Combating candida: how much do you know about yeast infections?

It’s a fact; it’s hard to prevent some living organisms taking residence on or inside of your body. Sure, it’s far from pleasant to contemplate, but it’s reality; many of our bodies contain a bug of some kind at any one time. Like it or not, the intestinal tract is often home to a good number of harmful organisms and bacteria, one of which is the yeast infection known as candida albicans.

Now, everybody has some amount of candida in or on their bodies, like it or not, but should you have too much (referred to as candida ‘overgrowth’), then its influence can be negative and harmful to your health; an imbalance of candida may affect your mouth, skin and genitals and not just cause discomfort but even prove life-threatening. Yes, really.

So, with all that in mind, here follow some further must-know facts about yeast infections (and, in particular, those concerning candida)…

 

Candida occurrence in – and on – our bodies is common

As noted, there’s no immediate cause for concern when it comes to candida in or on the human body; it’s normal, both on the skin and in the gastrointestinal tract. And this is because, so long as you’re healthy, your immune system and – especially in the gut – the symbiotic bacteria are effective at keeping candida and many similar fungal species in check, in balance and not enabling them to ‘overgrow’. The trouble then comes if your immune system’s compromised; should that be the case, the result could be candida overgrowth and unpleasant symptoms.

 

You may find a yeast infection in your mouth

Far from appealing it may be, but it’s entirely likely that, should you suffer from a yeast infection at all, there’s a decent chance it’ll strike you orally. In this form, it’s commonly referred to as thrush (similar vaginal infections in women are due to a slightly different kind of yeast, in fact). It’s especially common in new-born babies but tends to move on quickly in this instance. Yet, like it or not, candida overgrowth can occur in around 25 percent of all adults, most often as a result of poor oral hygiene. Studies have found that where plaque, tartar and amalgam fillings are present, there’s a chance candida will be too1.

 

Vaginal yeast infections aren’t easy to tackle

If you want to prevent yeast infections afflicting your body then one of the best practices is undoubtedly the practice of good hygiene. That said, though, supposedly good-health-ensuring washing practices of the female genital areas may have the opposite effect. For instance, frequent douching may lead to yeast infections and even over-the-counter-bought medication products marked as anti-fungal have, now and again, been possible causes of vaginal candidiasis2. Additionally, intrauterine contraceptives (such as coils inserted into the uterus) appear to potentially result in candida infections3.

 

Asthma inhaler use could spur on candida

For asthma sufferers, inhalers are crucial for alleviating their symptoms, of course, but unfortunately research suggests that, among adults, use of an asthma inhaler for more than six months could possibly lead to oral candidiasis4. To be fair, though, for anyone the use of an inhaler or any kind of oral ‘appliance’ (such as dentures, retainers and mouth guards) could possibly help expose them to candida.

 

There’s a connection between candida and diabetes

Yes, bad news for those who already have to deal with living with diabetes on a daily basis – although they may already be aware of it already – because they’re more likely to develop a genital yeast infection than the diabetes-free. Why is this? Well, quite simply, the increased blood glucose levels that diabetes sufferers experience allow for the sort of terrain that enables yeast growth. Moreover, as diabetes has a tendency to lessen immune responses, the likelihood or repeat infections is high. Plus, while women are likelier to get Candida albicans and Candida glabrate infections, men who aren’t circumcised might well become infected with Candida balaritis5.

 

Candida feeds on carbs

Diet, as you may have expected, influences the candida levels present in your body’s digestive tract. To wit, if you want to reduce the chances of candida overgrowth here, you may want to curb the carbs. Research seems to suggest that a diet rich in carbohydrates makes it more likely someone will develop candida overgrowth than consumption of a diet rich instead in amino acids, fatty acids and proteins – it seems candida levels can get a boost instantly after anyone eats carbohydrates7.

 

Candida boosts the risk of developing MS

This one should be a big, glaring lighthouse-flashlight of a warning of candida overgrowth because, yes, the chances of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) appear to rise following a candida infection. The evidence? A case-control study made the link between MS and candida infection thanks to proving that, among its test subjects, MS sufferers experienced higher overall blood serum levels of candida than those without MS8.

 

Probiotics can provide protection from candida

It’s only fair to say that once it’s set up home in or on your body, candida can prove stubborn to shift, yet can usually be eliminated in two to six months; although whatever you turn to for treating an infection needs to be combined with a low-sugar and non-alcohol diet.

And, indeed, the especially good news is that there are many probiotic- and non-probiotic supplements on the market specifically produced to help prevent and fight candida overgrowth – and yeast infections, in general. Among the high-quality, natural candida supplements available through us at The Finchley Clinic are the following:

Candizolv – our suppliers inform us that this supplement is definitely effective against candida overgrowth; fat soluble, it establishes itself in the fat cells of your body, but is slowly released over time to weaken all fungal yeast cells, no matter where they are within the body

Wild Endive Formula A – maintains an acceptable balance of candida toxins, aiding the work of the liver, for those who may be concerned about a possible ‘die-off’ when undergoing a candida cleanse.

 

 

Fivelac – similar to Threelac but packing more of a punch (it contains five anti candida probiotic strains instead of three), this supplement’s a good candida fighter; not suitable for vegans as it contains a small amount of lactose.

 

References:

  1. Muzurovic S., Babajic E., Masic T., Smajic R. and Selmanagic A. ‘The relationship between oral hygiene and oral colonisation with Candida species’. Med Arh. 2012; 66 (6) :415-7.
  2. Ekpenyong C. E., Inyang-etoh E. C., Ettebong E. O., Akpan U. P., Ibu J. O. and Daniel N. E. ‘Recurrent vulvovaginal candidosis among young women in south eastern Nigeria: the role of lifestyle and health-care practices’. Int J STD AIDS. 2012 Oct; 23 (10): 704-9. doi: 10.1258/ijsa.2012.011382.
  3. Güdücü N., Gönenç G., Içi H., Yiiter A. B., Basüllü N. and Dünder I. ‘Clinical importance of detection of bacterial vaginosis, trichomonas vaginalis, candida albicans and actinomyces in Papanicolaou smears’. Clin Exp Obstet Gynecol. 2012; 39 (3): 333-6.
  4. Pinto C. R., Almeida N. R., Marques T. S., Yamamura L. L., Costa L. A. and Souza-Machado A. ‘Local adverse effects associated with the use of inhaled corticosteroids in patients with moderate or severe asthma’. J Bras Pneumol. 2013 Jun-Aug; 39 (4): 409-17. doi: 10.1590/S1806-37132013000400003.
  5. Nyirjesy P. and Sobel J. D. ‘Genital mycotic infections in patients with diabetes’. Postgrad Med. 2013 May; 125 (3): 33-46. doi: 10.3810/pgm.2013.05.2650.
  6. Fidel P. L. Jr. ‘Immunity to Candida’. Oral Dis. 2002; 8 Suppl 2: 69-75.
  7. Hoffmann C., Dollive S., Grunberg S., Chen J., Li H., Wu G. D., Lewis J. D. and Bushman F. D. ‘Archaea and fungi of the human gut microbiome: correlations with diet and bacterial residents’. PLoS One. 2013 Jun 17; 8 (6): e66019. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0066019. Print 2013.
  8. Benito-León J., Pisa D., Alonso R., Calleja P., Díaz-Sánchez M. and Carrasco L. ‘Association between multiple sclerosis and Candida species: evidence from a case-control study’. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2010 Sep; 29 (9): 1139-45. doi: 10.1007/s10096-010-0979-y. Epub 2010 Jun 17.

