In this Wellness Radio episode, the overall message is to take ownership of your health. If you develop an illness, you can figure out the root cause of the problem and eliminate it.
Don’t quit and give in to a disease or diagnosis and don’t simply accept defeat when you have the power to change your health with your lifestyle choices.
Here’s the timestamp breakdown of the episode:
7:13 The surprising, yummy, all-natural way to treat upper respiratory illnesses
20:38 How to help older women prevent heart disease
27:50 Facebook Question: How to boost the immune system of a toddler heading to daycare
33:30 Can neuro-degenerative diseases be prevented?
Did you know that honey is a superfood and can be equally - if not more -effective against upper respiratory illnesses?
In a recent Oxford University study, it was found that:
“Honey was superior to usual care for the improvement of symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections. Honey could help efforts to slow the spread of antimicrobial resistance and provides a widely available and cheap alternative to antibiotics.”
The study found that you can actually lessen the effects and symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection by up to three days with the use of honey as a treatment instead of antibiotics.
We’re now finding that our response to infectious disease, with years of science behind our belt, is still not as advanced as those of our ancestors. Science is now finding that honey is powerful in the treatment of these illnesses, something our ancestors knew all along. Honey is a powerful microbial antioxidant that lasts for decades and does not have the harmful side effects that over-the-counter medicines may have.
Look for raw manuka honey and take a teaspoon every three hours during an acute infection, or once per day as a preventative measure.
Honey is great for cuts and scrapes. You can apply it to your children’s boo-boos as a much gentler and effective way to heal abrasions, but you may want to put a plaster over the honey to avoid a sticky mess.
Honey also kills some bacteria like MRSA from staph infections. It can be made even more powerful a treatment against bacteria if infused with garlic. Crush garlic cloves in raw honey and take this medicinally to fight off harmful bacteria, a much gentler and better-tasting way to keep kids (and yourself) healthy.
A teaspoon of honey before bed releases melatonin and can help to stabilize blood sugar, allowing you to enjoy deep sleep.
Use honey for allergies - get raw local honey from a sustainable farmer as a treatment for your seasonal allergies. This can be made into a more powerful treatment by adding a drop of peppermint essential oil to open up the sinuses and two drops of any citrus essential oil which has natural antihistamine properties. This infusion will work wonders before bed to help you breathe easy while smoothing the inflammatory process in your sinus cavity.
New research has shown that older women can benefit from eating more cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, and brussels sprouts, to prevent heart disease and blood vessel disease.
Blood vessel disease is a condition that affects arteries and veins and can reduce the flow of blood circulating around the body. This reduction in blood flow can be due to the build-up of fatty calcium deposits on the inner walls of our blood vessels, such as the aorta. This build-up is the leading cause of having a heart attack or stroke.
This study found that women who consumed greater than 45g of cruciferous vegetables daily (about ¼ cup of steamed broccoli or ½ cup of raw cabbage) were 46% less likely to have extensive build-up of calcium on their aorta in comparison to women consuming little to no cruciferous vegetables daily.
Cruciferous vegetables will also help the body to rid itself of xenoestrogens that cause hormonal imbalance. These are foreign hormones from sources like carpet and toxic paint that disrupt your endocrine system and hormones. Consume foods high in sulforaphane, such as broccoli sprouts, to help get rid of xenoestrogens, balance your hormones, and get rid of heart disease.
Start your kids off loving vegetables as snacks to build on a healthy habit of eating cruciferous vegetables throughout their life. Let them chew on raw veggies to build up the strength of their jaw and their palate. Make these veggies fun for yourself and your kids by slathering them in good healthy fats such as extra virgin olive oil, grass-fed butter, or goat’s milk dressings and dips. These fats are not only healthy, but will also make these vegetables taste great so you can enjoy them more.
With children so young it’s best to keep things simple. Start them off with some immune-boosting herbs in an easy and fun way to consume like a gummy. Immunoberry by Designs for Health is loaded with immune-boosting herbs like echinacea, elderberry, mushrooms, and astragalus which is phenomenal at training the immune system and balancing the Th1 and Th2 immune system. It also contains upper respiratory support with wild cherry bark so it’s a great all-in-one gummy to start.
Take children outside often to get a good dose of Vitamin D. Diversify their environment and let them get their hands dirty by taking them to different parks, on hikes, or to the beach or lake as often as you can, but even just out to the yard for outdoor play is a great place for this.
You can also supplement vitamin D to boost immunity. Get a kids' formulation that is super easy to deliver. Our favorites are VITD3 Liquid by Systemic Formulas, available at Revelation Health here, or Zero Sugar Vitamin D Gummies by Nordic Naturals, available at our Wellevate store here.
Raw honey, as discussed before, is also a great preventative measure that can be given to kids daily.
Finally, make sure to protect their gut. Ion* Gut Health by Ion Biome closes up junctions of the gut and protects it overall, helping with the health of your gut cells and bacteria and builds up a healthy gut environment to protect against harmful microbiomes from sharing food or touching shared surfaces at daycare.
A new study of 78,000 people shows that up to 50% of neurodegenerative diseases can be prevented based on lifestyle choices and what you eat.
You may be genetically predisposed to these diseases, but it is shown that the environment that you put your body in and that you create on the inside determines what your genes express and what is not expressed.
There are certain lifestyle choices that trigger these genes to express these diseases. Lifestyle choices can also help to prevent these diseases from happening and to reverse these diseases as well.
1. Start a healthy keto diet
A diet low in carbs and sugar and high in healthy fats has been shown to help prevent and even to treat and reverse neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other brain-damaging diseases. This diet can be based on plants or high-quality animal fats to reap the benefits. To learn how to implement a keto diet, check out our Foundations of Nutrition course.
2. Remove toxins from your environment
Using less plastic and consuming less heavy metals can have a remarkably positive effect on your brain health. To learn how to detox your environment, check out our Advanced Toxin Elimination course.
3. Get appropriate rest and sleep
Getting the required amount of deep sleep each night helps to detoxify your brain and help it to recover and restore itself.
The bottom line is that lifestyle choices can cause life-changing diseases, but they can also reverse these diseases as well.
Take control of your health with the choices you make each day.