We see more colds and flu this time of year, all caused by viruses, including Ebola and Enterovirus. When it comes to viruses, your immune system is your best friend! Antibiotics do not kill viruses and may weaken your immune system by reducing the beneficial bacteria that help to build a strong immune system. The first line of defense is to strengthen the immune system to wage war against unwanted viruses through a healthy lifestyle. Create an internal environment that is inhospitable to viruses by eating healthy food, drinking enough pure water, exercising, and enjoying fresh air and sunshine. At the first sign of illness, eliminate refined sugar completely, as it slows down the immune system’s response.
One of my favorite weapons against viruses is elderberry. It’s in the berry family, along with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc., and has been studied for its anti-viral activity. It seems to block a virus from infecting more cells. Florida researchers tested an extract of elderberry fruit in a test tube against the H1N1 virus and concluded that elderberry compared favorably to Tamiflu in inhibiting the virus’s activity. German scientists observed that elderberry enhanced the immune system’s response.
I take Elderberry D3fense capsules from Nature’s Sunshine. This anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and immune stimulant formula contains elderberry fruit extract, vitamin D3 (common deficiency, especially in the winter months), Echinacea, willow bark extract, royal jelly, and olive leaf extract. Nature’s Sunshine also makes a yummy chewable for children (and adults) called Sunshine Heroes Elderberry Immune. As prevention, take these daily during cold and flu season, and at the first sign of illness, take more often to help shorten the duration. Of course, nothing can offer protection like a healthy lifestyle! Order Elderberry D3fense and Sunshine Heroes Elderberry Immune Chewables at member prices: www.learningtobehealthy.mynsp.com.
Blessing for a healthy season!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist
1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”