Here is some bad news, and some good news, about Lyme disease. In addition, those on the West coast are at greater risk for Relapsing Fever as well. Please check out this article and get tested if you are suspicious (even if you do not recall having a tick bite!). My favorite testing is by IgeneX.
Archive Category: Immune Health
June 21st, 2016
May 2nd, 2016
Ditto to Dr. Hyman’s list–it is important to start with healthful eating habits and sleuth to discover and correct any underlying imbalances (parasites, toxicities, infections, etc.). Check out his article.
April 25th, 2016
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–get your Vitamin D levels checked. Low levels have been associated with increased risk of cancers (including breast, ovarian, colon and non-Hodgkins lymphoma), diabetes, multiple sclerosis and heart attacks as well as bone fractures. Read more in this attached article. Supplementing without testing may lead to levels too high, however. Insurance may not cover the cost of the testing–but your medical insurance does not have your health as their goal.
March 18th, 2016
This is a fun article on foods to help you boost your immunity. I like making a smoothie including such foods as kale, strawberries, fresh turmeric root, jalapeno, fresh ginger, cinnamon, and kombucha!! And a fresh juice that works especially well is beets, carrots, jalapeno, ginger, turmeric, and apple. To your health!
February 9th, 2016
Here is a great article on spices that can help support your immune system. I also recommend sage, rosemary, and thyme which did not make their list. And don’t forget those veggies, too–garlic and onion. Oh, and healthy bone broths!! 🙂
February 5th, 2016
While there are certainly indications for removal of the appendix, it is NOT a useless organ. It has been shown (and another report is attached) that it supports immune function. Just another reason to be taking care of our gut.
December 31st, 2015
Stress occurs in the form of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual arenas. Consuming inflammatory foods, getting insufficient sleep, lack of exercise, over-exercising, nutrient deficiencies, and more cause stress. Stress can adversely effect our immune function leaving us at increased risk of illness. Symptoms can include fatigue, frequent or recurrent illnesses, insomnia, depression, anxiety, joint and/or muscle pain, and more. Please consult your ND for assessment and treatment. Read more here.
November 3rd, 2015
I commonly recommend including bone broths in the diet. They help support your immune system and contain many benefit nutrients–among them, collagen. Powdered hydrolyzed collagen gelatin is another option to support your body. Read more here (the author includes a recipe for pumpkin pudding that looks delicious!).
September 17th, 2015
Just in case you aren’t yet convinced to give up your soda habit–check out this article. And quit drinking sodas even if you’re not convinced! 🙂
July 14th, 2015
This is a great article explaining Vitamin A’s relationship with the immune system, in particular the GI tract (digestion). Be sure to include foods rich in Vitamin A (or its precursors): liver, dark green leafy veggies, carrots, red cabbage, eggs, cod liver oil, etc. If you have a digestive disorder, you may want to have your Vitamin A levels checked. Use caution with supplementation as Vitamin A toxicity can occur–check with your doctor or give us a call.