Save Your Pits! Avoid the Dangers of Toxic Deodorants & Antiperspirants.

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If you’re looking to eliminate toxins in your everyday life, then toss your villainnous deodorants and antiperspirants. Most deodorants and antiperspirants are loaded with toxic ingredients linked to many diseases. Check out the list below to see what toxins may be lurking in your stick. Or skip right to the end to see our new all natural deodorant line.

Common Toxins in Deodorants & Antiperspirants

Aluminum-Based Compounds – Aluminum compounds are the ingredients responsible for clogging the pores in the underarm area, thereby reducing sweating. Studies suggest there is a relationship between underarm antiperspirants/deodorant use and the development of breast and prostate cancer due to the aluminum compounds messing with estrogen levels. Other studies suggest that increased aluminum compounds in the avoid_toxic_deodorantbody may disrupt proper neurological function and can lead to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Need another reason to avoid deodorants with aluminum? Aluminum kills the less odor-causing bacteria in our armpits, making it so the more odor-causing bacteria can thrive. That’s right, the use of deodorants and antiperspirants with aluminum actually make us more smelly. Natural deodorants with no aluminum will automatically help with odor because they don’t kill the beneficial bacteria in our armpits.

Parabens – Parabens are the preservatives most often used in the skincare industry. They get into our system quickly, even when applied topically, and mimic estrogen. Although they are only found in minuscule amounts in deodorant or antiperspirant, they are found in so many products that it can add up quickly. The big concern is the cumulative damage done from years of repeated daily exposure. Interfering with estrogen has been linked with breast cancer, in both women and men, and prostate cancer. Look for natural deodorants, sunscreen and other skincare without nasty parabens.

Phthalates – Phthalates are often hidden on skincare labels as “fragrance” but are plasticizing chemicals often used for their texture and their ability to help dissolve other ingredients. Phthalates is actually a huge class of chemicals, and not nearly all of them have been studied, but those studied have shown scary results. In the past few years, researchers have linked phthalates to multiple neurological issues like low IQ, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders and other neuro-developmental issues & behavioral issues. They have been connected with breathing problems like asthma. Some other biggies researchers found links to are breast cancer, obesity and type II diabetes, as well as altered reproductive development and male fertility issues. Clearly, the less we get of these in our bodies, the better! A good natural deodorant will not contain any phthalates or artificial fragrance.

Propylene Glycol – Propylene Glycol is another ingredient that has multiple questionable health risks. It is a common food additive and is often used as a base for many skin care products. Although it is FDA approved, toxic levels have been associated with cancer, heart  disease, reproductive issues, developmental abnormalities, and endocrine complications. Many people get skin irritations or have allergic reactions to this common ingredient. Infants cannot properly process Propylene Glycol, meaning they can get toxic levels in a much shorter amount of time than adults. Pregnant and nursing mothers should avoid it. Lastly, Propylene Glycol helps the body better absorb anything it comes in contact with, making it easier for other toxins to enter our bodies. Again, check your labels. Natural deodorants will not contain this toxic chemical.

Triethanolamine (TEA) & Diethanolamine (DEA) – TEA and DEA are known carcinogenic chemicals that can permeate the skin and negatively affect the liver and kidneys. Europe has already banned the use of these chemicals because of their known cancer-causing risks. And so have all the manufacturers of quality natural deodorants.

What Should You Use Instead of Toxic Deodorants & Antiperspirants?

Don’t worry, you don’t have to walk around a sweaty, smelly mess to have healthy armpits. Just switch to a non-toxic product like Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant. Schmidt’s Naturals was started in 2010 when the founder was pregnant and on a mission to develop a natural Schmidt's_sensitive_skin_natural_deodorantdeodorant that was actually effective. And we think she did a fantastic job of it!

Schmidt’s invests in research and testing to ensure their deodorants are all natural, non-toxic and free of any controversial or filler ingredients. Schmidt’s developed their award-winning formula to naturally and effectively neutralizes odor without the use of aluminum or any other toxic ingredients. And it is 100% made in the USA!

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant is enriched with natural minerals and essential oils, contains no artificial fragrance, and is easily absorbed so you only need to use a small amount. What’s more, they use natural powders to help absorb wetness. Schmidt’s Deodorant is also cruelty- and gluten-free and certified Vegan.

