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How to Jumpstart - Or Kill - Your Immune System

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This time of year, germs seem to be everywhere. Whether it's the common cold, the flu, a stomach bug, a mystery respiratory virus, or something much, much worse, it seems like coming down with some sort of sickness is inevitable. It doesn't have to be.

Below are two lists: one containing the best things you can do to preserve and promote a healthy immune system, and another containing the worst things.

Beneath that, we have a list of things around the house that are most likely to be germ hot-spots, and things you'll want to clean very, very well.

BEST:

  • Probiotics: gut health comprises 80% of the immune system. Keep the gut healthy, and the immune system will be, too!
  • Exercise: this boosts white blood cell activity to fight off infection.
  • Weight Management: make it a goal to obtain and maintain a healthy weight. Obesity cripples the immune system and several other processes and organs in the body.
  • Diet: eat organic whole food - mainly fruits and vegetables. These are high in antioxidants and nutrients the body needs to support healthy immune function.
  • Supplement: some of the best natural, herbal supplements to support a healthy immune system include ionic silver, elderberry, echinacea, vitamin C, and garlic, though there are many, many more!
  • Water: stay hydrated and drink half your body weight in water daily. This will allow the body to better flush out toxins.

WORST:

  • Smoking: this inhibits immune function and can leave the body more susceptible to disease.
  • Alcohol: prevents the body from absorbing nutrients necessary to proper immune health. As a result, this causes the immune system to be sluggish in response to infection.
  • Stress: it's no secret that stress damages the body. The immune system is no exception. Stress reduces immune response, weakens white blood cells, and causes inflammation. Relaxation techniques and calming herbs can help relieve tension.
  • Sugar: it's no secret sugar is bad for you. Aside from meeting all the requirements of being an addictive drug, sugar also prevents white blood cells from killing germs and bad bacteria.
  • Processed Foods & Sodas: the chemicals, preservatives, and pesticides used in the growing and processing of these foods are toxic on the entire body, not just the immune system. Combine this with sugar and you can say goodbye to your immune system.
  •  Prescription Medications: both prescribed and over-the-counter medications are very foreign and toxic to the body. They weaken the body rather than heal, and prolonged use of antibiotics can have severe damage on the immune system.

THE TOP GERM HOT SPOTS:

  • The Kitchen Sink
  • Kitchen Washrags/Sponges
  • Children's Toy
  • Telephones
  • Keyboards/Remote Controls
  • Toothbrushes
  • Public Soap Dispensers
  • Vacuum Cleaner

The best, most effective cleaners for problems such as  these are GNLD's Green, and Nature's Sunshine's Silver Shield. Both can be diluted and sprayed on objects, surfaces, and even pets! They're gentle and extraordinarily safe. We carry both!

For more information on immune-boosting supplements or any other questions you may have about this article, please feel free to contact us. We're always more than happy to help.

Reach us by phone at (423) 899-8422 or by email (naturesfinestnutrition (at) gmail.com). Or feel free to check us out on our website or on our Facebook page. We hope to hear from you soon!

Please note: We do not directly or indirectly give medical advice or prescribe through alternative treatment. We recommend that people contact their doctor if they need a medical diagnosis. We assume no responsibility if anyone decides to use this information, which is of historical value, for they are choosing to prescribe for themselves. Healing is sometimes a slow process, and we suggest that you do not stop taking any medications without the guidance of a doctor.

 

Sources:

 Sourav. "What Causes a Weak Immune System?" Published 04 May, 2010.

< http://healthmad.com/health/what-causes-a-weak-immune-system/ > Accessed 21 October, 2014.

Anonymous. "6 Easy Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally." Published 11 September, 2014.

< http://www.budwigcenter.com/6-easy-ways-boost-your-immune-system-naturally/ > Accessed 21 October, 2014.

Alyssa Shaffer. "10 Worst Germ Hot Spots." No date.

<; http://mom.me/home/3760-10-worst-germ-hot-spots/ > Accessed 21 October, 2014.

The Art of Oil Pulling

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WHAT IS OIL PULLING AND HOW DOES IT WORK? Oil pulling is an Indian folk remedy originating thousands of years ago. It involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and through your teeth for ten to twenty minutes. This targets plaque by absorbing bacteria and dissolving it before it can become stuck to your teeth.

HOW TO OIL PULL (WITH COCONUT OIL)

  1. Put about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth.
  2. Swish the oil around your mouth for ten to twenty minutes, pushing and pulling it through your teeth to clean every nook and cranny.
  3. Spit the oil into a trash can. If you spit into your sink, the oil will harden and clog your pipes.

