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Boost Your Immune System Knock out Colds & Flu

Where is the magic bullet? Unfortunately there's no single way to support our complex immune system so it needs to be addressed comprehensively. We must have a strategy to build a strong, healthy mind, body and spirit but we must also be proactive to avoid contagions. Your first line of defense is to choose a healthy lifestyle. Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system vibrant and the germs at bay. Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies. Immune Enhancing Acu points

Yes, acupuncture keeps your from getting sick! There are several points to increase T-cell count. This is a crucial part in staying healthy and not falling ill to the flu your co-workers have. Don't just take it from us, the National Institutes of Health has research to show you how acupuncture provides aid to your defenses. Plus discover how macrophages use Nitric Oxide to Qi blast bacteria to death in this podcast from Botanical Biohacking!

Rest, Relax and Move! Try not to get run down and make sure you get your sleep to protect yourself from getting the flu. Sleep is when our body heals so adequate rest is critical to a healthy immune system. Power naps are a great way to supplement a sleep-deprived night. Stress lowers our immunity, which makes us more vulnerable to pathogens. Practicing stress relief daily will keep you feeling balanced and refreshed. Try the Calm app and see what works best for you! Or try sipping our soothing Serenity Tea Exercise causes changes in antibodies and white blood cells (WBC). WBCs are the body's immune system cells that fight disease. Physical activity helps flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways, increase blood and fluid circulation and regulates gaso-transmitters. All of which reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu, or other illness.Want to add a caption to this image? Click the Settings icon. Taiji Qigong Shibashi is taught in Chinese Medicine Universities and part of many east Asian cultures. It develops vitality and longevity to help people stay healthy and is recommended for people suffering from a variety of health issues from weak immunity, hypertension, lung disease, digestive issue to back pain. It is also used to support patients during cancer treatments. Our colleague, Fabrice Piche, has developed an amazing online tool to allow people to learn this traditional Qi Gong approach from anywhere in the world. Click here to sign up for his fantastic teaching series.

Aromatherapy for Health

There are many antimicrobial botanicals available to keep you germ-free. Our top picks are single and blended oils: Thieves, Mullein, Oregano, Tea tree, Cinnamon, Thyme, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lavender, Bergamot, Garlic and Lemongrass. ​Either used in a diffuser on your desk at work or apply them on your skin, first mixed with an unscented moisturizer or oil. (We love coconut oil) If you really like using hand sanitizer EO is a great natural brand that doesn't strip the good with the bad flora. ​ Antioxidant vitamins A, C, E, folate and zinc are best to support the immune system. Also, probiotics, grains, brightly colored fruits and veggies, especially greens such as kale, spinach, and Swiss chard are immune-boosting foods that contain high levels of vitamin C, which not only packs a powerful antioxidant punch, it helps fight off infection and regenerate other antioxidants in the body. They also contain folate, another immune booster! And last but not least...Mushrooms! We LOVE the company Real Mushrooms, their commitment to quality products is next level. Take a look at Real Mushrooms' products through their site and listen to this introductory Podcast to learn more about the many ways you can incorporate mushrooms into your life. They even offer a mushroom starch testing kit you can use to verify the quality (or lack there of) of the mushroom products you already use! Keeping a powder or capsules at your desk or in your purse is a convenient daily immune builder! Featured Botanical Blends for the Month: Microgard works to encourage and ease digestive function and flow, increase bile flow, supports gallbladder function, antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, increases the absorption of cholesterol, stimulates the production of digestive enzymes to help the break down of proteins, fats and sugars, lowers blood pressure, inhibits vomiting and protects gastric mucosa to aid in establishing balanced gut microbiome as a high potency digestive aid. Often our foods are bred to be ultra sweet and, the western diet in general, is heavily laden with sugar. Unless you live in a city and are taking 15k step a day the automobile culture, GMOs, preservatives and sedentary living mean that food stagnation and indigestion causing long standing inflammation are a way of life. Cultivating your best life starts within. Microgard contains botanicals which reduce the number of pathogenic or potentially pathogenic flora...such as porphyromonadaceae, clostridium and rikenellaceae in the intestines. It also increases the number of beneficial intenstinal microflora, such as butyrivibrio and bacteroidaceae. Microgard offers quick acting relief and long term support. Botanical Foot Soaks are a great combination of Imperial grade Tibetan herbs which work to stimulate deep regenerative processes critical for the brain and body. Literally the best quality on Earth. Direct sourcing, wildcrafted, and tingly. Enriched with Tibetan salts to provide not only the volatile oils, but the mineral effects of a high mountain hot spring.

These foot soaks are most commonly used 3-4 times a week (for a few weeks or months, depending on treatment plan) for pain relief, inflammation, swelling, neuropathy, menstrual disorders and fertility support, all while encouraging healthy circulation of blood and fluids, gasotransmitter balance and nerve conduction. This is a great way to process botanical formulas when sensitive stomachs make absorption through the digestive tract difficult. Using this herbal blend as a foot soak allows the volatile oils, terpenes and alkaloids to get where they need to go quickly and efficiently. What are your favorite ways to support your immune system? Here's a list of anti inflammatory, micro flora boosting foods, supplements and minerals and lifestyle tips to keep the digestive & immune systems fully supported during cold & flu season. Oscillococcinum- Take at the first signs of the flu to shorten the duration D-Hist - anti inflammatory, digestive and immune support Sabadil - keeps the runny nose and itchy eyes at bay Colloidal Silver - keeps germs like bacteria and yeast in line Liquid Zinc–in the throat at the first sign of the flu –to knock it out. Olive Leaf – can take daily. If you get sick, take a few capsules. Echinacea/Golden Seal –for Strep and Sinus Infections Elderberry Syrup - find this locally made at one of Lo Co's local wineries, The Village Winery. Mullein leaf –for the lungs, shingles, Bell’s palsy, flu, bronchitis, great in an oil for ear aches Vitamin C (Ester C) –everyday to boost your defenses Ginger/Tumeric tea –for flu, cut up hunks of both and simmer it for 10-15 minutes, sip daily Healing Broth – garlic, celery, carrots, asparagus –great for the immune system. Our local farm, Field's of Athenry makes an amazing bone broth! Lemon in your tea Rosehips tea – buy in bulk, steeping them, then squeeze lemon in the tea Keep your fingers/hands away from your face –don’t rub your eyes Take handi-wipes with you on airplane and other public places and wash your hands frequently Avoid foods that feed the flu such as: Dairy (milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, kefir)

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