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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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Probiotics: Beneficial Body Bugs

Credit: Picture used from this fantastic website that has in-depth information on probiotics and gut health, http://probiotics.org/amazing-facts/.

Recently there has been a lot of attention given to the gut and its central role in health. Eating healthy is obviously a factor but using probiotics is like having military backup to support good gut health and to help boost immunity. The term probiotic is derived from the Greek word pro, meaning “promoting” and biotic, meaning “life.”

Body bugs, good and bad,  are part of gut flora that help maintain healthy digestion. They are also an important part of the immune system. Seventy percent of the cells that make up the body’s immune system are found in the gut.

When bad gut bacteria become more prevalent than good bacteria, eat foods that contain prebiotics (Prebiotics are nondigestible carbohydrates that act as food for probiotics and contributes to healthy probiotic bacteria growth) such as asparagus, garlic, artichokes and onion and use an arsenal of probiotics as coverage to help regain good gut bacteria and bring intestinal flora back to balance.

Probiotics function to help:

  • food digestion
  • mineral absorption
  • vitamin B and K production
  • breakdown toxins
  • reduce inflammation
  • support the immune system

There are approximately 400 types of body bugs. Research has shown that different strains of probiotic bacteria are involved in specific aspects of the body’s health, http://www.onhealth.com/probiotics/page3.htm and http://www.worldgastroenterology.org/assets/export/userfiles/Probiotics_FINAL_20110116.pdf. For example:

  1. Lactobacillus (also known as Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. acidophilus DDS-1, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus blugaricus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, Lactobacillus plantarium, Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus johnsonii, and Lactobacillus gasseri) is found in the digestive and urinary tract and aid in treating yeast and urinary tract infections, diarrhea and other bowel issues, such as gas, bloating, and acne.
  • Acidophilus maintains the integrity of the intestinal walls that aid in the absorption of vitamins and minerals, and supports the immune system.
  • Fermentum helps neutralize toxins and promotes a healthy balance of good gut bacteria.
  • Rhamnosus has shown to be effective in reducing occurrences of traveler’s diarrhea.

2. Bifidobacteria (Bifodbacterium bifidum, Bifodbacterium lactis, Bifodbacterium longum, Bifodbacterium breve, Bifodbacterium infantis, Bifodbacterium thermophilum, and Bifodbacterium pseudolongum) found in the colon may be involved in metabolic and oral health and have been found to help with IBS ( irritable bowel disease) , blood sugar, cholesterol and cavities.

  • Bifidum aids in digestion especially for dairy products.
  • Longum, like  Lactobacillus fermentum, helps neutralize intestinal toxins and functions to help break down carbohydrates while avoiding the production of excess gas.
  1. Saccharomyces boulardii is the yeast probiotic. It helps alleviate symptoms associated with yeast overgrowth in the intestine and vagina, protect against Clostridium difficile (c-diff), treat acne, and minimize the side effects of the treatment for Helicobacter pylori (bacteria that can cause ulcers).
  1. Bacillus Coagulans work by forming spores to help populate the intestine with good bacteria. Results of a recent study show its effectiveness in helping to lower cholesterol including raising the good cholesterol (HDL) and lowering the bad (LDL).
  1. Streptococcus thermophilus produces lactase and may help to prevent  lactose intolerance.

6 & 7. Propionibacterium and Lactobacillus rhamnosus help lower inflammation related to heart disease and CRP (Creactive protein) levels. CRP is a protein measured in your blood. High levels indicate body and heart inflammation.

If you want to watch two amazing videos on what we now are learning about the gut and how it affects us, watch this two-part video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3iOlRUQkrw and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klnYh7SZRic

Probiotics are not just part of friendly fire that protects health, taking a probiotic may contribute to improved exercise performance.

In a small study (10 male runners) in the European Journal of Applied Physiology (2014 Shing et al., 114: p 93-103) athletes who used a multi-strain probiotic for 4 weeks experienced a significant increase in running stamina, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00421-013-2748-y.

There are a few noteworthy studies on probiotics and exercise performance. You can read about them here, http://suppversity.blogspot.com.es/2014/08/performance-enhancing-gut-microbes.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Suppversity-NutritionAndExerciseScienceForEveryone+%28SuppVersity+-+Nutrition+and+Exercise+Science+for+Everyone%29&m=1, so stay tuned on this topic.

My suggestion is that most people would benefit from beneficial bug probiotic supplementation. This is especially true if you suffer from gas, bloating, diarrhea or any digestive issues.

Use a multi-strain probiotic that contains a minimum of 1 billion bacteria but you can go to much higher amounts. If you have serious medical symptoms, start off with lower amounts, .i.e. take a quarter or half the amount and build up to a higher dose.

