Hand Sanitizer Vs. Hand Washing

Antibacterial hand sanitizers are marketed to the public as an effective way to wash your hands when traditional soap and water are not available. These “waterless” products are particularly popular with parents of small children. Manufacturers of hand sanitizers claim that the sanitizers kill 99.9 percent of germs. Since you naturally use hand sanitizers to cleanse… Read more »

True or False – Cold and Flu Myths

We are in the thick of cold and flu season.  The latest information from the CDC says that although a “B” strain of virus has been more prevalent early in the season, officials are now seeing an uptick in cases with a strain of the “A” virus.  The “B” virus has been diagnosed more among children and young adults up… Read more »

Soup Ingredients to Improve Immunity

Fall weather is upon us and there’s no better way to improve your immunity, than with a bowl of hot soup. It’s well known that chicken soup can boost immunity and shorten the common cold.  But, there are other ingredients you can add to your fall and winter soups that can lead to increased immunity as… Read more »

Avoid Catching the Latest Bug

Cold and flu season has begun, but there are ways in which to prepare and reduce your chances of catching the latest bug. Getting an annual flu vaccine and practicing good hygiene are great ways for a person to protect themselves and others. Some lifestyle and dietary changes can also reduce the likelihood of getting… Read more »

Cold or Flu? How to Tell…

Cold and flu (influenza) are both caused by viruses and often their symptoms overlap.  Their arrival is usually marked by the changing of the seasons with fall and winter taking the biggest hit.  So, how do you know if the misery you’re feeling is a cold or flu?  There are important differences. First and foremost,… Read more »

Psoriasis and Food – What to Eat and What to Avoid

If you suffer from psoriasis, you know that it is an autoimmune disease caused by inflammation.  According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, many individuals benefit from following an anti-inflammatory diet to help reduce their symptoms. There are certain foods that are known to increase inflammation and others that have anti-inflammatory properties.  If you have psoriasis,… Read more »

Fight Allergies with these Five Foods

Spring allergies are here and the itchy eyes, scratchy throat and foggy feeling they bring with them are enough to stop you in your tracks.  Before you reach for that antihistamine, there are some foods that can help ease your symptoms.   Try these five allergy-fighting foods: Garlic – garlic is a natural antibiotic known to fight… Read more »

Ten Allergy Fighting Foods

If you’re suffering from seasonal allergies, chances are you’ve tried your fair share of over-the-counter and prescription medications in attempt to find relief.  But no one likes walking around feeling their head is disconnected from their body, as if often the case with those solutions.  There is something else you can try.  You may be… Read more »

Naturally Fight Cold and Flu Symptoms

If you’ve already caught the latest bug going around, you might have gone for the nearest over-the-counter solution.  But those cold medicines can often leave you feeling groggy and like your head is in the clouds.  Try these natural solutions instead. Coconut Oil – Oil pulling is all the rage right now, but maybe that’s because… Read more »

Vitamin D3 During Cold and Flu Season

For decades, parents gave children cod liver oil during cold and flu season. They had no scientific studies to support their belief that there was something in that nasty oil that was good for you.   But new research suggests that an ingredient in cod liver oil, vitamin D3, helps prevent cold and flu symptoms…. Read more »