Flu Remedies to Take if You’re Afraid.

Flu Remedies to Take if You’re Afraid.

Most of us are concerned with the new coronavirus and the flu. And I always stress the importance of great immune system support. Ideally, you want to support your immunity with natural options.

I am grateful to be featured as an expert in the latest Eat This, Not That article.

Here are some things you want to consider from there:

1) Garlic.

Garlic may keep more than just sparkly vampires away. The aromatic ingredient has compounds that help the immune system fight germs. One small study showed the number of colds were cut almost in half by those who took a daily garlic supplement. Old-fashioned home cold remedies with fresh garlic, freshly squeezed lemon, cayenne pepper, and honey are helpful. This combo is a potent vitamin mix and immune booster.

2) Honey.

Since ancient times, people have known about the antibacterial and healing properties of honey. Research suggests that honey can be an effective cough suppressant in children, too. A Pediatrics study of 300 children with upper-respiratory infections found that a single dose of 10 g of honey relieved nocturnal cough and helped them sleep. Just never give honey to a child under one year old—it often contains botulinum spores, which can cause a rare kind of poisoning of the nervous system in infants.

3) Saltwater Gargle.

It’s an anti-inflammatory hero that actually draws fluids from the tissues and reduces inflammation. A clinical study from Japan showed that gargling salt water can reduce the chance of catching a cold up 40 percent. And it’s easy to make—add half a teaspoon of table salt to warm water. Then take a big sip and gargle by swishing in your throat and mouth for at least 30 seconds, then spit it out. Keep going until your cup is dry. I use Himalayan salt for the gargle.

4)Sleep.

When you have a stuffy head, a runny nose, and a sore throat all you want to do is sleep. You should! If you’re feeling the first signs of a cold coming on, like the telltale tickle in the back of your throat and a cough that won’t quit, that means your body needs rest to heal, so go ahead and snuggle in under the covers all day. The CDC recommends rest for recovery, so technically it’s doctor’s orders to take a nap. 

5)Vitamin C.

The first thing I grab and give my family members I feel a cold coming on is vitamin C. Studies have shown that taking vitamin C within the first 24 hours of symptoms can lessen the length and severity of the cold.

6) Zinc, but careful.

Zinc lozenges and syrup may be able to diminish the symptom duration of a cold by about a day if taken early enough. The theory, according to the Mayo Clinic, is that zinc may interfere with the virus’ ability to multiply. When taken in lozenge or syrup form, zinc is thought to be even more effective because it stays in the throat longer and comes into contact with the rhinovirus. But there can be too much of a good thing—high doses of zinc can lead to anemia and other health problems. But stay away from sprays. The FDA warned against using zinc gel sprays and nasal swabs after more than 130 people reported losing their sense of smell after using them.

7)Bone Broth.

Bone broth can be a great anti-inflammatory, mineral supplement and gut microbiome supporting food. Also, when you reduce solids and increase liquids like bone broth you reduce the burden of digestion process so your body will concentrate on the healing.


8)Elderberries.

It’s not as well-known as some of the other remedies out there, but there’s some evidence that elderberries can reduce how long you feel sick. Studies have shown that elderberry inhibits the binding of the influenza virus to the healthy cell, which blocks the replication of the virus and subsequently inhibits its actions. Elderberry will also activate anti-inflammatory molecules to reduce symptoms such as muscle aches and headaches.


9)Probiotics.

Eat your bacteria” is something you may find yourself telling your kids in the morning. Probiotics are helpful bacteria found in certain yogurts, even dairy-free ones and fermented drinks like kombucha. They live in your gut to help promote “good” bacteria to keep your body functioning the way it should. Probiotics are a great complementary treatment since they can help boost your immune system and also have been shown to reduce the duration of illness in children and adults. But just eating a Dannon won’t keep you from getting sick. How well probiotics work depends on their potency, the specific strain, the right dose, and proper storage. Check with your health care practitioner for the best one for you. I can make a general recommendation and recommend Trubifido.


10)L-lysine.

Lysine supplements may help prevent HSV-1 from replicating and reduce the duration of a cold sore. It’s thought that lysine blocks another amino acid called arginine, which HSV-1 needs in order to multiply.).One study found that a daily supplement of 1,000 mg of lysine resulted in fewer cold sores in 26 people who were prone to recurrent cold sores.

Benefits of Vitamin D.

Benefits of Vitamin D.

There are so many benefits of vitamin D. And the list of vitamin D benefits is still growing after years and years of research. And although this sunshine vitamin is so important, I always believe in supplementing only when there’s a need for it.


Some like to try trendy supplements and vitamin D is as trendy as you could get right now. But I want you to fully understand the vitamin D benefits and be one empowered patient.


You need to know the most important thing: Check if you really need it first. That would be seeing a specialist and testing your vitamin D levels. Have your health practitioner monitor those levels for efficacy at 3 months, 6 months and one year.


Also, choose your Vitamin D supplements wisely. Choosing an appropriate vitamin D supplement will greatly improve your health and your vitamin d levels. Opt for vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol), not vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol). And yes, I’ve seen some really great health improvement with vitamin d supplementation. 


Vitamin D benefits include:

-We need a sufficient amount of vitamin D level for appropriate Calcium and Phosphorous absorption. And Calcium is very important for your bones.

-Other great vitamin D benefits include the function of vitamin D as an immune system helper.

-Vitamin D benefits include helping people maintain healthy body weight.

-Optimal vitamin D levels are associated with a decrease in inflammation.

-Optimal vitamin D levels are associated with decreased flare-ups of many chronic conditions like Crohn’s disease and others.

-Vitamin D benefits include the ability to fight the common cold and flu.

-Optimal vitamin D levels are associated with decreased duration of common colds.

-Optimal vitamin D levels show improvements in cognition in the elderly.

-Optimal vitamin D level benefits include reduced risk of developing multiple sclerosis, preterm labor or birth defects.

-Some experts notice great benefits of vitamin D in decreasing chronic pain.

-Optimal vitamin D levels have been shown to reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women.

-Vitamin D can help reduce the severity of asthma symptoms, and possibly reduce hospitalizations due to asthma.

-Other great benefits of vitamin D include the ability of this vitamin to protect the body against radiation.

It’s important to make sure you have adequate vitamin K going into the system to ensure good absorption of vitamin D. Please Note. Vitamin K may not be suitable for those taking anticoagulant medication therapy (such as warfarin and others). It also may not be suitable for certain health conditions and a medical doctor should be consulted before starting on any vitamin K supplement.


Vitamin D deficiency is associated with other deficiencies like Magnesium deficiency or vitamin A to vitamin D ratio imbalance. You may want to consider having those vitamin levels checked also. Some of the really great natural supplement brands are now making a combination of vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium and vitamin A into one great supplement.
In general, it’s a good idea to check all anti-oxidant levels, anti-oxidant markers, nutrient markers as well as metabolic processes in your system before you add any additional vitamins. In my practice, I often implement micronutrient testing, organic acid testing all to assess the need for supplementation.


Now that’s a flu season, it’s especially important to ensure adequate vitamin D, consider getting Vitamin D supreme by DFH or Vitamin D complete by Allergy Research Group.

Safest Natural Options For Colds and Flu

Safest Natural Options For Colds and Flu

It’s the flu season. And many are reaching for natural prevention or treatment methods, and many have used herbal and natural supplements including vitamin C, Zinc, elderberry and others.
 
While I am a big fan of above mentioned supplements, I also know that those who are in a flare may not do very well with them, especially if you just buy store bought vitamins that were not recommended by a health care practitioner who knows your case.
 
There are options that are easier on the gut during the cold and flu season. And one of them is homeopathy.
 
Like vaccination, homeopathy seeks to stimulate the immune system. A vaccine contains a tiny amount of the pathogen that causes a certain disease. Principle of homeopathy: Substances of plant, animal or mineral origin that can cause symptoms of disease also can cure symptoms when given in the form of very highly diluted remedies.
Homeopathy is not a one-size-fits-all therapy. Rather, the remedy must be carefully matched to a person’s specific symptoms and his/her physical and mental reactions to these symptoms.
 
People who have colds or flu often respond to self-treatment using nonprescription homeopathic remedies sold in health-food stores and online. Paradoxically, the more dilute the potency, the greater the effect.
 
Remedies usually are sold as tiny pellets that dissolve under the tongue. Oils or other substances on your hands can inactivate pellets, so use a spoon to remove them from the container and place them in your mouth. Do not put anything else in your mouth for 30 minutes before or after taking a remedy.
 
Homeopathic remedies generally work quickly. Unless otherwise directed by your practitioner or product labels, follow these instructions…
  • -If there is no change in symptoms after several hours, repeat the dose once more. If symptoms still do not change after several hours, try a different homeopathic remedy that corresponds to your symptoms.
  • -If you feel somewhat better after taking a homeopathic remedy, repeat it at four-hour intervals until you feel significantly better, for a maximum of four doses in total.
  • -Once you feel significantly better, do not take another dose. If symptoms return, repeat dosing according to the instructions above.
 
Products by Guna like Guna-Flu and Citomix are great during this season. Also, Elderberry syrup is such a great natural immune system support and anti-viral. And some forms of vitamin C can be easier on the tummy than others like liposomal vitamin C. Also, it’s so important to ensure adequate vitamin D levels during flu season, consider getting vitamin D supreme by DFH.
 
When to seek help: In some cases, patients need prescription-potency homeopathic remedies and/or conventional medical treatment. See your primary care practitioner if…
  • -None of the remedies below seem appropriate for your specific symptoms.
  • -You have tried three or four of the homeopathic remedies below without result.
  • -You are over age 65 or have a chronic health problem.
  • -You are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Homeopathic options may be “the go to” for cold and flu if you are seeking more natural options, but the immune system needs to be addressed post virus or flu, and the right kind of detox ideally should be started even for those without gut and hormonal issues. Give your body a lot of rest, increase your warm liquids and consider safe detoxing. I wrote about a few different detoxing options in the previous newsletters.
10 Ways To Reduce Sugar Cravings

10 Ways To Reduce Sugar Cravings

The holidays are over and you are finding yourself craving more and more sugar because there was plenty of overindulging. For those with chronic gut and/or hormone problems this issue is even more problematic since most of these patients will have some sort of blood sugar instability. 

In fact, sugar is just like the worse addictive substance:

· Heavy sugar consumers have trouble functioning without it.

· People eat it compulsively, despite negative consequences and the intention to stop.

· With continued use, people develop a tolerance to its effects.

· It stimulates the release of neurotransmitters in the brain, such as dopamine and serotonin, just like alcohol, cocaine, and other drugs of abuse.

· People eat it compulsively, despite negative consequences and the intention to stop.

· When consumption stops, withdrawal symptoms occur. 

WHAT IT MEANS: Breaking free from sugar addiction is easier said than done. Because the roots of sugar addiction are both physical and emotional, you need a combination of physical and psychological approaches. The less you eat sugar, the less you will crave it. If you get withdrawal symptoms, know they will only last a few days and then you’ll feel more balanced and energetic than ever.  

These 10 tips will make it easier to get a sugar problem under control.

#1: Keep sugar and sugar products out of your house. This includes white and brown sugar, corn syrup, and maple syrup. 

#2: Eat enough healthy food to satisfy your hunger in different colors, textures, etc. Eat healthy, whole food snacks like carrots, berries, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, dried apricots (unsulfurated) to satisfy your sweet tooth. Drink plenty of water, too. Add a little fruit juice to mineral water for the experience. Once you have cleared sugar from your system, your taste buds will become more sensitive, and these whole natural foods will taste sweeter and more satisfying. If you slow down and eat mindfully, you’ll enjoy these foods even more.  

#3: Eat three regular meals each day that combine complex carbohydrates (veggies, whole gluten-free grains, and berries), lean protein (poultry, fish, lean meat and beans) and healthy fats (omega-3’s, olive oil and other cold-pressed oils). This will help you maintain a steady blood sugar level throughout the day and reduce your sugar cravings. Eating a diet high in fiber also helps to reduce sugar cravings.  

#4: Take a multivitamin and mineral supplement. Chromium picolinate and l-glutamine help to reduce cravings for some people. I recommend Metabolic Synergy (multi-vitamin with sugar supporting nutrients).  

#5: When you go out, make sure you are not starving, especially if sugary sweets will be the only food available. Bring your own healthy snacks with you, or eat before going out.  

#6: Get regular exercise, like Yoga, plenty of sunlight or at least an adequate amount of vitamin D, and adequate sleep to reduce sugar cravings.  

#7: Learn to identify and manage cravings that are not a result of physical hunger, but instead are rooted in stress or anxiety. Develop alternative ways of managing stress: Take a walk, call a friend, read a book, play with your pet, watch a movie. Breathe, listen to music, meditate or take a hot Epson salt bath to activate your body’s relaxation response. Relaxation helps to balance your blood sugar and reduce cravings. 

#8: If you have turned to sugar to deal with uncomfortable feelings, learn to identify the specific feelings and respond appropriately to them. If you are tired, take a break or rest, rather than trying to persevere in the face of fatigue. If you are bored, find something stimulating to do. If you are lonely, reach out to a friend. Overcoming your sugar addiction involves really paying attention to what you are feeling, and giving yourself what you really need instead of using sugar as a substitute.  

#9: If you do overindulge in sugar, acknowledge that you slipped, and get back on track as soon as possible. Let go of the guilt and shame. Eating sugar is unhealthy, but it’s not a sin. As with other addictions, it doesn’t matter if you need multiple attempts to quit, just that you keep trying until it sticks.  

#10: Love yourself! To end the struggle with sugar, learn to nourish your body well and respond compassionately to your own feelings. The best sugar substitute is genuine self-acceptance.

 

Download The Book

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Download The Book

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Download Diagnosing Your Gut Health

Healthy Gut is paramount to keeping immune health in check. Are you keeping your gut flora in balance?

Enter your email to access the content.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

BioHacking Gut Health

Biohacking means you are using technology and science to make your body function better and more efficiently.

Enter your email to access the content.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Download my new book

NEW BOOK Digestive Reset: Fix Your Hormones and Digestion by Balancing Your Gut Microbiome and Adrenals by Dr. Inna Lukyanovsky, PharmD

BioHacking Gut Health

free download