Autumn has come with its beauty and splendor of colorful leaves, apples to enjoy and pumpkins ready to be carved. I always enjoy the fall. Inevitably as this season comes, so do the coughs and colds.
Summer is a season of cleansing. We drink lots of liquids to stay cool, eat watermelon and berries and run and play in the sun. Our bodies are so active and constantly given opportunity to cleanse through our diet and play. As the seasons change so do our foods and activities.
Our bodies are preparing for the winter. We need foods and activities that help us stay warm and keep our immune systems strong. Often this transition is not so smooth, especially as Halloween approaches and lots of darling kids will be strolling their neighborhoods in the cold autumn night for sweets.
As the night unfolds, so do countless candies out of their wrappers into the bellies of thousands of children. Their immune systems are now very active trying to protect the body from cold and the onslaught of refined sugar. Refined sugar has all enzymes and nutrients removed as it is processed to be made.
Consuming refined sugar requires enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and insulin fromthe body in order to process it through the body. Sugar strips the body of nourishment and acts like a drug in the system. It triggers dopamine in the brain and that make us crave more sugar. Consumed in large amounts, sugar also causes fermentation in the intestines and overall weakens the immune system.
One of the key factors in cold care is keeping the immune system strong. Teaching one night to a sweet youth, I compared the immune system to GI Joe guys. We have these amazing soldiers (Leucocytes) inside of us to protect us. However, if we don’t let them sleep good, don’t feed them great nutrition and if we are stressing them out a lot then they won’t be ready for when invaders come. Moreover, if we keep their barracks dirty and full of garbage (their bowels), they will have to fight with that around them.
We weaken their capacity to fight back. While this may seem like a crude example of the immune system, I think it helps illustrate the importance of defending the immune system.
Going back to these kids who have just trick or treated, they now have a cold, tired and nutrition deprived immune system. Many of these kids may have dirty “barracks” or in other words, their bowels are compacted or blocked. What can we do to put strong holds back in the body?
“The same nutrition that prevents disease in its early stages can also halt or reverse disease in its later stages,” according to T. Colin and Thomas Campbell, in the China Study.
So, it is the same with the common cold.
Here are a few tips to consider in caring for your immune system.
1 Get appropriate amounts of sleep. It is a time of repair and rest for the body.
2 Drink lots of fluids, especially clean water. Water is vital for the healthy function of our organs, it keeps the river of life (our blood) flowing in our bodies and helps prevent constipation of the bowels.
3 Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Eating these nutrient rich, high fiber foods make them easily and readily available for the body to use. Avoid processed foods and mucus forming foods such as white flour, dairy, sugar, eggs and excess salt. They make for a sluggish bowel and thicken body mucous. Eat meat sparingly as it slows digestion, is not as nutrient rich as produce and is acidic in the body.
Pro-Tip: Diet may be the hardest change many make, but I have learned that it IS the small and simple things that we do each day that make a huge difference in our lives. It does make a difference.
4 Get those bowels moving. The bowels are our plumbing. If there is a stopper closing it off, the pipe cannot drain and will stay stagnant and build up will happen. You should be going 3 times a day generally. “What comes in must come out.” A few ideas for moving them are prune juice, Dr. Christopher’s Kid-e-Reg formula for children or Dr. Christopher’s Lower Bowel formula. If these are not available to you; I highly recommend the herbs cascara sagrada, Turkey rhubarb or slippery elm. These are mild laxative herbs to help the bowels move. Stronger laxatives would be aloe or senna.
5 Cut the mucous and strengthen the immune system. A few wonderful herbs that are antiviral/antimicrobial, excellent expectorants and strengthen the immune system are: licorice root, mullein, garlic, elder (berry or flower), echinacea and thyme. I also like a warm drink of lemon with its rind with honey and a pinch of cayenne.
Before you send your cuties out to trick or treat feed them a healthy meal and keep in mind these tips to keep their immune systems strong and protected. Learning these principles from The School of Natural Healing has made me a wiser and better mother. I have understanding that helps me keep my family healthy. I have learned how to protect, cleanse and nourish the body. I highly recommend their courses to you!
What are your favorite ways to strengthen your immune system in the wintertime against colds? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.
When 6-year-old Daniel’s mother first came to me for help, she was desperate. She had been struggling for more than a year with his condition, and she had no answers – despite the fact that she’d done everything she could to get help from several medical experts.