We Put Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant to the Test!

The last natural deodorant I tried gave me quite an irritation and even a weird bump under my armpit after using it for a while. These went away when I stopped using it, so I blame the deodorant. I’ve tried other brands that seem more like I’m spraying on a nice fragrance to mask my own smell. They didn’t really work on odor or wetness. I decided to try Schmidt’s Geranium Sensitive Skin Formula for myself because of my reaction to the last natural deodorant. I am extremely impressed!  Firstly, it goes on very easily, very smoothly. I tried a couple different brands that the texture was so bad – too thick and sticky even – that I had to toss them. Schmidt’s Natural Deodorants have a great smooth texture that goes on easily.

I know what you’re thinking. Nice texture is all well and good, but does it work on odor and wetness? Well, we got our initial order of Schmidt’s Naturals at the end of last week, right before a weekend of skiing at Attitash Mountain and dancing our butts off. It is late in the season, soNatural_antiperspirant it was a little warm for skiing in the Northeast, in the 40’s. But, it withstood the potential stink of a teenager skiing on a warm day! And, Saturday night was a huge party and dance night with a super fun 70’s band, Motor Booty Affair. I was out on the dance floor shaking my booty, literally shoulder to shoulder, with a crowd of people. At the end of the night I was not stinky and I had no sweat stains under the armpits of my silky long-sleeve shirt. So impressed!

Test Schmidt’s For Yourself!

We put it to our tests, and think you will be equally impressed when you put it to your tests. Give any Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant a try, and if you don’t like it, send it back. We have a 60 day money-back guarantee on all Schmidt’s products. Let us know what tests your Schmidt’s Natural Deodorants pass!

Feeling Crappy After Eating Poorly Through the Holidays? We Can Help.

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One of my biggest weaknesses are the desserts. I love desserts of all kinds and the holidays are usually loaded with all kinds of sweet goodies to try. Well all that sugar and flour has done a number on my system and I bet there are more than a few of you out there also feeling a bit off due to eating all kinds of stuff you don’t usually eat. Here’s a list of supplements that may help you feel a little better after all that indulgence.

Food & Inflammation & Your Digestive Tract

Most of those wonderful holiday foods are made with sugar and white flour. Many studies have shown that eating processed white sugar & processed wheat can cause all kinds of inflammation. And, furthermore, the overeating and, for many of us, consumption of alcohol, wreaks further havoc on our entire digestive tract. Here is a list of some good supplements that have helped many reduce inflammation as well as being great for the whole digestive system.

Walkabout Emu Oil – This high vitamin supplement can be taken orally or used topically. Many people report relief of inflammation when they take a good Australian Emu Oil. And, the Omega 7 in emu oil helps with digestion.

Raw Cod Liver Oil – Both Green Pasture’s Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Rosita’s Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil are raw and full of naturally occurring vitamins A & D, as well as lots of good omegas. And, as well as it’s anti-inflammatory properties, cod liver oil has been shown to be great for the entire gut.

Wedderspoon Manuka Honey – Manuka honey has a whole slue of potential health benefits including being anti-inflammatory. It has shown anti-bacterial & antimicrobial properties, as well as being good for digestion. And, if holiday stress has you feeling like you’re coming down with something, then this may help stave off a full-blown cold, too.

Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen – There is a lot of the amino acid glycine in a serving of Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen. Glycine has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. A good collagen supplement may also help with food-related inflammation by helping to maintain a healthy stomach and aiding proper digestion.

Turmeric – Turmeric is a superfood growing in popularity recently due to its many health benefits. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful antioxidant. It has also been shown to help with digestion and aids in nutrient absorption from our food. Global Healing Center makes a powerful Turmeric Liquid Extract made from 100% certified organic turmeric roots.

Get Your Gut Back to Health

Feeling like it’s mainly your gut that needs help after all the indulging? Because it is the center of our bodies, gut health can dramatically affect many other parts of our bodies. Studies show gut health can effect weight, heart health, immune system & even brain health. (1) All the above are great supplements, but for powerful gut healing, you might want to try great probiotics or a gut specific supplement.

