January 24, 2017

Get Good Vibrations from Food

What if I told you that your food was vibrating? Would you see it as a positive thing? You’d likely think I was off my rocker!

The reality is you want your food to vibrate. Food has vibrational frequency – a measurement of the electrical energy that is present in all natural living things.

I gotta say… the Beach Boys had it right all along! But in this case, “I’m pickin’ up good vibrations,” comes from my food. You can’t see these vibrations or hear them. But I assure you they are there. In fact vibrations, otherwise referred to as frequencies or energy, are everywhere. They’re in the rocks, the trees, the music you listen to, the colors you see, even in your own body….and the food you eat.

Healthy diets typically focus on antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals contained in foods. The nutrients are very important aspects of what we eat and contribute to the positive vibrations in our food. However, food frequencies or vibrations are not typically mentioned as a component of a healthy diet. Many people believe that frequencies and vibrations are a bunch of New Age crazy talk. The truth is that food containing positive vibrations can be the key to a healthy, disease free, and vibrant life. A healthy diet includes eating foods that help heal our bodies not just with vitamins and minerals, but also with positive vibrations.

Keeping up Good Vibrations

A healthy human body has frequency between 62 and 72 Hz. Maintaining this healthy vibration is very important in that it keeps us free from disease. A slight drop to just 60 Hz leaves our body susceptible to the common cold. Most diseases begin at 58 Hz and cancer grows at 42 Hz.[1]

The choices we make daily affect the frequency of our body. To be honest, it is becoming more and more difficult to avoid frequency-lowering mechanisms. Technology and the stressful lifestyle of our culture are constantly bombarding us with things that assault our body’s God-given vibration. Precise frequencies could destroy specific organisms such as cancer cells and viruses, while others could be used to prevent the development of disease.

The most common culprits that lower body frequency are:

  • Stress
  • EMF radiation from cell phones, Wi-Fi, etc.
  • Negative thoughts
  • Chemicals in the air, food, water, and skincare products
  • Lack of exercise

As certain patterns of vibration are associated with good health, you can increase their frequency and optimize their health by applying some easy methods to your daily life:

Healthy Food Vibrations

What we eat has the most dramatic impact on the vibrational frequency of our body. Food is broken down and its components circulated throughout our system, touching and influencing everything inside of us. What we eat, good or bad, becomes a part of us. In essence, the energy or vibration of the food we eat is transferred to us inside our bodies.

Higher food vibrations aid in fending off disease, clearing thinking, increased energy and a positive mood. Click to Tweet.

Eating healthy food releases positive vibrations in our body, enhancing our body’s frequency and keeping us in a healthy state. Unhealthy food is dead, void of life-giving vibrations and robs us of the life and energy that keeps our body in a healthy state.

It’s pretty easy to identify foods that increase our vibration and keep us healthy. Healthy vibrational foods visually have the vibrancy that they release inside our bodies. They are colorful, full of flavor, and have a unique character that is far from bland and boring.

food frequencies_2The more alive and full of energy a food is, the higher the frequency. This is why raw fruits and veggies have a higher frequency than canned. The difference is actually pretty astounding.

Below is the chart of food frequencies: 

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Top Foods for A Strong Immune System

by Amanda Box

I have some unfortunate news. Maybe you have already heard the truth, or experienced it for yourself.

The truth is…it takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away.

Apples are great! Don’t get me wrong! They contain vitamins and antioxidants beneficial to our bodies. But it takes more than an apple to stave away sickness.

I like to think that this old proverb is a metaphor. It isn’t just about choosing to eat an apple every day, rather choosing a healthy lifestyle! An apple alone can only do so much. Yet, a lifestyle composed of healthy foods can perform miracles by creating a healthy and strong immune system! Strong immunity will keep you out of the doctor’s office and enjoying your life!

Immunity and Lack of Nutrition

What you eat can literally make or break your immunity. Chronic disease and illnesses can manifest simply from poor dietary choices. Regardless of weight, race, or gender, making poor food choices will ultimately strip your immune system leaving you susceptible to sickness. From the flu to diabetes, what you eat on a daily basis can truly make all the difference.

Food compromises your immune system in two main ways:

  1. Under-consumption of nutrients
  1. Over-consumption of anti-nutrients

Sickness with roots in lack of nutrition can been seen all throughout history. For example, diseases like scurvy, rickets, and beriberi are all caused by a lack of vitamins C, D, and B1, respectively. Children and adults in poor underdeveloped countries even today, suffer from sickness and disease caused solely from malnutrition.

