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The Health Benefits of Acupuncture for Women

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese practice that has been used for centuries for the treatment of various ailments ranging from minor aches and pains to fertility and till recently for complications associated with HIV/AIDS. The use of acupuncture in modern western medicine has been one of more ups than downs as those practicing traditional medicine have found it very difficult to make the transition. However, in recent times there has been a marked increase in the number of doctors and other professionals who are practicing and recommending the use of this ancient ritual for the treatment of patients. One particular group of patients who have greatly benefited from the induction of such a practice in modern medicine is women.

Both sexes (men and women) are continuously faced with a number of similar health issues but because of the differences in their anatomy and physiology there are ailments, which are unique to each sect. The reproductive processes of women and men are quite different but acupuncture has been used for many centuries to treat the reproductive problems of both groups. Women can suffer from a wide range of reproductive issues and for many of these issues there has been sufficient evidence to suggest and in most cases justify the use of acupuncture treatment as a superior alternative to conventional medication or treatment.

Menstrual Cycle Discomfort

Women who go through the monthly menstrual cycle have often found themselves under tremendous discomfort and strain due to the physiological changes that their bodies undergo. Studies have shown that the use of acupuncture can significantly reduce the symptoms of bloating, menstrual cramp and other pains in the lower abdomen that most women would experience during their normal cycles. Women with irregular cycles and those who have irregular ‘flows’ also find themselves benefiting tremendously by using acupuncture along with certain alterations in diet and lifestyle.

Hormone Imbalances

The development of cysts, fibroids and other abnormalities in the womb and cervical region has also caused many problems for women. Many of these occurrences have been linked to imbalances in hormonal levels in women of childbearing age. At the post menopausal age, the tendency to develop such ‘growths’ is greatly reduced as hormonal levels become better regulated by the body. The use of acupuncture as a means of treating such abnormalities have resulted in the need for less surgeries by women as they see a reduction in the growth and appearance of these unwanted things.

Fertility Problems

Acupuncture has also been linked to solving fertility problems in both men and women. Stress is an underlying cause of many illnesses and ailments that affect individuals worldwide. Many fertility problems are stress related and may lead to other problems such as hormonal imbalances, which significantly affect the ability of the mother to conceive. Even after conception, many mothers stand little chance of carrying their babies to a full term if the stress problem is left untreated. Acupuncture treatment has been credited with blessing many prospective mothers, who once thought that they had no chance of conceiving with healthy normal babies.

Menopause

Many women also suffer physiologically and psychologically when they reach menopause. Acupuncture treatment has been found to provide much relief to such women and a return to normalcy during that stressful period of their life. Many medical practitioners are now actively recommending such treatment to their women patients.

Addictions, Allergies and Other Disorders

There are also problems such as addictions (smoking is a prime example) and other unhealthy lifestyle practices, which has resulted in favorable outcomes as a result of acupuncture treatment. The use of acupuncture in the treatment of allergies and gastrointestinal disorders has been well documented and is extensively being used by both men and women of the Asian block. More persons of western cultures are developing an appreciation for the use of this ancient practice as a means to better health.

Discover the freedom and joy that comes from a healthy, pain-free body bursting with vitality! Start your healing journey today by booking an appointment with AB Acupuncture.

 

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Chocolate Delight With Organic Cacao Nibs

Although chocolate is definitely one of the most enjoyable and appealing foods in the world, the majority of brands now seem to have a propensity at causing problems with extreme weight and health conditions like type II diabetes. As might be imagined, those are hardly effects that would improve beauty and so chocolate is avoided. This is a shame since the base ingredient of cacao is actually quite helpful in improving health and outward appearance. Then again, such effects can still be enjoyed through Organic Cacao Nibs wherein the benefits are not hampered by other additives.

Organic Cacao and Beauty

Since health professionals began to discover the true culprits of the alarming rate of ballooning waistlines, chocolate is just one of many products that have come under fire for causing obesity and a myriad of other health issues due to the presence of sugar and other artificial ingredients. As such, instead of the plain old pleasure that people felt with each bite of the treat, guilt was added into the mix because of the expected addition to the scale numbers.

