Stomach Trouble

Some people may be lucky and have a natural resistance to some Norovirus strains—it all comes down to your blood type. For everyone else, protect yourself from Norovirus this winter with frequent hand washing and immune supporting colloidal silver.

Norovirus is a virus that causes stomach flu and is most active during the winter. It’s super contagious—when you’re infected, you spread lots of viral particles and it only takes a few to infect someone. Norovirus can be airborne, and vomiting spreads the virus 10 feet in front of you and 7 side to side. Cleaning requires the strong stuff to actually disinfect surfaces.

But if you have type B blood, you might have some immunity (although results vary based on the particular strain of Norovirus). The oligosaccharides that are on your red blood cells are present in your stomach, too, making Norovirus attaching and infecting either easier or harder. So some lucky ones may be able to avoid or get milder infections!

Symptoms of Norovirus resemble food poisoning—diarrhea, vomiting, fever, fatigue, and related symptoms like nausea, dizziness, chills, and aches/pains.

Avoiding Norovirus is tricky because of how contagious it is—unlike food poisoning, it can be airborne if you’re around someone who’s sick. Handwashing, cleaning, and immune support are your best defense. With multiple evolving strains, you can get Norovirus multiple times, so don’t let your gaurd down.

The immunity you may get from getting over a bout only lasts about six months, so Norovirus remains a yearly concern. Wash hands frequently and keep up immune support with colloidal silver.

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If you’re flu symptoms are getting worse, don’t wait to get help. Some ERs are overflowing with flu patients. A surge in flu has been expected, and hospital reports bring evidence that it may be here. Pediatric cases are up, ERs are full, and more severe cases are being reported. Remember, you can get the flu more than once (thanks to multiple evolving strains) so keep up immune support for at least a few more months with good habits and colloidal silver.

Flu symptoms are recognizable by how strong they come on. While most viruses have similar symptoms (hence why so many diseases are described as “flu-like”), flu is one of the worse by being instant, strong, and super contagious. Sneezing, coughing, aches, weakness, fatigue, and fever are all main flu symptoms (vomiting can be a symptom, but as a primary symptom is more likely related to Norovirus aka stomach flu).

Like other viruses, treatment for the flu comes down to good self care—resting and drinking lots of clear liquids. And if you’re able to, eat (it’s bacterial illness that the old adage has you “starve”). While basic flu symptoms could land you in the hospital if you get a bad case or have a weakened immune system, it’s complications that are more dangerous. For up to a month after having the flu, you’re at an increased risk for heart attack, for instance.

While a general surge is expected right now, part of the contribution to pediatric flu cases this year is a poor match between flu shot and circulating strain. Each generation reacts to different flu strains differently based on which variations they were first/most exposed to during childhood, which is why some years it’s a generation that should be in peak health (age wise) that’s hit the worst.

Flu can last until June, so keep up good health practices like supporting your immune system with colloidal silver.

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Sleep helps heal you from your head to your toes, but it’s absolutely critical for your brain and heart. While it’s not surprising research, studies are continuing to reveal the ways that sleep is necessary for our continued health. If you haven’t been getting a good night’s sleep, start getting help from our Sleep Support Pack.

One bad night’s sleep can cause multiple blood pressure spikes—that night and the next day—while getting deep sleep rests and heals your heart.

Without a good night’s sleep our brain misfires and even checks out the next day (and we may not even notice). With a good night’s sleep our brain cleanses itself of the days work, and the metabolic waste it made doing it.

That last bit is critical—getting sleep and clearing that waste is key to preventing Alzheimer’s. Whether it’s pushing back a genetic risk or preventing a risk generated by lifestyle, every good night’s sleep we get now pays off in the long run.

Just like a bad day for your immune system can mean you get sick, a bad night’s sleep creates a day of increased risk—it’s riskier to drive and operate other equipment, riskier for our hearts, and riskier for our brains that didn’t get the gunk swept out by REM sleep. As we get older, if we’re less healthy, those risks are worse.

Good sleep is all about preparation. A little exercise during the day, staying hydrated, eating more in the morning and less as the day goes on. Before bed, have a period where you’re done eating, slowing on drinking, and if you need help falling asleep, take a bath (it helps relax muscles and adjust your body temperature for sleep).

Avoid having lights on in your bedroom, including tiny LEDs on charging devices. Light can make falling asleep harder and disrupt your sleep cycles, which are critical for all these health benefits.

To help overcome sleep troubles, use Sleep Support Pack with the minerals and nutrients your body needs while it sleeps, and herbs known to support better sleep.

Avoid sleeping pills as they don’t induce natural sleep with all the cycles you need.

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Your beating heart, thinking brain, and idling muscles (along with the rest of your body) are burning between 1500-2000 Calories per day. And even idle, you’re using up nutrients, too—repairing, replacing, and running your systems. Make sure you’re giving your body good daily support with Triple Strength Antioxidant.

Triple Strength Antioxidant is a high-quality multivitamin, and it’s a good source of the antioxidants your body needs for maintenance. Antioxidants are nutrients that your body uses to balance inflammation. Inflammation is a necessary part of healing and rebuilding—when you exercise, sleep, or have an injury or illness, for example. But without antioxidants, inflammation can become unchecked, and too much inflammation can be like an illness; it’s a distraction for your immune system, can cause premature aging, and more.

Everybody needs a good daily multivitamin to support their bodies. What you eat is important, too, but taking a multivitamin each day helps provide a safety net to ensure you’re getting the basics. An antioxidant-centric multivitamin like Triple Strength Antioxidant helps add balance to unhealthy foods (sugar, fried, or processed), injuries, and other daily sources of inflammation. Too often, we have too much inflammation from bad habits (whether it’s just one or many) or a chronic health issue, and getting extra antioxidants into our diet is especially important.

Build up a healthy lifestyle with lots of sleep (for rest and repair), exercise (for maintenance and strength), and healthy foods as well as extra support like Triple Strength Antioxidant.

And if you’re planning something new this year, your body will be ready with the tools it needs. Get the basics down with a daily multivitamin, then meet new goals.

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You may be starting the year ready to learn new hobbies, resolved to get fit, or burning to make some changes. Do you have everything you need? While it’s normal to “feel it” after you work harder or use your body differently, you should still be able to relax, sleep comfy, and not be distracted by pain. Make sure that you’re ready to take on your new activities this year with support from Dakota Muscle Relief.

Dakota Muscle Relief is better than what you’ll find on the endcap of your local box store. It’s got a shorter ingredient list, for one—fewer chemical and preservatives. It also smells better—a quick burst of peppermint, and none of the lingering, overwhelming medicinal smell of other brands. With a hot cold sensation, you can use Dakota Muscle Relief to soothe sore muscles, help relax twitchy muscles so you can sleep, ease muscle tension, and even to relieve headache pain and some types of migraines.

To help keep muscles happy and healthy, make sure you drink lots of water. If you’re working out, an electrolyte drink can help quickly rehydrate you (and before you jump to gimmicky water brands full of sugar, know that a cup of chocolate milk is a great solution with both protein, nutrients, and electrolytes—whether you go for traditional dairy or oat, nut, etc.).

Stretching also helps keep muscles ready for action and helps to prevent injury. The best way to stretch is to make it its own regular event, not just something you do right before working out. If you take up yoga, stretching becomes its own regular contributing exercise.

Enjoy moving your body this year with natural pain support from Dakota Muscle Relief. Don’t be afraid to suffer the consequences of something new—relax muscles and relieve pain so you can sleep, go back to your dsk, or do it again tomorrow with either Dakota Muscle Relief Spray (great for reaching backs) or Dakota Muscle Relief Roll-On (adds a little massage element).

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