Have you been paying attention to the news coming from medical science recently? If so, you’ve probably realised that COVID-19 attacks those with weaker immune system. Those who are most at risk are immunocompromised. The immune system is an essential bodily system that needs to be nurtured and supported, regardless of your age. The immune system is the body’s defense mechanism against foreign organisms such as viruses, bacteria and other pathogens.
Looking after your health on a daily basis is the long-term foundation for peak immunity. A good diet with plenty of green leafy vegetables, proper hydration and sufficient sleep are all key. But these days call for more urgent action. So, what are some of the best ways to keep ourselves safe?
We’ve all heard the advice from the scientists. Wash your hands, don’t touch your face and keep your distance from others. Whilst this is sound advice, there are other important things we could be doing. So if you’re looking for some alternate ways to build your immunity, vitamins are probably the fastest and best ways to give your immune system the boost it needs. Below we have provided an A-to-Z of the best vitamins that have been proven to enhance your immune system.
Vitamin A is integral to the development of the immune system, as well as boosting it. Vitamin A has beneficial effects on the gut mucosal immune system particularly. It also regulates cellular immune responses. This vitamin also has an antioxidant effect to help strengthen the immune system. Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin so care must be taken not to take over the recommended dose. A precursor of vitamin A can be found in orange colored vegetables, such as carrots. This source is known as ‘carotene’, and is converted to vitamin A in the body.
While the whole range of B vitamins are beneficial, Vitamin B6 is vital to your immune system as it produces antibodies to help fight viruses and infections. Vitamin B6 can also support brain health by improving cognitive function. It also has a direct influence on the central nervous system. Food sources include poultry, eggs whole-grains and fish. So feel free to treat yourself to that salmon tonight. It’s packed with this vitamin! Continue reading “Immune System Vitamins – Which are the Best?”
Although I’m writing this at a time when COVID-19 is spreading its tentacles around the globe, this advice offers defense against any virus, whether various strains of flu, or simply the common cold.
Let’s have a look at what a virus actually is. A virus has a protein covering with a center core of nucleic acids, either RNA or DNA. They are known as tiny parasites and can stay active on surfaces, sometimes up to days.
What’s the difference between a virus and a bacterium?
To start with there is the difference is in size; viruses are typically much tinier than bacteria. A virus is not a living organism, it needs a living host, for example a human cell to survive. All viruses can cause disease whereas some bacteria are harmless and some even beneficial. Bacteria are considered living organisms that exist in large numbers, even inside the human body. The digestive tract, for example contains millions of bacteria, some of which are necessary for digestion.
It is much easier to protect against or fight infections caused by harmful bacteria. A dose of antibiotics typically cures most infections of this type, whereas antibiotics have no effect whatsoever against viruses.
How can we best protect ourselves from viral infections?
Hygiene habits such as hand-washing and not touching your eyes, nose or face are especially important, and indeed, most of us know this by now. Soap is the best prevention again viruses. Keeping a safe distance from infected people also keep us from being infected.
But there are other things that people may not think about, and this is what I want to address here. Continue reading “How to Protect Yourself from ALL Viruses – including Coronavirus”
Whenever there’s a health threat, we tend to rush around looking for ways to prevent infection. There’s always plenty of information on social media, the trouble is what is accurate and what isn’t? When there’s a lot of hysteria around, it’s not easy to sort the true facts from the sensationalism. One fact remains indisputable; a healthy immune system dramatically lowers your risk of infection, whether it’s colds, flu or the coronavirus.
What I’d like to do in this post is focus on the positive, because there is good news coming out about this situation, we’re just not hearing about it because all the negative stuff is drowning it out. Humans have what it called a ‘Reptilian’ brain. Designed to keep us safe, when this part of the brain is active, we hear only the doom and gloom and filter out the good stuff. It served us well when we lived in caves, but can be detrimental to our mental health nowadays.
The best thing we can do to keep ourselves healthy right now, in addition to the hand-washing, social distancing and elbow bumping 😊, is looking after our immune system. In simple terms our immune system has self-defense mechanisms called T-cells, which actively go in search of enemies, such as viruses, and destroy them.
How to Boost Your Immune System Fast
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Eutaptics© and addiction
Those lucky people among us who don’t battle with any kind of addiction struggle to understand why certain behaviours are so hard to give up. Why would anyone want to pump their lungs full of smoke, especially when they know they’re undermining their health?
Why would anyone want to stick a needle in their arm without a local anesthetic?
I used to be a smoker, so I can certainly relate to nicotine addiction. I would walk to the shop in the rain to spend my last $$s on a packet of smokes when I was younger. It was not a logical choice; it was a compulsion.
So why do people become addicts?
It could be alcohol, tobacco, drugs, gambling or even food. Addiction is usually an avoidance behavior (displacement). We use the addiction to get rid of unpleasant feelings. As an example, we drink alcohol to release stress. Does it work? Yes. Is it a good stress reduction technique? Not in the long term.
Unfortunately addiction is tough to overcome. Even though it seems counter-intuitive, our subconscious mind reinforces the addictive behaviour, urging us to continue the habit even though it’s probably going to kill us. The subconscious mind perceives change as dangerous and this is why habits are so hard to reverse.
The best way to fight addiction therefore is to find a pathway into the subconscious and suggest to it that we are safe to let this addiction go. One effective way of doing this is called Eutaptics© (also known as Faster EFT). Eutaptics© directly addresses the subconscious mind and gently removes the fear of the unknown or, “Who will I be without this addiction?” Continue reading “How to Heal an Addiction”
I remember, many years ago, an elderly friend sighing over his dozen or more prescription drugs that he had to swallow daily and saying, “I wish they could just invent one pill that could cure everything. My life would be so much easier!”
