Boost Your Immune System Naturally to Prevent Colds and Flu

We all want to be protected during the cold and flu season, and many turn to vaccinations. This gives limited protection and have side effects that can have lifelong consequences. Vaccines are typically targeted for 3-4 viruses (which it can miss) and misses virtually all other viruses. News reports as of January 14, 2020 state that this year’s flu vaccine is not a “not a very good match” for a common strain of the flu that is particularly hard on children, according to the nation’s top infectious disease doctor.

See CNN News Story: https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/14/health/flu-vaccine-match/index.html

Our Immune Boosting Protocol at Renovare Includes:

Addressing biofilms in the body. What is a biofilm? It is a slimy coating that bacteria spit out in order to protect themselves from detection of the immune system and also to stop any antibiotics or any fungus from getting in and breaking them up. We use products such as Biocidin which attacks biofilms from a different way that prevents them from them from adhering to our cells.

Vitamin D, at high therapeutic levels, is safe and effective at dramatically boosting your natural production of over 250 Antimicrobial Peptides (AMP’s). These “natural antibiotics” are highly effective against most cold or flu viruses and bacterial infections – as long as your immune system is responsive.

To support your immune response:

  • Avoid all refined sweeteners and sugar for at least 24 hours.
  • Get plenty of sleep and rest.
  • Start the Vitamin D “burst” described below at first sign of getting sick.

Step 1: Vitamin D Boost – one option below

□   Take five (5) D-3 5000 per meal, 3x a day for 3-5 days. (Total 15/day)

□   Take (3-5) Vitamin K-2 Pro per meal, 3x a day for 3-5 days. (Total 9-15/day)

□   Take five (5) Vitamin K2-D3 Pro per meal, 3x a day for 3-5 days. (Total 15/day)

□   Take 25 drops D3 Liquid 3 x a day for 3-5 days. (total 75/day)

Step 2: After 3-5 days: Return to the dosage your doctor recommended for maintenance.

Step 3: Add – One or More of the following:

□    Immune Power Boost Pro 2/meal & 1-2 upon rising and 1-2 before bed until all symptoms have been gone for 3 days.

□   10+ Drops Bio AE Mulsion 3x daily for further immune boost. Do not use if pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant.

□   Biocidin: 1   2   3   drops or sprays   2x / 3x/day

□   Vitality C: 1 scoop   2x  / 3x / 4x  / day in water

 

 

EASY VEGAN EGGNOG

Recipe from www.MinimalistBaker.com

Eggnog is traditionally made from milk, egg, and sugar. Try this version that is made with dairy free milks and sweetened with maple syrup but you can try using coconut sugar or stevia.

Incredibly rich, creamy vegan eggnog that’s easy to make and perfect for the holidays! Naturally sweetened, 6 ingredients, 1 blender required!

Author: Minimalist Baker
PREP TIME10 minutes
TOTAL TIME10 minutes
Servings: 11 (1/2-cup servings)
Category: Beverage
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 4-5 Days

Ingredients

EGGNOG

  • 3 cups dairy-free milk (preferably homemade // we love a cashew-almond blend — see instructions)
  • 1 14-oz can full-fat coconut milk (use light for lighter eggnog)
  • 46 Tbsp maple syrup, plus more to taste (substitute up to half with coconut sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, plus more to taste
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom (optional)

FOR SERVING optional

Instructions

  1. Optional: If making your own dairy-free milk, soak nuts of choice overnight in cool water or cover with hot water and soak for 1 hour. Then drain, rinse well, and add to a high speed blender along with desired amount of filtered water (for a creamier milk, we went with 3/4 cup (90 g) raw soaked cashews, 3/4 cup (95 g) raw soaked almonds, and 4 cups (946 ml) water as the recipe is written; adjust amounts as needed if adjusting serving size). Strain through a nut milk bag and set aside.

  2. To a high-speed blender, add 3 cups (710 ml) dairy-free milk (as recipe is written, adjust amounts as needed if adjusting serving size), coconut milk, maple syrup (starting with the lesser amount), cinnamon, ground nutmeg, vanilla extract, and cardamom (optional).

  3. Blend on high until creamy and smooth — 1-2 minutes. Then taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more spices for warmth or maple syrup for sweetness.

  4. For serving, enjoy cold, over ice, or hot by heating over medium heat until warm (we prefer chilled, no ice). Serve as is or with coconut whipped cream and a pinch more cinnamon or nutmeg.

