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How to Naturally Boost your Immune System

How to Naturally Boost your Immune System

Preventing the spread of viruses, bacteria and pathogens is a major concern in our current day and age but other than washing your hands, how can you protect yourself? Below is a list of wonderful ideas that can naturally boost your immune system.

Ways to Naturally Boost your Immune System

Alkalinize your body.

For optimal health, the body needs to maintain a state of alkalinity, which means that the PH balance must not be too acidic or too alkaline. Eating a properly balanced diet with adequate amounts of fruits, vegetables and protein helps your body maintain balance.

Studies also suggest ingesting a naturally alkalinizing compound such as baking soda can help your body reduce acidity. Research has shown that endurance athletes who ingest sodium bicarbonate report that baking soda improves their endurance and lessens fatigue after training and work out sessions. (Source: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition)

Spend time in nature.

Being in nature can have many health benefits from lowering blood pressure to increasing your body’s natural vitamin D production. Safe amounts of sun exposure also boosts your immune system, which is important in the prevention of infection and illness.

Go outside and feel the earth beneath your feet, listen to the wind rustle through the trees and soak up the sun.  You can take a walk around your neighborhood or simply just sit outside to soak up the beauty of the nature around you to help support your immune system naturally.

Manage Stress.

The immune system reacts negatively to stress and can place you at even more risk if your body is in a state of “fight or flight” response. It is important to prepare and not panic. Worrying and focusing on negative thoughts will only weaken your body. It is important to practice healthy coping skills and focus on the positive ways you can protect yourself from illnesses. 

Mental health is just as important as physical health, which is why it is imperative you make your mindset and emotions a priority. Keeping a positive mindset is key to managing stress levels.

Utilize Natural Antiseptics.

Diffusing essential oils such as lemon and eucalyptus can actually sanitize the air and provide a natural, clean scent instead of using toxic chemical aerosol sprays. You can also utilize things such as Himalayan salt lamps or natural beeswax candles to naturally detoxify the air in your home.

Frankincense oil contains many healing ingredients such as: Phellandrene, Limonene, Pinene, Borneol, Farnesol and Myrcene which all have anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties. Research published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information revealed that 70% of patients showed improvement in their respiratory issues when they were treated with it.  Diffusing frankincense is a great natural way to support immune system health. 

Get better sleep.

Adequate sleep is essential for good health. Practicing healthy sleep habits and resting when you are tired are helpful ways to boost the immune system. Naps can be a healthy addition to any lifestyle and will help your body have the fuel it needs to keep your immune system fighting anything it comes across.

Your health, mental state and physical body should all be a priority in your life. Taking care of yourself is essential to living the best life possible.

Healthy Living

Natural Ways to Protect yourself from Sun damage

Natural Ways to Protect yourself from Sun damage

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The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and the Food and Drug administration (FDA) has raised concerns over the chemical composition of sunscreen products. Many studies have shown that sunscreens contain chemicals that can seep into the bloodstream and may be linked to certain health problems.

But sun exposure itself comes with risks, so what can we do to protect ourselves from both UV rays and chemicals?

Natural Ways to Protect yourself from Sun damage

  • Avoid sunlight during the hours where the sun’s UV rays are the most dangerous (such as midday-afternoon)
  • Stay in the shade during outside activities.
  • Wear appropriate clothing that shields your skin from damage.
  • Avoid over-exposure to direct sunlight and wear proper skin protection.

You can use a natural sunscreen solution made with organic products to prevent sunburn without exposing yourself to chemicals in traditional sunscreen products. Below is a recipe you can make at home to protect you and your family from harmful UV rays in a more natural way.

 

Ingredients

  • 6 teaspoons Shea Butter
  • 8 teaspoons ofzinc oxide powder   
  • 12 teaspoons of choice carrier oil (almond, olive or jojoba)
  • 6 teaspoons of Vitamin E oil
  • 6 teaspoons of beeswax pellets

Instructions

  1. Melt shea butter and beeswax in double boiling pot on stove top.
  2. Once melted, mix in the carrier oil and vitamin E oil.
  3. Stir until blended.
  4. Carefully mix in the zinc oxide powder.
  5. It is recommended you wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose to avoid breathing in the powder.
  6. Mix thoroughly until all ingredients have blended.
  7. Allow mixture to cool.
  8. Pour mixture into glass container.
  9. Store in a cool, dry place away from kids and pets.

To Use

Apply a generous amount to areas which will be exposed to sunlight. Careful to avoid getting into eyes or mouth. Reapply as needed after swimming or excess sweating.

 

Sunshine is an important factor in human health, but common sense and moderation are key to living a healthy life. Please be responsible with your sun exposure.

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What is the difference between white and yellow beeswax?

 

Beeswax is a substance produced by worker bees, which is secreted by glands on the bee’s abdomen. It is naturally a yellow-brownish color, but can also be purified to different shades of yellow or even white.

What is the difference between white and yellow beeswax?

White and yellow beeswax pellets differ in color based on the filtration process. White beeswax is turned white after undergoing a pressure-filtration process. Yellow beeswax is typically processed less and therefore left in its more natural state.

Which Beeswax should you use?

Choosing the right beeswax product is dependent on what you are using the beeswax for. It is important to choose a pure, 100% organic natural beeswax product that does not contain other filler ingredients. Be sure you research the quality of the beeswax you are purchasing. 

White beeswax is great for projects such as candle making because you can create lots of different colored candles with natural mica powder. Beeswax candles are naturally hypoallergenic and emit negative ions into the air, which have various health benefits.

Yellow beeswax can still be used for candles, but will not showcase the colors in the mica powder as well as a white beeswax base will. White beeswax is typically chosen for aesthetic reasons.

Both yellow and white beeswax can be used for creating holistic products such as lip balms, lotions, soaps and as previously mentioned, candles.

Again, before choosing a beeswax product be sure it is authentic and does not contain filler ingredients.