we need. So our bodies are not only going to send out cravings for the nutrition it needs, but also for the junk that it is withdrawing from. So next time your craving something salty or sweet.. Try to figure out what your body really needs.

Understanding Food Cravings

 

Overcoming the typical “American diet” and building a new relationship with food isn’t necessarily going to be easy.. or an overnight fix. Most of us have years of bad habits to undo.. but each day is a new day.. and a chance to make better choices.

Be positive.. You CAN make changes.. You CAN overcome anything you set your mind to!

love you. live long.

5 Healthy Daily Habits

When trying to conquer the world of health.. these are some of the most basic daily habits I have come across, that are manageable to fit in your everyday life.

1. Start your morning with a glass of water

Waking up and drinking a glass of water first thing has a list of benefits to it! Besides the obvious importance of hydrating your body, it also jump starts your metabolism, helps purify your colon to aid in nutrition absorption, balances your lymph system, aids in weight loss… and thats just naming a few of the benefits!

You can boost and follow it with warm water with lemon– which helps detox your body. Lemon water also aids with digestion & is great to drink throughout the day or with meals. Or boost it even more and add Apple Cider Vinegar to your lemon water… which adds even more benefits to the list!

2. Take a Probiotic

If you take one vitamin a day- this is the supplement you should invest in.. The list of health benefits is endless! The good bacteria flora in your body determines everything- how you digest food, your weight, how you fight of sickness, cancer, & disease.. and food allergies. I introduced probiotics into my life regularly about 5 years ago & ever since then I have only been sick about 3 times. One of my favorite ways to get my Probiotic dose is- KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drink

3. Eat more greens

Adding more greens to your everyday diet is extremely beneficial for your energy levels, to strengthen your immune system, to have healthy glowing skin.. and they are packed with essential nutrients for your body!

Leafy greens like kale, spinach, collard greens, & romaine lettuce contain iron, zinc, and magnesium.. and will also help alkalize your body. So whether you drink a green juice, blend it in a smoothie, or have a salad full of colorful vegetables.. Eat Your Greens!

4. Get Physical

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. We all have different levels of fitness, but the important thing is to just get your body moving!! In a perfect world, your physical activities would be a healthy mix of cardio, weights and stretching.. but getting any physical activity in is better than none at all. Just give it a chance.. break a sweat..and the more you get moving.. the more you will want to do!

5. Avoid processed foods & sugar

Yes.. I said.. you should trying to avoid eating about 80-90% of the food options out there! I know.. it sounds crazy.. but it is possible. If you focus on filling your diet with more fresh, wholesome foods.. you will find that there is less want for the bad stuff. Processed foods & sugars reek havoc on our bodies.. if you have any type of health problem from digestive, skin, attention disorders, to weakened immune system.. You should defiantly consider cutting back.

A great suggestion I recently came across is to eat more foods that don’t require labeling.. aka fresh foods. The 80/20 rule (80% healthy/20%unhealthy) is a great goal to start with. Good luck! 🙂

love you. live long.

Books that can Help Guide You in Your Healthy Lifestyle

Her are books that can help guide you in your healthy lifestyle.. for your mind, body & soul:

Prescription For Nutritional Healing – A book by Phyllis A. Balch CNC. This was referred to me as the Bible for the Nutrition world.. and I have to agree! This first section of the book explains all the basics of nutrition, and the second section is a A-Z reference for drug free remedies. Its a must have!!

The Mastery of Love – A book by Don Miguel Ruiz. A practical guide of the Art of Relationship that explains how fear-based beliefs and assumptions that undermine love and lead to suffering in our relationships. I am currently reading this book & I highly suggest it as a must read. Not just for relationship guidance, but for self love and understanding how fear truly holds us back.

More coming soon!