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In this issue…
♦ How to stay well this winter… ♦ 8 steps to winter wellness…
♦ How to beat colds and the flu naturally…
♦ How the immune system works… ♦ When you feel that first tickle…
♦ Rx for winter wellness… ♦ The chicken soup cure?
♦ How to “winterize” your skin… ♦ When to see a doctor…
Be careful of negative thinking, it upsets the body balance. Positive thought bring happiness and contentment. Your thoughts can help you get what you go after.
~ Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee, Sr.
A deep dive into… your digestion!
Ask anyone what their favorite season is, and chances are they will have a preference. Some love the budding flowers and singing birds of spring. Others prefer the warmth, sunshine and abundance of outdoor activities in the summer. Many people love the changing leaves and cooler weather of autumn. And still others like the snow and unique sporting opportunities that winter has to offer.
But it often seems that winter is the least popular season, particularly among those who are not fond of sports such as skiing, ice skating and snowboarding. The cold weather and shorter days tend to put many of us in a funk. We often associate winter with illness, weight gain, and depression… spending the season longing for brighter days.
One of the most dreaded things about winter is the increased incidence of sickness. Colds are more common, the flu season is in full swing, and infections seem to come out of nowhere. Keeping your body… especially your immune system… in good shape during winter is paramount. Read on for tips to help you keep your winter as free of illness as possible.
8 steps to winter wellness…
1) Get enough sleep, normally eight+ hours.
2) Exercise to keep your immune system strong.
3) Avoid sugar as it impairs the immune system.
4) Wash your hands often to kill germs.
5) Eat a diet full of immune-boosting foods.
6) Keep your hands away from your face as flu and cold viruses gain entrance through the nose, eyes, mouth, and even the ears.
7) Fresh air and sunshine are also an important part of staying healthy.
8) And… be sure to take Shaklee supplements!
How to beat colds and the flu naturally…
Br-r-r-r! Cold and flu season is upon us. People all around you are coughing and sneezing. They’re feverish and achy. And… you’re worried about catching whatever it is they have. You may also be hesitant about getting a flu shot.
So what are your options? There is a way to win against colds and flu. This newsletter will explain these maladies, how the immune system works to keep you healthy, and some ways to treat and beat colds and flu naturally.
All about colds
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably had more than one cold. Colds are viral infections which are highly contagious. The infection affects the mucous membranes of the nose which is why one of the main symptoms of a cold is a runny nose. And… there are more than 100 different viruses which can cause colds.
Colds are usually mild and most people recover within seven days to two weeks. The problem is once your body is a weakened state due to the cold virus, it’s also susceptible to other viruses or bacteria. This means you may start out with a cold and end up with something worse.
Colds can be spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes, spraying germs into the air to land on doorknobs, telephones, etc., or if you shake hands with someone who is ill.
Suspect a cold if you or a family member has any of these symptoms: a sore throat, sneezing, runny nose starting out like water and becoming more yellow-looking, a stuffy nose due to swelling of the mucous membranes in the nose, headache, coughing, fatigue, and/or a temperature, especially among children.
All about the flu
Influenza, or the flu for short, is a viral infection which causes fever, chills, coughing, body aches, headaches, and extreme fatigue. While the symptoms are similar to those of a cold, the flu can lead to more serious conditions such as pneumonia, the cause of most flu-related deaths.
Most people with the flu will be fine within a week or two. Some who are at high risk (babies, children under five, senior citizens, and those with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and autoimmune diseases like AIDS or rheumatoid arthritis), need to take extra care.
Flu shots are generally recommended by the orthodox medical community for anyone in a high risk category, those who work with sick people, and those around children or seniors.
Even if you get a flu shot you may still catch the flu. Some reports also show vaccines may do more harm than good because they are often made with hazardous toxins such as thimerosol (mercury), and ethylene glycol (anti-freeze).
You can catch influenza from an infected person or by touching a virus-contaminated surface. Of course, your best defense is a strong immune system. And that’s where Shaklee can help.
How the immune system works…
How often a person becomes ill during cold and flu season partially determined by the condition of their immune system. Your immune system is made up of various organs and glands which keep you healthy and strong. This system includes bone marrow, connective tissue, lymph glands, and organs such as the spleen, tonsils, and thymus. Also included are white blood cells, T-cells, and B-cells. Each one has a different part to play in keeping you well.
Illnesses occur when one component of the immune system is compromised by a virus or bacteria. Whether or not we get sick during cold and flu season really depends upon the strength of your immunity. With that in mind, learning to build up your immune system may be your best defense against the cold and flu season.
When you feel that first tickle…
Fight back with massive action:
♦♦ Start taking Defend & Resist Complex every day to give your immune system what it needs to stay strong.
♦♦ Use Vitalized Immunity to flood your cells with critical vitamin C.
♦♦ Take Garlic Complex. Garlic has natural antiviral and antibacterial properties.
♦♦ Add Immunity Formula I for six immunoactive vitamins plus mineral support for a strong immune system.
