Brain Support and Recovery Trifecta–Ground, Relax, Circulate and Recover

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a term that is being used increasingly, thanks in part to the recognition of the consequences of concussions sustained in amateur and professional sports, notably American football. Beyond injuries in sports, however, the consequences of falls, car accidents, traumas incurred in and around the house, at school, even at work–how many ways can we hurt our heads?–the effects of severe and continued episodes of concussion have presented as major factors to health, happiness and vitality going forward in life.

It’s easy to enjoy grounding and earthing on a warm summer’s day in Sedona–rejuvenation for body and mind!

So, I’ve been keeping my eye on what I have seen to be some of the most promising support once a person has sustained an injury like this (and, in at least one of the items I’ll be mentioning, actually protecting the brain from greater injury if such an accident happens!)  While healthy nutrition, a balance of sleep/exercise/meditation and other adjunctive therapies such as acupuncture and medicinal grade essential oils are all part of what I would consider as part of this picture, the following modalities really, really shine in their support of brain health.

CBD Oils Cannabis oils (which I’ve referenced in another post), have shown tremendous support to the neural system both before injury, and after brain injury has occurred.  As mentioned before, this type of nutritional support is about pain relief and recovery–the use of standardized CBD oils from the hemp plant do not impart a psychoactive effect–but they do offer wellness support like nothing else I’ve seen.

(From the Medical Marijuana, Inc. educational portal): Cannabinoids have been shown to act on the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannibinoid system, which in turn prevents the release of proinflammatory cytokines that are released after brain trauma and cause damage (Panikashvili, et al., 2006). Activating of the CB1 and CB2 receptors also has been shown to stimulate the release of minocycline, which reduces brain swelling and neurological impairment, and diffuses further injuries to the brain’s axons (Lopez-Rodriguez, et al., 2015) (Biegon, 2004).

In one study, cannabinoid administered to mice with brain injuries caused a significant reduction of brain swelling, as well as better clinical recovery, reduced infarct volume, and reduced brain cell death compared to the control group (Panikashvili, et al., 2001). In another, CBD was found to reduce acute and apoptotic brain damage (Castillo, et al., 2010). Piglets with brain injuries given CBD experienced less excitotoxicity, oxidative stress and inflammation (Pazos, et al., 2013).

Mice that had suffered an impact brain injury showed marked recovery in object recognition and in performing a specific task after CB1 receptors were activated (Arain, Khan, Craig & Nakanishi, 2015). Cannabinoids have even shown to be effective at offering neuroprotection in newborn babies that have experienced a brain injury (Fernandez-Lopez, Lizasoain, Moro & Martinez-Orgado, 2013).

Often, when there is a brain injury, there may be a spinal injury in conjunction–again, from the Medical Marijuana, Inc. education portal:

Cannabinoids have demonstrated that they can help limit the neurological damage if administered shortly after a spinal cord injury. Following trauma, a series of pathological events contribute to the spread of spinal cord damage and further provokes neurological losses (Arevalo-Martin, Garcia-Ovejero & Molina-Holgado, 2010). However, administering cannabinoids soon after the injury has been shown to reduce proinflammatory cytokines and delay neuronal atrophy and degeneration, thus preserving the white matter around injured area and protecting the myelin sheath that surrounds the cord (Latini, et al., 2014) (Arevalo-Martin, Garcia-Ovejero & Molina-Holgado, 2010).

In one study, a reduction in swelling and a preservation of white matter and myelin were shown when cannabinoids were administered 20 minutes following a spinal cord injury (Arevalo-Martin, et al., 2012). In another, rats with spinal cord injuries saw improvements in locomotor functional recovery (Kwiatkoski, Guimaraes & Del-Bel, 2012). A third study found, in addition to an improvement in neurological function, saw a decrease in compression lesion volume (Hong, et al., 2015).

By acting through the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system, the cannabinoids provide a neuro-protective response, prompting researchers to conclude that they can be a useful treatment for acute spinal cord injuries (Arevalo-Martin, Garcia-Ovejero & Molina-Holgado, 2010) (Arevalo-Martin, et al., 2012) (Arevalo-Martin, Molina-Holgado & Garcia-Ovejero, 2016).

