3 Great Ways to Support Your Immune System During Winter

Wintertime is by far the most common time for people to fall ill. As everyone stays indoors, close contact with others leads to illness. In addition, your immune system is often more compromised during the colder months due to a lack of sunshine and vitamins. There are several things you can do to support your immune system in the winter and throughout the year to ensure you stay healthy.

Get More Sleep

Your body rejuvenates when you are sleeping. It is while you are asleep that that your body heals, and new cells are developed. If you aren’t getting enough sleep and often feel run down or tired, you are doing your immune system a disservice. Make sure you are getting at least eight hours of sleep every night – more, if you are still feeling tired. Read More

Three Things You Never Knew About Your Immune System

It’s that time of year again, when everybody seems to have the cold or the flu. You don’t want to get sick yourself, but how much do you really know about your immune system? By getting to know the system responsible for fighting disease and protecting your health, you can maximize your wellness even during the winter.

These three surprising facts might change your views and encourage you to give your body some more TLC.

Sometimes Illness Symptoms Are Actually a Good Thing

When you get a cold, you most likely struggle with a runny nose and congestion. Though it seems like those symptoms are part of the sickness, they are actually indications that you immune system is working!

As soon as the rhinovirus invades your upper respiratory tract, your immune system generates chemicals called histamines that dilate your blood vessels and allow white blood cells to reach the infected tissue. This is very important, but in the process those inflamed blood vessels in your nasal cavity cause the unpleasant symptoms that keep you reaching for the DayQuil. Read More

The Best Ways to Boost Your Immune System This Winter

Winter is notorious for causing the rapid spread of disease. Without a strong immune system, you are almost guaranteed to catch the cold, the flu, or any other illness floating around. Only your immune system can block harmful organisms and stop them from wreaking havoc inside your body. Use the following tips to boost your immune system this winter and enjoy the holiday season without unwanted sick days.

Start Taking Probiotics

It might seem strange to add bacteria into your body if you are trying to stay healthy, but the surprising truth is that your body and immune system rely on healthy, productive bacteria strains to remain balanced and strong. Taking a probiotic each day will ensure your gut has all the bacteria it needs to strengthen your immune system, support the detoxification of your colon, and stop illness before it begins. Read More

Incredible Skin Care: What You Need to Know About Musa Visage

How can you keep your skin youthful and radiant, even in Florida’s harsh sun? You need a comprehensive at-home skin regimen that uses high quality ingredients to nourish and protect your skin. Though there are countless cosmetic products on the market that claim to have powerful anti-aging properties, it might surprise you to learn that the stems, stalks, and rhizomes of plantain and banana plants are most powerful of all.

What Is the Musaceae Plant?

Plantains and bananas both come from musaceae plants that belong to a family of flowering plants native to the tropics of Asia and Africa. Most people think of plantains and bananas as nothing more than sweet and healthy fruits, but the truth is that the plants themselves offer a natural liquid that is composed of potent defense compounds called phytoalexins.

When living inside the musaceae plants, phytoalexins work to fight off external threats like fungi, parasites, and microbes. They have a toxin-like effect on the attacking organism by puncturing the organism’s cell wall, disrupting its metabolism, preventing reproduction, and delaying maturation. This process is so effective that plants actually became more susceptible to infection whenever phytoalexin synthesis is inhibited in research labs. Read More

Cold and Flu Season: Defending Yourself With Probiotics

When nourished and supported, your body is designed to protect against disease and optimize your wellness. But did you know that keeping your body healthy might require more than just eating your fruits and vegetables? This is especially true during cold and flu season, when everybody around you is getting sick.

Beyond your diet, you can nourish your body with probiotics on a regular basis. Unlike antibiotics, which kill the bacteria in your body in an effort to wipe away disease, probiotics restore your body with the healthy bacteria your gut and other systems need to drive. If you aren’t utilizing probiotics yet to maximize your health, now is the time to start!

Why Is Your Gut Important?