“Daniel started his chronic hives in October of 2012,” his mother said. “I had taken him to his pediatrician, hospital, dermatologist, allergist, and even the children’s hospital of Philadelphia.”
But she said that after a lot of bloodwork, poking, prodding and testing, there were no answers. And this is what she was dealing with.
“I did days and nights, hours and hours of research and I came to the conclusion that I needed to do something drastic, I didn’t want my son on steroids he was only 5 years old,” Daniel’s mom said.
“All my research pointed to the FOOD we eat, at first I didn’t believe that, but I was a desperate mother with at the time a 6-year-old who I was tired of seeing 85% of his body covered in hives, and suffering, itching and couldn’t walk at times.”
The First Steps to Recovery: Eliminating Artificial Food Coloring and Flavors
Daniel’s mom said the first thing she did was to eliminate artificial food coloring and artificial flavors.
“… to my amazement I started to see a change, but it wasn’t enough. I needed to do something else for him,” she said. “I decided to follow something else I saw online, we went gluten free, dairy free and sugar free. And wow! I cannot hesitate to tell you what a huge difference it made, they were not gone completely but it was only about 20% of his body now.”
Seeking Professional Help from a Holistic Healer
Though she’d started to see results, Daniel’s mom wanted to know how she could do better for her son – she knew she was on the right track, but she just needed a little guidance to help Daniel recover and live a comfortable and healthy life.
That’s when she found me.
“When I met Agatha Repice at Clean Clear Body, I had given her a list of foods that we normally eat and she told me what was ok and what was no good for him,” she said. “She also did cupping on him. Through time we had him all cleared up as long as we were careful with what he ate and touched.”
Schools and Food Allergies: Daniel’s Experience
So often, teachers at school are so busy that they don’t realize the importance of understanding their students’ dietary needs – and thanks to the level of toxicity in many of our foods today, it’s more important than ever – especially when allergies are involved.
“Unfortunately some schools just don’t understand and he had an incident where the teacher (even though she had a list of things he can’t have or touch) had given them all regular pasta for an art project,” Daniel’s mother reported.. “Needless to say my son ended up in the hospital with a first time reaction of this kind a fever of 103.5 and a body with no reaction limp as a noodle.”
Thankfully, his mother said, Daniel was okay.
“I had given him children’s Tylenol and allergy medicine and that helped him,” she said. “The hospital was afraid to give him any medicine because all of their medicine had artificial colors in it, had to be dye free. I got a letter from the hospital and showed it to the school. They promised to be more careful.”
If She Can Do It, So Can You!
Daniel’s mother is on a mission to help educate fellow parents as well as teachers and daycare staff – anyone who works with children.
“I want to add the importance of following these diets,” she said. “If it’s your family member especially a child,I would suggest the whole family stick with it and remove items the child shouldn’t have from your home.”
“It’s easier for them to stick to it that way, it’s what I did,” she said. “I’m not going to lie, it’s not easy but for my son I will do anything, and I did. Including cooking many things homemade gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, corn free, yeast free but not taste free I always made sure they tasted good. And I am a full time working mom.”
Today, Daniel is a happy, healthy and hive-free boy, his mother reports.
“Thanks to following Agatha Repice’s advice and guidance, he is finally cured.”
After being cooped up all winter with the cold and all spring with the rain, we look forward to those long, lazy, sun-filled summer days. But if you are not prepared to protect yourself from sunburn and insect bites, you may find the summer season something to avoid rather than enjoy.
Sunlight generates ultraviolet radiation that can lead to cancer and damage to the eyes. In fact, in 2002 the National Institutes of Health added UV radiation to the list of identified carcinogens in America. People who work outdoors, babies, senior citizens and those with fair skin and light-colored eyes are at higher risk for skin cancer.
Another summertime danger is insect bites. Mosquitoes, ants, spiders, bees and fleas are particularly obnoxious – and they are everywhere. Their bites can cause symptoms ranging from swelling, pain and itchiness to life-threatening allergic reactions.
To protect yourself from these dangers, follow the ABCs of summer skin care:
* Avoid the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is at its brightest. Take your daily walk in the morning or late afternoon. Many insects breed in water, so stay away from stagnant pools and soggy grass.
