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Natural supplements for immune boosting

There are many immune boosting herbs and supplements available, but which ones are the most effective and safe to take? Which ones are a waste of money? Alongside taking natural immune boosting supplements you can also make some simple life-style changes that will have dramatic results. A healthy diet, good quality rest, minimal alcohol and caffiene consumption, regular exercise and cutting out smoking are simple measures that will result in a better functioning immune system. Here are some good quality natural supplements that can be taken to boost the immune system. Echinacea is one of the most commonly used herbs to treat the immune system. It provides a boost to the immune system and seems to have a beneficial action on all infectious conditions. Studies have shown that echinacea reduces the severity of cold symptoms and increases the speed of recovery. Echinacea is best taken at the onset of a respiriatory tract infection such as a cold or cough, and should only be taken for periods of no more than three weeks at a time. If you are taking any prescription medication or have a long standing illness, please consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking echinacea. Probiotics such as acidophillus provide good bacteria which protect the digestive system from infections. Research has shown that probiotics may boost the immune system by stimulating the immune cells that line the gastro-intestinal tract. Probiotcs should also be taken following a course anti-biotics, as they will replace the good bacteria that has also been destroyed by the anti-biotics. Acidophillus is also very good at treating candida infections such as thrush. Garlic and Ginger both have immune boosting, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Garlic is also known to have anti-funal action, and can be taken to treat thrush. Vitamin C is a strong immune boosting nutrient. It has been shown to reduce the severity and speed up the recovery of a cold. The herb Astragalus is an adaptogen and works very well in stimulating the immune system. This herb can be taken for long periods as well as in speeding up the recovery during a cold or a respiratory tract infection. If you are taking any prescribed medication, or you have a long standing illness, please consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking...

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Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie Recipe

This detox smoothie recipe is aimed at detoxing the body from harmful pollutants and pestisides that we are all exposed to. You can have this nutricious drink every morning for a week to kick start your detox process. 1 small handful of Coriander 1 frozen banana 1 handful of greens 1 inch piece of ginger 1 tsp Spirulina 1 tbsp Chia Seeds 1 cup coconut water or water Blend ingredients together to enjoy a healthy detox smoothie recipe. Smoothie Health Tips 1. Bananas are a good source of iron, and can help prevent anemia. This fruit is classified as a “cold” food in chinese medicine, and supports the digestive process. They are also thought to strengthen the stomach lining and protect against acid and ulcers.  Banana’s are also high in potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. 2. Corriander is a heavy metal chelator, meaning it will help to draw heavy metals out of the body. This herb is highly alkalising and will also helps the digestive process by supporting peristalsis and preventing bloating. 3. Greens contain minerals such as calcium and magnesium which can help support bone and dental health. Greens are also an excellent source of vitamin C. 4. Ginger is highly anti inflammatory and traditional medicine viewed ginger as a warming food. It was regularly prescribed for health conditions that were caused by coldness in the body, such as arthritis. 5. Spirulina is a blue-green coloured micro- algae that grows in warm, alkaline waters around the world. Spirulina produces 20 times more protein than soya beans. This algae supports the immune system and helps the body to absorb minerals. 6. Chia seeds are an excellent souce of omega 3 essential fatty acids. These seeds have a strong anti inflammatory action and support the digestive...

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Green Apple & Ginger Healthy Smoothie Recipe

Green Apple & Ginger Healthy Smoothie Recipe

For this nutricious healthy smoothie recipe you will need the following ingredients: 1 Apple, Cored 1 Handful of Spinach 1 Celery stalk 1 tbsp. Flax Seeds 1 inch piece of Ginger 1 Cup Water or Coconut Water Blend all ingredients together to enjoy your healthy smoothie. Health advangtages of this smoothie… 1. Apple skin contains a compound called quercetin, which can help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. 2. Spinach is a good source or iron, and it is enhanced when taken with vitamin C. 3. Celery is full of natural sodium, which can help balance the fluids in the body. 4. Flax seed or linseeds are an excellent source of omega 3 essential fatty acids. These seeds have multiple benefits such as improving circulation, reducing inflammation and boost the immune system. 5. Ginger can help ease sea sickness, and also gives the immune system a...

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Creamy Tropical Fruit Cleansing Smoothie Recipe

Creamy Tropical Fruit Cleansing Smoothie Recipe

This superfood smoothie recipe contains many natural anti-inflammatory properties and is an ideal drink after a wotkout or as part of a detox programme. Avocado are a good source of essential fatty acids, which help to keep the skin healthy. Ginger can help to boost your immune system and give you a good kick start to the day. Coconut water is an excellent source of potassium and is excellent at hydrating the body. Greens are rich in magnesium, which has many health benefits including reducing muscle cramps and regulating blood pressure.   1 Cup Frozen or Fresh Pineapple ¼ Avocado (should be soft but not mushy, green not brown.) 1 inch piece of Ginger 2 handfuls of Greens 1 Cup Water or Coconut Water   Smoothie Health Tips:  1. Pineapple contains a compound called Bromelain, which will help your body to break down and digest protein molecules. 2. Avocados contain all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein! 3. Ginger can help to relax and soothe the intestinal tract 4. Greens will alkalize your body, which is important for the prevention of ill...

