There are a lot of worries about this seasonal weather change and how to prepare for it, especially with the flu shot scare & saturation, children back to school and indoors more, healthcare issues, etc. Well, here are some preparatory steps you can take to fortify your immune system for whatever may come your way:
Step 1: Fasting/Detoxification
Fasting from cooked & solid foods for a few days is a great way to get rid of unwanted colonic waste, and the first step to getting your immune system ready for the potential challenges ahead. This is best to do at a time when you”ll be home for most of the day or somewhere with easy restroom access. It”s pretty simple to do as well. Start in the morning by taking 1 tablespoon of 100% extra virgin olive oil (or palm fruit oil), then 1 cup of prune juice (not from concentrate), then wait 30 minutes, and alternate hours between drinking 1 cup of whole fruit juice (1 type of fruit) and drinking 1 glass of water throughout the day. You may also eat the same fruit of whichever juice you choose to drink, and drink a cup or two of a cleansing herbal tea. You can do this fast for 3 days, then slowly wean yourself back to regular food over the rest of the week with pureed and easy to digest foods such as smoothies, raw foods, soups, etc.
Most of us can benefit from a candida yeast cleanse as well. A lot of people I”ve encountered think that the only candida yeast condition that exists is the common “vaginal yeast infection” women get, but the issue of candida yeast overgrowth can manifest itself in many different ways. Some symptoms/conditions may include asthma, diabetes, dandruff, itching, acne, craving for sweets, recurring urinary tract infection, excess stress, athlete”s foot, and the list goes on; but all in all, candida overgrowth compromises the immune system, making us more susceptible to sickness. In this cleanse, you would avoid mainly any meats, dairy, processed/artificial foods and ingredients, sugars & salt, wheat, oats, rice, fried foods, vinegar, alcohol, and sweet fruits (especially drier ones like bananas, dates, persimmons, etc.). That means your food intake over that period of time should be mostly vegetables, some type of non-meat protein (seeds, nuts, legumes), and whole grains other than the ones mentioned to avoid. Tart fruits, berries, and green apples are also ok during this cleanse. I would also recommend these products:
Yew-360 Anti-Yeast & Fungal Blend – 2 cups daily (day and evening). This is an herbal tea formulated to directly lower the yeast population and to help cleanse the blood.
iFlora MultiProbiotic Powder – 1/2 teaspoon daily, with water on an empty stomach. This replenishes the natural bacteria in your stomach that keeps the yeast population in balance and assists digestion. If you don”t have the money for this (excellent product), you can also get good natural probiotics from fresh-picked unwashed fruits & vegetables (for those who visit farms or get food from nature) or fermented raw foods/beverages such as raw sauerkraut or “Kim Chee” from a health store, organic raw & unfiltered apple cider vinegar (Eden is my brand of choice, but Braggs & Spectrum also make some), and kombucha.
Sundial Koromantee Bitters – 2 ounces just before bed, daily. This is a balanced herbal stomachic, colonic, and intestinal cleanser to lower the body”s acidity and Sur cette page, vous decouvrez egalement une roulette europeenne en flash. to help rid of the excess waste accumulated by undigested food particles (since yeast thrive in acid and waste). Another excellent option for those who are more sensitive to bitter tastes is taking 1-2 of our Yew-360 Colon Cleanse Vcaps with a full glass of water.
This cleanse is good to do for 7-14 days.
Step 2: Building/Maintaining Immunity
Once you”ve cleansed, the next step is to build your body”s defenses with the proper nutrients, which can now be better absorbed and utilized. There are so many key components to the immune system, but here are a few general herbs and supplements I find to be very useful around this time of year:
Individual Herbs: Black Seed, Astragalus Root, Pau D”arco, Jack in the Bush (especially for children), Boneset, Hyssop, Green Tea, Yerba Mate
*Any one of these teas at least once daily is great to help the immune system fight off colds, flus, and other opportunistic infections that may come.
Herbal Tea Blends: Yew-360 I-M-Unity (Seasonal Support) - great as a preventative immune booster
Vitamins: A, C w/ Bioflavonoids, D, & E
*Vitamin A Sources – All dark green leafy vegetables, goji berries, palm fruit oil, pumpkins & squashes, mangos, pomegranates.