Perfect for protein: 10 protein foods for vegans and vegetarians

Like it or not, we can’t get away from it; Western culture has a love affair with eating protein – especially in the UK. And this has ensured that vegans and vegetarians seem to receive little respite from all the questions they get about their choice to go meat-free – in spite of the fact that it’s relatively easy to cater a non-meat diet so one might receive enough of the muscle-building and low blood sugar-combating nutrient that’s protein.

And, when you look into it, all of the non-meat protein options that are possible really shouldn’t come as any surprise. After all, so-called incomplete proteins (such as nuts and whole grains) are capable of blending together to generate ‘complete protein’, which is then brimming with all nine of the essential amino acids that the body very much needs but isn’t capable of producing on its own.

Here follows then a list of some of the best vegan/ vegetarian foods available for providing the human body with health-giving protein:

 

Chia seeds

(2.5 grams of protein per tablespoon)

Serving suggestion: add them to a vegan smoothie

On their own, chia seeds don’t contain an abundance of protein (but some, certainly), yet they do feature the essential amino acids we need – yes, all nine of them. Moreover, as they’re capable of stabilising blood sugar thanks to their combined protein, fat and fibre content, they’re an all-round nutritious food, to say the least. Plus, the specific Omega-3 fatty acids they also comprise (alpha-linolenic acid) can help contribute to lowering the risk of heart disease.

 

Soybeans (and soy products)

(2-21 grams of protein per half-cup)

Serving suggestion: dry roasted soybeans as snacks or in nut and dried fruit mixes, tempeh can be steamed or pan-fried are feature instead of meat in a sandwich, while edamame (immature soybeans in a pod) works as an appetiser and soymilk is ideal with oatmeal.

Owing to how much bang for your buck soybeans deliver in the protein department, they undoubtedly make for great snacks – indeed, a half-cup’s worth of delicious dry roasted soybeans is packed with as much of 18 grams of protein. In terms of other soy-derived products, you might opt for steamed soybeans (4 grams protein per half-cup), tofu (10 grams protein per half-cup) or soy milk (2 grams protein per half-cup), not least as they also offer magnesium, a mineral which is great for aiding muscle development, energy generation and carb metabolism.

 

Hemp seed

(3.3 grams of protein per tablespoon)

Serving suggestion: hemp seeds can be added to both cereals and salads (just sprinkle them on top) or in mixed into shake-drinks, ideally after workouts.

Don’t be put off by the marijuana connotation, hemp seeds aren’t intoxicating in the slightest, yet they’re hugely nutritious. Brimming with fibre and Omega-3 fatty acids, they’re capable therefore of contributing to the battle some have to face against heart disease, metabolic syndrome and obesity.

 

Quinoa

(4 grams of protein per half-cup)

Serving suggestion: you might try pairing quinoa with vegetable beans as a constituent part of a meal, while it can also be used as an excellent ingredient in the making of a veggie burger.

There are few trendier foods around today than this ancient grain (approximately 1,400 different quinoa products are in existence; yes, really!). So, what’s the appeal? Well, it possesses more protein than many similar grain-based food and is rich in fibre, heart-healthy unsaturated fats and the L-arginine amino acid; the latter being likely to promote muscle growth as opposed to that of fat in the body.

 

Spinach

(5 grams of protein per cup)

Serving suggestion: there’s actually many things you can do with a serving of spinach, but there’s probably nothing better than adding it old favourites like omelettes, salads and stir-fries.

 

Peas

(8 grams of protein per cup)

Serving suggestion: add them as a vegetable side as you would to a meat-as-protein meal (without meat, peas are great protein providers for any meal)

Popeye may not like it, but common, too-often-considered-bland peas contain more protein than spinach, relatively speaking. Should you enjoy a ‘cup’ portion of them a day, they’ll also account for 100 percent of your daily intake of Vitamin C, aiding the healthy maintenance of your immune system, among other things.

 

Lentils

(18 grams of protein per cup)

Serving suggestion: give them a go in a soup

Lentils are a terrific option for vegans and vegetarians when it comes to their protein needs. One ‘cup’ serving offers as much protein as three eggs, while their high fibre content ensures they sate hunger very effectively and can reduce fat gain too. Moreover, studies suggest that those whose diets comprise at least four servings a week of legumes enjoy lower cholesterol levels and weight reduction.

 

Shelled pumpkin seeds

(9 grams of protein per ounce)

Serving suggestion: add them to salads or rice dishes or eat them raw

Great for the minerals that are the energy-boosting magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, pumpkin seeds are also packed full of protein – how’s that for a mainstay of Hallowe’en more used to scaring the kids!

 

Almonds

(6 grams of protein per ounce)

Serving suggestion: as they can help you burn fat and carbs during workouts, have a daily serving of almonds before you pop to the gym

Terrific for weight-loss – as much as anything else, that is – the tasty nuts that are almonds have been found in studies to be more effective than a mixture of complex carbohydrates and safflower oil in reducing one’s weight, as part of a calorie-restricted diet. Indeed, this research discovered that in less than six months, the consumption of almonds had contributed to weight loss and reduction in body mass index (BMI) of 62 percent among test subjects.

 

Cashews

(5 grams of protein per ounce)

Don’t just stick to almonds when it comes to your nut-derived protein, though; not only are we talking about the superior protein contributions cashews can make here, but also the fine source of magnesium and biotin they offer. The former mineral’s great for relieving constipation, augmenting cognitive function and improving the immune system, while the latter contributes to the good health of hair and nails.

