Winter Wellness: Natural Flu Fighters
It's that time of year again when we are around more people, shopping and celebrating the Holiday Season. We are eating more sweets, drinking more alcohol, getting less sleep and experiencing more stress. All of these activities lower our immune response. This lowered immune response, coupled with being exposed to more cold and flu bugs creates the 'perfect storm' for us to get sick. This year, I encourage each of you to be smart and take advantage of our many tips on how you can naturally boost your immune defense with nutrition & herbs, adjustments & exercise. Make an educated decision regarding the Flu Shot - do the risks outweigh the benefits for you and your family? Consciously choose to eat 1/2 a cookie instead of 3, drink 1/2 glass of wine in lei of a full one, make sure you nap the day after you've stayed out late, and learn to say "No" to things that will add stress, and "Yes" to things that bring joy and not overwhelm.
Remember that if you strengthen and protect your immune system, you will not get sick no matter how many bugs you are exposed to. Make it your goal to have the healthiest & happiest holiday season ever. The choice is yours.
Until our next adjustment....
Yours in health,
Dr. Heidi & The InnerMovement Wellness Team
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FLU SHOT 101
As we approach the winter months, the Center for Disease Control begins their promotional campaign for the Flu Shot. What the CDC doesn't disclose is the list of the ingredients that includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Ethylene Glycol (antifreeze)
- Phenol (carbolic acid)
- Formaldehyde (a known carcinogen)
- Aluminum (associated with Alzheimers & seizures)
- Thimerosal (a mercury-based disinfectant & preservative that can result in brain injury or autoimmune disease)
- Neomycin & Steptomycin (used in antibiotics and potential allergens)
The effectiveness of the Flu Shot has been questioned as in the Lancet Infectious Diseases 2011 report on the efficacy of the flu shot which showed it as low as 60%.
Also, according to the CDC, 1 in every 100,000 people will develop Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), an illness characterized by fever, nerve damage, and muscle weakness. Consider these odds when CDC's goal of vaccinating 80% of the U.S. Population.
All medications and vaccines have potential side effects and we strongly encourage you to do your own research and talk to your doctor. The health and wellness of you and your family depends on making informed decisions.
For more information and do your research, please see Dr. Heidi's Recommended Reading Links.
SINUS CONGESTION: NATURAL CURES
Neti Pot: A neti pot is a small teapot like container filled with warm water and fine, ionized salt (some people use only warm water) to soothe irritated sinuses, clear nasal congestion, and even wash away allergens that may lodge in your nasal passages.
Massage: a facial massage which may help with nasal and sinus congestion. Use finger pressure and subtle movements to massage nasal cavities below the eyes. Also massage your forehead. (Check out our new Cold Stone Massage which is great for Sinus Pain/Pressure & Headaches - on special this month!)
Oil of Oregano: this age-old remedy is amazing for opening up the sinuses, soothing colds & allergies, and fighting bacteria. Take at the first signs of congestion, sore throat or allergies. Oil of Oregano can be found at any nutrition store in a liquid or tablet form.
Echinacea, Vit A, C, E, Zinc & Selenium: All are very well known to boost immunity & fight off colds/flu. (Our Biotics BioProtect is loaded with these vitamins & minerals - on special this month!)
Steam Inhalation: Boil filtered water and a chopped white onion in a pot, then carefully move the pot to your kitchen table. Cover your head with a towel, close your eyes and breath in & out through your nose for 5 minutes. The chopped onion and steam will quickly cause sinuses to drain. Repeat 3 x day until flu subsides.
Reduce dairy & sugar: milk and milk-products can cause a thickening of mucous in your body. Sugar decreases immune function while feeding harmful bacteria. Avoid during times of sickness.
Hot Liquids: now is the time to enjoy your favorite hot herbal teas and broth-based soups. Chicken soup truly is the best way to kill a cold. If mom is not around, find a restaurant that serves it with lots of garlic and onion. Add lemon for increased flu buster benefits!
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CHIROPRACTIC & YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Chiropractic asserts that a healthy immune system easily repels most invaders while protecting us from the flu or infectious diseases. Our immune system, like every other system in the body, is coordinated and controlled by the nervous system. Chiropractic Care improves the function of the nerve system through improving the movement of the spinal bones that encase and protect the spinal cord. Research shows that Chiropractors have outstanding clinical results when treating viral & infectious diseases.
During the pandemic flu of 1918
, 20 million people died worldwide however it was the success of Chiropractic Care in treating flu victims that led to the profession's licensure in many states.
In fact, New York Health Authorities kept the following records that clearly show amazing results with Chiropractic Care:
|Influenza ||Cases ||Death|
|Under Medical Care||10,000||950|
|Under Chiropractic Care||10,000||25|
|Pneumonia ||Cases ||Death|
|Under Medical Care||10,000||6,400|
|Under Chiropractic Care||10,000||100|
Research also shows that Chiropractic Adjustments stimulate white blood cell production
- the most important component of your immune system.
|Boost your Immune System with Chiropractic Care - CBS NEWS.mp4|
The World Chiropractic Alliance
recommends that people of all ages add Chiropractic to their strategy for fighting off colds and flu.
Many more research studies on Chiropractic's positive effect on Immune Function HERE
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Smoothie of the Month
High in Vitamin C, our citrus-based smoothie is good for the immune system, has cancer fighting properties and helps to eliminate mucus and congestion.
Immune Boosting-Sinus Buster Smoothie
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice*
1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice*
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 of a lemon, squeezed for juice
pinch of cayenne
sweetener to taste (we like Raw Agave Syrup)
1 scoop Shentrition - available at our office
* if you have a high powered blender, feel free to blend/juice peeled orange & grapefruit to eliminate juicing step
- Place all ingredients in a blender.
- Cover & blend until smooth.
- Sweeten with agave to taste.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy!
ACETOMINOPHEN USAGE WARNING
The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition is launching a nationwide initiative urging consumers to double check their medicine labels so they don't double up on medicines that contain acetaminophen during the cold and flu season
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