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An Accidental Hippie

Your place to discover how good healthy living can be

  • Tammy

”At this point, it feels like a lifetime that I’ve been talking about how toxic this stuff is.

Monsanto lost in court again today. A jury awarded a man $80 million, saying Roundup contributed to his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

And now, it’s time to turn our attention to Lowe’s and Home Depot. They are literally selling cancer in a bottle like this.

And it has to stop. -“ Robyn OBrien

My parents use to own a small piece of land. They rented out two large areas to a local farmer who would grow corn and soybeans depending on the season. One year he was spraying Glyphosate on one of the crops and then crossed my parents lane. That's a long country driveway for those of you who didn't grow up in the sticks. ;) Anyway, he forgot to turn off his sprayer when he crossed the lane and everything the Glyphosate touched turn black! It was completely dead and yet the crops looked perfect.

My suggestion is, if you wouldn't drink a Round Up Smoothie than I suggest making sure you buy food that hasn't been sprayed with Glyphosate.

Whether you’re diligent about getting your annual flu shots or choose to tough it out instead, it makes sense to do what you can to boost your immune system naturally when flu season hits. Because even if you do get your flu shot, sometimes the strains the shots protect against aren’t the ones that end up going around, in which case you’ll be glad you had a back-up plan.

Of course, it’s not just the flu that you need to protect against this time of year, and that’s the other benefit of strengthening your immune system—it’ll help you fight off a whole host of nasty winter germs. These are some of my favorite natural immunity boosters to help you stay healthy this winter.


Vitamin D is critically important for our immune system because there is actually a receptor for the vitamin on our immune cells, meaning it really gets them moving [source]! However, it turns out that some of us may be running a little low. A review of studies related to optimum vitamin D levels recommended an increase in daily intake of the vitamin to improve the body’s functions, including the health of your bones and teeth and many other beneficial effects [source].

  1. Almond Butter Fig Healthy Hair Smoothie There are many reasons why we can become deficient, but here are a few: instead of spending our lives outside, we live in houses, work in buildings, and commute by cars where we get zero UVB radiation; we don’t eat the healthy unprocessed foods that our ancestors used to; and we lather ourselves in sunscreen, which blocks the good UVB radiation whenever we do go outside [source].The list goes on, but what matters is that it’s really important to make sure to get enough vitamin D on a regular basis. Some of us will need to supplement, especially in the winter, because we have a tough time getting enough natural sunlight. Older people, those who have intestinal conditions that cause poor absorption, darker-skinned individuals, and those who are overweight or have had gastric bypass surgery will also be at risk for deficiency and should consider supplementing. A daily vitamin D3 supplement should help you to do just that (and here is an alternative vegetarian source).Generally, people need around 1,000–2,000 IU per day to get optimized vitamin D levels. There has been a trend to take large doses of vitamins, and that’s not always safe. Because vitamin D is one of the fat-soluble vitamins, when you take too much it can build up in your body and reach toxic levels. It’s a good idea to stay within the generally accepted guidelines unless your doctor prescribes a supplement because a lab test has shown that your blood level is too low [source].In addition to your supplement, there are many food-related sources of the vitamin that can be seen on the NIH website [source]. It’s always important to eat a healthy diet of fresh, unprocessed foods, lots of greens, and a good variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. That’s the best way to take in all of the nutrients your body needs.2. TURMERIC You may have heard how turmeric is an all-around rock star of a spice. It’s warming, immune-boosting, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and antimicrobial [source].