Note: coconut oil can be solid at room temperature, so you may have to wait for it to melt in your mouth before you can begin swishing.coconut oil

For best results, do this on an empty stomach.

Don’t swish too forcefully. If the muscles in your mouth become sore, lighten up for a few minutes. You may also try experimenting with less oil if the soreness continues.

It’s important to spit out the oil. You don’t want to swallow it because it is full of bacteria and nasty things.

BENEFITS OF OIL PULLING:

  • Boosts energy
  • Increases metabolism
  • Decreases joint pain
  • Decreases PMS symptoms
  • Clearer skin
  • Decreases allergies
  • Decreases headache symptoms
  • Relieves bleeding gums
  • Whitens teeth
  • Strengthens teeth, gums, and jaw
  • Prevents bad breath
  • Moisturizes lips, mouth, and throat
  • Relieves migraine headaches
  • Alleviates hormone imbalances
  • Reduces redness and swelling in bones and joints
  • May help with gastro-enteritis
  • Aids in the reduction of eczema
  • Helps support normal kidney function
  • Reduces congestion
  • Improves vision
  • Promotes normal sleep patterns
  • Relieves hangover after alcohol consumption
  • Aids in reducing discomfort
  • Helps detoxify the body

Questions?  Contact us by phone at (423) 899-8422 or by email (naturesfinestnutrition (at) gmail.com). Or feel free to check us out on our website or on our Facebook page. We hope to hear from you soon!

Please note: We do not directly or indirectly give medical advice or prescribe through alternative treatment. We recommend that people contact their doctor if they need a medical diagnosis. We assume no responsibility if anyone decides to use this information, which is of historical value, for they are choosing to prescribe for themselves. Healing is sometimes a slow process, and we suggest that you do not stop taking any medications without the guidance of a doctor.

 

Kris Gunnars. "Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil Can Transform Your Dental Health". No date. < http://authoritynutrition.com/oil-pulling-coconut-oil/ > Accessed 08 October, 2014.

Dr. Daisy Sutherland. "The Benefits of Oil Pulling". Published 17 July, 2012. < http://drmommyonline.com/the-benefits-of-oil-pulling > Accessed 08 October, 2014.

Dr. Edward F. "The Health Benefits of Oil Pulling". Published 09 April, 2011. Updated 05 March, 2014. < http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/oil-pulling/ > Accessed 08 October, 2014.

 

Is Menopause Driving You Crazy?

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Here are some natural solutions.

Menopause is a natural phase of life. It occurs when the ovaries cease to produce estrogen and cause several symptoms, the most common of which are hot flashes. There are also mood swings, dry membranes, nervousness, and fatigue.

When we consume the standard American diet, consisting of so-called “junk,” processed, and packaged foods, we are not getting the nutrients our body needs, and our endocrine gland system is put out of balance. Were it balanced, the adrenal glands would make a chemical replacement for the estrogen our bodies no longer make. Thus there would be no symptoms.

Most women go to their doctor to get put on synthetic estrogen. These medications, whether it is the patch or some of the known cancer-causing pills, are only a quick fix.  They do not heal the endocrine gland system. They merely cover up menopausal symptoms, causing more harm than good.

 

Here are three simple steps to put your system back in balance.

  1. Balance your hormones. Begin with the NeoLife glandular program. It consists of Formula IV, Premium Protein, and their Multi Mineral. These will heal and balance your endocrine gland system and cause your adrenal glands to start producing a completely natural estrogen replacement.
  2. Use the correct herbs. To target hot flashes specifically, take NSP Flash Ease. It consists of herbs containing several natural types of estrogen that a woman’s body needs. For both natural estrogen and progesterone, take NSP C-X. It soothes the entire glandular system and will ease menopausal symptoms.
  3. Supplement with the right progesterone. The Restored Balance Cream is a progesterone cream that naturally provides all the chemicals a woman’s body needs to function properly during menopause.

 

Testimonies:

 “About 30 years ago I had fibroid tumors and other female problems.  The doctors recommended a hysterectomy.  I came to see Jim and started on a nutritional program, including Female Corrective Herbs.  The fibroids shrunk!  I never had a hysterectomy, and never had my tubes tied.  After that I conceived and had two more children!”

-Victoria G.

 

 “I used to wake up all throughout the night, sweating – my hormones were off. I chose to use Flash Ease and now I can sleep all night long. I am so happy! It really does work.”

-Tina R.

 

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