Rx for winter wellness…
You know what they say… an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Keeping your body… especially your immune system… in good shape during the winter can help you fight the germs that you encounter. And good hygiene can keep those germs out of your system in the first place.
Keeping germs away
When your friends, family and coworkers all seem to be sniffling, sneezing or coughing, it might seem impossible to avoid germs. But a few simple practices can help you avoid exposure, reducing your risk of getting sick:
⇒⇒ Wash your hands frequently. It’s common sense to wash them after a trip to the restroom and before eating, but during cold season it pays to wash them even more often.
⇒⇒ Keep your environment as clean as possible. Sanitize doorknobs, telephones, and other surfaces that are frequently touched at least once a day with Germ Off Disinfecting Wipes. Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathroom, the two rooms with the highest concentration of germs.
While it’s impossible to avoid all germs, especially those that are airborne, you can minimize your exposure to them. And the fewer germs your body has to contend with, the less likely you are to get sick.
Up your defenses
Some contact with germs in the winter is inevitable. No matter how vigilant you are in your efforts to stay germ-free, building up your immune system is crucial.
⇒⇒ Your body is capable of many things, but it can’t make vitamin C. This important vitamin helps repair white blood cells so they can better fight infection. Sustained Release Vita-C delivers the vitamin C equivalent of one-and-a-half oranges every hour for five hours. And citrus flavored Chewable Vita-C is ideal for children or adults who have difficulty swallowing tablets. For a quick vitamin C infusion, try delicious effervescent Vitalized Immunity. Naturally sweetened with monk fruit, one tablet contains as much vitamin C as 16 oranges!
⇒⇒ Make sure you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals that are good for your immune system. These include vitamins A, B-6, and E, folic acid, zinc, iron and selenium. Vita-Lea, Vitalizer or Life Strip will do the trick.
⇒⇒ Take NutriFeron. Why? Scientists and medical communities have identified interferon as being crucial to healthy immune function. NutriFeron is the only dietary supplement in the U.S. created by the discoverer of interferon, world-renowned immunologist, Dr. Yashuhiko Kojima, designed to naturally increase the production of interferon in the body.
⇒⇒ A healthy immune system also needs vitamin D3 which is available for free every sunny day. Vitamin D is unusual in that it is synthesized from sunlight. When sunlight hits your skin, your body manufactures the vitamin D you need to keep your bones and immune system healthy. But… if you don’t spend 20 minutes a day outside, exposing your skin to the sun, supplement with Vita-D3. It’s an easy solution!
The chicken soup cure?
Grandma may have had the best idea for combating colds and the flu. She made a big pot of chicken noodle soup. Scientists now agree that there are real therapeutic properties in chicken noodle soup. Of course Grandma knew that long ago.
The steam rising from a bowl of hot soup can help clear congestion when it is inhaled. Doctors now recognize drug-like (but natural) agents similar to those found in some cold medicines in chicken soup vapors. For instance, acetylcysteine is often prescribed for bronchitis. A similar amino acid is released from chicken during cooking.
Most cooks add garlic, onion and pepper to their soups. These have been used for centuries to help combat respiratory disease. They work much the same way as modern cough medicines by thinning the mucous lining, making breathing easier. Homemade soups also contain a wealth of natural vitamins and minerals which are easily absorbed by the body.
Grandma’s chicken soup lesson is… if you can build your immune system with the foods you eat rather than using chemicals and drugs, your body will thank you!
How to “winterize” your skin…
For many people, dry skin is a winter fact of life. The reduced moisture in the air can really do a number on your skin, leaving itchy, dry patches in its wake. Your face may look dull and flaky, and no amount of moisturizer seems enough.
In order to get your skin back to its normal state, you must rehydrate it. Here are some ways to do that:
==>> Drink plenty of water. If you want your skin to be soft and supple, it’s important to hydrate it from the inside. If you don’t, even the best Shaklee moisturizer in the world won’t do as much good as it could.
==>> Include healthy oils and fatty acids in your diet. These can be found in avocados, nuts, seeds, many types of fish, and OmegaGuard, of course.
==>> Avoid long, hot soaks in the tub. Hot baths rob your skin of moisture. Instead, take a short, lukewarm shower.
==>> Use a mild soap that is designed to be non-drying. Both Enfuselle Moisturizing Shower Gel and Meadow Blend Cleansing Bar are excellent choices.
==>> After you bathe, pat the skin dry, leaving it slightly damp. Apply Ultra Moisturizing Shea Butter Cream as soon as you’re done to seal in the moisture. If your skin is really dry, apply Ultra Moisturizing Shea Butter Cream again at bedtime.
==>> If your skin is sensitive, soothe it with Enfuselle Calming Complex.
==>> Run a humidifier in your home, especially in the bedroom at night.
When to see a doctor…
Dry skin is not as serious as some of the other things we have to contend with in winter, but it can be very bothersome. If it’s itchy, it may even keep us awake at night, and that’s bad for overall health.
However, if you have itchy red patches of skin, you may need to see a doctor. This condition may be a sign of an underactive thyroid or a skin rash that requires specialized medical treatment.