Everyday Preventative Foods to Boost Immunity

Foods to Improve Your Immune System

Who doesn’t want a healthy immune system? (Raise your hand!) But did you know the role your diet plays in keeping it in top shape to protect you from toxins and infections? Sadly, too many of us don’t eat enough of the fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods we need to keep ourselves healthy year-round. You can’t just eat an orange or grapefruit and expect one quick burst of vitamin C to prevent a cold. A truly healthy immune system depends on a balanced mix of vitamins and minerals over time, plus normal sleep patterns and a daily dose of exercise. With some exceptions, it’s nature’s intent for us to get our vitamins and minerals from our food rather than in pill form. Here are some of my top recommended foods to help boost your immune system, every day.

 

Garlic

This popular ingredient is also known for immune health. It contains a number of compounds that can provide immune support, with the most powerful being allicin. Allicin is converted into sulfur-containing compounds that, as research has shown, may boost the power and response of certain white blood cells. Garlic has shown efficacy in both the treatment and prevention of colds and flu. Chopping and crushing garlic is the best way to activate allicin. So, after chopping, keep your garlic away from heat for 10 minutes before cooking.

 

Green Tea

Green tea is a terrific source of antioxidants and amino acids that can boost immune strength and it’s a tasty beverage too! First, it’s the best source of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to boost immune response to fight infections. Green tea is also a good source of L-theanine, which can enhance immune function by stimulating the secretion of immune-cytokines (early responders to infection). Other sources of L-theanine include coffee, black tea, and oolong tea

 

Lion’s Mane Mushroom

The King of all mushrooms, I think! This is because it’s known to boost the strength of the immune system, helping your body to fight off sickness and stay healthy. It is also good for digestive and colon health, as it contains beta glucan polysaccharides which are considered one of the best foods for health in general. This is because they are immunomodulators which help make your immune system smarter. It can help raise your immune system’s response so your body can naturally fight off and kill bacteria and prevent viral attack. The term immunomodulator here is the real key; it is not an immune stimulant. Immune stimulation presumably occurs with substances like echinacea and colostrum. Beta glucan modulates or activates but never over stimulates, which is key to it’s safety.

 

Elderberry

These delicious berries have been used since ancient times right into the modern age as a daily tonic for keeping illness at bay. Scientific research now confirms many of the properties herbalists have long subscribed to elderberry; they’re anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and they contain constituents like pectin that help the body build and rebuild tissues. Energetically speaking, elderberries are gently warming and stimulating to the body, with a particular focus on the lungs. Because of it’s naturally sweet taste, it’s great for kids too! Start taking this at the first sign of any illness.

If at the end you find that you need extra immune support to boost your immunity, one of the best things you can do is to receive an IV of Vitamin C along with Glutathione to really knock out any infection trying to invade your body!

Using Epsom Salts to Heal

Using Epsom Salts to Heal

Using Epsom Salts to Heal

Baths have been used for centuries for healing and relaxation in numerous cultures. Being in water has an incredible effect on the body and mood. While having a positive effect on the body, mind and the skin (our largest, most absorbable, organ). The human body is made mostly of water and that is why we are encouraged to drink plenty of it. But soaking in it is also extremely beneficial. We can enhance this by adding certain oils or salts to a bath or bathing in a natural body of water or pool, rich in naturally occurring minerals. Hot water opens our pores and causes us to sweat, which is the body’s natural way of cleansing itself.

How can you make your bath experience actually good for your health? By adding in some of salt, but not a typical salt that you eat. I’m referring to Epsom salt!

Epsom salt is named after a saline spring found in the borough of Epsom, England. But it is not actually salt—it’s a naturally-occurring mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. According to studies, magnesium and sulfate are both absorbed through the skin, which makes Epsom salt baths one of the easiest and most ideal ways to enjoy it’s health benefits. Sulfate helps with nutrient absorption, flushes toxins, and helps ease migraines. Sulfate also stimulates the pancreas to generate and digest enzymes that are thought to help detoxify the body from environmental contaminants. To prepare your bath for the ultimate healing experience, add in some Epsom salt. Here’s why:

Research shows that a lot of people lack this important mineral due to magnesium levels declining in our food and environment. Using Epsom salt in your bath and in beauty treatments is one easy way to improve magnesium levels. As a matter of fact, if Epsom salt is used on a regular basis, it can improve symptoms of conditions such as gout, athlete’s foot, sprains, nail fungus, and bruises. And if you’re dealing with chronic diseases or pain, consider adding Epsom salt to your baths routinely.

Further Health Benefits of Epsom Salt

1. Helps muscles and nerves function properly

Research shows that Epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in the body, which ensures proper functioning of the muscles, nerves, and enzymes.

2. Helps prevent hardening of the arteries and blood clots

According to studies, Epsom salt is believed to improve hearth health and prevent heart disease and strokes by improving blood circulation and protecting the arteries.

3. Makes Insulin more Effective

An adequate amount of magnesium and sulfate levels can help increase the effect of insulin in the body to help with blood sugar dysregulation.

4. Relieves Constipation and Hemorrhoids

If taken internally, Epsom salt can act as a detoxifying agent to cleanse the colon. The salt will act as a laxative as it increases the water in the intestines and provides temporary relief of constipation. But I would not recommend this, because it can be more a purgative than you’d anticipate! But the heat of a warm bath can alleviate pain associated with hemorrhoids or anal fissures.

5. Eliminates toxins from the body

Since skin is highly porous, adding Epsom salt to your bathwater can pull salt and other harmful substances out of your body. So it’s great to do when you’re on a detox. Heating up the body allows the cells to release toxins more readily!