The sad and disappointing fact is that although we live in a country overflowing with food, we too suffer from malnutrition! When you think of malnutrition, you probably picture a poor African child with bony limbs and a swollen belly. However, malnutrition looks quite the opposite here in the United States. Many people here that suffer from malnutrition are actually overweight or obese![1] This malnutrition does not come from a lack of food. Rather, it is from an over abundance of foods that are either void of nutrition or overflowing with anti-nutrients.

What exactly are anti-nutrients? They are substances that prevent the absorption and utilization of nutrients in the body. They can accomplish this in several different ways.

  • Binding with nutrients and preventing their utilization
  • Blocking nutrient absorption sites
  • Encouraging elimination of nutrients from the body
  • Creating imbalances in body systems which lead to improper absorption and utilization
  • Destroying beneficial bacteria and enzymes needed for digestion and utilization

Anti-nutrients come in many forms. Though most are chemical based, some anti-nutrients are present in more natural based foods like certain plants.

The most common anti-nutrients are found in:

  • Sugar: Causes the body to use up vitamins and minerals
  • Wheat: Contains phytic acid which prevents the absorption of important minerals
  • Artificial Additives (Artificial Colors, Flavors, and Sweeteners): See below
  • Hydrogenated Oils: Damage cells and suppress immune system function
  • GMO foods: Contain enzyme inhibitors that prevent digestion
  • Fluoride: Blocks the absorption of essential iodine
  • Soy products: Suppress thyroid function, mineral absorption, and protein digestion
  • Drugs (specifically antibiotics, steroids, and pain relievers): Destroy beneficial bacteria, reduce absorption and increase elimination of nutrients.

anti-nutrientsThough refining foods may make their taste more appealing, it was the popularity of refined foods that brought about malnutrition diseases like beriberi. Beriberi is caused from a lack of vitamin B1 and causes inflammation of the nerves and heart failure. Its prevalence began when refined white rice became the preference over brown rice. Stripping the hull off rice left it void of B1; therefore, leaving thousands deficient in this essential vitamin. The same can be said of many grains, which are now refined. Wheat is the most prominent example.

Refining sugars and grains not only leads to a lack of nutrients, but also a much higher glycemic index causing a rise in blood sugar. Chronic high blood sugar compromises the immune system and can also lead to chronic disease like diabetes.[2]

Artificial additives often contain chemical components that compromise immunity by damaging cells and initiating unnecessary immune responses throughout the body. Because these additives are artificial, our bodies often recognize them not as food, but as foreign invaders. Consuming these artificial additives on a regular bases can over-stimulate the immune system and lead to autoimmune diseases.[3]

Always read labels. My rule of thumb is that if you can’t pronounce it, then don’t eat it. Real food ingredients are easily recognized. But, artificial additives have names that sound like chemical compounds, because that’s what they are!

Avoiding anti-nutrient foods is absolutely essential in building and maintaining immunity. Only by absorbing and utilizing essential nutrients, can our body achieve balance. It is this balance that contributes to a healthy and strong immune system!

Super Nutrient Foods

Avoiding processed and refined foods is extremely important in keeping your immune system strong and uncompromised. However, boosting the immune system truly comes from adding nutrient dense foods into your diet. These foods feed your immune system what it needs to stay strong and easily overcome whatever microorganism may try to make its way through your body. They also protect you from cancer and chronic diseases by increasing killer cell activity and lowering inflammation in the body.

There is a lot of debate about what foods are actually more “super.” There always seems to be a new miracle food on the market that claims to cure you of all your ailments. Although almost all of these foods are wonderful, they alone cannot do it all. Just as I said about the apple, no one food alone has all your body’s needs.

It is important to note that nutrition doesn’t just come from vitamins and minerals. There are several other substances that are crucial for the health of your body and are key for maintaining a strong immune system! Some of these substances include:

  • Probiotics (friendly bacteria)
  • Enzymes
  • Antioxidants
  • Fatty acids

So what does an immune boosting diet really look like? First and foremost, it is void of processed and fast foods that are brimming with anti-nutrients. Instead, it includes these wonderful foods listed below, which build your immune system from the inside out!

Fermented Foods

Interestingly enough, 80% of your immune system is located in your digestive tract. Every single food that travels through your gut has the potential to affect your immune system by harming you or helping you. Many immune deficiencies and autoimmune diseases have their roots in a toxic, out-of-balance gut.