    Turmeric does a great job of decreasing inflammation in the body to make it more conducive to healthy, immune-producing microbes. A study showed that piperine (the active component in black pepper) increases the absorption of curcumin (the active component in turmeric) by 2,000% [source].So when you add turmeric to your soups, stews, eggs, etc., add a couple grinds of black pepper to increase curcumin’s bioavailability. I also love adding turmeric to my smoothies and drinks. Give this latte a try!3. ASHWAGANDHA Ashwagandha is a warm, heavy, and sweet root that is one of most immune-boosting adaptogens out there! It helps the body adapt to stress without unwanted stimulation [source], and also supports natural sleep cycles by inducing sleep [source] and helping the body to maintain adequate energy levels to calm itself down and sleep restfully [source].In the daytime, it helps support the immune and musculoskeletal systems, both of which may be negatively impacted by stress. The easiest way to get it in you is to take it as a supplement.4. ASTRAGALUS Astragalus is prized as an immunomodulator, meaning it will help to make your immune response more effective without causing it to become overactive (as in allergies). There have been many clinical studies showing how astragalus encourages an increase in immune cell activity, production, and function [source]. Look for it at the Asian market and chuck it into soups like in the recipe below or get the supplement for more regular use.5. EAT NATURE’S HARVEST To stay balanced this winter, focus on foods that are warm, moist, heavy, and even a bit spicy. Good choices are soups, nuts, warm grains, and other high fat, fiber-rich, high protein foods.
    If you love root veggies as much as I do, this is your time to gorge on them! Rutabagas, turnips, parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes, beets! They’re so delicious, very colorful (so you know you are getting many different nutrients), and easy to prepare. They all do well with the roasting method, which is what I use the most. But you can also try steaming them to make a root veggie mash, adding in some warming winter spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne.Chicken and Ginger Immunity Soup This chicken soup is just like your grandma used to make, only better—shiitake mushrooms, ginger, and astragalus root combine to make it a tasty, warming, immunity-boosting brew.
    Print Recipe Immunity-Building Chicken and Ginger Soup This chicken soup is just like your grandma used to make, only better—shiitake mushrooms, ginger, and astragalus root combine to make it an immunity-boosting rock star. Prep Time15 mins Cook Time30 mins Total Time45 mins Servings: 4 servings Author: Stephanie Morish Ingredients Sea salt Black pepper Cayenne pepper —add this to each individual bowl as you like2 split chicken breasts —this means bone in, skin on1 3-inch piece ginger, cut into strips6 slices dried astragalus root4 carrots chopped4 celery stalks chopped½ white onion chopped2 garlic cloves minced1 large bunch kale leaves and stems chopped separately6 shiitake mushrooms sliced1 cup fresh parsley finely chopped1 cup fresh cilantro finely chopped Instructions Fill a pot about one-third of the way with filtered water and toss in some sea salt, ground black pepper, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Bring water to a boil. Add the split breast (after pulling off the fat and skin--a little left is fine). Add the ginger, astragalus root, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, kale stems, and shiitake mushrooms to the soup. Return to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Let this cook for about 30 minutes to an hour. When it's almost finished cooking, add the kale leaves and use a fork to shred the chicken. Put the chopped parsley and cilantro in the bottom of your serving bowl and ladle the soup over it. If you want to add some additional slices of ginger (not too much) and cayenne pepper, you’ll really open up your sinuses for a good, healthy blow.

This is originally posted @ https://helloglow.co Visit her site for more recipes like this one

  • Tammy

Tammy Fee | Feb 25, 2019 |

There is no real cure for the flu as it is a virus, but there are definitely measures you can take for prevention. This is in no way meant to be medical advice. You need to consult your physician with any concerns for your health. This is just my personal opinion and what I do to help myself and family stave off flu like viruses.

** Edit-In light of the spread of the coronavirus, I am again upping my intake of elderberry syrup.

It's been widely reported that Elderberry is a very effective cold and flu remedy. I don’t remember where I found my original elderberry syrup recipe, but you’ll be amazed at the taste and simplicity. (See recipe below.) Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a popular healing plant and was used by Native American healers. Elderberry is high in vitamins A and C. and they have an anti-inflammatory effect on the respiratory system. When made into a syrup, they can help break up mucous secretions as well as calm a chest cold and cough. According to the Natural Physicians Healing Therapies, elderberries contain flavonoids known as anthocyanins that have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. These substances appear to inhibit influenza replication and boost immune system activity.

Elderberry syrup is easy to make, tastes delicious and is full of vitamins and trace minerals to help build your immune system. You can purchase elderberry syrup at most drugstores or get this one on Amazon.

However, it’s so easy to make!

What I like about making my own, besides the delicious taste, is knowing exactly what ingredients I have put in the syrup.

  • Elderberry Syrup Ingredients * 2/3 cup dried elderberries * 3½ cups water * 2 TBSP fresh or dried ginger root * 1 tsp cinnamon or 2 cinnamon sticks * ½ tsp cloves or clove powder * 1 cup raw honey (local is best) Instructions     Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.       Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an          hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.        Remove from heat and let cool until it is cool enough to be handled.      Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil.        Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.        Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm.     When it is no longer hot, add the honey and stir well.     When the honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a   quart sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind. *There is concern of honey causing Botulism poisoning in children under 12 months, so please ask your pediatrician before giving your baby honey. Agave nectar can be substituted for honey for those of us with little ones under 12 months. How to use: Give ½ teaspoon to 1 teaspoon to kids and 1 to 3 tablespoons to adults once a day at the onset of any cold and flu symptoms. If the flu or a cold does set in, take the normal dose every 2 to 3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear. Homemade elderberry syrup looks and tastes far better than any drug store brand. You’ll find your family asking for a teaspoon or more a day! You definitely don’t have to be sick to enjoy this healthy syrup. You can pour this over pancakes or waffles, add some to hot tea or even add into your warm oatmeal. This also makes a great homemade gift to give to friends and family.

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