Do you have a healthy immune system? If you are like many people, your immune system isn’t as healthy as you would like. I have learned over the past year and a half, when I first discovered that I had a weak immune system and that I have been struggling with some autoimmunity issues, that there is a lot you can do to strengthen your immune system.
In fact, if you have been sick more than twice in the past year, then you likely have a weaker immune system than would be ideal for maximum health.
Here are some simple steps that you can follow to build a healthy immune system:
1. Avoid things that weaken your immune system. Some of the big ones are soda pop, processed foods, high fructose corn syrup, and refined sugars. While someone who has a strong immune system, can handle these in small amounts, if you have a weak immune system, you really need to avoid these 100% of the time.
2. Take a daily multi-vitamin. In today’s day and age and with the way that our food is harvested, it is nearly impossible to get all of our needed nutrients from food. This is true, even if you eat very healthy and even with organic fruits and vegetables. Personally I recommend at least the Microplex VMz from Doterra and ideally the entire Life Long Vitality Pack. You can get more recommendations on how to choose a multi-vitamin here.
3. Increase your intake of Vitamin C. This can help a lot to increase your immune system. One of my favorite products is the Emergen-C Super Orange, Net Wt. 9.6 Oz, 30-Count but you can also get an infusion of vitamin C from a lot of functional medicine doctors or naturopaths.
4. Get a chiropractic adjustment, and or an acupuncture treatment. Both of these work in different ways to help your body realign into maximum health and to restore any damage caused by being sick. Over the longterm doing these regularly can also help you have a stronger immune system.
5. Use essential oils. These can also help not only when you are sick but to decrease the amount of times you get sick. I really like to diffuse them with my diffuser and to put a few drops of my favorites on the bottoms of my feet.
6. Exercise regularly. Yes I know you always have excuses why you don’t do it. So do I. But the reality is that your body needs you to do this and not just to lose weight.
7. Avoid foods that you are sensitive to or allergic to. This is a big one as allergies and lots of allergies are a sign of a week immune system. Many people don’t realize that food sensitivities an intolerances can cause major problems. If you don’t know foods are a problem for you, I recommend that you either contact me for a free health history session, so we can start working on figuring it out with an elimination diet, or you can try the ALCAT test.
8. Drink lots of water. Water can help boost your immune system as well. Too often we don’t drink enough and since our bodies are 80% water this is really a must.
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If you ask some people including some doctors they will tell you that for most people who are not celiac that eating gluten free is just a fad. However, I strongly disagree and so do thousands of other doctors, health care professionals and individuals diagnosed with a gluten sensitivity. While some people try to argue that gluten sensitvitiy is not real, it is in fact a real problem and anyone who has experienced it will tell you that it is a serious problem that should not be ignored.
That said, here are 5 reasons why gluten free is not a fad:
1. Gluten sensitivity is a real problem for lots of people an yes it can be diagnosed via a blood test and other labs. However, the doctor you are working with has to know what they are doing and understand how to do a gluten sensitivity test and not all doctors know how to do this.
2. Gluten has been proven to either cause or make worse over 200 illnesses. See this blog post by Dr. Hyman: Gluten What You Don’t Know Might Kill You.
3. The chemicals that are sprayed on many grains before harvesting especially wheat are causing gluten sensitivity in a lot of people. Some of these people can eat organic wheat and others cannot.
4. Cases of celiac disease have increased over 400% in the last 20 years according to several sources including the National Celiac Foundation.
5. We have been told for years that wheat which is the largest source of gluten is a health food and many of us have over eat it, and in some cases this has lead to a gluten sensitivity.
In short, gluten free is not a fad for people with a real gluten sensitivity or celiac and to claim otherwise is just being ignorant and disrespectful of someone’s health needs.
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Do you struggle to know what to give as a gift for someone with an allergy? or maybe if you are like me, it’s you who has the allergy and you struggle to know what to ask someone to give you. This is especially a problem when it comes to gift giving for people you don’t know very well, or at the Holiday season when many people give things like nuts, and breads which many people with allergies can’t eat. I’ve been there done that too many times and I’d like to help you solve your holiday gift giving challenges for people with allergies and for yourself if you are the one with the allergies. Now I know all of these suggestions won’t work for everyone with every kind of allergy, but, they will work for many people.
