Staying Healthy: How to NOT GET SICK this Cold & Flu Season

stock-footage-young-child-and-mother-bundled-up-in-winter-gear-walk-in-snow-storm-in-portland-oregonWith a growing chill in the morning air and children heading back to school, we know the cold & flu season is upon us. If you’re serious about staying healthy this fall and winter, then heed these common sense reminders and pearls of traditional wisdom:

1. Wash Hands. As every health practitioner knows, this is the #1 way to avoid passing around disease-causing germs. Use soap, and do it regularly, especially if you are around children or other family members who have already caught a cold.

2. Keep covered from the wind. An old Chinese adage states that, “Wind is the cause of 100 diseases.” Exposure to wind and cold challenges the body to defend itself against airborne diseases, such as viruses. Be sure to keep the body warm and the head and neck covered with adequate clothing while enjoying time outdoors.

3. Get enough sleep. Obvious, right? But it can be a challenge for many reasons. Make it a priority to get around 8 hours of good quality sleep to keep your immune system at its best.

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Lyme Disease Treatment: Considerations & Alternatives: Part I, On the Use of Antibiotics

antibiotic lyme disease treatmentThis article will primarily focus on how to treat Lyme with herbs and supplements (Part II), and discuss some of the issues with taking antibiotics (Part I), as treatment of Lyme sometimes involves protracted courses of antibiotics. From the perspective of natural medicine, there is often a better way to treat bacterial infections than taking antibiotics. Typically this involves taking a formulation of herbs that has antibiotic medicinals combined with those that promote the body’s response to the infection (for example, they promote sweating), as well as herbs to strengthen the immune system, engender fluids, and clear heat so that the fever does not damage body tissues (all of this hastens and ensures a complete recovery). This way, you avoid the problems of latency, bacterial resistance and re-growth that are associated with pharmaceutical antibiotic treatment.

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Making Medicinal Broths

dsc_9744Medicinal Broths are perhaps the quintessential “food as medicine.” They can be used in detox regimens, to heal everything from the common cold to cancer, and as a delicious and fortifying part of your daily meals. Broths excel at nutrient extraction, then provide these nutrients in an readily absorbable form, which is what makes broth an ideal food for convalescence, post-partum, and chronic digestive system weakness. Want to forego taking all of those expensive vitamins? Drink a bowl of broth instead. There are a zillion potential recipes for broth, so we’re going to focus on the skeleton, the structure whereby great broth is formed, and leave the specifics to the spontaneous creative forces at work in your kitchen, including the season, what’s on hand, what needs healing, and your instincts. Our take is to follow a few basic rules, keep it simple, and experiment with different food, herb and spice combinations, never making the same broth twice.

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Welcome to the Glass Belly Health blog

glass belly health blog

This blog will explore ways in which we can keep ourselves healthy and treat disease NATURALLY. It will delve into the health issues of our times and offer tools and information to keep you empowered in making smart choices for you and your loved ones.

What’s a glass belly you ask?
To answer that we must turn to the ancient legend of China’s Divine Farmer, Shen Nong. He invented the tools and skills of agriculture, including the plow and controlled burning of forest underbrush. Shen Nong was part god, part man and so possessed a glass belly. He ate from all the plants, discerning which made good foods, which were poisonous, and which were effective medicines for different diseases. As he tasted them, he looked inside himself via his glass belly and saw the effects that each plant was having on his body’s health. He wrote his findings down by firelight at night, and compiled them into the first Chinese herbal materia medica which classifies and details the usage of over 400 medicinal substances.

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