Why do we need antioxidants?
One of the 4 pillars of nutritional supplementation, antioxidants prevent our bodies from “burning up” (anti- against, oxidation – burning); oxidation from free radicals also causes aging, loss of cellular energy and function, premature cell death, degeneration, cancer, and more. Consider these biological truths about anti-oxidants:
- Antioxidants come from our food (and supplements) but more importantly our body’s antioxidant enzyme systems (all requiring nutritional building blocks).
- Cellular systems of detox and antioxidants always work together, are under genetic control and are inhibited whenever chronic inflammation is dominant. So if you have a chronic inflammatory health condition you also have an oxidation and toxic problem! Note that all chronic health conditions involve chronic inflammation.
- Our toxic world has greatly increased our need for all types of antioxidants to heal or remain healthy.
Antioxidants are key to:
- Overcoming illnesses
- Regaining health from any chronic or acute health issue
- Restoring health of the neuro-immune system compromised through heavy metal and chemical toxicity, overgrowth of bowel toxins and chronic infections
- All detoxification strategies should include anti-oxidants
How antioxidants are best delivered to the body:
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Cultured and fermented foods have been around for a long time, initially as a means of preserving food, but it turns out there is a wonderful healing benefit to this process. Foods were put in a jar and stored in a cellar for a period of time where they fermented, or cultured. The good microbes grow and flourish in this fermented environment, eliminating the bad microbes. When you consume cultured foods your digestive system reaps the benefits of this beautiful, healthy ecosystem!
So what are all these wonderful benefits that cultured vegetables offer?
Rich in Probiotics
Did you know that 70 -80 % of your immune system is in or around the digestive tract?
It’s true. Now consider what would happen to your health if the digestive tract were compromised.
Malnutrition and lowered immunity would become a real health concern.
There are several things that can compromise the bowel including:
- Parasites ( bacteria, fungi, viruses, multiple cell organisms such as pinworms)
- Food allergies-inappropriate immune response to foods causing inflammation
- Diverticula - herniations or pouches in the walls of the intestines that can trap foods and bacteria causing inflammation / infection of the bowel wall.
- Antibiotics- while they can clear infections, they also kill good bacteria necessary for the health of the gut
- Constipation- slow transit due to poor peristaltic motion can cause the bowel to become toxic due to bacterial overgrowth as well as tears in the walls of the intestines that easily become infected.
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By Deborah McCabe
Flu and Cold Season Information
At NIHA we always advise patients to get as much information as possible before making any health care choice for their family. We want to help you find reliable sources. Providing you with good information is one of our most important responsibilities. This empowers you to make the best decisions for you and your family based on what has been proven to be safe, effective and necessary. Here is good information that should help everyone make those important decisions this cold and flu season to stay healthy.
In August 2010, the World Health Organization officially stated that the Swine (H1N1) flu pandemic is over. That means that all the worries of a worldwide flu disaster are history. There has been lots of buzz about why the flu scare got so blown out of proportion. For a comprehensive dose of flu related information, I recommend Dr. Mercola’s site, and Dr.Tenpenny's site has good information as well. Below are links to two of Dr. Mercola's postings with lots of statistics and references to help better understand the flu vaccine controversy.
Today we are seeing diseases resistant to traditional treatments and we know how important a lifestyle of prevention and life long wellness is the KEY! A regular exercise regimen, eating a whole food, organic diet, drinking a clean fresh source of water, getting adequate sunshine and controlling stress levels is still the best way I know to stay healthy as the colder, darker weather season approaches.
While enjoying a nice fall days, it is hard to believe that cooler weather is right around the corner. A few good habits can make a profound difference in our overall health this coming season.
Here are few easy-to-follow tips to stay healthy:
1. Increase the time and frequency of hand washing. Use warm, soapy water and wash frequently throughout the day and especially before meals; there is no need to use anti-bacterial soap.
2. Maintain a sufficient level of exercise. This gets harder as the days shorten and the weather cools. It is important to set aside time for a workout routine, but it's important to make it "do-able." Add some fun options that you will look forward to like belly dancing or Wii Fit, something the whole family may enjoy and can be done easily at home. You won't stick to the exercise if you just dread the thought of doing it, so find something you enjoy.
3. We encourage everyone to keep up their vitamin and mineral supplementation. Especially be sure to include Vitamin D and Vitamin C. It is important to get your levels checked prior to flu season or at your next check up. At NIHA we have Flu and Virus Prevention information with the supplements we recommend for this cold and flu season.
Links to flu vaccine information via Dr. Mercola.com:
Enjoy the lovely autumn weather and be well!
Debbie McCabe is a holistic health practitioner at National Integrated Health Associates, NIHA, an integrative medicine and dental center located in Washington, D.C.