Here are 20 great ideas for easy to make and give holiday gifts for people with allergies:
1. Epsom Salts with an essential oil. Personally lavender is my favorite.
See this blog post for more details on how to make them.
You can then wrap a ribbon or put a bow around this bag of gluten free flour and give it to someone.
3. Flavored Olive Oil
This is a great idea for people who love to cook or for those who can’t have dairy products and use a lot of olive oil in recipes. You buy plain olive oil and then you can rebottle it and add some wild orange, lemon, or cilantro essential oils or a few drops of lemon juice, orange juice or other flavorings.
4. A Bag of Quinoa with a ribbon around it or a bow. You can’t go wrong with quinoa. It’s healthy, good for you and you won’t likely find anyone who is allergic to it.
5. A pint or jug of apple cider with a ribbon or bow.
6. A bag of kale, spinach or other greens for the person to make smoothies. Dress it up with a ribbon or bow.
7. An aromatherapy necklace.
These are great. You can use them to wear your essential oils. You can get them a lot of places, but one of my favorite places is at: Terra Cotta Pendants
8. A bottle of essential oil. Hey why not? These are great for everyone and can help people with allergies. Personally for allergies my favorite is either lavender or peppermint.
9. Pine Cone Decor Basket with essential oils or melted wax on it.
This make a nice smelling piece of decor.
10. Water bottle and include an optional bottle of lemon essential oil for a healthy detox if desired.
11. Mug with peppermint or wild orange essential oil and hot cocoa. If you are worried about the ingredients of the cocoa, you can do a bag of raw cocoa instead.
12. Bag with dry erase markers and lemon essential oil. This is especially great for artists and teachers.
13. Bag of Pot Pourri- For most people this works great unless the person has a very strong allergy to all scents.
14. Winter Gloves. I don’t know about you, but I’m always losing mine so I can never have too many.
15. Raw local honey from the farmers market. This can actually help a lot of people with allergies and it tastes great and has lots of uses.
16. Spice combinations for cooking. Lemon and Pepper is one of my favorites.
17. Go Macro Bars. While these won’t work for people with an allergy to all nuts, they are great for gluten free and dairy free as well as vegan people.
18. Castille Soap. This is great for all kinds of uses and is gentler on the skin.
19. Nail file with unscented hand lotion.
20. First aid kit. You can make it as small or large as desired and can add in cough drops and or essential oils.Read More
Have you ever been to the doctor for a blood test for a health issues you were certain you had, only to have the doctor tell you that you don’t have a problem? This has happened to me more than once and it’s very frustrating. Many people don’t understand why this happens. There are a variety of reasons but from my experience with alternative health, there are five main reasons why blood tests aren’t always the best way to diagnose a health issue.
1. Traditional Western medicine is based on a philosophy of sickness rather than wellness. Because of this the Western medicine definition of normal is much lower than that of Eastern medicine and of homeopathy. Normal is normal until your problem is so severe that in many cases are the drugs are the only solution to your health issue. I personally experienced this when I was sure I had a problem with low thyroid. My blood test said everything was normal, but my acupuncturist said that I was not normal and my thyroid is low. This is just one example of what can happen with blood tests.
2. Some health issues can change frequently and a blood test only shows what is going on at that moment in time. Food intolerances and sensitivities are an example of a health condition that can be hard to diagnose via a blood test. Although my experience was that the ALCAT Test was pretty accurate.
3. What you eat, drink, and any medicines that you take can have an impact on your health and these things can cause certain health issues to change frequently.
4. There are lots of factors that can determine your health and blood is only one thing although it can be a big one, it is not the end all be all.
5. Your emotions and mental health can impact your health as well as physical issues and blood tests don’t show these.
What else have you noticed about the challenges of blood tests to diagnose health issues?Read More