When we enter into the chillier, darker months of the year, folks become concerned about “cold and flu season” and begin to show an interest in boosting their immune systems so they don’t get sick. Nobody wants to lose productivity or income at their job or miss out on fun times with loved ones because they have a cold.
But it would be better to think more long term and have broader goals for a well functioning immune system, day in and day out. Why? Because when our immune systems are functioning at peak levels every day, not only do we have fewer colds and flus but we also have a lower risk of developing cancer.
Specific parts of our immune system are dedicated to seeking out mutated cells and deleting them so they don’t grow and form full-blown cancerous tumors. Our cells are replicating and dividing all day every day, so there is constant potential for errors and mutations. Personally, I want this part of my immune system working for me at top efficiency full time.The immune system is a mighty and complex system with a host of moving parts. This is what allows it to recognize and defend us from a wide variety of potentially harms. Happily for us, these moving parts are all generally benefited by similar healthful activities that we can engage in.
So let’s get to it – how to keep this all working with the utmost power:
- Sleep – at least 7 or 8 hours every night,<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>Continue Reading >
Gratitude. You know it’s a healthy mindset to partake in. Plenty of research proves that gratitude can positively impact you relationships, quality of sleep, work productivity and performance, adrenal health and cardiovascular function. We don’t need scientifically backed double blind placebo controlled studies to confirm that the practice of gratitude can have profound positive health outcomes.Continue Reading
Certain unstable chemical compounds called “reactive oxidative species” or “free radicals” create damage in our cells day in and day out, with every breath we take and, yes, every move we make. We call this “oxidative stress.” Antioxidants, as the name would imply, help to counteract this damage. As with many types of stress in our lives, oxidative stress can be beneficial in low amounts but detrimental in high amounts.Continue Reading
It’s back to school time and you know what that means — sticky, germy kids will be passing around all kinds of infectious microbes and bringing them home. Yikes! Every parent wants to protect their child from getting ill, missing days of school, and getting the rest of the family sick too — so what are they to do?Continue Reading
We are well into summer now — school will be back in session before you know it. I hope you’ve been enjoying yourself and finding ways to stay active and get outdoors for some contact with nature. Here in Phoenix area, most of us want to avoid melting in the extreme heat so we spend too much time indoors, often inactive. What if you want to brave the heat and do some hiking or paddling around? How can you stay protected and keep your cool? I have some tips for you.Continue Reading
Since the heat is such a bummer, we want to offer you 20% off supplements for the month of July! The biggest gift that I could give to you is ideas on how to stay super hydrated during these months. The amount of water that I have found that we all need to stay hydrated is our body weight in ounces (winter months would be half that amount). Believe me that it wasn’t easy working up to this much in the summer but it has made a huge impact on the way I feel - cooler, more energized, improved tolerance of the heat, better workouts and I feel happier. It’s worth the effort and be patient as it doesn’t happen overnight.Continue Reading
It’s the time of year again that every Phoenix resident dreads, Summer Heat. Too much heat can not only be uncomfortable but it considered a pathogen in Chinese medicine. If it’s heat from the sweltering city sun, or from eating lots of fried, hot, greasy foods, the heat pathogen can cause symptoms such as profuse sweating, parched mouth and throat, constipation, agitation, headaches and heart palpitations.Continue Reading