Consuming foods that contain probiotic bacteria is the best way to maintain a healthy balance in the digestive system. This contributes directly to a strong immune system. Probiotics neutralize and crowd out pathogenic bacteria, aid in the production of antibodies, and prevent inflammation.

Fermented foods contain naturally derived probiotic bacteria. Many different cultures all across the world have included fermented foods in their diet for thousands of years. Koreans eat Kimchi with every meal, the Chinese eat Natto, and the Germans have sauerkraut. These cultures understand that fermented foods benefit digestion and increase overall health.

Try including at least 2 servings of fermented foods into your diet each day. Some great choices include:

Colorful Fruits and Vegetables

It really is important that you eat a rainbow of colors in your diet. Many people stick to a couple of their favorite fruits and veggies, but miss out on the immune boosting properties by expanding their palette. Don’t get in a rut eating the same few things at every meal. Try new vegetables and fruits! The more colorful they are, the more antioxidants and nutrients they contain! The chart below explains the nutrients contained in fruits and vegetables according to their color.

Nutrition by color

Coconut

Coconuts have gotten a lot of attention in the last few years, and for good reason! Coconuts contain unique fatty acids that do wonders for your immunity. The presence of lauric acid and caprylic acid in coconuts are unique in that they are also found in human breast milk. These two fatty acids have the ability to combat bacteria, fungi, and viruses. This is one reason why breast milk is so wonderful for keeping babies healthy! Now, you can get those same benefits by consuming coconut products!

Coconut oil and coconut milk contain the highest levels of lauric and caprylic acid amongst all the coconut food products. You can use coconut oil in baking, sautéing, frying and much more! Coconut milk makes a great dairy substitute and is great in soups, gravies, and smoothies!

Garlic

One little clove of garlic packs quite the sickness fighting punch! Garlic contains potent antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties that your body will never build up a resistance to. This makes it wonderful for daily consumption! Garlic makes some of the most boring dishes absolutely delicious. Add to your ground beef, your chicken and your veggie side dishes for more flavors and an immune boost!

Green Tea

A recent study was published that revealed green tea boosts the immune system by increasing its ability to fight bacteria, fungi, and even cancer![4]

It also aids in decreasing inflammation and lowering stress levels in the body, which are two of the leading causes of illness. Matcha green tea is the most potent form of green tea and comes in a powder that is a vibrant green color. You can drink the tea plain, or add milk or a dairy substitute to make a green tea latte! Some even add matcha to their daily smoothie.

Turmeric

This brightly colored golden spice is what gives curry its signature color. Turmeric contains a substance called curcumin, which is a super powerful antioxidant. Curcumin has the ability to neutralize free radicals, lower inflammation, and even reduce pain levels in the body. Turmeric can be added to vegetables and main dishes as well as added to drinks like the Golden Milk recipe below.

One of the easiest ways to incorporate these immune boosting foods into your diet is to include them together in a smoothie! Smoothies are great for breakfast, and also when you’re feeling run down and on the verge of getting sick. Pumping your body full of nutrition can give your body what it needs to overcome seasonal illness and even chronic disease! This smoothie contains immune boosting probiotic bacteria, microorganism busting fatty acids, and antioxidants that lower stress and inflammation. Feel free to experiment with the fruits and vegetables you add by coming up with new and exciting combinations!

Immune Boosting Smoothie

immune boosting smoothieIngredients:

  • ½ cup unflavored yogurt
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • ½ cup frozen berries
  • 1 tsp. matcha tea (optional)
  • 20 drops of Stevia

Directions:
Blend all the ingredients in your blender and enjoy!

This warm, soothing milk is perfect for cold and flu season. It contains both coconut milk and turmeric, which combine to form a potent immune boosting elixir. It can be served either savory or sweet depending on your taste preferences.

Golden Milk

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of organic or raw milk (or substitute coconut milk)
  • 1 teaspoon dried turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger (optional)
  • Sprinkle of black pepper (for savory option only)
  • Sprinkle of sea salt (for savory option only)
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Omit black pepper and sea salt if you prefer sweet milk.

Directions:

  1. Place milk in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add turmeric, ginger, and pepper and stir well.
  3. Let the milk begin to simmer — small bubbles will form on the surface.
  4. Continue to stir.
  5. Turn off heat, remove saucepan from burner and cover. Allow to infuse for 10 minutes.
  6. Serve warm[5]

Incorporating nutrient rich foods into your diet will help you achieve maximum immunity and greatly decrease your risk of illness and disease. If you have a chronic disease or illness, take heart. Adding these nutrient dense foods into your diet can often decrease symptoms and in some cases eliminate them altogether! Try our Immune Boosting Smoothie and Golden Milk to give your body that extra boost. Proper nutrition can truly be the miracle you’re looking for!!

