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Seasonal Holistic Pick Me Ups

soupsWhen cold and flu season arrives, why do some people get sick while others don’t? Researchers at Duke University infected 17 healthy people with a flu virus and found that only 9 of them got sick. Blood samples showed that immune system reaction, which determined sickness or health, began up to 36 hours before symptoms appeared.

To beat colds and flu, these natural remedies can be used by adults and children and have stood the test of time.

ECHINACEA:  A review published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases found tat Echinacea effectively decreased the odds of developing the common cold by 58 percent and cut the duration of a cold by 1.4 days. Take it during cold and flu season. for children, look for alcohol-free versions.

ASTRAGALUS: The herb strengthens the immune system safely. Some herbal formulas contain a combination with Echinacea.

ZINC LOZENGES: Zinc acetate, gluconate or gluconate-glycine lozenges have been shown to reduce duration of colds.

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES: These strengthen your body’s ability to fight off viruses. Popular ones include Oscillococcium to nip the flu symptoms in the bud or if you wait, to reduce duration of flu, and Coldcalm for colds.


To lower your chances of getting “bit” by seasonal cold and flu bugs, take these:

PROBIOTICS: Friendly bacteria in our digestive system are essential for healthy immune function. A study of nearly 500 adults, published the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeautics, found daily probiotics plus a multivitamin, taken for three months in winter and spring, were particularly effective. And in a study of nearly 250 children ages 3 to 5., published in Pediatrics, those who took probiotics twice daily for 6 months missed one-third fewer days from child care. Probiotics reduced incidence of flu-related fever by 53 percent, cough by 41 percent, and colds by 28 percent.

VITAMIN C: At least 40 studies have found that vitamin C reduces the duration and intensity of colds and flu by up to 40 percent, when approximately 1 gram daily is taken for 2 months or more. One study, published in Advances in Natural Therapy, found that compared to a placebo, vitamin C resulted in 26 percent fewer colds, and severe symptoms lasted only half as long.

WELLMUNE WGP: Also listed on labels as WGP Beta Glucan, Wellmune WGP is derived from the cell wall of a proprietary strain of baker’s yeast. Numerous studies have shown that 250 or 500 mg daily reduced colds and flu., especially for people under stress, such as firefighters, marathoner, and medial residents – and enhanced energy.

Winter Immune Boost For The Youth

During the winter months, kids are inevitably exposed to bugs at school, in day care, or when playing with their friends. Along with a healthy diet, plenty of sleep and regular physical activity, the right supplements can help young immune systems resist infection. And during the rest of the year, the same nutrients can help them stay healthy and active thrive.

Kids vitaminsMULTIVITAMIN AND MINERAL: No child eats a perfect diet and a multi ensures all-round nutrition. Look for whole food-based products designed for kids, with a combination of natural forms of vitamin E (tocopherols and tocotrienols), and follow product directions. Those who don’t eat dairy products need extra calcium and magnesium, and kids on vegetarian diets should take vitamin B12.

VITAMIN D3: Studies show that up to 60 percent of kids may lack vitamin D, essential for a healthy immune system, bone growth, a healthy heart and protection against cancer. Levels can be tested by a doctor. As a guide, some holistic physicians recommend 400IU for infants, 800-1,000IU for toddlers and 2,000 IU for kids old enough to go to school.

FISH OIL: Necessary for healthy development of the nervous system and brain omega-3 fats in fish oil protect against bugs, damage from toxins and inflammation. Lack of these nutrients is associated with ADHD and autism. Many fish oil products are designed specifically for kids. Consider 200mg of DHA and EPA (combined) for each 50 pounds of a child’s body weight. Vegetarian sources include DHA from algae and flax seed oil.

PROBIOTICS: Antibiotics taken by the mother during pregnancy or while breast feeding or by the child, destroy healthy gut bacteria, damaging immunity. Look for combinations that include lactobacillus and bifidobacteria. Some multivitamins contain probiomushroomstics.

MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS AND HERBS: For protection against viruses and bacteria, look for combination of medicinal mushrooms and immune-enhancing herbs such as astragalus.

BEST FORMS: Many chewable and liquid products are naturally flavored for kid’s taste buds. Or, mix liquids, powders or contents of capsules into smoothies or other food. Look for little or no added sugars and avoid artificial flavoring, preservatives and other additives.


A helpful diet includes regular meals and snacks that are free of artificial additives, low in refined carbohydrates and include moderate amounts of protein (especially fish and eggs) balanced with vegetables and other whole foods.

Fish oil has been shown to improve attention span. And, for serious attention difficulties, 200-300mg daily of phosphatidylserine (P5) is a safe and effective nutrient that helps with memory, particularly for those with ADHD.


Approximately 15 percent of children have eczema, characterized by red, itchy lesions. The trigger may well be undiagnosed food sensitivities, the most common of which include gluten (found in wheat, rye, barley and other grains), citrus fruits, tomatoes, soy milk, and/or cow’s milk. Eliminatingchickweed these foods from a child’s diet, one at a time for two weeks, will identify problem foods and may well clear up the skin.

Helpful supplements for eczema include probiotics, fish oil with a minimum of 500mg of EPA and DHA (combined) or 2-3 tsp. of flax seed oil daily.

MORE EXZEMA REMEDIES: Look for homeopathic formulas designed to treat your child’s specific symptoms. Topically, try our OMGRx Line’s Exit Eczema Cream or an itch cream with chickweed. Or add liquid chickweed extract or powder (from capsules) to a bath.

Reference – Health Guide 2013

Food You Weren’t Eating In 2012 But Need In 2013 To Become Well

Power through your workouts, lose weight, and boost your health with these commonyet often overlooked foods.

Perhaps most coseaweedmmonly eaten wrapped around a sushi roll, nori is loaded with iodine, a mineral essential for proper thyroid function. While iodized salt was introduced in 1924 to prevent goiter, the increased emphasis on low-sodium diets and the popularity of sea salt, which often doesn’t contain iodine, have recently resurfaced concerns about getting enough iodine. This trace mineral isn’t the only benefit of sea vegetables. Nori contains high levels of vitamin K and iron, micronutrients essential for proper cellular function. Look for nori pieces in the international section of your supermarket and crumble them on top of chili, soups, and salads. (This will add a little extra salty flavor, so if you are salt sensitive, use less in your recipe.)

Considering cabbage is low-carb, high-fiber, and contains cancer-fighting 3-indole carbinol and d-glucarate, a compound that works to clear excess estrogen, the veggie is already a superfood. Fermenting it into sauerkraut, however, puts it on nutritional steroids. The probiotics that drive fermentation also help repopulate your digestive system with healthy, hardworking good bacteria that lower inflammation, improve digestion, and maybe even aid in weight loss. Plus fermentation increases the bioavailablity of the antioxidants found in cabbage, and the longer cabbage ferments, the higher the levels of antioxidants become, meaning your body can better absorb and use them.

 Shirataki Noodles

noodlesPasta lovers, it’s time to throw an Italian feast: Now you can enjoy your noodles for 20 calories and 5 carbs (and some brands have even less of both!) per serving. Shirataki noodles are made from the konjac plant, the same plant that we get the fiber and satiety supplement glucomannan from—read: They keep you full. Shirataki don’t have much flavor and come in every shape from angel to fettuccine to penne and more, so you can use them in any pasta recipe. Just take them out of the bag, rinse thoroughly, and heat, and they’re ready to toss into stroganoff, primavera, or whatever you’re craving.

~ Thanks to S contributers

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