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Sunshine Sharing Vol.21 No.1

"Your Guide to Better Health the Natural Way"

Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Flu?

Don't Fear The Flu, Boost Your Immune System and Stay Healthy This Winter!

*Here are four simple secrets to avoiding the flu, colds or other contagious diseases.*

Secret #1: Practice Basic Sanitation

You don't have to go crazy disinfecting everything to avoid infections. Simply washing your hands and cleaning counters, dishes, etc. with ordinary soap and water is enough. If you want a natural antimicrobial soap, simply mix 5-10 drops of Guardian Essential Oil Blend with a few oz. of Sunshine Concentrate.You can also rub Silver Shield gel onto your hands as a natural waterless hand sanitizer.

If you want to keep the air in your home free of germs, difuse some antimicrobial essential oils into your home for about 15-20 mins, twice per day. The Guardian blend is a great choice, but any essential oil will inhibit microbes.

You might also consider purchasing a Boomerang Air and Surface Sanitizer. This amazing device uses silver and photo catalytic oxidation to remove harmful microbes from the air and from surfaces like walls and counter tops. There are no filters to replace or clean either.

Secret #2: Eat Healthy

Infection breeds easily in weakened or damaged tissue and in a congested and clogged body. That's why people who eat really healthy almost never " catch" colds or flu. What do we mean by eating healthy? It's really quite simple. Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates and eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables (especially raw ones). Also avoid refined and processed foods and foods that congest the lymphatic system (like dairy, grains, and excess animal proteins).

Secret #3: Reduce Your Stress

Your immune system is reduced when you are under a lot of stress. If you really think about it, you'll notice that you almost always get sick when you're under a lot of stress.

That's the bad news. The good news is that you don't have to avoid stress to reduce the effect of stress on your immune system. Pleasurable experiences do more good for your body than stressful experiences do harm. So, you just need to plan time for some regular rest and relaxation.

Make sure you get enough adequate sleep and do something every day that its fun and relaxing for your such as getting a massage, taking a warm bath, soaking in a hot tub, going for a walk or engaging in a favorite sport or hobby. Also, remember that laughter and fun enhance your immune system, while fear, worry, anger and other negative feelings depress your immune system. So, smile a lot and focuz on the good in your life! Any kind of exercise you find enjoyable also helps burn off stress hormones, boosting your natural resistance to disease.

If you are under a lot of stress, take something to hlep you relax. Nutri-Calm is a great choice. It contains B-complex vitamins that feed your nerves, helping you to stay relaxed and energized at the same time. If your muscles are really tense, try some kava kava. If you're feeling exhausted and burned- out, take Nervous Fatigue Formula or Adrenal Support.

Secret #4: Boost Your Immune Defenses with Supplements

One of the great things about natural remedies is that they can actually boost your body's natural immune defenses. That will not only help you stay well, it will also speed up your recovery time if you do get sick. Here are some great remedies to consider.

Immune Stimulator contains beta glucans, arabiogalactan, colostrum, and medicinal mushrooms that boost non-specific immune responses. This puts your body's immune system on the "red alert" to fight off anything that may be " going around". Take 2-3 Immune Stimulator capsules per day to boost your immune system to avoid getting sick. Increase that amount to 6-8 capsules per day if you feel you are starting to "come down" with something. Spacing does 2-4 hours apart works best. You can do the same thing with children by giving them Ultimate Echinacea.

Many people have found that taking Vitamin C helps them avoid catching colds and flu. Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that protects tissues of your body from damage. Zinc can also help boost your immune system. Zinc is combined with vitamin C and echinacea in Zinc Lozenges. Suck on these lozenges for preventing and aiding recovery from throat irritation, sore throats, colds and flu.

Another nutrient that's helpful for boosting immunity during winter months is Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is made from cholesteral when your skin is exposed to sunlight, but many people get very little exposure to sunlight during winter months. Taking vitamin D3 will not only boost immunity, it will help you have healthy bones and teeth.

Four Steps to Feel Better Quickly

For generations, people have sucessfully treated colds, flu and other contagious diseases with natural remedies. You can too! Here are four simple steps to help you recover from the flu or a cold quickly. These tecniques often work in less than 24 hours and seldom require more than 48 hours before you are feeling yourself again.

Step #1: At the first sign of illness, stop eating and start drinking plenty of fluids

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said something practically everyone has heard, but almost nobody understands. He said, "Feed a cold, starve a fever." What this well-known saying means is, if you eat when you have a cold, you will have to fast to recover from a fever." In other words, don't eat when you are sick; do what sick animals and children do- fast.

When you are acutely ill your body is congested. Therefore fasting, while drinking plenty of fluids, helps your body decongest and recover faster. So, at the first sign of acute illness stop eating and start drinking purified water, fresh fruit or vegetable juices, herbal teas or soup broths. For an added boost to healing try drinking water with a little Liquid Chlorophyll and Thai Go mixed in. This will settle your stomach and redue fever and inflammation.

Step #2: Take Remedies to Boost Your Natural Defenses

Your body has the natural ability to fight off viral infections like colds and flu, but your can help it along by taking one or two remedies that boost your body's immune responses (with lots of water and other fluids, of course). Immune Stimulator (mentioned above) is a great choice, but here are some other options.

An extremely effective and increasingly popular product for fighting infection is Silver Shield, a patented, totally non-toxic silver product. Silver Shield has been proven effective against every pathogen it has been tested against and is antiviral, anti-bacterial and antifungal. Take about one tablespoon every hour or two at the first stage of contagious disease to knock down microbes and help your body recover rapidly.

When acute illness is accompanied by a fever and acute inflammation, IF-C is a great choice. IF-C is a cooling herbal remedy that can help reduce fever and speed healing of earaches, sore throat and redness around the eyes and nose. Try 2 capsules every two hours or 4 capsules every four hours with lots of liquids.

If the infection is bacterial in nature, or has settled into the lungs, nothing works better than garlic. When crushed, raw garlic releases an antimicrobial compound called allicin, with is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiparasitic. Unfortunately, it's also not very pleasent to take.

The good news is that High Potency Garlic tablets contain the stabilized allicin from about one clove of raw garlic per tablet. For infections in the lungs, including pneumonia (which is sometimes a complication of the flu), try taking 1 tablet of High Potency Garlic and 4 capsules of AL-J every two to four hours. This is extremely helpful for clearing the congestion as well as knocking out the infection.

Step #3: Rest

This is simple enough. Stress lowers our immune system. Resting and relaxing helps boost our immune system. It also allows the body to concentrate its energies on fighting the infection. Often we get sick because we simply push ourselves too hard and need to take some time to let the body rest.

Remember that laughter boosts immunity. So, if you want to do something while you're resting, try watching a funny movie or somthing else that puts you in a positive, happy mood.

Step #4: Use Hydrotherapy to Speed Detoxification

Contagious disease produce toxins that the body must eliminate. This is one of the primary reasons why we feel sick. Consequently, we can really speed the recovery by enhancing this process of elimination with herbal hydrotherapy.

Sweating is a very effective remedy for colds and flu because it helps eliminate toxins. Try taking a sweat bath by drawing a bath as hot as can be comfortably tolerated. Drink yarrow or HCP-X tea while soaking in the hot bath for 15-20 mins. Then, go to bed, pile on the blankets and sweat.

For Questions about the bolded supplements in the above article contact Harbor Front Family Chiropractors ( contact information can be found in the " About Us" tab on our main page of the website)

Reference to the Article:

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