Prescript-Assist – These powerful, soil-based probiotics are combined with prebiotics to further boost their efficacy. Prescript-Assist is backed by more than five years of double-blind university clinical trials that show its effectiveness against a variety of digestive issues and other gastrointestinal diseases. It is my personal favorite probiotic and the one I take daily.

Restore – This is a liquid mineral supplement for gut health. It was developed to help repair the damage done by eating pesticides and GMO foods. Restore helps to minimize and eliminate the gaps they cause in the lining of the stomach. It has helped many with leaky gut and other digestive disorders.

Detox for Optimum Healing

January is an ideal time to embark on a good detox program. Many people take this time to help eliminate toxins from all the holiday indulgences and feel great after a few weeks of this. If you’d like to check out a variety of detox options, then check out this Spring Detox post.

Hope You Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

So, go ahead and enjoy your New Years’ celebrations, but stock up on supplements to help you feel better after.

 

  1. 5 Ways Gut Bacteria Affect Your Health

 

 

Living “The Twelve Pains of Christmas”?

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Let’s Try a Fake Tree

Ever feel like you’re living in the song “The Twelve Pains of Christmas”? Last year for me it was “rigging up the lights”, and this year it’s “finding a Christmas tree”. It all started a couple weeks ago when I was checking the lights. I remembered how we had to tie the tree to the curtain rods last year to keep it from falling repeatedly. I thought “maybe we should try a fake tree this year”. My husband had been trying to get us to agree to a fake tree for convenience sake for the past few years, but the kids and I always wanted real trees. Home Depot was having a sale for 20% off fake trees, so be packed the family in the car to go check out fake trees. What a disappointment that was – the nicest looking trees from 6 ft away were very plastic and cheap looking up close and still $300 after the coupon!

No New Fake Trees

OK, so a new fake tree was out. Then I was voluntold I was hosting a holiday party in six days and I still hadn’t decided what to do about a Christmas tree. I asked around in my family to see if anyone had one they weren’t using. My stepfather could write a book on dumpster diving, so he had a couple trees for us to look at. I went to his house and picked up a very battered box that was being held together with duct tape. That should’ve been my first clue, right? Well, I got it home and we started setting it up. Strings of lights were wrapped around the top tree piece so the branches wouldn’t all fall. My husband and I were still trying to untangle it when my daughter came down the stairs and cried “Ugg, no! It’s not full enough!” Then my son said “and it’s not tall enough”.

A roll of duct tape and a call to my stepfather later, and I was on my way back to my parent’s house to trade in this tree for a different one. I had specific instructions to set the new one up there to check it out before I brought it home. Thankfully, my Mom had it all set up by the time I got there. It wasn’t great, but it was free and could do in a pinch. We packed it back into the box and I brought it home. It was still a no go with the kids, and honestly, it made me a little sad when we had it together and in the tree spot. I don’t think it would have held even half my ornaments. Five days till the Christmas party and still no tree!

Borrowed Christmas Tree Was a Bust

That left finding a real tree. The past few years we had been getting our trees from a little farm in a nearby town run by a really nice older couple. It’d been a lovely tradition to go look for a tree there where the old man would cut it down for us and give the kids crackers to go feed the ducks and the fat little donkey. Nice, right? But no time for that this year, only four days till the party! So I called the local tree farm and found out there was a stand about 20 minutes away that was open at night. We needed to stop at Lowe’s for an outdoor light sensor/remote thingy and decided to look at trees there first. We walked in and found a great tree right away, tall and full – what a beautiful tree! It was $73. I had sticker shock. We’d been paying $35 for the past five years at the quaint little tree farm. We looked at a few other cheaper trees and left because nobody was around to help ureal_vs_fake_christma_trees and I was a bit disheartened.

We ended up at the tree stand of the local tree farmer. They had plenty of helpful people
around and one of the teachers from the local junior high was our personal tree presenter. We found a nice full tree for $40. It’s shorter than we prefer, but it still makes everyone happy. We got it home, put it in the stand and put the lights on that night. The rest of the decorations finally got on the day before the party! Whew! Christmas tree was checked off the list.