But such a distinction should not extend to the principal ingredient of chocolate which is cacao, as the seed has absolutely no capability of increasing the unhealthy weight of people. As a matter of fact, organic cacao has some frankly marvelous properties that will not only impart the much sought after blissful sensation to people once consumed, it will even improve health and beauty through the presence of abundant essential nutrients.

One of the star features present in large quantities within organic cacao is the famed anti-oxidants which are essential in fighting off free radicals. Since free radicals are responsible for a number of problems, chief among them being a greater likelihood of sickness and the advancement of the aging process, keeping them in check is kind of important to beauty and health.

Organic cacao also has plenty of other nutrients present such as magnesium which is very important in keeping a properly functioning brain and body. A deficiency of magnesium would cause all sorts of chaos in the body which will not make anyone more attractive. Also, organic cacao has the ability to make people feel fuller and so it helps in reducing food consumption and keeping a healthy weight.

Beauty

With the advantages of organic cacao explained, the benefits of eating Organic Cacao Nibs would also be quite clear. Since cacao nibs are essentially fractured versions of the cacao seed, it will naturally have the same properties. A few things that people might like about cacao nibs though is its ability to make people feel fuller at a more impressive rate than even intact cacao seeds. By being in smaller portions, people take more time to eat it and they therefore become more satisfied without eating as much as otherwise.

Also, cacao nibs can be added into several food items which allows for more ways to enjoy it. You can add it into your salad, include it in your health smoothies or sprinkle it over your occasional ice cream. Hey, you’re allowed to enjoy yourself from time to time, you know.

However, just as not all brands of chocolate are the same, not all kinds of cacao nibs are going to be the same. There will be cacao nibs out there which have been processed using methods that destroy a lot of the nutrients of organic cacao, which makes them next to useless. So if you want to get the most out of the advantages of organic cacao to beautify yourself, make sure that they were prepared naturally and with its nutrients intact.

If you need to slow your aging process and look younger, then check out Carolyn’s Facial Fitness for their unique and quality services.

 

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Botoxed – You, But Younger

Some might say Botox® injections are for the elite and exclusive. However, with more than 2.5 million treatments per year in the US, Botox injections are hardly exclusive. Despite recent economic slowdown which has affected the sales of all luxury items including designer handbags and fine jewellery Botox® treatments continue to soar. So what is this treatment and how does it work?

 

Botox® is the trade name for a drug called botulinum toxin, a natural byproduct of the bacteria clostridium botulinum which is a nerve blocker. It has been used for over twenty years in medicine for muscular twitches and spasms. It is this effect which boasts its cosmetic value as long term muscle contractions is primarily the cause of the lines and wrinkles on the upper face.

 

To create ****** expressions we contract the muscles in our face. When you smile the muscles around your eyes contract to create wrinkles on their sides resembling the feet of a crow. Hence, permanent lines around your eyes are commonly known as “crow’s feet”. Looking up forms the horizontal lines on the forehead and frowning / getting angry creates the deep vertical lines in between the eyebrows (also known as anger / frown lines).

 

With age the skin loses its structural qualities and with repetitive muscle contractions over years the lines and wrinkles slowly engrave in the skin. The lines get deeper and alter their pigmentation making the lines and wrinkles more prominent and permanent. Paralysing the respected muscles by local injection of Botox® stops the lines and wrinkle forming thereby relaxing the skin overlying. The relaxed skin not only looks more youthful but any damage done over the previous years will reverse with time. Permanent lines will start to disappear and the treatment will knock off years of your age.

 

Effects can last up to 6 months by when new nerves start regenerating into the muscles to produce contractions again gradually restoring your original appearance. Then it’s time for another shot of injections and the cycle continues. Despite the cost per average treatment – the results achieved are second to none. Sometimes knocking a good 10/15 years of your age these injections have become known as simple, quick, and safe amongst the medical community. Common minor side effects include bruises (lasting up to a week), irritation and headaches, droopy eyebrow, a weeping eye or problems with ****** expressions most of which can be avoided by well trained and experienced cosmetic doctors. Serious side effects such as anaphylactic shock are extremely rare.

 

With so much money at stake, will doctors really put the best interests of their patients first? If patients look better and if by implication have improved self-esteem, with minimal chances of complications then there should be no ethical problem in treating those patients.

 

Botox® can also be used to improve chronic headaches, migraines, backaches and many more conditions associated with muscle contraction by relaxing the muscles that tense up in the respective regions. It is widely used in the oriental countries for patients with prominent jaw angles. Also, the same types of nerves that Botox® blocks also innervate the sweat glands. Hence, local Botox® injections are used to reduce sweating in patients with excessive sweating disorders most commonly on the face, palms, underarms and feet.

 

If you need carefully designed treatments, injectables or fillers to look more beautiful, visit Solstice Med Spa to know more about their professional services.

 

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What are the Alternative Health Treatments?

Today you will find many people are looking outside of conventional western medicine to treat their illnesses, conditions, and diseases. Western medicine does not have a holistic or integrative approach to healing, unlike alternative health practices. Western medicine views illness as either mental or physical and treats it as such. Traditionally Eastern medicine does not approach healing as separates issues that are to be addressed in an ailing human being. Alternative Health treatment in Eastern Medicine has a more comprehensive approach. When dealing with an alternative health treatment there is the approach that the whole being is out of balance and balance needs to be restored to enable healing.

Many people today are starting to feel that the western medical system of healing is too mechanical, based on one-shoe fits for all no exceptions, dogmatic, and totally compartmentalized. People don’t necessarily want drugs to mask or treat just the symptoms they are facing which is called palliative. Eastern medicine as an alternative medical treatment treats to eliminate the source of imbalance to cure the illness rather than just mask the symptoms with medication alone. There are many concerns these days about drugs and the side effects they cause, some of these side effects cause more harm than the actual disease.

There are many cultures that have alternative medical treatment as part of their traditions. These alternative medical practices have been used for thousands of years. Regardless of geographic location, these types of alternative health treatments have one thing in common; they all look to balance a person’s body to a harmonious state of health.

Ayurveda or “Science of Life” is considered the oldest known alternative health systems. As an alternative health treatment system, Ayurveda focuses on balancing energy as opposed to treating symptoms of an illness. It is a body/mind/spirit approach to healing. In this system, bodily health is determined by three biological principles called “doshas”. The three Doshas are Vata, which regulates movement, Pitta, which regulates metabolism, and Kapha, which regulates structure. When any of these things are not functioning properly or out of balance we experience illness and disease. The doshas are also aligned with the elements. Vata is Air, Pitta is fire and Kapha is water. When one of these doshas is out of balance one is given a whole regimen from diet, herbal medicine to exercises to balance one back to health.

Another popular alternative health treatment is Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. Chinese medicine, another ancient comprehensive system is premised on the concept that qi or life force energy flows throughout the body. The body is composed of negative and positive polarities called Yin and Yang. When the polarities are out of balance and create a blockage in the flow of qi then illness results. So in Chinese medicine to balance one’s body back various alternative health treatments are used such as acupuncture, herbs, and nutrition to rebalance the polarities to enable qi to flow freely.

Other alternative health treatments include Herbology, the use of herbs to cure and treat illnesses, homeopathy, where the dilute concentration of various natural substances are given in the alternative health treatment, and Naturopathic Medicine which incorporates many types of natural approaches is available as an alternative health treatment to conventional western medicine. Using an alternative health treatment does not mean that you still cannot go to a regular doctor. But it can be used as a compliment if you are getting conventional treatment as well. I am a believer that two heads are better than one. Let both practitioners know what you are doing so there is no conflict with medications and herbs.

 

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Apple Cider Vinegar For Acne

Apple cider vinegar comes from the fermented juice of crushed apples. The health benefits of apples and apple juice have long been well-know, and, in recent years, people are learning more about the benefits of apple cider vinegar as well. Although very little study has been done to prove these benefits, many people have experienced various benefits from taking apple cider vinegar or using it is on the skin. One of the most commonly experienced benefits comes in the form of skin care. Believe it or not, using apple cider vinegar for acne treatment is very safe and effective.

In the body, apple cider vinegar is able to break down mucous, phlegm, and fat. This helps to improve the health and function of the kidneys, bladder, and liver. Since these organs are used to remove toxins from the body and cleanse the blood, when they are not functioning properly they can lead to acne flare ups. When these organs are functioning optimally as a result of taking apple cider vinegar, they are able to remove the toxins and reduce acne. Apple cider vinegar also has antibacterial properties, which work to further the supplement’s toxin fighting capabilities.

When using apple cider vinegar as a long-term acne treatment, you should take 2 tablespoons of it each morning. It can be taken on its own, it it can be diluted in a glass of water. If the taste is too terrible, you can also sweeten it by adding honey. Apple cider vinegar can also be used as an acne treatment mask as well. To do this, simply mix the vinegar into bentonite clay. The mask can they be applied directly to the affected areas. Some people also choose the apply the vinegar directly to the pimples, but sometimes this can cause skin irritation. If the vinegar is too strong, you can dilute it with water, but it is important to remember that diluted apple cider vinegar will not be as effective. Once your skin gets used to the diluted version, however, you can gradually reduce the amount of water, thereby strengthing the vinegar concentration.

If you’re near South or North Carolina and want to get the best cider in town, then check out Carolina Cider Company.

 

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Finding Assisted Living Facilities Using The Internet

Finding the best assisted living facility for a loved one can be a trying and difficult process. Initially, it entails trailing through phone books and local directories in order to find all assisted living communities in the area and then calling and subsequently visiting each one to find the most appropriate. While the task may seem arduous it is obviously important to find the best facility because they will be responsible for the daily and regular care of your parents, grandparents, or other family members. However, with the advent of Internet based directories has come greater access to vital information and even the ability to compare assisted living facilities online before paying them a personal visit.

 

Using The Internet

With this in mind, it is little surprise that according to a recent survey over 50% of those relatives looking for an assisted living facility turn to the Internet to help them conduct their search. With the help of the Internet and backed by good, thorough research, you can be assured of finding the most appropriate assisted living facility that will provide the level and range of care required for your specific circumstances.

 

Do Your Research

Before you even begin the search for the most appropriate assisted living facility, you should know exactly what it is you’re looking for. A variety of options exist, with assisted living being just one of those options; albeit one of the most popular and widely used. Other alternatives include care homes, continuing care, and independent living facilities. Only you and those around your loved one know the level of care required so you are best placed to determine the next step as long as you understand the differences. The Internet is literally packed with information on a variety of topics associated with assisted living for seniors.

 

Location, Location, Location

Assisted living facilities provide support or assistance to elderly people that are active and largely independent. In most cases this means finding a local assisted living community that enables family and friends to visit regularly, go on day trips, and generally ensure that everything runs smoothly. Fortunately, there are excellent assisted living facilities throughout the country that offer the level of support and care that is needed. The Internet is a global resource as well as a local one, so you can do your research from home, work, or anywhere in the world to find the best locations.

 

Preparing For The Future

The costs of assisted living communities can differ greatly from one facility to the next and depending on the actual level of care required. Assisted living communities provide housing and the amenities and social aspects that community living provides and many provide extra care services as and when required. The best assisted living facilities can also amend and update their care policies for residents depending on their current situation so should a health problem worsen or improve, the services provided can be altered accordingly.

 

Draw Up A Suitable Shortlist

One of the greatest benefits of using the Internet in your search for the best assisted living facilities is that it allows you to compare your options quickly and easily. By using a directory of assisted living facilities, you are able to draw up a short list of some of the best local communities for your loved one. Some communities have their own websites where you can ascertain some of the most important information and almost all display their contact details so that you can call to arrange a tour or viewing.