* Block sunlight with a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. Apply sunblock half an hour before going out and reapply every couple of hours.
* Cover up. Wear loose-fitting, tightly woven clothes that reach your wrists and ankles; UV-protected sunglasses; and hats with 4-inch brims to cover eyes, ears, scalp and neck. Insects are attracted to bright colors and strong perfumes, so dress neutrally and go easy on scents.
* Defend yourself. Use a spray to repel bugs. One to try is Hamba Suka Natural Insect Repellent, from the Molo Africa line of products, an all-natural spray made with high-quality essential oils. This is a 100 percent natural product that repels insects such as ants, fleas, mosquitoes and flies. The spray contains no poisons or harmful chemicals.
It’s easy to make your lips look fuller if you have the right cosmetics to do it. The concepts you use are the same ones you learned in art class all those years ago. Contrary to what some women might think, less is more when it comes to your lips.
You’ll need lip liner, foundation or lip base, and lipstick that is a shade lighter than your lip liner.
Create the Full Lip Look
There are cosmetics that really do make your lips fuller, but they can still look small if you don’t apply your lipstick correctly. Those cosmetics contain allergens so that your lips essentially have an allergic reaction and swell a bit. They may even tingle. Feel free to use that type of lipstick if you like, but by applying the technique here you can make your lips look even fuller, though not like you just cam out of a bitched cosmetic surgery job.
Begin by applying the base. Whether you use foundation or a lip base, this is an important step to make your lipstick last longer. It can also help prevent the bleeding of lipstick into the lines around your mouth.
Once the base has been applied, it’s time to work on the lip liner. Think of your lip liner the same way you thought of the crayon or marker you used top use to outline pictures. You’re going to do the same thing with your lips. Outline your mouth at the very edge of your lips.
*Tip: Unless you are going to be on television, never take your lip liner or lipstick outside of your lip line. They can get away with it on television and in pictures because those are 2D images. In 3D (the way we see real life) it just looks like a small child put your makeup on for you.
Take your lip liner to the corner of your lips, where the top and bottom meet. Fill in about a 1/2″ on either side, on both the top and bottom, using your lip liner. You are really just filling in the thinner parts almost to the point where your lips begin to get a bit fuller. Always work toward you lips and mouth rather than toward the outside of your lips.
Now, fill in your lips with the lipstick. Work from the outside to the inside instead of going all the way across your lips. Once the lipstick is applied, blend the line from the lip liner, pushing toward the inside of your lips. When you get done, the outside of your lips should be a shade darker than the inside, but should not be showing a line.
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For the past years, seaweeds have been a popular food additive in almost all parts of the world. According to studies, seaweeds are rich in vitamins A1, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E and K which can keep the body healthy and strong enough to fight many types of diseases. Aside from having loads of vitamins, seaweeds are also know as good sources for minerals such as potassium, odium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, iron and zinc.
Since seaweeds have high vitamin and mineral contents, researchers found out those seaweeds are not only good as food additive; they are also potent ingredients for beauty products. Studies show that seaweed beauty products are effective and safe to use in almost all types of skin.
In fact, seaweed beauty products are considered as one of the best in the cosmetic industry today. For the past years, many players in the cosmetic industry came up with different beauty products using seaweeds are primary ingredients.
Caring For Your Skin
Skin types vary from person to person thus it is not safe to assume that what works for another person will also work for you. Fortunately, there are now different types of seaweed beauty products for different types of skin so you need not worry about finding the right seaweed beauty product for you. Just make sure that you use the seaweed beauty product accordingly to avoid any untoward incidents.
If you are one of those people who are prone to allergies, you should be extra careful when using any types of beauty products. Before you apply the seaweed beauty product on your face or any parts of the body for that matter, you must read the label carefully and take note of the ingredients used in the product. Make sure that the beauty products do not contain ingredients that can trigger your allergies.
Moreover, before you actually use the beauty product, you should test it first by applying it on a small portion of your skin. Wait for a few hours for any signs allergic reactions. If you notice any itching or burning sensations on the area where you applied the beauty products, do not use these products.
On the other hand, you should be careful about using seaweed beauty products if you are suffering from acne and other types of skin breaks. To be safe, consult your dermatologist before you apply seaweeds beauty products on any affected area of your skin. Note that some types of beauty products can have some adverse effects on sensitive skin.
Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own.
Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves.
Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy.