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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Tips to Boost Immunity

Is it all in the head? Are you born with a strong immune system to fight off disease? Can you do something about it, if you’re not? Anyway, what does it mean to have immunity? Well, a very simple explanation is that there are basically two types: active and passive immunity.

The definition of ‘immune’ is that your body is so strong and resistant to any disease that you will not succumb to it.

Active immunity is considered to be long-lasting and tends to be life-long. If you’re in this category then, whenever you’re exposed to a disease organism, your immune system will instantly start to produce antibodies to that disease. Furthermore, if you should come into contact with that disease in the future, your immune system will identify it and immediately fight it off with the stored antibodies.

Passive immunity is not inherent in your system. It is when you cannot produce enough antibodies to fight off disease, and get an external boost by injection, medication or nutritional supplements.

Healthy people with an active, innate immunity are usually referred to as being resistant to disease in general. The term immunity is usually applied to general protection against a specific organism. Even if you are generally healthy, you may from time to time need a boost in order to help fight off a virulent strain of a specific infection or virus. The more severe the disease producing organism, the more the passive immunity is applied.

The medical profession recommends boosting your inherent immunity with specific antibodies to fight off a potentially dangerous infection or virus.

A good digestion and healthy appetite are indicators of a strong immunity. “Getting better quickly is a better indicator of immune health,” says Dr Dennis Alexander, head of molecular immunology at the Babraham institute in Cambridge.

Immune globulin can be administered to provide immediate protection from specific health threats to those who have a severely impaired or suppressed immune system. For instance, some who may normally have fairly good resistance to disease suddenly realize that their system cannot handle the sudden onslaught of germs in the hospital.

Likewise, the body under stress, i.e. disease or sudden accident, is often not capable to fight off multiple vaccines in one shot.

Judging by the large numbers of people coping with disease, the human system is inherently fragile and cannot handle multiple onslaughts, like the ones discussed above.

Many believe that if you are generally healthy and look after your health, you will only have a mild version of what’s going around. “In truth, there’s no such thing as a normal immune system,” says Angus Dalgleish, professor of oncology at St George’s Hospital, London, who researches cancer vaccines. He says the system is naturally very variable.

The rise of allergies, auto-immune diseases (where the body attacks itself) and inflammatory bowel disease are all indicators of immune resistance performing under par.

Both types of acquired immunity respond to peptide sequences called antigens. Antigens help the acquired immune system recognize invading bacteria, viruses and other harmful organisms (pathogens).

Leftovers, non-organic foods, and foods laced with preservatives can severely tax the digestive system. This can, in turn, clog your circulation, and create a sluggish, compromised immune system.

Going to be late, working at night, irregular eating habits, sleeping during the day, and exposing the body to stress and fatigue can all affect the digestion and body rhythms and thus compromise your resistance.

The Important of Mangosteen Fruit

Any discussion of mangosteen fruit and liquid vitamins needs to begin by introducing this fruit. The mangosteen fruit is a hardy fruit that resembles a coconut in some ways. It has a rich fruit on the inside of its shell, as well as a nutritious rind called the pericarp.

A blend of these two ingredients is found in some liquid vitamins and it makes for a powerful antioxidant blend for the drinker. Traditionally used by healers in Southeast Asia, this combination of mangosteen fruit and liquid vitamins is a newer innovation on older thought.

What can it do for you?

But when you hear about mangosteen fruit and liquid vitamins, you don’t really care what it looks like or what it tastes like, you just want to know what it can do for you. Here are some of the benefits of the fruit and rind combination:

* Reduces inflammation in the body
* Helps protect the body from free radicals
* Increases digestion health
* Contains xanthones that protect the body at a cellular level

Together, mangosteen fruit and liquid vitamins allows your body to protect itself and repair itself from the damage caused by pollution and environmental toxins.

But why is this important?

It all sounds good, but what does this mean when we use mangosteen fruit and liquid vitamins? When you begin to protect your body from the inside out with a supplement like some liquid vitamins provide, you will begin to create a healthier state inside your skin.

What you may not realize is that the body is actually very good at healing itself, if it’s in a high state of health. By adding this kind of vitamin and mineral drink to your life, you can create the picture of health for yourself.

Mangosteen fruit and liquid vitamins are two things that need to be on your shopping list from now on. Not only are you going to repair your cellular damage now, but you’ll also begin to protect your body too.

 

Why Drink Aloe Vera Juice?

Aloe vera juice has more recently become very popular as a drink and for use internally. By drinking 2-4 oz twice a day, aloe vera juice can alleviate or eliminate your constipation. It is a strong laxative when used in strong concentrations. You can also help your constipation when taking it in capsules. Look for aloe capsules or drinks that have other herbs to tone down its strong effect in the colon.

Aloe is also packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients. This array of nutrients gives it its natural healing power.

There are some aloe vera juice and herbal combinations that you can drink to help soothe an upset stomach. Since aloe is good for skin repairs it is also good for internal tissue breaks. If you have an ulcer or tissue breaks in the esophagus or stomach lining, using aloe will probably give you a little bit of pain until it heals that area.

