High Salt Diet Protects Against Infection, Boosts Immunity

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The dietary tides are once again turning for salt.

You may remember a landmark JAMA study in 2011 that showed that contrary to what the medical community espoused for years – salt actually lengthens your life; it doesn’t cut your life or raise the risk of hypertension. That study found that people actually lived longer if they consumed salt. Notably, they were not studying pink Himalayan salt, but regular old, processed table salt. (more…)

9 Herbs and Spices With Proven Health Benefits

9 Herbs and Spices With Proven Health Benefits

Even when our food choices aren’t the best, herbs and spices do more than just improve taste.  They give any meal a nutrition boost.  And according to a new study they may even reverse the damage from an unhealthy meal.

Researchers from Penn State University cooked up coconut chicken, cheese bread and a dessert biscuit for six men. The subjects were aged 30 to 65 and overweight but otherwise healthy.  On one day the meal was served plain.  On another day researchers added two tablespoons of a blend of nine herbs and spices to the meal.

After each meal the researchers drew blood from the subjects every 30 minutes for four hours.  They found that antioxidant activity in the blood increased 13% after the spicy meal compared to the plain meal.

The spices and herbs also decreased post-meal insulin levels by 21% and triglyceride levels in the blood by as much as 31%.  That in turn could reduce heart disease risk.

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Top Anti-Inflammatory Foods, Herbs, and Spices

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Herbs and cooking spices contain a wide variety of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, and help maximize the nutrient density of your meals. Every time you flavor your meals with herbs or spices you are literally “upgrading” your food without adding a single calorie.

In fact, on a per gram fresh weight basis, herbs rank even higher in antioxidant activity than fruits and vegetables, which are known to be high in antioxidants. Many studies have also shown that most spices tend to have unique medicinal qualities.

In the featured study,1 researchers from three Universities devised an experiment to evaluate the “true world” benefits of herbs and spices, by feeding them to people in quantities that are typically consumed simply by spicing up your meals. As noted by Dr. Michael Greger MD, who produced the video above:2 (more…)

European study finds raw milk boosts immunity, prevents colds and infections

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By Ethan A. Huff

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims that it’s basically a death sentence for you and your children. But raw milk consumption, according to a new study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, can actually help prevent colds, viruses and respiratory tract infections (RTIs) from forming in kids, as opposed to commercially processed milk which provides little or no health benefits.

A cohort of researchers, doctors and other medical professionals from across Europe investigated the effects of raw milk versus boiled farm-fresh milk and commercial processed milk as part of a larger investigatory project known as “PASTURE.” A group of women, roughly half of whom lived and worked on livestock farms in rural areas of mostly central Europe, were recruited to participate in the research. (more…)

The Top 12 Best Foods and Antioxidants While You Are Sick With A Cold or Flu

When you have a sore throat or if you’re congested, you might not want to eat. You feel worn down and swallowing can be very painful. Here are 12 of the most amazing foods and antioxidants that will help alleviate symptoms and even shorten the duration of any cold or flu.

1) Chili Peppers
Scientists have reported that chili peppers are a heart-healthy food with potential to protect against the No. 1 cause of death in the developed world. Chili peppers are a natural remedy for a sore throat that can often precede a cold or flu. Yes, that feeling of having crushed glass floating around in your throat can often be remedied without conventional over-the-counter analgesics. A mixture of hot red chili powder – often called Cayenne pepper – and orange juice is a very effective remedy for sore throats and congestion in general.

2) Honey
“The unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance,” said study leader Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D. That is, it uses a combination of weapons, including hydrogen peroxide, acidity, osmotic effect, high sugar concentration and polyphenols — all of which actively kill bacterial cells, she explained. The osmotic effect, which is the result of the high sugar concentration in honey, draws water from the bacterial cells, dehydrating and killing them. Honey is one of the most incredible non-perishable foods that can kill almost every type of bacteria.

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7 Facts about Colloidal Silver for Beginners

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The market’s awash in products claiming to be colloidal silver. Yes, I did say ‘claiming’ to be colloidal silver. True silver, as defined by the Colloidal Science Laboratory, is very different from the many products marketed as colloidal. True colloidal silver consists of silver nanoparticles. But how can you tell the difference, and is colloidal even safe? Here are 7 facts every silver newbie needs to know about colloidal silver’s safety, how to identify a true colloidal silver product, and why it’s imperative you use only true colloidal silver.

7 Facts about Colloidal Silver

Here are seven must-know facts about colloidal silver, with a bit of history thrown in here and there. Use these facts as a guide for choosing the best colloidal silver product, or as a general introduction for further research into the product:
#1: The International Space Station Uses Silver to Purify its Water (more…)

Autoimmunity and Your Total Body Burden of Toxicity

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One of my favorite health activists, Heather White from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), was interviewed at the Autoimmunity Summit today! She is trained as a lawyer and has worked in politics and law in Washington DC. Now she is a health advocate for EWG, a nonprofit which is referenced by experts all over the world.

The 10 American Study by EWG

EWG did a study called the 10 American Study – looking at chemicals such as DDT, mercury, Polychlorinated biphenyls, (PCB’s) etc. in the blood of 10 Americans.

They found up to 300 industrial toxic pollutants in the blood of these 10 Americans. They knew the exposures were not from the air, water or food. The exposures were from the womb because the 10 Americans were newborn babies.

I got the chills when I heard this. This is bad. This is bad. This is bad. (more…)

Shiitake Mushrooms: A Must For Your Immune System

A symbol of longevity in Asia because of their health-promoting properties, shiitake mushrooms have been used medicinally for more than 6,000 years. They are now cultivated worldwide for both culinary and medicinal purposes. They are champions in immune, anti-cancer and cardiovascular benefits.
During the Ming Dynasty (A.D. 1368-1644) Chinese physician Wu Jue wrote that the mushroom could be used medicinally as a remedy for upper respiratory tract infections, poor circulation, liver pathologies, exhaustion, premature aging, and as a Qi (life force) tonic.

Like other mushrooms, these specialty mushrooms are as mysteriously unique as they are delicious. While often thought of as a vegetable and prepared like one, mushrooms are actually a fungus, a special type of living organism that has no roots, leaves, flowers or seeds. (more…)

2 Ancient Root Herbs Boost Total Immunity and Resistance

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White blood cells (WBCs), or leukocytes, are the defensive frontline of the immune system. They are like valiant foot soldiers who selflessly protect their territory against all ‘invaders’ or foreign bodies, real or imagined. Knowing this information, you can imagine how important it is to keep your white blood cell count in normal range, and always replenished. Below you will learn of 2 foods that are great at making this happen, thereby boosting overall immunity.

WBCs are created in bone marrow, the spongy tissue at the center of large bones. Although five distinct types of WBC’s have been identified, the “first responders,” called the neutrophils, are the most abundant. In fact, “the lower the neutrophil count, the greater the risk of (and severity of) infection.”

What is a Normal White Blood Cell Count?

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