It’s already accepted and well-established that sleep is good for your health and helps you feel good—that’s why we have expressions like “sleep it off” or the well-worn “stay home and rest”. A lot goes on when you sleep; most notably, the brain rests and resets, in addition to resting and maintenance for your heart. Now a study has grasped onto a possible mechanism for how sleep is essential to the immune system’s ability to fight off pathogens, highlighting just how important a good night’s rest each night is! Make sure that you’re getting your ZZZs with our Sleep Support Pack.

T Cells, which are a sort of attack cell, need to be activated to work, need to be able to grab onto bad cells/pathogens, and more—and sleep may be a key ingredient to getting them going and working well.

We already know that not sleeping enough causes several health problems, including a weakened immune system, depression, stress, increased signs of aging, and more. Understanding how sleep causes (or solves) all these problems could lead to new treatments in the future (things that could be used to enhance cancer treatment, for example). Now that researchers have found a point of interaction between sleep and the immune system (stimulating T Cells), future doctors may be able to offer treatments to help people whose bodies struggle with either sleep or immune function.

In the meantime, make sure you’re getting the advantages of a good night’s sleep. If you’re healthy, the biggest challenge is likely making sure you’ve set aside enough time. If you have occasional insomnia or trouble falling asleep, try our Sleep Support Pack. With sleep supporting herbs and the minerals your body needs for its nightly maintenance, Sleep Support Pack encourages real sleep, not induced sleep. Feel better tomorrow with a solid night’s sleep tonight by supporting your mind and body with Sleep Support Pack.

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It’s not news that inflammation is bad for you. What is new and newsworthy is the research into how it works and what, specifically, it’s doing. The latest study adds some illumination on chronic inflammation, showing that it can cause early mental decline. Take steps to reduce inflammation, including supporting your body with colloidal silver.

Inflammation can be a healthy part of a properly working body. When you’re injured and after working out, inflammation breaks down old and damaged cells allowing new cells to replace them. But there’s a time and a place for inflammation, and if it’s chronically being triggered or is out of control, it can cause long term damage.

Inflammation can look like redness, pain, swelling, or stiffness in the skin. Or it can look like diarrhea and other bowel problems. If it’s affecting an organ, it can look like fatigue, pain, or things just not working right.

Fever, pus, deeper red coloring, or general worsening of symptoms can mean infection and a more pressing health issue that requires immediate medical attention.

Sources of unhealthy inflammation:

-Overly processed foods and foods high in sugar can cause or just feed inflammation, especially (but not only) in the gut.

-A sedentary lifestyle can contribute to chronic inflammation.

-Chronic injury or illness can lead to ongoing inflammation.

-Some specific diseases, like Lyme Disease, can trigger inflammation.

Ways to fight inflammation:

-Exercise helps encourage/regulate healthy inflammation.

-A diet rich in antioxidants helps fight/balance inflammation.

Colloidal silver helps support the immune system.

-Sleep is an important part of healing and regulation.

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The Good News About Bird Flu

February 15, 2019

Haven’t heard about bird flu in a while? It’s good news. The virus has mutated away from humans… for now, at least. This flu season and last flu season have been bad, but the threat of bird flu hasn’t been a part of it.

The bad news comes in a bunch of small pieces. Bird flu is hanging out in ducks, where 1) it’s  harder to control, and 2) more likely to mutate. It wasn’t predicted, based on how things were going, that bird flu would mutate away from humans. That’s good news, but the surprise nature of it is a cautionary tale about how easily and unpredictably the flu can mutate.

Both H5 and H7 families of flu strains can share genes, and for now that’s taken them away from being concerning for humans, but also means things could change in an instant.

More good news: the world has been preparing, and has more time to continue preparations. Countries have been stockpiling antivirals, and awareness about the flu has been increased since pig flu, and then bird flu appeared.

You can continue to be prepared for bird flu and regular flu. Wash hands frequently. Assume the worst—that flu season will go from September to June. Run a humidifier. And make self-care (like immune system support) a priority.

Maintain habits like prioritizing sleep, planning healthy meals, and maximizing movement (exercise). Support your immune system with colloidal silver (which has a very long shelf life, by the way), and make sure to take extra precautions when traveling (especially by plane).

There’s no worry today and still lots of time to prepare for more virulent mutations of flu, and that’s great news.

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American Heart Month

February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day! February is American Heart Month. You’re heart is not just about love, it’s central to your health and wellness. Here are some things about hearts and heart health that can help you take care of your heart. Make your heart your valentine and give it some things it loves: extra movement (exercise); supportive nutrition (Deep Ocean Krill Oil and Mito Cardia CVS); and a meditative, soothing break.

Did you know? Stress absolutely can have physical effects. For your heart, this can mean both immediate and long-term problems. “Broken Heart Syndrome” is a real thing, and the symptoms are similar to a heart attack. Also known as Stress Cardiomyopathy, sudden, severe stress can cause your heart to beat faster, and the heart muscle to suddenly weaken. Chronic stress can eventually cause the heart to weaken and appear misshapen. It can also cause oxidative stress, meaning it can cause damage at a cellular level.

Treat your heart: schedule time to let stress go, whether that’s doing a soothing hobby (fishing, reading, meditating) or an active one (running, dancing, bike riding).

Did you know? Women have different heart attack symptoms (and sometimes men, too). It’s a classical movie trope: the man is yelling, stressed, and suddenly he grabs his left arm, and with an “oof” he collapses. It’s clear to everyone in the room he’s having a heart attack. But heart attack symptoms for women can be “silent” and are often attributed to stress or other dismissable problems.

Heart attack symptoms for women: squeezing, pain, or just discomfort in the center of your chest, pain in your back, both arms, jaw, or stomach, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, and feeling faint. Some describe it as feeling a “bubble” that goes up the center of the torso.

Take care of your heart today and everyday. Spend some time exercising, fighting stress, and checking up on your heart health. Make sure to feed your heart good things like those found in Mito Cardia CVS and Deep Ocean Krill Oil.

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Ebola Edging In

February 13, 2019

First, the good news: no one in the US has tested positive for Ebola since the outbreak a few years ago. But here’s the bad news: watching for an Ebola outbreak is the new reality. As Ebola rages in the Congo, out of control and still spreading, there have been a few travelers who’ve been exposed, and had to be tested and quarantined. While they tested negative, an increase in the number of Ebola cases means there will likely be an increase in the number of people exposed. What’s scariest is that doctors in the region have been having trouble tracking patients, who caught Ebola from whom and where it’s spread.

Keeping an eye on the news is the best first step—not only Ebola, but other ongoing outbreaks (including some in the US) get publicized locally with what places and at what times people may have been exposed. Travelers need to be alert and aware—major outbreaks aside, respiratory illnesses like colds and flu spread readily on planes. Hand washing, immune system support (like colloidal silver) and other basic self-care go a long way. Before heading off somewhere, be sure to check the local news of your destination. The internet gives you targeted information (whether you’re on Google, Facebook, or other platforms) and something out of the ordinary like an upcoming vacation destination might not pop into your online bubble.

As viruses become more common, self-care becomes more important. Keep your immune system strong with good habits like setting aside enough time to sleep, eating healthy foods, drinking lots of water, and making moving around a priority throughout your day. You can boost and support your health with things like daily multivitamins, or immune system supporting colloidal silver.

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