  5. Transfer remaining eggnog to a jar for storing. Leftovers should keep in the refrigerator up to 4-5 days. Or freeze into ice cubes and store up to 1 month. Shake well before serving — a little separation is natural.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with unfortified cashew milk, the lesser amount of maple syrup, and without optional ingredients.
*Prep time does not include making dairy-free milk. If making your own dairy-free milk, allow time for soaking, draining, and mixing.
*We also had success using this eggnog (bourbon / alcohol omitted) as a base for Golden Milk and our Matcha Latte. Because it’s thicker than your average dairy-free milk, we recommend slightly diluting with water for best results.

 

 

Box Breathing or Navy Seal Breathing Technique

Box Breathing is a deep breathing technique that can provide almost an immediate sense of calm and lower blood pressure. This exercise may also clear the mind, relax the body and improve focus. Although we think of breathing as part of our involuntary mechanisms in our body, it can shift to a controlled, voluntary system.

This box breathing technique is used by yogis, Navy Seals, police, first responders, and high performance athletes to calm the breath and focus the mind because it is such a powerful stress reliever.

Breathing exercises help the nervous system and heart. The breathing increases oxygen to the brain, spinal cord and nerves, giving them more nourishment. This in turn reduces the amount of work the heart has to do by increasing circulation and making the lungs more efficient.

Breathing exercises can assist in releasing toxins from the body, along with many other benefits. For more information visit: https://unbeatablemind.com/7-tangible-benefits-of-breathing-exercises/

How to Practice Box Breathing

Relax your body and do the following:

  • Let out all of the air in your lungs to the count of four.
  • Keep your lungs empty for a count of four.
  • Inhale for a count of four.
  • Keep your lungs full for a count of four.

If you prefer, you may use the Breath Pacer below from Quietfit to help pace your breathing.

Breath Pacer from Quietkit.com

For More information on Breathing Techniques and Box Breathing Visit: https://www.verywellmind.com/the-benefits-and-steps-of-box-breathing-4159900

Watch the video below

VITAMIN K2-7 – THE LITTLE KNOWN VITAMIN WITH A LARGE IMPACT

Vitamin K2-7 – the little known vitamin with a large impact

Vitamin K2 (MK7 version) (also called Menaquinone or MK7 ) is a vitamin produced by intestinal bacteria and also derived from natto and other fermented cheeses.

Heart disease, various forms of cancer, diabetes, muscle spasms, neuropathy, neurodegenerative diseases, bone fractures, etc, all seem to be linked to a deficiency of Vitamin K2 (MK7) The Western diet is almost completely absent of Vitamin K2 (MK7)

Three key areas that need K2 (MK7)

  1. Liver: K2 activates the clotting factors to facilitate the clotting cascade can then develop a formal blood clot.
  2. Bone – K2 activates a protein called osteocalcin. This protein puts calcium on the bones and requires K2 for the activation of that process.
  3. Soft Tissue Calcification: Vitamin K2 activates a protein called “matrix Gla protein” which prevents calcium deposits in the body in and removes it from soft tissues such as the inner walls of the arteries. Once this supply of K2 is exhausted, the body can no longer remove calcium from the body and calcification occurs.

 

Let’s visit these areas in more detail.
  1. The Liver: Top-Priority in Vitamin K2 Utilization

When Vitamin K2-7 is consumed, it is absorbed through the intestinal lining and pulled up through a portal vein directly to the liver. The liver takes first priority in Vitamin K2 utilization.  If the body is Vitamin K2 deficient, it won’t perform the important clotting cascade. If this occurs, a person could die from a simple cut or internal bleeding. The Vitamin K2 that the liver doesn’t use is then sent outside the liver to utilize in other tissues.

It is important to note that since the liver uses Vitamin K2- 7 first, if a person has depletion of Vitamin K2-7– it doesn’t usually show up in the liver. These deficiencies will usually be found in other tissues and organs such as:  bones, cartilage, arteries, muscles, nerves, brain and heart

  1. Vitamin K2 and Bone health

Many of us think about Vitamin D as the essential vitamin for bone health, but it is only part of the true picture. Vitamin D3 stimulates bone building osteoblastic cells that release a bone building protein called osteocalcin. Osteocalcin starts in an inactive form called Glu Osteocalcin. Vitamin K2-7 is what actually activates osteocalcin. The active osteocalcin, called Gla Osteocalcin, then takes the calcium and basically adheres it on the bone. Vitamin K2 is critical to assist in developing bone and calcification of bone in the appropriate way.

Vitamin K2 also reduces a process called bone resorption. The body looks to bone to grab calcium to use in other things like nerve conduction, muscle contraction, etc. Vitamin K2 helps slow down this process of bone resorption which is typically at a quick or high rate in most people so tend to lose more bone then they build. If this occurs too quickly, weak bones are created.

  1. Soft Tissues and calcium removal

There is a protein formed known as “Matrix GLA Protein” that is the only known mechanism to remove calcium from soft tissues in the body such as the inner walls of the arteries. Calcium is an inert, hard mineral that gets into the circulatory system and if it is not properly directed it actually gets embedded into your tissue. Vitamin K2 activates this Gla protein so that it can actually undo this calcification. If Vitamin K2 is depleted, calcification of soft tissue can occur.

Areas where calcification can form are:

  • small and large arteries
  • heart valves
  • brain, where it’s known as cranial calcification
  • joints and tendons, such as knee joints and rotator cuff tendons
  • soft tissues like breasts, muscles, and fat
  • kidney, bladder, and gallbladder
Key Products we carry at Renovare that support Vitamin K2-7

 

Information from Kiran Krishnan – Chief Science Officer of Microbiome Labs, Vitamin K2 Presentation.

Pictures from Kiran Krishnan Presentation

https://www.healthline.com/health/calcification#types

Nitric Oxide: Controller of Wellness

Nitric oxide is a critical signaling or messenger molecule. In fact, it is one of the components that will determine how long you are going to live. NO is linked to heart health and sexual health. Nitric oxide is critical to healthy blood flow to the brain, brain health, formation of new synapses in the brain, and protecting brain blood vessels from vascular damage.

It causes arteries and bronchioles to expand, allows brain cells to communicate with each other, and causes immune cells to kill bacteria and cancer cells. Nitric oxide production is important in protecting the heart, brain, liver, and other organs from low oxygen damage.

Nitric oxide expands the blood vessels, increases the blood flow, and decreases plaque formation and blood clotting.

However, when the body senses high toxic emotional stress, overwork, under-exercise, or smoking it releases less nitric oxide and then atherosclerosis begins to develop.

Penile erection also depends on the release of nitric oxide. Viagra and other drugs like it that reduce erectile dysfunction cause enzymatic reactions that increase Nitric Oxide.

Atherosclerosis and impotence are closely related. That’s why it’s important to know the signs of nitric oxide deficiency and correct them. Do NOT ignore Erectile Dysfunction – it is a sign of serious heart disease.

On the average, we lose 10 percent of our body’s ability to make nitric oxide for every decade of life. By the age of 40, studies show that we make 50% less Nitric oxide than we did as a teenager.

Being sedentary leads to less Nitric oxide production because your body is not stimulating its production; production is stimulated during exercise.  Eating foods that are low in nitrates and nitrites also leads to decreased Nitric oxide production.  Your body can only create Nitric oxide if it has the necessary precursors or building blocks.   There are three isoforms of the NOS enzyme:

  1. Endothelial (eNOS): a signaling molecule that increases blood flow and artery health.
  2. Neuronal (nNOS): a signaling molecule that increases brain health
  3. Inducible (immune system) (iNOS): a signaling molecule which can be cytotoxic. Helpful during acute infection but extremely damaging to our blood vessels if it stays elevated. We use Nitric Balance to decrease this form and elevate eNOS and nNOS.

Another problem is the presence of fluoride. When fluoride is present, it converts nitric oxide into the toxic and destructive nitric acid. Nitric oxide will react with fluorine, chlorine and bromine to form nitrosyl halides, such as nitrosyl chloride which is harmful.

Accelerated aging, along with chemical and metabolic stresses damage eNOS. The resulting endothelial dysfunction creates a host of vascular disorders including diminished circulation of oxygen & nutrients, hypertension, and occlusive arterial disease.

Symptoms that may indicate low Nitric Oxide:

  • Fatigue or low energy levels
  • High Blood Pressure or decreased heart function esp. congestive heart failure
  • Anxiety, irritability, or depression
  • Insomnia & other sleep problems
  • Loss of libido (sex drive) or Erectile Dysfunction (E.D.)
  • Declining stamina
  • Decreased workout potential or less energy at the gym
  • Less stamina / endurance
  • Declining Memory or Concentration
  • Asthma or poor lung function
  • Weakening bones – esp. osteopenia or osteoporosis

The depletion of nitric oxide also depletes endorphins and dopamine, which are the feel-good hormones in the limbic system. As a result, we become susceptible to Alzheimer’s, anxiety, depression, and dementia.

How do I get tested for Nitric oxide deficiency?

We use the simple and painless Nitric Oxide test in our office.  This $10 test includes gathering saliva in your mouth, collecting the saliva (with your finger or a wooden tongue depressor), and placing it on the strip.  It takes about 10 seconds for the results.  The testing strip will indicate whether you are deficient, low, or normal.

Nitric Oxide testing is also useful for monitoring your levels over time.  After 1 month of supplementation, it is important to be rested in order to ensure that your levels are back up to normal.  Each person will require different amounts of dietary nitrates, supplements, and exercise.  You should be sure to monitor your levels, especially if symptoms return or any of the signs mentioned above begin to occur (high blood pressure, poor heart function, erectile dysfunction, etc).

How do I increase my Nitric Oxide levels if my test shows they are low?

  • Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) improves nitric oxide, blood flow, and energy in the brain is emerging as one of the most effective tools for cognitive enhancement.
  • Take a Nitric oxide supplement such as Nitric Balance
  • Exercise (Cardio or Fat Burning Exercise) & lose weight
  • Increase dietary nitrates and nitrites
      • Beets and dark green leafy vegetables, celery, kale, spinach, bok choy, leeks
      • Avoid stomach acid reducers
      • Decrease use of mouthwash which kills healthy mouth bacteria that make NO

 

Magnesium – the mineral that most of us are not getting enough of

It is estimated that over half the population is deficient of magnesium. This may not seem disconcerting unless you understand the magnitude of the impact this little mineral has on our bodies. Did you know that over 600 enzymes require magnesium to work properly and it is the fourth most abundant mineral in our body?

Almost every function of the body utilizes magnesium including supporting a healthy brain, kidney and cardiovascular system. It also is necessary for:

  • Making energy in the mitochondria
  • Feeling relaxed, calm and peaceful
  • Peaceful, restful sleep
  • Formation of bone and protein
  • Nerve and muscle function
  • Regulation of blood pressure
  • Regulation of blood sugar levels
  • Maintaining healthy acid-alkaline balance of body

Major loss and stress as well as alcohol consumption are all major causes of magnesium. Also antibiotics, oral contraceptives, diuretics, certain cancer drugs, some prescription medications, and excess soda and coffee consumption can deplete magnesium.

Some of the most common symptoms of magnesium deficiency may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Poor Stress Tolerance
  • Chronic Fatigue or constant fatigue
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Numbness
  • Nausea
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Migraines
  • Osteoporosis
  • Serious Asthma
  • Seizures
  • Some mental disorders such as apathy and delirium

Recommended rich sources of magnesium include leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and dried beans. However,eating organic, unprocessed magnesium rich foods is not necessarily enough to increase your magnesium intake. Due to depleted soil, many experts believe supplementation is needed.

Magnesium deficiency is rampant in our society and lending to a sick population. The recommended daily allowance for magnesium is only the amount necessary to prevent disease and  a poor substitute for the greater amounts actually necessary for optimizing wellness.

Magnesium is extremely safe. If you take more than your body can tolerate your body will expel it through your stool.  The exception to this would be end stage renal failure in which it is necessary for a doctor to monitor blood levels carefully.

Some of our favorites magnesium supplements at Renovare include Brain Relax Max and Brain Magnesium Boost Pro. You can purchase these products at : https://brainwellnessaz.com/shop/page/2/ or visit or clinic.

You can also purchase Xymogen products directly online at: Xymogen.com and use referral code: “online”, and “gerhart” as the practitioner.

Click on the links in blue for a step by step document  and conversion chart for Renovare private label Xymogen Products. Xymogen Conversion Chart Handout 2018.10.10  and xymogen instructions

For more detailed information on magnesium, please look at the following posts:

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/01/29/how-magnesium-benefits-your-body.aspx

https://10faq.com/health/low-magnesium-deficiency-symptoms

https://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2016/12/Magnesium-Crisis/Page-01