10 Ways to Improve Your Overall Immunity

What Is the Immune System?

The immune system is a collection of special cells, organs, and substances that defends the body against infection and illness. It monitors the body at the cellular level and attempts to rid it of anything unfamiliar.

Antigens

Any substance that enters the body that the immune system does not recognize is known as an antigen. When an antigen enters our bodies, the immune response is triggered and the attack to get rid of it begins. Our immune system has the ability to destroy anything containing a particular antigen, including, germs, viruses, and cancer cells.

It’s safe to say that without our immunity, we wouldn’t be around too long because it is a tireless warrior protecting our health. There are bacteria and viruses everywhere, not to mention helminths (worms) and tiny mites that carry infection and our immune systems continuously fight all types of bacteria, viruses and various parasites.

We also use our immunity to fight and kill cancerous cells that can pop up in our systems and while of course it is not always successful as people still get cancer, those with a poor immune system get cancer at higher rates than individuals who take care of their immune system.

It is therefore of great importance to be sure and take care of our immune system health. Thankfully, some of the ways in which we can do this are also beneficial in other ways to our overall health.

What are some ways we can maximize the effectiveness of our immune system to stay as healthy as possible? Let’s look at a few:

  1. Get immunized. Every year, you are given the opportunity to get an influenza shot. This “shot in the arm” will literally boost your immunity against the likely influenza viruses floating around through the winter months. Older people should get the Pneumovax vaccine, which prevents pneumonia caused by pneumococcal bacteria.
  2. Eat well. This means getting enough nutrition through fruits and vegetables, and nuts and seeds. There are nutrients in these foods that act as antioxidants, scavenging your body for oxygen free radicals that can damage cellular systems. Research has shown that increasing the number of fruits and vegetables in your diet can improve the ability of immunizations to “take hold.”
  3. Stay away from tobacco smoke. Tobacco smoke ruins immunity, even if you aren’t the actual smoker. Kids have an increased risk of getting middle ear infections and lung infections when exposed to second hand smoke by way of parents or family members smoking around them. Adults are more prone to getting bronchitis and pneumonia when exposed to tobacco smoke. The toxic ingredients in smoke lessen your ability to fight off all kinds of infections.
  4. Cut down on alcohol. Those who excessively drink alcohol have an increased risk of getting infections from a poor immune system. Pulmonary infections are particularly likely to happen in heavy drinkers.
  5. Eat probiotics. Probiotics are one of the best things to reach mainstream medicine. Probiotics are found in some yogurts as well as in capsule form. They consist of living spores of healthy bacteria or living organisms themselves. They colonize the gut and displace the “bad bacteria” that can make you sick. With probiotics, you can have a healthier gut immune system and can avoid gastrointestinal upset from bacteria or fungi in the gut.
  6. Eat garlic. Garlic is an antimicrobial agent in and of itself. It boosts the immune system in a general way but is inactivated by heat. For this reason, you should add garlic to foods just before serving the food.
  7. Get vitamin D. Many people in the Northern Hemisphere are deficient in vitamin D and this can negatively affect immunity, particularly in the winter months. You can get vitamin D with exposure to the sun or you can take a vitamin D supplement. As some people need a lot of vitamin D and others don’t need as much, have your vitamin D level checked periodically until you find a dosage of vitamin D that brings your level into the normal range. In the summertime, just ten to fifteen minutes of sunlight per day can be a big benefit to your immune system.
  8. Eat shitake and Maitake mushrooms. Studies have shown that highly concentrated extracts of these types of medicinal mushrooms have enhanced the immune system of women who have breast cancer. While eating the mushroom alone hasn’t been studied, it may have a beneficial effect on the immune system of otherwise healthy people.
  9. Immune Supporting Herbs. There are tons of immune-supportive herbs out there and probably yet to be developed. Some important ones are eleuthero, Asian ginseng, astragalus, and American ginseng. These have been used in Chinese medicine for millennia to prevent infection and keep the body healthy. They can be found at health food stores everywhere and even at certain pharmacies.
  10. Echinacea tincture. Echinacea is good for respiratory infections, especially when taken early in the course of the infection. Make a tincture yourself or get one from a reputable herbalist.

 
*DISCLAIMER: THIS PUBLICATION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE MEDICAL ADVICE, IT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.