 

Natural protein supplements

Alternatively, of course, you may find there’s a number of the above foods that simply aren’t for you; you simply can’t eat them – perhaps because of a nut allergy, for instance. In that scenario you can boost your nutritional intake (in addition to non-meat protein foods) through high-quality, naturally derived supplementation. The following examples are both available through us at The Finchley Clinic:

Pure Vegan Pea Protein – a blend of protein derived from golden pea kernels; it’s vegan-certified, lactose, gluten and cholesterol free, features no artificial flavours and no dairy or sweeteners.

Organic Cold Milled Hemp Protein – a tasty, raw, 100 percent-certified organ protein food that contains even more of the nutrient than meat, fish, eggs, dairy and soya; easy to digest and cholesterol-free.

MegaHydrate: the mega dietary supplement

Designed, created and manufactured in a cutting-edge manner, MegaHydrate is full of health-giving potential, that’s for sure. Indeed, its antioxidant credentials are so revered, it’s said that this entirely naturally-derived supplement offers among the highest antioxidant potentials of anything you might consume (including ‘superfoods’ that could be classed as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and so on). Basically, MegaHydrate operates by reducing the surface tension of water within the body and at a cellular level, thereby increasing hydration within the body’s cells. In bringing about optimal hydration then, it’s able to encourage the body to more effectively eliminate toxins and metabolic by-products and ensure hugely important nutrients are delivered to cells, exactly where they’re needed.

And, to get further into the science, MegaHydrate’s capable of doing this because one of its main ingredients, silica hydride, is the only antioxidant compound in existence that doesn’t convert itself into a pro-oxidant following the donation of its electrons – instead, it combines with other hydrogen or water atoms, to form non-hazardous gas or water, respectively.

 

MegaHydrate health benefits

So, just some of the health benefits offered by MegaHydrate are:

 

Boosts negatively-charged hydrogen ion levels

MegaHydrate is terrific at combatting free radicals, in part, because it’s a super-concentrated source of negatively-charged ions, ensuring that it has a pronouncedly low oxidation reduction potential (OAP) – in layman’s terms then, this means that, as an antioxidant, it’s highly likely to donate electrons to combat free radicals’ hazardous activity in the body.

 

Might slow down ageing

Thanks to its capacity for hydrating you, this is a supplement that can undoubtedly increase moisture levels throughout the body. Not only is this healthy in general terms (there are few healthier things for the body to be good supply of than water), but also particularly good news for your appearance; hair, skin and fingernails will likely look glossier and shinier.

 

Increases hydration elements’ absorption

As a detoxifier, MegaHydrate can thanks its effectivity on its ability to enable rapid hydration and nutrient uptake in the body’s cells. This capacity of the supplement can be traced to its creation as a product that deliberates mimics the huge-health-giving waters to be found in highly-elevated regions of the world, to be found in places as diverse as Ecuador, Pakistan and Germany. What is it specifically about the properties of these waters? Well, it’s down to the specific structure of the frozen glaciers in these parts of the world from which it’s derived.

 

Could offset the fact we drink less water as we age

It’s a fact that millions of us naturally have less of a desire to – and feel we need to – drink less water as we get older, but it does us no good; not least because our imbibing of tea, coffee, carbonated eater and energy drinks tends to increase (or, at least, far from diminish) as we age. The result is merely reduced hydration and, yes, too little water in the body.

 

Combats the harm incurred by drinking caffeine and alcohol

As noted, drinking caffeine really does very little good for the body and surely practically everybody knows this to be true of alcohol. Indeed, on its own, consuming too much caffeine is only likely to lead to anxiety, dehydration, dizziness, headaches, insomnia and stress. Happily, though, these negative effects are something else MegaHydrate’s capable of counteracting.

 

Drives up negatively-charged hydrogen ions

Don’t doubt it, these negative ions are great for boosting a sense of well-being and overall health. Why? Well, they’re critical for the maintaining of the body’s energy balance; without them, its cells won’t be capable of counteracting free radical generation, which – as you may very well be aware of by now – is responsible for cellular damage and curtaining the life of all-important cells.

 

Enhances zeta potential of blood cells

Through its principle ingredient, silica hydride, MegaHydrate augments what scientists call ‘zeta potential’ in our blood cells. It’s because this chemical compound increase the charge, the stability and charge between blood cells (the zeta potential) that MegaHydrate ensures there’s more surface area for blood cells in the body’s blood and this ensures toxicants like bacteria, fungi, viruses and other pollutants can be removed, while ‘cleansing waters’ can more easily make their way to and fill cells owing to this increased surface area.

 

Increases your antioxidant levels

Just a single serving of MegaHydrate will supply you with more antioxidant goodness than many ‘superfoods’ including the likes of green tea, leafy greens, wheat grass and many fruit and vegetable juices. It’s this considerable antioxidant activity then that the supplement can provide that’s liable to aid in an array of health benefits; everything from improved memory and energy levels to better sight and hearing and longevity to the likelihood of chronic disease improvement.

 

 

Boosts your oxygen intake

As noted, the supplement naturally pushes cells apart (thanks to the activity of its negatively-charged atoms) and that creates a spaciousness that drives up the fluidity in the lymph system, thus drawing more oxygen into these cells. Among many other things, this supports the liver in its work to remove toxins.

 

MegaHydrate supplements

So then, both of the (entirely naturally-derived) MegaHydrate supplements that follow are available through us at The Finchley Clinic:

MegaHydrate – an amazing anti-aging and energy boosting remedy that’s claimed to be 800% more effective than other known products or foods

MegaHydrate Powder – arguably better value for money than the supplement in its original capsule form, offering a higher dosage than the latter.

The importance of a natural cleanse: how to remove toxins effectively

Nowadays, it seems you can’t pick up a newspaper or surf the Internet without quickly coming across an article that purports a new, dynamic cleanse will be your gateway to good health for the rest of your life. If only that were true. Yet, it is true that cleanses undertaken for specific reasons, thereby seeking specific results, and featuring specific foods/ drinks to consume (or, alternatively, cut out) are well worth your time. And there’s little that’s new about the idea either.

Toxin cleanses and fasting programmes involving the likes of herbs and natural nutrients have been around for centuries, if not millennia, in different civilisations; relied on not just for wellbeing but also insisted on for spiritual purposes by religions. And the reality is that, with so many toxins and harmful organisms in the air, water and environments all around us, it’s all too easy for us to breathe them in, drink, eat and consume them every day of our lives. And, to be honest, that reality’s only getting worse, which means that it’s more important than ever to try and cleanse our livers, colons and other organs of these entities on something like a regular basis.

