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Natural Health TipsDoctor Lynn Anderson

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Flu Season

The dreaded flu season is upon us. Perhaps you can’t escape the flu entirely but if you work to keep your immune system strong you can recover faster. From now until the end of the year let’s focus on what we can do to improve immune functioning. Here is the tip of the month; follow and stick to at least two items from the following list and you will increase substantially your ability to stay healthy and happy throughout the flu season. Next month we’ll add five more healthy items to pick from:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar- for it is true that “an apple a day will keep the doctor away.” Apple cider vinegar will help the body to maintain the proper pH balance which means the body should be slightly more alkaline than acidic. Viruses and unhealthy bacteria thrive in an acidic environment. Besides its many other virtues, Apple Cider Vinegar fights germs and bacteria. Apple Cider Vinegar can be found in any health food store. It’s inexpensive and can be used in a variety of ways. Use it as vinegar on salad or drop a tablespoon into a glass of water and drink it up.

2. Get a good night’s sleep. Whatever you’re personal needs make sleep and rest a priority. Studies have shown that a good night’s sleep is linked to hormone balance, weight control, managing stress, clear thinking, improved mood and general overall health.

3. Give your body an herbal boost. Hundreds of natural herbal products are available to give the immune system a boost. Try eucalyptus essential oil in a diffuser to cleanse and freshen a room. It’s also a sanitizing oil and great to breathe when someone is sick with the flu. Do not use directly on the skin. If you’d like more information about using this oil email me with your questions. Also, herbal tinctures are excellent for boosting the immune system. Try Pep Berry Rob Nectar; a mixture of Echinacea, astragalus, rose hips and elderberry which are all immune system boosting herbs. It’s in a base of natural raspberry and honey. See the products section for more details.

4. Eat your protein. Protein is the building block for a healthy body-mind. Diets low in protein tend to be high in carbohydrates which convert to glucose and cause blood sugar to rise. This rise in blood sugar stressed the pancreas and the immune system. Make sure the proteins are low in fat. The best choices are fish, chicken, tofu, some red meat, nuts and legumes. Cheese is good but can be very fatty and rich. Eat twice the amount of protein as carbohydrates.

5. Water; water is essential to keeping the system hydrated and flushing out toxic waste. If you have a hard time drinking a lot of water during the day, drink a cup or two of herbal or green tea. Add apple cider vinegar or put a dropper full of Pep Berry Rob into your bottle of water. Each fruits that have a high water content such as melons and citrus.

Ok now pick at least two of the five and commit for the next month. In January’s newsletter we’ll add five more tips for staying healthy through the flu season.


Sunday, November 01, 2009

What’s your best defense against the flu?

What’s your best defense against the flu? It’s a healthy and strong immune system. Besides the usual tips of washing your hands, fresh air and staying away from sick people, keeping your immune system strong is one of the best defenses you have against the flu and for that matter most diseases. Much in the news these days is the supplement of resveratrol which is the substance found in grapes and most notably noted in red wine. Studies show that a 4 ounce glass of red wine delivers 1.5 milligrams of the plant compound resveratrol. At concentrations found in a person’s blood after two glasses of red wine resveratrol has been found to suppress the formation of blood clots and boost the immune system.

There are many supplements promoting resveratrol however from a naturopathic point of view the best way to get nature’s bounty is directly from nature and not condensed down into a pill. Why? Because nature is synergistic meaning all the various natural compounds of any plant work together to deliver the nutritional benefits. Does this mean you need to drink wine? No you can also get the resveratrol from grapes and other dark red fruits such as elderberry which is found in this month’s feature product: Pep Berry Rob immune booster.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Laughter

Did you know that a good belly rolling laugh can burn up to 10 calories?  Laughter not only lifts your moods and exercises the frown lines but burns calories.  Studies show that those who laugh, live longer, enjoy life more, and stay healthier.  Give your self one hour each day to laugh and have fun.  Why laugh? Because laughter reduces stress, lowers your blood pressure, boosts immunity, eases physical pain and promotes happiness. Laughter is good for the body, the mind, and the soul.

“The Earth laughs in flowers” -  Ralph Waldo Emerson