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3 Steps to Keep Your Immune System Strong and Prevent the Common Cold

The holiday season is a busy time. Many of us are shopping for gifts, squeezing in extra work hours, attending seasonal festivities, and visiting with family.

During this time, it is common to catch a cold or flu bug. Maybe it is extra travel, the added stress, or the windy, icy weather that causes so many of us to come down with a viral or bacterial infection.

While getting a cold is typically more of an annoyance than anything, for some of us, an infection can be devastating to our health.

If the body is weak or if an infection is not quickly dealt with, it can linger for weeks or even months. For some of us, a bacterial or viral infection can cause our bodies to swing into an autoimmune flare-up. For others, it can put the body into a vulnerable state, making it more susceptible to further infection.

What is our current health model to treat infection?

Most of us are taught to wait until an infection arrives before taking action. When we practice wellness and preventative medicine, we take steps to protect our health and honor our bodies so that an infection rarely arrives. And when it does, we are able to easily regain our health.

If you don't want to feel like this over the holidays, learn how to balance your immune system and strengthen your inner ecology with nourishing foods and healthy bacteria.

Wellness and prevention does not mean constantly rubbing your hands with antibacterial wipes or avoiding public doorknobs or escalator rails. What it means is:

  • That the immune system is balanced and strong.
  • That your inner ecology is flourishing with healthy, happy microbes.

What can we do to prevent the common cold while making sure our bodies are in a total state of health?

1. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Eat foods that truly nourish the body. This means that you eat mostly vegetables, plenty of healthy fats and oils, good quality protein, and grains, if you can tolerate them. It also means that you eat fermented foods as much as possible.

Unfortunately, it is not easy to eat a healthy diet while on the road or when traveling. Almost all store-bought snacks and restaurant foods are made with poor quality fats and sugars and contain pro-inflammatory proteins like gluten or casein.

This is one of the reasons that Body Ecology has specially formulated Vitality SuperGreen and Super Spirulina Plus. These nutrient-dense food powders are portable, nourishing, fermented, and made with the best ingredients available.

Next time you’re traveling, skip the airplane food or roadside snacks and try mixing a scoop of Vitality SuperGreen and Super Spirulina Plus in some water with a squirt of Stevia Concentrate.

2. The importance of 5 minutes. While it may not seem like much, try putting 5 minutes of your day toward inner awareness. This kind of inner focus can help you generate clarity and a feeling of calm.

Besides this, 5 minutes can also boost the strength of your immune system! This is because all forms of stress send pro-inflammatory signals throughout the body. If you are curious about what this stress signal is, it’s called IL-6.

Take five minutes right now. Close your eyes, sit straight with your shoulders back, and breathe.

What else strengthens the immune system on a cellular level? Laughter does. And so does the feeling of joy and love. After all, giving yourself time to digest life is as important as giving your stomach room to digest food!

3. Build up the inner ecology within your digestive tract. Good bacteria in your gut reduce inflammation, help to repair a leaky gut, fight infection, and make your food more nourishing!

The process of fermentation actually unlocks nutrients, making them more available. When you eat fermented foods, you also enhance your own digestive power. This means that you have the ability to absorb more vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients from food.

Fermented foods, like sauerkraut or kefir, also help to create a healthy immune system! Beneficial microbes communicate with our immune cells in the same way that an infectious, pathogenic bug would. The only difference? Good bacteria can dampen an inflammatory response in the body.

With all these benefits, it is a wonder how these very special foods ever left our diet in the first place! If you would like to make your own cultured vegetables at home or your own fermented diary, Body Ecology has put together cultures to easily create high-quality fermented food.

What to Remember Most About This Article:

Most of us view a cold as an annoyance, but an infection can be devastating to your health. Preventing sickness begins with a balanced, strong immune system and a healthy inner ecology robust with friendly bacteria.

You can prevent the common cold this year by using the following steps:

  1. Eat foods that are truly nourishing to the body.
  2. Take 5 minutes to find inner awareness and reduce stress each day.
  3. Build up your inner ecology with good bacteria in your digestive tract.

Product Recommendations:

  • Vitality SuperGreen

    Vitality SuperGreen

    Complete Superfood Nutrition

    Benefits for the common condition of leaky gut* - formulated with ingredients shown to maintain a healthy gut lining1,2,3

    What makes Vitality SuperGreen different from all the other green drinks on the market today? It’s the very alkalizing formula - the fermented algae blend, red marine blend, intestinal support blend and fermented green veggies —specially created by Donna Gates—that soothes and is very healing to the gut lining. A generous amount of nutrient-rich elements like L-glutamine, FOS from chicory inulin, GMO-free Sunflower Lecithin, and aloe vera extract (200:1) help establish and maintain a healthy inner ecosystem. We’ve spared no cost in blending together an extraordinary spectrum (or life force) of fermented algae and cereal grasses, fermented green veggies, enzymes, probiotics and food-based supplements providing you the highest quality fermented green drink on the market today.

    Nourish Your Inner Ecosystem with 2 scoops per day.

    Vitality SuperGreen:

    • Strengthens immunity so you feel more energetic and vibrant*
    • Offers an excellent source of complete nutrition - easily assimilated protein, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, lignans, essential fatty acids, nucleic acids, and beneficial microflora*
    • Soy Free • Dairy Free/Vegan
    • Provides healthy food for beneficial microflora - a potent, mineral-rich blend of fermented algae and red marine algae4
    • Fermented to magnify bioavailability*
    • Rich in antioxidants
    • Detoxifies the body to help maintain a healthy weight*
    • Unlike many superfoods on the market today, Vitality SuperGreen tastes great!
  • Super Spirulina Plus

    Super Spirulina Plus

    Detoxify and Support Cellular Health

    • A naturally fermented source of probiotics and bio-available superfoods
    • 100% fermented for increased bio-availability
    • A vegan, kosher, and Organic Certified product
    • Helps to detoxify your body, maintain a healthy weight, and boost energy
  • Stevia Liquid Concentrate

    Stevia Liquid Concentrate

    Sweet-tasting Herbal Extract Dietary Supplement

    • Zero Calorie, Zero Carbohydrates, Zero Glycemic Index
    • 985 servings in every bottle
    • Bitter-free, refreshingly sweet, smooth-tasting
    • Minimal processing for highest purity
  • Kefir Starter

    Kefir Starter

    Better Digestion, Boost Immunity

    Kefir has many benefits, including better digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It has been known for thousands of years for its anti-aging and immune-enhancing properties.

    Kefir is an ancient cultured food, rich in amino acids, enzymes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins. Kefir means "feel good" in Turkish, and that's just how you'll feel after drinking a glass in the morning! Easy and fun to make at home, it is superior to commercial yogurt. An absolute must after antibiotic use!

    Unlike yogurt, kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract and is simple and fun to make at home. To make kefir: Mix one packet with 1 quart of warm milk, cover and set at room temperature for 18-24 hours. Refrigerate and enjoy!

    Each packet yields 1 quart of kefir, and can be reused up to 7 times. This means you can create 10 ½ gallons of kefir from one box!

    • Digest fats, proteins and carbohydrates
    • Has anti-aging and immune-enhancing properties
    • Rich in amino acids, enzymes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins
    • An absolute must after antibiotic use
  • Veggie Culture Starter

    Veggie Culture Starter

    Resist Infections, Enhance Digestion

    • Ideal for appetite and weight control
    • Ideal for pregnant women
    • Ideal for children with Autism and ADD
    • Can be enjoyed daily
    • Easy to make at home

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