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Stay Healthy this Winter

Stay Healthy this Winter

Avoid the toxic Flu Vaccine…Naturally Protect against or Fight Colds and Flu

We all possess our own innate defense against all disease, especially the seasonal ones like colds and flu.   We only get sick when our body has become depleted or our of balance in some way.   While it is essential to remove toxins on a regular basis, there are certain simple DIY tips we can all do to build our immune system and optimize our health.

4 Simple DIY Health Promoting Tips

Step 1.Optimizing Your Digestion: The Key to Immunity and Better Health

Leaky gut syndrome is a rapidly growing condition. In fact, millions of people are struggling with it and don’t even know it. From the sound of it, you might think leaky gut only affects the digestive system, but in reality it can lead to many other health challenges.
According to research, the cause of your food allergies, low energy, joint discomfort, thyroid issues and immune challenges could be leaky gut symptoms spreading throughout the body.

Remove Toxic Foods From Your Diet

Some foods are notoriously toxic to your immune system.

Foods to avoid include:

• Sugar and sweeteners:  Excess sugar will wreak havoc on your immune system faster than almost anything else. That includes avoiding everything from high-fructose corn syrup to artificial sweeteners as well. Be aware that sugar is an additive in many breads, condiments and dressings. Try to avoid as much extra sugar as possible.
• Processed and microwaved foods: Highly processed foods have TONS of preservatives and fillers. Those things are hard to digest. And over time, they wear out your body’s energy, digestion cycle, and immune system. Try to buy food on the outer walls of your grocery store (organic vegetables/fruits and grass-fed meats) and prepare your own food whenever possible.
• Hydrogenated oils: Vegetable oils like soybean, canola and corn oil are highly inflammatory and can lead to inflammation. Try to only use good fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, organic butter or ghee, as these can be soothing on your gut and great for your immunity.

Step 2. Take a Vitamin D3 Supplement…

The Importance of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is important for bone health as well as reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. It is vital for the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus. In addition it has been found to:

• Regulate and support the immune system to kill viruses
• Maintain healthy body weight
• Reduce the risk of developing multiple sclerosis
• Maintaining brain function as you age
• Reduce severity and frequency of asthma symptoms
• Reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women
If you are not getting lots of safe sun exposure, it is recommended for most people to take 5000 iu of vitamin D3 daily.

Step 3. Take a Vitamin C supplement

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water soluble vitamin. That is, your body needs to ingest vitamin C or foods with vitamin C on a daily basis in order to maintain necessary supplies because Vitamin C is excreted daily.

Vitamin C Benefits

• Repair and maintain teeth and bones
• Slow and prevent cell damage
• Maintain healthy body tissues
• Boosts immune system
• Helps absorb iron from plant foods
• Decreases severity and duration of colds
• Fights free radical damage
• Builds collagen needed to bind bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments together
• Builds and maintains blood vessels

Vitamin C and the Common Cold and Flu

You can take 1000 mg of Vitamin C to fight off an oncoming cold and 4000 mg per day to get rid of a cold already in your system.

Step 4. Consume probiotic-rich foods

Probiotics are good bacteria that help you digest nutrients, detoxify your colon and balance out and support your immune system.
Some of the top probiotic foods for immune system health include:

• Fermented vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchi —
Made from fermented cabbage and other vegetables, sauerkraut isn’t diverse in probiotics but is high in organic acids (what gives food its sour taste) that support the growth of good bacteria. While sauerkraut is extremely popular in Germany, kimchi is a close cousin and is the Korean take on cultured veggies. Both of the fermented formulas are also high in enzymes that can aid digestion and, thereby, boost your immune system.

• Fermented dairy products like kefir and goat milk yogurt —
Similar to yogurt, kefir is a fermented dairy product with milk and fermented kefir grains. Kefir has been consumed for well over 3,000 years, and the term kefir was started in Russia and Turkey and means “feeling good.” It has a slightly acidic and tart flavour and contains anywhere from 10 to 34 strains of probiotics. Kefir is similar to yogurt, but because it’s fermented with yeast and more bacteria, the final product is higher in probiotics.

• Probiotic beverages like coconut kefir and kvass —
Made by fermenting the juice of young coconuts with kefir grains, this dairy-free option has some of the same probiotics as traditional dairy kefir but is typically not as high in probiotics. Still, it has several strains that are great for your health. Coconut kefir has a great flavor, and you can add a bit of stevia, water and lime juice to make a great-tasting drink. With a mild sour flavor, kvass is a common fermented beverage from Eastern Europe and has been around since ancient times. It was traditionally made by fermenting rye or barley but in more recent years has been created using beets, along with other root vegetables like carrots. Kvass uses lactobacilli probiotics and is known for its blood- and liver-cleansing properties.

If you make sure your digestion is strong, you can take your immune system to the next level. These probiotic foods will absolutely help you with that aim.

With that said, consuming all of these foods and avoiding all of these toxins on a daily basis isn’t always practical. That’s why I believe in supplementing a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle with a few key, high-quality immune-supporting supplements.

If you need professional help and guidance in any area of Natural Health please contact your localHealth TYransformer Linda Burke on 02866328200, or email