In addition, cannabis has long been determined as effective for addressing neuropathic pain. Its use has been found to be among the most effective pain relief treatments for people with spinal cord injuries (Wilsey, et al., 2013) (Heutink, Post, Wollaars & van Asbeck, 2011)…For spinal cord injury patients experiencing spasms, cannabis may offer relief. Along with pain, muscle spasm is the most common reason that medical cannabis is recommended and prescribed by medical professionals (Borgelt, Franson, Nussbaum & Wang, 2013).

Studies have demonstrated that medical cannabis offers significant improvements in muscle spasticity, both in mice trials and in human subjects (Borgelt, Franson, Nussbaum & Wang, 2013) (Baker, et al., 2000). Spinal cord injured persons have reported that cannabis use decreased spasticity (Malec, Harvey & Cayner, 1982).

If you wish to purchase standardized, nourishing, purity-tested and potent CBD oils from hemp, you can do so here.

LED and Near-infrared Light Therapy: This is a non-invasive, comfortable therapy that I use with all my patients, whether there is TBI or not. It is a unique therapy that harnesses the healing powers of infrared light, emitting noted wavelengths of light energy that dramatically increase circulation to injury sites and areas of chronic pain, resulting in a rapid relief of discomfort, improved sense of wellness, and regeneration of damaged tissues. 

Flexible pads embedded with multiple infrared and visible red and blue diodes, are placed directly in contact with the skin over the area of pain or injury. Light energy from the diodes penetrates beneath the skin and is absorbed by proteins within cells that lay beneath the skin, which releases nitric oxide, the body’s natural vasodilator. After just 20 minutes of treatment, blood flow is increased to nerves and other tissues, and this boost in local circulation persists for several hours after the pads are removed.  My patients LOVE this therapy–and thankfully the units are available for home purchase.  Please send me an email if you’d like information on having your own system.  Here’s an incredible video showcasing the power of the lights when there has been injury to the brain.

Earthing  As was shared in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health in 2012, the impact of connecting with the earth’s surface electrons is one of the most healing activities we can undertake.  And while this seems easy enough to do, how many of us actually walk barefoot outdoors, or lie in direct contact with the earth (both activities our ancestors did daily–and so our bodies are expecting this connection) on a regular basis?  Personally, I live, sleep and work in a second-story setting–and for a good portion of the year it is so chilly that I wouldn’t dream of stepping out without my shoes.  So, my contact with the earth in this manner is GREATLY impacted (and I know better!)  Thankfully, there is technology that works with the actual electrical model of our homes and workplaces that can help us stay grounded through the electrons of the earth.  One company that has a great selection of well-made products is Earthing.

From yoga mats to bed sheets, their product selection will offer up a way for you to have direct contact of skin to Earthing product, to help you reap the benefit of a healthy dose of electrons.

Whether you’ve experienced a bad concussion at some time in your life, or you are wishing to support someone in your life who has, I hope these novel and impactful suggestions help to recover the health and vitality that is the birthright of each of us–injury or none.

Vitamin D3 – Dangerous! Unless You Are Doing It Right

An Interview with WellnessWiz Jack Tips

  1. Vitamin D supplementation can hurt you if you don’t do it right.
  2. Don’t take Vitamin D by itself! It should ALWAYS be accompanied by certain key nutriments.
  3. Important to test your Vitamin D (There’s a home test! – Special Offer!)
  4. The best flu-preventative program (not a shot!)

Q. What’s this “dangerous” situation with Vitamin D?

WWJ. Because of its importance and amazing health properties, Vitamin D3 deserves to be the molecule of the year. It’s a pre-hormone, a cellular function activator and regulator, steroid, essential for bone health, and necessary for proper immune system function. Further, it supports body composition (fat to muscle ratio), and activates some 3000 genes—ones that impact blood pressure, insulin production, brain health, and numerous disease-preventative cellular functions, thus is considered “anti-cancer”.

