Healthy Healing 14th Edition

February 2014 Newsletter- Seaweed for Health & Healing

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Sea plants are gifts from the sea!
In the last three decades, I’ve seen natural therapies spring to the forefront of medicine and face the challenges of today’s health. More and more people are embracing herbs or other natural therapies for their wellness. One in two people use some form of complementary or alternative medicine.

One of Nature’s miracles that I want to share with you is sea vegetables. In the West, we eat land vegetables for our main source of greens, but vegetables from the sea are nutritious foods and powerful healers. Hot seaweed baths, seaweed facial masks, formulas and recipes can all transform your health and beauty. I believe in them so much, I use them every day!

Sea vegetables are tasty. Crush, chop or crumble any mix of dry sea greens you like into soups and sauces, pizzas or focaccias, casseroles, rice and salads. Roast them into anything you cook. If you add sea veggies, no other salt is needed, an advantage for a low salt diet. Sundried, they are convenient to buy, store, and use as needed. If you store them in a moisture proof container, they keep indefinitely.

Bathing in Sea Vegetables Boosts Weight Loss

Remember how good you feel after an ocean walk? Seaweeds purify and balance the ocean—they can do the same for your body. A hot seaweed detox bath is like a wet-steam sauna, only better, because the seaweeds balance body chemistry instead of dehydrating it. The electromagnetic action of the seaweed releases excess body fluids from congested cells, and dissolves fatty wastes through the skin, replacing them with minerals, especially potassium and iodine. Iodine boosts thyroid activity, so food fuels are used before they can turn into fat deposits.

Taking a seaweed detox bath once a week to help keep off excess weight, tone the body and rid your body of toxins.

There are two very effective ways to take a seaweed detox bath: 

1. Draw very hot water in a tub to 1/2 full. Put the seaweed into the tub and steep until it softens and the water is cool enough to enter.

2. Make a strong infusion in a large pot on the stove, simmering the seaweed for 10 – 15 minutes before straining and adding to hot bathwater.

Soak in the deep bath, covering the body as much as possible for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let hot water constantly trickle into the tub to maintain the high temperature. Soak as long as possible to give the body time to absorb the mineral properties. (Rub the body with the seaweed solids during the bath for best results.) If you become overheated or uncomfortable, sit on the edge of the tub for 1 – 2 minutes.

A seaweed detox bath balance the acid-alkaline system, encourages liver activity, cellulite release and fat metabolism. Skin tone, color, and better circulation are almost immediately noticeable. To get the most from a seaweed treatment, dry brush cellulitic skin before your seaweed bath to exfoliate dead skin, and open up pores for waste elimination and blood flow to the affected area. Note: For your convenience, Crystal Star offers prepackaged, organic seaweeds in a Hot Seaweed Bath.

Seaweeds for Detoxification

Seaweeds purify all the world’s oceans- they can do the same for your body. Seaweeds like kelp, dulse and Irish Moss can protect us from a wide range of toxic elements in the environment, including radiation by-products, converting them into harmless salts that our bodies can eliminate.

Natural iodine in seaweeds can reduce by almost 80% radioactive iodine-131 that is absorbed by the thyroid. Seaweeds are so effective that even the former U.S. Atomic Energy Commission recommended that people consume two to three ounces of seaweeds a week (or 2 tbsp. of algin supplements a day) for thyroid protection.

More on Iodine Therapy and Seaweed

Please note that seaweed based products do not contain as high of levels of iodine as phamaceutical grade potassium iodide (K1), but they do help shore up deficiendies and are a good choice to keep your thyroid gland nourished with organic iodine. In the event of radiation poisoning, you will need to work with a qualified medical professional to establish a proper protocol.

Iodine Therapy Dosage

Preventive measures may be taken against iodine deficiency problems by adding just 2 tablespoons of chopped, dried seaweeds to your daily diet.

November Newsletter- De-Stress for the Holidays

De-stress for the Holidays!

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Are the Holidays Stressing You Out?

More than 30% of Americans today say they are under constant stress. Eight out of 10 people say their stress has grown, citing the economy as the most significant cause. And, there is no question that the holidays, the most expensive and busy season of all, are a stressful time of year.

