The transition from fall to winter is here, so it is time to prepare the body for the changes to come.
This is the time when you see folks lining up for the flu shot with the good intentions of protecting themselves from the annoying health issues that the winter season brings. Most people seem to forget that we have a built-in protection system, which if nourished in the proper way, will do a mighty fine job at protecting us from the ills that ‘old man winter’ brings.
That system is called the immune system. With proper care and nourishment, your immune system will respond in a very healthy manner to keep you strong. In order for your immune system to work you must keep a clear path so the body can work at optimal levels.
Here are some common questions I regularly receive about strengthening an immune system response.
Q: What do you mean when you speak of a “healthy” immune system response?
A: When an outside influence invades the body, our immune system’s job is to defend us and destroy what is attempting to bring harm to us.
A cold or flu is a wonderful example of an external influence attacking our system. Usually, once you have been infected, within 8 hours you will really begin to feel the effects of a cold. It first begins with a fever and chills and then over the next 24 hours the effects may progress. Everything that we consider to be symptoms (fever, chills, coughing, sneezing and vomiting) are actually a healthy immune system response.
The reason a fever is the first thing that hits us is because our immune system kicks in right away. A fever is your immune system’s first defense in destroying that issue because it often can’t survive in a high temp environment. In the western world, the first thing we do is take a fever-reducer instead of nourishing that fever. This act alone can set you back days from getting well. The coughing, sneezing, vomiting are all healthy immune system responses as well. They are all simple ways our body expels what it does not want in order to get us well faster. All the medicines the average person takes is nothing more than an attempt to comfort ourselves during this hard time. All this does is simply suppress the body’s ability to do its job correctly. The best thing we can do is to nourish and support the immune system which encourages a stronger healing response. In the end, you get well much faster with a stronger immune system for all of your trials and tribulations.
Q: How does detoxification relate to the immune system?
A: I am going to give you the short and simple answer. If you were driving from NY to Florida and the road you were taking had 20 unknown roadblocks, what do you think the chances are of keeping a scheduled arrival time? If all of your elimination channels (bowels, kidneys, liver, gallbladder and blood stream) are blocked, your body’s ability to have a healthy and efficient healing response is going to be greatly impaired. Therefore, supporting the elimination channels is in fact the first line of defense, to keep the body strong to do its job.
Z Natural foods prepares two amazing whole foods mixes called green power and super fusion. These nourishing whole food formula make your winter preparation fun and easy.
Q: What is the difference between green power and fusion?
A: Green power is more of a nourishing and a detoxification support formula. This formula encourages elimination while giving the body the nourishment it needs. Fusion is more of a supportive formula as it is based on mostly adaptogen and tonic herbs and foods. Because of the tonics and adaptogens found in this formula, the body is getting the nourishment it needs to support a healthy stress response. This healthy stress response in turn supports a healthy immune system response.
Q: With regards to super fusion and green power, why would I use one of these formula over the other, and, can you use them together?
A: This is very simple, your choice is based on your desired end result. If your desired goal is to simply give your body more simple nourishing foods and encourage elimination, then the Green Power Organic SuperGreens Blend is the way to go. If your desire is to give your body a higher level of support during times of stress, then the adaptogen and tonic foods and herbs found in the Ultimate Superfood Fusion Blend Powder are the way to go.
Yes, you can use them together, but, I would not necessarily encourage you to do so. I would pick the best formula based on your goals and play around with amounts until you have reached your desired results. Ultimately though, you want to support and nourish the body to do its job most effectively.
Q: What is unique or special about Ultimate Fusion and Green Power compared to other formulas of the like?
A: There are several factors that make these simple formulas stand-out compared to most other products. First, we make both of these formulas in-house. Therefore, we know exactly what is going into the products and we have total quality control. Second, with the exception of the sweetener (stevia), all ingredients are in equal parts. Third, many other formulas may put in 30, 40 or even 50 ingredients to make you think you are getting something better. We keep it simple and clean. Finally, we source every individual ingredient so we know exactly what is going into our products.
Detoxification and nourishment have been the longest-standing and most effective methods of supporting the human healing process. Considering the whole body and keeping it simple always wins the race.
About Michael Stuchiner
Michael Stuchiner is an experienced Master Herbalist, the Head of Education for Z Natural Foods, a teacher and an accomplished author. With a 16-year specialization in medicinal herbs, Mike also has a vast knowledge in tonic and adaptogenic herbalism. Mike has enjoyed a 25-year career as an elite-level competitive powerlifter where he learned to heal his ‘mind and body’ as an avid user of herbal remedies.
As an “in-the-trenches” herbalist, Mike has done more than 85 speaking engagements, consulted with clients ranging from young to elderly, worked with athletes in virtually all sports and with clients who have “dis-ease” states of a wide variety. Mike also mentors student Master Herbalists and will continue to teach the next generation to grow a deeper wisdom of the human body through appropriate herbal remedies.
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