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Eating for Better Immunity, Part 2

Our relationship with food will influence our health outcomes and quality of life. sunflower and pumpkin seedsWhat we choose to eat day to day, week to week and year to year, can create either radiant good health and well-being or accelerate the aging process and induce preventable diseases. …

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Eating for Better Immunity, Part 1

Nothing trumps eating well for improving one’s immune system response and overall health. mango-papayaA diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables speeds up the rate at which humans heal, fight off infections like colds and flu, and even decreases one’s risk of becoming ill in the first place. Raw whole foods are loaded with antioxidants – vitamins, minerals and enzymes that protect and repair cells from damage caused by free radicals – and many other nutrients that increase immunity and boost overall good health. …

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Selenium: Why Too Little or Too Much Can be Deadly


Selenium is a trace mineral essential to your body’s ability to function normally. Despite its importance, relatively little selenium is needed; yet, failure to consume that minuscule quantity can lead to serious, even life threatening, health problems. And the same holds true for consuming too much. To fully appreciate the importance of this mineral, we must first examine the consequences and symptoms of not getting enough selenium in our diets. … This article has been updated and moved to the new Holistic Health & Living: http://www.holistichealthliving.com/2016/02/selenium-why-too-little-or-too-much-can-be-deadly/ 

Yoga Can Boost Your Immune System

LegsUpWallCroppedIt probably comes as no surprise to you that Yoga develops flexibility, strength, and balance. What many people don’t know is that Yoga, when done correctly, also has a profound impact on all of the body’s internal systems like the respiratory, circulatory, and digestive systems. Understanding how opening and balancing the outside of the body affects the inside of the body is crucial if you’re going to get the most out of your practice. This wicked flu season we’re all trying to avoid or recuperate from is a perfect example. Yoga can actually be one of your strongest aids in boosting your immune system to prevent or speed up recovery from sickness.

Even the most basic and uninformed Yoga practices will support the immune system to a certain degree because movement encourages blood flow. When you vary the movements by practicing different Yoga postures you’re helping the blood circulate throughout more of the body. That means that blood coming from the heart, which is rich in oxygen, flows into more of the tissues and those same tissues are better able to dump the waste products they need to get rid of.

That’s common sense, and although it is helpful to general health, it’s not necessarily powerful enough to significantly support the immune system in the face of disease. To do this, we need to practice chest openers and inversions.

Opening the chest should be a major focus in all of your Yoga postures, because we’re all prone to “the slouch”. When the shoulders go up towards the ears and roll in towards the chest the heart and lungs are compromised. All organs suffer when they have less space and function better when they have more space. But when we’re specifically targeting the immune system we want to maximize the space in the chest, so we rely on supine postures and use props to create that space.

Sit on the floor and lay back over some folded blankets or a good Yoga bolster. The support should be even and exactly along the spine, firm yet not too hard. Put another blanket under your head. This doesn’t sound impressive and if you do it when you’re healthy you won’t feel much except a pleasant relaxation, but do it when you’re feeling low energy, having a breathing issue, or sick and you’ll experience it’s strong effect. The support under the spine pushes the chest up, which literally opens the bronchioles of the lungs. You’ll find yourself breathing easier and if you consciously relax in this position for at least 10 minutes you’ll feel better. Obviously this won’t cure a cold or flu, but if you follow it up with other postures that have a similar effect on the chest you will have a significant effect. There are many supine poses that can be modified with props to create more space in the chest. The more you do the deeper the effect will be.

Anyone can learn the supine chest openers and do them with simple props found at home, like firm pillows, blankets, or even towels, so this is the place to start. But if you want to hugely boost the immune system, get yourself upside down and stay there for a while.

The simplest inversion is laying on your back with the legs up the wall, and the more sophisticated ones are called headstand and shoulderstand. Being upside down is amazing for the blood and lymphatic circulation, but the biggest deal is that the brain is bathed in oxygenated blood. The endocrine system regulates the chemical balance of the body, telling the various glands what they need to do via hormones. The hormones travel in the bloodstream and the master gland of the endocrine system is in the brain. So when you spend time upside down you are flushing lots of healthy blood through the endocrine system and significantly supporting it’s function in regulating the body’s chemical balance.

Increasing blood and lymph flow and helping the endocrine system function at mach speed directly translates to fortifying the immune system.

Yoga is about practice, not theory. This information is only valuable if you practice it, and unlike taking a pill you have to do it consistently, at least for a few days in a row to get an effect. Do the supine chest opener I suggested for 10 minutes, then lay on your back with the legs up the wall for another 10 minutes, then repeat the first pose for another 10 minutes. If you’re sick or low energy do this simple sequence a couple times per day for a few days and you’ll be convinced, not because the theory makes sense but because you feel better. If you’re inspired, learn how to do the headstand and shoulderstand properly with props and you will be absolutely amazed at how effectively you can naturally support your body’s healing powers.

Christian Leeby has been practicing and teaching Yoga for over 25 years. Please visit him at www.miracleofyoga.com

Asthma Treatment with Three Common Homeopathic Medicines

By Madeleine Innocent

Aconite plantAsthma treatment is generally with cortisone. But steroids have their own problems. And it isn’t dealing with the cause. It’s common for asthma to get worse over time, when treated this way. Longer bouts, or more frequent. And you can become immune to the medication.

Another, holistic way, one with no side effects, is homeopathy. Homeopathy is a wonderful way to bring up your immune system, so that nothing bothers you. It’s also the fastest way to achieve this, that I know.

If the asthma attacks are mild and started quite recently, you may well be able to treat yourself with some common homeopathic medicines.

And the three common ones, which are found in every homeopathic first aid kit are:

  1. Aconite. This medicine is worth it’s weight in gold. It has so many uses. It has to be the number one medicine for all asthma treatment. You almost don’t need to know the symptoms you should experience before you can use it effectively, as the most important symptom is sudden onset. And asthma is normally sudden in it’s onset. Another key symptom is when the problem starts after a strong dry wind. Asthma sufferers predictably suffer more after these winds, rather than the moist ones.
  2. The second medicine which is highly effective in helping asthma sufferers is Arsenicum album. But you need to have the right symptoms for this to work for you. The keynote symptoms are worse around or after midnight, better sitting upright, with anxiety and maybe with a sensation as if your lungs are full of dust or smoke.
  3. Silica may be the correct medicine for you if your asthma started after having a vaccine. Your asthma is likely to be worse after any exertion or from taking cold.

If you can’t work out the right medicine for you, then you will need to see a professional homeopath.

Holistic, in this case homeopathic, asthma treatment is likely to be permanent, as bouts of attacks get less intense and less frequent over time. And you will never have side effects. The reason is because, the cause is being addressed and your immune system is being strengthened, so you can cure you.

Author Resource
Written by Madeleine Innocent. Do you want to learn more about natural health, in particular homeopathy? Check out my free ebook ‘An Introduction to Some Common Homeopathic Remedies’, by visiting the website link below.

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The Role Of Colostrum In Treating Autoimmune Diseases

By Farrell Seah

Original antigenic sin, descriptive diagram. O...One of the primary functions of the immune system is the production of antibodies in response to the presence of invading organisms like viruses or bacteria. When this response is mistakenly initiated against the body’s own cells, it triggers a runaway production of antibodies tailored for the targeted destruction of these cells by the immune system.

This process is called autoimmunity because it turns the body’s immune systems against the body itself, and autoimmune diseases are characterized by the particular body cells under immune system attack.

Colostrum has a long history in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, and bovine colostrum offers a proven means of effectively alleviating disease symptoms and treating the underlying conditions associated disease progression over time.

While the direct causes of autoimmunity and autoimmune diseases are not yet known, their occurrence is almost always associated with leaky gut syndrome. In addition to tempering the overactive immune response, the effective treatment or successful reversal of autoimmune diseases must therefore begin with the repair of the GI tract. Colostrum supplementation is proven to be successful in achieving both of these goals.

The component in colostrum that is most beneficial in regulating the immune response in patients with autoimmune disease is Proline-rich polypeptide (PRP). Discovered in 1983, PRP is a small protein chain present in colostrum that has the same ability to regulate the immune system as the hormones of the thymus gland.

The PRP component of colostrum was first shown to be effective in reducing the pain, inflammation and swelling associated with many autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and myasthenia gravis. Further study of PRP’s in the treatment of autoimmune diseases has also revealed that it has the ability to regulate an overactive immune response and reduce further damage to body tissues.

While the PRP immune factors in pure bovine colostrum work in regulating the immune systems of patients with autoimmune disease, its growth factors and immunoglobulin components further aid in the healing of the intestines, first by repairing damaged tissue and then by sealing the mucosal linings to restore their impermeability to parasites and toxins.

The growth factors in colostrum also aid in the reduction of pain and swelling in other parts of the body by stimulating the repair of nerve sheaths, skin tissues, and connective tissues attacked throughout disease progression.

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How to Enhance Pet Immune System Function With Natural Remedies

By Laura Ramirez

Dog and cat under a newspaperWhy fret over the need to enhance pet immune system function? For the simple wisdom that healthy immunity means better health and longevity. As pets are bombarded by more environmental toxins than ever in our contemporary world, keeping their systems functioning right is more essential than ever. Fortunately, for caring pet owners there is now a simple way to create proper function, with natural daily remedies.

You may think you are doing your pet a service by feeding a diet of packaged kibble but the truth is that many commercial pet foods do not provide the necessary amount of vitamins and minerals. When it comes to pet immune system enhancement, this can be a major stumbling block. Add in the use of artificial chemicals and colorings and that seemingly healthy diet could be much worse than you realize.

Along with the deficiencies in their diets, pets are also left open to a variety of potential toxins including household chemicals, pesticides and other hazards. All of these environmental toxins can weaken immunity. When taking into consideration how to enhance pet immune system function, vets and doctors of homeopathy have to take all of these points into consideration.

In the wilderness, animals often chew on certain plants and herbs when they feel sick, as a natural self healing measure. Again, homeopaths have picked up on this habit and they have drawn on these same healing botanicals to provide pet immune system enhancement for domesticated creatures. The result is one of the most wide-ranging and effective pet supplements on the market today.

Using a special combination of herbs, vitamins, antioxidants and other herbal ingredients, these remedies offer the simplest and most effective way to ensure that your pet is getting all the nutrition it needs. By working to enhance pet immune system function, natural remedies help your pet to heal itself from inside out for the most complete and long lasting results.

Ingredients such as Mistletoe, Echinacea, Huang Qi, and Indian ginseng create unique healing properties for pet immune system enhancement. Mistletoe helps to reinvigorate immune system response while Echinacea works to fight various forms of cancer. The ancient Chinese herb Huang Qi acts as an overall tonic, improving appetite and increasing healthy circulation while Indian ginseng supports growth, health and vitality.

Obviously, any remedy will only be effective if it is added as part of an overall healthy regimen. This means a balanced diet, daily exercise and access to clean water. If you want to enhance pet immune system function and enhance overall health, this is the best way to go.

Healthy immunity is the answer to living a long and happy life, and don’t we all want that for our beloved pets? Find a safe, effective natural remedy which can help to give your pet all the nourishment it needs for good health. A little extra boost to the immune system today can mean many a long and happy life.

Author Resource:-> Laura Ramirez is an avid researcher of products that enhance pet immune system function. To learn more about her findings, go to www.pet-health-supplements.com.

Ms. Ramirez is also the author of the award-winning parenting book, Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting which teaches parents how to raise kids to act from strength and integrity.

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