Stress Can Wreak Havoc on your Health

Statistics today show that up to 95 percent of visits to health care professionals are stress-related. At best, stress causes useless fatigue; at worst, it is dangerous to health.

Over 20 million Americans suffer from health problems linked to chronic stress. Everyone is affected by varying degrees of stress… people who work in polluted atmospheres, people at control desks with machines or instruments demanding continual attention, people who travel coast to coast constantly, people with mundane, boring jobs, and especially people who can’t find a job. Profound stress, like that caused by job loss or the loss of a loved one takes a serious physical toll.

Medical experts agree, stress in itself is not a disease, but the more “stressed out” you become, the more vulnerable you are to colds, flu, ulcers, allergies, even heart attacks and high blood pressure. Stress especially drains our energy, targeting organs like the adrenal glands and wiping out their stores. Long term stress invariably leads to severe fatigue from adrenal exhaustion, and regularly results in depression. Stress shows up in how you look, too.  Blemishes may appear around the chin; nails become brittle and peel, hair is dull and lifeless. Stress can even make your hair fall out!

Not all stress is bad.

It can be a motivating factor in our lives. The human body is designed to handle stressful situations, even to thrive on some of them. You can never avoid all stress, but you can maintain a high degree of health to handle and survive stress well.

What Puts You At Greatest Risk For Serious Stress?

Job pressure, money worries and the emotional problems that come with them top most stress lists today, coupled with lack of rest, and aggravated by the overuse of drugs, tobacco, caffeine or alcohol, our most common stress “relievers.” Physical stress triggers? Allergies (especially to gluten), hypoglycemia, mineral depletion, hormone imbalances; multiple infections, environmental pollutants, all lead to adrenal dysfunction and lower energy to deal with stress.

 HEALTHY HEALING NUTRITIONAL PROGRAM

Stress Relief Diet

Nutritional therapy plan: Good nutrition is a good answer to stress. It's a mood elevator.

1. As stress increases, protein needs increase. Protein and mineral-rich foods are the best choice. Vegetable proteins from whole grains, sea veggies, sea and soy foods, eggs and sprouts offer notable results. Have fresh carrot juice and fresh fish or seafood once a week.

2. Add melon to your diet. Melon contains SOD, an enzyme some think is more powerful than antioxidants in controlling stress, because it spurs the body to manufacture its own antioxidants to repair free radical damage. Add magnesium-rich foods from green vegetables and whole grains. Add more potassium-rich foods like potatoes, salmon, bananas, seafood and avocados to your diet. Potassium helps reduce stress-related high blood pressure, and regulates blood sugar. Intake should be about 3 to 5 grams daily. Cut down on high sodium foods which dehydrate the body.

3. Eat B vitamin-rich foods like brown rice and other whole grains. Avoid trans fats from fried foods, red meats and highly processed foods for adrenal health. These foods are high in chemicals that overburden the body’s elimination systems.

4. Reduce caffeine intake. Drink green tea or a green and white blend each morning instead for energy and antioxidants.

5. Take a glass of wine before dinner. No liquids with meals. Drink bottled water.

6. Make an anti-stress mix of nutritional yeast, toasted wheat germ, sunflower seeds, molasses, flax oil; take 2 tbsp. daily in food. Take miso soup before bed to relax.

7. Feed your adrenals with foods like sea veggies, like Systems Strength drink and green drinks, like Spirulina or Barley Grass powder.

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June 2013- Prostate Health

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Prostate disorders usually begin after age 35. Between the ages of 51 and 60, 50% of all men have an enlarged prostate - over 90% percent by age 80. Commonly prescribed drugs for the prostate can cause side effects of decreased potency and libido (in some cases, it is stifled entirely). Yet, men can help themselves manage prostate problems naturally without the drug side effects (often as bad as the prostate problem itself). Is Your Prostate Enlarged? Check for these symptoms:

With BPH, the condition is basically the symptoms… an inflamed, swollen, infected prostate gland; frequent, painful desire to urinate with reduced flow of urine or dribbling, especially at night, incontinence in severe cases; lower back and leg pain; loss of libido, and usually painful intercourse. Most men also suffer disrupted sleep and daytime fatigue.

