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Natural Virus Prevention

Did you know?

The confined setting and reduced fresh air of airplanes, trains, buses, and subways as well as large enclosed public spaces such as malls, museums, and arboretums contribute to the spread of airborne germs and thus the spread of viruses.

Antibiotics are ineffective for viral infections.

Mother Nature provides an arsenal of medicinal foods and herbs to support your immune system in its fight against viruses.

Fight Back!

A balanced diet and regular exercise is your first line of defense.

Organic fruits and vegetables along with plenty of water and sleep are the foundation.  When a virus gets in though there are still natural ways to “Fight Back”.

A sample arsenal pantry

Oregano Essential Oil

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Olive Leaf

Echinacea

Astragalus

Golden Seal

Lavender

Rosemary

Clove

Cinnamon

Lemon

Eucalyptus

Thyme

Zinc

Vitamin C – Oranges, lemons, limes, mango, papaya, chilies and supplements.

Vitamin B Complex – Best taken as a supplement

So how do we fight back?

External Defense:

Try misting yourself with a mix of essential oils of such herbs as rosemary, lavender, clove, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus, thyme, and oregano; put up a barrier between you and community viruses.

Internal Strategies:

Hot Lemonade It decreases congestion and it also provides a healthy dose of vitamin C. Go easy on the sweetener but a touch of honey and salt will help in the healing.

Hot Tea with Honey and Lemon – Relieves congestion and provides a healthy dose of anti-oxidants. The darker the tea is the better. The honey soothes a sore throat and also provides anti-oxidants.

Ginger – Exotic and effective, from candied ginger to ginger tea particularly good at combating cold viruses. It helps your body to get rid of chills and relieves sinus congestion.

Garlic – As unpleasant as it might sound, garlic is most effective for a cold when eaten raw, since cooking alters some of the herb’s active ingredients. Garlic contains selenium, a natural immune system booster. OK so aren’t going for that are we? Yeh I know. So add some to your cooking yes you’ll lose a bit of the strength but it’s still a force to be reckoned with.

Fruit – Don’t just limit yourself to oranges. Passion fruit and guava are packed with Vitamin C. And don’t forget “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” And though not a fruit many chilies including the jalapeno are power packed with vitamin C.

Water – The main trick with any virus or allergies is to keep the balance of mucous in line. Water is your best tool. Stay hydrated and gargle with warm salt water.

Spices and herbs – There is nothing better to get your sinuses open than a hot chile pepper. Peppers, mustard or horse radish can easily open up your nasal passages. Licorice and peppermint help soothe throats and quiet coughs.

Foods to avoid when you have a cold – caffeine because it dehydrates, milk and alcohol because it thickens the mucous lining

Continue to drink these soothing beverages and eat the comfort foods your body craves when you are sick throughout the year.

Every day health always remains your fist and best defense. A diet rich in foods containing naturally occurring vitamins especially C, zinc and Omega 3.

When you are feeling down a MatchaGT Soy Frappe with a boost of Vitamin C and Immune Support will help bring your energy naturally up without the dehydration or crash of caffeine.

Matcha GT Frappe 16 oz

Fill 16 oz cup with ice

Fill cup with milk of choice (2%, Soy etc)

2 scoops of Matcha GT

3/4 scoop of Ghirardelli Classic White Frappe Mix

Blend & pour back into cup

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About MatchaGT by ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the Smoothie Essentials blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. MatchaGT – the super premium Matcha Green Tea Introducing Matcha GT, the super premium Matcha Green Tea. Matcha GT is nature’s natural source of energy and antioxidants. Used for centuries in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha provides a powerful pick-me-up plus antioxidants and other health benefits to keep the body, mind and spirit in perfect balance. While many forms of green tea are strained or brewed, Matcha GT uses the whole tea leaf providing the full benefits and bold taste of whole green tea powder. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at www.SmoothieEssentials.com or by emailing shelley@juicesolutions.com Benefits: Natural Caffeine – longer lasting energy Antioxidants – to fight cancer causing free radicals Chlorophyll – powerful blood cleanse Coffee concepts and juice bars across North America including Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Smoothie King, and Booster Juice have recently started selling Matcha Green Tea smoothies, frappes, and lattes, promoting the great taste and health benefits of green tea. http://matchagt.com/ http://www.smoothieessentials.com/

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