Most of us know that aloe vera is excellent for treatment of minor cuts and scrapes, burns and also sunburn. It is used in all kinds of cosmetics and I like to have a bottle 99% pure aloe for emergencies and of course to apply on my face and hair before bedtime.

If you drink aloe vera juice, here are some of the benefits you can expect:

Good for blood circulation

Benefits and regulates blood pressure

Good for disorders of the bones and joints

Benefits the immune system

Defends the body against hostile organisms

Provides exceptional nutritional value for health and energy

Excellent for healing tissue damage inside the body

Using aloe vera juice for stomach problems is a wise idea. It has a long history of helping people with a variety of skin and internal problems. Its use for skin repair is one of its major properties.

Aside from juice, aloe is also available in powder but it is not recommended since its nutritional is decreased. When you buy aloe, you only want 100% stabilized aloe gel drinks, which are packaged in containers that block light. Light and oxygen deteriorate the properties of aloe.

Check your aloe label to see if it has been manufactured in your country. In the US, those products manufactured out side of the US do not always have good manufacturing practices and produce aloe of lower quality and of questionable value.

Use a good quality aloe that only contains the gel center of the plant and not the whole leaf. If you have constipation then drinking the juice, or adding some gel to your smoothies, or taking capsules of aloe will quickly give you relief. If you take to much aloe, you may experience some cramps, so just back off on the amount used and try again.

 

Why Vitamin D is Important?

It’s ironic however, that despite accessibility to the outdoors, most people aren’t getting sufficient quantities. Variations in blood concentrations can result through seasonal conditions, where cold weather protective clothing and the sun’s angle in the winter sky limit the amount ultraviolet light that actually reaches the skin. Additionally, skin color and dietary intake, through balanced nutrition or vitamin supplements all affect vitamin D levels in the body.

Amazingly, when the sun’s rays hit the skin, the body converts a cholesterol-type compound into vitamin D. And, it only takes 10 to 15 minutes of exposure on the arms or legs to synthesize an adequate daily dose of the nutrient. However, the place where a person resides will have a significant effect on the skin’s exposure to the more direct UV rays.

Inhabitants of the more tropical regions will typically have sufficient levels of vitamin D. However, studies reveal that people throughout the industrial world aren’t so fortunate. Individuals in more temperate and colder climates aren’t reaching the levels currently recommended to protect the health of bones and teeth, much less the even higher concentrations that research has indicated can provide the additional health and cancer prevention benefits.

It’s not too difficult to get the required levels if you happen to be white skinned with your body exposed to the sun wearing nothing more than a bathing suit at mid-day in mid-summer, no matter where you happen to be located. Truth is, the human body can generate 10,000 to 12,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D from a half-hour of summer-sun exposure.

Unfortunately, when heeding dermatologists’ warnings about preventing skin cancer, by limiting sun exposure and using a sunscreen, not to mention wearing a hat, long sleeve and long pant clothing, most individuals aren’t able to take advantage of this least expensive and most efficient source of this important vitamin.

Recommended food and other nutritional sources of vitamin D include dairy products, predominantly fortified milk, the meat of oily fish, such as tuna, salmon, sardines and mackerel, dark green leafy vegetables, including spinach and broccoli, dry cereal or cereal grain bars as well as, a variety of nutritional supplements.

When vitamin D deficiencies do occur they are usually the result of inadequate dietary availability or intake, increased bodily requirement, increased losses through bodily excretion, impaired absorption and/or utilization by the body where the kidneys cannot convert vitamin D into its active hormonal form. Or, in cases where someone is unable to adequately absorb vitamin D from within the digestive tract, and of course, in situations where there is limited exposure to sunlight.

Daily diets that are deficient in Vitamin D are generally associated with milk allergies, lactose intolerance, and strict vegetarianism. Even infants who are fed only breast milk will also receive insufficient amounts of vitamin D, unless they otherwise receive appropriate levels of vitamin D supplementation.

In children, vitamin D deficiency causes the condition known as rickets, which is a bone disease characterized by a failure to properly mineralize bone tissue. Rickets results in soft bones and skeletal deformities. Surprisingly, prolonged exclusive breastfeeding without vitamin D supplementation is one of the most significant causes of the reemergence of rickets. Additional causes can include extensive use of sunscreen products or even increased utilization of day-care facilities, which can result in decreased outdoor activity and lack of sun exposure among younger children.

In adults, vitamin D deficiency can lead to osteomalacia, which results in muscular weakness in addition to a weakened skeletal structure. Low levels of vitamin D may also increase the risk of developing all forms of cancer.

Unfortunately, obtaining sufficient levels of vitamin D from natural food sources is no easy chore. The established RDA is 200 IU, but many researchers agree the number should fall somewhere between 1,000 IU and 2,000 IU, to lower the risk of cancer and strengthen the immune system. So, for most people, maintaining healthy blood concentrations of this important vitamin will require consuming a balance of vitamin D fortified foods, as well as, ensuring adequate exposure to sunlight.