5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally
by Mary Serphos
Think it's inevitable to catch that cold or flu this winter?...think again. With these tips, you'll be feeling great and you may just go through this season without a sniffle.
The single most important thing you can do for your immune system is to get adequate sleep and rest. And don't underestimate the power of a nap. If you can squeeze one in; do so, especially if you haven't had adequate sleep the night before.
Garlic, garlic, garlic! Yes, this ancient remedy truly keeps the germs at bay. Dice up a fresh clove or part of fresh clove and add it to one savory dish once a day. It's best to not overcook it and add it at the end of the cooking process so it just gets gently heated and stays semi-raw. If you can tolerate it, put a few small diced pieces (about a quarter of a clove) on the back of your tongue and swallow at the end of a meal, when your stomach is full otherwise it may feel too acidic. After eating garlic daily for 3-4 weeks, take a break for a week.
Eat those greens. I can't say it enough- dark leafy greens are system detoxifiers and will help keep your lymph system and digestive system clean. Kale, broccoli, spinach, Swiss chard, collard greens, to name a few...lightly steam or saut� and add that garlic and some olive oil and possibly some squash or other root veggies you have yourself a perfect winter side dish.
At the very first sign of a sniffle or an ache, take a natural wellness formula with all the good stuff like Vitamin C, Echinacea, etc. If you are surrounded by family or co-workers with an infection or virus, try taking some oregano oil in a supplement form. Oregano oil is potent stuff so don't overdo it and make sure just to take it for a week or two and then stop since it acts like a natural antibiotic.
Ease off the dairy. Dairy is a congestant and will clog you up and cause your body to produce excess mucus. To get your fix, eat a little plain yogurt and add some honey for a sweetener. Check out The Aware Body July Newsletter to see tips on how to make a delicious snack or dessert from the Yogurt Sundae Bar article.
The Aware Body Favorite Finds -
Straight out of Northern California!
by Mary Serphos
To give or to keep, these natural food and body products I absolutely adore are under 20 dollars and will make you, your family and your friends smile!
Juniper Ridge Wild Sage and Mint Tea- a true delight and totally wildcrafted to warm those cold bones.
Artisana Coconut Butter or Oil- Coconut oil is so versatile and this company is truly organic and local. Use the oil for cooking or as a supplement to keep your brain strong! Or use it on your face or your body to nourish your skin and joints. I just heard that medium chain fatty acids in Coconut oil are a primary ingredient in an Alzheimer's drug.
Alba Mango Body Lotion- My new friend Dorene who uses this dense creamy lotion truly smells like a peach...uh, a mango. Yum!
18 Rabbits Granola Bars and Granola- A delicious and healthy snack for everyone. Made without any refined sugar, wheat or dairy products, this sweet treat will keep you happy and humming throughout the winter.
School Garden Company Natural Bath Salts - Not only are these bath salts a great way to calm down after a long day, all the profits go to building gardens at schools. I sold these bath salts in my Wellness Gift Boxes and got rave reviews.
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