Sadly my friend has now passed, but I’m sure he’d have been very impressed with Eutaptics©. Eutaptics is not a pill and we can’t swallow it with a glass of water. Eutaptics does take a little bit of work, but the results can be spectacular. It also costs nothing to use
So what is Eutaptics?
Eutaptics, also called FasterEFT© is a blend of healing modalities. It was created by Robert G. Smith after many years of testing and research, trial and error. Eutaptics combines the best features of three healing modalities; meridian tapping, neuro linguistic programming (NLP) and hypnosis. It has been scientifically proven to cure many physical and mental disorders. Some patients have had their conditions for decades, but have been cured in a matter of days, sometimes hours.
Eutaptics works on the premise that the mind and body are not separate but operate as a whole. It’s been scientifically proven that the majority of disease is caused by stress and negative emotions in the subconscious mind. Heal the mind, heal the body. Eutaptics gives us a pathway into the subconscious so we can do just that.
Sceptical? Well so was I!
The best way to see if something works is to try it yourself. I had suffered with chronic back pain for nearly ten years. I was told it was caused by a prolapsed disc, and so I hopped on the merry-go-round of physiotherapy/chiropractic/yoga/medication. When none of them worked particularly well, I had two choices. Live the rest of my life with this complaint, while having to increase my medication as tolerance started to set in or go into research mode and find a way to get rid of it once and for all. Continue reading “Eutaptics – Miracle Cure or Snake Oil?”
Most people are now aware of the dangers of stress, in fact around 90 % of diseases are emotionally based. Even traditional medical online presences like WebMD acknowledge the physical effects of stress and how stress can cause disease in the body. Traditional medicine has finally arrived at the conclusion that natural medicine has always known; the mind and body are not separate entities but are inextricably combined. If our minds are troubled (un-ease), it will inevitably translate to our bodies (dis-ease), whether it’s chronic pain, frequent colds and flu or cancer.
“Pain is a symptom of the screaming mind.” – Robert G. Smith
Getting ourselves out of stress isn’t hard, when you know how. Continue reading “How to Prevent the Physical Effects of Stress”
You may have heard that exercise, while essential for good health, doesn’t do a great deal for weight loss. While it’s true that what you eat has more of a dramatic effect on your weight than calories burned through exercise, there’s another way of looking at this.
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, ”Eat an apple, swim halfway to London.” While this is obviously an exaggeration, it’s partly true in that exercise while you’re actually performing it, doesn’t burn enough calories to counteract a diet high in sugar and fat. But there is a hidden benefit that we’ll discuss below.
The true benefits of exercise for weight loss are twofold:
1 – While you burn calories during exercise, especially vigorous exercise, you also continue to burn them for a while after you stop exercising. This is called “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption,” or EPOC. This is the body’s metabolism taking time to return to its resting state.
2 – Exercise builds lean muscle which in itself, can help you lose weight every day just simply by being there. Having more muscle in your body means you burn calories without doing anything extra.
“The more lean muscle mass you have, the higher your basal metabolic rate, which means you will burn more calories automatically, throughout the day.” – (Rick Kaselj – Registered Kinesiologist and pain, injury, health and fitness specialist.)
So there’s a lot of benefits to be gained by exercising during weight loss. The type of exercise you do can make a lot of difference as well, especially if time is a factor, and when isn’t it these days? Continue reading “Exercise for Weight Loss – Useful or Not?”
We all feel depressed from time to time when life is being unkind. This is quite normal and usually doesn’t last once the situation has resolved. But what if you’ve been diagnosed with clinical depression? Should you take a pill, such as Prozac? Or should you try a different approach?
So what is clinical depression?
Let’s start with what it’s not. Depression is not a biochemical imbalance. It’s not something that can be tested for and it doesn’t show up on any scan. The idea that depression is caused by low levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain which enhances mood, is now being challenged. Research done in 2009, shows that low levels of serotonin is more an effect of depression rather the cause.
So where does this leave popular anti-depression drugs such as Prozac? Continue reading “How to Treat Depression – Prozac vs Exercise”
Forward head posture, also know as turtle neck or texting head is a condition where the head is protruded forward, rather than sitting nicely on top of the trunk. This can cause pain in the upper back and neck areas and even the lower back. This is due to strain on the spine caused by the head being extended far from the body making it ‘heavier’.
Normally weighing in at between 10 or 12 pounds when nicely balanced on the neck, the head becomes a heavier burden, the more it protrudes from the trunk. In extreme forward head posture cases, the head can ‘weigh’ over forty pounds; that’s almost four times its normal weight. The stress this places on the neck and spine is enough to cause chronic pain, disk damage and, if not corrected soon enough, upper crossed syndrome, otherwise known as anterior posture syndrome, which can be hard to reverse. This is due to a shift in the body’s centre of gravity
So what causes this anomaly? Continue reading “Forward Head Posture – What is it?”
Do you know what the largest organ in your body is? The answer may surprise you; it’s your skin! And being an organ, skin helps to rid the body of toxins. The more poisonous material your body needs to get rid of, the more load there is on other systems, such as the liver, kidneys, bowel and the lymphatic system. So the body will call on the skin to help do the job.
The result? Dull lifeless looking skin ☹ If you experience skin conditions like acne, rashes or dry and itchy skin, this could mean your body is under a toxic burden. Continue reading “Toxins and Skin Problems”