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Amanda Box, N.D.Amanda Box is a Traditional Naturopath and a graduate of Clayton College of Natural Health. She’s been in the health and wellness industry for over 12 years and currently practices naturopathic consulting in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Her passion is helping others achieve wellness of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. If you don’t have a good local naturopathic practitioner to turn to for your personal needs, Amanda does phone consultations! She can help you with weight loss, detox/cleansing, acute and chronic illnesses, skin and body care, grocery shopping, pantry overhauls, and more! Visit her blog “My Life in a Healthnut Shell” at http://amandabox.blogspot.com/ for contact info.

 

 

 

Sources:
[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9250133
[2] http://www.diabetesmonitor.com/education-center/diabetes-basics/elevated-blood-sugars-increase-risks-for-infections.htm
[3] http://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelhennessey/2012/08/27/living-in-color-the-potential-dangers-of-artificial-dyes/
[4] http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/04/0429_030429_teaimmunity.html
[5] Adapted from freshbitesdaily.com

 

7 Steps To Immune System Recovery

by Amanda Box

Has sickness left you worn out and hung out to dry? Do you feel like, no matter what, every year you just can’t seem to escape the seasonal cold or flu? Maybe you suffer from a chronic autoimmune disorder that leaves you in a state of constant exhaustion and pain. Is it possible to intervene in this process and make your immune system stronger? Yes and I am going to show you how!

Our bodies have a built-in complex system that is designed to recognize and destroy foreign invaders. This system is so incredibly effective that it literally saves our lives on a daily basis by eradicating viruses, bacteria, cancer cells, and so much more. It is always working as we go about our daily lives, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Most of us don’t notice our immune system until it fails to stop a sickness before it starts. Once we feel that tickle in our throat, the nasal congestion, or that achy feeling in our body, we become disappointed thinking that, once again, our immune system has failed us.

But, what if it is the other way around? In most cases, we are responsible for impairing our immune system! We often give our immune system some of the worst working conditions possible, yet still expect everything to run smoothly. So many of us fail to give our body what it needs to have a healthy, well-functioning immune system!

The 7 Steps To Immune System Recovery

7 steps to immune system recoveryThere are 7 essential steps to a powerful and strong immune system. Making these steps a central part of your lifestyle can pull you out of sickness and into recovery. These 7 steps will boost your immune system and give you an overall sense of well-being. When these important steps to immune recovery are not implemented, a weak immune system is often the result.

Weakened immunity leaves you vulnerable to sickness and disease. Ignoring these important aspects of health and wellness can also send your body into an imbalanced state. It is this state of imbalance that can cause your immune system to overreact and attack your own body! This self-destructive process is behind autoimmune disorders like M.S., fibromyalgia, and lupus.

Take each one of these 7 steps into account. Each and every step is extremely crucial for immune system recovery. Omitting even one step can make all the difference in truly restoring immunity throughout your body.

1. Adequate Sleep

Lack of sleep is a very common factor in those with compromised immune systems. The direct correlation between lack of sleep and low immunity has been acknowledged through recent studies.[1] Sleep is the time during which your body maximizes the chance to heal and repair. Our body’s immune system functions best at night because it doesn’t have to compete for energy when the body is at rest. This is often why fevers spike at night. The immune system is strong and fighting the best it can to kill the foreign invader by increasing the body’s core temperature.

When you deprive your body of this essential restoration time, the result is compromised immune function. T-cell function decreases and triggers inflammation in the body when you are not rested.

Boost immunity by going to bed before midnight and getting at least 6-8 hours of rest. A regular exercise plan also improves sleep. If you struggle going to sleep, start your sleep routine earlier. Also, supplements like melatonin, L-tryptophan, and GABA can help facilitate a more restful and deep sleep.

2. Reducing Stress

Stress is the #1 cause of disease, bar none. It tops the chart at being the root behind 99% of all disease![2] Stress puts a burden on every single system in the body, including the immune system.[3] It has also been well documented that cortisol, the hormone released during stress, can significantly lower the immune system if chronically elevated.

