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Boosting your immune system the natural way

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Boosting your Immunity : Part 1 : Cold & Flu


Having a cold once a year is good thing as it detoxifies the body.

However recurrent catching a cold or prolonged recovery might indicate deeper cause(s)

Reason(s) can be

1. Built up toxins in the body

2. Stress

3. Unhealthy gut

4. Nutrient(s) deficiency

5. Hormonal imbalance

6. Diet

7. Allergy

8. Sluggish Liver

9. Lack of sleep or rest


Nutrient Boosting Foods

Eat simple foods such as soup when feeling chills

More fruits or vegetable juices (ideally homemade, avoid made from concentrated ones) when feeling feverish.

For acute symptoms eating less can actually help the body in detoxifying.

1. Liquid (still water, herbal teas such as nettle, ginger & lemon, rosehip and soups)

2. Beta carotene rich foods such as carrot, squash, pumpkin, broccoli, kale, watercress

3. Fruits rich in antioxidant such as berries

4. Unsaturated fat

5. White colored vegetables to strengthen lungs such as garlic, turnip, cabbage, radish, daikon radish, mushroom, kuzu( Japanese root vegetable)

6. Mucilaginous foods – grounded flax seeds, marshmallow, sea weeds

7. Green powder such as wheat/ barley grass, blue green algae, chlorella

8. Fibre such as pectin, grounded flax seeds

9. Protein ( Fish, chicken, turkey, tofu)


Foods to avoid

1. Sugar!!!!!!

2. Coffee, alcohol, smoking

3. Saturated fat such as cheese, red meat, hydrogenated fat such as margarine

Trans fat such as deep fried foods

4. Processed foods, foods containing additives

Supplements

1.Vitamin C 2-3g a day

2.Whey protein powder

3.Zinc

4.Selenium

5.Colloidal silver water

Herbs

1.Echinacea

2.Golden seal

3.Astragalus

4.oregano

5.Elder berry (sambucus nigra)

6.Garlic

7.Bee products such as propolis, royal jelly

8.Medicinal mushroom

Homeopathy

Acute case, take one pill every 30min under the tongue

1.Aconite 30c

2.Apis 30c

3.Belladonna 30c

4.Gelsemium 30c

Aromatherapy

Steam               Eucalyptus, Tea tree

Massage oil     Jojoba oil 30ml

Benzoin 3drops, Eucalyptus 5 drops, Sandal wood 2 drops

Cedar wood 2 drops, Frankincense 2 drops

Acupuncture

Helps to strengthen immunity and release the nasal congestion and cough

Prevention is better than cure

1.Eat healthily, lots of antioxidant

2.Dry skin brush esp. between shoulder blade, chest and arms

3.Improve the lymphatic flow (exercise, massage)

4.Sleep well

5.Sweat to eliminate toxins (hot bath with dead sea salt, sauna, exercise)

6.Bowel health (probiotics, high fibre, aloe vera juice, bentonite clay)

7.Stress management

8.Keep the back of the neck, upper & lower back and ankles warm

9.Gargle

10.   Do not ignore the early sign of onset.

Boost your immunity and beat the flu this winter

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Winter’s on the way … don’t fall victim to colds and flu, boost your immunity this coming season!

Is your immune system strong?

Do you get colds and flu every year and find it hard to shake off?

In my next free health talk, I am talking about

-Stress and immunity

-Gut health and immunity

-Foods that lower immunity

-Foods, supplements and herbs to strengthen immunity

-What to do when you run down

Let’s start preparing to be bubbly, happy and shiny throughout the cold season!

26th Oct 2010

From 7 pm for 1 hour

At Marylebone Physiotherapy, 8 Dorset Square, London

Ayano Izuta

Naturopath