Over the past few years, Vitamin D3 has been researched, touted, and marketed like crazy. The problem is, without it’s supportive co-factors, there can be dire consequences of taking supplemental Vitamin D3 by itself. This is such an important point, I actually consider companies that market Vitamin D3 as a single ingredient without properly educating people to be unscrupulous.

Q. What kind of consequences?

WWJ. Heart disease, calcified arteries, hypercalcemia (turns tissues to cement), calcium deposits in the joints, kidney stones, causes magnesium deficiencies, and creates relative deficiencies in other fat-soluble vitamins such as A, E, and especially K2.

Q. Why would so many companies sell Vitamin D products that could potentially cause damage?

WWJ. Well, I can’t speak for the companies and where their hearts are, but historically the nutrition supplement business has been caveat emptor—buyer beware. Because the credo of Natural Health established by it’s father, Hippocrates, is ‘First Do No Harm;’ it’s incumbent on practitioners to provide patients with high quality, well thought-out supplements. But many people read an article—such as the terrific ones in the New York Times or Time Magazine—that reveal the critical importance and benefits of Vitamin D3, and then order the cheapest product they can find. So there are manufacturers that cater to the quick, make-a-buck sales—and what they are doing is perfectly legal—but it’s not right.

Q. So what makes a good vitamin D supplement?

WWJ. First and foremost is the sun. Okay, I know you’re asking about supplementation. But the best Vitamin D is sunlight on the skin. There is no substitute for sunlight. Supplements help, but they don’t accomplish exactly the same thing. Ex: Sun-vitamin D (7-dehydrocholesterol) is processed in the skin [before it goes to the liver to become 25-hydroxy vitamin D, and then to the kidneys for processing into the steroid hormone 1,25 dihydroxy vitamin D] and creates and new molecule called cholesterol sulfate—a much-needed, valuable molecule for heart and cell
membrane health.

Q. So why so much frenzy about supplementing with Vitamin D?

WWJ. Not only is it critically important for hundreds of aspects of health, there’s a pandemic deficiency of Vitamin D in children (and also adults). The synthetic Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) added to milk is of little value, and children have been admonished by doctors to stay out of the sun.

Sadly, people have been taught to fear the sun instead of learning common sense respect that sunlight is an essential “nutrient” for a healthy life. People have become sun phobic and avid uses of toxic sunscreen lotions. The true and responsible teaching would be how to get the proper amount of sunshine safely, thus to avoid sunburn, damaged DNA, aging skin, wrinkles, melanomas, and carcinomas. This situation is an example where the purported “cure” of hiding from the sun (which causes Vitamin D3 deficiencies) is generally worse than the diseases that damaging exposure could cause – both sun damage and Vitamin D3 deficiency leads to cancers, but with Vitamin D3 deficiency, the person’s quality of life is diminished over the 20 years it takes for sun damage to develop into a
disease.

Historically over thousands of years, the human body adapted and developed a beneficial relationship with the sun (e.g. the creation of Vitamin D3 and cholesterol sulfate). The fear of sunshine increased in the 1980’s with the alarming rise in skin damage occurring after humans destroyed part of the Earth’s ozone (O3) layer via aerosol can propellants, industrial air pollution, and air conditioner refrigerant. The sun’s less-filtered ultraviolet-B and cosmic rays starting hitting the skin with more force as holes in the ozone occurred resulting in more skin cancers. This phenomenon, coupled with poor nutrition (people started avoiding dietary Vitamin D3 in meat, milk, and eggs based on doctors’ errant advisement), created iatrogenic-driven seeds of destruction for human health.

Fortunately, people rallied, consumers changed, manufacturer- and environmental-protective laws have helped stop the destruction of the Earth’s protective ozone layer—a tremendous example of people working together to help solve a global crisis! Science predicts that by 2080, the Earth’s ozone layer may return to its 1950 level. Right now, the ozone hole is over Antarctica and is contributing to warming and climate change there, so we’ve not yet escaped the consequences.

Q. So people turned to supplementation.

WWJ. Right. And, on a personal note, because I work indoors all day, I supplement with Vitamin D3 and test my levels every 6 months to maintain an optimal blood level of 25 Hydroxy D, which for me is: 70 ng/ml. I grab some sunshine whenever I can in the mid-morning whenever my schedule allows. Even down here in Texas, the ability to make Vitamin D3 from sun is greatly reduced in the wintertime.

Q. What about getting sunshine on the skin in the wintertime?

WWJ. The fat-soluble vitamins are squirreled away in the body for winter, but if the person did not store enough, there won’t be enough; and low Vitamin D3 in the winter is the perfect recipe for catching colds and flu.

The issue with winter is that the sun’s rays are more slanted and our bodies do not generate Vitamin D from sunlight so well in the winter, if at all. And it’s too cold to wear a bikini or speedo in Bismarck in January. Another reason why savvy people take a good vitamin D supplement in winter – and that’s actually better flu prevention than the flu shot for many reasons.

Q. Thanks for the historic perspective. Now, what makes a good Vitamin D formula? How do we “do it right?”

WWJ. In Clinical Nutrition, we know that all the fat-soluble vitamins— A, D, E, F, and K – work together as a team that in the body, they function best within certain ratios. So here’s the problem with supplementing Vitamin D3 by itself. It creates a “relative deficiency” in Vitamin K2. Simply put, Vitamin D3 mobilizes calcium, but it’s vitamin K2 that takes it to the bone matrix for strength and storage. (Vitamin K1 supports blood clotting.) Without a balancing Vitamin K2, a protein called osteocalcin fails to activate and transport calcium to the bones. Thus the calcium can build up in the soft tissues (breasts, thyroid, brain), arteries (atherosclerosis), and heart; and interfere with health.

All too often people tell me, “My functional medicine doctor put me on 5000 iu of Vitamin D3 per day.” I’ll ask, “What about the Vitamin K2 that’s essential to prevent damage to your heart and arteries?” The person replies, “Oh, I’m not taking any Vitamin K2.” Not good!

Then I’ll ask, “Are you taking magnesium?” Why? Because increasing Vitamin D3 also increases the need for magnesium which is used in Vitamin D3 metabolic processes. All too often the answer is, “No.” So magnesium already in pandemic deficiency, the supplemental Vitamin D3 creates a further deficiency by demanding and using more of the limited supply. This can result in muscle cramps and heart rhythm concerns as well as mitochondrial energy production problems.

Further, studies show that if a person is deficient in Vitamin D3, that the inclusion of magnesium with Vitamin D3/K2 supplementation will hasten remediation of the deficiency over just taking vitamin D3 alone. Because magnesium works to balance calcium, people who are deficient in Magnesium are more prone to depositing Calcium in the arteries. Increase the D3 via supplementation with Vitamin K2 and magnesium and all is well, but without those synergists, you can see where there’s a double or triple whammy where errant supplementation of Vitamin D3 by itself can create problems.

Q. What about Vitamin D toxicity?

WWJ: All fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the body, especially the liver. If too much is taken supplementally, it can reach a “too much” or toxic level. Not good!

Vitamin A was one of the first vitamins cited for toxicity concerns, but the toxicity levels were obtained with synthetic Vitamin A which is not the same as the natural Vitamin A. People are documented thriving on eating polar bear liver and getting doses of 200,000 iu of natural vitamin A in a meal, but if taking that amount via a synthetic supplement, it would be quite toxic. Just think of the Rx Retin-A side effects (liver damage) caused by prescriptive synthetic Vitamin A. This would not have happened if natural Vitamin A were employed.

Vitamin D also has a toxicity level—largely because too much will calcify tissues and can cause death. In fact, there is a super-killer rat poison that is nothing more than simple Vitamin D for that reason. But, no worries. Please understand, a person would have to take a ginormous amounts of Vitamin D by itself to reach toxicity and some 50% of the population is deficient, so regarding taking supplemental Vitamin D, a person would have to eat the entire bottle every day to get to that amount. But still, some people are indeed taking huge amounts, e.g. sometimes doctors recommend 50,000 iu in a “loading dose” and use high amounts to manipulate blood test results. Or they take 5000 iu/day every day for a long time.

Q. What is too much Vitamin D?

WWJ. Generally it’s a blood level of 100 ng/ml or higher. Because there is a toxicity issue, the responsible position is to test your blood levels.

I do believe that people need to supplement with Vitamin D3. Actually, I’m certainly on the supplemental Vitamin D3+synergists bandwagon. We’re just not getting enough sunshine on our skin and the body’s demand for Vitamin D3 is so critically important. A “naturalist” person can get free Vitamin D3 from the sun by exposure of 30% of the skin surface to 15 minutes of gentle morning sun, and a wholesome diet provides the other vitamins and minerals to make sunshine-D work just fine.

But most people need to supplement and not live in deficiency which is tantamount to being prone to
getting cancer, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, mental decline, etc. Here’s some key reasons it’s important
with the right kind of Vitamin D supplement:

  • Pandemic deficiencies exist throughout the world
  • The toxic environment increases the need to support the body’s innate anti-DNA-damage faculties. Supplementation.
  • People do not get enough from dietary sources.
  • People do not get enough safe sunshine on their skin.
  • Vitamin D supports normal immune system activities.
  • Vitamin D is, imho, more effective than a toxic, short-sighted flu shot for preventing colds and flu.

Q. Are their other considerations regarding Vitamin D3 supplementation?

WWJ: So we mentioned Vitamin A. It’s also important to supplement Vitamin A if you are taking Vitamin D3. In fact, Vitamin A helps prevent Vitamin D toxicity! And in reciprocity, Vitamin D helps prevent Vitamin A toxicity. Further, Vitamin A plays an important role in preventing calcium from building up in the soft tissues. So this drives home the point that all the fatsoluble vitamins work together. They really should not be fractioned out in supplements, but work synergistically together. Balance in all things!

Q. Now for the simple solution, please.

WWJ: First, test yourself! Find out if your Vitamin D3 is less or more than optimal. This is best done by a simple do-it-yourself at home blood spot test for 25 hydroxy vitamin D. That’s the best test. Knowing your blood level is important for determining the optimal daily dose.

Q. Thanks so much for sharing the reasons behind what you do. It just makes sense to do it right. Any other thoughts?

WWJ: Hummm. Think I’m going to go take my daily one capsule right now. Best wishes in your natural health endeavors!

The 5 Pillars of Health with Health Coach Carmen Hunter

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If you are a health coach, or if you’re someone who could use the support of a caring, engaged wellness expert in your own care, you’ll want to take a few minutes to watch the interview I taped with Carmen Hunter, Health Coach extraordinaire! And do plug into this interview soon–there is a little contest we offer, and if you enter by 9.20.16, you could win a FREE consult with Carmen–a $225 value! But you have to watch the video for the details…and Carmen’s Facebook page is here.

Elderberry Water Kefir

Delicious and delightful elderberry water kefir!

Delicious and delightful elderberry water kefir!

Cold and flu season has arrived — good times.

Thankfully, the natural world has much to offer in support of a healthy immune system, not the least of which is immune-enhancing beneficial bacteria, and wellness-enhancing  plants, such as the long-revered elderberry, traditionally used in treating respiratory ailments, allergies, and combating influenza.

So, why not bring them together?

I found dried, organic elderberries at the natural food store, and of course the first thing I think to do is ferment them.  Since I have water kefir always prepared at home, that was no problem.

Elderberries are quite tart–meaning very little sugar content–and they are very hard when dried.  So, I did more than just put them in some finished water kefir.

Here are the details:

Elderberry Water Kefir

  • 2 tablespoons Dried Elderberries
  • 1/2 cup very hot chlorine-free water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh, frozen or dried Blueberries (Concord Grapes and/or Thompson Raisins work well, too)
  • 2 cups Water Kefir (without the grains/SCOBY)

Place the elderberries in a mug and pour over the hot water.  Allow to sit for 3-4 hours, then pour into a pint or quart-sized glass jar. Add the blueberries or grapes and pour in the water kefir.  Cap tightly and allow to sit for 12-24 hours at room temperature for a second fermentation cycle (the first being when the water kefir was created from sugar water, as described in my book, The Funky Kitchen.)  Strain and consider enjoying an ounce or two each day.  May be stored in the refrigerator until complete, to slow the second fermentation process.

