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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fighting Germs

Winter is here! 
  The time of year to bring out the hats and scarfs! Better yet double up on the vitamin C.  We all know this is the time when germs are spread.  Colds are passed around from family members and strangers.  Do not waste time in protecting yourself and family from it.  Here is a list of items I like to keep in my home to help build my immune system.  
  • Vitamin C 1,000mg (if you take the chewables make sure you swish water in your mouth for about 2min. to protect your enamel)- suggestion Emergen-C packets are good- just add water and drink.
  • Echinacea tea
  • Zinc
  • Lemon or Limes
  • Honey
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Cinnamon (ceylon)
  • Turmeric
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Pro-Biotic Acidophilus 
  • Vitamin B-complex
  • Coconut Water
The above herbs/spices, honey, and coconut water has powerful anti-virtual properties.  The fresh herbs are more potent than the dried herbs.  As you saw from my previous post I had thyme, basil, oregano, and rosemary.  I made teas and cooked with it.
The main item that is very important I hope you been taking is the  Pro-biotic Acidophilus.  This is the "good bacteria" that protects your intestinal tract.  If your intestinal tract is out of whack, then most likely you have more of the bad bacteria and you are more accessible in getting infections.  Just think 70% of your immune system is in the digestive tract.  This "good bacteria" is not only found in yogurts but in some food products and vitamins.  It is found in liquid or capsules form.  I take the capsules form that is dairy free.  It must be stored in your refrigerator. 
There are other precautions to take, such as, covering your mouth when coughing, and not touching public items (door knobs- especially bathroom doors and faucets, poles on bus and trains) use a tissue and carry hand sanitizers.  Thousands of germs are breathing on them.  Especially the bathrooms either at work, school, or public places due to some people do not wash their hands with soap after using the bathroom.  Running water on your hands without soap for less than 2 seconds is not washing your hands!  It takes 20 seconds to thoroughly wash your hands with soap to kill germs.

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