Green Tip – Natural Ways to Stay Healthy

by Wendy Gabriel

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GREEN TIP: Use natural ways to avoid swine flu and stay healthier this winter. As always eat whole foods, avoid processed foods and sugar and get enough sleep.

Here are some ways to avoid swine flu courtesy of Dr. Lissa Rankin:

1. Wash your hands. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, which can introduce the virus into your receptive passageways.  If you cough or sneeze, use a tissue and throw the tissue away afterwards. This will help protect you and everyone else out there who is trying to avoid swine flu.

2. Give your immune system a boost by taking Echinacea. Dr. Rankin’s favorite is Esberitox from Integrative Therapeutics. There are also Echinacea teas.

3. Eat immune boosting foods, and steer clear of sugar. Here are some that can help you.

Loaded with Vitamin C, citrus fruits are a yummy, easy way to support your immune system. Grab a glass of OJ, or make some lemonade. Even better, mix lots of lemons into filtered water with raw honey and cayenne pepper. Not only is it a zingy tasty treat filled with Vitamin C, it also alkalinizes your body, which helps it fight infection.

Red chili peppers (cayenne)
Cayenne pepper has long been appreciated for its medicinal properties and can help your body during states of emergency.

Filled with immune-boosters, garlic has been used to treat everything from the common cold to the Plague.

Bursting with beta-carotene, carrots give your body a leg up when you’re fighting infection. Drink a few carrot juices to get enough in your body. Sweet potatoes and spinach also contain lots of beta carotene, so eat up.

4. Get plenty of sleep. When you’re well rested, your body fights infection more effectively. Check out these tips from naturopath Dr. Nicole Sundene.

5. Give up alcohol and caffeine for a while. Staying sober and decaffeinated helps your body mount immune responses.

6. Guzzle green juice instead. Juice some kale, celery, cucumber, swiss chard, lemon, spinach, ginger, garlic- whatever you’ve got around that can support your good health. Also, avoid processed foods and eat a whole foods diet.

7. Hydrate. Drink, drink, drink pure clean water. It keeps your mucous thin and helps your mucous membranes resist infection.

8. Supplement with probiotic bacteria, which alters the intestinal flora and helps your body resist infection.

9. Take Elderberry syrup: 1 tsp 3 times daily. It’s a natural anti-viral.

10. Get your exercise. While this may not be the best time to go to a crowded gym, a long hike in nature can do wonders for your immune system, your general health, and your psyche.

11. Don’t panic about swine flu. Stress weakens your immune system and makes you less capable of mounting an immune response. Manage your stress in healthy ways, by meditating, listening to guided imagery CD’s, walking, deep breathing, yoga, and other healthy stress-relieving activities.

Source: Dr. Lissa Rankin,

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  1. Bethe’s avatar

    Great tips, Wendy!! I wish I can take echinacea, but I am allergic. Breaks me out in a rash. Pity. On that note, I do think it’s a good idea when adding herbals etc. to do them one at a time. That way, if you have an issue with an allergy to one, you will be able to identify it easily versus if you start taking a bunch of new things at once.

    Stay healthy- Bethe

  2. Carole’s avatar

    Great tips, Wendy! Lemonade with cayenne sounds yummy! Almost sounds like a great cocktail……but methinks that is not the point with this one (haha). I’m hoping that by using these tips my family will have a very healthy flu season. Thanks for sharing.

  3. hannah’s avatar

    I was once ‘kept alive’ during a bout with pneumonia while snowed in for days, with a ‘tea’ which was made of ginger, garlic, lemon, and cayenne. When we were able to access the outside, I started the goldenseal, echinacea and oregon grape root tinctures in addition. I healed quicker than I ever had on antibiotics. As Bethe says, make sure you know what your body thinks of each part of a cure!


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