immunity

  1. Stressed? THIS could boost your resilience

    If it's not one thing… it's another.

    Just when life seems to be rolling along smoothly, a lemon can drop right out of the sky.

    And even if you find a way to "make lemonade" out of it, the stress of solving life's problems -- both large and small -- can really do a number on your body.

    Stress can screw up your sleep, digestion, and cognitive function… boost your risk of heart disease… and even make it more likely that you’ll die of ANY cause.

    And if you've ever noticed that you catch whatever cold or flu is going around when you're stressed out, you know that stress can really wallop your immunity, too.

    But according to a new study, there's a natural way to keep your immune system in tip-top shape when the stresses of everyday life don't let up.

    You just need the "flower power" of echinacea!

    As I've shared with you before, this ancient flower can nip colds and flu in the bud. But the new study shows how these immune-boosting properties go a step further.

    In the study, South Korean researchers put mice under stress and then fed them either a regular diet alone or the same diet supplemented with an active compound from echinacea.

    Blood and spleen tests revealed that the stressed mice who DIDN'T receive echinacea wound up with low numbers of key immune cells known to fight off illness.... and high numbers of cells known to ramp up inflammation.

    But in the stressed mice who DID eat echinacea, the exact opposite occurred.

    The echinacea-eaters had a BOOST in beneficial immune cells and a DECREASE in pro-inflammatory cells.

    In fact, their immune function looked pretty much the SAME as those of mice that weren't stressed out whatsoever!

    That suggests that when stress deals your immune system a blow, echinacea can help RESTORE it.

    And that may explain why echinacea has been proven to not only knock out colds and flu but also ease everything from gum inflammation (a.k.a. gingivitis) to tonsillitis .

    In fact, before antibiotics came along, echinacea was a go-to treatment for all kinds of infections !

    So, if you don't want to go from stressed to sick, try supplementing with this mighty flower.

    You can easily find echinacea supplements at your local health food store and online, or you can brew up a daily cup of echinacea tea.

    And whenever you're feeling frazzled, it's a good idea to slash stress by getting plenty of exercise and sleep, too.

    Since stress can also throw your gut bacteria out of whack (opening a Pandora's box of health troubles), be sure to eat a healthy diet full of fiber and probiotics to make yourself more resilient to stress.

    Talking out your concerns with a loved one and spending time in nature are also powerful natural stress-busters.

  2. Study finds airplanes are a cesspool of immune system challenging germs

    Flying the filthy skies

    If you're anything like me, you enjoy boarding an airplane as much as scrubbing the toilet. Except, chances are, the toilet is a lot less messy.

    It's bad enough that you're sharing an arm rest with some 400-pound chatterbox who's sweating through his T-shirt. But one row over, some fussy baby is blowing snot bubbles between his ear-splitting screams.

    And that's when you realize that terrorists are the LEAST of your worries -- because there's already a filthy germ bomb detonating all around you.

    In fact, it may have exploded DAYS before you stepped foot on the plane. That's because a new study from Auburn University found that disease-causing germs can live on airplane surfaces for up to ONE FULL WEEK!

    That means seven full days ago a passenger may have drooled on your headrest, or used the in-flight magazine as a Kleenex, and their germs could still be having a party in seat 23A. In fact, researchers found potentially-deadly MRSA bacteria living on seat pocket cloth seven days after exposure, and E. coli surviving for 96 hours on armrests.

    So much for the "friendly skies"!

    If you have a commercial flight coming up, spend the next several days getting your immune system into shape. Load up on vitamin C and start taking some probiotics to beef up your gut's immune defenses.

    And be sure you bring a Hefty-sized barf bag onto the plane. Because once you take a look around that jumbo germ jet, there's a good chance you're going to feel more than a little nauseous.

  3. Mainstream admits to vaccine faults

    In the latest attempt to "prove" vaccines don't cause autism, the Institute of Medicine ended up admitting that standard childhood shots can cause just about everything else.

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