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Herbal Iron Sources

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Herbs can bring an incredible amount of nutrition to your life in the form of vitamins, minerals and more. Here are a few popular local herbs that you can buy or harvest yourself.

 

Burdock Root: Contains inulin (stabilizes blood sugar), iron, magnesium, calcium, chromium, silicon, cobalt, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, carotenes, protein, and in the fresh root only Vitamin C and B2. Found near shade and water.

Chickweed: Contains iron, calcium, magnesium, silicon, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, protein, sodium, copper, carotenes, Vitamins B and C. Found everywhere in early spring.

Clover, Red: Contains Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, calcium, chromium, and magnesium. Found on roadsides and meadows, disturbed land.

Dandelion: Roots are high in iron, manganese, phosphorus, protein, sodium, Vitamin A, calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, zinc and Vitamin CV complex. The leaves are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamins A, B, C and D, potassium, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. Everywhere!

Horsetail: Contains iron, chromium, crude fiber, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, Vitamin A, niacin, phosphorus, protein, riboflavin, selenium, sodium, and Vitamin C. Everywhere!

Nettle: Contains calcium, chromium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, protein, riboflavin, selenium, silicon, thiamine, Vitamins A, C and K. Harvest in shade near water in early spring. Often found with Cleavers, which packs a punch of vitamins and minerals.

Sweet Violet The leaves of viola odarata are packed with Vitamin C and vitamin A. They are also filled with minerals. Find in shady, woodland areas. Do not confused with African Violet or its cousins, the garden pansy and Johnny Jump Ups.

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Gemstone Of Iron: Hematite

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Hematite: Healing and Energetic Properties

Hematitealso spelled as haematite, is the mineralform of iron(III) oxide (Fe2O3), one of several iron oxides. Hematite crystallizes in the rhombohedralsystem, and it has the same crystal structure asilmenite and corundum. Hematite and ilmenite form a complete solid solution at temperatures above 950 °C.

Hematite is a mineral, colored black to steel or silver-gray, brown to reddish brown, or red. It is mined as themain ore of iron. Varieties include kidney oremartite(pseudomorphs after magnetite), iron rose andspecularite (specular hematite). While the forms of hematite vary, they all have a rust-red streak. Hematite is harder than pure iron, but much more brittle.Maghemite is a hematite- and magnetite-related oxide mineral.

Huge deposits of hematite are found in banded iron formations. Grey hematite is typically found in places where there has been standing water or mineral hot springs, such as those in Yellowstone National Park in the United States. The mineral can precipitate out of water and collect in layers at the bottom of a lake, spring, or other standing water. Hematite can also occur without water, however, usually as the result ofvolcanic activity.

Clay-sized hematite crystals can also occur as a secondary mineral formed by weathering processes insoil, and along with other iron oxides or oxyhydroxides such as goethite, is responsible for the red color of many tropical, ancient, or otherwise highly weathered soils.

A short list of Hematite benefits:

Psychic abilities 

Balancing 

Intuition

Students

Engineers

Analytical skills

Memory

Toxin removal

Chiropractic treatments.

Hematite helps ease back pain and the magnetic qualities can help align your spine.

Base chakra (grounding)

Public speaking, Teaching, Executives, Sales 

Courage

Communication

 

 

 

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Copper: How is this Metal So Beneficial for Our Health?

It”s no secret that metallic elements like iron and zinc are essential to human health. But did you know that our metabolisms also require a certain level of copper to maintain good health? The amount of copper found in the human body (50-120 milligrams) is tiny, but it plays a critical role in a variety of biochemical processes.

Copper forms part of at least 13 different enzymes, and its presence is needed for each if they are to function properly. These enzymes promote energy production, prevent anemia and bone disease, battle cell damage and assist in fetal and infant development.

Even though iron usually gets the nutritional spotlight, copper is necessary for the production of red blood cells. It also keeps your nervous and immune systems happy and your bones healthy.  It also helps form collagen, a key part of bones and connective tissue. Copper may also act as an antioxidant, getting rid of free radicals that can damages cells and DNA. Copper helps the body absorb iron, and your body needs copper to make energy. If you don’t get enough copper in your diet, it could lead to conditions such as osteoporosis and anemia. If you get too much, it’s poisonous.

Our body doesn’ t need much copper, and although many people may not get enough copper in their diet, it’ s rare to be truly deficient in copper. Signs of possible copper deficiency include anemia, low body temperature, bone fractures and osteoporosis, low white blood cell count, irregular heartbeat, loss of pigment from the skin, and thyroid problems.

People who take high amounts of zinc, iron, or vitamin C may need more copper, but you should ask your health care provider before taking copper supplements. Too much copper can be dangerous.

Health Benefits of Copper in Diet

  • Promotes proper utilization of iron in the body.
  • Maintains bone health.
  • Reduces tissue damage caused by free radicals, helps maintain the health of the tissues.
  • Stimulates the production of the pigment called melanin.
  • Helps maintain normal functioning of the thyroid.
  • Protects the myelin sheath that surrounds the nerves.
  • Lack of copper in diet can lead to iron deficiency anemia, skin sores, frequent infections.
  • Copper deficiency can result in bone and joint problems, hair loss, discoloration of skin, fatigue.
  • Insufficient copper levels can cause frequent ruptures in blood vessels, high LDL and low HDL cholesterol, arrhythmia, breathing difficulty.

In human beings, hemoglobin is made up of iron and oxygen. Many animals have hemocyanin instead of hemoglobin. In hemocyanin, iron is replaced by copper; for example, in crustaceans (that is why their blood is blue). Thus copper is an important element in human and animal bodies.

Foods Rich in Copper:

Most fruits contain a small amount of copper, but kiwi fruit has a significant amount. (Avocado, Blackberries,  Dates,  Guava,  Kiwi Fruit,  Lychee,  Mango, Passion fruit,  Pomegranate)

Most vegetables have some copper, but Lima Beans have a significant amount.  (Amaranth leaves,  Artichoke, French Beans, Kale, Lima Beans Parsnip, Peas,  Potatoes,  Pumpkin,  Spirulina,  Squash – Winter,  Sweet Potato, Swiss Chard,  Taro)

Most nuts contain a trace amount of copper. (Brazil Nuts,  Buckwheat, Cashews, Chestnuts,  Filberts/Hazelnuts, Oats,  Sunflower Seeds,  Walnuts, Wheat – Durum,  Wheat – Hard Red)

Legume Sources of copper: (Adzuki Beans, Black Beans, Black Eye Peas , Fava Beans , Edamame , Garbanzo Beans , Kidney Beans, Lima Beans , Navy Beans, Pigeon Beans , Pinto Beans , Soy Beans, Winged Beans)

Recommendations

The Food and Nutrition Board at the Institute of Medicine recommends the following dietary intake for copper:

Infants

  • 0 – 6 months: 200 micrograms per day (mcg/day)
  • 7 – 12 months: 220 mcg/day

Children

  • 1 – 3 years: 340 mcg/day
  • 4 – 8 years: 440 mcg/day
  • 9 – 13 years: 700 mcg/day

Adolescents and Adults

  • Males and females age 14 – 18 years: 890 mcg/day
  • Males and females age 19 and older: 900 mcg/day

The best way to get the daily requirement of essential vitamins is to eat a balanced diet that contains a variety of foods from the food guide plate.

Specific recommendations depend on age, gender, and other factors (such as pregnancy). Women who are pregnant or producing breast milk (lactating) need higher amounts. Ask your health care provider which amount is best for you.

As with many things, the minerals in our diet must be regulated to be effective. In large amounts, copper can be toxic, but nutritionists argue that too little of this essential element can be just as unhealthy as too much. An optimal balance is necessary for optimal health! Scientists around the globe are actively researching copper’s important place in the body and its many benefits, so that we can continue to lead long, healthy lives.

Healthy Sex Life or Libido Depends on Good Nutrition

The definition of Libido is: – emotional or psychic energy that in psychoanalytic theory is derived from primitive biological urges and that is usually goal-directed. Or put much more simply, it’s a persons sex drive which in turn is a measure of levels of certain hormones like testosterone.

Since ancient times, certain foods have always been thought to increase the sex drive or libido. Dining being a time-honored mode of foreplay, lovers have always complimented their ability to make love with foods considered to have aphrodisiac nutrients, which are believed to have powers in maximizing performance and increasing satisfaction.

Libido is usually taken to mean sexual desire, a person’s sex drive or sexual urge. Libido does vary from person to person, from female to male.

General levels of libido & sex drive decrease slowly as people enter mid life. If you have a lower than normal libido, then eating the right types of foods and cutting down on the wrong foods can help to increase your libido and rebuild your sex drive.

Changing eating habits can increase libido

The saturated fats in Fast Foods, Take Away’s and processed foods have all been linked to a loss of libido. Cutting back on these foods could help towards increasing your libido and get your sex drive back on track.

By increasing your intake of the foods listed below and decreasing these negative libido food sources, you can naturally increase your testosterone levels and restore your libido without medication.

A loss of libido is something that can affect women who are pre or post menopausal. Menopause is a natural event in a woman’s’ life and loss of libido may be one of the symptoms experienced around this time.

Whatever the reason for a loss of libido, changing your diet and eating healthily food can help increase libido levels. It certainly won’t do you any harm to become fitter and healthier. This applies to female and male libido.

The smells of certain foods have been found to be sexually arousing, notably pumpkin pie and buttered popcorn for men and licorice candy for women.

Testosterone levels control both male and female libido

For both males and females libido all comes down mainly to one hormone – testosterone. Your libido is controlled by your hormone levels, with testosterone being the key. If the balance is off, things may not function as they should.

When it’s right, everything falls into place. So one of the keys to getting your libido back is to increase testosterone levels in your body. Testosterone production is dependent on zinc and vitamin B, both of these are abundant in many of the foods we eat regularly. But, as nutritional deficiencies increase with age, it does make sense to increase the intake of these vitamins and minerals. So adding a few of the foods listed below can boost your libido especially when combine with a little regular exercise.

Sex Drive or Libido as the Product of an Active Imagination and a Healthy Body

Sex burns calories and helps lose pounds.

Today, there is no question that psychological health is as important as an optimally functioning body. How many times has it been said that the imagination is the greatest aphrodisiac? Sexual drive is maintained by an active mind in a  healthy  body.

Fatigue and depression are common precursors to sexual dysfunction, particularly in men. These conditions are often linked, and can often be alleviated by an  exercise  program. Regular exercise stimulates the production of endorphins, which are mood alleviating chemicals. Fatigue and depression underline the importance of a healthy mind, or mindset, that should partner with a healthy body.

Increase Your Sex Drive with Zinc, Ginseng, Vitamin E, Iron, Catuaba Bark, Saffron, Damiana, Rhodiola Rosea Herb, Mucuna Pruriens  or  Exercise

Optimal nerve function, healthy hormonal levels, and an unobstructed blood flow to the pelvic area are essential to sexual performance. Certain nutrients assist the body  in achieving these conditions.

Here is a list of nutrients, or foods, that help increase the sex drive:

  • Saffron – Ask any herbalist and you will be told that saffron is a sexual stimulant. Herbalists recommend summer savory as a sexual stimulant and tonic. Winter savory is believed to dampen sexual desire. A word of caution: These claims have not been proven.
  • Ginseng – Studies have shown that ginseng boosts stamina and mating behavior in mice and rats. It has been touted to be a good source of energy. It is believed to fight off fatigue and stress. Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada classify the herb as “safe,” but neither regulatory agency will vouch for claims of its aphrodisiac, and medicinal, potency.
  • Yohimbe –  Also known as Pausinystalia, this is the bark of a tall western African tree. Yohimbe bark has been used for centuries in some western African nations for healthy support of erectile function. Yohimbe is also effective for women. Women like the enhanced sensation and engorgement of genital organs that yohimbe provides, as long as the dose is kept low to prevent any side effects. Yohimbe is considered an aphrodisiac in many countries. It has no effect on the mental aspects of sexual stimulation, but may dilate blood vessels, thus might alleviate impotence
  • Vitamin E – Many experts believe that without a healthy supply of this vitamin, sexual function is likely to suffer. Vitamin E is abundant in foods like nuts and seeds, legumes, oils, green vegetables, and wheat germ.
  • Iron – In some cases, iron deficiency anemia is responsible for fatigue, which dampens the sex drive. To replenish iron stores, diet must include meat, fish and shellfish, nuts and seeds, legumes, enriched or fortified grains or cereals, leafy greens, and dried fruits.
  • Zinc – Zinc has long been linked with healthy sexual function. Without enough zinc, sexual development in children is delayed. Adults need zinc for sperm manufacture. Zinc is found in high concentrations in the male sperm. Zinc is abundant in animal foods, seafood (especially oyster), poultry and liver, eggs, milk, beans, nuts, and whole grains. Testosterone production is dependent on zinc, and testosterone levels control both male and female libido and sex drive.
  • Damiana –  is a small shrub with smooth, pale green oval leaves and aromatic yellow flowers. It grows in Mexico and Central America. Damiana (or Turnera diffusa) is said to help with impotence, relieve anxiety, promote general well being and act as a sexual stimulant for male and females alike. This plant has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac for men and women in Central America, because it helps to re balance your hormones and also has mildly stimulating properties
  • Rhodiola Rosea Herb – From the Arctic regions of eastern Siberia. Russians have drunk rhodiola tea for many centuries as an energy booster. Rhodiola root has a reputation for stimulating the nervous system, decreasing depression and enhancing work performance, decreasing fatigue. There have been claims that this herb influences sexual activity and in turn helps with increasing libido levels. Rhodiola root is also called rhizome.
  • Mucuna Pruriens – Also known as velvet bean or cowhage. Mucuna pruriens contains L-Dopa which is used by the body to make dopamine, an important brain chemical involved in mood and sexuality. Mucuna pruriens has also been shown to have some antioxidant properties.
  • Catuaba Bark – This is a small tree found in the Amazon rain forest in parts of northern Brazil. In Brazilian herbal medicine, Catuaba bark is considered to have aphrodisiac properties and the bark is used for nervousness, poor memory, and helping with sexual weakness. Topi Indians have used the Catuaba bark herbs for increasing libido for many centuries.
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Possible causes of low libido include: There can be lots of reasons for having low libido levels, many of which can be emotional or mental. Stress and anxiety are two main causes. Additionally, there can be more physical reasons for low libido and sex drive including being overweight or just generally under the weather with a cold or flu.
Emotional conditions that lower libido – especially female sex drive.
  • General stress : Stress unsets the normal hormone balance of the body.
  • Normal relationship – lack of excitement. Spice up your long term relationship.
  • Fear of pregnancy – If possible, talk things through with your partner. Find a safe sex method that you’re both fully confident using.
  • Relationship Problems – Lack of libido during problems periods in your relationship is normal. Your sex drive should return once the issues are sorted out.
  • Anxiety – fear of future events, often based on past experiences. Talking about your fears with a close friend, therapist or doctor can help ease any sexual anxieties you may have.
  • Depression
  • Depressive conditions
  • Post-natal depression
  • Premature Ejaculation – causes anxiety and stress.
Busy, restless mothers may have little desire for sex.
More General Reasons for Low Libido
  • Alcoholism – quite common cause of loss of libido.
  • Abuse of drugs - such as cocaine or cannabis.
  • Anemia – unusual unless the man has been bleeding for any reason.
  • Obesity – quite a common reason for low libido; simply losing weight down will often help increase libido levels to normal.
  • Prescribed drugs – things like Proscar (finasteride), a tablet used for prostate problems. Blood pressure medications, antidepressants and psychiatric drugs.
  • Low male hormone level (testosterone) – this is not a common reason for low libido, this is rarer than most of us think it is.
  • Any major ‘generalized’ medical condition – flu, Glandular fever, Diabetes or any illness that cause tiredness and fatigue.

What to Avoid to Increase Sex Drive or Libido

  • Eat a diet low in saturated fats – There is a proven link between high intake of saturated fats, elevated blood cholesterol levels, and the buildup of atherosclerotic plaques in the blood vessels around the heart. This condition may also be true relative to the tiny blood vessels in the penis. Without free-flowing blood circulation, the penis cannot achieve optimal erection, which is a response to the mental aspect of the sex drive.
  • Curb alcohol consumption – William Shakespeare should be credited with popularizing the notion of alcohol being all fury and no fire, so to speak, when he wrote that wine “provokes the desire, but takes away the performance.” Although alcohol lifts inhibitions related to sex, it has a depressant effect. Alcohol causes impotence and shrinks the testes in men who drink heavily.
  • Stop smoking – Nicotine is perhaps the prime enemy of arteries. Nicotine not only promotes the formation of atherosclerotic plaques in penile blood vessels, it also constricts them.

Exercise also Increases Sex Drive

With a healthy dose of the right nutrients, to enhance a healthy mind and a positive attitude, an optimal sex drive can be achieved. This, coupled with regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle, can almost guarantee a busy lovers’ nest until the wee hours of morning. Regular exercise increases metabolism and blood flow to the pelvic area, and burns fat. Any kind of exercise will help, it doesn’t have to be going to the gym. Swimming, running, cycling and even a brisk walk are all good exercises to do regularly that will help with low libido levels.

Sex as a form of exercise can improve your cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility, and balance, not to mention your emotional health.

Disclaimer: The text on these pages is for your information only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your general health, libido or sex drive.

Immune System Booster – Food, Herbs and Activities

The Lymphatic System

As recently as 75 years ago the majority of the world’s population were using mostly herbs to heal themselves. Even now the majority of people in third world countries depend on indigenous plants for medicine and many of this medicinal plants are very effective. Some times we forget food is also a healer and not just something that provides nutrition to our body. In many developing countries the practice of herbs and foods to boost the immune system and to heal is used widely.

Now a days we eat overly processed food full of chemicals that has lost its vital nutrient. We eat to much fast food that is full of unhealthy fat. Our fruits and vegetable are not usually fresh. No wonder chronic disease has risen to epidemic proportions and our children are obese and some even have type 2 diabetes already.

We need to return to a more natural and holistic way of life. The trend towards small local farms to grow our food is a step in the right direction. We can get fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables right off the farm. It is good to know where our food comes from and to connect to the land and nature.

We have also forgotten herbs can heal and keep us strong and healthy. they do not work as the modern pharmaceutical medicine which usually targets certain part of the body and has side effects. Herbs work in holistic manner and that is hard to prove scientifically because there are too many variables. But thousands of years of experience with them tell us they do work and we should use them. But we do need to be knowledgeable about them and know how and when to use them.

Twelve Immune system boosters

1. Get outdoors and into the sun. For twenty to thirty minutes daily, get direct and/or indirect sunlight.

The best times are before 9:00am and after 3:00pm in the winter, or after 6:00pm in the summer. Allow the full-spectrum sunlight to enter your eyes by not wearing sunglasses during this time. The sun is most powerful immune system builder.

antibody mediated immune response on black background

Antibody Response

2. Consume adequate oxygen. Put yourself in or neat oxygen-rich environments-oceans, forests, running streams, greenhouses-and learn to breathe deeply. Eat plenty of oxygen-rich green foods. If you are indoors for most of the day, purchase an oxygen – producing air purifier.

3. Drink pure water. The best water purification processes are distilled or molecule organized. Consume in ounces the amount equal to one – half your weight in pounds. Add safe, oxygen – enhancing products to your drinking water.

4.  Eat a totally vegan diet that is comprised of 75 percent or more raw food by volume. Sprouts and green vegetables are the most balanced and nourishing choices.

5. Drink freshly made beverages form sprouted green vegetables twice a day.

6. Use “regular” blue-green algae. Super blue-green algae or Hawaiian spirulina, along with chlorella, are high-concentrated foods that enhance immunity.

cytotoxic response

Cellular Immune Response

7. Stop using immune – suppressing ingredients. These include salt, refined sugars and flowers, dairy products, vinegars, heated oils, and food preservatives, additives, stabilizers, and colorings.

8. Avoid microwaved and fried foods, which can suppress the immune system and lead to cancers and heart and circulatory disease.

9. Eliminate alcohol and drugs. Unless your prescriptions are absolutely essential to your survival, stop taking them. Alcohol and drugs do not mix, except to undermine our immune system.

10. Exercise moderately. Engage in stretching, aerobics, and resistance exercises at least five times a week for thirty to sixty minutes a day.

T-Cell B-Cell communication

T-Cell B-Cell communication

11. Get adequate rest. Sleep and rest helps to recharge the immune system. As part of this strategy, rest the entire body once a week on a juice – and –water fast. This enables the immune system to do a weekly cleanup.

12. Keep a smile on your face. Maintaining a positive attitude is a key to having a belief system that supports immunity, read a book anatomy of an illness by Norman Cousins for a primer on how laughter and humor can enhance the human immune system. Nature, color, sound, and laughter can positively affect the immune system

Foods to Stregthen the Immune System

Feeding your body with immune system boosting foods helps its natural fighting and resisting powers. Immune boosting foods increase the number of white cells in the blood and immune system.

All foods high in Vitamin C, A, B1, B3, B6, B9 B12 and Vitamins D and E help to boost the body’s immune system, as well as foods high in zinc, copper, magnesium, manganese, iron, beta-carotene, Omega-3 fats and sulphur, carotenoids, bioflavenoids and selenium.

Anti-oxidants and the Immune System

Anti-oxidants are nutrients that minimize the damaging effects of free radicals, which are molecules that cause cellular damage. Anti-oxidants stabilize free radicals, protect the body from free radical damage, and boosts the immune system.

Vitamin A
Vitamin A has excellent anti-oxidant properties, and foods high in Vitamin A helps to rebuild and strengthen the immune system.  Foods high in Vitamin A content are:  cabbages, broccoli, spinach and al dark green leafy vegetables.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant that empowers the immune system.  Vitamin C rich foods increase the immune systems ability to combat bacterial and viral infections.  The immune system uses Vitamin C to produce antibodies that are essential in order to fight infections effectively.  Foods high in Vitamin C content are:  cauliflowers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, capsicums (bell peppers), brussel sprouts, citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, limes, mandarins etc) kiwi fruit, strawberries, blueberries and guava.

Vitamin B Complex
Vitamin B complex includes Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12.  These vitamins are potent and powerful immune system boosters.  Foods high in Vitamin B Complex are:  tuna, avocadoes, brazil nuts, bananas, legumes and oats.

Vitamin E
Foods containing Vitamin E have high antioxidant activity.  High Vitamin E content foods are:  sunflower oil, walnuts, popcorn and sweet potatoes.

Proteins

Protein helps to support the immune system.  Protein rich foods enhance and boost the immune system function and include:  tuna, salmon, almonds, peanut butter, skinless chicken breast, eggs, dairy products such as milk and yoghurt.

Minerals
Minerals contribute to boosting the immune system.  The two most important minerals are selenium and zinc.

Selenium is found in crab meat and shellfish (crabs, lobsters, oysters) and is also present in whole wheat bread, brown rice, barley, cashew nuts and onions.

Zinc exhibits anti-oxidant properties which promotes proper immune function.  Zinc is found in pecan nuts, sunflower seeds, wheat bran and raw peas.

ALMONDS
Almonds contain Vitamin E which is a natural immune system booster.

Whole Almonds

CAMU CAMU
The Camu Camu fruit has one of the highest concentrations of Vitamin C in comparison to any other food.  As Vitamin C assists with the formation of collagen it stimulates the body’s natural defences and the absorption of iron.

BROCCOLI
Broccoli is super-charged with Vitamins and Minerals.  It is packed with Vitamins A, C and E and contains numerous anti-oxidants.

Dandelion

common weed you find growing everywhere is dandelion. Dandelion leaves can be eaten raw as a salad or cooked. It is very delicious as well as very nutritious with a high amount of potassium among other nutrients. Another common plant nettle is also great for our immune system. It is usually thought of as an herb but It can be eaten cooked as any green leafy vegetable or the dried version can be made into tea. Both nettle and dandelion have plenty of folate and the B vitamins which are needed to make neurotransmitters such as serotonin.This helps lift our mood and energize us when we are overtired and under stress. Our immune system becomes compromised when we are overtired or in a sad. Just by lifting our energy level and our mood, these foods strengthen our immunity to disease. Both plants contain plenty of vitamin A, C, and Iron. All these aid in antioxidant activity.

GREEN TEA
Green Tea is packed with flavonoids which is a type of anti-oxidant.  Green Tea also contains another powerful anti-oxidant called epigallocatechin gallate.

Green Tea is also a good source of the amino acid L-theanine which aids in the production of germ fighting compounds.

Green Tea in Open Infuser

HONEY
Honey is rejuvenating, revitalizing and invigorating and contains natural anti-biotic substances, and contains immune boosting compounds.

Honey contains a complex assortment of enzymes, anti-microbial compounds, organic acids, minerals such as iron, phosphorus, copper, sulphur, manganese, magnesium, potassium, sodium, calcium, silicon, iodine, zinc, chlorine, formic acid and hydrogen peroxide.

Honey contains Vitamin C, all the Vitamin B complexes, Vitamins D, E and K, pantothenic acid, niacin, folic acid, amino acids, hormones, alcohols and essential oils.

MUSHROOMS   –  SHITAKE and REISHI
Shitake and Reishi mushrooms are an immune system activating fungi. The body receives nourishment from fungi as the nutrients and medicinal properties of mushrooms penetrate deep into the bone marrow and throughout the entire body.

Shitake and Reishi mushrooms mobilize the immune system to fight off disease.  An immuno- stimulant, Shtake mushrooms increase activity of the human immune system against any invading organisms.  They have anti-viral and anti-tumour properties and have been used effectively to treat viral infections, parasites and cancer, and one of the most important constituents, ‘lintinan’ has been shown to stimulate immune competent cells, stimulates T-cell production and increases macrophage activity.Field Mushroom

Oats

Oats in all its various forms are all medicinal as well as nutritive. It has plenty of fiber that helps in lowering cholesterol. It has anti oxidant properties and plays an important part in lowering the chances of getting certain kinds of cancers such as prostate and breast cancer. Oates is also a central nervous system relaxant and lowers nervous tension and stress.

RED CAPSICUM  –  RED BELL PEPPERS

Red Capsicums (or Red bell Peppers) contain high amounts of Vitamin C and beta-carotene, making them an ideal immune boosting food.

ROYAL JELLY
Royal Jelly is a natural food concentrate that stimulates the body and cellular activity.  Royal Jelly is beneficial to the immune system due to the protein content of biological values in Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B8, B9, B12 and Vitamins A, C, D, E and M.  it also contains a series of minerals such as Calcium, Copper, Sulfur, iron, Phosphorus, Potassium and Silicon.

Royal Jelly is a nutritious tonic that stimulates the functioning of the endocrine glands and the immune system.  It contains anti-bacterial compouns the stimulate the production of anti-bodies which enhances collagen production and the repair of damaged tissues.  Royal Jelly also increases the flow of blood to the tissues.

SPINACH
Spinach is rich in Vitamin C and is packed with numerous anti-oxidants and beta-carotene, which increases the infection-fighting cells of the body’s immune system.Fresh Spinach Leaves in Bowl

YOGHURT
Yoghurts with live and active cultures stimulate the immune system.

Common Kitchen Herbs and Spices

  • Cinnamon is an antiviral. Use it extensively to cook and use it to spice up your tea
  • Turmeric is antioxidant and an antibacterial. Use it in your soups and cooking.
  • Holy basil relives stress, fever, bronchitis, asthma. Use it in your soup and smell the aroma.
  • Rosemary is a tonic ,stimulant, astringent, and a nervine. Use its essential oil as aromatherapy during time of stress such as interviews and exams. It helps to relaxes nervous tension and improves memory. I dilute the essential oil with jojoba oil and rub a tiny amount under my nose to help me relax and improve my memory when I have an interview. As a culinary herb it is great for roasting meat and to make sauce for pasta dishes.
  • Lemon has an antioxidant and anti bacterial properties. It reduces fever and has high amounts of Vitamin C and is an antibiotic and anti diabetic. Use it every day

Immune System

Fertility Foods: Which Foods for Fertility You Should Eat To Boost Your Fertility

The following list of fertility foods includes all the important key foods that boost fertility and that nourish the reproductive organs assisting in healthy production of eggs and sperm. Fertility FoodsIt is best to start eating these foods at least four months before conception is attempted. It takes about that time to mature healthy sperm and to for the female follicles to develop within the ovary. Every month, as these follicles growth, only one reaches maturity and releases the egg that will be fertilized.

It takes 150 days for an egg to grow from a follicle into a ready-to-be-released egg. The healthier your ovarian tissue is, the higher your chances of having high quality eggs. The role of fertility foods for men and for women is to assist the body during gametogenesis (the formation of eggs and sperm) and facilitate conception.

Maca

This wonderful super food has the ability to balance your hormones and increase egg quality and sperm count. It is a tonic for the entire endocrine system and it is especially useful to women who do not produce enough progesterone and suffer from luteal phase defect. This also helps prevent miscarriages due to this reason. In men, Maca increases libido, helps have strong erections, regulates testosterone production and increases sperm quality.

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Goji

Goji has long been used by Asian physicians for the treatment of infertility in both men and women. Goji berries grow on an evergreen shrub found in temperate and subtropical regions in China, Mongolia and in the Himalayas in Tibet. Goji is a powerful anti-oxidant which can help reverse the effects of over-heating of sperm. It also increases sperm count and viability of the sperm. In women, Goji helps prevent premature ovarian failure. These berries also increase libido in both men and women.

