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Boost your Immunity, Naturally!

This cold, flu and allergy season, it is estimated that about 25% of adults will get sick despite flu shots and over the counter medications. The good news is, there are a few things you can do to naturally boost your immunity.

Following a diet rich in antioxidants is essential to supporting your immune system. Abundant in many fruits and vegetables, antioxidants combat free radicals (chemical by-products known to damage DNA and suppress the immune system.) Choosing healthy fats (such as the omega-3 fatty acids available in oily fish, flaxseed, and krill oil) over saturated fats (found in meat and dairy products) may help increase your body’s production of compounds involved in regulating immunity.

For an additional immune boost, try adding garlic (shown to possess virus-fighting and bacteria-killing properties) and ginger (a natural anti-inflammatory) to your meals on a regular basis. You can also make an Immune-Tea by boiling chopped garlic and ginger. Strain, then add honey, lemon and stevia to taste.

Drinking plenty of water and steering clear of sugary beverages, like soda and energy drinks, may also help fend off infection by flushing out your system.

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Alternatives to the Flu Vaccine and Other Immune-Boosting Tips

When the flu bites, a sniffle and a sneeze these are a few of my least favorite things… Fortunately, some cases of illness can be easily prevented.​

Even once an illness has struck, natural and herbal remedies can help shorten the duration and get you feeling better faster.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure… you’ve heard it a million times, but how does it relate to illness prevention? In short, giving the body what it needs by constantly supplying nutrients will help ensure that the body can resist any pathogen it encounters. Avoiding grains, sugars and other high starchy foods will ensure that the body is functioning at peak immunity. This should help the body fight back in case you encounter a virus or bacteria;​ especially during the dreaded flu season.

Getting enough sleep, regular exercise, washing your hands and eating well have​ ​all been shown to reduce the number of times a person gets ill per year and the duration​of an illness. At the start of flu season, the first thought for many is to rush to get a flu vaccine. Every year the flu vaccine changes based on estimates of which strains and types of the flu virus are going to circulate that season.

Moreover, the flu vaccine is not usually effective as a preventative.  In fact, getting the vaccine can lower immune function and increase your risk for other viruses and bacterial infections.

Before deciding if the flu vaccine is a good choice for you and your family, you’ll want to consider the effectiveness versus the potential side-effects. A few known minor side effects include swelling at the injection site, redness, low grade fever, and aches and pains. Some believe there can be even greater side effects including causing arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Autism and that the ingredients can be potentially dangerous.

Flu vaccines are said to contain mercury, aluminum and formaldehyde that can be potentially hazardous to your health. If you decide that the flu vaccine is not a good choice for your family (or even if it is), here are a few tips on how to boost the immune system to fight off that virus.

Natural Alternative Treatments for Cold, Flu and Illness

Consuming natural whole food versions of the following can help you kick that illness. If you are not getting enough in your diet, try them in a quality supplement form. For recommendations, consult your Naturopathic Doctor.

1. Garlic –
Powerful natural antibiotic, anti-fungal and antibacterial. Garlic can tackle almost any illness.

2. Cinnamon –
Good for stabilizing the blood sugar. Cinnamon is an effective antiviral and antibiotic. Mixing 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of honey and stir to make a spicy and very effective tea that helps relieve cough and congestion and lower fever.

3. Ginger –
Helps with nausea and vomiting associated with the flu. Also, aids in fever reduction.

4. Chamomile –
Calms the nerves, helps children sleep better and reduces inflammation or fever.

5. Vitamin D3 –
Optimizing vitamin D levels can​ aid in immune function and​ help prevent illness ​before it arrives​.

6. Vitamin C –
Perhaps the best vitamin for colds and flu.​ Helps to support a healthy immune system​

7. Zinc –
Can prevent a cold or flu virus from reproducing and can help relieve respiratory symptoms.

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Girlfriend's Guide to Breast Health Workshop

The Girlfriends Guide to Breast Health Workshop

You’re invited to a FREE women’s health forum!

Who: Dr. Stephanie Mottola and Dr. Kivette Parkes

Where: The Lifestyle Clinic- 1523 Elizabeth Ave #215

When: Saturday November 21st at 10 am and 12:30 pm

Learn how to take care of your breasts!

Topics include:

  • Breast and Lymphatic Massage
  • Reduction of Breast Soreness due to Hormonal Fluctuations
  • Encouraging Healthy Lymph Flow
  • Prevention of Cystic Breasts
  • Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer
  • Eating the Best Foods for Breast Health
  • And many more!

Also learn healthy alternatives to mammograms!

Bring your best girlfriends, this event is free!

To reserve your spot, email thelifestyleclinic@gmail.com or call (704) 334-3761 with which session you plan to attend (10 am or 12:30 pm) and how many will be in your party. SEATS ARE LIMITED.