Give your immune system a boost with probiotics, you can’t get better back up.

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2016 in Probiotic, 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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A Silver Bullet A Day Will Keep The Doctor Away!

 

Colloidal 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 (even the ones that are antibiotic resistant (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22324439) rendering us helpless victims to the illness du jour. For this reason, it is more versatile than an antibiotic and much more valuable than gold when it comes to staying healthy.

Silver saves the day with a superhero’s arsenal of weaponry.  When it comes to protecting us against germs it uses magnetic “force” (through positive charge) and works to:

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

This is not breaking news. Silver is nothing new. 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.

I use Silversol by American Biotech labs myself for the last 7 years and recommend it to clients for:

  • dental hygiene
  • building and maintaining a healthy immune system especially when an illness is coming on, or when I hear the flu is out and about
  • travel (before and during )
  • kids germs and cuts (faster healing), ear infections and skin lesions (molluscum)
  • jock itch
  • yeast infections (candida)
  • herpes
  • as a spray-on hand sanitizer and disinfectant for gym equipment

There are so many uses for Silversol. Typically I do not recommend brands but I am in this case because some silver products may not be for everyone. There are some silver products that interact with prescription medication: penicillamine (Cuprimine, Depen), quinolone antibiotics, tetracycline and thyroxine (Levothroid, Levoxyl, Synthroid).

Silversol is a new generation product. It seems that its’ patented technology (a multi-valant silver oxide coating surrounding the silver nano-particle) gives it more bioavailability and makes it more stable because it attaches to the water solution it is carried in “Silversol”. It is a tasteless liquid.

Salt is its one kryptonite and can reduce its effectiveness. So do not use Silversol with salt or higher sodium foods.

There seems to be no risk of ” turning blue”,http://ablsilver.com/benefits.php, especially if taken in moderate amounts and not in excess. No worries about killing healthy gut bacteria or some of the concerns with medication interaction as other silver products. I found a couple of recent studies on its safety, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23811290 in, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25137296 and checked out 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 affects you in any way. Use common sense, 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. Silversol 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 March 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Beat The Battle of The Perfect “Sick” Storm (The Gut, Thymus and Bone Marrow- Part 3)

Boosting the immune system during the cold and flu season entails taking care of all body organs involved in fending off illness. I’ve already spoken about the skin and  spleen, in the first two blogs in this immune system series, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/beat-the-battle-of-the-perfect-sick-storm-the-spleen/, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/beat-the-battle-of-the-perfect-sick-storm-skin-deep-part-1/. Now we tie-in the rest of the immune system: the thymus, gut, lymph nodes and bone marrow.

Thymus

The thymus gland is named after the thyme leaf because of its shape. It is located in front of the heart and under the breast bone. The bone marrow sends T- cells (white blood cells (WBC), or stem cells)  to the thymus for them to develop into fighter cells which are then sent to the spleen and lymph (Lymph nodes located at the neck and other areas of your body also contain WBC)  where they help identify and then destroy unhealthy germ invaders. The thymus also helps to prevent abnormal cancer cell growth.

Once puberty hits and immunity during childhood has been established, the thymus isn’t working as hard and it’s all downhill for the thymus from there. Just like when you do not use or exercise your body, it changes and it can get fat, the same thing happens to the thymus, it slowly starts to shrink and  then  turns  fatty.

What Causes Damage to the Thymus?

  • adrenal stress
  • emotional stress
  • poor diet (refined foods, excess sugar and coffee, trans fats)
  • smoking
  • excess alcohol consumption
  • exposure to x-rays and EMF (electromagnetic fields)
  • toxins (pesticides and herbicides residing in fruits and veggies)
  • allergy medications
  • free radical damage (excess sun exposure, exercise or alcohol, smoking)

Potential Symptoms Indicating The Thymus Is Not Well:

  • chronic infections and allergies
  • a feeling of puffiness in the throat or swollen glands
  • candida or yeast overgrowth
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • excess sweating

While all these may be signs of many underlying causes, it is worthwhile to support the thymus and keep it functioning optimally for as long as possible.

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, collard greens, cabbage, cauliflower and those that are high in carotenoids such as yellow-orange and dark green vegetables help reduce free radical damage to the thymus.

Bone Marrow

Bone marrow is a fatty Jello like substance found inside bones (skull, ribs, breastbones, spine, hip and shoulders) that creates T-cells, platelets and red blood cells  and helps carry oxygen to the cells as part of its role in immunity.

Build bone marrow with vitamin B6 (fish, poultry, eggs), folic acid (cruciferous vegetables) and iron (red meat is the best absorbable source of iron or any animal meat. Plant sources of iron are not as readily absorbable).

Consuming bone marrow itself is a powerhouse when it comes to boosting the immune system. Marrow is filled with vitamins (A and K2), minerals (calcium, iron, phosphorous, zinc, selenium, magnesium, manganese) and essential fats (Omega 3, Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), alkylglycerols: help produce white blood cells) that keep your immune system strong, helping to maintain healthy bones and repair bone injuries).

When purchasing animal products, keep in mind, toxins are stored in the fat and bone. Grass fed free range livestock are the most healthy to buy

Try these bone marrow recipes:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/12/16/bone-broth-benefits.aspx

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/bone-marrow-recipe/#axzz3JnUADtQM

The Gut

And let’s not forget about the gut, more attention has been focused on the gut and its role in immunity compared to the rest of these organs. According to my blog, “Beneficial Body Bugs”, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/?s=gut+health, We know that 70% of the immune system is found in the gut. So, keeping the gut healthy will make a substantial contribution to keeping you healthy.

  1. Stick with natural foods (animals, plants) that contain nutrients the body is equipped to digest, absorb and utilize. Convenient processed foods are filled with ingredients that confuses the body and can affect its work ability.
  2. Get 6-8 hours of sleep each night.
  3. Supplement the gut with a probiotic.

Interested in learning more? Read this, http://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/5-quick-tips-healthy-guts-and-healthier-immune-system.

After reading this immune system series, I hope you appreciate the intricate and complex system in place that prevents you from getting sick and helps with illness recovery. Live healthy, support the organs that keep you healthy, be healthy!

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2014 in good health, gut health, health, immune sytem

 

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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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Beat The Battle of the Perfect “Sick” Storm (Skin Deep Part 1)

Why do you think most people get sick during the fall and winter months? More germs floating around than other times of the year? The cold temperature? Low immune system? The answer may not be so simple.

Getting sick stems from several factors that stir up the right storm and then wham you get ambushed with the flu, a cold or just plain feel awful as you try to fight off the bugs that invade you. Throughout this season,  lifestyle shifts into hyper mode with all the usual responsibilities and pressure of daily life plus the stress of the holidays.

There is little time to breathe forget about focus on yourself and being healthy. The build-up of holiday expectations, preparation and coordinating plans with family, adds to stress and contributes to less sleep and more nutrient-less eating and drinking. The “sick” storm is in gear.

Eating right, sleep and exercise all contribute to a healthy immune system. Stress, alcohol, and nutrient-less food takes a toll on an immune system that is being challenged with cold, flu and other respiratory bugs. The cold weather doesn’t help much either. During these health challenging months, beat the odds and keep your immune system strong and in fighting shape. The organs involved in supporting the immune system are: the skin, gut, spleen, thymus, bone marrow and lymph nodes.

Weighing in as the largest body organ (at about 8 pounds) and providing a physical barrier against germs is the skin.  As the body’s first line of protection it signals internal defenses, creates an environment that supports healthy bacteria while secreting anti-bacterial warriors that summon white blood cells to attack germ “invaders”.

During the winter months the skin can become dry and cracked weakening its protective ability. So keep skin moist with healthy lotions and skin “caring” foods, keeping in mind nutrients or toxic chemicals can be absorbed through both the skin and the gut.

Skin Deep Wellness

Use products that contain:

· Hyaluronic acid- found in the skins connective tissue, it is used to treat wrinkles.

· Retinol- a form of vitamin A  has proven to improve the skins hydration level and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

· Ester C (PH neutral vitamin C)- stimulates collagen production which is important to anyone who is getting older because collagen decreases as you age. Vitamin C also helps to minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

·  Ceramides–  are fat molecules that help keep skin tight. They are found on the surface of the skin within the its’ cells and are active barriers to substances that try to infiltrate the skin while helping maintain skin hydration.

· Copper Peptide– increases the production of elastin and collagen helping to keep skin soft smooth and firm.

· Alpha Lipoic Acid- an antioxidant that helps prevent skin damage lessens wrinkles and boosts vitamin C levels.

Avoid skin and sunscreen products that contain toxic chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption, reproductive toxicity and many more health consequences:

·         Parabens

·         Phthalates

·         Triclosan

·         Toluene

·         Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)

 

There are more, check out this chart for details, http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5971/12-Toxic-Ingredients-to-AVOID-in-Cosmetics-Skin-Care-Products-Infographic.html

 Speak to a skin expert who can help you make the right choices for your particular skin needs.

Keeping skin, especially your hands and face,  hydrated and healthy during flu season will help you stay in a “sick free” zone but there is more. Next week learn how to feed your immune system and keep it strong from the inside out.

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2014 in health, holiday, immune system, skin, Skin Moisturizer, wellness

 

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