Prolonged stress alters the effectiveness of cortisol to regulate the inflammatory response. As a result, immune cells become insensitive to cortisol’s regulatory effect. In turn, runaway inflammation promotes the development and progression of many diseases.

I am one who can testify to stress’s effect on immunity. I consider myself a healthy individual who rarely gets sick. However, if I let stress or anxiety take over my week, I begin to feel run down and sometimes end up battling a cold or sinus infection. I have experienced this cycle enough times that I now take every precaution I can to lower my stress. I have found that lowering stress is more effective at preventing sickness than immune boosting supplements like vitamin C or garlic.

Autoimmune diseases like fibromyalgia have their roots in stress related causes like emotional trauma. Situations like divorce, loss of a loved one, or a loss of a job can be so traumatic, that a disease process is triggered in the body.

Stress encompasses all things emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Remember, even what you eat can put stress on your body. This is just another reason why a healthy diet is so important to boosting your immune system.

3. Healthy Diet

You are what you eat. If you eat unhealthy, you will be unhealthy.

As previously mentioned, unhealthy foods put unneeded stress on the body. Fast foods and processed foods contain toxic chemical ingredients that your immune system often recognizes as foreign invaders. This overstimulation of the immune system can sometimes trigger autoimmune reactions in the body. This is often common in the gut and can lead to bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. These diseases begin because your colon becomes the site of a constant allergic reaction. As time passes, the inflammation and immune response leads to intense damage and pain.

Diet also plays an important role in providing the nutrition needed to keep the immune system strong. You have to feed your immune system what it needs to thrive and function properly. Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fatty acids are all important nutrients that are essential for immune function.

Quit eating fast foods and processed foods and start preparing your meals from scratch. Eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables and stay away from sugar! Sugar strips your immune system leaving it weak and vulnerable! The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study that found the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria is significantly lowered for up to 5 hours after eating 100 g of sugar![4]

4. Exercise

Research has shown that sedentary people take twice as many sick days a year than those who exercise regularly.[5]

Though no one knows exactly how exercise boosts immunity, studies have proven it has a direct correlation. Many believe this connection has to do with exercises ability to oxygenate the blood and push white blood cells through the body at a faster rate.

Increasing your heart rate during exercise also helps to raise your core body temperature. This raise in body temp can kill bacteria or viruses in the body. Exercise’s ability to lower stress in the body is also a fantastic reason to adopt the habit of physical activity.

Exercise lowers cortisol levels thereby lowering your stress and helping you to sleep better at night! All the more reason why exercise is great for immunity!

You don’t have to exercise an hour everyday to reap the benefits of increased immunity. Something as simple as [am4show guest_error=’noaccess’] taking a brisk walk for 20-30 minutes can get your heart pumping.

5. Reducing the use of Pharmaceutical Drugs

The overuse of antibiotics has wreaked havoc on the immune systems of millions of people across the nation. Though antibiotics can act as a miracle for certain bacterial infections, their overuse has led to the formation of antibiotic resistant bacteria like MRSA.[6]

One danger of antibiotics is that they don’t distinguish between good and bad bacteria when they are in the body. This often leads to a depletion of good flora in the gut. When the balance of the gut is compromised, it leaves us susceptible to viruses, bacteria, and fungi that otherwise would not be a problem. The side-effect of lowered levels of beneficial flora is behind some of the worst opportunistic infections like C-diff.[7]

It is very important to only take antibiotics when absolutely necessary. They have no beneficial effect for viral infections and can actually lower your immunity making the infection last even longer!

Other pharmaceutical drugs also contribute to lowered immunity. Corticosteroids may work well for inhibiting allergic reactions, but their long-term effects can leave your immune system damaged and weak. The CDC even warns against the side-effects of these medications stating they can leave the body susceptible to fungal infections like candida, Pneumocystis pneumonia, and Histoplasmosis![8]

There are many natural alternatives to both antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication. Some of my favorites include oregano oil and colloidal silver for eradicating bacteria. Also, curcumin from turmeric acts as a very powerful anti-inflammatory and alternative to corticosteroids without the side-effects.

5. Maintain a Healthy Gut

Eighty percent (80%) of your immune system resides in your gut, making it extremely important in immune system strength and recovery.[9] As I already mentioned, antibiotics can damage your gut by killing off beneficial probiotic bacteria. This leaves the gut susceptible to overgrowth of toxic bacteria and fungi like candida. These toxic microbes can damage the intestinal wall and create something called Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Leaky Gut Syndrome is a condition where the walls of the intestine become damaged and permeable. Tiny molecules from our food can pass through this permeable intestine and into the bloodstream. The immune system recognizes these proteins as foreign invaders and launch an attack that creates immune responses that range from headaches to skin rashes. Because this immune response can occur systemically, autoimmune diseases like Celiac, arthritis, and psoriasis can also result.

