1. This Superfood REVERSES Aging

    If you love mushrooms, you’ve got lots of company. After all, mushrooms taste good… and they’re great for perking up a pizza or sassing up your salad.
    But mushrooms have also treated more patients for disease than you might believe.
    And the reason is simple – mushrooms learn to survive in some pretty tough environments.
    That means they develop specific nutrients that can fight bacteria, viruses, toxins, and even cancer.
    So when we eat mushrooms, we get the benefits of those nutrients.
    In fact, mushrooms may be one of the greatest anti-aging superfoods on the planet.
    But here’s the trick – you need to make sure you’re getting the right kinds.
    Two of the most powerful nutrients in mushrooms have been studied extensively: ergothioneine and glutathione.
    Ergothioneine was discovered over a century ago. But it was ignored until recent studies showed that it acts as a powerful antioxidant in our bodies.
    That means it hunts down and neutralizes the free radicals that trigger early aging and disease.
    Glutathione is better known as a master antioxidant. It’s been shown to lower your risk of everything from cancer to Alzheimer’s.
    And the best source of these powerful nutrients? Mushrooms.
    A research paper, published by the Penn State Center for Plant and Mushroom Products for the health journal, Food Chemistry, described the benefits of mushrooms. Researchers found that white button mushrooms – like the ones you can find in your local grocery store – contain low levels of the two antioxidants, but they’re still higher than those found in most other foods.
    The best mushrooms for antioxidant power are Chaga, Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Maitake, Turkey Tail, and Shiitake. These mushrooms used to be hard to find, but now most grocery stores carry them.
    Portabella mushrooms (which are common) have about the same ergothioneine and glutathione as white button mushrooms.
    And along with adding mushrooms to your diet, you can super-charge your anti-aging program with these other great tips:
    The Super Antioxidant and Anti-Aging Program:
    • Get 1000-3000 IU of vitamin D every day. Especially in winter, you need to supplement every day.
    • Exercise. Getting enough exercise not only boosts your anti-aging program, but if you do it outside, you get more sunshine – and that helps your body produce its own vitamin D.
    • Eat your way to health. Along with mushrooms, eat lots of veggies and fruits – the more colorful the better.
    • Take anti-aging nutrients. Alpha-lipoic acid, CoQ10, and astaxanthin are powerful antioxidants and anti-aging nutrients.
    • Keep your blood sugar under control. One of the other reasons we age fast is because of out-of-control blood sugar. Use the mineral chromium and the herbal extract berberine to help keep your blood sugar under control.
    • Make sure you have enough nutrients to support your whole body. This usually means taking a multivitamin to make up for the nutrients you’re not getting.

  2. Surviving cold and flu season 101

    This week I've got some more advice about arming yourself against winter's worst viruses and bacteria. In addition to vitamin D and probiotics, there are quite a few things you can do to protect yourself winter during cold and flu season.

    First off, make vitamin C part of your daily regimen. It's a powerful detoxifier that also stimulates our immune system. But here's what most people don‘t realize about vitamin C: It doesn't work a lick once you've got a cold. So taking a few extra tabs once you‘ve got the sniffles isn't going to help you much. On the other hand, it works magnificently for the prevention of colds. So take it daily while you‘re healthy and you'll stay that way during this cold and flu season.

    Also, it's important to remember that vitamin C only stays in your body for a few hours at a time. So you've got to take it a few times throughout the day during cold and flu season. For basic cold prevention, take 1,000 mg two to three times a day. If you're under any type of stress -- physical or emotional -- you may want to go for more.

    Secondly, like vitamin C -- take the herb Echinacea daily to prevent catching a cold in the first place. It doesn't work well once you've caught a cold. In fact, a few years back, scientists found that taking Echinacea and vitamin C together can reduce your risk of catching a cold by a whopping 86 percent!

    Thirdly, at the height of cold and flu season, for some extra immune system support add some EpiCor, Beta 1,3 Glucan, and Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) to the mix. EpiCor is 100 percent natural and helps to balance your immune system. Beta 1,3 Glucan is a natural polysaccharide that activates your white blood cells. And last but not least, ALA is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body to absorb nutrients from the food you eat.

    Home remedies that work

    I‘m also a big believer in saltwater gargles. Most folks know that it can help relieve a sore throat. But did you know that rinsing with saltwater could even block you from catching a cold in the first place? A few years back, that‘s exactly what scientists discovered!

    They recruited 400 healthy volunteers to see if saltwater rinses could actually prevent colds. Half of the volunteers rinsed with salt water every day for 60 days during cold and flu season. The other half did nothing.

    Scientists found that the volunteers who gargled regularly caught 40 percent fewer upper respiratory tract infections compared to the non-garglers. Plus, when they did get sick, they got over it faster.

    Saltwater is effective against the common cold because it kills the bacteria in your throat, tonsils, and adenoids. I usually recommend dissolving half a teaspoon of salt in a glass full of warm water. Gargle for a minute or so before spitting it out. This will also help kill off bacteria that cause bad breath, so I gargle in the morning, after brushing and flossing my teeth.

    What should you take once you get a cold?

    Should you catch a bug this cold and flu season, there are a few things to do to get over it quicker. First off, here‘s the obvious: Lots of fluids and rest. Secondly, take a 13 mg zinc lozenge five or six times a day during your cold.

    Zinc is an essential mineral that plays a role in your immune health. And while most research is mixed as to whether or not it can prevent a cold, one fact about zinc is quite clear. It can help you get over your cold faster!

    In 2008 scientists found that men and women who took a zinc lozenge every few hours within the first 24 hours of developing a cold got over the bug faster. In fact, their colds only last half as long as the control group who took a placebo. Plus, their coughs lasted for two days instead of five. And their noses only ran for three days, instead of four and a half.

    This cold and flu season just be careful about which kind of lozenge you buy. Find one that contains zinc acetate. Your body will absorb this kind the best. Also, avoid lozenges that contain citric acid or other flavorings. These added flavors block zinc‘s natural ability to boost your immune system and may actually make things worse.

    Also, long-term use of zinc is not safe. This can lead to a copper deficiency. So just make sure to stop the lozenges after you kick your cold.

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