10 Immune System Tips

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  1. Get some sleep. While often underrated, proper rest is the foundation to good health, both for kids and adults. Click here for our new video on sleep and mood.
  2. Wash your hands regularly but let your house get a little dirty. Exposure to germs is essential to build a strong immune system.
  3. Keep your guts happy! Eliminate any food sensitivities (we can help you figure those out if you don’t know), do a castor oil pack daily, and take a quality probiotic.
  4. Get your vitamin D. There is ample evidence to link vitamin D deficiency with immune dysfunction. Seroyals D-Mulsion is the best absorbed. Call us to set one aside for you – 705-792-6717
  5. Keep processed foods to a minimum. Sugar dampens immune function for at least a couple hours after consuming it.
  6. Meditate. Yep, it actually stimulates the immune system. The best form of meditation is the one you will do. Try a meditation class, guided imagery mp3, walk in nature etc.
  7. Consume enough vitamin C. Eat more fresh fruits and colourful veggies. You may also supplement with a powder or capsule.
  8. Get monthly IVs – intravenous vitamins and minerals at the clinic to keep you healthy through the fall and winter.
  9. Try hot and cold alternating showers. This type of hydrotherapy helps stimulate your immune system and circulate the lymph. Ask us for the how-to instructions
  10. Get regular adjustments from a chiropractor. Keeping your nervous system happy makes your immune system happier too.

If you do get sick, remember we can help with a great many tools in our natural health toolbox to help you feel better faster.

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Quinoa Dinner

Quinoa Dinner

1 cup quinoa – rinse with water

2 cups water

Bring water and quinoa to boil then simmer until cooked.

1 cup frozen peas (boiled)

2 garlic cloves minced (I use a zester to mince my garlic)

1 tomato diced

handful yellow beans (boiled)

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Mix all ingredients together in one pot. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste. I took leftovers for my lunch too.

Green Tip – Coconut oil…and then some!!

I have been experimenting off and on with consuming more of a raw diet for the last few months now. I will admit some weeks are more raw than others, but even just getting more fruits and veggies into my diet has made me feel much better.

One of the main oils used in the raw culture is Coconut oil because it is not processed and completely natural. In one of the books I found the author noted that she uses coconut oil, not only as a moisturizing natural alternative to shaving cream or gel, but also that she uses it as an eye makeup remover!! So of course, I had to try it…and yes it works, extremely well actually. It’s also used as a good carrier oil for massage. So instead of buying a bottle of shaving cream and a tube of makeup remover – you can save all that packaging and just buy a large tub of coconut oil and use it for many different purposes. A nice environmentally friendly natural resource!

I shared my new found information with a girlfriend a few weeks ago and she just sent me a really great article on coconut oil and some health benefits of using it…including help with weight loss, immunity, and skin irritations. I thought I would share the link for the article as well…it makes for some very interesting reading and potentially a few more naturally healthy people!


Going Green Tip #2

For a natural and environmentally friendly alternative to cleaning your teeth, skip your regular toothpaste and avoid the packaging waste. Instead try making your own.
Here’s a recipe I found on http://www.howstuffworks.com/

Mix 3 parts baking soda with 1 part salt. Add 3 teaspoons of glycerin. Add 10 to 20 drops of flavoring (peppermint, wintergreen, anise, or cinnamon) and enough water to make a paste. Spoon into a small, refillable squeeze bottle.

March Break Fun Skate

WOW! What a fun time we had on Friday evening. Everyone at The Healing Oasis would like to thank our friends and family for coming out and sharing in some fun and light activity.

Not only did we have an amazing ice rink all to ourselves for an hour, we had an entire party room filled with kids and parents and friends…and SNACKS! All of which were a hit!! And we had SO many people ask us for our recipes we thought we’d share them with you to enjoy with your own friends and families. (Look for the recipes in our next blogs.)

We hope everyone had as much fun as we did and we look forward to seeing even more of you at our next client appreciation event….perhaps a summer BBQ!?

To view the entire photo album from our fun skate day simply find us on Facebook and become a fan.

With sincere thanks,
The Healing Oasis Team

David Suzuki…Remember The Big Picture

I had the pleasure of attending the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors annual convention Nov 13-15 in Toronto. Furthermore, it was an honour to have David Suzuki kick off the weekend with a powerful presentation, which was open to the public.

David was passionate and eloquent as he described our earth and how humans are the species that have had the most impact on the planet. Some scientists say it’s too late and we have irreversibly damaged our home. However, David says to them “shut up and get out of the way,” it is never too late to make a change. And it’s important to remember the big picture – we should all have the same goal – to live in a healthy place. Governments need to listen to what Canadians truly want.

What kind of Canada do you want to live in? What do you want Barrie to be like in 25 – 30 years? Would you like to be able to drink from Lake Simcoe? Would you like to not worry about the air we breathe when we are standing within sight of highway 400? Would you like to know that your food is free from chemicals? Would you like to be sure that your health problems are not caused by environmental pollution, chemicals or even the houses we live in?

We can all agree that we want a beautiful, clean, healthy place to live, work and raise our children. If we all agree on that, then we have a common goal we can work towards.

The take home message for me?
There are small, simple things I can do at home and at our wellness centre to start making an impact on our environment and people’s health. Also, it is up to us to let our governments know that where we live and how clean it is matters to us and it should matter to them and their families as well.

I would like to encourage a discussion on our environment and our health. Please post a comment and become a follower of our blog to continue this conversation. Together, change will make a difference.