 

Nothing should replace a personal visit to those facilities that closely match your criteria but the Internet can certainly prove an invaluable tool in helping you towards this end. If you want to help your loved elderly ones with products that will make their life easier instead, check out Fawssit.

 

How To Do Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy Massage for Beginners

Aromatherapy uses massage to spread oils around the body and aid absorption into skin, superficial tissues and muscles. Massage warms the body and relaxes muscles, enhancing the effects of essential oils.

A basic massage sequence includes the following four movements. These are used for full-body massage or for specific areas of the body such as arms or legs.

Effleurage – The Warm-Up Act

Usually used to open and close a massage sequence, effleurage is a stroking movement of the hand that covers wide areas of the body. The pressure may vary from light to deep, but it is constant. For the person who is giving the massage, it serves the purpose of making first contact and establishing a rhythm. For the recipient, it warms the skin and promotes the flow of blood and lymph fluid, warming tissues in readiness for deeper moves. Superficial effleurage promotes relaxation of contracted muscle tissues. Deep effleurage produces mechanical and reflex reactions in the muscles.

Petrissage – Creating Friction

Petrissage is also known as friction and it creates a deep static pressure to relax tense muscles. Using the whole palm of the hand, or the thumb and fingers, petrissage works in circular movements to remove knots in muscles and encourage toxins to flow out of tissues. In aromamassage, this encourages the flow of lymph fluid and so is useful in lymphatic drainage. Petrissage typically follows effleurage or kneading movements in a massage sequence.

Kneading Those Knots Away

Kneading is a massage movement similar to kneading bread. The hands work over fleshy areas of the body to encourage the flow of blood and work at the deep roots of tension in the muscles. You can use your whole hands or just your thumb and/or fingers to knead. Some schools of thought speculate that kneading may be a better method than deep effleurage to aid the absorption of an aromatherapy blend into the skin and tissues, helping to decongest and relax muscles. It typically follows effleurage in a massage sequence and can be used to accompany petrissage.

Drain, Drain, Drain Away

Draining movements use the palms, thumbs and fingers to encourage blood and lymph to flow in the desired direction. The technique can include shuffling or vibrating the fingers along the body. It is used at the end of massage sequences, after the body tissues have been relaxed and decongested, to drain toxins towards lymph nodes.

Full-body Massage

A full-body massage usually follows the sequence: back, back of legs, front of legs, stomach (optional), arms, chest and face. At each part of the body you would perform effleurage (to warm up that area and spread the oils), petrissage/kneading and draining. Cover up each area of the body with a towel after you have massaged it, to allow maximum absorption of essential oils. Be sure to massage on a hard surface (i.e. not the bed) for full effectiveness of your massage moves.

Dilutions And Blending

A blend of 30 ml carrier oil and 18 drops essential oils (a choice of three to four oils) creates a 3% dilution – a safe percentage for most adults. For pregnant women reduce to a 1% dilution and for the elderly, children or those with sensitive skins reduce to 3%. The oils you choose depend on the conditions you wish to treat.

Contraindications To Aromamassage

If you have any of the following conditions, seek professional medical advice before having an aromatherapy massage: pregnancy, heart disease, circulatory problems, high or low blood pressure, varicose veins, pacemaker, haemophilia, taking anti-coagulants, cancer, recent operations or injuries, severe skin complaints, epilepsy, asthma, allergies (including nut), diabetes or thyroid problems.

What You Need to Know About Grade A Essential Oils

What You Need to Know About Grade A Essential OilsDerived from plant sources, essential oils are subtle, essential oils are subtle and delicate extracts. These substances maintain our health by helping transport nutrients and oxygen to the numerous cells of our body. In the absence of oxygen, nutrients cannot be absorbed, so the oxygenating essential oils improves overall health and wellness.

Essential oils also provide psychological and physical benefits. They are mankind’s first medicine. Anyone venturing into the world of Aromatherapy must use “Grade A” therapeutic essential oils, anything less will not be beneficial and may not produce therapeutic effects and could possibly be toxic. Thus, the benefits are likely to damage your body than heal it.

