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Flu Myths

thermometer 1539191 640Though I haven’t had the flu for more than a decade, I’ve recently came down with a bad case with fever, chills, aches, congestion, etc. The doctor offered medication to relieve my suffering but I was able to heal in record time without drugs. I’m going to tell you how I did it and bust some flu myths along the way.
 
Flu myth #1: Reduce the fever with medication
 
The aches and general misery of the flu come from having a fever. My fever was 101.6 and my doc told me to take 500 mg both of Tylenol and Aleve, staggered around the clock to bring down my fever and let me body heal. I didn’t take her advice because I know, that in some people, these over the counter medications can cause digestive issues by damaging the intestinal lining. Instead of these meds I focused on boosting my immune system, and my fever broke day later.
 
Fever is the immune response to fighting foreign invaders, like viruses, with heat. If this natural process is interrupted, it may ease some of the symptoms, but will likely stretch out the duration of illness.

For adults and children, a fever under 104 is nothing to worry about. If it gets above that, taking a bath or shower in tepid water (never cold) will help bring down temperature naturally. Anything above 107 is considered dangerous and a doctor should be consulted.
 
Flu myth #2: Probiotics won’t help with flu
 
It’s true that flu is viral and not bacterial, however, that doesn’t mean that supporting your immune system won’t speed up recovery. While probiotics won’t fight the flu virus directly, it will support the immune system’s fight, just like vitamin C will do. Anything that supports the immune system, such as Frankincense essential oil, turmeric supplements or medicinal mushroom tea (dried chaga or reishi mushroom), will help your body fight it off.

Flu myth #3: Feed a cold and starve a fever
 
You need energy to fight off the flu. While I wasn’t hungry while sick, I drank most of my calories in the form of bone broth soups, with lots of coconut oil for it’s anti viral properties. I also drank lots of tea with honey and lemon or honey and almond milk and water with cranberry juice (vitamin C).

When you have the flu, you should drink as much liquids as you possibly can, up to about 2 to 3 liters a day. This helps flush the body of toxins as well as prevent dehydration from fever. Homemade bone broth is one of the best things you can have while battling illness as it provides healthy fat, amino acids and lots of minerals. And it boosts the immune system. You can add collagen powder to the broth to increase its protein content. You can also add sliced veggies or protein to the broth and stew them, for extra vitamins, protein and carbs. This is easy fuel for your body because it won’t spend too much energy digesting it.

Flu myth #4: The flu shot is the only thing that will prevent the flu
 
Getting the flu shot is a personal decision, but I don’t do it because I focus instead in building up my immune system. The flu shot only protects against certain strains of flu, while your immune system protects against everything.

One of the best ways to build up immunity and protect against flu is elderberry. You can buy dried elderberries and make your own tea or get elderberry tinctures at the store. Elderberry is highly antiviral. I took elderberry capsules during the day (4 in total) and a night-time elderberry syrup to help me sleep. I also made myself calendula tea to sip during the day because calendula is also highly anti viral and anti-inflammatory. It also supports your liver.

The best prescription for flu is rest and fluids. But you can try the tips I used above or these additional ones for extra help:
  • Dandelion tea supports the liver
  • A splash of apple cider vinegar in warm water with a touch of honey
  • A drop of lemon essential oil in your water
  • Sauerkraut juice for natural probiotics
  • Eating roasted garlic for antibacterial properties
  • Keeping a positive frame of mind.

The last tip is very important as the faster you think you’ll heal, the faster you do! A typical flu last anywhere from 5 to 14 days. I was able to kick my flu in 4 days.
 
Prevention is the best treatment for the flu. The best defense is building up your immune system during the winter and year. One of the best ways to care for your immune system is to do a detox or two each year. The 21-Day Body Makeover is the perfect, gentle detox to support your immune system and important organs like the liver and adrenals. It will also help clean up eating habits, because refined sugar consumption notoriously suppresses immunity.
 
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When you first feel you’re coming down with something, that’s the best time to rest, take herbs and drink liquids as you body has the best chance to fight it off before the virus takes hold. And if you do get sick just use the tricks above to get better faster.
 
This article is written and provided by Angela Privin is a digestive health coach who uses natural methods to help people heal their digestion.
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Effects processed meat has on our bodies

pizza 1179404 640One of the best ways to promote health and longevity is through the food we eat. Food can be medicine or it can be toxic, requiring us to seek medication down the line.
 
There are ways to measure the effects that certain foods have on our body’s aging process. They are called telomeres. Telomeres are the caps on the end of chromosomes that protect DNA from damage. These telomere caps work much like the plastic tips on the end of shoelaces, to keep them from unraveling.
 
Telomeres can shorten and lengthen in response to the foods we eat and the stress we experience. When telomeres shorten it can trigger cells to malfunction and die. Shorter telomeres have been linked to conditions like cardiovascular disease and cancer.
 
Telomeres slowly and gradually shorten as we age, but the speed of their shortening can be controlled by lifestyle factors and diet. So though you can’t stop aging, you can definitely put he brakes on the aging process.
 
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at the effect of multiple food groups on telomere length. They found that eating the following foods can speed up your aging clock by shortening your telomeres prematurely. These popular foods and beverages are soda, processed meat, industrially-raised meat and alcohol.
 
Processed meat includes products like pepperoni, hot dogs and bologna. Researchers found that people who consumed one or more servings of processed meat each week had shorter telomeres that those you didn’t eat any processed meat. Not only is processed meat made from low quality meat, it also typically contains preservatives and other chemicals.
 
The topic of meat, red meat in particular, is controversial. But consuming high quality red meat from pasture-raised, grass fed animals can be extremely beneficial to some people. It can bolster the immune system with zinc and fortify the blood with iron. The trick to healthy meat consumption is to avoid commercially-raised meat pumped full of hormones and antibiotics. And of course, moderation is key with red meat, consuming it only a few times a week and not every day.
 
Red meat can be hard to digest for some people. Taking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or bitters before you eat meat will boost stomach acid and help the digestion process. Consuming resistant starch when eating red meat is also recommended. Resistant starch is they type of good carb that helps burn fat and weakens the effect red meat has on telomeres. Foods that contain resistant starch include green bananas, green plantains, yuca and lentils.
 
Lastly alcohol can greatly influence telomeres. A study presented at the 2010 meeting of the American Association of Cancer research found alcohol to have a profound effect on telomere shortening. And of course, the more you drink the more they shorten. People who had 4 drinks a week or more had dramatically shorter telomeres than those who drank occasionally or moderately. In some cases the telomeres of people who drank heavily were half as short as non-abusers. But even in the case of moderate drinkers, alcohol may speed up aging.
 
While having a glass or two of red wine with dinner may provide stress relief and antioxidants, it doesn’t have a positive effect on telomeres. Taking a walk after dinner and eating organic red grapes several times a week can have the same beneficial effects on health as drinking wine without the aging side effects.
 
Detoxification is also very important for reversing the effect of aging and telomere shortening. While the body detoxes naturally, it is always a good idea to do a cleanse or two each year to help unclog sluggish detox channels. One detox a year can boost the body’s detox ability throughout the year. The 21 Day Body Makeover can help open detox channels, clear built up toxins from the body and break the sugar addiction so you aren’t a slave to soda.
 
The right foods and detox routine can have you looking and feeling younger than your chronological age.
 
 
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Does Sugar Feed Cancer?

Sugar FruitIt’s no surprise that cancer rates are currently on the rise. Recent scientific research has linked sugar consumption to cancer growth. And sugar consumption is more prevalent than ever.
 
One hundred years ago, the average American ate 4 pounds of sugar per year. These days the average American consumes 40 times that much at 160 pounds a year.
 
How is this quantity possible? It’s because most processed foods are loaded with sugar to make them more palatable. Sugar, in the form of high fructose corn syrup, is put in products we would expect like soda, cereal and coffee drinks. But it is also put into foods we wouldn’t expect like peanut butter, marinara sauce and salad dressing. A small cup of flavored, sweetened yogurt can contain more sugar than a candy bar.
 
Multiple research studies on lab mice have found that sugar consumption contributes to cancer growth. Mice fed as much high fructose corn syrup as the average American eats (relative to size) developed a much higher rate of lung and breast cancer than mice fed a low sugar diet.
 
But just like sugar can feed cancer cells and fuel their growth, lack of sugar can starve tumors and greatly decrease their growth.
 
After their diagnosis, many cancer patients are told by doctors that what they eat will not influence their health condition. This is not true. 
 
Take the example of a man name Fred Hatfield. In 2012 he was diagnosed with aggressive cancer in his skeletal structure. He went to three different doctors for a second opinion and was told by all three that he only had 3 months to live.
 
Because he had nothing to lose, Fred did his own research and found out about the ketogenic diet. This low sugar, low starch diet is believed to slow down the growth of cancer cells. After going on the ketogenic diet, Fred’s cancer went into remission.
 
He is still here and enjoying life 4 years later. Of course, he and his wife had to change the way they eat, choosing to cook their food from scratch instead of eating processed convenience foods.
 
Another study on mice backs up the validity of Fred’s anecdotal example. In a Florida study, lab mice with cancer were fed a ketogenic diet and had a similar response as humans. Their cancer was slowed or eradicated and they lived much longer.
 
Ketogenic diets no only exclude processed sugar and other natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup, they also exclude starchy carbohydrates, like bread and pasta, which quickly break down into sugar in the body. Starchy foods like sweet potatoes, most fruit and white potatoes are also avoided on the ketogenic diet. The diet consists mostly of non-starchy veggies, protein and fat.
 
The reason this diet works so well for cancer control is that healthy cells, which are also fueled by sugar, have the ability to metabolically adapt to burning fat for fuel. Healthy cells can adapt to burning ketones for fuel instead of sugar. Cancer cells don’t have the ability to adapt and only use sugar for fuel. Without sugar and starch to make them thrive, cancer cells starve.
 
Avoiding sugar and processed foods and cooking food from scratch are the best ways to prevent cancer or slow down cancer growth for those who have it. The ketogenic diet is additional healing support for advanced cancer cases.
 
There’s another major cause of cancer and that’s toxicity in the body that can’t be cleared because of sluggish detox channels. That’s why doing a comprehensive cleanse like the 21 Day Body Makeover is the best way to minimize incoming toxins, clear detox channels and toxins and calm inflammation in the body.
 
The 21 Day Body Makeover will also help get rid of those addictive sugar cravings by supporting the body’s blood sugar balance and resetting taste buds to crave foods that are more nutritious and less sweet.
 
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Double your protein to prevent muscle wasting

steak 353115 640Protein is quite controversial in the health world. Some people say the less protein and meat you eat the better for health. But avoiding protein and meat is not the answer either, especially for older adults. A new study from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock proves that nutritional balance in key to good health and body mass.
 
Limiting your protein intake and avoiding foods like red meat and eggs could accelerate a process of muscle wasting that’s commonly seen in older adults.
 
This condition is called sacropenia, defined as the loss of muscle tissue related to the natural aging process. Between the ages of 20 and 80, the average adult loses 20 to 30 percent of their total muscle mass.

Sacropenia is a concern because it can reduce capacity to do the most basic tasks of daily life. In much older adults in can increase the susceptibility towards falling and risk of fractures.
 
The current dietary recommendation for protein is .8 grams of protein for every kilogram of weight. For American readers, 1 kilogram equals 2.2 pounds. That means if you weigh 77 kilograms, or 169 pounds, you should be getting 62 grams of protein per day. This requirement can be met by eating a breakfast of yogurt, a peanut butter or turkey sandwich for lunch, a handful of nuts as a snack and a piece of salmon for dinner.
 
However, if you’re an older adult, the recommended grams of protein per kilogram rise to 1.2 grams. That means a 77 kilogram adult actually needs about 92 grams of protein. Aiming for 30 grams of protein per meal would hit that target.
 
However, many older adults experience a loss of appetite and can’t eat that much in one sitting. In that case, spreading caloric intake over several smaller meals would also work. Snacking on high protein snacks such as nuts or nut butters can also increase protein intake.
 
The Arkansas study, which looked 20 healthy adults between the ages of 52 and 70, compared the recommended level of protein (.8 grams per kilogram) with double that serving and found the double protein group did better in building muscle mass (also called protein synthesis).
 
This study found that the timing of the protein was not important, and what mattered most was total grams of intake per day. That means you can eat your daily protein all in one sitting, though it may be hard on digestion.
 
Experts agree that getting protein from food is better than getting it from supplements like protein powders. But if you need to use protein powder as a boost the best one is collagen, derived from grass-fed animals. Collagen dissolves easily in cold water and can be added to smoothies, teas and soups for a protein boost. The problem with most conventional protein powders is that they are packed with processed and unhealthy ingredients.
 
One of the best and cleanest protein sources are eggs. Eggs contain all the essential amino acids needed to build muscle. One egg contains 6 grams of high quality protein. It’s always best to choose eggs that are organic or better yet, pasture raised. Chicken, fish, red meat, beans and nuts also provide good sources of protein.
 