Keeping your gut healthy involves staying away from foods and medications that damage the gut lining as well as eating foods that promote balance. Some of the best ways to maintain a healthy gut are:

  • Avoiding antibiotics
  • Eliminating processed foods and GMO foods (contain chemicals that damage the gut) [clean 15 dirty dozen insert]
  • Avoid high allergen foods like wheat, corn, and soy
  • Incorporate fermented foods into your diet (yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut)
  • Take a strong probiotic supplement daily

6. Preventing Dehydration

I am constantly surprised by the amount of people who simply don’t drink enough water. Millions of people are in a state of dehydration on a daily basis and don’t even know it! Inadequate water intake prevents the body from eliminating toxins from the body. This leaves these toxins in the body circulating in the system which causes even more damage. Also, bacteria and viruses can grow and multiply if not eliminated frequently. For example, what would normally be flushed out of the bladder can multiply and become a full-fledged UTI if your water intake is too low or infrequent. Water flushes body toxins out of them body which prevents these types of infections.

Water also helps to oxygenate our blood, which keeps our immune cells strong and healthy. It is also a crucial part of keeping our lymph system working. The lymph system is important for circulating white bloods from the thymus throughout the body to remove toxins from the blood.

Proper hydration is also important to keep our eyes, nose, and mouth moist. Bacteria grow at a faster rate in dry cavities. Also, a lack of moisture can cause irritation and possible inflammation.

A good rule of thumb is to always check your urine color. If it is dark or bright yellow, you aren’t drinking enough water. Your urine should be light yellow or clear. Staying hydrated will also help you sleep better and increase your energy during the day. Keep a water cup with you at all times. I can assure you that the more you drink water, the more you will crave it!

7. Sun Exposure

Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for our immune system. However, the recent push for sunscreen and decreased sun exposure has left many of you deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D is vital for the function of immune cells in our body. T cells cannot activate and become killer cells without the presence of vitamin D. Without vitamin D available in the body, they will remain inactive, therefore unable to do their job at killing pathogens!

Many people feel tired, sluggish, and have depleted immune systems simply from a lack vitamin D! I recommend getting your blood tested for vitamin D if you feel like you may be at risk. A healthy level of at least 60 ng/ml is best for healthy immunity.

Boosting vitamin D levels is as easy as going out into the sun for 20 minutes a day with exposed skin. You can also take vitamin D3 during the winter months for an extra boost. Taking 35 IU per lb. of body weight is a great daily dosage when the weather is not permitting.

If you are tired of a weak and worn out immune system, then take the time to restore its efficiency. It is an intricate system that needs both our care and attention. When you take the time to incorporate the 7 steps of immune system restoration, you will literally be taking your health back into your hands. Your resistance to disease will increase, you will ward off colds and flu, and your overall vitality will skyrocket! Begin today and step by step, take back your immune system and your health!

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Amanda Box, N.D.Amanda Box is a Traditional  Naturopath and a graduate of Clayton College of Natural Health. She’s been in the health and wellness industry for over 12 years and currently practices naturopathic consulting in the Kansas City, Missouri area.  Her passion is helping others achieve wellness of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. If you don’t have a good local naturopathic practitioner to turn to for your personal needs, Amanda does phone consultations! She can help you with weight loss, detox/cleansing, acute and chronic illnesses, skin and body care, grocery shopping, pantry overhauls, and more! Visit her blog “My Life in a Healthnut Shell” at http://amandabox.blogspot.com/ for contact info.
Sources:
[1] http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/insomnia/expert-answers/lack-of-sleep/faq-20057757
[2] http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/29/magazine/29wwlnlede-t.html?_r=0
[3] http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120402162546.htm
[4] http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/26/11/1180.abstract
[5] http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2010/09/30/bjsm.2010.077875.abstract?sid=fe62a8c5-430b-4506-b854-20b62e8a5e9e
[6] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/02/factory-farms-superbugs.aspx
[7] http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mens_Health_Watch/2010/June/clostridium-difficile-an-intestinal-infection-on-the-rise
[8] http://www.cdc.gov/fungal/infections/immune-system.html
[9] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10564096

 

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