Fake Vs. Real Trees

So this whole ordeal got me to thinking about which is better for us and the environment. Some of the pros of fake trees is they are easy to put up and take down, cheaper over time and there are few pine needles all over the floor. I found out this year that some of the cheap ones do shed plastic pine needles, but not nearly as badly as real trees shed. After reading a few different articles on real vs fake Christmas trees, I realized that there isn’t really a consensus on which is better for the environment. But, overall, real trees appear to be better for our health and the environment, as long as you recycle the tree. If it gets thrown in the trash, it’s not so good for the environment. And, even though many tree farms use pesticides on their trees, real trees are still better for us than the toxic plastics in the fake trees. Old fake trees may even contain lead!

The Countdown is On

Now there are only 10 days to go until Christmas, or less if your celebrations start on the 23rd like ours. Do you have your tree yet? If you’re stressing about that and other stuff, then check out last week’s post on how to stay healthy even when stress is high. And if you have to live a Christmas song, I hope it’s Silver Bells or Let It Snow.

 

Eureka! See The Amazing Detox Face Mask You Make At Home

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This past year my favorite bentonite clay company discontinued their detox facial scrub and I was sooo bummed! I used it in the shower a few times a week for years! I’ve taken it upon myself to come up with a comparable product that I can make at home with my own ingredients. The scrub Living Clay made had crushed walnut shells to exfoliate and peppermint oil to invigorate. Our basic recipe has none of those so is good for sensitive skin as well. Then you can customize it for exfoliating, invigorating or soothing depending on what extra ingredients you add.

The basic detox facial mask uses a bentonite clay paste for the detox part of the recipe. Bentonite clay is an amazing natural detoxing agent that works by binding to bacteria and toxins on the surface of the skin and deep in the pores to extract them out and wash them away. It also has antibiotic properties to aid healing and fight infections. People have also observed a soothing effect from using a bentonite clay mask. Make sure to always hydrate  bentonite clay in a glass jar because it can pull impurities from plastic once it is rehydrated.

Manuka honey is added for its many potential medicinal properties. These include:

  • Antibiotic properties to help alleviate blemishes
  • Anti-inflammatory to sooth skin
  • Helps balance skin’s pH
  • Contains amino acids to help slough away dead skin cells
  • Promotes collagen growth for firmer, younger looking skin
  • Natural humectant to draw moisture into the skin, which enhances skin elasticity and cell regeneration
  • Promotes healing

I added Walkabout Emu Oil to further sooth, heal and moisturize the skin. Potential benefits of emu oil for skin include:

  • Naturally high in antioxidant Vitamin E
  • Contains Omega 3, Omega 6 & Omega 9 which are vital to healthy skin
  • Super noncomedogenic moisturizer
  • Anti-inflammatory to soothe skin
  • Promotes cell regeneration & healing

Basic Detox Face & Body Maskeasy_homemade_face_mask

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Tb Living Clay Bentonite Clay Powder
1 1/2 Tb Wedderspoon Raw Manuka Honey
1/2 Tb Walkabout Topical Emu Oil
1 1/2 Tb warm water

Directions:
Mix the bentonite and water to make a paste first. Then add the honey and emu oil and mix thoroughly. Make sure to always use glass whenever possible when bentonite clay is activated with water – it can pull impurities from plastic as well as your skin. And stir with a wooden stirrer as it can also pull things from metal. this recipe makes about 2 oz of finished product. Store in an airtight glass container. As all ingredients have very long shelf lives, it should keep for months.

Once made, it can be used as a daily cleanser that you put on and wash off right away, or as a deep cleansing mask that you let dry on your face before you wash it off. For best results, use a hot washcloth to rehydrate the mask for easier removal. Your skin will feel wonderful after!

Natural Invigorating Face & Body Scrub

If you want to make this an eye-opening morning scrub, then add these additional ingredients: 1 tsp coffee grounds & 6 or more drops peppermint essential oils.

So, I knew right away there was no way I was getting crushed walnut shells for my recipe, so I searched for alternative exfoliants. My first thought was sugar, because I’ve seen that used quite a bit. But, I don’t eat white sugar because it is toxic, so why would I put it on my skin?  I used coffee grounds instead. Coffee grounds are a good alternative because the caffeine can enhance fat metabolism and increase circulation, which may help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Use this all over and the exfoliating properties will certainly make your skin soft and smooth!