Some people are concerned about raising their cholesterol from increased meat and protein consumption. There are many modern studies that have disproven the original 40-year old study about saturated fat and cholesterol in foods causing heart disease and raising cholesterol. There is however a danger of gaining excess weight from increased calorie consumption. But there’s a great remedy for that. Exercise.
 
Not only does exercise help maintain a healthy weight but it also guards against age related muscle wasting. In fact, lack of exercise can actually exacerbate sacropenia. While all exercise is good, the best kind of exercise for gaining or maintaining muscle is weight or resistance training. And this type of exercise is effective for all ages.
 
The 21-Day Body Makeover emphasizes a diet that is rich in organic, free range and grass fed protein, as well as lots of fruits, veggies and nuts to satisfy nutrient requirements and keep your gut happy.
 
 
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How long can you keep Turkey day left-overs?

smoked turkey 1071528 640Thanksgiving kicks off the season of gathering, celebrating and feasting. And no matter how much you eat, there always seem to be leftovers to store or take home.
 
During this time, it’s good to know the rules of food storage and leftovers. There are different rules for storing fresh food versus prepared food.
 
For example, raw chicken will only last 1 or 2 days in the fridge, while raw red meat, like steak, will last 3 to 4 days. These rules apply to fresh meat, wrapped in butcher’s paper. When you purchase raw meat sealed in airtight plastic packaging, it will last until the “best by” date on the package. Raw meat can also be preserved through freezing and will last 6 months in the freezer.
 
Fresh herbs can last for 4 to 7 days when wrapped in a damp paper towel. And mushrooms and lettuce will last for 4 to 5 days in the fridge.
 
Eggs can last up to a month in the refrigerator, but don’t put them next to anything with a strong smell because eggs absorb odors.
 
Potatoes are also long lasting. If kept in a cool, dark and dry place they’ll last for up to 2 weeks. However, if you leave potatoes out in bright light or direct sunlight as it will raise their alkaloid levels and turn them a shade of light green. Slightly green potatoes are not harmful if eaten in small amounts, but very green potatoes can taste bitter or cause digestive issues, so it’s best to toss.
 
Prepared foods need to be stored in airtight containers in the fridge to preserve freshness. You should not keep leftovers longer than 5 days.
 
There are 3 reasons why leftovers are not good after a few days.
 
Prepared foods are a breeding ground for bacteria. The older they are, the more bacteria will grow. If not in an airtight container they can cross contaminate other food in the fridge, making them spoil faster.
 
Prepared foods also lose nutrients when cooked on high heat and lose even more nutrients as they sit in the fridge.
 
Lastly some people can be sensitive to eating leftovers, particularly those who have yeast/candida overgrowth, mold allergies or issues with histamine intolerance. Sensitive individuals shouldn’t eat leftovers older than 24 hours. In this case, it’s best to freeze leftovers in single serving containers to heat up later.
 
Your body’s immune system produces histamine to respond to threats, but some people are deficient in a natural enzyme called DAO (diamine oxidase), which breaks down the histamine. If histamine isn’t processed it overloads the body and causes symptoms like fatigue, congestion, headaches, itchiness, insomnia or inflammation.
 
Leftovers are high in histamine and should be frozen or eaten within 24 hours. Because mold grows on leftovers, they are not a good idea for people with yeast or mold issues. Most people can tolerate leftovers in the first few days with no problems.
 
Don’t toss those turkey bones to make your leftovers go further. Use them to make nutrient dense bone broth. Just fill a slow cooker or a 4 quart pot with water, add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and cook on very low heat for 24 hours. Let cool and transfer to a glass container in the fridge. Broth will last 5 days in the fridge. If a layer of fat forms on top of the broth, it creates an airtight seal allowing the broth to last longer than 5 days. Once the fat layer is broken consume the broth within 5 days.
 
The key to eating leftovers quickly is variety. Instead of the same old sandwich, throw leftovers into a soup or salad or add eggs to make a leftovers scramble.
 
If you feel bloated from all that eating and can’t stand the thought of leftovers, it might be time for a cleanse. The 21-Day Body Makeover will support and detox your body so you don’t gain those typical few pounds this holiday season. And you’ll be done cleansing in time for Christmas. The 21-Day Body Makeover can help break sugar addictions, while nourishing your body with real food. You won’t be hungry but will feel light and satiated. 
 
What a great way to start the New Year.
 
 
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