What’s at the root of the problem?

A high fat diet puts a man at greatest risk, as does a poor diet with too little fiber, and too much alcohol and caffeine. Essential fatty acid and prostaglandin depletion lead to hormonal changes like increased estrogen levels and altered testosterone levels. Exhausted lymph system from too many antihistamines and lack of exercise figures in.

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Diet to Heal the Prostate

  1. Take lemon juice and water every morning for two weeks to cleanse sediment; then cider vinegar and honey in water daily for a month to prevent sediment recurrence. Add green tea daily. Follow a fresh foods, low fat, high fiber diet for 3 weeks - plenty of green salads, fresh fruits, juices, steamed vegetables, Omega-fatty acids from seafood and flax, and tomatoes are especially beneficial.

  2. Watchwords should be: less saturated and trans fat, more fiber. Add whole grains, soy foods, seafoods and sea veggies (2 tbsp. chopped dry daily) for more EFAs.

  3. Make a cholesterol-lowering mix: lecithin granules, toasted wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, oat bran, nutritional yeast, flax seeds, sesame seeds, crumbled dry seaweeds; take 4 tbsp. daily over rice or miso soup. Naturally lowering cholesterol lowers PSA levels.

  4. Drink 6 glasses of water or cleansing fluids daily. Especially add 2 glasses of cranberry or tomato juice. Have a vegetable drink or Systems Strength drink for iodine and potassium nutrients, during healing.

  5. Avoid red meats, caffeine, hard liquor, sodas, especially beer, during healing. Limit spicy foods that irritate your bladder. Avoid tobacco, fried, fatty and refined foods forever.

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Lifestyle Choices and a Healthy Prostate

Men concerned about prostate health may benefit from an exercise program or increasing their physical activity overall, as both can support a healthy weight.  Exercise can help to reduce the risk of many diseases, including prostate cancer.  According to the Mayo Clinic, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men, and men with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher are at greater risk.

Studies referenced by Harvard Medical School also found that men who were more physically active were less likely to suffer from enlarged prostate and erectile dysfunction, and experienced reduced prostatitis symptoms.  Harvard also notes that while relatively few studies have assessed the effects of exercise on prostate health, in general, men with an average risk of prostate cancer who make positive lifestyle choices - including regular exercise - may reduce their risk of prostate and other cancers.

Sources:

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School, “10 Diet and Exercise Tips for Prostate Health”.http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/10-diet-and-exercise-tips-for-prostate-health

Mayo Clinic, “Prostate cancer prevention: ways to reduce your risk“.http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/prostate-cancer-prevention/MC00027

May 2013- Healthy Hearts

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Of all the world’s people, Americans are at the highest risk for heart disease. It kills more people than the next eight leading causes of death combined, and every year exceeds the total Americans killed in WWI and WWII combined. Experts tell us most heart disease is 100% preventable with changes in diet and lifestyle, yet a million people die each year because of heart problems. Two-thirds of Americans suffer from some kind of cardiovascular disorder. Billions have, and are, being spent to address its many forms. Today we see that natural therapies are proving to reduce mortality better than aggressive medical intervention or even the most advanced drug treatment.

Many cholesterol-lowering drugs can cause liver toxicity, stomach distress and vision impairment. They can also deplete CoQ-10, an essential co-enzyme that strengthens the heart. Studies show that calcium channel blockers (the top selling blood pressure drugs), block many body functions and are implicated in aggravated cardiovascular problems, too.

Do You Have High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure is another major heart problem in our fast-paced, high-stress world. It affects 1 out of every 3 U.S. adults today and is the leading health problem for American women. Middle aged Americans actually have a 90% chance of developing high blood pressure!

Eighty-five percent of high blood pressure is preventable without drugs. In fact, a good diet is your best bet to control high blood pressure. Start by controlling your salt intake. Drink plenty of water to balance body salts. When your body perceives that it is becoming dehydrated, it responds by retaining sodium to stop further water loss, starting a vicious cycle of craving for salty foods and liquids that ends in high blood pressure.

