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I am married to Basilio Ruiz and thank God daily for bringing this wonderful man back into my life. I am a Christian mom of 4 (the youngest 3 are still at home with me) Ashleigh is 22, Amanda is 17, Joshua & Jeremy are 13. I am an independent CTMH consultant and love sharing the art of scrapbooking, cardmaking, and papercrafting with others.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

how do you boost your immune system?

That was my medical lesson for the day. Apparently now antibiotics previously successful with MRSA are causing it to mutate into other bacteria that can cause things like chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, and fibromyalgia. And I already know first hand how scary it can be if it gets into the lungs. There are tons of theories on what is best from a naturopathic point of view and these ideas range from VERY expensive to potentially doable. I laughed out loud at the doctor when he said to limit my exposure to illnesses and viruses. (I already knew my body is in a cycle where I can "catch" things easier and they are usually more serious for me because my immune system is already in constant battle to keep the MRSA in check. Then it attacks the new threat and that allows the MRSA to get a foothold again) I explained I work at school and have kids coughing and sneezing on me every day. His advice was to get a new job :-( Once we established that I could NOT quit my job we talked about various natural ways I could boost my immune system. Some are very exotic and expensive but some are more doable. They range from manuka honey ( found in New Zealand and which I can't use due to my diabetes) to lemon oil added to water and tea. Also I can play with my diet..... more antioxidants (yogurt, green tea, etc.), more protein, more greens (preferably organic), green smoothies (sounds disgusting but see below for a couple of recipes I was given) and more raw veggies and fruits

Cool Blueberry Bonanza:
2 leaves of kale
2 leaves of collard greens
1 leaf of red chard
1 cup Italian parsley
1 cup spinach
1 banana
1 cup blueberries
2 cups filtered water
1 cup ice cubes
Blend well. Makes 1.5 quarts of smoothie

Green Romaine:
8 leaves Romaine lettuce
1 cup red grapes
1 orange
1 banana
2 cups filtered water
Blend well. Makes 1 quart of smoothie

Wild Banango:
2 cups lambsquarters
1 banana
1 mango
2 cups filtered water
Blend well. Makes 1 quart of smoothie

1 comment:

GrammaMary said...

Wow. Green, green, green. Good luck with this Peggy.