*Vitamin C Sources – Camu camu powder, all citrus fruits, berries, papayas, kiwis, apples, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes.
*Vitamin D Sources – Sunlight exposure (#1), maitake mushrooms, avocados, sprouts, sea vegetables, moringa powder, wheat grass juice, chia seeds (help absorption), collard greens, oats, and sweet potatoes/yams (unpeeled especially). Vitamin D is also important to fight depression, which is more common in the autumn/winter months, largely due to lack of sunlight.
*Vitamin E Sources – Palm fruit oil, avocados, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, carrots, spinach.
Minerals: Zinc, Selenium
*Zinc Sources – Chickpeas, raw (cold-pressed) pumpkin seed oil, apples, hemp seeds, spirulina, Irish Moss, mushrooms, lima beans.
*Selenium Sources – Brazil nuts (imported), mushrooms, fresh garlic, walnuts, kamut grain, barley grain, oats, dulse, kelp.
Other Beneficial Herbal & Food-Based Supplements:
**100% Camu Camu Powder – Best whole source of Vitamin C bioflavonoids & amino acids, fights depression, excellent for cold sores, wonderful antioxidant.
**Sundial Woodroot Tonic – Detoxifies blood, builds and strengthens blood cells, helps to improve circulation, fortifies immune system.
**Garlic & Onion Syrup – Make by simmering garlic & onions in virgin coconut oil until they are tender/translucent, then stir in green (whole leaf) stevia powder/extract or raw unfiltered honey (from health store only, and should look semi-solid rather than liquid!). Add a dash of cayenne pepper and take a tablespoon of that mixture (or half for children, ages 4-12) once or twice a day. It’s a natural antibiotic and free radical scavenger, antiviral, anti-fungal, and great homemade cough syrup. It’s also fairly inexpensive, so you can”t go wrong with this! We also have a product on our site called the Yew-360 Truth Serum, which is similar, but supercharged with other supportive herbs and no sweeteners.
**Pure Noni Juice or Powder – Great source of Vitamin C & other phytonutrients which hinder free radicals and assist immunity. Drink anywhere from 1-4 oz. daily in water or smoothie. For the powder, you can use 1-4 teaspoons.
Nutritional Support: One tip to help keep your nutritional intake on track is to remember to eat foods that are in season; they generally have properties that your body needs to adapt to the changes. Squashes, pumpkins, apples, pears, cranberries, burdock, and a variety of other root foods and earthy vegetables are in, so take advantage of them while they”re here.
Step 3 (If Necessary): Fighting It Off
This is the step that everyone dreads! Hopefully, you”ll follow the other advice and it won”t get to this point. However, if it just so happens to slip in somehow, we have you covered for that too!
**Yew-360 I-M-Unity (Super Respiratory Support): I know I can get a few testimonials from this one if need be, including my own! This is a strong herbal tea combination of some of the best herbs used to relieve congestion, sinus issues, & breathing troubles, and to fight off respiratory infections.
**Yew-360 Truth Serum: This is another one I can get quite a few testimonials from. I”d dare to say that this is one of the best anti-infection formulas I know of, point blank. A few alternatives to this (though not quite as powerful, but wonderful nonetheless) would be the Garlic & Onion syrup mentioned above, or the oil of oregano.
**Individual Herbs: Horseradish (careful with this one.. but superb in cases of sinus blockage, throat infections, etc.), echinacea (whole plant or root), goldenseal root, myrrh, fenugreek, wild cherry bark, wild indigo, coltsfoot, comfrey leaf, red root, slippery elm (can be replaced with marshmallow root if unavailable, and is a great addition to combinations to soothe irritated throat from coughing spells or inflammation in the breathing passages), elderberry, rosehips.
Also, anything that helps to cleanse the colon is a HUGE plus.
Nutritional Support: Here, fruits are your best friend, particularly citrus fruits (with white stringy part just under the peel that”s called the “pith”) and any other water-based fruits, which are very cleansing and generally provide lots of absorbable antioxidants, especially for those of you who are not supplemented up. Also, some great vegetables to utilize regularly would be leeks, scallions, daikon, kale (the darker, the better), and raw red cabbage. Try to keep away from a lot of high mucous forming foods such as dairy products (as far as possible!), refined sweeteners, soy (especially products that don”t say Non-GMO), and peanuts/cashews.