Stay Well!

It seems that almost everyone I know is either sick or afraid of getting sick! If there was ever a good time to work on boosting your immune system, this is it.

Two years ago, I shared some tips for immune system support. You can click to read those posts for some general advice and some products to consider: Be Immune! and Immune System Health.

But this year, I’d like to share some advice that’s a little closer to home. With so much sickness around us, we’re all trying to do what we can to stay well. Maybe you’d like to know what I have recommended for my own family.

Immune System Support Supplements from Smith Family Resources

Vitamin C  For general sickness-avoidance, I encourage everyone to increase their intake of Vitamin C. The best way to do that is to get it in food. Some of my favorites are sweet potatoes, blueberries, kiwi and kale. You can also take Rosehip C. And that reminds me, if you aren’t already taking a good daily vitamin, now would be a good time to add a super multivitamin. Our bodies need the right nutrients to be able to avoid sickness, so good food with the right supplementation is important.

Berry Well  For those exposed to respiratory viruses including influenza, I recommend taking the maximum dose of Berry Well at least twice a day until the length of the virus incubation period is past. Berry Well is an elderberry syrup that contains bee propolis, raw honey, organic echinacea root extract, and raw apple cider vinegar. The elderberries in Berry Well are grown naturally without the use of pesticides or chemicals but are not certified organic. Raw honey provides live enzymes that help the body fight colds and respiratory infections of all kinds. Propolis and echinacea are both considered to be natural antibiotics. Apple cider vinegar increases your body’s alkalinity, and the potassium in raw vinegar helps cells fight bacteria and viruses.

Monolaurin  Monolauricin is the substance found in mother’s milk believed to be responsible for that early boost in a baby’s immune system. Our favorite source for monolaurin is Lauricidin®. Lauricidin contains pure lipid monolaurin derived from coconut oil and some of our friends and customers have reported amazing things about its role in immune system support.

Garlic  I like to add garlic to food or to teas to help build healthy immune systems. But when there just isn’t time or I don’t want the smell, Odorless Garlic is a good substitute. The softgels are small and easy to swallow, but they can also be chewed. The taste is very mild and it really is odorless- no bad breath!

Probiotics  I shared a fun video about the importance of probiotics a while back, and it’s worth watching again. Our favorite probiotic is Tummy Tuneup, and during “sick season,” most of us take two capsules every day.

Click the picture to see the video!

And, as always, I remind everyone to drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water every day, and get plenty of rest! These are the things I tell my own family, and they aren’t meant to be prescriptions for everyone, but I hope you found something helpful here! Stay well!

Immune System Health

Did you catch our Be Immune post last month?  Today, I’m following up on those thoughts to introduce another exciting new essential oil blend!

Immuni-T was designed to soothe the respiratory system and to support the body when it’s under attack from the common onslaught of germs.

Here are just a few of the essential oils in this blend.  (You can read a full list of ingredients by clicking on any Immuni-T link in this post.)

Tangerine Essential Oil (Citrus reticulata Blanco) – Has properties that assist the body in stimulating the lymphatic and immune systems; and it smells good!Immuni-T

Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus limon) – Aids and soothes the respiratory and immune systems

Orange Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis) – Helps to stimulate the immune system, while blending well with the other oils to provide a pleasant aroma

Cedarwood Essential Oil (cedrus atlantica) – Helps the body to relax and rest, while directly supporting the respiratory system

Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia frerana) – Lends support to the respiratory and immune systems

Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) – Known for its benefits to the immune system

Spearmint Essential Oil (Mentha spicata) – Known for digestive support and for support to the body during feverish illnesses

What a line-up!  And that’s just a sample of the immune system goodness in the Immuni-T blend.  Click here to learn more!

The Invisible Universe

“The next time you look in a mirror, think about this: In many ways you’re more microbe than human. There are 10 times more cells from microorganisms like bacteria and fungi in and on our bodies than there are human cells.

“Scientists increasingly think that these microorganisms have a huge influence on our health. Without them, our bodies don’t seem to do as well. We don’t seem to be as healthy and might actually get sick more often.”

Be Immune!

It’s been a strange winter here in the South.  One Saturday, it was 30-something with snow flurries.  The very next weekend, it was 65 degrees and sunny.

This winter has brought us some unusual weather, but it has also brought the typical colds, fever viruses, stomach viruses, and flu.

We’re all doing our best to dress for the weather (no need to put away the summer clothes this year) and to avoid the germs that we know are literally everywhere.

One of the best things we can do is to boost our immune systems.  Eating nutritious meals and getting plenty of exercise and rest will help.  But sometimes we need supplements to give us the extra boost we need.

Beeyoutiful has three products you might want to consider adding to your winter regimen:  Ultra Immune, Bee Immune, and Colostrum Transfer Factor.

Ultra Immune – Ultra Immune contains allicin, specifically AlliSure®.  AlliSure® is Ultra Immuneproduced through a patented process which formulates allicin liquid from raw garlic.  The liquid is spray-dried to produce allicin powder.  Research has shown that allicin can help to lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure and to prevent colds, strep and flu.  Ultra Immune also contains black elderberry extract which, according to studies, has helped flu patients recover in 3.1 days, compared to the average 7.1.  Olive leaf extract is added for its reputation in fighting the common cold, cold sores, impetigo and infections.  Rosemary essential oil serves as an antiseptic and helps regulate blood sugar and blood pressure, and oregano essential oil helps the body destroy even antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.Bee Immune (web)

Bee Immune – Two capsules of Bee Immune provide the equivalent of 1500 mg of bee propolis.  Propolis, made by bees from the highly antiseptic resins found in most tree buds, is reported to build immunity, to work against non-native yeast in the gastrointestinal tract and to inhibit the growth of many infectious diseases.

Colostrum Transfer Factor – Colostrum is the nutrient-rich, pre-milk fluid produceColostrum (web)d by all mammals during the first few days after giving birth.  It has an extremely high concentration of immunoglobulins (uniquely structured proteins that naturally contribute to healthy immune function).  Colostrum has been shown to increase overall immunity, expedite the body’s natural process of wound healing and assist in the maintenance of healthy bacterial response, in adults as well as children.
Tummy Tuneup
And, since a good bit of the immune system resides in the intestinal tract, supplementing with a high-quality probiotic is also a good idea.  Our family’s favorite is Tummy Tuneup.  Tummy Tuneup contains eight different species of good bacteria (including lactobacillus acidophilus) and is designed to support gastrointestinal health and immune system function.

This information is taken in part from Beeyoutiful’s product descriptions and blog articles.  These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

All of these Beeyoutiful products are available on our website.  Click on the pictures or the links in this post to read more about each one.

Enjoy the winter, and stay well!