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!

Help for Hypoglycemia

I was recently asked to recommend supplements for someone who deals with hypoglycemia.  Since I didn’t know much about hypoglycemia, I turned to the official website of the University of Maryland Medical Center where I found suggestions for nutrition and supplements.

Following these nutritional tips may help reduce symptoms:

  • Eliminate suspected food allergens, such as dairy (milk, cheese, and ice cream), wheat (gluten), soy, corn, preservatives, and chemical food additives.  Your health care provider may want to test you for food allergies.
  • Eat foods high in B-vitamins and iron, such as whole grains (if no allergy), fresh vegetables, and sea vegetables.
  • Eat antioxidant foods, including fruits (such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes) and vegetables (such as squash and bell pepper).
  • Avoid refined foods, such as white breads, pastas, and sugar (unless you need them for an immediate blood sugar increase).
  • Soluble fiber, such as flaxseed and pure oat bran, can slow the rate at which dietary sugars enter the blood and help regulate blood sugars throughout the day.  Consume 1-3 tsp. of either of these fiber sources before meals.  Talk to your doctor first if you have a history of digestive disorders.
  • Some doctors may suggest a high protein diet, although evidence is mixed on the benefits.   A “Zone”-style diet combines proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in a 30/30/40 ratio and can be very helpful in maintaining stable blood sugar throughout the day.  Eat lean meats, preferably those that do not contain hormones or antibiotics.  Cold water fish or beans can also be used for protein.  Limit the intake of processed meats, such as fast foods and lunch meats.
  • Use healthy cooking oils, such as olive oil or coconut oil.
  • Reduce or eliminate trans fatty acids, found in commercially baked goods such as cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and margarine.
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco.  Lower caffeine intake, as caffeine impacts several conditions and medications.
  • Exercise, if possible, 30 minutes daily, 5 days a week.  Light exercise may be advisable at first until you learn how to control your blood sugar and how to manage your diet to tolerate higher intensity exercise.

You may address nutritional deficiencies with the following supplements:

  • A daily multivitamin, containing the antioxidant vitamins A, C, E, the B-complex vitamins, and trace minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, and selenium.  SFR recommendation:  SuperDad, SuperMom, or SuperLady
  • Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil, to help decrease inflammation and help with immunity.  Omega-3 fatty acids can have a blood thinning effect.  People taking blood thinning medications should speak to their doctor before taking omega-3 fatty acids.  SFR recommendation:  Omega-3
  • Vitamin C, as an antioxidant and for immune support.  SFR recommendation:  Rosehip C
  • Magnesium, for nutrient support.  If you are taking blood pressure medication or other heart medication, speak to your doctor before taking magnesium.  Magnesium can interfere with certain medications, including some antibiotics and biphosphate medication.  SFR recommendation:  Magnesium Citrate
  • Chromium, for blood sugar regulation.  People with liver or kidney issues or history of psychiatric issues should talk to their doctor before starting chromium supplements.  SFR recommendation:  SuperDad (50 mcg of Chromium per serving); SuperMom (100 mcg of Chromium per serving); or SuperLady (150 mcg of Chromium per serving).
  • Probiotic supplement (containing Lactobacillus acidophilus), 5-10 billion CFUs (colony forming units) a day, when needed for maintenance of gastrointestinal and immune health.  SFR recommendation:  Tummy Tuneup (provides eight strains of bacteria, including Lactobacillus acidophilus, with 4 billion cultures in each capsule) OR Acidophilus Blast (provides one strain of bacteria, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and has 8 billion cultures per capsule). 

If you have hypoglycemia, please talk with your health care provider BEFORE adding any of these supplements to your daily regimen.  If you’re given the go-ahead to try these supplements, consider adding just one at a time.  Try it for a month or so before adding another, so that you can determine which supplements work best for you.  If you are helped by these suggestions and supplements, we would love to hear from you!bee

An ONION a day keeps the doctor away??

My grandmother was asked the secret of her good health when she was 80-something years old.  She replied with a laugh, “I guess it’s the onions.  I eat onion every day.”

Well, she may have spoken more accurately than she realized.  I read this in Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions:

Onions contain carotenoids, B complex vitamins–including all-important B6–and vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium and sulphur compounds.  They are universally valued for their medicinal properties, which include improvement of kidney function and antibacterial qualities.  According to some researchers, half a cup of raw onions per day is an excellent means of protecting the blood from a tendency to coagulate and clot.  Onions also have been shown to lower elevated blood sugar levels in test animals.  Pasteur was the first to recognize that onions have strong antibacterial powers; onions are also helpful in breaking up mucus in the throat, lungs and nasal passages.”

By the way, my grandmother will celebrate her 97th birthday this week.  Happy birthday, and pass the onions, please!  🙂onions

Here’s an easy onion recipe from Nourishing Traditions:

Onion Compote

6 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

In a heavy skillet, cook onion in butter and olive oil on low heat for 1 hour or more, stirring occasionally.  Onions will turn brown and develop a caramel taste.