Breastfeeding an intervention to strengthen baby's immune system

Breastfeeding an intervention to strengthen baby’s immune system

  • August 7, 2020

Breastfeeding is an essential factor in reducing child mortality, high level of wasting, stunting, underweight, high levels of anaemia among children. An analysis of NFHS-4 shows breastfeeding within one hour is only 41.6% and exclusive breastfeeding (0-6 months) is only 54.9%.

It is noteworthy that in India institutional deliveries have increased almost up to 80% as per National Family and Health Survey-4 (2015-16) but irrespective of that, the rate of mothers breastfeeding within one hour of the birth or exclusively feeding their children is very low. This shows that somewhere we are missing on birth preparedness, counselling of mothers, weighing the benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and child. Exclusive Breastfeeding for the first 6 months followed by complementary feeding practices together can prevent almost one-fifth of deaths in children under five years.

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year for the last 29 years across the world from 1st to 7th August. This year the theme of the campaign is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”. The newly mothers find themselves surrounded by a plethora of the myths and misconception associated COVID-19. Recently, the data from the states have reported a drop in institutional deliveries. The Main Reasons for Drop-in Institutional Deliveries has been due to lockdowns, fear of infections and thus people avoiding the physical contact or preference to go to small nursing homes or delivery at homes. Now since the lockdown is opened up, it is very essential to address the issue of myths and misconception.

The World Health Organization (WHO) endorses that mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be encouraged to initiate or continue to breastfeed. Mothers should be counselled that the advantages of breastfeeding significantly outweigh the potential risks for transmission. Breastfeeding is especially effective against infectious diseases because it strengthens the system by directly transferring antibodies from the mother. Breastfeeding benefits baby’s Immune System. Mothers milk provides virtually all the protein, sugar, and fat your baby needs to be healthy, and it also contains many substances that benefit your baby’s immune system, including antibodies, immune factors, enzymes, and white blood cells.

(Inputs From IANS)

Stay Healthy and Strengthen Immune System with Exercise and Yoga; Providence Health and Fitness Adapts to Online Classes

Stay Healthy and Strengthen Immune System with Exercise and Yoga; Providence Health and Fitness Adapts to Online Classes

  • August 6, 2020

“Exercise and Yoga is vital in helping fight viruses like Covid-19,” says Kathy McCready, owner of Providence Health and Fitness.

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Providence Health and Fitness is now into week 20 of the pandemic and so far has held over 540 classes thanks to all of their dedicated instructors. Click here for complete class schedule. 

If you have never tried a class with Providence Health and Fitness, the first class is always free, and they currently are offering a summer special – 30 days of unlimited classes for just $64.99. “This gives you the opportunity to try out all the classes and get to know us,” said McCready. Providence Health and Fitness also offers free classes on Sundays where you can try out their fitness and yoga classes being offered.

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“Exercise and yoga is vital in helping fight viruses like Covid 19 and Larry [Heisler] and I have made it our mission to help you all take measures to keep yourselves as healthy as possible and to strengthen your immune system,” said Kathy McReady, owner of Providence Health and Fitness.

Back in March when zoom classes began, McCready said, “This was a whole new thing for me and I have had to learn all kinds of new technology! Thank you for bearing with me as I got to grips with it all. There have been some bumps along the road but all in all things have gone well and most importantly we have kept you exercising.”

“We’ve also held a session on nutrition with Larry and his favorite immune boosting foods and strategies like meditation,” she said. They followed that up with a three part newsletter featuring practical immune boosting strategies like alkalizing your body, plant based nutrition and oxygen increasing exercise. “We are working on adding this information to the website for future reference.” Providence Health and Fitness has also offered twice a month non-denominational meditation classes.

And through this pandemic, their instructors continued to learn and attended online courses. “One of those was an educational meeting for MLD and Massage Therapists,” said McCready. In a time of forced closure, Providence Health and Fitness also adapted to teaching DIY techniques to clients for services they rely on. “We held a session on how to do Manual Lymph Drainage on yourself, to clean up your lymph – waste management system – a.k.a. our bodies built in detoxification system. MLD helps strengthen your immune function,” she said.

McCready added, “There has been an increased interest in ‘proning exercises’ or respiratory recovery exercises.” These are an exercise routine to enhance pulmonary function that help build strength back up and help you breathe more easily. “Interestingly, the exercises are similar to some of our Yoga Asana Poses,” she said. Those mentioned were cat/cow, child pose with hips extended back and chest reaching forward and downward facing dog. Also suggested are diaphragmatic breathing exercises where you lift your ribs and lungs and give space to your torso, getting the breath deep into your body, very similar to our Yoga, she said.

During these 20 weeks, Providence Health and Fitness has built an extensive library of recorded classes for everyone to enjoy when their clients miss the zoom class. She added, “One of the perks of being a monthly member is you get these videos for FREE! If you are not currently a monthly member, now is a great time to join.”

Contact Kathy McCready at 908.898.0008 for more information regarding monthly memberships.

Providence Health and Fitness is located at 18 South Street in New Providence.

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Major food and beverage firms strengthen sales and standing amid COVID-19

Major food and beverage firms strengthen sales and standing amid COVID-19

  • July 20, 2020

This was according to the recently launched Kantar Asia Brand Footprint 2020 ranking report, which saw F&B brands dominate the Top Ten Most Chosen Brands listings for all the countries covered: China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

According to the report, ‘big brands are winning’​ across Asia based on growth rates and consumer choice, with just about all major brands being chosen by consumers at higher rates than average category growth rates.

Deeper analysis of the numbers saw food, beverage and dairy brands take up all 10 of the Top Ten lists in Malaysia and Korea, nine in Taiwan and Vietnam, eight in China and Thailand, and six in Indonesia and Philippines.

Rankings were based on Consumer Reach Points (CRPs), which were calculated based on population, penetration (percentage of households buying the brand) and consumer choice (interactions with brand across categories). Kantar tracked the consumer purchases across five categories: Beverages, Food, Dairy, Beauty and Personal Care, and Homecare.

Ten out of ten – Markets where F&B brands most chosen

Both Malaysia and Korea saw their Top Ten brands listings completely overtaken by F&B firms, an interesting finding especially in Korea where personal care and beauty brands have traditionally had a strong foothold in the market.

In Malaysia, three of the top 10 spots were taken by Nestle or its brands: Maggi came in at the top spot with 44 million CRPs, Milo at second spot with 33 million and Nestle at eighth spot with 15 million.

The other top spots also all went to household F&B names comprising dairy brands Marigold (third, 21 million CRPs) and Dutch Lady (fourth, 21 million), sauce/spice brands Adabi (fifth, 20 million) and Babas (seventh, 15 million), processed food brand Ayam Brand (sixth, 19 million), biscuit brand Munchy’s (ninth, 15 million) and beverage brand F&N (10th​, 14 million).

Immunity Booster: Here are 4 homemade beverages that can strengthen your immune system during coronavirus pandemic

Here are 4 homemade beverages that can strengthen your immune system during coronavirus pandemic

  • July 19, 2020
Immunity Booster: Here are 4 homemade beverages that can strengthen your immune system during coronavirus pandemic
Immunity Booster: Here are 4 homemade beverages that can strengthen your immune system during coronavirus pandemic

New Delhi : This global coronavirus pandemic has left us all living in fear of getting infected. The panic continues to rise as the confirmed coronavirus cases in India cross 10 lakh. Since the outbreak of coronavirus, our lives have taken a u-turn. Our lifestyle has changed drastically. This pandemic has not only affected how we see the world but also how we eat and drink. Staying healthy has suddenly become our top priority today. We’ve all gone from working hard and earning more to staying healthy. Our life goal has also changed. All we really want now is to stay fit, healthy and protected from coronavirus. We’ve also become very focused on consuming food and beverages that can boost our immune system. We have suddenly become very particular about what fruits and vegetables we eat and how we clean them before we consume them and whatnot. But amid all this chaos, there’s one thing that has been constant. We all have immunity-boosting beverages in our kitchens and many of us prefer making these healthy drinks at home so we can limit contact and stay safe! So, if you wish to add some immunity-boosting beverages to your diet, here are a few simple homemade drinks that you can turn to.

1/4 Vitamin C Smoothie

Vitamin C Smoothie

A kiwi or orange smoothie can be amazing for our immune system as these fruits are rich in vitamin C which is essential for our immunity. Add some cinnamon powder, banana, ginger, lemon juice and yoghurt in your smoothie. Try to use honey instead of refined sugar. 

2/4 Kadha

Kadha

This home remedy has been used to treat cough, cold, flu and fever for ages. This remedy contains some very simple and easily available ingredients which can maintain our health and build our immunity. Take some clove, crushed black pepper or black pepper powder, ginger, tulsi leaves, cinnamon, giloy, ashwagandha powder and roast all of them in a pan. Now add 2 to 3 glasses of water and bring it to a boil. Strain this mixture and pour it in a glass or a cup and keep sipping on it. 

3/4 Turmeric Milk

Turmeric Milk

There’s nothing better than a glass of warm milk with some turmeric in it. Turmeric is known for its medicinal properties as well as its antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. You can also add some ginger, Kashmiri kahawa and coarsely ground almonds to this milk. Try to avoid artificial sweetener and use honey instead. 

4/4 Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

Green smoothies usually consist of spinach which is a rich source of numerous vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is rich in vitamin C, folate, calcium and even contains a lot of fibers which is good for our overall health. You can mix some pineapple and lemon juice and maybe even mango for better flavour. Add some almond milk to your smoothie for added benefits. 

Here are some easy home-made immunity drinks that you can enjoy.

Home-made drinks to strengthen your immune system amid the pandemic – more lifestyle

  • July 18, 2020

The ongoing pandemic has changed our eating and drinking habit. People have become more conscious about the fruits and vegetables they have been consuming on a day to day basis. Almost every household kitchen has these immunity-boosting drinks at their disposal. However, something to be kept in mind is that regularly having these drinks can’t prevent you from Covid-19, but can only make your immune system stronger to fight against viruses. Fruits rich in vitamin C and probiotic milk products like yogurt and kefir are all important in building up your immunity. Here are three home-made drinks and their benefits.

1. Kiwi or orange smoothie

To make kiwi or orange smoothie, you need lemon juice, yogurt, cinnamon, ginger, and banana can be optional to add more thickness to the drink. Take all these ingredients, put them in a blender and let it work the magic. Serve it in glass either with some ice.

Benefits

It has probiotics from yogurt, Vitamin C from kiwi or orange, and anti-inflammatory properties from ginger and cinnamon. Don’t forget about the potassium doses we are getting from bananas.

2. Green smoothie

While a lot of you wouldn’t like spinach much but this green smoothie will surely change your perception about it. Take some spinach, mango or pineapple, lemon juice, freshly chopped ginger, and almond milk or yogurt. Use a mixer to blend all the ingredients until it turns into a smoothie. Serve it cold.

Benefits

Spinach gives us the megadoses of vitamin c and antioxidants. It also provides calcium, folate and fiber to help boost immunity and sometimes even fight off the infection. Mango or pineapple gives us that sweet slurp because please, immunity building doesn’t have to taste bad. Lemon adds a squeeze of freshness as well as some extra vitamin C.

3. Turmeric ginger milk with Kashmiri kahwa and almonds

Turmeric has its own benefits like anti inflammatory and anti carcinogen ( fights against cancer) but when paired with ginger and saffron- they together cleans up our lymphatic system which helps in a better immune response by building lymphocytes and antibodies. So mix the kashmiri kahwa with turmeric powder, ginger and some almonds. Honey can be added for sweetness if needed.

Benefits

It has anti-inflammatory properties and rich in antioxidants.

With inputs from Pooja Banga, Director and Nutritionist at Cultivating Health.

How to strengthen your immune system

How to strengthen your immune system

  • July 17, 2020


By: John J. Wernert, M.D., MHA • Posted: July 17, 2020


As the COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease and life moves towards a new reality with face masks, social distancing and other practices, lessons can be learned from our experience during this global pandemic. We all have had to reassess our own health and the lifestyle variables that impact our daily lives. COVID-19 clearly has escalated research into novel infectious diseases and treatment. Perhaps more important to our individual health, it has ushered in a new era of immunity research. Essentially, the coronavirus will, in the end, teach us more about our own health vulnerabilities and the effect of aging on our individual immunity and resistance to disease.

As a geriatrics specialist, I have observed the functional decline in patients that occurs with age. What has become more concerning is the rapid aging of our immune systems in younger patients.

What is immunosenescence?

The term immunosenescence refers to the slow and insidious decline of our immune system and ability to fight off infections and disease. Based on genetic factors and environmental stressors such as trauma, smoking, drug use, etc., our immune cells decline, and our bone marrow becomes exhausted. The result is increased susceptibility to common infections and rising inflammation in the body. Increased body inflammation leads to higher incidence of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Big lifestyle causes of immunosenescence

  • Weight gain
  • Poor diet
  • Lousy sleep
  • Immobility
  • Chronic stress
  • Smoking and excessive alcohol use
  • Overuse of antibiotics

In the new world of COVID-19 restrictions, it is easy to understand that an increased level of unregulated stress can unleash additional chronic inflammation that negatively impacts our brain and body functions. One example we can all understand is the trigger to eat highly processed and fatty foods with an increase of stress. This inflammatory diet leads to weight gain and promotes a poor gut biome, which creates more anxiety and physical unease. This can push you into metabolic syndrome or even Type 2 diabetes, which recharges the negative stress cycle over again. What can we do to break this cycle?

How to strengthen your immune system

  • Self-knowledge: Understand where your health is right now and the factors you can change.
  • Stress management: Learn coping strategies, from anti-stress activities to asking for professional help.
  • Weight management: Obesity is deadly and promotes unhealthy inflammation.
  • Nutrition: Strive for dietary balance and feed the good bacteria in your gut.
  • Vitamins and supplements: Vitamins A, C, D, E and B. along with folic acid, iron, selenium and zinc. are essential for “immunocompetence.”
  • Movement: Skeletal muscle movement releases myokines, which are “immunoprotective.”

We all must learn to be more introspective and regulate our own health. COVID-19 has forced us to pause and reevaluate our lifestyles and health vulnerabilities. Focusing on boosting our immune systems will help us focus on finding something “upstream” from the infection that could impact whether we get sick or can fight off the virus.

Dr. Wernert is a psychiatrist and is executive medical director of Norton Behavioral Medicine.



Monsoon diet: 7 nutrition tips to strengthen your immune system and stay fit

Monsoon diet: 7 nutrition tips to strengthen your immune system and stay fit

  • July 17, 2020

Monsoon diet: 7 nutrition tips to strengthen your immune system and stay fit


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Key Highlights

  • It’s important to steps that can help strengthen your immune system as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and head into monsoon

  • A well-nourished diet and healthy lifestyle can help improve your immunity and reduce your risk of infections

  • Here are some immunity-boosting foods you can eat to help you stay healthy

New Delhi: A strong, well-functioning immune system will help you stay healthy, fight off infections and diseases. It will also help you recover more quickly if you do fall sick. A healthy immune system can reduce your risk of contracting viral infections such as the one caused by the novel coronavirus. Perhaps, as COVID-19 crisis continues to be grave this monsoon, people are looking for ways to improve their immunity, stay healthy and fit.

A healthy lifestyle that includes eating a nutritious diet, staying physically active, practicing good hygiene – such as frequent handwashing, good sleep, stress management – is your first line of defense, which will eventually decrease your risk of contracting viruses, bacteria and other invading pathogens. Talking about nutrition, eating a colourful diet consisting of plenty of fruits and veggies packed full of antioxidants can help strengthen your immune system. So, what should you eat to boost your immunity this monsoon amid the pandemic?

Foods to include in your monsoon diet for strong immune system

The fact is, there’s no specific food that’s been clinically proven to boost the immune system – all on its own. Rather, including a variety of nutrient-dense foods in your diet will ensure that your immune functions are running smoothly.

“The food you are eating can also play a key role to improve your immunity and overall health,” said Ms Arpita Chakraborty, Nutritionist, Apollo Clinic HSR, Bangalore, adding that there are certain methods to improve our immunity which is paramount at this juncture.

She said people over the age of 60 and those with a pre-existing illness like hypertension, diabetic, respiratory issues have lesser immunity, inclreasing their risk of developing complications from infections such as COVID-19. However, you can help to improve your immunity by improving your diet.

Here are some foods you can in your daily diet to strengthen your immunity and keep your system full charged:

  1. Vitamin C: First and most important is vitamin C (found in fruits like oranges, grapes, bananas, carrots, apples, gooseberries) that we all know will help to boost our immunity and prevent common colds. This vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant and can help reduce severe infection, including sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome.
  2. More fruits and veggies: Consume more fruits and green vegetables which are rich in beta-carotene, ascorbic acid, iron. Mushroom, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, tomato are good options to build resistance in the body against infection.
  3. Herbs: There are several herbs like garlic, ginger, basil leaves, etc, which can help boost your immunity. Garlic contains allicin which helps to fight against germs and boost the immune system. You can add it to your soup and curries. Anti-inflammatory gingerols and shogaols in ginger will help to relieve sore throat and also act against rhinovirus which causes cold in the first place. Add in your tea to warm up on a cold day.
  4. Healthy fats: You can also have omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids by eating foods flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, nuts and fish which may help to boost the immune system by enhancing the functioning of immune cells.
  5. Low-carb-diet: Eating a low carb diet can help control high blood sugar and pressure.
  6. Probiotics: Include yogurt and curd in your diet as probiotics promote the production of natural antibodies in the body. They also boost immune cell-like IgA-producing cell, T lymphocytes and natural killer cells.
  7. Iron: Add iron-rich foods (dry fruits, banana, liver, honey) to your daily diet which play an important role in immune cell proliferation and maturation, particularly lymphocyte associated with the generation of a specific response to infection.

A nutritious diet and an optimally functioning immune system can never go wrong. If you have a healthy immune system, your body can safeguard you from any disease even against coronavirus infection. The good news is, everything you need to try and improve your immunity is all within your reach. So, try to consume these foods and vitamins to develop strong immunity and, in turn, fight against infectious diseases and stay home to beat coronavirus.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

7 tips to help strengthen your child’s immune system

7 tips to help strengthen your child’s immune system [Video]

  • July 7, 2020

Kids’ health is a topic that’s important to all parents, especially during the current coronavirus pandemic. While families are taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it may be the right time to educate children on healthy eating and routines. 

Dr. Taz Bhatia, an immune support and wellness physician, offers some foods and habits that can help strengthen your kid’s immune system.

1. Add foods high in vitamin C

Fruits like oranges are rich in vitamin C and help strengthen the immune system. (Photo: Getty Images)
Fruits like oranges are rich in vitamin C and help strengthen the immune system. (Photo: Getty Images)

Citrus fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C like oranges, grapefruits and beets support and help build a strong immune system. “With children, we really want them to get their vitamins through food, so the earlier you can establish some of these healthy eating habits, the better for their overall health,” Bhatia says.

2. Make chicken soup a year-round option

Chicken soup produces collagen that helps keep skin, hair and bones strong. (Photo: Getty Images)
Chicken soup produces collagen that helps keep skin, hair and bones strong. (Photo: Getty Images)

Another immune-supporting food for kids is chicken soup. It isn’t just an option when children are sick. “It’s a great food to bring in maybe a couple of times a week to keep the immune system primed and supportive,” she explains. Chicken soup produces collagen that helps keep skin, hair and bones strong. It also has antiviral and antibacterial properties.

3. Lower sugar intake

Too much sugar can trigger inflammation that can cause a variety of illnesses. (Photo: Getty Images)
Too much sugar can trigger inflammation that can cause a variety of illnesses. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pay attention to how much and where the sugar is coming from. Keep an eye on packaged items, juices and natural sugar versus refined sugar in food. Is your child having multiple sweat treats in one day? If so, it may be time to dial back. “The more we can lower sugar, the healthier they will be,” says Bhatia.

4. Incorporate essential oils

Essential oils can help fight off viruses and thin down mucus. (Photo: Getty Images)
Essential oils can help fight off viruses and thin down mucus. (Photo: Getty Images)

Aromatherapy can help boost moods and ease stress. Essential oils like rosemary, eucalyptus and tea tree oil have antiviral and antibacterial properties that can help fight off viruses and bacteria. Bhatia suggests rubbing the oils on kids’ wrists or on the sides of their nose, diffusing it or steaming with it to help get all the therapeutic benefits.

5. Make sure they get enough sleep

Most children need about 10 hours of sleep a night. (Photo: Getty Images)
Most children need about 10 hours of sleep a night. (Photo: Getty Images)

Along with establishing a consistent bedtime routine, Bhatia recommends 10 hours of continuous sleep. “And even those teenagers and adolescents, they shouldn’t be skipping below 10,” she says. Sleep is directly associated with your child’s behavior, eating habits and ability to fight off infections. Lack of sleep increases cravings for junk food and often results in mood swings, temper tantrums and greater risk for infections.

6. Encourage daily exercise

A daily dose of exercise helps support the immune system. (Photo: Getty Images)
A daily dose of exercise helps support the immune system. (Photo: Getty Images)

Getting at least 60 minutes of exercise a day will help your child sleep better and is associated with fewer infections and improved behavior. “We know when they’re running around, it also helps produce chemicals that support the immune system rather than fight against it,” Bhatia explains.

7. Teach proper handwashing

Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. (Photo: Getty Images)
Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. (Photo: Getty Images)

Teaching children to wash their hands has now more than ever become so important. Handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. Bhatia emphasizes the importance of washing hands before meals, after using the bathroom, after touching or playing with pets and animals, as well as after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

For the latest coronavirus news and updates, follow along at https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus. According to experts, people over 60 and those who are immunocompromised continue to be the most at risk. If you have questions, please reference the CDC’s and WHO’s resource guides. 

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7 tips to help strengthen your child’s immune system

7 tips to help strengthen your child’s immune system

  • July 7, 2020

Kids’ health is a topic that’s important to all parents, especially during the current coronavirus pandemic. While families are taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it may be the right time to educate children on healthy eating and routines. 

Dr. Taz Bhatia, an immune support and wellness physician, offers some foods and habits that can help strengthen your kid’s immune system.

1. Add foods high in vitamin C

Fruits like oranges are rich in vitamin C and help strengthen the immune system. (Photo: Getty Images)
Fruits like oranges are rich in vitamin C and help strengthen the immune system. (Photo: Getty Images)

Citrus fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C like oranges, grapefruits and beets support and help build a strong immune system. “With children, we really want them to get their vitamins through food, so the earlier you can establish some of these healthy eating habits, the better for their overall health,” Bhatia says.

2. Make chicken soup a year-round option

Chicken soup produces collagen that helps keep skin, hair and bones strong. (Photo: Getty Images)
Chicken soup produces collagen that helps keep skin, hair and bones strong. (Photo: Getty Images)

Another immune-supporting food for kids is chicken soup. It isn’t just an option when children are sick. “It’s a great food to bring in maybe a couple of times a week to keep the immune system primed and supportive,” she explains. Chicken soup produces collagen that helps keep skin, hair and bones strong. It also has antiviral and antibacterial properties.

3. Lower sugar intake

Too much sugar can trigger inflammation that can cause a variety of illnesses. (Photo: Getty Images)
Too much sugar can trigger inflammation that can cause a variety of illnesses. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pay attention to how much and where the sugar is coming from. Keep an eye on packaged items, juices and natural sugar versus refined sugar in food. Is your child having multiple sweat treats in one day? If so, it may be time to dial back. “The more we can lower sugar, the healthier they will be,” says Bhatia.

4. Incorporate essential oils

Essential oils can help fight off viruses and thin down mucus. (Photo: Getty Images)
Essential oils can help fight off viruses and thin down mucus. (Photo: Getty Images)

Aromatherapy can help boost moods and ease stress. Essential oils like rosemary, eucalyptus and tea tree oil have antiviral and antibacterial properties that can help fight off viruses and bacteria. Bhatia suggests rubbing the oils on kids’ wrists or on the sides of their nose, diffusing it or steaming with it to help get all the therapeutic benefits.

5. Make sure they get enough sleep

Most children need about 10 hours of sleep a night. (Photo: Getty Images)
Most children need about 10 hours of sleep a night. (Photo: Getty Images)

Along with establishing a consistent bedtime routine, Bhatia recommends 10 hours of continuous sleep. “And even those teenagers and adolescents, they shouldn’t be skipping below 10,” she says. Sleep is directly associated with your child’s behavior, eating habits and ability to fight off infections. Lack of sleep increases cravings for junk food and often results in mood swings, temper tantrums and greater risk for infections.

6. Encourage daily exercise

A daily dose of exercise helps support the immune system. (Photo: Getty Images)
A daily dose of exercise helps support the immune system. (Photo: Getty Images)

Getting at least 60 minutes of exercise a day will help your child sleep better and is associated with fewer infections and improved behavior. “We know when they’re running around, it also helps produce chemicals that support the immune system rather than fight against it,” Bhatia explains.

7. Teach proper handwashing

Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. (Photo: Getty Images)
Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. (Photo: Getty Images)

Teaching children to wash their hands has now more than ever become so important. Handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. Bhatia emphasizes the importance of washing hands before meals, after using the bathroom, after touching or playing with pets and animals, as well as after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

For the latest coronavirus news and updates, follow along at https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus. According to experts, people over 60 and those who are immunocompromised continue to be the most at risk. If you have questions, please reference the CDC’s and WHO’s resource guides. 

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Strengthen and Protect Your Immune System with Kambo

  • July 4, 2020

(MENAFN – Costa Rica News)
phyllomedusa bicolor What is kambo?

Kambo , also called sapo or ‘frog poison’,

is a natural non-psychedelic medicine made from the secretions of the giant monkey tree frog ( phyllomedusa bicolor ) and is used to treat a variety of ailments.

It is best known for its natural antibiotic ,

anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties but is also used to address infections, depression, blood circulation, to relieve pain and to boost the immune system.

It acts a strong detoxification process and helps clear the body of energy blockages. Its use originated in the northwestern amazon in columbia, brazil and peru but kambo use has been growing in popularity in the west alongside other ancient medicines such as ayahuasca and iboga.

​Kambo is an excellent way to prepare the mind and body for the effects of ayahuasca.

It is said the purging process experienced during kambo can help reduce the amount of purging in the ayahuasca ceremonies. It also helps clear the energy and prepare the mind for the psychological effects of ayahuasca.

The connection between kambo and ayahuasca is special – being that the spirit of ayahuasca is what, according to legend, brought about the knowledge of kambo use and its incredible benefits.

The Legend

The origins of kambo discovery and use

There are many legends about the origins of kambo use, but the most widely accepted story comes from brazil.

According to kaxinawa legend, the local village fell dangerously ill to an unknown disease. The village shaman, kampu, tried every known medicinal herb and remedy to cure them but none were effective in providing relief from their illness.

In desperation kampu sought guidance from the medicine ayahuasca. While in the forest and under the guidance of the sacred medicine, he was visited by the great spirit who presented him with the frog and gave him the knowledge to cure his village. The divine spirit then taught him how to extract a white secretion and apply it to his village.

Kampu returned and did as he was instructed, curing his village of their ailment. After kampu’s death, it is said his spirit entered the frog and remains there today to help aid and protect the people of the forest.

​​​Kambo continues to be used through the Amazon to aid in overall health, strength and immunity.

The hunters of the village often use kambo before the hunt because of kambo’s ability to heighten eyesight, hearing, and strength which all lead to a more keen ability to located prey. It is used to cleanse the body of many illnesses –especially those specific to the region such as malaria and certain insect bites.

Application

Kambo is applied to superficial burns to the skin. The burns are made using a small stick to the top layer of the skin on the shoulder.

Cold water is applied and the top layer of burnt skin is removed to expose the deeper layer underneath.

The kambo is then applied in ‘points’ to the burns. How many points you will receive is determined by the practitioner but generally, 2-5 points are applied.

New life  ayahuasca , we start off with 1 point to see how each individual reacts to the medicine and gauge the level o through out the entire process which lasts around 20-30 minutes.

Effects

Physical and emotional responses to kambo

Kambo has a very strong on the body both physically and energetically.

​The effects can be felt immediately after all the points are applied, usually within 30 seconds to 2 minutes. The first physical sensation is typically heated at the application site which will spread throughout the body. The face will get flushed and some participants experience a slight swelling of through throat, lips, and face.

Often a tingly, electric or pins and needles sensation can be felt in the hands and feet. Pressure will be felt on the body as if gravity has been turned up, but it is important not to collapse and to remain seated upright with the spine and neck aligned.

A change in hearing and a feeling of pressure on the head can be felt, and all these symptoms together will lead to a feeling of nausea – this is where the purge begins.

​The stomach will be full of water and ready for the purge. The vomiting usually begins within 5 minutes of the points being applied. The vomiting can be quite difficult, often making breathing restricted and difficult.

This is all normal and will pass. Some people may feel the need to go to the bathroom, this is normal and another way the medicine may make you purge.

Get up slowly, kambo can make the blood pressure drop and cause you to become lightheaded and dizzy. The cycle of purging will continue until the effects of the medicine subside and the body no longer has the desire to eliminate. The whole process will last about 20-30 minutes.

Our practitioner will determine when it is okay for the medicine to come off and will ask that you stay sitting upright for about 5 additional minutes while the kambo finishes working in your body. From there, you may lay down, eat, have some tea or whatever feels good. The rest of the day is usually pretty low energy and spent relaxing.

Purging

Kambo is a purging process – physically and emotionally. Most often it is in the form of vomiting, but can also come by diarrhea, sweating, crying, laughing, moaning and yelling. All of these things are encouraged. The purge is about the release. Physical release -cleansing of the liver, stomach, intestines, and stimulation of the endocrine glands . Emotional release – letting go of emotions, removal of energy blockages, and realignment of the chakras and meridians of the body.

​Benefits

Most people report heightened senses – sight, smell, taste, touch – and extreme clarity and calmness of mind. The effects on the body are total detoxification and cleansing, stimulation of the endocrine glands, and boosted energy/endurance. Psychological benefits include a sense of peace, an absence of depression and agitation, and energy re-alignment.

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There are also deep cleansing effects for the physical body as well. Kambo cleanses the liver, blood, lymphatic system, kidneys and more. It is considered one of the strongest natural medicines to strengthen the immune system. The medical benefits of kambo are extensive and very impressive. However, beyond the data and research gathered from studies and labs, I can vouch for witnessing real-life healing and transformation. I have seen people first hand freed from addictions, depression, apathy, pain, allergies, hormonal disorders, nervous disorders, immune deficiencies, cancer, unhealthy and abusive relationships, digestive problems and much more.

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