I used peppermint oil because it is super invigorating and leaves the skin feeling tingly and refreshed. Different brands have different quality oils. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on high end essential oils to get a quality peppermint oil.

Super Soothing Facial Mask

To make this a soothing face mask, use calendula tea instead of water, and add 6 or more drops of either lavender essential oil, calendula essential oil or a combination of the two. Calendula has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and healing properties to soothe sensitive skin. Lavender oil also has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties which help with healing of many skin issues. And it smells so nice, it helps us feel relaxed and refreshed all at the same time.

Great Homemade Gift Idea!homemade_gift_idea

Need stocking stuffers or like to make nice gifts for others? You can make a big batch of this and fill multiple jars to give as gifts. It’s easy enough for kids to make! A little fabric and ribbon and, voila! You have a great little gift for loved ones.

 

Tasty Recipes for Leftover Turkey

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The family is gone, the day was a success. Everyone raved about your turkey and all the fixins. Now what do you do with the extra turkey? Here are some great recipes so you can bring new life to leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

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Hearty Healthy Chicken Soup Recipes

I know it says chicken soup, but you can make it exactly the same using turkey. I love to make a big batch of broth with the turkey bones. Find Nourishing Traditions recipe for making chicken or turkey broth in this blog, too!

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Bring New Life to Last Night’s Leftover Chicken

This is another chicken recipe, but again can be made with turkey. My family could eat tacos every week. Don’t forget the non-GMO taco shells!

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Gluten-Free, Paleo Gravy

Don’t know about you, but one of our family’s favorite ways to use leftover chicken or turkey is open-faced sandwiches. This gluten-free, Paleo-friendly gravy recipe even passed my daughter’s test for a great gravy. She loves gravy and is kinda picky about it. Use homemade grain-free bread and this is a tasty Paleo-friendly meal. Love it with leftover cranberry sauce!

47 Terrific Leftover Turkey Recipes

Check out this post from Dr. Axe with 47 different recipes for leftover turkey. As he states, it is healthier to substitute honey, maple syrup or coconut palm sugar for white sugar. Also, coconut milk can be used in place of regular milk. And you can replace highly processed (and often GMO-laden) vegetable oils with olive oil or avocado oil. I’m eager to try the Asian inspired turkey salad!

Need More Recipes, Please.

Have a favorite healthy turkey leftover recipe? Please share it with us.

Try A Delicious Applewood Smoked Rotisserie Turkey This Thanksgiving!

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A couple years ago my husband bought a rotisserie attachment for our Weber grill and he has been obsessed with cooking all kinds of meat with it ever since. I certainly don’t complain because all the food comes out wonderful and I don’t have to cook it! He uses a smoke box in the bottom with applewood chips and everything is just YUM! It is always nice and juicy and the whole backyard smells so good the whole time it’s cooking. I’m talking drool-worthy.

Our recipe says we could use up to a 14 lb turkey, but it really depends on the shape of the turkey. We’ve had trouble with some of the larger birds we’ve made because the wings sometimes fall out of the butcher’s twine and flop around, singeing on the bottom. He’s cut the tips off at that point when he got frustrated with trying to retie them up repeatedly. The one we did for this blog was 11.5 lb, and it was a perfect size. (Tonight I’m making turkey toacos with the leftovers.)

Check out this recipe we adapted from Weber to be Paleo-friendly. Don’t be daunted by the length of the directions, it is actually pretty easy to make.

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Ingredients
2 Tbs fresh grated orange peel from a large washed orange (rest of orange will be used later)
1 Tbs dried sage
1 Tbs Himalayan sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil

1 whole free-range turkey 11 to 14 lbs (hotel style without the wings works great, too)

