Kick the flu bug 4 week ONLINE program!

Introducing our 4 week ONLINE Kick the Flu Bug program!

The cold and flu season is here! Do you wish to boost your immune system naturally and prevent getting sick this winter?

I’ve teamed up once again with one of the best holistic nutritionists I know, Sonia Turingia from Kick Ass Nutrition.

We are offering the Kick the Flu Bug program at a special introductory price of $98 + HST.

What you’ll get from our Kick the Flu Bug program:

4 weekly podcasts providing you with the info you need to know to prevent getting sick this winter:

  • Is the Flu shot right for you?
  • Identify what foods you need to ADD IN to keep you and your family healthy
  • Why you need FAT to fight a flu or cold
  • Eliminate food evils like excess sugar
  • Should I exercise when I’m sick?
  • What’s the difference between PRE and PRO biotics and why are so important for immune function?
  • The ancient healing wisdom or traditional Chinese medicine

FREE BONUS GIFTS! 

Register today and receive these awesome bonuses!

  • 72 hour sugar kick!
  • Magic Socks Treatment to reduce a fever
  • Homemade cough drops
  • How to use an onion to cure an ear infection!
  • Tasty, quick recipes that will fuel your busy life

I hope you enjoy the tips in this program as you work towards achieving optimal health!

Dr. Ellen Simone, Naturopath

Kick the Flu Bug FREE Webinar!

I’ve teamed up with Sonia from Kick Ass Nutrition to bring you a FREE webinar called ‘Kick the Flu Bug!”

We’re going to show you…

  • What foods to eat to help you stay strong and healthy.
  • The 5 things you should know about proboitics!
  • What really happens when you are exposed to flu germs
  • Learn about our 30 day Kick the Flu online program.

Sign up today! Don’t end up on the couch with a box of tissue this winter, kick the flu bug forever!

Healing herbs: Spice up your meals to give your immune system a boost

Cold and flu season is approaching and a question I’m often asked is, ‘How can I support my child’s immune system and prevent them from getting sick?”

There are many lifestyle factors that influence immune system function such as sleep patterns, exercise, stress levels and nutrition.  Let’s focus on one simple way is to boost the immune system: add healing herbs to your child’s diet!

Herbs have many healing properties.  They reduce inflammation in the body and act as anti-oxidants protecting cells against damage from toxins.  Herbs also support the body in making important white blood cells, an essential part of the immune system which fight off bacteria and viruses.  Finally, herbs are anti-microbial.  Many of them contain pungent essential oils (for example,  the oils released when cutting an onion which bring tears to your eyes or oil of oregano) which kill bacteria and viruses.  They are also helpful at keeping yeast and fungus at bay.

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Healing herbs can easily be added to meals.  You can use them to season meat, soups, salads, stir-fries, baked vegetables, or add them to veggie dips and hummus for an extra kick.

Introducing your children to a variety of herbs will broaden their taste palette as well as optimize their health.

Here are the most common immune boosting and bacteria-fighting herbs to try:

  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Sage
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Cayenne pepper

Do you have some kid friendly recipes which include these herbs? Feel free to share them!

This blog post will be posted on the Ottawa Mommy Club website in the next couple of weeks.  Check them out for more great tips!!

5 herbs to eat that will boost your immune system

Do you want to boost your immune system this winter to prevent suffering from the cold and flu?

Here’s 5 herbs you can add to your diet that will boost your immune system, kill bacteria and viruses as well as add some flavour to your meals!

1. Garlic: Known in Latin as Allium sativum, garlic contains an ingredient that kills bacteria called allicin.  Allicin kills both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria which encompass bacteria like E. coli and Mycobacterium tuberculosis (the bacteria responsible for tuberculosis infections).  Garlic is also anti-viral making it a good defense mechanism against the flu virus and Rhinovirus which causes the common cold-like symptoms. RAW garlic contains more allicin than cooked garlic and 1-2 cloves per day added to the diet can be beneficial.  If your whole family eats garlic hopefully you won’t notice the odour 🙂

2. Onion: Part of the same family as garlic, Allium cepa aka onion, is also anti-microbial which means it kills both bacteria and viruses.  Incorporating raw onions into your cooking can help to fight off the cold and flu this winter.  An onion ear poultice is a traditional remedy for ear infection symptoms that is especially fun for kids!

3. Thyme: Thymus vulgaris is a spice commonly used in cooking.  The oil extract of thyme contains an ingredient known as thymol which is anti-bacterial.  Thyme oil is commonly used in natural cleaning products.  Here’s a delicious ‘Chicken Lime Thyme’ recipe which also includes chopped garlic in the marinade.

4. Oregano: Oil of Origanum vulgare has gained popularity over the past few years for it’s anti-microbial properties.  Drops of the oil can be used acutely to treat sore throats and sinus infections.  Therefore, oregano is another great herb to include in your diet. Here’s an easy recipe for ‘Zucchini and Oregano Pizza‘. Enjoy!

5. Mushrooms! Eating a variety of mushrooms including Shiitake and Reishi mushrooms helps to strengthen your immune system.  The medicinal properties of these mushrooms have been used for thousands of years by traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) doctors.  TCM even has an herbal tonic called ‘Change of Season Soup’ which is meant to support the immune system from fall to winter, prime time for colds and flus!  Traditionally it does not contains mushrooms, however it is a good soup base and you can add in your own mushrooms for added immune support.

 

Feel free to share your ideas for incorporating these herbs into your diet!

FREE Health Talk! Boost your immune system naturally

It’s that time of year when the sounds of people sneezing and coughing makes you want to hide away at home and never come out!

It’s cold and flu season!

You’re invited to a FREE health seminar on how you can boost your immune system naturally to prevent the cold and flu this winter!

When: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 6:30-8pm

Where: Alta Vista Public Library, 2516 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1V 7T1

Feel free to register on the Ottawa Public Library website and share the facebook invitation with your friends!

If you can’t make it out here’s some useful information for boosting your immune system naturally:

Prevent the cold and flu with these 3 supervitamins

3 tips for preventing ear infections in children

Lower a fever with magic socks!

See you at the seminar!