The “gut” is short for the gastrointestinal tract, the long tube that runs through your body and functions like a highway for food. Overall, the gut is responsible for the mechanics that help you digest food. It formulates enzymes to break down food, contracts muscles needed to move food through the body, and much more. When your gut can’t do its job, your entire body suffers.

The gut is made up of an incredible amount of good bacteria that live in the intestines to support the digestion of food. It is thanks to these bacteria that essential vitamins are made available to support brain function, boost the immune system, and other vital tasks. The healthier and more diverse the bacteria in your gut are, the better. Read More

Fall Allergy Season: What You Need to Know to Prepare

It’s that time of year again: just as you finally start to feel relief from the intense heat of summer, fall allergies strike with a vengeance. You don’t want to spend the next two months fighting allergy symptoms, so learn more about the most common allergy triggers to properly prepare your defenses.

Ragweed Is the Enemy

Ragweed doesn’t look dangerous, but about 75% of people who suffer from springtime allergies also experience strong allergic reactions to ragweed in the fall. This yellow flowering weed usually begins blooming in August and continues to cause problems until killed by a winter freeze. This means that in areas as hot as Florida, ragweed likes to linger.

If ragweed causes sneezing, itchy eyes, and congestion as soon as you leave the house, make sure to monitor your local pollen count. Stay indoors as much as possible on days with high counts, especially during mid-morning and early afternoon pollen peak hours. Always keep car and house windows completely closed and locked to prevent infiltration, vacuum your carpets regularly, and remove your outerwear before you go inside. Read More

The Coexistence of Natural and Pharmaceutical Medicines

From the very beginning the natural order has enabled our continued existence through the interaction of human physiology and food chemistry. The human cellular system and the ingredients of food exhibit an inherent synergy in bio-chemistry. The interdependent activities of the “natural system” involve ordered reactions for the purpose of maintaining balance (homeostasis) and regulated control of biochemical pathways. These physiological processes are ensured through food chemistry in respect of included ingredients, their proportions and concentrations.  Read More

Proper Nutrition is Critical For Cancer Patients

Cancer was once a rare and poorly understood disease, but it is now so common that 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime. This is an astonishing statistics, but it isn’t hard to believe.

As cancer becomes more prevalent, experts are learning how to best address its symptoms and treat the disease into remission. Proper nutrition is one of the many essential components required to support the health of cancer patients.

Take Control Where You Can Find It

Cancer takes a great deal of control away from your body, but nutrition is one thing that you can always influence for yourself. Since cancer treatments like chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and biological immunotherapy are likely to steal your appetite and energy levels, you become more vulnerable to malnutrition and nutrient deficiencies.

This is why eating a variety of high-calorie and high-protein foods is so important. Even if you don’t eat a large quantity of foods, make sure the foods you can eat are valuable to your health. Read More

Unique Wellness Products Powered by CellQuest

Most of us are aware and fully realize the importance of wellness products. Just what are they and what purpose do they serve? The answer is to maintain good health by extending the benefits of good diet habits in association with selected supplements.

There are numerous types of wellness products available and highly promoted in the market. They mostly include “formulations” which are selected combinations of ingredients generally claimed to advance health functions in general and some with emphasis on particular health benefits. Individual “experts” have favored varying proportions of included ingredients in their specific formulations often without verification of their combined effects and interdependent efficacy. Their marketing success often depends more on promotional expenditures than demonstrable benefits.      Read More

(W)HEALTH Management

The title of this article says it all. When the established system of medical practice is viewed realistically, it must be concluded that two objectives are in play.  “Health”Management in the sense of achieving physical wellness and “Wealth” Management in the sense of optimizing associated financial rewards, which are clearly at odds with each other. It is a critical issue with regard to medicines. Should both objectives merit equal consideration or does public health demand priority on ethical grounds?  Given the choice of how tax revenue is applied, a majority would likely put health matters in first place or jointly alongside national defense.  Addressing these objectives depends on resolution of opposing views between “government managed” or “privately operated” systems.   Read More