All that said, whatever the newspapers and ill-informed web articles say, there’s nothing to match a toxin removal that involves fully naturally-derived sources of nutrition – in fact, it’s the only way to do it properly. Here are some very good examples…

 

Liver cleanses

Nowhere in the digestive tract can afford to be overrun by harmful toxins, least of all the liver, which is absolutely critical to the rest of the system for effective natural detoxification. To cleanse the liver – and help it along in its own work then – various foods you might consume include wheat grass and dandelion greens1, 2, as well as beets, carrots, celery, lemons and limes3. Meanwhile, spicier foods like cayenne, cumin, curry, rosemary and turmeric are all good here too4, as well as, drinks-wise, apple juice and simple, purified water (as opposed to coffee, milk and carbonated drinks).

 

Candida cleanses

Candida is a type of yeast that can find its way throughout the body and on the skin; on occasions, it’s especially a problem for women, not least because its overgrowth can cause an infection of thrush in the mouth of throat. Not nice. A candida cleanse aims to get the levels of the yeast in the body back under control by removing many of the sugars that cause it to ‘over-grow’.

So, that means avoiding all kinds of sugar for the duration of the cleanse – indeed, natural foods including (dried) fruits, fruit juices, refined flour and wheat foods, yeast-based foods (of course) and natural sweeteners like agave nectar and raw honey5. Moreover, alcohol’s definitely out, as are old favourites like cheese, picked vegetables and soy sauce. And, while undertaking one, a candida cleanse is only enhanced by consuming organic oregano oil and a probiotic (perhaps Latero-Flora; see below).

 

Cleanses of harmful organisms

To remove harmful organisms, in general, from the body, there are a number of herbs you should make a beeline to consume for a good overall cleanse. For instance, American wormseed, black walnut hull, clove and wormwood are great for creating an environment in the intestines and wider digestive system that’s hostile to toxins and harmful organisms6. Moreover, probiotic supplements (again, see below) are highly advised for helping ensure gut microbiome balance7.

 

Liquid cleanses

While they’re effective, such natural cleanses as outlined above do involve playing about with your diet and altering it for a short period, which inevitably is going to interfere with your energy levels. Should you prefer the idea of a general cleanse that’s not going to get close to ‘wiping you out’ for a while then, a liquid cleanse may be the answer8. As opposed to the others mentioned, it’s all about consuming good amounts of fresh organic fruit juices and vegetable juices, in addition to the likes of oils (coconut, flaxseed, hempseed, pumpkin seed and sesame seed), miso soup, pureed soup and, of course, purified water.

 

Toxin removal supplements

As already pointed out in this article, probiotics especially – but also detoxification-focused supplements in more general terms – can be great additional sources of nourishment (for vitamins and minerals) during cleanses and, should you not fancy going the cleansing route, for helping remove toxins and harmful organisms from your body on an everyday basis. The following then are all available through us at The Finchley Clinic (along with many more):

Paratrex – a supplement that combines herbs and proteolytic enzymes to help eradicate parasites from the body, but in a somewhat slower and gentler manner (thanks to its botanical ingredients) than the harsher approach you’ll find with prescription pharmaceuticals; it’s ideal for this purpose when combined with the following two supplements …

Latero-Flora – a probiotic that primarily contains a unique strain of Bacillus laterosporus, a naturally occurring organism that populates the intestines with beneficial bacteria to help maintain a healthy colon.

Aniseed Formula – a botanical food supplement for maintenance of a parasite-free ecology in the body; in addition to aniseed, it contains cranberry, celery seed, fennel, licorice, peppermint, pomegranate, thyme and turmeric.

 

References:

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Famous five: 5 essential factors for good adrenal health

The adrenal glands are located on top of the kidneys and play a critical role in the production of a multitude of hormones in your body. The adrenals comprise the endocrine system and are responsible for activating your stress response and regulating adrenaline and cortisol, which aid in energy and sleep; the adrenals also have a part in the reproductive process. Imbalance of the adrenal system is problematic to health and ranges from mild disorders, such as adrenal fatigue, to life-threatening conditions such as Addison’s disease. Too much or too little adrenal hormone production results in various symptoms including fatigue, weakness and digestive disturbance. Restoring adrenal health involves proper diagnosis, medical intervention and lifestyle changes.

 

Diagnosis

First up, you’re highly advised to get yourself checked out with a local GP so, should you be suffering from something serious, you can receive a physical examination, be diagnosed and the steps taken by medical professionals, as necessary. It’s possible that a physician may order an adrenocorticotropin simulation test, as well as a corticotropin-releasing hormone test; together these would be taken to determine the cortisone levels in your body and to discover whether yours are too high or too low, depending on whether the pituitary gland is secreting the right amounts of this all-important and highly influential hormone. You may be subjected to blood-hormone-level tests, ultrasounds and x-rays too; the results of which would also reveal whether your may require medical treatment in addition, no doubt, to lifestyle changes to normalise your adrenal function.

 

Diet

For sure, in the case of poor adrenal health, one of the lifestyle changes you’ll be strongly urged to make will be to your everyday diet. So, within this, what changes would be on the menu, so to speak? Well, there’s a good chance you’ll be advised to focus not just on specific foods but to eat according to a daily schedule, so you can maintain decent energy levels throughout the day. This would be to keep up blood sugar levels during your waking hours; should you miss meals, for instance, your blood sugar levels will drop off and put unavoidable stress on the body’s adrenal glands.

To wit, it may well be suggested for you to consume three sensibly balanced, evenly and regularly spaced meals during the day, as well as two snack-times in between them. Food-wise, the emphasis would be on natural sugar sources rich in adrenal health vitamins (all fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains; saturated fat-heavy, processed foods like cakes, crisps and carbonated drinks would be out).

 

Rest

Should you find you’re suffering from adrenal-focused issues, or even a serious condition attributable to these glands (possibly in conjunction with thyroid gland problems too), then good, decent rest becomes key, as you’ll be low on energy and in need of restoring energy levels so you don’t wipe yourself out and make yourself even less well.

The advice you’ll likely receive then is to fix a sensible, reliable and very regular sleep schedule (‘sleep hygiene’ now ought to be a focus in your life), as well as small, well observed breaks throughout the working day; you really do have to observe the fact that, for the good of your health, you need to rest more. This may mean taking 15-20-minute lie-downs or, even better, power naps every now and again. It’s not just about relaxation and energy restoration; it’s also all about balancing out the cortisol levels in your body because they’ll have been altered due to the adrenal disorder(s) you’re experiencing.

 

Exercise

Exercise as well as rest highly advised, not least because it may be you ought to lose. This is because adrenal glands generate excessive amounts of the hormone aldosterone, which can result in the medical issue called hyperaldosteronism. This sees far too much sodium and potassium than the body can handle, inevitably raising your blood pressure. Should you be suffering from adrenal issues that could or have given rise to this condition then, in addition to medical treatment, it’s likely you’ll be advised to engage in light but regular exercise – as well as to try and cut down on your sodium intake, for obvious reasons. Such light exercise as bike-riding, jogging or even walking is usually advised to aid the body’s regulation of cortisol levels when the adrenals aren’t productive enough.

 

Vitamins and supplements

Finally, the fifth factor that can make a big difference when it comes to combating adrenal problems is the consumption of the right vitamins in the right amounts – and potentially then, supplements. Vitamins are a no-brainer for good adrenal health, frankly; experts suggest consuming lots of fresh fruit, vegetable and good, solid sources of protein are essential on a daily basis to ensure you get all the vitamins you can. For instance, we’re talking the likes of Vitamins C, E and several of the B vitamins (green vegetables and citrus fruits) and protein sources for the B vitamins and the crucial nutrients that are iron and selenium.

Of course, though, there is the possible likelihood that, owing to necessary restrictions you have to make to your diet, you’re not able to tailor it exactly as you’d like. In terms of sources of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients for improved adrenal health, then you can turn to fully naturally-derived supplements for these adrenal health vitamins and more. The following adrenal health supplements are all available through us at The Finchley Clinic (why not take a look at our specific ‘Adrenal Health’ page to check out more?):

Nutramedix Adrenal Support – a proprietary blend of extracts from five adaptogenic plants (schisandra, astragalus, snow rose, ginseng and rhodiola), which combine in supplementary form help maintain healthy adrenal function.

Drive! (180 capsules) – consists of Tyrosine with supportive co-nutrients which provide important co-factors for improved energy, balanced brain chemistry, combatting depression, and supporting the adrenal and thyroid glands.

Eleuthro Formula – a powerful tonic and rebuilding effect on the adrenal glands, which is designed for super-sensitive people who want to avoid the more stimulating herbs and/ or licorice.

Healthy skin’s the thing: how ozonated olive oil is so good for your skin

If you’ve never come across ozonated olive oil, the combination of ozone and olive oil may sound like something of an odd combination; they’re strange bedfellows, surely?

Indeed, olive oil tastes terrific and offers many particularly nutritious properties, while although ozone tends to trigger fear and dread in many people’s minds (owing to the inevitable thought of the depletion of the all-important ozone layer in the Earth’s atmosphere), it obviously plays a critical role up there between terra firma and space.

In fact, ozone (a pungent blue gas in its most natural form) is crucial because of its air-cleansing capabilities and, although toxic when inhaled, it can be treated and combined with olive oil to forms half of a hugely therapeutic product – not least for the surface of the skin.

 

Ozonated olive oil – what is it?

As so often happens with scientific breakthroughs, ozonated olive oil was discovered quite by accident. Back in the early 1900s, tuberculosis was often treated by having sufferers breathe in ozone through olive oil. Once this concoction was found to be more effective as a salve treatment for the skin (and so on; see below), the ozone-containing oil was transformed into a gel, ensuring the ozone could be held and prevented from escaping for longer.

Indeed, in this form, ozonated olive oil really began to become popular after the legendary engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla first marketed it in 1904, which led to pharmacies throughout the world selling it as ‘Glycozone’. Popular in Europe, especially, for many decades, its use for treating a wide variety of ailments is now growing throughout the United States, which has ensured further research into what ozonated olive oil is capable of has ramped up like never before.

 

How is it manufactured?

Ozonated olive oil is produced via cold-pressing virgin olive oil through a process called ‘ozone injection’. This sees ozone bubbled into the olive oil – actually, for several months to thoroughly complete the process. And that’s a moot point because, while lesser companies tend to rely on low-quality ozone (a corona generator) to create the product, potentially resulting in contamination of the oil, highly respected manufacturers of ozonated olive oil instead opt for the best possible quality (a cold plasma generator); so, obviously, buying only well-reviewed products from reliable manufacturers is definitely the way to go.

 

Ozonated olive oil benefits

Of all the ailments that ozonated olive oil is popular for treating, skin problems and conditions are usually top of the list. Used as a topical treatment then, it can be applied directly to the skin as would be a salve or cream; its advantages being its capacity, thanks to its antibacterial and antioxidant properties, to sterilise and clean wounds, cuts and bites and stimulate cell regeneration:

  • Candida and thrush – candida is a form of infecting-yeast that can cause much irritation in the body, not least vaginitis in pregnant women or those who commonly take antibiotics, and the same yeast is responsible for the mostly-female-afflicting condition that’s thrush; candida and (especially) thrush then can be treated by swabbing an affected area with a cloth daubed in ozonated olive oil to reduce symptoms and infection

 

  • Burns, cuts, bites and wounds – a big treatment focus for ozonated olive oil are minor burns, lesions, bites and the such like (including insect bites and chapped lips); indeed, many people use ozonated olive oil products for this alone and why not, especially when recent research has found that guinea pigs treated with it to recover from wounds showed significant success over those treated with products containing totally unrelated ingredients1

 

  • Athlete’s foot – sufferers of Athlete’s foot or nail fungi may want to soak they feet in water for about 10 minutes, dry them thoroughly and then apply ozonated olive oil to the affected areas; this process ought to be repeated a few times each week for a three-week-period (indeed, beyond when affected areas show signs of improvement)

 

  • Acne and eczema – as it’s excellent for increasing the rate of healing and, thus, reducing inflammation and easing irritation, ozonated olive oil’s ideal for applying as a topical massage product to the skin, its natural antioxidant properties ensuring it combats toxins and lactic acid emanating from pores to cleanse the skin’s surface, while its antibacterial capabilities ensure it can treat acne, eczema and psoriasis effectively

 

  • Diaper rash – finally, ozonated olive oil’s also great for treating diaper rash on babies’ skin; as it contains no potentially harmful chemicals that a baby may encounter (and be allergic to) via other skin treatments, thus it’s an entirely naturally-derived treatment to ease discomfort and swelling.

 

Ozonated olive oil supplements

As made clear, ozonated olive oil is today readily available and very popular, yet it’s important to seek it out in its best possible versions. To wit, we urge you to check out the following – fully naturally-derived – products available through us at The Finchley Clinic:

O2-Zap – contains the highest saturation of ozone and oxygen ever developed; for best results, use the supplement on alternate days (or as needed) to moisturise, condition and re-oxygenate the skin’s tissue and promote its natural beauty and health.

Medcare (Ozonated Olive Oil) – can be used practically anywhere on the body (except the eyes) for symptomatic relief of acne, bites, fungal infections, haemorrhoids, impetigo, psoriasis, ringworm, skin yeast, stings and vulvovaginitis.

 

Reference:

  1. H.-S. Kim. ‘Therapeutic Effects of Topical Application of Ozone on Acute Cutaneous Wound Healing’. J Korean Med Sci. 2009 Jun; 24 (3): 368–374. doi: 10.3346/jkms.2009.24.3.368.

The marvel that’s Green Magma: great for detoxification and gut health

It’s all too easy to take vitamins and minerals – in other words the nutrients we consume from healthy foods – for granted. Too often, they don’t seem fun, they don’t seem dynamic and the foods from which they derive don’t seem the exciting, tastiest options come lunch or dinnertime. Taste is subjective, though, of course (and many highly nutritious foods – exotic fruits and delicious vegetables – are, generally speaking, very tasty, indeed), but what’s objective is the importance of nutrients. And what they do for our bodies.

Indeed, it’s all too easy to take this for granted; it’s all too easy, for instance, to take for granted the fact that critical nutrients play a much-needed role in detoxifying the effects of harmful micro-organisms in our bodies. Too often we don’t find that exciting, yet for the good of our health, maybe more of us should. After all, there are nutrient-packed supplements on the market that are highly impressive in the good they can do us thanks to their detoxification capabilities.

 

Green Magma ingredients and nutrients

And one such supplement is Green Magma. Derived from barley grass, it was originally developed by the Japanese scientist Yoshihide Hagiwara, who brought together and encapsulated into this single supplement the many nutrients and phytochemicals of barley grass to boost the body’s energy levels, increase its resistance to disease and improve the health of its skin, nails and hair.

More specifically, this fat-free dietary supplement comprises a trio of main ingredients – barley juice powder, maltodextrin (from tapioca) and brown rice; which means it’s a rich source of the likes of Vitamins A, C and K, folic acid, potassium and chlorophyll, as well as amino acids and enzymes.

So much for what Green Magma contains, but how are these ingredients actually captured from their natural source and Green Magma supplements manufactured? Well, it all comes down to a process of ‘juicing’ and spray-drying barley grass; thus, protecting its nutrients (once they’re fully in powder form) from deteriorating. Additionally, maltodextrin and brown rice are blended in with the supplement’s other crucial ingredients to add texture and prevent them all from falling victim to oxidation.

 

Green Magma benefits

So, in greater detail, here are some of the terrific benefits consumers of Green Magma can take advantage of by incorporating it to their everyday diet:

  • Detoxification – environmental pollutants and other toxins can easily and quickly be consumed by and absorbed into the body in the course of everyday life; the more toxic your insides become due to these chemicals the less impact your immune responses will make and the less successfully will cell division be completed, but possessing so many antioxidant properties (thanks to all its nutrients), Green Magma can help your body to fight back

 

  • A rich mix – it could be that Green Magma offers the vast majority of all the nutrients your body needs; indeed, even in single servings, it possesses greater amounts of calcium, magnesium and Vitamins, A, B1, B2, B3, B6 and C than many types of vegetables, while it’s such an effective antioxidant because it also naturally comprises a whole host of chemicals with dynamic antioxidant properties, including alpha-carotene, beta carotene, catalase, selenium, superoxide dismutase, 2-0-glycosylisovitexin and Vitamins C and E

 

  • Chlorophyll – the chemical that ensures vegetables (and, come to that, many plants in general) appear green, chlorophyll has a history throughout civilisation of being relied on for ensuring blood remains healthy, but in Green Magma (unsurprising perhaps, as it’s a key ingredient in this supplement), it primarily operates as a natural and potent detoxifier

 

  • Cardiovascular function – according to a relatively recent study published in peer-review journal ‘Diabetes and Metabolism’, barley grass supplements (including Green Magma then) may well promote ordinary, good cardiovascular function.

 

Green Magma supplements

Now, it is true that, yes, the dietary supplement market is awash with several different products purporting to contain barley grass – and, thus, they claim to offer its so many beneficial attributes – yet, it’s only actually Green Magma that comprises the active, young barley grass plant that’s so potent. To wit, the following Green Magma products are all available through The Finchley Clinic – and at present they’re at special offer prices too…!

Green Magma (300g) – regular supplementation with Green Magma may improve digestion, increase energy and aid detoxification; manufactured using patented processing methods.

Green Magma (150g) – a less copious version of the green barley juice-derived supplement; for best absorption, mix one teaspoon of Green Magma powder into a glass of water or non-acidic fruit juice (approximately 160ml) 1-2 times per day, then drink the solution 20 minutes before or two hours after a meal.

Green Magma (250 tablets) – the supplement in tablet form; users are advised to take six tablets with water 20 minutes before a meal, twice daily.

 

The real deal: why you should always buy natural, not synthetic, vitamins

If there’s anything that’s vital to the normal functioning and good health of our bodies then it’s undoubtedly vitamins. As is widely known, we gain many of the vitamins we need via our daily diet or the likes of sunshine (that is, from external sources). And, in some cases, of course we consume them in the form of tablets, capsules or liquids – often over the counter or, increasingly nowadays, from online sellers. Indeed, a sign of just how important these specific chemicals are to our bodies is what happens when we’re deficient in them; in short, vitamin deficiency can result in a wide range of hazardous issues and conditions –from anorexia to obesity, depression to fatigue and even digestive and blood disorders to organ malfunction. Basically; very bad news.

So much for why we all need vitamins, but which vitamins should we be consuming? Now, when we ask this question, we’re not talking about Vitamin A or Vitamin B or Vitamin C or so on (we should all be getting a good spread of the ‘alphabet’ vitamins); we mean instead the make-up of these vitamins. How the vitamins are prepared for us in consumable form.

This question comes into play especially if you rely on the likes of supplements, tablets and capsules for your vitamin intake, in addition to gaining them from your natural diet (perhaps you feel you struggle to get all the vitamins you ought to receive from your diet alone?). The point is the issue that arises here is the fact not all vitamins are not created equal, like it or not. That’s to say, too many you tend to consume in this format are synthetic and far from wholly, genuinely good for you. Yes, really.

 

Natural vs synthetic vitamins

Synthetic vitamins are simply those manufactured synthetically and aren’t derived straight from natural resources. What’s the big deal, you may ask? After all, science can work wonders nowadays and, in any case, haven’t synthetic vitamins been around a long time? Yes, they have, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a definite second best and could, in fact, do your body harm instead of good. The fact is, chemically produced in a lab, as they are, synthetic vitamins are crafted to mimic their genuine, natural counterparts – those that are derived directly from plant material that actually contain the vitamin(s) you’re seeking. Hence natural vitamins actually contain vitamins; very technically speaking, synthetic vitamins don’t.

In scientific terms then, most synthetic vitamins don’t contain the transporters and co-factors you get in natural vitamins, as the former have been ‘isolated’ in order to be mass-produced. Indeed, the US-based Organic Consumers Association recognises the fact synthetic versions aren’t the ‘real deal’ to such an extent that, as they’re isolated vitamins, it simply won’t class them the same way and claims they oughtn’t to be used in the same way as natural vitamins1.

Unlike their isolated, distant cousins then, natural vitamins tend to come complete with other vitamins, as well as minerals and enzymes (especially when you consume them as ‘normally’ as possible from food) which aids the body to metabolise them properly and be ready to use them without confusion and trouble – because this is exactly the way in which it expects to consume vitamins. Conversely, synthetic vitamins often can’t be used by the body right away (thus, wasting time while you expect these vitamins to be doing you good) because the body has to wait to build up or receive minerals to help metabolise them or, possibly worse, use minerals pre-existing in your body to do this, thus potentially helping you develop mineral deficiencies.

Frankly, the simple truth is that synthetic vitamins contain chemicals that, blended and created in a laboratory, were never really meant to be consumed by humans. That’s right; by taking too many synthetic vitamins you could be poisoning yourself. A good example of this is with synthetic fat-soluble vitamins (like Vitamins A, D, E and K). Why? Because, by their nature, they deliver a higher, more concentrated helping of a particular vitamin than is the case when you consume it in its healthy natural form, ensuring then that a good proportion of it’s liable to sit and build up in the body’s fatty tissue and inevitably cause toxicity. Not good.

 

How to spot synthetic vitamins

Fair dos, when you’re in a shop or buying online, it’s far from always easy to discern whether you’re properly buying ‘natural’ or not – and this is certainly true when it comes to vitamins. So, to avoid purchasing vitamins in their synthetic forms, try to steer clear of the following:

  • Aminobenzoic acid (PABA or para-aminobenzoic acid)
  • Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
  • Calcium D-pantothenate (Pantothenic acid)
  • Choline chloride/ choline bitartrate (Choline)
  • Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12)
  • dl-alpha tocopherol/ dl-alpha tocopherol acetate/ succinate (Vitamin E)
  • Irradiated ergosteral/ calciferol (Vitamin D)
  • Pteroylglutamic acid (Folic acid)
  • Pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)
  • Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A)
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
  • Thiamine mononitrate/ Thiamine hydrochloride (Vitamin B1)

 

Also try to avoid:

  • Carnauba wax
  • Magnesium stearate (or stearic acid)
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Titanium dioxide (it’s carcinogenic!)

 

Natural multivitamin supplements

So, evidently, naturally derived vitamins are the way to go. But what if, as mentioned briefly above, you feel you’re not getting all the health-giving vitamins, minerals and nutrients from your usual diet (for whatever reason; perhaps because of allergies or complications you have with certain foods)? Well, help is at hand with naturally-derived vitamin supplements. Yes, there certainly are some – indeed, many – of them on the market; you just need to look for them. Indeed, every vitamin supplement we sell here at The Finchley Clinic is naturally-sourced, you can be sure of that. Speaking of which, the following three multivitamin supplements are all good examples:

Daily Vita Plus – Lemon (Vegetarian) – Great for general health, provides a full range of vitamins (A, B5, B6, B9, B12, C, E, biotin, choline biatrate inositol, niacin, riboflavin and thiamin); note that vitamins in liquid form (like this supplement) are much easier to swallow and absorb into the body than tablets or capsules.

True Food All Man (180 capsules) – a complete, thoroughly food-based multivitamin and multi-nutrient formulation for men of all ages, which provides daily support for those leading busy 21st Century lives.

True Food Wise Woman (180 capsules) – the female-focused version of ‘All Man’, this supplement also provides a complete spectrum of food-based essential vitamins and minerals for high bioavailability.

 

Reference:

  1. Clement B. ‘Nutri-Con: The Truth About Vitamins & Supplements’. The Vitamin Myth Exposed. 2005 December 31.

MegaHydrate: the mega antioxidant supplement

Over the past few decades it’s been drilled into us just how important it is to make sure we’re hydrated. Now, we tend to think this means making sure we don’t feel thirsty and have enough water in our bodies to sate a potential lack of H2O. But you probably weren’t aware of the importance of making sure the individual cells of your body are properly hydrated, were you? This is where MegaHydrate comes in.

An excellent and, therefore, popular supplement, MegaHydrate boasts one of the highest antioxidant potentials on the planet. It was created specifically to boost cellular hydration by reducing the surface tension of water within the body, which really means hydrating the cells in the body. The science behind enables a more efficient elimination of toxins and metabolic by-products on a very specific level within the cells – as well as a boost in the delivery of nutrients to the cells.

In fact, MegaHydrate (which is not only available at The Finchley Clinic but, at present, on special offer through us) is claimed to be more than one hundred times more potent than many plant-based antioxidant sources – including the likes of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, green tea extract, and grape seed extract. How so? Well, containing as it does silica hydride, MegaHydrate has something of a secret weapon, for that appears to be the only antioxidant compound that doesn’t transform into a pro-oxidant after donating its electrons, instead combining with other hydrogen atoms to form a harmless gas or with oxygen and hydrogen to form water.

 

Brilliant benefits

So much for the science, but what about MegaHydrate’s benefits? What specifically does it do for your body…?

  • Boosts negatively-charged hydrogen ions – as a super-concentrated source of these ions, MegaHydrate has a very low oxidation reduction potential (ORP). A low ORP means that the antioxidant is extremely likely to donate electrons and act as a more potent free-radical quencher.

 

  • Could slow ageing – because of its hydration capacities, MegaHydrate may increase moisture in all body parts, giving us a more youthful, vital appearance. This also means that the hair, skin and fingernails may seem more lustrous and shiny.

 

  • Drives up absorption of hydrating elements – MegaHydrate was developed to offer the same benefits as the waters found in high elevation regions of the world. In some elevated areas of places such as Pakistan, Ecuador and Germany, people seem to live longer and with a better quality of life well into 100 years of age. This is because of the water structure of the frozen glacier water of these regions of the world. MegaHydrate mimics these waters in both its structure and health effects. This form of water does not have to work to be absorbed by our cells, but enters into them easily, allowing quicker hydration and nutrient uptake. Good things move into our cells easier, and toxicants also move out easier.

 

  • Counteracts caffeine and alcohol – We may be unaware of it, but caffeine overload can lead to anxiety, insomnia, dehydration, stress, dizziness and headaches. MegaHydrate can help counteract the negative consequences associated with excessive caffeine and alcohol intake.

 

  • Improves negatively-charged ion levels – negative ions have been shown to boost our sense of well-being and overall health. Hydrogen ions are key to the body’s energy balance. Without enough hydrogen ions from the plants and water we take in, the cells cannot effectively counteract the creation of free radicals in the body, leading to cellular damage and potentially shorter cell life.

 

  • Promotes the ‘zeta potential’ – through its principle ingredient, silica hydride, MegaHydrate augments what scientists call “zeta potential” in our blood cells. This compound boosts the charge, as well as stability and space between the blood cells. With more zeta potential, we get more surface area for blood cells. More surface area in these cells allows more room for toxicants such as bacteria, fungus, viruses and pollutants to be expelled. Cleansing waters can reach our cells better due to the increased surface potentials. Studies confirm this heightened zeta response in cells upon taking MegaHydrate.

 

  • Improves total antioxidant levels – studies show that one serving provides more antioxidant content than many of the popular superfoods: including wheat grass, green tea, leafy greens and other vegetable and fruit juices. Heightened antioxidant activity may be a key factor in promoting a multitude of health benefits such as longevity, better memory, better energy levels, improved sight and hearing and reduced chances for chronic disease development.

 

  • Delivers oxygen – the negative hydrogen atoms in MegaHydrate push cells apart, instead of drawing them together. This spaciousness increases fluidity in the lymph system and pulls more oxygen into cells. It also has been found to aid the liver in toxin removal.

 

MegaHydrate – something of an anti-ageing pill, it’s a supplement that’s undoubtedly one of the most powerful antioxidant supplements available anywhere in the world, thanks to being as much as 800 percent more effective than other known products or foods; an amazing remedy for anti-ageing and boosting energy levels throughout the body.

MegaHydrate (Powder) – the same great supplement as the standard above version, only in powder- not, capsule-form; indeed, for those requiring a higher dosage, Megahydrate powder works out much better value for money than the capsules.

Help your body protect you: how to boost your immune system

The immune system’s a wonderful thing – it’s your body’s very own built-in protection system. It fights the good fight against a plethora of harmful organisms and toxic chemicals that you consume thanks to the food you eat, the water you drink and the air you breathe in. And yet, to do this to its maximum potential, to keep your body as safe as it can, it needs you to properly support it so it can function to its optimum level. How? Well, the following are all ways in which you’d be wise to invest time and effort to aid your immune system:

    • Eating healthily – some foods steal energy and destroy your immune system. Foods to avoid include processed foods and those with unnatural chemicals like added flavourings, refined sugars, and neurotoxins like MSG. Avoid soda, which is one of the top five foods that destroy your immune system. Instead, look for organic fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants, B vitamins and vitamins A, C, and D. Some excellent choices are blueberries, garlic, kale, broccoli, spinach, lemons, eggplant, pomegranate, and avocado. For fruits and vegetables, it’s important to buy organic. If organic isn’t available, give your fruits and veggies a good scrub to eliminate removable residue. Raw, vegan foods are ideal, but if you do choose a vegan lifestyle, make sure to include extra B12 in your diet.

 

  • Getting exercise – yes, that’s right; exercise is one of the best methods to boost immune system vitality. It improves your overall health, increases oxygen intake and lung capacity, and gets your metabolism going. On top of that, it promotes a healthy heart and good circulation. Find the best exercise routine for your lifestyle; keep in mind that consistency is a must.

 

  • Stress management – stress does more than make you anxious or angry, it aggravates your immune system and increases inflammation. Look for ways to reduce stress at home and at work. One way to avoid stress is by not holding onto problems. Get it out, talk to someone who will listen. Meditation is another great way to manage stress and can help you reach mind and body harmony and mental discipline.

 

  • Nutritional support – even natural foods do not provide all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients we need. Over-farming, fertilizers, and pesticides have drained much of the nutrient content from the land. As organic farming picks up, nutrients will return, but it will take time. But, even before the soil was depleted of nutrients, alternative health practitioners recognized that people needed herbs and tonics to supplement their diet and support their health and immune system, especially as they aged. Here are a few of the best.

 

  • Echinacea – traditional medicines have used Echinacea for centuries and research indicates it supports a healthy immune response and helps fight off colds and flu.

 

  • Oregano oil – a study by the Georgetown University Medical Center reported oregano oil was great for fighting off harmful organisms.

 

  • Ginseng – this adaptogen helps the body respond to stress and keeps your immune system functioning normally.

 

  • Lemon – high in vitamin C, lemon is one of the most potent fruits you can take to fight illness. Many people recommend taking the juice of one half lemon in a cup of warm water every morning to encourage good health.

 

  • Garlic – studies show people who eat garlic regularly have fewer colds than those who don’t.

 

  • Probiotics – friendly bacteria, aka probiotics, help keep harmful organisms from taking hold. Studies suggest two of the best strains are Lactobacillus helveticus and Bifidobacterium bifidum.

 

Alternative ways to help the immune system

In recent years, researchers have taken special interest in aloe vera. Studies show some aloe species contain two powerful substances that help the immune system – acemannan and aloctin A. The active components in aloe vera fight harmful organisms and have antioxidant effects that protect cells from damage. Aloe Fuzion – a high-quality immunity boost supplement, as well as the other following products, is available through The Finchley Clinic:

Aloe Fuzion – a highly concentrated formula that contains the most bio-available, certified-organic aloe with the highest amount of acemannan made today. Acemannan is the active ingredient that supports the immune system, soothes irritation, and encourages a healthy gut environment. Aloe Fuzion is aloin free and does not act as a harsh laxative, unlike many whole leaf aloe products.

Aloe Gold Natural – rich in sulphur and 200 other nutrients, it helps to maintain healthy digestion, provides important nutrients to the cells lining the gut and helps maintain healthy skin and immune function.

Banderol – this supplement may not just help support the immune system but can also be used for candida management and microbial defence; also used by people with Lyme disease and the co-infections associated with it.

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