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Natural remedies for travel sickness

Travel sickness is very common in all age groups, so let us explain some great natural remedies for travel sickness. Ginger. This can be taken as a capsule or chewed in the crystalised form. Ginger is an excellent remedy for nausea and stomach upsets. These should ideally be started a few hours before the journey to be of maximum benefit. Rescue Remedy or Ainsworths Recovery Remedy can be taken if you feel anxious and nervous. This can be taken throughout the journey at regular intervals. There are also some homeopathic remedies that can be taken to prevent travel sickness. They should be taken in the 30c potency, starting an hour before the journey, and thereafter every two hours during the journey. One dose can then be taken after the journey. These natural remedies can be taken safely by young children, and will not interact with any prescribed medication you may be on. Cocculus. This is the main remedy for travel sickness and should be included in all prevention regimes. Petroleum. This remedy is indicated if the dizziness is made worse by loud noise or sitting up. Aconite should be taken if the person feels anxious and is afraid. Tabacum. This homeopathic remedy should be taken for nausea, giddiness, and faintness. Nux Vomica is a good remedy if the travel sickness is accompanied with a headache and the person has a headache which is made worse by the smell of coffee or...

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Warming Blueberry & Ginger Healthy Smoothie

A healthy smoothie can be a great way to boost your immune system For a warming blueberry & ginger smoothie blend together the following ingredients: Blueberries Bananas Kale/greens Ginger Coconut water Health Tips: 1. Blueberries can help to support memory retention and heart health. Brain food! They can also help to reduce blood pressure. Coloured fruits are high in antioxidants. These fruits are also a good source of vitamin C. This vitamin has been found to improve heart function and reduce atherosclerosis. 2. Bananas contain a particular type of fiber that can help restore normal bowel function. Banana’s are also a good source of magnesium, which is essential for bone health as well as the cardiovascular system. 3. Kale is rich in iron, and important mineral for red blood cells. This leafy vegetable is a good source of vitamin K and antioxidants. 4. Ginger has been used as a cure for nausea for centuries. It’s also a warming root! Ginger is marketed as a remedy for travel sickness, morning sickness and digestive complaints. It is also effective at treating stomach cramps associated with PMS. Traditional medicine viewed ginger as a warming food. It was regularly prescribed for health conditions that were caused by coldness in the body, such as...

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Lemon & Ginger Green Healthy Smoothie Recipe

Lemon & Ginger Green Healthy Smoothie Recipe

Smoothies are a delicious way of taking in a variety of vitamins. Here is a lemon & ginger green healthy smoothie recipe. Lemon juice can also help to alkalinize your digestive system. This can help to prevent illnesses such as arthritis, eczema and gout. The following ingredients make a delicious and nutritious smoothie: 1 Rib of Celery 1 Frozen Banana 1 Cup of Cucumber ½ Lemon, Peeled 1 inch piece of ginger 1 Cup of Water or Coconut Water   1. Celery will help to alkalize the body – keep in mind that an acidic body is not a balanced body. 2. Bananas can be used in many cold drink recipes to add creaminess without dairy. 3. Cucumbers can be juiced, and that juice can help to relieve acid reflux. 4. Lemon juice can help to clean out the liver. 5. Ginger is a carminative, meaning it will help to cleanse and sooth the digestive system....

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Natural remedies for arthritis

Arthritis is a common condition that affects both men and women equally. It is described as an inflammation of one or more joints which causes pain and stiffness. This leads to limited use of the joint and can have a considerable effect on the quality of life. Although traditional medicines can help, there are many recommended natural remedies for arthritis. The two most common types of arthritis are Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis is less common of the two, and is an auto-immune condition. This is where the body’s immune system attacks itself. This form of arthritis affects approximately 350,000 people in the U.K. Osteoarthritis is more common and affects around 8 Million people in the U.K. This condition is usually caused by wear and tear of the larger joints and injuries. It can start at any age but Osteoarthritis usually develops after the age of 50. Arthritis is usually treated with NSAID’s (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Diclofenac. Steroids such as Prednisolone are also prescribed in more severe cases. Toxic medications such as Methotrexate are also being increasingly prescribed to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis. All these medicines have a number of side-effects which can lead to other medication being prescribed. There are a number of natural medicines and supplements that can be taken to reduce the pain and inflammation without the side effects of conventional drugs. Glucosamine. There have been a number of trials to support this natural supplement. Glucosamine provides nutritional support to strengthen the joints, cartilage, ligaments and tendons. Glucosamine Sulphate is derived from shellfish and so will not be suitable for a vegetarian diet. Glucosamine Hydrochloride is a vegetarian version which has been shown to have an equal effect. Fish Oils. Fish oils from fish such as salmon, mackeral, herring and cod are a very good source of omega 3 essential fatty acids. These act as a very efficient natural anti-inflammatory supplement and can increase the movement of the joints. They also provide essential fatty acids that are deficient in arthritic joints. Flax Seed Oil. This is a good vegetarian source of omega 3 essential fatty acids. Bromelain. This is a poweful natural anti-inflammatory that is found in pineapples. It also helps in the digestion of protein when taken with meals. Ginger / Curcumin....

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