Chocolatey Chia Immune Smoothie

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

Looking for a change from your fruity, summer smoothie? This chocolatey, chia blend can be eaten warm or cold and combines the perfect winter ingredients. The combined antioxidants, protein, vitamin A, vitamin D & probiotic will help to boost your immune system this winter. It also contains a balance of carbohydrates, fat, protein and fiber that make for a balanced meal replacement.

Ingredients: Makes 1 Serving

1 1/2 Cup Vanilla Cashew Milk
½ Banana
1 Tbsp Cashew Butter or Almond Butter
½ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Dropper DMulsion Vitamin D by Seroyal (1000IU)
1 Tsp Astragalus Powder by Harmonic Arts
¼ Tsp HMF Probiotic Powder by Seroyal

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What is a ‘Natural Antibiotic’?

We hear a lot in the media about natural alternatives to the flu vaccine, natural antibiotics and immune boosters. Is this a thing? Do natural alternatives exist?

Yes, they do and they have for centuries!! Naturopathic doctors and herbalists call these herbal medicines ‘anti-microbial’ NOT ‘antibiotic’. Meaning that they are typically able to fight a combination of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. They are not as potent as conventional medications but when you are coming down with something these are a great place to start. Or if you have over-used conventional drugs and they just aren’t working – this is a great place to turn!

So, what are these ‘herbs’ and where can you find them? Some common anti-microbial herbs include:

Andrographis: Anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-parasitic. Especially helpful in acute infections.
Barberry: Anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic
Black Walnut: Anti-worm Echinacea angustifolia and purpurea: Immune enhancing, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-parasitic
Golden Seal: Anti-catarrhal (anti-cough & congestion), mucous membrane restorative, anti-bacterial
Holy Basil: Immune enhancing
Olive Leaf: Immune enhancing
Oregon Grape Root: Immune enhancing

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4 Basic Supplements for Cold & Flu Prevention

You can TREAT your cold OR… you can PREVENT it! Here are the top 4 basics for immune support this winter.

1. ACES with Zinc. Includes immune boosting Vitamin C but also antioxidant and mineral supports for the immune system including Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Selenium & Zinc.

2. Protein Powder. Too simple to be true? Not […]

By |September 27th, 2016|Cold & Flu, From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles|0 Comments

Cold and Flu Prevention Starts NOW

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

Prevention pays off when it comes to boosting your immune system in preparation for cold and flu season. A strong immune system can prevent an infection from developing as well as shorten the duration of a cold or flu. The change of season is a common time for people to get sick. It is wise to begin preparing 3-6 weeks ahead of time to ensure.   As we move into autumn there are a number of ways that we can support our body and boost our immune system.

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By |October 6th, 2015|Cold & Flu, Uncategorized|0 Comments

7 Innate Tips to Kick the Common Cold

Prevention is by far the best medicine for the common cold. Maintaining a healthy immune system helps protect against frequent colds. More than one or two colds per year may indicate a weak immune system. When we are in peak health a cold should last 3-4 days. A cold that lasts beyond this amount of time is lingering and reflective of a weakness in our natural defenses.

Let’s say you’ve tried everything – even a healthy dose of Vitamin C or Echinacea and that cold just won’t budge. You are still struggling with a lingering cough, rattling chest, sore throat, raspy voice or watery nose. Its time to go back to basics! Skim through the following checklist and give some of the suggestions a try.

Hydration (Endurolyte, Ormus Greens, Silica Tea)
Adequate Protein (Sunwarrior Classic Protein)
Decreased Consumption of Refined Sugars (St. Francis Canadian Bitters)
Rest (Book a Free 15 Minute Consultation!)
Stress (NFH Adrenal SAP or AOR OrthoAdapt)
Warmth (Yogi Indian Spice Tea, Botanica Cinnamon Capsules)
Sunlight/Vitamin D (D Drops by Thorne or D-Mulsion by Genestra)

 

 Hydration:

Sometimes when a cold lingers it is simply because we are dehydrated. This is particularly so if we have run a fever. Our body compensates for a fever by releasing perspiration; this is another way in which we lose our fluids. When we are low in fluid and electrolytes it is difficult for the body to expel mucus or repair irritated and inflamed tissues.

Of course, it doesn’t help if we are naturally dehydrated. Are we consuming adequate water in the day? Does our consumption of natural diuretics such as alcohol, coffee or tea further deplete us of needed fluids? Do we replace the fluids lost during exercise or after a period of heavy perspiration/night sweats?

Here are the Top 3 Innate Recommendations for Hydration:

Endurlyte Supplement by Seroyal. This hydrating powder provides electrolytes required to rehydrate.
Ormus Super Greens Formula by Sunwarrior. Greens Powders are natural high in whole food sources of vitamins and minerals necessary for rehydration.
Silica Tea by Harmonic Arts. Yes, Silica Tea is for the strength of hair, skin, nails and bones. But the reason for this is the rich content of minerals. Minerals are also VERY important for hydrations. Drink it hot, drink it cold.

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By |September 25th, 2014|Cold & Flu, Vitamins and Minerals|0 Comments