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!

An Allergy Miracle

He found allergy relief from ONE product when before he had been taking two antihistamines, a decongestant, a leukotriene blocker, and a nasal spray with an expectorant, plus saline washes and topical rubs to help provide relief.  He went from spending well over $100 a month on prescription medication and doctor co-pays to taking just one product:  Berry Well Elderberry Syrup.

Berry Well Elderberry Syrup

In a previous Beeyoutiful catalog, Mary Ewing described how her husband made the journey from 10-12 sinus infections a year to an antibiotic-free year with a better diet and with the help of Berry Well.  In her article, entitled Our Family Miracle, Mary wrote about their children beginning to exhibit some of their father’s symptoms and how she wanted to spare them from the constant struggle, intermittent misery, and lifelong dependence on pharmaceuticals that seemed to be their father’s lot in life.  At that point, a friend gave them a bottle of Berry Well, and the whole family is now literally breathing easier.

How does it work?

“At the core is elderberry extract.  One of the most studied, tried and proven immune system aids out there, the elderberry is the star of this synergistic blend of complete health supporting elements.  Most studies have focused on documenting elderberry’s incredible ability to support the body when dealing with viruses, specifically influenza.  No pharmaceutical currently available on the market has been able to match the elderberry’s ability to combat viruses and prevent their recurrence.

“Propolis is the dark sticky substance made by bees from the resin of various trees and plants.  Bees gather this sap, re-metabolize it with their own nectar secretions and then take it back to the hive.  It was named ‘propolis’ by the ancient Greeks which means, “a defense.”  Some people call it “Bee Antibiotic.”  Many scientists believe a hive to be more sterile and free from harmful bacteria than a modern hospital.  The healing benefits of bee propolis have been known for hundreds of years.  Hippocrates first recorded the use of propolis to treat wounds, sores and ulcers as early as the fourth century B.C.  The Roman scholar Pliny praised the benefits of propolis 400 years later in his writings, explaining how it “extracted all substances embedded in the flesh, reduced swelling, softened hardened areas, soothed pain, and healed sores when it appeared hopeless for them to mend.”  Today’s modern science supports what wise men of old knew to be true.  With the technology available to us we are able to study the many wonderful internal benefits of propolis as well!  White blood cells (phagocytes) serve as the body’s primary defense mechanism against bacterial infections.  We all need an abundance of healthy white blood cells to attack invading microbes.  The same white blood cells are responsible for influencing production of antibodies which will wipe out harmful bacteria.  Propolis has been found to initiate the activity and cleansing action of these life saving white blood cells.

“Raw apple cider vinegar is a cherished folk remedy that has been used historically to help in a huge array of immune system based complaints.

“Raw honey has been a time honored food staple through the ages as well as being treasured for its healing and soothing properties.  Berry Well’s raw honey has not gone through the high heat, refining, and filtering processes that most commercially available honey has.  It retains all of the amazingly beneficial enzymes and traces of beeswax, pollen and propolis that make it such a valuable part of this proprietary blend.  Taken internally, especially blended with the other fantastic ingredients in Berry Well, honey supports healing on many levels from the inside out.  Raw, unfiltered honey has been used by many to help alleviate the symptoms of severe allergies and asthma.  Its unique properties combined with the marvelous elderberry are one of the primary reasons Berry Well works so effectively on such a wide array of complaints.

“Similar in some ways to the elderberry, one of the main mechanisms of action for echinacea is that it stimulates phagocytosis in the blood stream.  This allows it to work in harmony with Elderberry in supporting the body’s first line of defense on a cellular level to protect against the invasion of foreign substances in the body.  Other components in echinacea have been shown to have mild antibacterial and fungicidal activity.  These elements have been found to slow down the spread of the bacteria rather than kill them outright like an antibiotic.”

Does your family need an allergy miracle?  Consider adding Berry Well to your family’s natural health arsenal!

Click here to purchase Beeyoutiful’s Berry Well Elderberry Syrup.

Click here to read about taking “The Water Cure” to relieve allergy symptoms.