Creating your Epsom Salt Bath

Aim to soak in a warm Epsom salt bath for at least 40 minutes. The first 20 minutes will remove the toxins from the body; the body will absorb the minerals in the bath water for the last half of the bath. But if you start to notice you’re getting light-headed or nauseous, get out as it may be too much, too fast. How much Epsom salt you should add to the bath water is dependent on weight:

  • Children under 60 pounds: Add 1/2 a cup of Epsom salt to a standard-sized bath.
  • Adults between 60 and 100 pounds: Add 1 cup of Epsom salt to your bath.
  • Adults between 100 and 150 pounds: Add 1 1/2 cups of Epsom salt to your bath.
  • Adults between 150 and 200 pounds: Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to your bath.

Prepare the skin by exfoliating and stimulating lymphatic flow using a dry brush on the body prior to entering the tub. Focus on slow deep breaths while in the bath to ease the body further into relaxation. After the bath, while your skin is still warm and slightly damp, apply your favorite essential oil to seal moisture.

*Do not use Epsom salts if you are pregnant, dehydrated, or have open wounds or burns on your skin*

Sources:
Jockers, D., “The remarkable health benefits of Epsom salt baths,” Natural News web site, November 2, 2013; http://www.naturalnews.com/042753_Epsom_salt_baths_remarkable_health_benefits_detoxificatin_technique.html.
“Epsom Salt Uses & Benefits,” Salt Works web site, http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/epsom-uses-benefits.asp, last accessed July 28, 2015

My Top Anti-Viral Protection Tips

My Top Anti-Viral Protection Tips

Welcome to Regenerate You! I’m Dr. Nirvana. In this podcast, I discuss what I use to help protect myself, my family and my patients from all viruses including COVID-19. Many of my patients have been asking what they can do to help support their immune system against COVID. What’s important to remember is that it’s not just about keeping viral particles away from the nose, mouth and eyes. There are other methods to entry that most don’t think when it comes to protecting the body. In this Podcast, I share my tips on protecting the body from viruses, as well as the one part of the body that is at most risk. 

If you’re looking for additional advice, feel free to visit my blog here. You can also stay connected with me on my Facebook page @DrNirvanaHeals or on my Instagram @DrNirvana.

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Prevent Your Cells from Aging Prematurely

Prevent Your Cells from Aging Prematurely

In this episode I will be discussing how to prevent your cells from aging prematurely and what you can do to help them live longer while regenerating them healthier than before so that you can prevent your risk to developing diseases such as heart disease, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

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Your Naturopathic Medicine Cabinet for COVID-19

Your Naturopathic Medicine Cabinet for COVID-19

Welcome to Regenerate You, I’m Dr. Nirvana!

In this episode I want to share my Naturopathic tools to help keep your immune system as healthy as possible. COVID has turned the world upside down and my goal is to help you turn it right side up. So join me in discussing some of my very favorite tips to help you fight and prevent the Coronavirus naturally!

You can purchase the Gut Be Calm™ here & if you’re interested in scheduling an appointment for a Vitamin C IV, please contact the office.

During this difficult time, my office is still open to those looking to prevent the virus naturally. From offering Vitamin C IVs, Immune Shots, and various Vitamin Shots; my doors are open to you. Please do not hestiate to inquire about the various services I am currently offering in-office and by phone to help build your immune system against COVID.

If you’re looking for additional advice, feel free to visit my blog You can also stay connected with me on my Facebook page @DrNirvanaHeals or on my Instagram @DrNirvana.

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The Difference Between Oral and IV Vitamins

How IV Therapy Benefits You More Thank Oral Supplementation

What if there was one thing in your body that had the power to control the way you look, feel and think? And what if supporting this one thing was the key to unlocking everlasting health? Sound too good to be true? I’m here to tell you that not only is this a fact, but it’s this vital organ in your body that serves as a common denominator for most of today’s health problems. I’m referring to your gut.

The current Merck Manual lists 14 main gastrointestinal disorders, with up to 14 subdivisions within each of the principle groupings (Beers, 2006). Add to this the finding that many other disease states affect the gastrointestinal tract significantly, and both give us a strong reminder that our gut has a major influence on our health. Intravenous (IV) therapy can be a useful adjunct to the oral treatment of gastrointestinal diseases.

This is because by the time symptoms of disease have made their appearance, it is sometimes too late for oral vitamins and minerals to make much difference. Nevertheless, these same vitamins and minerals, given intramuscularly (IM) or intravenously, can benefit many diseases. We know that the health of the GI tract affects the overall health of all body functions and the well-being of every individual. We approach the problem of disease as a problem of the cell. What the cell needs to be maximally healthy is always found in nature. However, to be effective, these nutrients must be admitted into the cell.

When given in high concentration, IV or IM nutrients enter the cell by sheer force of numbers. Administering nutrients in a concentration great enough to force those nutrients into the cell by means of a high-concentration gradient as well as the ability of the cell wall to absorb them, is highly beneficial. Highly concentrated on the outside, the cell membrane is semi-permeable meaning that it admits the nutrients into the cell due to the high-concentration gradient that was created.

The only way to obtain this high concentration is by IV or IM administration. With the GI cells, the IV route is especially useful for this purpose, because it’s immediately absorbed. When oral absorption is not effective, the parenteral route proves to be the most effective option.

So if you find yourself suffering from any GI issues (gas, bloating, acid-reflux), hormone imbalances, hypothyroidism, menopause, Hashimotos, or even trying to prevent the common cold; an IV would be the best option for you. And for every one of my patients, I custom-make each and every IV, so that you get exactly what you need. No cookie cutter recipes in my office!