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Colds, Flus, and Not You: 7 Pro-Tips to Boost your Immune System

It’s that time of the year again when cold and flu season is in full force: the post-nasal drip, the cough, the nasal congestion, all of it. No one likes it, but it’s inevitable that it’s around us all. So what can you do to prevent getting sick? Well, don’t worry — I got you. I’m giving you 7 Naturopathic Medicine hacks to boost your immune system, so here we go.
PRO TIP #1: DON’T PUT POISON IN YOUR BODY

PRO TIP #1: DON’T PUT POISON IN YOUR BODY

This includes alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and dare I even say it, sugar*! These all increase the toxin load on the body (especially on the lungs and liver), and therefore increases the amount of systemic inflammation. This makes your body a perfect host for those evil...

PRO TIP# 2: NOURISH YOUR BODY

PRO TIP# 2: NOURISH YOUR BODY

Rather than ingesting poison (like processed sugar), choose to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. The greater the variety, the better. You’ve probably heard someone say “eat the rainbow” before, and that’s because phytochemicals (technical term for the important...

PRO TIP#3: MOVEMENT IS EVERYTHING

PRO TIP#3: MOVEMENT IS EVERYTHING

If we could put what exercise does for the body in a pill, everyone would be taking it. Yet, not enough people are getting adequate movement… and if that happens to be you, here are just a small sampling of the health benefits. It enhances T-cell (white blood cells...

PRO TIP #4: MANAGE YOUR STRESS

PRO TIP #4: MANAGE YOUR STRESS

Stress is terrible on the body, but only if it is chronic. In states of acute stress, it’s beneficial— but acute stress isn’t what most folks are dealing with now. Back in the cavemen days, though, it’s what kept us alive. If we saw a tiger our sympathetic nervous...

PRO TIP# 6: END YOUR SHOWER ON A COLD RINSE

PRO TIP# 6: END YOUR SHOWER ON A COLD RINSE

The use of water to improve health is called hydrotherapy. After taking a hot shower, end on a cold rinse. It doesn’t have to be torturous, it just needs to be a temperature difference. This creates a strong pumping action which stimulates the immune system, decreases...

PRO TIP# 7: UTILIZE CHINESE MEDICINE

PRO TIP# 7: UTILIZE CHINESE MEDICINE

Chinese medicine is more than just acupuncture. It includes Chinese herbal formulas, moxibustion, and cupping. There are several different forms, or styles, of each as well. No matter which route your go, there is a lot of evidence that Chinese medicine increases your...

Foundations of Health for overcoming the obesity epidemic

Foundations of Health for overcoming the obesity epidemic

Over the last few decades, obesity rates have increased dramatically. Along with this increase, we have also seen significant increases in chronic diseases, such as high blood sugar (type 2 diabetes), and heart disease. This is not by coincidence, but rather by...

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