Eliminate foods that provoke high blood pressure - salty canned and frozen foods, cured, smoked and canned meats and fish, commercial peanut butter, soy sauce, bouillon cubes and condiments, fried chips and snacks, dry soups.

Focus on a largely plant-based diet. Include: a wide range of fruits and vegetables, seafood and sea vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts, low fat dairy foods (on occasion) and nuts and seeds. If your diet is strictly low-sodium, the sea vegetable nori (particularly nori that has been rinsed in fresh water before drying) has far less sodium than other sea vegetables. Eat vitamin C rich foods like peppers, kiwis, papayas, cauliflower and broccoli to strengthen the blood vessels and slow down hardening of the arteries.

Magnesium is Nature’s Calcium Channel Blocker. In Nature, calcium often appears in a balanced ratio with magnesium because magnesium has protective features to balance out any calcium overload on the heart. Eat more calcium and magnesium-rich dark green veggies, nuts and seeds, beans and poultry to reap the most benefits from each mineral.

Add B vitamin foods like nutritional yeast, wheat germ, fish and brown rice to build resistance against stress reactions that cause blood pressure to skyrocket.

Potassium controls heart rate, normalizes blood pressure fluctuations and flushes excess sodium in the body linked to high blood pressure. Duke University studies reveal that hypertensive men who supplement with potassium regain health and reduce their blood pressure. Potassium is easily brought in through foods like bananas, celery, apricots, seafood and nuts.

Reduce alcohol intake to only a little wine at night. Moderate alcohol drinking (especially wine) can relax the blood vessels and reduce blood pressure. Excessive alcohol intake, particularly from hard liquor, increases the pressure on in the arteries and causes blood pressure to soar.

Eliminate caffeine and nicotine for good. Both are notorious for raising blood pressure.

Very few people with hypertension require medication to control their disease. Millions can reverse high blood pressure with simple diet therapy.  If you have high blood pressure, take back control of your health by using your food as medicine. The recommendations here can help rebalance blood pressure and restore your health.

Are Your Homocysteine Levels Too High?

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Homocysteine is news today, but the connection between heart disease and homocysteine isn’t new. Homocysteine is a body substance that helps manufacture proteins and assist with cellular metabolism. It’s a harmless amino acid, but in excess, can cause blood platelets to clump and vein walls to break down, leading to atherosclerosis and coronary disease. Research linking heart disease to high homocysteine plasma levels began in 1969, when a Harvard pathologist, found severe atherosclerosis in children with very high homocysteine levels.

What We Know About High Homocysteine Today

New England Journal of Medicine study shows that people with high homocysteine levels are 4½ times more likely to die of heart disease than other people. New estimates are that 1 in 5 cardiac cases can be attributed to high homocysteine levels. High homocysteine levels may be especially dangerous for women. Women with high homocysteine levels and low folic acid in the blood are twice as likely to have a heart attack as women with normal levels.

Diet and Lifestyle Can Infuence Homocysteine

A simple 3 point program shows protection in one to three months.

1. B vitamins come to your rescue. A high intake of folic acid and B6 lowers risk for cardiovascular disease 45% in women (February 1998 Journal of the AMA). Try B Complex, 100mg daily. Add 50mg extra of B6 and 400mcg extra of folic acid to help break down homocysteine.

2. Four garlic capsules (1200mg a day) maintain aortic elasticity.

3. Take daily ginger caps or extract. If you take aspirin to prevent a stroke or heart attack because aspirin inhibits an enzyme that makes the blood prone to dangerous stickiness, know that ginger not only inhibits this same enzyme but it does so without aspirin’s side effects like gastric bleeding. To Life-long health,

Linda Page

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January 2013- Weight Loss After 40

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Weight Loss After 40 Most of us want to shed a few pounds after a holiday full of rich foods and overindulgence, but never is it harder to achieve weight loss goals than after age forty.

Nearly everyone faces a disconcerting body thickening and slow rise in weight in their 40s, even people who have always been slim, who eat a healthy diet, and who exercise regularly. In fact, body fat typically doubles between the ages of 20 and 50. Sometimes diet and exercise really isn’t enough!

What’s happening to our bodies?

For women, a major calorie-burning process grinds to a halt after menopause. The metabolic rise in the last two weeks of the menstrual cycle accounts for 15,000–20,000 calories per year. Those calories really start to add up when the menstrual cycle stops. Further, women tend to develop more abdominal fat as estrogen levels are reduced. For men, lower testosterone levels caused by andropause leads to a decrease in muscle mass and an increase in fat storage. Research shows that with age, men burn less fat during exercise, so older men actually need to work out longer to lose weight!

Thermogenesis’ Role in Weight Loss Over 40

Thermogenesis is all about fat burning. About 75% of the calories you eat work to keep you alive and support your resting metabolic rate. The balance of calories are stored as white fat, or burned up by brown adipose tissue (brown fat), your body’s premier fat burning factory. The more active your brown fat is, the more efficient your thermogenesis is, and the easier it is to maintain an optimum weight. Differences in brown fat activity explain why some people can overeat and stay slim, while others put on the pounds even though their diet and exercise plan is sound.

Starting in our early 40s, a genetic timer begins to slow down the thermogenic mechanism. Instead of calories being burned off, more of them get stored as white fat, leading to weight gain, especially around the middle. In addition, some people are simply not born with enough brown fat. These people gain more weight at middle age because the little brown fat they do have is reduced even further. However, you can reactivate your brown fat activity after 40, and using thermogenic herbs is a key.

Fat Burning Herbs

Green tea, mustard seed, cinnamon and ginger are thermogenic herbs that you can use without side effects or health risks. I only formulate with whole herbs, because they are much less likely to produce side effects or interactions than standardized herbs or highly concentrated herbs. Further, whole herbs in combination offer the advantage of addressing multiple body systems and needs. For “after 40” weight loss concerns, I combine thermogenic herbs with herbs that control appetite and sugar cravings, and herbs that relieve bloating. Whole herbs really do support the whole person.

Losing weight at mid life does present new challenges, but I’ve found that once the body adjusts to its new hormone levels, weight gain stabilizes, and becomes more manageable. Whole herbs can help you get over an “after 40” weight loss plateau, and have the added benefits of improving body chemistry and reestablishing better metabolic rates.

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Your Holistic Lifestyle

The Importance of Exercise for Weight Control

For those trying to lose weight, basic guidelines dictate eating less and moving more. In an attempt to shed pounds quickly, many overweight individuals will turn to weight loss fads and gimmicks.

Ultimately, healthy weight loss requires several important elements, starting with an appointment with a physician. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends a weight loss goal of 1-2 pounds per weeks as a safe and reasonable way to lose weight, making it easier to keep it off in the long term. NIH guidelines show that slow and steady weight loss also allows time to make new healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and increasing physical activity.

For a healthy weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week, daily caloric intake must be reduced by 500 to 1,000 calories.  Weight loss strategies are not one-size-fits-all, but there are common elements that can work for most people.  The Harvard School of Public Health cites the findings of the National Weight Control Registry, which show that members who lose more than 30 pounds and keep the weight off for at least a year had similar strategies: they exercise, burning an average of 400 calories a day; they consume fewer calories, based on their weight, height and activity level and; they watched less television, limited fast food intake, cut back on sugars and sweets, and ate more fruits and vegetables.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that obesity is common, serious and costly.  CDC data for 2011 shows that no state in the U.S. had obesity rates under 20%.  For overweight individuals, losing just 10 percent of current body weight can have a positive impact on their health.  According to the NIH document, Aim for a Healthy Weight, losing this initial weight helps to lower risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer.   For those who are patient and lose weight at the recommended rate, the health benefits can be very rewarding!

Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Healthy Weight – it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle!

National Institutes of Health:  National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Aim for a Healthy Weight

Harvard School of Public Health:  The Nutrition Source, Exercise and Weight Control

This Month's Recipes

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Dieter’s Mid-day Meal Replacement Drink

This drink is good-tasting and satisfying. It is full of foods that help raise metabolism, cleanse and flush out wastes, balance body pH, and stimulate enzyme production.

6 tbsp. rice protein powder

4 tbsp. oat bran

2 tbsp. bee pollen granules

2 tbsp. flax seed

2 tsp. fructose

1 tsp. acidophilus powder

½ tsp. lemon peel powder

½ tsp. ginger powder

2 tsp. spirulina powder (or green superfood blend of your choice)

In a blender, combine all ingredients. Take 1 tablespoon in 8 oz. juice or water. Makes enough for 10 drinks.  Drink slowly.

Fruit Juice Bars

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1 cup chopped dates

½ cup apple juice

½ cup orange juice

3 tbsp. grated orange zest

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups rolled oats

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 tbsp. cinnamon

1½ cups pear juice

grapeseed oil spray

Preheat oven to 350°F. In the blender, mix dates, apple juice, orange juice, orange zest and vanilla to a purée consistency; set aside. To make the dough: in a blender, grind 2 cups rolled oats to a coarse meal. Stir oats in a bowl with the pastry flour and cinnamon. Stir in the pear juice. Press the dough into a grapeseed oil-sprayed 8" square pan. Spread date purée on top. Bake for 35 – 45 minutes until crust is firm. Cool completely and cut in squares. Makes 16 bars. (From Linda Page's Diets for Healthy Healing)

Featured Formulas

Thin After 40™ Caps

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Activates slow metabolism and boosts thermogenesis for maximum fat-burning activity.

  • BITTER ORANGE to burn fat

  • GREEN TEA to boost metabolism

  • CHICKWEED HERB for appetite control

  • SIBERIAN ELEUTHERO for more energy

Download PDF Info Sheet for Thin After 40™ caps

Hot Seaweed Bath™

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Take a seaweed bath once a week to help stimulate lymph drainage, reduce cellulite, rid your body of toxins, balance body chemistry, reduce tension and beautify skin texture! For best results, dry brush your skin before the bath.

Ingredients: Horsetail Kelp, Bladderwrack, Atlantic Kombu, Dulse, Sea Palm, Alaria, Laver.

>>> Download PDF Info Sheet for Hot Seaweed Bath™

Do you have chronic colds?

We are constantly exposed to cold-causing organisms without them actually causing a cold. Your immune system health is the deciding factor in whether you “catch” a cold or not. Over 200 different viruses cause colds. Drugstore remedies only suppress symptoms and have side effects like dizziness or fatigue. A cold is really a cleansing condition, so it may be better to just let it happen, and let your body start fresh, with a stronger immune system. Still, it’s hard to work, sleep, and be around other people with cold symptoms. Natural therapies are effective for relieving cold misery while your body gets on with its job of cleaning house.

Twelve steps to better cold care:

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  1. A daily walk revs up immune response and gives you some fresh air. A walk puts cleansing oxygen into your lungs, and stops you from feeling sorry for yourself.

  2. Take vitamin C or Ester C, 1000mg every hour, preferably in powder form with juice, throughout the day, at first signs of a cold. Take zinc lozenges as needed to ease a sore throat.

  3. Avoid sugary foods, fried foods, and dairy foods. They all increase production of mucous.

  4. Eat lightly but with good nutrition. A vegetarian diet is best at this time, so the body won’t have to work so hard at digestion.

  5. Drink plenty of liquids. 6-8 glasses of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, herb teas and water daily will help flush toxins out of your system.

  6. Keep warm. Don’t worry about a fever unless it is prolonged or high.

  7. Take a long hot bath, spa or sauna. Toxins will pass out though the skin.

  8. Stay relaxed. Go to bed early, and get plenty of sleep. Most cell regeneration occurs between midnight and 4 a.m.

  9. Use xylitol nasal wash every day to help keep any bacteria, which enters your breathing passages from multiplying.

  10. Think positively about becoming well. Optimism can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

  11. Wash hands and clean counter tops frequently to prevent virus spread.

  12. Light exercise is better than vigorous exercise during a cold.

  13. Try herbal Immune Support with echinacea, goldenseal and myrrh to naturally support and balance the immune system.

To Lifelong health,

Linda Page, Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath