How to Reverse and Prevent Gray Hair by Tonya Zavasta

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How to Reverse and Prevent Gray Hair by Tonya Zavasta

At some point in our lives, just about every one of us will experience the onset of graying hair. What can be done to reverse or prevent gray?

What Causes Gray Hair?

Hair becomes gray when the cells in our hair follicles known as melanocytes cease to produce pigment, the chief one being melanin. Hairs are composed of an outer layer, known as the cuticle, made of overlapping flat cells and underneath is a thick cortex of protein called keratin. The inside of the hair are softer, rectangular cells. What determines the color of your hair is the concentration of pigment in the cortex. Many factors affect how, when and if the melanocytes cease producing their usual pigment. The chief culprit is aging, with heredity being the second biggest factor. Gray hair is the nearly inevitable accompaniment to aging. Graying’s cause: The cells in the bulb that are supposed to produce melanin are dead. They die for the same reasons other cells do. Poor assimilation, hormonal imbalances, and toxic waste buildup are contributing factors. On the nutrition side, graying hair comes from consuming salt, saturated fat, and protein. Another cause: an excess intake of simple sugars, which leach minerals from the blood, weakening the flow of nutrients to the hair. Starved and suffocated hair always turns gray, eventually. Emotional stress, worry, and shock can also significantly slow and in some cases even stop the production of melanin in the melanocytes.

Some other contributing factors can include:

B12 deficiency
Thyroid imbalance
Low hydrochloric acid
Early menopause
Smoking (hopefully no longer an issue for any of my readers!)
Anti-Gray Pill

Have you heard? Soon there will be a pill that will stop us from going gray. Thank L’Oreal, the global cosmetics giant. You’ll have to start early, they say, and take the pill pretty much all your life. Swell. But it’s a pill that prevents gray. It can’t reverse it. No help to those of us who already have some gray. We’re told the pill is a “fruit peel.” It’s “totally natural.” Made from fruit extract. Now, I’m not entirely out of sympathy with the idea of the anti-gray pill or the motivation behind it. But let’s ask this: If this “fruit peel,” made from nothing but fruit extract, can truly deliver this anti-gray effect, wouldn’t eating fruit directly give you similar results?

Here’s the real story on anti-gray, as I see it, as I’ve experienced it…

Eat Raw for Your Hair
Not just fruits, but vegetables and other raw foods, combined in a sound nutritional program, can hold off your gray hair. Leading the raw food lifestyle definitely did slow down graying for me considerably. And I started at 39. Had I been eating raw all those years before, I believe, this might altogether have prevented any gray. Prevention is always easier than reversing. So here you have it, another reason to eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. But can gray hair be reversed? In Oriental medicine the condition of the hair reflects the quality of your blood and the health of your kidneys. On the raw food diet we have the opportunity to address and correct the underlying causes, rather than just treating the external factors. Many people on raw food diet claim that their hair returned to its natural color. These include familiar names such as Ann Wigmore, Viktoras Kulvinskas, Victoria Boutenko, and Brenda Cobb. It is possible that one may benefit by consuming some of the following foods that are popular for addressing underlying causes of graying hair:

Greens, greens and more greens! Green Smoothies made in the Vita-Mix are one of the best ways to accomplish this. This also helps to build the levels of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which is also essential for mineral absorption.
Black sesame seeds
Wheatgrass juice (some people swear by this)
Oriental herb known as He Shou Wu
For those who wish to enlist the aid of external measures without relying on harsh or toxic chemicals, there are a few recommendations that might suit your tastes and your lifestyle. Remember you must be persistent.

Onion Juice

A 2009 study at England’s Bradford University found that one of the primary reasons for the graying of hair is a buildup of hydrogen peroxide in our follicles and scalp. This hydrogen peroxide can be successfully neutralized by the catalase enzyme. And where can we find that stuff? Answer: the humble onion. The remedy is simple: Just mix one part onion juice with one part lemon juice. Massage this into your scalp daily, then wash off.

Rosemary and Sage

Take a half cup of rosemary and a half cup of sage. Add in one cup of water and bring to a boil. Let the herbs simmer in water for 20 minutes. Wait for the mixture to cool completely. Apply it to your hair and scalp, leave it in for half an hour, then wash it off. This mixture helps blend the gray along with your natural hair color, making the gray less noticeable.

Consider the Violet Ray

Personally I believe a daily (even twice per day) 5 minutes massage of the scalp with the Violet Ray using the Comb or Rake electrode is the most effective tool for preventing gray. The earlier you start using it, the better. I started to use it in my early forties, when I already had some gray. Still, it allowed me to delay regular coloring for good 6 or 7 years. Many users find the Violet Ray beneficial for various skin and scalp conditions, such as reducing wrinkles, eliminating acne, fighting gray hair, eradicating dandruff, and stimulating hair growth. If you are able to secure some fresh amaranth leaves, applying the fresh juice of these leaves is said to be an effective home remedy. It also helps with growth. Wash hair with wheatgrass juice at least once per week (the nutrients penetrate into follicles and stimulate growth of new pigment-producing cells.) Apply a henna conditioning pack monthly. Henna is an all-natural plant powder available at most health food stores, which imparts color and conditioning without the use of harsh or carcinogenic chemicals. Follow directions closely for gray hair. Scalp Tonic from Tonya Zavasta – Another option is to try a stimulating scalp tonic which not only can help with gray hair, but also strengthens your hair and scalp by promoting tissue regeneration. Do what you can to reverse or prevent gray hair. But after all is done, always remember: Nothing is more beautiful than 60 or 70 year old woman who exudes a natural radiance. If that includes some gray, then so be it.

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Superfruits for Healthy Living by Herbal Papaya

Superfruits for Healthy Living by Herbal Papaya

The top 7 Superfruits to include in your diet for the best daily health benefits

You may have heard the term “Superfruit” thrown around a lot in the health industry in recent years, but what does it actually mean?

Superfruit is a marketing term that first started being used by food & beverage companies in 2005. This isn’t a FDA or USDA approved term by any means, and the labeling is completely up to the product manufacturer, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t be used appropriately.

How we define a Superfruit is through picking out the best of the best in the fruit family, and discovering which ones provide the most overall health benefits and nutrients to the human body. That, in our mind, is the true essence of a Superfruit and what the term was initially intended for.

Many people have their own idea of what a Superfruit entails, but these are our 7 picks for the best fruits to choose for your diet to give your body a boost in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients for daily health.

Açaí Berries

Açaí Berries have so much hype as a Superfruit because of their high levels of antioxidants that steamroll most of the other fruits on offer at the local supermarket. However, because it’s from Brazil, it’s not always easy to find fresh. A great alternative is finding Açaí powder to put into smoothies and drinks for that extra boost in the morning.


The fruit that packs some of the highest antioxidants, pomegranates are best fresh during September and February. With around 600 seeds, this fruit has been shown to contain almost more than 3x the amount of total antioxidants in green tea and red wine. This is one of the best Superfruits you could include in your diet.


This unsuspecting tart summer fruit has an important antioxidant in them called anthocyanin. This antioxidant helps to reduce inflammation, and triglyceride and cholesterol levels in the body. Cherries have also been known to boost metabolism for that extra health benefit that kicks it into Superfruit power.


The old adage that has stuck with us since childhood is actually true! “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples fall into the quercetin family, which is one of the best antioxidants for anti-inflammatory action in the body. On top of this, they’re also a great source of fiber.


The best Superfruit to boost your brain power and memory, blueberries pack in quite the health punch for their small size. The key is the high flavonoid levels in blueberries, which have been linked to sharper brain functioning and cognitive prowess as you age. They’re also high in manganese which is a great tool for better metabolism.


Although some people may still think of tomatoes as vegetables, they’re actually a fruit! And a very healthy one at that! Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is a rare and powerful antioxidant hardly ever found in other fruits (except papaya, which has it too!). They are also incredibly high in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. And as an added bonus, they’re very low in calories.


You must know already how much we love papaya, and all the health benefits attached to this wonderful fruit. We could not leave it off the list! Papayas are known for antioxidants vitamins A, C, and E, and beta-carotenes. They help to boost immunity for those nasty winter colds and support healthy digestion. The seeds of the papaya even help to detoxify your liver!

This list just skims the surface of some of our favorite Superfruits, but there are quite a few others that could also be included, such as grapes, cranberries, avocados, goji berries, kiwi fruit, grapefruit, cantaloupe, pineapple, bananas, oranges, dragonfruit, blackberries, lychee, raspberries, and even pumpkins!

We enjoy choosing our favorites depending on what’s in season and what specific health benefits we’re after.

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Anatomy of a Craving by Frederic Patenaude

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Anatomy of a Craving by Frederic Patenaude

Have you noticed that almost all cravings for unhealthy foods come in the evening or at night?

I’ve heard that cravings are caused by low-blood sugar, food addiction, emotional eating, yin/yang imbalance, hormonal problems, dehydration, and nutritional deficiencies.

In my experience, none of these reasons are the cause of food cravings in most people.

80% of the time, food cravings are caused by:

1) Under-eating complex carbohydrates or fruit
2) Poor planning: you just don’t have enough tasty, healthy meals available at the right time

Let’s take a closer look.

The first reason is often overlooked. You’re not eating enough of the foods your body needs to be satisfied and maintain its energy levels.

Many popular diets tell you to fill up on vegetables — which contain virtually no calories. Plenty of vitamins and minerals, but none of the main thing that your body actually needs the most: glucose.

Other diets tell you to fill up on fat, such as found in nuts and seeds, olive oil, and avocado. But fat is the least satiating type of macronutrient — and every experiment done has proved this. You can sneak in extra calories in the form of oil in the food and people eat the same quantity (but more calories) without feeling more satisfied.

Protein can be satiating because it tends to curb feelings of hunger. But eating high-protein food doesn’t give you what your body actually craves: glucose. So that’s why people still crave sugar after a high-protein, “low-carb” meal, and eventually fall off the wagon to binge on rolls and other refined carbs like desserts!

When you give your body plenty of healthy, whole food sources of glucose — as in whole fruit, and healthy starches (rice, potatoes, beans, etc.) — cravings miraculously go away.

My mom lost 60+ pounds eating as many of those foods as she cared for, without every counting calories. And thousands of people have done the same.

I hope that I’m not bragging by saying that I never get food cravings for things like chocolate, ice-cream, desserts, decadent food, chips, etc. Why? Because I’m not restricting at all the one category of nutrient that my body needs the most!

Poor Planning

People often tell me: “if I had a personal chef making me tasty, high raw, low-fat vegan recipes at home — then maybe I could do this diet. But I just don’t have the time!”

My fridge is always stocked with a ton of super-healthy meals that I prepare in advance, in a flash. I’m prepared, therefore I don’t have cravings!

If you get bored with your food, you’ll crave something else. If you open the fridge and tasty, healthy food greets you, you’re not going to be looking for something else. It’s that simple!

Another problem is that most raw food recipes are either too complicated, or too unhealthy, often loaded with fats and oils.

You don’t have 100% perfect to make this diet work.

You only have to focus all of your attention on the things that truly matter — what I call the 20% that gives you 80% of the results.

1) Eat enough whole fruit and complex carbohydrates
2) Have a system for food prep that rotates tasty meals that are easy to prepare in advance.

Don’t aim at perfection. Choose a program that works and makes you happy. Focus on just a few changes that will make the biggest difference in your health, rather than trying to change everything.

Maybe your food is not always organic. Maybe you might add some salt and seasonings to your food, instead of eating everything plain. So what? As long as you focus on the 20% that matters, you’ll get 80% of the results, and more!

Our program ”One Year of Raw Foods” features complete menu planners for every day of the year, and more resources to make this diet work.

This program features exactly what to eat, day by day, based on seasonal ingredients (no mangoes in January!), and a complete shopping list to help with your errands.

Check it out here as it is a great offer with lots of free extras!
I want to let you know that Frederic’s book, “How to Eat Well for Under $100 a Month on a Plant-Based Diet” with the companion book is available now for $29.95 instead of the usual price of $47.

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From the Kitchen @ Hippocrates Health Institute – The best natural energy

From the Kitchen @ Hippocrates Health Institute – The best natural energy

People have consumed juices since the beginning of modern civilization. Fresh, raw juices are the best way to acquire needed nutrients in their most digestible form. Energy, strength, cleansing, healing, hydration, and the building and maintenance of the electrolyte system—as well as the renal (kidney) and respiratory systems, the two fluid-based systems of the body—are the main benefits of the consumption of these enzyme-rich liquids.

Ingredients/produce recommended to use in your juices and salads for their nutritional benefits.

Brussels sprouts – Contains protein that helps generate insulin, thereby improving pancreatic function and combating digestive disorders.

Cucumber – Benefits respiratory, renal, joint, and ligament functioning. Increases dermal elasticity.

Cauliflower – Improves the functioning of skeletal, digestive, and elimination systems.

Celery – Facilitates dermal detoxification and circulation. Reduces uric acid. Improves electrolyte function. Detoxifies the system of the effects of nicotine and caffeine. Promotes dermal flexibility. Provides organic sodium.

Daikon radish – Acts as a blood thinner. Maintains electromagnetic functioning of the solar plexus.

Dandelion – Creates red blood cells. Strengthens gums and teeth. Assists healthy bone development (skeletal and dental).

Endive – Improves vision and reduces the potential for and the severity of cataracts. Creates strong ventricular tissue.

Horseradish – Consumed in small amounts, removes excess mucous. Diuretic. Helps to counteract colds and flu.

Iris Flower – Builds ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. Strengthens joints and improves membrane development.

Jerusalem Artichoke – Stabilizes blood sugar disorders. Generates energy.

Lily Flower – Builds capillaries. Strengthens vision and hearing. Assists the H cell development of the immune system.

Leek – Anticarcinogenic and antimutagenic. Prevents ulcers and inhibits parasites.

Lettuce – A subtle aphrodisiac and mood enhancer. Helps restore hair and skin.

Nasturtium – Builds the immune system, fighter cells, and eosinophils. Purifies the lymphatic system and the bloodstream.

Parsley – Minimizes the pain of menstrual cramps. Fights coronary disease, cataracts, conjunctivitis, and glaucoma. Improves vision, cardiovascular functioning, and blood count.

Pepper (ripe red, yellow, purple) – Reduces bloating, flatulence, colitis, and colic. Rich in vitamin C. Strengthens metabolism, specifically of the heart, and reduces the risk of microbial infection.

Potato (white) – High mineral content, especially potassium, assists renal and cardiovascular function. Effective against arthritic and osteoporotic conditions.

Sauerkraut (raw) – Improves dermal elasticity and appearance. Cleanses and builds the digestive organs. Enhances the probiotics in the gastrointestinal tract, which in turn strengthen immune cells.

Sorrel – Enhances healthy skeletal and dermal development. Creates greater bone density in the lower extremities.

Spinach – Prevents anemia, convulsions, neuronal disorders, and adrenal dysfunction. Builds red blood cells to cleanse the liver, thereby improving immune function.

String bean (green, purple, yellow) – Regulates blood sugar (in both diabetes and hypoglycemia) by insulin stimulation. Develops proteinase (protein-digesting enzymes).

Tomato – Contains minimal amounts of lycopene. Although it is effective in the reduction of prostate, breast, and colon cancers, and in combating hepatitis A, B, and C, it is less effective than tomato seed sprout juice. Detoxifies the liver and gall bladder.

Turnip Greens – Consumed in small quantities, builds bones, facilitates digestion, prevents colon polyps and hemorrhoids.

Violet Flower – Consumed in small quantities, stimulates the spleen and assists in the production of healthy red blood cells, fingernails, and toenails.

Watercress – Consumed in small amounts, increases hemoglobin to prevent anemia and chronic low blood pressure. Strengthens joints, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Helps to reduce tumors by improving circulation.

Yellow squash – Packed with bone-building minerals. Acts as a diuretic and relieves constipation.

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Can You Eat Raw For $3 a Day? by Frederic Patenaude

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Can You Eat Raw For $3 a Day? by Frederic Patenaude

Can you eat raw for $3 a day? In most cases, no! But you can do it for $10 a day. And good news: a well-balanced plant-based diet (not raw) can cost only $3-5 a day!

I worked hard to crunch numbers and figure out how it would be possible to live on a plant-based diet for just $100 a month, or a 100% raw food diet for $10 a day.

I calculated the *exact* cost of all fruits per calories.

I also compared prices all over different cities, and compiled all the best ways to get the best deals on food.

What started as a personal challenge turned into a sort of economic science experiment!

The result is a new book I wrote called “How to Eat Well for Under $100 a Month on a Plant Based Diet” as well as a companion eBook “The Raw Food Diet for $10 a Day.”

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The reason why I created two separate eBooks is that the methods are different for each approach.

A 100% raw foodist could not live on the same budget as a cooked food vegan because fruits and vegetables are more expensive by calories.

So the approach that must be taken for each diet is different, but can be combined together.

For example, the approach I lay out in my main book tells you how you can eat for just about $3 a day on a plant-based diet. This plant-based diet would include 2-3 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables a day, and of course sources of calories such as potatoes, beans, and some grains.

Someone could well decide to exclude certain items from the menu such as grains and still manage to still within the budget guidelines, and someone else could decide to combine the best of both worlds, such as a high-raw diet with some cooked calories.

In this case the total budget would be in-between $3 and $10 a day.

That’s still significantly less than the outrageous grocery bills most people have!

But you could decide to revert back to my main “plant food” budget of $100 a month by following my methods, if you have a particular goal in mind.

For example, maybe you want to save up for a holiday. Then why not try the plant-based budget for 1-2 months, and then go back to the raw food budget?

It’s totally possible to make it work no matter what your diet is.

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course I have discovered that tells you exactly how to avoid
dental problems for the rest of your life.

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What Is Detox? From Hippocrates Health Institute

What Is Detox? From Hippocrates Health Institute

What is detox?

That is a word you will hear a lot while you are here at Hippocrates. Unfortunately, it is no secret that we live on a polluted planet today. The air, the land, the water, and the food are contaminated by the 85,000+ chemicals we humans have created over the last 200 years for whatever reason. Here is a list of the ten most common toxic chemicals that permeate our environment:

PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). Risks: Cancer, impaired fetal brain development.

Pesticides Risks: Cancer, Parkinson’s disease, miscarriage, nerve damage, birth defects.

Herbicides Risks: Cancer, heart disease, asthma, multiple sclerosis, diabetes.

Plastics Risks: Endocrine system damage (plastics chemically mimic hormones)

Formaldehyde Risks: Cancer, eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, and memory impairment.

Dioxins Risks: Cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, chloracne (a severe skin disease with acne-like lesions), skin rashes, skin discoloration, excessive body hair, mild liver damage.

Asbestos Risks: Cancer, scarring of the lung tissue, mesothelioma (a rare form of cancer).

Heavy Metals (lead, mercury, etc.) Risks: Cancer, neurological disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, foggy head, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, decreased production of red and white blood cells, abnormal heart rhythm, damage to blood vessels.

Chloroform Risks: Cancer, potential reproductive damage, birth defects, dizziness, fatigue, headache, liver and kidney damage.

Chlorine Risks: Sore throat, coughing, eye and skin irritation, rapid breathing, narrowing of the bronchi, wheezing, blue coloring of the skin, accumulation of fluid in the lungs, pain in the lung region, severe eye and skin burns, lung collapse, reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS) (a type of asthma).

The human body is perfectly capable of dealing with limited exposure to many of these toxins within a given time frame. However, once you come into contact with and ingest more of these toxins than you can cope with, your body has no choice but to store those toxins until a later date when hopefully you clean up your act. Typically, these toxins are stored in fat cells but they may also be stored in your muscles, organs, and other tissues.

So, maybe it’s been a long time since some of you have eaten:
• 100% organic
• 100% plant-based
• 100% raw
• 50% living foods (sprouts)

Each of these four protocols is extremely important in and of itself. When you combine all four of these protocols as you will here in the Hippocrates Life Transformation Program, you come up with a super-charged package for enabling the body to restore its own natural vibrant health. Plus, you are drinking purified water while you are here on campus. You are on a fragrance-free and a chemical-free campus. We use salt and ozone to clean the pool and Jacuzzi waters and keep them pure. We have scalar energy devices hidden throughout the campus to protect you from harmful electromagnetic radiation, Wi-Fi, routers, and cell phones.

Your body thanks you for your pure diet and pure environment by cleaning house first. That means getting rid of stored toxins. These toxins can make a little trouble on their way out. Detoxification manifests itself in different ways depending upon your history.

Detox symptoms can include:
• Tiredness
• Headache for no apparent reason
• Nausea
• Joint/muscle aches and pain
• Pimples, rash or other skin eruptions
• Temporary cold- or flu-like symptoms
• Emotional

Whether or not a person experiences detox symptoms and the severity depends on many factors – previous diet, exposure to environmental toxins, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, prescription drugs, stress, sleep patterns, etc. This is exactly the same effect as the more familiar “withdrawal” some people experience when trying to come off of certain addictions such as alcohol, cigarettes or drugs. And, it happens for exactly the same reason.

You eliminate toxins through four channels: breath, skin, urine and bowels. When you fast, or eat 100% organic, plant-based, raw, and living foods the body has extra energy. It uses that extra energy to push the toxins out of the body quickly. When the toxins start coming out faster than you can eliminate them through the normal channels we commonly get a detox reaction. The best way to reduce or eliminate detox symptoms is to give these four channels a little help. Here are some of the methods that we can use to accomplish that:

• Drinking lots of purified water and fresh green drinks
• Drinking fresh wheatgrass juice
• Rebounding
• Breathing exercises
• Yoga
• Exercise (any form)
• Infrared sauna
• Steam room
• Anything that makes you sweat a great deal (Jacuzzi, regular sauna, etc.)
• A very warm Epsom salts bath
• A very warm powdered ginger bath
• Lymphatic massage
• Enemas and colon hydrotherapy

If you use some or all of these protocols you will reduce or completely eliminate any uncomfortable detox reaction. As a last ditch effort eating a handful of raw soaked nuts or seeds or having some toasted Manna bread will also slow down the detox reaction.

Chlorella, blue-green algae, and LifeGive® Internal Cleanser are three supplements that can also reduce the negative side effects of detox. The reward for working through this process and getting all the toxins out is a new, vibrant, radiant, and healthy you! Come to Hippocrates to detox and experience new levels of health you never thought possible.

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Everything You Need to Know About Super Immune Boosters by Herbal Papaya

Everything You Need to Know About Super Immune Boosters by Herbal Papaya

What you should be eating to boost your immunity, and the importance of a healthy digestive tract.

As the nights get shorter and the days get colder, it’s time to start thinking about boosting our immunity for the long haul of fall and winter. After all, it’s no fun being sick during the holidays!

Firstly, it’s important to understand how your immune system functions. Your immune system is your body’s natural defense mechanism from bacteria, viruses, microbes, toxins, and parasites.

Your immune system goes about protecting your body from these infections through 3 actions:

1. It creates a barrier against said infections

2. If the bacteria gets through the barrier, the immune system tries to identify what that bacteria is and attempts to block it from reproducing in your body.

3. If the bacteria successfully reproduces and therefore causes you to have physical symptoms, such as strep throat or a cold, it’s the immune system’s job to then find a way to eliminate it.

Your immune system is made up of various components inside your body that work together, some of which include your thymus, spleen, bone marrow, white blood cells, antibodies, and hormones.

By taking care of your body, getting enough rest, drinking a lot of fluids, and paying attention to what you eat, you’re able to support how well your immune system functions.

In this article, we’ll focus specifically on what to eat and how certain foods can help increase the chance of your immune system fighting off nasty viruses and bacteria.

These are our recommendations for the best super immune boosters to take this fall with your health in mind.


Italian food enthusiasts unite! Garlic has been known for years for its healing properties and immunity boosting capabilities. Garlic contains the active ingredient allicin that helps fight bacteria and infections and thus helps to boost your immunity.


Natural probiotics are a type of healthy bacteria that actually help keep the gut and intestinal tract clean from tenacious germs. Two 6 ounce doses a day of yogurt is recommended for the most immune boosting benefits.


Some studies have proven that oats and barley are even more beneficial than the immunity-friendly echinacea. What makes them so great for boosting immunity is the beta-glucan they possess, which is a type of fiber that has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.


A food that has been linked to a healthy immune system for awhile now, mushrooms help to increase the production of white blood cells in your body and can even make them more aggressive against outside invaders. The kinds that have the biggest immunity boosts are shiitake, maitake, and reishi.

Cut down on the sugar

Have you ever noticed that kids tend to get sick after Halloween, Easter, and Christmas? There have been multiple studies linking the negative side effects of too much sugar, mainly it tends to decrease your natural immune responses.

Fermented/Pickled Foods

Whether you prefer miso soup, pickles, or something in between, fermented and pickled foods add good bacteria into your digestive tract and help boost your natural defenses.


One of the more important nutrients for digestive health, zinc also helps with hormone regulation, neurological function, and of course, immune health. Beans, mushrooms, cocoa, wheat germ, spinach, pumpkin seeds, and nuts are all high in zinc.

Ginger Root

Ginger is another diet-friendly food that has been known for its health benefits for years. It helps to improve digestion, clean the GI tract, increase antioxidant levels, reduce inflammation, and boost immunity.

This is just brushing the surface of possible foods you could add to your diet to boost your immunity, but these are some of our favorite ones that we would consider the “super” immune boosters for anyone’s diet.

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A note on digestive health and the immune system

You may have noticed a common thread with many of these foods, and that’s the fact that a lot of them help with digestion. You may be surprised to learn that your digestive tract and immune system are closely tied together. Your digestive tract is actually responsible for a lot of the daily functions in your body that you’re probably not aware of.

Your digestive tract relies on the abundance of “good bacteria” to function properly, but it works vice versa as well. Your immune system also relies on your digestive tract for strength and consistency.

The reason why your digestive tract is so important to your immunity is because you intake so many pathogenic organisms each day. The digestive tract has most of the innate immune responses in your body that naturally kill bacteria from saliva and stomach acid. A clean digestive tract therefore helps the immune system focus on and protect the rest of the body through its automatic responses.

This is why it’s so important to create a well-rounded diet that includes foods that naturally help to cleanse out your digestive tract and keep it healthy – it’s connected to so much of your wellbeing!

This fall, it’s time to start thinking about the key aspects of your body that do so much for your daily health – your digestive tract and immune system!

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