Why only use Grade A Essential Oils?

Grade “A” Therapeutic Essential Oils only administered by highly qualified, Board Certified, Effective and Therapeutic practitioners.

We have to raise public awareness of the benefits and longevity of the purity of Grade “A” therapeutic healing oils for a more meaningful and healthier life. We see it too often, people get excited about essential oils and aromatherapy but they are reluctant to select the healthier choice for them even after I educate them about Grade “A” therapeutic healing oils vs. regular and non-beneficial ones. Awareness must be made to the best effort by the public to make healing ingredients over harmful ones a natural choice! The consequence is harming themselves and their loved ones instead of taking care of themselves.

Unfortunately, these days while the public seems to want to have the right intention to use natural and chemical free products in their homes and lives, their messages are misleading which could be extremely hazardous to their health and lives as we see a lot of sad news on media!

Therefore, one must use Grade “A” therapeutic, certified organic essential oils such as Young Living Essential Oils in order to obtain the high beneficial effects.

 Research shows that Grade A Essential Oils have many benefits:

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‣Reduces the number of harmful microorganisms in the body

‣Promotes overall relaxation and relieves stress

‣Helps with weight loss and management

‣Improves cognitive functioning

‣Enhances the secretion of antibodies that fight common infections

‣Promotes healthy digestion

‣Provides relief for headaches and dispels foul odors

For further information on unadulterated “grade A” certified organic Therapeutic + 100% pure essential oils, drop us a comment below.

 

 

 

 

The Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

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Treat your body to a blissful massage experience at the spa.

After a long week at work many people want to relax in a nice hot tub and call it a night. This is one great all around reliever of stress, but what about adding an additional relaxation technique to help relieve muscle tension, release toxins within the body and relax the mind? This technique is called deep tissue massage therapy.

There are many trained professionals all over the world who know how to work certain trigger points and focus on particular sections of the body during deep tissue massage therapy. This massage is perfect for anyone who lives a hectic lifestyle and wants to set some time aside and indulge in relaxation.

Deep tissue massage therapy is an excellent source for relieving stress. Not only does it help to relax uptight and incredibly tense muscles, but did you know that muscles that are overly tense over time can actually cause health problems for many individuals?

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

According to Cathy Wong, ND, CNS, is a licensed naturopathic doctor and a guide for About.com, she explains the benefits of deep tissue massage therapy in her article titled, “Deep Tissue Massage.” She states that muscles that are very tense for an extended period of time can become inflamed and actually block the flow of oxygen within the body.

In fact, deep tissue massage therapy is highly recommended for anyone who works a highly stressful job where they experience muscle tension in the neck and upper body. This type of massage helps to restore mobility and increase the flow of oxygen within the body.

Massaging Techniques Used – Cleansing of The Body

The massage therapist relieves tension in the muscles by using a combination of techniques. Deep tissues massage therapy uses two separate techniques. These techniques include, kneading and working with different types of pressure to remove tension knots. Pressure is applied against the grain of the muscle and helps to relax stiff muscles. This process also releases toxins within the body.

These toxins are called lactic acids and a build-up of these can occur after vigorous exercise. According to Christopher Hall, a licensed massage therapist in Mesa, Arizona. Muscles that are overly tight cannot excrete lactic acid. He states that this can also cause other toxins to build up within the body, like cellular debris, other cellular wastes, viruses and bacteria.

By using different types of pressure during deep tissue massage therapy will help to loosen these toxins. The person who received the massage then removes toxins within the body simply by drinking plenty of water after a massage is performed. By doing this, a person can flush these toxins out of the body the natural way.

In conclusion, Hall states that using different techniques relieves tension in the muscles and helps target overly sore muscles after working out. “Massage is great for releasing toxins, but the best type is petrissage, the kneading and squeezing strokes. Deep tissue, if done properly, is good for reducing trigger points.”

Deep Tissue Massage Therapy Helps Osteoarthritis

Deep Tissue Massage Therapy and OsteoarthritisThere are numerous studies that also support the benefits of deep tissue massage therapy. One study in particular, highlighted the benefits of deep tissue massage therapy and how people utilize it for coping with a number of health issues. According to Consumer Reports,, August, 2005 issue, 34,000 people gave deep tissue massage therapy a higher ranking then other forms of treatment for pain and osteoarthritis. These other services and treatments included physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications and over the counter medications.

Deep tissue massage therapy does wonders for a hectic lifestyle and a person can achieve better health in a more holistic way. A deep tissue massage can increase the flow of oxygen within the body, relieve tension and help loosen and remove toxins from within the body. By incorporating one of these massages once a month, the body and mind will feel revitalized, relaxed, and ready to tackle another busy day.

How to Strengthen Your Immune System with Food

How to Strengthen Your Immune System with FoodPrepare yourself for the next cold and flu season, help your body fight off an infection, or even simply improve overall well-being with immune boosting foods. Integrating garlic, yogurt, berries, and chili peppers into the diet can help to build the immune system so it is capable of dealing with many common bacterial and viral infections. Whether you get a flu shot every year and regularly take antibiotics or not, knowing how to strengthen your immune system by eating the right foods is important for staying healthy and recovering well-being.

Immune Boosting Bee Products

How to Strengthen Your Immune System with Food - honeyBee products like pollen, propolis, and honey are some one of the most well-known immune boosting foods — who hasn’t been told at some point in their life that consuming bee products is a good idea for fighting bronchitis and influenza? How does these food items help to strengthen your immune system?

Bee products are natural sources of vitamins and minerals and special antibacterial properties. By effectively protecting the body from potentially dangerous microbes, these immune booster in a sense acts like natural antibiotics.

So if you want to stay healthy during the colder seasons, strengthen your immune system with bee products.

Build Your Immune System with Yogurt

Another food for boosting your immune system is yogurt. Rich in probiotics, a cup of yogurt a day will help to encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria, while at the same time stopping the growth of undesirable microbes in the gastrointestinal tract. Eating yogurt will balance body ecology and allow for the immune system to thrive. This is a very important food to eat if you are taking antibiotics, which destroy both beneficial and harmful bacteria.

Eating Berries Will Strengthen Your Immune System

How to Strengthen Your Immune System with Food - berriesStrawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries: It is recommended to include all of these immune boosting foods in your diet. They are rich in vitamin C, which encourages the production of white blood cells, but also bioflavonoids, which work synergistically with vitamin C to maintain healthy collagen, improve immune response, and to detoxify harmful toxins in the body.

Enjoy berries for dessert, as a healthy snack, or even as a immune boosting yogurt-berry smoothie. Berries are a great natural source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids, but citrus fruit pulp, grapes, cherries, peppers, and rosehips are as well.

Peppers are Great Immune Boosting Foods

All members of the capsicum family of vegetables, both sweet peppers and chili peppers, are good for strengthening the immune system because of their high content of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene, which is turned into vitamin A in the body as needed, acts as a protective antioxidant, but it also protects mucous membranes from infection.

Chili peppers are also particularly beneficial immune boosting foods because they contain the phytochemical capsaicin and volatile oil. Capsaicin makes cayenne, jalapeno, habanero, and all hot peppers spicy, but it also makes them incredibly good for you. Capsaicin is an overall tonic for well-being, promoting heart health, digestive health, and increasing the release of toxins through sweating. The volatile oil content of cayenne and other chili peppers gives this food anti-microbial and stimulating properties.

Eating for Well-Being

How to Strengthen Your Immune System with Food - healthy eatingHow to strengthen your immune system naturally? Eat well! All of these foods are very powerful aids for preventing, treating, and recovering from illnesses, especially if added to the diet on a regular basis. They are only a piece of the puzzle however, as a healthy diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, and lean proteins, drinking plenty of water, regular exercise, adequate rest, and joy are the true ingredients for boosting immune health and resisting disease.

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