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Mimi’s Top 5 Immune Boosters

 

  1. Echinacea – For prevention, increased dosage if starting to feel sick
  2. Congaplex – Powerful combo of whole food supplements to be taken at the first sign of symptoms (turns on immune fighters). 
  3. Immuplex – Powerful combination of whole food supplements for prevention and treatment of any immune problem.
  4. Chywanprash – Powerful Ayurvedic formula for prevention and treatment 
  5. Cataplex AC – Best for flu, contains echinacea and whole food nutrients 

Tomato and White Bean Soup

 

 

Serves: 4-6

Use Organic:

  • 3½ cups pureed tomatoes
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 fennel bulb – thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 bunch of sliced Swiss chard
  • 1 15oz. can cannellini beans – rinsed and drained
  • 4 garlic cloves – chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon  Coconut Oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

  1. Place a large pot on stove top and heat to medium high.
  2. Add oils, then add fennel, onion, garlic and salt and sauté for about 7 minutes.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and reduce heat to low and let simmer (stirring occasionally) for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  4. Serve with bread, gluten free crackers, or parmesan crisps.
  5. Soup lasts 5 day refrigerated or 2 months in freezer.

From: https://www.gardenoflife.com/content/garden-recipes/tomato-white-bean-soup/

Meditation and Mindfulness for Preventing Cold and Flu

 


Welcome to the Cold and Flu Season

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that influenza is most common during the fall and winter seasons with infections peaking between late November to March. It is estimated that annually approximately 35.5 million Americans will get a cold and 13 million will get the flu, with thousands of people dying from complications. Not only do these illnesses make you feel terrible, but they also account for $10 billion in medical expenses and $16 billion in lost earnings, annually. So, how can we prevent getting sick?

Preventative Measures are the Answer!

If you’re like us, with a busy schedule and never-ending to-do list, you tend to wait until the last minute to take action. And in the cold and flu season, we often find ourselves being one of those statistics. However, by taking preventative measures, we can increase our chances of staying healthy. Of course, we know that hand washing and regular exercise are excellent preventative measures, but have you considered meditation? 

Using Meditation to Strengthen Your Immune System

One study conducted by the University of Wisconsin showed that meditation may be more effective than exercise at preventing the cold and flu. They also found that if you do get sick, meditation effectively reduced symptom severity. Infante et al. found that compared to non-meditators, those with an established meditation practice had higher levels of B lymphocytes and natural killer cells, cells the body uses to protect itself from foreign invaders. Even in new meditators, Davidson and colleagues found similar benefits. They noted that compared to the control group, after an eight-week mindfulness meditation program they had increased immune responses to foreign invader cells. As additional research is conducted in the field of meditation and immunology, it seems very likely that we will continue to learn great things from this long-standing practice.

These are extracts from The Science of Meditation Report from UNYTE. UNYTE: Biofeedback and interactive meditation