6 medium cloves garlic, crushed
1 bunch fresh sage
olive oil to rub on turkey

Directions

1. Wood chips need to soak in water for 1/2 hr before heating. Soak enough wood chips to fill your smoke box.
2. Combine first five ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside to mix flavors.
3. Remove extra pieces from turkey (the packet of pieces parts from inside the cavity) and any pop-up timer. Also trim any excess fat from around neck and butt. Rinse the turkey in cold water, inside and out. Pat dry.
4. Put the rest of the orange, crushed garlic and sage in the cavity of the turkey.
5. Tie the legs together and secure the wings so they don’t flop and get caught on anything during rotation. Grab the rotisserie spit and slide one set of fork prongs to the very end. Slide the spit straight through the turkey, butt first. We like butt first because the breast meat, the thickest part, is then closer to the heat, and cooks better. Make sure to skewer the orange on the way through. Slide the second set of fork prongs onto the skewer. Check that the turkey is centered around the spit, so the spit will rotate properly. Make sure both forks are all the way into the turkey and holding it securely.
6. Coat turkey with olive oil and then thoroughly rub in mixture from step 2.
7. Prep grill. Remove grates and place smoking box with soaked chips inside grill. Turkey will be cooked over indirect heat, so only use the burner on the far left. You want the grill temp to be between 350° and 450°.
8. Set the spit into the rotisserie, turn on the motor, and close the cover. Let the turkey cook over indirect heat until an internal temperature of 165° to 170° is reached in the thickest part of the thigh and also the breast (don’t touch the bone when testing).Your turkey should be done in about 2 1/4 to 3 hrs. Check it a few times in the first 1/2 hour to make sure it is rotating properly and nothing has gone amiss. Wepaleo_rotisserie_thanksgiving_turkey‘ve had wings fall out of the twine, and once one of the forks loosened up and was no longer holding the turkey! If something does go wonky, shut off the rotisserie motor to correct the problem.
9. When the turkey is ready, shut off the motor. Grab two oven mitts and carefully remove the spit from the rotisserie and place it on a cutting board. Remove spit. Cover with aluminum foil, not too tightly, and let it set for at least 20 minutes. The internal temp will rise 5° to 10°.
10. Remove orange and herbs from inside. Carve and serve warm.

In the last picture you can see the pink just under the skin from the smoking.

Don’t have a rotisserie & still want to try this recipe?

Don’t fret, you can cook your turkey right on the grill! Follow all directions for prepping the turkey and the smoking box, then put your turkey to one side and light the burner on the other side so it cooks over indirect heat. Finish with covering in aluminum foil as above. We’ve never tried this, but Weber’s recipe says it can be done this way. Let us know if you have ever done this and if it was successful. We’d love to hear from you.

Need some Thanksgiving sides to go with your turkey?

Check out this post we did last year for paleo versions of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes.
Thanksgiving, Paleo Style

Six Supplements to Fight the Flu

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Two weeks ago we posted a blog about all the potential risks associated with getting an annual flu vaccine. This week we’ll give advice on what you can do to boost your immune system and help avoid flus and colds. Remember, we are not suggesting you go buy everything listed below to start taking it all every day. But, by adding a few to your daily diet, you may find the combination that works for you to prevent or drastically shorten duration of illness.

Don’t Encourage Illness

You’re probably thinking “Well, duh!”. But, there are many things we all do in a day that encourage illness. Eating foods that have been grown in toxins, dealing with stress, and not getting enough sleep are just a few. All of this adds up, so the less we do in a day, the better it is for our bodies. So we need to do the opposite – encourage wellness. Focus on doing the things that make and keep us well and do more of those. A healthy diet, preferably organic, and regular exercise are excellent ways to encourage wellness. The following supplements also encourage wellness in our bodies, in many ways. But, for the purposes of this blog, we’ll focus on their immune boosting and virus busting properties.

Real Vitamin C

caties_real_vitamin_c_supplementsI know, this one is a no-brainer. Everyone knows Vitamin C helps boost your immune system because it is loaded with antioxidants. But, did you know our bodies don’t produce it? So it has to be eaten every day in proper quantities to be effective against fighting flus and colds. Check out this post from September for lots of great information on Vitamin C. A whole food vitamin C supplement is a great way to make sure you and your family are getting all the vitamin C necessary to fight colds and flus. We have two great whole food Vitamin C powdered supplements from real food. They are Catie’s Whole Plant Food Vitamin C Plus and Ramiel Nagel’s Organic High Vitamin C Powder from acerola cherries.

Acai

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Many people have heard of acai for weight loss, but did you know it is loaded with antioxidants? It has twice the antioxidant power of wild blueberries and 10 times that of red grapes! And it has 10 to 30 times more anthocyanins than red wine! Anthocyanins are the pigments in red, blue and purple foods and have mega antioxidant properties. Back in 2009, Dr. Oz talked about acai on Oprah and it became an overnight sensation. He recommended taking it daily because it is a concentrated protein source and for it’s high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value. The higher the ORAC value, the better at immune boosting. We recommend Perfect Acai in capsules or powder form because it is organically grown, fairly traded & there are never any fillers or flow agents.

Colloidal Silver

Sovereign_SilverBelieve it or not, silver is a necessary element in our bodies. It has been used medicinally for over 2000 years because of its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. In the 1970’s, Dr. Robert O. Becker, MD, conducted research at Syracuse Medical University on electrically generated silver ions. He discovered that people with the lowest amounts of silver in their bodies were prone to frequent and severe colds, flus and infections, while the people with the highest amounts of silver in their bodies were the least prone to colds, flus and infections. What’s more, their illnesses were less severe and for a shorter duration. Colloidal silver can be taken daily to help boost the immune system and increase the amount of silver in our bodies, but taking too much can be harmful. We recommend Sovereign Silver Bioactive Silver Hydrosol because it never contains stabilizers, salts, compounds, proteins, or other questionable ingredients. There are only 2 ingredients, 99.999% pure silver and pharmaceutical-grade purified water.

Probiotics

Prescript_Assist_probioticsIt may seem kinda crazy, but so much of our health is tied to our guts. Did you know eighty percent of our immune system is located in the digestive tract? That information alone helps us see why probiotics could be very effective at helping to avoid cold and flu viruses. There was a study done on three to five year old children that was very convincing. The children took probiotics twice a day for six months. The probiotic users had fewer fevers, less coughing, fewer runny noses, and, amazingly, 64 – 83%  less antibiotic use. There are a variety of probiotics in our store, but my favorite is Prescript-Assist. It is a multi-strain soil-based probiotic. If you are looking for a more traditional probiotic, try Just Thrive Probiotic & Antibiotic blend or Mercola Complete Probiotics.

Apple Cider Vinegar

This one may not be so widely known, but drinking a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily can greatly reduce your chances of getting any flu or colds. This is because it changes the pH in our bodies to alkaline, which creates a hostile environment for viruses and infections. Essentially, they can’t grow well in an alkaline environment and it even helps to kill the bacteria and infection. It is important to use a raw variety with the mothers. I get mine here. Daily, I try to drink a concoction with 2 Tb apple cider vinegar, 1 Tb raw honey (I use medicinal Manuka Honey if I’m feeling stressed or feel like I’m coming down with something) and 100% organic pomegranate or cranberry juice. I can still taste the vinegar a little, but it doesn’t bother me so much. When I actually do end up with sniffles and sneezing because of sickness, I drink 2 – 3 glasses a day. I drink them slowly, so that there is a somewhat constant infusion of alkaline fluids entering my system. Recently my sister asked if lemon will do the same thing. And yes, lemons are also acidic but I haven’t found the correct amount to fend off my own colds. Apple cider vinegar works well for me.

Elderberry Syrup

Feel the effects of elderberry & honey home remedies.Many people report great success preventing and fighting colds and flus by taking a daily dose of elderberry syrup. The use of elderberry as an herbal medicinal goes way back. Folklore around the elder tree pre-dates christianity. More recently, research done at Hadassah-Hebrew University in Israel shows how elderberry helps. They found viruses use specific enzymes to penetrate healthy cells in the nose and throat. Elderberry helps to block these enzymes, thus thwarting the infection before it starts. If it is taken after an infection is already present, it helps prevent the spread of the infection through the respiratory tract. There are many pre-made elderberry syrup supplements out there, but it is actually very easy to make and store at home for a fraction of the cost. Check out this blog we did last year for a recipe for homemade elderberry syrup and elderberry gummies. The recommended amount for prevention of flu is 1/2 to 1 tsp daily for children and adults during cold and flu season. Up this to at least 3 times a day if you already have an infection or feel one coming on.

Other Preventatives

I’m sure there are many other natural preventatives out there and welcome input from our readers. If you have a preventative that works for you, please share it with us so we can share it with the world.