Migraine Headaches 101

Migraine headaches are a result of changes within the brain itself. It results in severe headache pain, often associated with sensitivity to smells, sounds, or exposure to light.

Typical symptoms of migraine headaches include:

  • Severe pain (usually on one side of the head)
  • A “pounding” sensation in the head
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to sound or light
  • Eye pain

Not all headaches are migraine headaches as there are other causes of headaches that can present themselves with migraine-like headache pain.

For example, people with cluster headaches can present in ways that are similar to migraines. The cause of migraine headaches is unknown. Changes in the neurotransmitter levels in the brain are believed to be a part of the etiology behind headaches.

Causes of Migraine Headaches

There are no blood tests or imaging studies that can diagnose a migraine headache. The only way to make a proper diagnosis of migraine headaches is to look at the patient’s signs and symptoms. Common causes of headaches include eating certain foods, being exposed to loud noises and other strong sensory stimuli, stress, and hormonal changes in the body.

What Exactly Is A Migraine?

While some people call any severe headache a “migraine headache,” migraine headaches are usually the result of certain physiological changes in the brain. These changes occur within the brain and lead to the characteristic symptoms associated with having a migraine headache.

Migraine headaches are usually linked to light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, or odor sensitivity. Additionally, migraines are often associated with nausea and vomiting—things not seen in regular headaches.

Migraine headaches are usually only on one side of the head but sometimes, they can be bilateral. Headache pain from a migraine headache is often described as “pounding” or “throbbing” and it can worsen with physical activity.

Some people will have a warning sign (called an aura) that shows up just before the headache pain begins. An aura can involve numbness or weakness on one side of the body, a blind spot in the eye, or the presence of flickering lights in the field of vision. The aura often lasts several minutes, generally going away as the pain begins.

Risk Factors for Migraines

Around a quarter of all people will experience a migraine headache at some time in their lives. Most people with migraines are women. After the teenage years, the ratio of women to men having migraine headaches is about 3 to 1.

There seems to be a hereditary component to getting migraine headaches so that there is often a family history of migraine headaches in those people who go on to develop migraine headaches.

According to the International Headache Society, migraine headaches are episodic in nature, unilateral, and represent a pulsating pain that is moderate to severe in intensity. It is made worse by physical exercise, and is associated with nausea and vomiting.

Phonophobia is common in migraine headache sufferers. Some patients will have “Phonophobia,” which is a sensitivity to sound. Migraine headaches usually last several hours but can last several days.

Treatment of Migraine Headaches

Medical/Prescription Treatment Options

The treatment of migraine headaches can include over the counter medications or prescription medications. The prescription medications often used to treat migraine pain include frovatriptan, almotriptan, naratriptan, zolmitriptan, rizatriptan, eletriptan, and sumatriptan—all members of the triptan classification of migraine headache relievers.

Other non-medical ways to help migraine headaches include:

  • Taking preventative medications (to keep a migraine from happening)
  • Exercises, such as yoga, tai chi, or qi gong, which reduce stress and induce relaxation
  • Avoiding dietary triggers
  • Lifestyle modifications such as changing one’s exercise and diet regimen

Most people find that it takes a combination of medications and lifestyle changes to prevent and treat migraine headaches.  

Getting Help

If you believe that you are suffering from migraines, see your doctor right away, to further investigate the issues, and get the proper treatment.

*DISCLAIMER: THIS PUBLICATION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE MEDICAL ADVICE, IT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.

How to Stay Fit With the Help of Your Dog

When it comes to fitness, we could all benefit from having an accountability partner. Motivation is an excellent tool to have as well. However, sometimes friends and family members are too busy to help us keep our goals, much less reach them.

This is where our furry friends come in handy. Having a pet is a sure-fire way to help us stay fit. If you have a dog, there is no better way to keep fit than by incorporating your dog’s needs with your own.

There are several ways you can stay fit with a furry friend.

The Power of Walking

Of course, it is common sense that walking your dog for business as well as pleasure is necessary. However, you can spice things up a bit by walking your dog the power walking way.

Start off slowly, allowing your dog to sniff and smell along the way and then pick up the pace. Power walking is a great way for you to increase your cardio as well as give your dog a bit of a workout too.

Walking along the boardwalk is a great way to get some exercise in while taking in the scenery, too. A power walk along the beach is a great workout for you and your dog, as it works out your leg muscles. Walking along the beach is more difficult and you will receive a better workout.

Bring the Frisbee

Dogs love to play Frisbee. Take your dog to the beach and throw the Frisbee around having him catch it. You can chase him a little bit until you command him to stop. Playing Frisbee will give you a good cardio workout while you are at it.

Swim Time

Most dogs love the water and what better way for both of you to get into shape than to hit the beach. Have a good swim alongside your dog for a great workout. Swimming in your pool and doing some laps is a great way to use the buddy system. They do not call a dog man’s best friend for no reason.

Hit the Trails

Jogging is one of the best ways to incorporate exercise and fitness into your daily routine and your dog can help you with this. Jogging through trails that are a little hilly will give both you and your furry friend a great workout and a fresh mindset as well.

Jogging in the woods and on trails gives you and your pet a connection with nature and when you are connected, you feel fit.

THIS PUBLICATION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE MEDICAL ADVICE, IT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.

Natural Remedies for Anxiety and the Nerves

Is it any surprise that in the hectic lives we lead today, that more and more people are becoming burnt out- both physically and mentally?

The incidence of depression, anxiety, and nervous breakdowns has increased significantly, proving that something must be wrong with our way of constant multi-tasking.

Now before you get all panicky and book an appointment with your Psychologist/Psychiatrist, did you know there are VERY effective natural remedies that can be employed in your quest for tranquility?

Whether it be to improve your quality of sleep following a hectic day, or when your nerves feel on edge- there is something for everyone.

As most of these natural remedies (which are primarily herbs) have been used for centuries in ayurvedic, oriental or traditional medicine, shouldn’t that prove utility, at least to some degree?

In no particular order, here are the best in natural remedies for anxiety and nerves.

Chamomile

One of nature’s most popular anxiety relieving remedies, chamomile can be supplemented in various ways, the most common ones being in the form of tea, or pills (extracts).

Have you ever felt nervous in the tummy? You know, the feeling we all get before a public speaking session or a big test! Chamomile has demonstrated its ability to ease bloating and promote digestion, being an effective two-pronged therapy wherever you feel the jitters.

Chamomile is capable of handling moderate levels of anxiety; if you feel yours is severe and inhibiting normal daily function, a specialist medical doctor is your best bet.

St. John’s Wort

On days when you feel especially down, St. John’s Wort can be just the thing for you. While it is only capable of combating low levels of anxiety, it is very well suited for depression, and extremely efficient at elevating your mood.

Moreover, since chances are anxiety and depression frequently occurs together as co-morbidities, it can quickly become one of your go-to remedies. St John’s Wort is available primarily in pill or liquid oral forms.

Valerian Root

If you find yourself staring at the ceiling for hours, unable to sleep with worry or anxiety on your mind, Valerian is the herb for you.

A very potent natural sedative, Valerian Root is the remedy of choice for people suffering from insomnia but not willing to go on prescription strength meds. It is so effective in “relaxing” the body, that it is in fact also used in the treatment of asthma (to relax the airways), muscular cramps, cough, and even menstrual pain. You’ll soon be counting sheep in your sleep following a dose of good ole’ valerian.

Passionflower

As the name implies, this herb will leave you feeling quite passionate love for it after trying it a few times. A study conducted by The University of Maryland (USA) found the passionflower to have comparative anxio-lytic effects to many prescription strength anxiety medications (such as Valium, Ativan, and Xanax).

Over the course of four weeks, its ability to induce relaxation was on par to the prescription strength medication, with a major advantage- very little or absolutely no drowsiness. This could be a major selling point to people who have to work, and simply cannot afford to be asleep on the job. It also successfully was able to manage irritability and depression in patients recovering from drug induced tolerance (such as when discontinuing strong sedatives)

Kava Kava

The extract from the root of this plant is quite possibly the most effective natural remedy for treating moderate to severe levels of anxiety and nervous disorder. It has a rather unique property- it can treat insomnia, without clouding mental clarity. Many believe that it can help result in very vivid dreams, and can even block the train of anxiety thought. However, Kava Kava is notorious for interacting with quite a few prescription meds, so be sure to consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this one.

Conclusion

Many people that try these natural remedies will be happy they saved a trip to the doctor. However, if you notice the developmental of suicidal thoughts, or find yourself using it for more than 12 continuous weeks, a visit to your specialist is necessary, since deeper seated problems may be present.

Overall, nature has gifted us more than enough to take care of our bodies!

THIS PUBLICATION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE MEDICAL ADVICE, IT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.

Why hypnosis is the most powerful money-making tool you could ever possess!

Reproduced from Total Money Magnetism by Steve G Jones, worlds leading clinical hypnotherapist.

Why hypnosis is the most powerful money-making tool you could ever possess!

If you’re completely new to hypnosis, you’re probably wondering how on earth it ties in with money making, and how it is going to get you on the fast-track to wealth!

So right now, I’m going to get a little into the exact neuroscience behind hypnosis and prove to you why it is literally the BEST tool you can have up your sleeve when it comes to getting RICH.

First of all, here’s the one crucial secret you NEED to know:

The number one thing that is holding you back from achieving ultimate wealth and life success right now is your subconscious mind…

…And the ONLY way you can directly target and ‘reprogram’ your stubborn subconscious mind is through hypnosis!

Here’s the deal:
There are two crucial components of your mind that drive your behavior;

your conscious and your subconscious.

Your conscious mind is the part of your mind that’s in control when you’re fully awake and alert. It allows you to think, reason and analyze and controls all of your actions when you are awake.

Your subconscious mind, on the other hand, is like a huge memory bank that stores all of your memories, beliefs, and skills, but does not think or reason… It simply obeys COMMANDS received from your conscious.

In your subconscious mind, thoughts which were originally created in your conscious can feed, grow, and take root… Which is great for positive thoughts, as they can blossom into empowering beliefs, which motivate you to reach your goals.

But on the other hand, if you are producing the same negative thoughts over and over, your subconscious will latch on to these thoughts and will begin to grow ‘toxic weeds’ in your mind…

And these ‘weeds’ will only serve to keep you trapped in negative thought patterns and hold you back from where you want to be!

See, one of your subconscious mind’s most important functions is to keep you living in alignment with your ingrained habits and beliefs (or in other words, keep you living inside your ‘comfort zone’!)

So what happens is, when you even THINK about doing something out of the ordinary, your subconscious mind automatically goes into ‘red alert mode’ and produces emotions such as fear and discomfort, to encourage you to stay within the boundaries of your comfort zone.

And herein lies the problem…

What if you are so used to struggling financially, that this has BECOME your ‘comfort zone’?

What if your subconscious is literally blocking you from becoming wealthy?

Unfortunately, this is the biggest reason why most people NEVER break free from the chains of financial hardship.

If you have negative thoughts about money and your ability to achieve success lurking in the back of your mind, this this is the REASON you haven’t attracted wealth in your life yet.

And the bottom line is, in order to become wealthy beyond your wildest dreams, your subconscious mind needs to undergo a MAJOR upgrade.

It’s a bit like overcoming smoking… You have been in the same habits and thinking patterns for years, and so making a change is a BIG deal – it is going to require literally ‘re-wiring’ the very synapses, cells and neural pathways of your brain!

But wait… here’s the really good news!

At the moment, your conscious is acting as the ‘big burly bouncer’ controlling all access in and out of your subconscious mind.

But with hypnosis, YOU get to take over control.

With my program, you have received my ultimate Millionaire Brain Building technology: Six custom-built hypnosis recordings that I have personally optimized for your wealth-building success.

And we’ll delve deeper into the exact mechanisms behind these super- charged hypnosis tracks in the following chapters…

… But all you need to know right now is that these mp3 tracks are embedded with cutting-edge neuroscience technology, which allows you to literally put your conscious mind ‘to sleep’ so that YOU can take over command of your subconscious.

Once your conscious is ‘asleep’, your subconscious is forced into submission.

It literally has no choice but to OBEY the powerful wealth-building messages and commands contained within your hypnosis tracks…

… To start permanently erasing toxic beliefs, shutting down negative thought patterns, and allowing your thoughts to be reprogrammed for ‘mass wealth attraction’ through controlled neurogenesis (the creation of functional new neurons in your brain).

Through neurogenesis, the very neural pathways in the areas of your brain responsible for wealth and success will be strengthened, allowing for faster, more powerful connections to be created.

And as your new millionaire thoughts and beliefs become ‘hardwired’ into your mind, your subconscious will automatically start working hard to keep you living in alignment with these beliefs…

… Transforming you more and more into an unstoppable wealth magnet each and every time you listen to your advanced Millionaire Brain Building hypnosis tracks!