Up close shot of dried elderberries

Up close shot of dried elderberries

Elderberries and blueberries fermenting in water kefir

Elderberries and blueberries fermenting in water kefir

 

Phage?? Purposely Ingest a Virus to Destroy a Bacteria? Yes!

Bacteriophage material is in these bottles!

Bacteriophage material is in these bottles!

Unless you’ve grown up in the Soviet Republic of Georgia, the concept of PURPOSEFULLY taking a virus to combat a bacteria might seem downright scary.  However, this type of therapy, known as bacteriophage therapy, is a rather accepted and common practice outside the US…and it’s becoming increasingly more common here in the States!

Here’s how it works, in a nutshell…it is figured that bacteriophage material is the most ubiquitous biological matter in the world.  And what is it?  It’s viral material that is unique in its appetite for bacteria…really, it’s not so much EATING that bacteria as it is USING specifically-targeted bacteria as a means of replicating itself. And there are basically two known cycles through which this occurs–lysogenic and lytic.

In the lysogenic cycle, the viral phage material incorporates itself into the bacterial hosts’ DNA, remaining quietly dormant until there is some weakness in the bacteria, at which time the phage material begins reproducing, creating new phage material as the bacterial cell reproduces.  This type of reproduction isn’t so commonly used in medical therapies, though.  It’s the other cycle that has shown such strength in defeating different strains of bacteria.

In the lytic cycle, the bacteriophage connects itself onto the surface of its targeted bacteria and injects its DNA material into the bacteria’s cell.  As the bacteria fills up with more of the viral material, it bursts (lyses), and many new phage are released into the system, where they attach to new bacterial matter and continue replicating.

Here’s a really neat, short video produced by Kristin Klucevsek, Ph.D. that illustrates all this beautifully:

 

So why am I talking about this?  Because it’s a really amazing therapy that has shown tremendous inroads to tough bacterial presentations, all without the very real concerns of bacterial mutation and subsequent antibiotic resistant strains.  Also, because they are SO specific, phages are like a laser-beam  against specific pathogens, rather than the shotgun approach of antibiotic therapy, which indiscriminately wipes out the bacterial flora, both good and bad.  That is huge!

When bacteriophages were first discovered around the turn of the 20th century, they were rightly recognized as a valuable therapy in the fight against various pathogens, presenting as dysentery and gangrene, and other dreadful maladies as well.  However, with the advent of antibiotic therapies in the 1940’s, interest and study in the role of bacteriophages in the West largely fizzled.

However, with very real concerns around antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria such as MRSA, the functionality and usefulness of bacteriophage therapy is having a resurgence in the West.

Thankfully, while the research and use of this type of therapy was largely non-existent in the US, it has been widely available and studied in other parts of the world, notably in Georgia, Russia.

Professionally, I have been thrilled to have this type of therapy available when challenged with such concerns as E. coli and salmonella.  And bacteriophage therapy is increasingly used in the pursuit of safer food production, either before or after harvest, to reduce potential infection from such pathogens as E. coli, campylobacter, salmonella and listeria.

In this age of concern and respect for our gut health and its role in our overall wellness, as well as dodging the bullets of  lethal antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria, it is great to know that there are other potent therapies that do what we wish them to do, without apparent major collateral damage in the pursuit of clearing a bacterial infection.

Dr. Jack Tips on the Wellness of Our Bellies and Our Bodies and Our Minds

Dr. Jack Tips speaks volumes and with passion about the importance of keeping our biome healthy and happy!  Excellent presentation with Underground Wellness.  Click here.

Methylation 101–EXCELLENT Primer by Dr. Ben on Blog Talk Radio

This is a HUGE issue–and it’s so poorly understood. Approximately a minimum of 50% of the population has a defective gene related to this presentation…and this has one big toll on our ability to detoxify and handle stress.  Take an hour and learn!  Click here.

 

 

Some Basic Wellness Tips for a Tough Viral Season

A beautiful sunset shot from our neighborhood school where we lost one of our sweet first graders this week.

A beautiful sunset shot from our neighborhood school where we lost one of the sweet first graders to illness.

This week held a tremendously sad event for our community, where we lost one of our little first graders to a very serious respiratory illness.  In the wake of that, and the ensuing communication I received from parents and patients, I decided to pull this short list of wellness suggestions together…there are hundreds of other things I could include, but this is a very solid start that is very reasonable to attain.

Here is the letter I posted on Facebook:

Hello my friends. As many of you know, we lost one of our own yesterday afternoon after a tough battle with a very serious respiratory infection. He was a little first-grader right here at our kids’ school across the street. With the communication I’ve had with parents yesterday and today, I wrote the following post for our local communities–but, with the positive feedback I’m getting on the post, I’m going to post it here for everyone, as we definitely seem to be faced with some virulent pathogens right now. Blessings and well-wishes for you and your loved ones–take good care and take care of one another.

I’d like to just share some natural ideas you can use at home as you look to keep everyone well:

1. Keep the sugars down in the diet–it is incredible the impact sugar has on the immune system–it is no accident that the cold and flu season officially gets underway the week after Halloween. Sugars include the obvious choices, but also fruit juices, sports drinks, granola bars–read the sugar content of the foods you’re eating and make changes as appropriate.

2. Get some sun–without sunscreen. Balanced exposure of our skin to the sun is not only integral for natural Vitamin D production, but also the production and use of sulfur in our bodies. Don’t get burned, but 10 minutes or so of mid-day sun (just go walk around the yard and smell the flowers), in a tank top, a couple times a day, will be a huge boon to your wellness.

3. Drink only water–juices are full of sugars, and while they may have some nutrient value, you’re better off having an orange, with its fiber and raw nutrients, then a pasteurized, concentrated version. Put a healthy squirt of lemon or lime juice into your water for some fresh Vitamin C.

4. Eat foods that are rich in naturally-occurring probiotics, a huge benefit to the immune system. Kombucha, water kefir, raw sauerkraut (not the jarred stuff from the grocery aisles–that’s pasteurized), plain yogurt and plain milk kefir–these are all great sources of naturally-occurring probiotics. Note that I mentioned PLAIN–sweeten and flavor with fresh fruit and Stevia extract to sweeten.

5. Rest–if you feel like sleeping, sleep–our body heals much more efficiently in deep sleep. Not a time for pressing on with caffeine, which taps the adrenals and can set someone up for a big challenge on the immune system.

6. Make chicken soup–from a whole chicken, using only water, salt, garlic, onion, celery, carrots, black pepper, and a splash of apple cider vinegar, or the juice of 2 lemons. Don’t use prepared broth or bouillon cubes–you won’t need them with the flavor from the chicken. Put into a crockpot for the easiest method. Chicken soup helps to loosen the phlegm that arises in the chest, and has anti-inflammatory properties.

7. Consider using medicinal grade essential oils to support the immune system.  Oregano, thyme, tea tree, lemon, basil, frankincense, lavender, orange, clove, rosemary.  These are oils that have shown very good effect in supporting the immune system as it rallies against viruses and bacteria.
Please consider these suggestions–if they seem a good fit for your needs, use them–if not, that’s OK, too. I just wanted to share what I’m sharing with others, and how I’m taking care of our family. If you have more questions, you can contact me at sarica@naturallylivingtoday.com.

Blessings, love and peace to you all!

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Honey and Ginger Beat Antibiotics in Inhibiting Superbugs

 

Powerful nutrition!

Nature’s pharmacopeia–ginger and garlic…all that’s missing is some raw honey!

This is medicine that doesn’t require a “spoonful of sugar” to help it go down!

Honey and Ginger Beat Antibiotics in Inhibiting Superbugs.

Must See TV! Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs

Lest we forget, we have evolved with the plants of this earth…and our care and wellness are as close as the ground we walk upon and the plants that grow within it.  Here’s a great reminder of this:

Turmeric--Potent Natural Medicine

Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs.