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A Silver Bullet A Day Will Keep The Doctor Away!

This year it seems has been worse than previous years for those trying to avoid getting sick. Everyone is complaining of not feeling well as they try to fight the “bad bugs” (bacteria, fungus, microbes, virus) that are making us sick. Unfortunately antibiotic use is so rampant, bugs are becoming resistant to this treatment, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3426322/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3426322/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3426322/.=

One way to avoid falling into this antibiotic resistant “trap” and to prevent getting sick is by electron transfer with silver, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4955599/.

Silver Sol is particularly effective because of its Ag404 molecule, a thin multivalent (having several sites at which the molecule can attach and attack bugs) silver oxide coating that surrounds the metallic silver core. Silver sol works like a superhero’s arsenal of weaponry with its magnetic “force” via positively charged electrons. There are a few different potential mechanisms of action, http://www.silversolutionusa.com/nano-silver/.

Silver Sol is a tasteless liquid. It works to:

  • blast away the oxygen capability of aerobic bugs
  • kill anaerobic germs via oxidation by demolishing enzymes that help maintain its anaerobic state

For these reasons, silver is more versatile than an antibiotic and much more valuable than gold when it comes to staying healthy.

Silver has been around for centuries. The ancient Greeks and Romans used it to preserve food and they used silver utensils to help prevent food borne pathogens from causing disease. Later in the late 1800’s 1% silver nitrate was placed into the eyes of newborns to prevent blindness from gonorrhea. Treatment dressings for burn victims and wounded soldiers contain silver as a healing ingredient. Silver has been used by surgeons and hospitals preventively against infection and even used by the International Space Station to disinfect water.

Silver works as an antiviral (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22024958),  antifungal and antibacterial that destroys parasites, including both anaerobic and aerobic bugs. Silver can even work against the bugs that are antibiotic resistant (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22324439) rendering us helpless victims to the illness du jour.

I use Silver Sol by American Biotech Labs myself for over 10 years and recommend it to clients for its many uses:

  • dental hygiene
  • building and maintaining a healthy immune system (especially when an illness is coming on or the flu is in the air)
  • skin conditions (acne, eczema,) and wounds (diabetic), minor cuts and burns
  • travel (pray it on your mouth before, during or after getting on a plane)
  • kids germs and cuts (for faster healing), ear infections and skin lesions (molluscum)
  • jock itch
  • yeast infections (candida)
  • herpes
  • as a spray-on hand sanitizer or for gym equipment; the daily hand moisturizer will protect you from germs for 5 hours.

Typically I do not recommend brands but sometimes brand distinction is important. Silversol is a new generation product. It seems that its’ patented technology gives it more bioavailability and makes it more stable because it attaches to the water solution it is carried in, a silver solution. Salt is its one kryptonite and can reduce its effectiveness. So do not use Silver Sol with salt or higher sodium foods.

Some silver products may not be for everyone. Silver products can interact with prescription medication: penicillamine (Cuprimine, Depen), quinolone antibiotics, tetracycline and thyroxine (Levothroid, Levoxyl, Synthroid).

I have done some research on popular risks such as ” turning blue”,http://ablsilver.com/benefits.php, killing healthy gut bacteria or concerns with medication interaction. I found a couple of recent studies on silver safety, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23811290 in, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25137296 and went further to learn more about the author, here’s what I found:

“Funding: This study was funded in part by Award Number UL1RR025764 from the National Center for Research Resources. Conflict of Interest: The authors declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this article, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, honoraria, consultancies, expert testimony, patents, and royalties.”

So this should be reliable data. However, as I tell all my clients, if you take any product, food, beverage or supplement and think it negatively affects you in any way. Use common sense, stop its use and communicate with your doctor.

There is no such thing as a “magic” bullet.  But there is such a thing as a silver bullet. Save yourself from getting sick and get rid of germs (foreign body invaders) that make you ill. Silver Sol is a superhero when it comes to guarding against a “home invasion” of body bugs including infections, bacteria, viruses and fungi, that can knock you down for the count!

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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7 High Fat, Fat Fighting Foods

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Despite being an essential nutrient and active in brain, nerve, bowel and heart  health just to name a few, fat is unfortunately feared.

Fat is found naturally in vegetable, dairy and protein foods and provides many nutritional benefits. These foods should be consumed daily:

  1. Avocado– You may know avocados contain fat and fiber which help keep you full, but did you know Avocado contains mannoheptulose, a sugar that has been linked to lowering insulin release and enhances calcium absorption, both calcium and lower insulin levels can contribute to fat loss.
  2. Coconut-Coconut contains medium chain triglycerides (MCT) which speed up metabolism. In a study published in The American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18326600, coconut oil seems to promote more weight and fat loss than olive oil. Yes, saturated fat coconut oil produced better weight loss than “healthy”olive oil.
  3. Greek yogurt-contains more protein than regular yogurt so it is a more balanced food that has less appetite stimulating sugar than regular yogurt. Regardless of this, weight loss studies link its calcium content to fueling fat loss. Results from a University of Tennessee study shows that dieters who ate three servings of yogurt a day lost 22% more weight, 61% more body fat and maintained lean muscle than dieters who ate less calcium.
  4. Eggs- The real truth is that eggs are “eggs”ellent foods. Are you egg phobic? You should know in a study entitled, ” Egg Breakfast Enhances Weight Loss”. Participants eating eggs had a 61% greater reduction in body mass index (BMI), a 65% greater weight loss, a 34% greater reduction in waist circumference and a 16% greater reduction in percent body fat over those who ate fat-free bagels.
  5. Chocolate- What more do I have to say? There is research (“Chocolate Association Between More Frequent Chocolate Consumption and Lower Body Mass Index” Beatrice A. Golomb, MD, PhD; Sabrina Koperski, BS; Halbert L. White, PhD Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(6):519-521) suggesting that people who ate chocolate twice a week and exercised an average of 3 times a week tended to have a lower BMI. Warning: Do not eat milk or dark chocolate that contains tons of sugar. I suggest 85-90% dark cocoa chocolate that has minimal carbs and sugar.
  6. Grass Fed Beef (contains twice as much omega 3 and 3-5 times as much conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than regular beef)– CLA is a fatty acid linked to improved insulin function, fat loss and lean muscle preservation according to this study:  Eyjolfson V, Spriet LL, Dyck DJ. “Conjugated linoleic acid improves insulin sensitivity in young, sedentary humans.” Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2004;36:814-20. There is even a study from University of Wisconsin that shows beef helps to prevent weight re-gain after losing weight. Additional sources of CLA include turkey, lamb, buffalo, egg yolks and cottage cheese.
  7. Butter-Saturated fat is not as detrimental to health as once thought. It is so much healthier than man-made margarine. The CLA, short- and medium-chain fatty acids in butter can contribute to weight loss. Real butter is loaded with vitamins (vitamin A, D, E, K2) and minerals (selenium, iodine, manganese, chromium, zinc, copper).

Eat foods that naturally contain fat and cut fat free commercially prepared foods from your diet. Focus on nutrients. More healthy fat means more nutrition, more taste and better health.

 

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Are You Eating Healthy Produce?

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Summer is rounding the corner and you are thinking it’s your chance to eat healthier foods. Seasonal produce is here for the taking and there is no excuse why you can’t eat more fruits and vegetables! But wait, maybe there is.  There is a very good reason why you may want to be picky about the produce you consume.

Fruits and vegetables are sprayed with weed killers (like glyphosphate) and pesticides  (such as organophosphates (OP)). These compounds have a wide range of toxicity levels and are chemically similar to nerve gas. Insecticides inhibit the activity of enzymes in the nervous system leading to overstimulation and dysfunction, excessive perspiration, nausea, diarrhea, low blood pressure, muscle weakness, and fatigue.

We are not only consuming toxins from pesticides in produce but, once sprayed the residue ends up in the air we breathe and in our water system effecting fish too. Believe it or not glyphosphate is used in personal care products containing cotton, including tampons. So all this exposure can add up.

In fact, “We’re exposed to a cocktail of chemicals from our food on a daily basis,” says Michael Crupain, M.D., M.P.H., director of Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center. For instance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are traces of 29 different pesticides in the average American’s body, http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/health/natural-health/pesticides/index.htm.

Eating produce sprayed with harmful chemicals has been associated with nerve conditions (Parkinson’s disease) and reduced motor skills, cancer, liver toxicity, cognitive decline (Alzheimer’s disease) and memory loss, mood swings, asthma, allergies, digestive issues, obesity, hormone disruption,  reproduction and fetal development issues and even autism. This is true for domestic produce as well as foods that are imported from other countries like Mexico or Chile.

Organic produce are sprayed withe pesticides too, http://www.safefruitsandveggies.com/regulations/organic. So local farmers markets where you can ask the farmers questions about farming practices may be the ideal way to purchase produce.

Certain population groups like children, pregnant women and the sick or aging may be more sensitive to the effects of pesticides than others. The World Health Organization estimates that there are 3 million cases of pesticide poisoning each year and up to 220,000 deaths, primarily in developing countries.

Make sure you rinse your fruits and vegetables with running water. It will help wash away surface residue and bacteria but it is difficult to completely rid produce of their toxic weed killers and insecticides. When you read pesticide residue information, know that the information is provided as you would eat it, for example rinsed and without the peel.

Many of the top 10 fruits and vegetables with the highest amount of residue are those we consume year round. They are:

  1. Apple
  2. Peach
  3. Nectarine
  4. Strawberry
  5. Grape
  6. Celery
  7. Spinach
  8. Bell Peppers
  9. Cucumbers
  10. 10 Tomatoes

Better rated produce options are:

  1. Avocados
  2. Pineapple
  3. Cabbage
  4. Sweet peas
  5. Onion
  6. Asparagus
  7. Mango
  8. Kiwi
  9. Eggplant
  10. Grapefruit

Let’s not forget, when you choose to eat healthy seasonal summer fruits, do NOT forget the watermelon. It is a better option than most, thirst quenching and a perfect way to end the family BBQ!

The full list created by the Environmental Working Group, http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/, is more detailed.

Eat wisely, cherry pick your fruits and vegetables to eat more foods with less toxins.

 
 

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Three Undeniable Benefits of Kicking Carbs to the Curb

Carbohydrates are not evil! Most sources of carbohydrates that most people eat are processed (cereal, bagels/bread, yogurt, pasta)and add no value to you. Carbohydrates from low-calorie veggies/fruits, nuts and seeds are filled with nutrients that keep you healthy and looking good.

Kick unhealthy carbohydrates to the curb but swap them for healthier versions of carbohydrates. Get “nutritional bang” for ” for your calorie buck!

The 3 strongest arguments for cutting unhealthy carbohydrates and substituting healthy carbs are:

  1. Substituting starch with high phytonutrient non starchy veggies contributes to better health.

Phytonutrients are nutrients provided by a plant through its color or pigment, http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/wiclwp/pdf/phytonutrientsposter.pdf,  and they have been found to stave off disease (cancer, heart disease…), slow aging and support good health. More than 100,000 phytonutrients are found in colorful fruits and vegetables. They are both fat and water soluble. So in order to absorb then you must eat fat and non-fat foods.

When you swap commercially prepared bread, pretzels, processed rice… for plant foods you fuel your body with an artillery of carbohydrate filled phytonutrients that boost body systems to function at peak performance reducing the chance of health issues. A few examples of phytonutrients and their colors:

·         Lycopenes, ellagic acid, quercetin, hesperidin, anthocyanidins are red so eating tomatoes, red onion, watermelon, pink grapefruit or cherries promote heart health, urinary tract health and can protect memory.

·         Carotenoids (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene), beta cryptoxanthin, lutein/zeaxanthin, hesperidin are orange/yellow and help maintain healthy eyes and skin and protect against cancer and heart disease, eat these carbohydrate foods: carrots, winter squash, yellow & orange bell peppers, pumpkin, cantaloupe and tumeric/curry.

·         EGCG, allicin, quercetin, indoles, glucosinolates compounds are white/tan eat onions, cauliflower, tea, turnips and garlic to help boost the immune system and support heart health.

·         Lutein/zeaxanthin, isoflavones, EGCG, indoles, isothiocyanates, sulphoraphane from greens like Spinach, kale, Collards Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy work to detox the body and slow cell damage, lower oxidative stress and inflammation. Eating these green carbohydrates can help ward off cancer and all types of illnesses.

·         Anthocyanidins, resveratrol, phenolics, flavonoids  are antioxidant powerhouses that help neutralize free radicals which contribute to aging and many disease conditions. Choose these carbohydrate foods from the blue and purple group: berries, eggplant and plums.

  1. Slashing calories and carbs by using veggies in place of starches is calorically economical and can help in weight management.

A serving of bread or starch (if you read the label, any given product may contain more) contains 80-100 calories and 12-15 grams of carbohydrate. A serving of non-starchy vegetables is  < 25 calories and 5 grams of carbohydrates. Simple math gives you the answer. Reduce the starch and bread and cut calories by 75% and lower carbs by two thirds.

  1. Making changes to your food keeps things interesting. Tantalize your tongue when you are happy and satisfied you are less likely to cheat on your nutrition plan. Try these recipes:
  • Paleo Zucchini Tortillas:

http://beautyandthefoodie.com/paleo-zucchini-tortillas/

  • Cauliflower fried rice:

http://www.paleocupboard.com/cauliflower-fried-rice.html

  • Zucchini chips:

http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/zucchini-chips/

  • Don’t feel like cooking? try spicy pumpkin seeds:

http://www.amazon.com/Eden-Organic-Pumpkin-Roasted-Pocket/dp/B00HZO4X1G/ref=sr_1_4?                i.e.=UTF8&qid=1439868333&sr=8-4&keywords=eden+foods+pumpkin+seeds

  • Desserts? Try these:

http://www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/low-carb-dessert-recipes.html

So now, what is stopping you from optimal nutrition and kicking unnecessary carbs to the curb?

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Top Five “Fat” Superfoods: Coconut

If you want to build your immune system, lose weight, improve cholesterol and digestive issues try virgin coconut oil or shredded coconut flakes it is one food loaded with healthy saturated fat!

Yes, healthy saturated fat can contribute to wellness in many ways, http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/100713p56.shtml.

But why is saturated fat, like coconut oil, healthy? Composition! Its’ chemical structure is key. Fats come in different lengths. Coconut is composed of 60% medium chain triglycerides (MCT) as opposed to short or long chain triglycerides. This is what makes it so unique and powerful.

Consuming three tablespoons of coconut oil each day will supply you with MCT and lauric acid. Lauric acid is the fatty acid responsible for making a difference in your ability to fend off germs, build and strengthen your immunity against bacteria, fungus and viruses, the gut and even contribute to healthy hair and skin.

Just in case you are interested, MCT is also found in ghee (containing about 25% MCT) and butter (12-15% MCT).

Research supporting the health benefits for coconut oil show its role in protecting liver function (improving glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and blood sugar issues: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2011/142739/), raising good HDL cholesterol and reducing body fat especially belly weight even when compared to olive oil, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S104366180900276X.

So for these reasons coconut oil is added to my Top Five “Fat” Superfood list and should be added to your daily food plan.

As I mentioned last week, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/top-five-fat-superfoods/“Superfood” is a term used to describe foods that are nutrient dense and that may contribute to better health or provide health benefits.  These power foods are natural, not created in a food lab and provide the most nutrient “bang” for the calorie “buck”. In the case of saturated fat, it is the fatty acid in particular that jump starts the positive effects of weight loss and health benefits. Fatty acids are found in foods with fat. So in order to reap the benefits of MCT eat saturated fat.

Eating a variety of foods includes eating a variety different types of fat, no exception. Eating different types of fat daily will help you achieve nutritional balance. Balancing fats are important and saturated fat should NOT be annihilated from your eating regimen, they hold important body functions for hormones and body cell receptors, http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/the-importance-of-saturated-fats-for-biological-functions/.

Saturated fat seems especially important in working with the G-protein receptors that help body signaling functions, are involved in the adrenaline rush and maintaining white blood count.

So lose your fear of saturated fats, they are essential for your good health.

Saturated fats have been given a bad wrap. Most people eat too much (corn and soy oil) omega 6 fats (http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1408947-something-fishy-in-your-fish-oil/) and not enough omega 3 and healthy saturated fats.

Kill two birds with one stone. Add a healthy fruit and fat daily to your diet, eat coconut. Coconut oil is a better choice to use for high heat cooking, use it as a topping on your favorite food or add it your homemade trail mix. Coconut helps balance the saturated/unsaturated fat ratio while helping to keep your health in balance.

What is next on the Top Five “Fat” Superfoods list? Well stick around and you will see.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Top Five “Fat” Superfoods

“Superfood” is a term used to describe foods that are nutrient dense and that may contribute to better health or provide health benefits.  These power foods are natural, not created in a food lab and provide the most nutrient “bang” for the calorie “buck”. They are loaded with vitamins, minerals, co-enzymes, fiber, anti-oxidants or phyto-nutrients.

Typically low fat fruits, vegetables and grains are categorized as superfoods (for example blueberries are considered a superfood because of the health promoting properties they contain: antioxidants, anthocyanins, vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber).

My list, contains superfoods that are higher in fat and are not typically considered “super” because of the fat content. Yet, by definition they should not be forgotten on any super food list. These high(er) fat nutrient dense superfoods contribute to optimal health and they should be included in your diet as part of a balanced healthy nutrition plan.

SUPERFOOD #1: Hass Avocado

A fruit also known as the “alligator pear” because of its dark coarse skin, avocado tops the list. Despite its soft creamy texture, half  an avocado contains 6.5g fiber which is more than most other fruits, vegetables or grains. Eighty percent of the calories from avocado comes from fat. So if you take a fat soluble vitamin like vitamin D, an avocado should help with its absorption. This superfruit is dense in other nutrients as well including:

Vitamin A

Vitamin C

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

Vitamin K

Niacin

Vitamin B6

Folate

Pantothenic Acid

Choline

Potassium

Zinc

Copper

Manganese

Selenium

…And there is much much more avocado has to offer as a superfood; it contains phytonutrients like beta-sitosterol (lowers LDL and decreases prostate cancer cell growth, http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2005/6/report_prostate/Page-01),  antioxidants such as lutein (important in eye and heart health) and oleic acid (an abundant monounsaturated fat component of the avocado) which according to a review in Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry entitled “An overview of the modulatory effects of oleic acid in health and disease,” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23278117, there are multiple health benefits linked to avocado consumption including reducing inflammation, lowering risk for heart disease and wound healing.

Very recently avocado fat is being investigated as an agent that may be effective at destroying the stem cells of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150615142715.htm.

Nutritional benefits have also been linked to anti-aging, helping maintain blood sugar levels, lowering chances of neural tube defects for the baby during pregnancy and improving gut and bowel health.

The broad spectrum of nutrients benefiting different health parameters gives this fat filled fruit its Superfood status. Eating an avocado or veggies with some guacamole  everyday is not just delicious but gives you a wide range of nutrients that can contribute to wellness.

Limiting fat can jeopardize good health decisions and interfere with good choices to eat foods like the avocado just because they contain fat. Health conscious decisions should not be solely based on the narrow scope of macronutrient distribution as carbohydrates, fats and protein consumption only scratches the surface of health as a whole and should be considered only as one piece of an intricate health puzzle.

The countdown continues next week…

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2015 in Avocado, good health, nutrient dense, Superfood

 

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Beat The Battle of The Perfect “Sick” Storm (The Spleen Part 2)

http://www.livescience.com/26983-lymphatic-system.html

What do you think of when you hear about the immune system? I visualize the immune system as an army fighting to protect the body from alien invaders. But understanding the intricacies of the system is a little more complex. The truth is the immune system is a whole system of organs that work together to keep you healthy, http://www.nobelprize.org/educational/medicine/immunity/immune-detail.html. So if you are trying to dodge the getting sick “bullet” know that you must keep the whole system of organs in good condition.

What is important to know from a nutritional standpoint is:

  1. “One of the more damaging food components to our immune system is sugar. In one study, the ingestion of 100 gram (roughly 3-1/2 ounces) portions of carbohydrate as glucose, fructose, sucrose, honey, and pasteurized orange juice all significantly reduced the ability of white blood cells (neutrophils) to engulf and destroy bacteria. In contrast, the ingestion of 100 grams of starch had no effect. These effects started within less than 30 minutes after ingestion and lasted for over 5 hours. Typically, there was at least a 50% reduction in neutrophil activity two hours after ingestion. Since neutrophils constitute 60-to-70% of the total circulating white blood cells, impairment of their activity leads to depressed immunity”, http://doctormurray.com/health-conditions/low-immune-function/.
  2. Proteins are an intricate part of the immune system aiding in the creation of antibodies, helping to strengthen cell walls and manufacture interferons (protein produced by the immune system in response to an infection).Eat adequate protein to help support this function.

Last week’s blog, “Beat The Battle of The Perfect “Sick” Storm”, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/beat-the-battle-of-the-perfect-sick-storm-skin-deep-part-1/, started this series and discussed the role of the skin as part of the immune system. Internally, it is the lymph system (spleen, thymus, lymph nodes containing lymphocytes which are white blood cells, gut and bone marrow) that protects you from getting sick and these organs will be addressed next.

Starting with the spleen (an organ you do not hear much about even though it is very important to the body’s defense system);  it is small, about the size of your fist, located in your stomach under the rib cage and above the kidney. The spleen is part of the lymph system (a network of organs that make up the immune system). It filters germs such as viruses, bacteria abnormal cells from the blood. When an invader is detected your spleen and lymph nodes, jump into action creating lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are white blood cells that produce antibodies in order to fend off infections.

Support Spleen Function:

  1. Eat small frequent meals consisting of warm foods and beverages like tea, soup and stews.
  2. Use herbs, spices and supplements: ginger (contains the enzyme zingibain an enzyme that can help strengthen the immune system), maitake mushrooms (or supplement with maitake D-fraction), black and chili pepper, basil, turmeric, cilantro, parsley, cardamom and cinnamon.
  3. Traditional Chinese Medicine suggests consuming onions, leeks, fennel and garlic to “help increase the body’s digestive fire”.
  4. 4. Select protein that may help to cleanse the spleen like fatty fish (salmon, sardines, halibut), beef, chicken, turkey or lamb.
  5. Beta carotene rich foods can also help give your immune system a boost: tomatoes, carrots, squash, spinach, broccoli, romaine lettuce, cantaloupe, pumpkin and peppers.

Three down: the skin, the spleen and the lymph; next week completes the immune series with the thymus, bone marrow and gut.

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in antibodies, health, immune system, wellness

 

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