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Blue-Green Algae

Spirinula and chlorella are blue-green algae that contain chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and proteins. Spirinula is a saltwater, while chlorella is freshwater algae, but both nourish the endocrine and nervous system, giving support to the immune system, regulate the metabolism and aid in tissue repair. These single cell blue-green algae are like green blood and supply the body with all the necessary nutrients for proper functioning.

They are high dense fertility foods which gently detoxify the organism and replenish nutrient deficiency, thus enhancing reproduction. They can be used to reduces pre-menstrual syndrome, increase fertility, stimulates the thyroid gland, and repair damaged DNA/RNA cells. When talking these fertility foods, start with small amounts and increase slowly over time.

Royal Jelly

Royal jelly is the greatest among all the fertility foods because it is a natural source of steroid hormones which control a wide range of female reproductive functions including ovulation, menstruation, libido, and fertilization. In men, royal jelly helps increase sexual stamina and it is used to treat impotence. It contains enzymes and it is an excellent source of hormones like estrogen and progesterone, and genetic material like DNA and RNA, which are critical for cellular repair as well as for synthesis of new cells. Royal jelly is the food of the queen bee, whose job in life is to produce large quantities of eggs. The queen bee takes royal jelly exclusively and has a life span of about six years compared to the life span of a worker bee which is only of about two months. Sublingual doses of royal gently are very therapeutic because royal jelly, when taken in this way, is immediately utilized by the body through the blood.

Bee Pollen

Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is a great natural, healthy, and highly nutritious food that is especially useful to increase sperm production. In men, it also improves the quality of semen and support prostate health. In women, bee pollen is useful in supporting ovarian function by stimulating natural ovulation.

Bee Propolis

This great product from the bee hive has incredible powers among which to stimulate the immune system and anti-inflammatory properties. It is very useful to both men and women, but especially to women who suffer from endometriosis.

Note:

Fertility foods and products from the bee world are great in addressing infertility but some people develop a reaction. So be careful if you choose to add these super fertility foods to your diet. If you have allergies to pollens you might react to these products, so talk to a qualified practitioner before taking them. Also, make sure you choose high grade bee supplements from a clean and pure environment.

Green Superfoods and Sea Vegetables

Green Superfoods are rich in phytonutrients coming from cereal grasses (alfalfa, barley, rye, wheat grass, etc.) and algae or sea vegetables. They are foods that contain high amounts of enzymes, chlorophyll, vitamins, amino acids, fiber, antioxidants, minerals and other important nutrients. Sea vegetables are notorious for giving longevity and vitality to those cultures that include them into their daily diet. They prevent mineral deficiencies related to infertility, increasing ovarian function in women, sperm count in men and providing hormonal regulation in both.

Make A Fertility Smoothie With Fertility FoodsThere are many important sea vegetables which are source of vitamins and minerals in a very natural and easily available form. Kombu (Laminaria) is rich in iron, Rockweed in calcium, Bladderwrack in potassium, Dulse and Kelp (Ecklonia) in iodine, and Sea Lettuce (Ulva) in magnesium.

Other nutrient rich sea vegetables are Alaria (Ribbon Kelp), Sea Whistle, and Macrocystis. All sea vegetables contain high amounts of minerals and trace elements like iodine, zinc, boron, iron, selenium, magnesium, calcium, and chromium. They also contain high amounts of Vitamin K, B Vitamins (B12, folate), Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Vitamin A. These sea vegetables have a number of different common names that honestly it is quite hard to keep track of all of them.

Each location has a different common name depending where they are grown and harvested. Their health benefits are huge that’s why they are considered superfoods for many health conditions like immune dysfunctions, chronic diseases, hormonal imbalances. Sea vegetables contain lignans, which are phytonutrients that lower circulating estrogens and play a very important role in inhibiting tumor growth.

Wheat Grass

Wheat grass restores hormonal function, nourishes the blood, enhances immunity and works as a great reproductive tonic. It is also an excellent detoxifier that removes heavy metals from the body and may be involved in decreasing infertility and miscarriages caused by heavy metal toxicity. The most important component of wheatgrass is chlorophyll, which plays a role in making the body more alkaline, thus helping restore pH balance. An acidic vaginal environment is extremely hostile to sperm, while an alkaline uterine environment is necessary for implantation and may possibly prevent miscarriage. Chlorophyll improves problems with blood sugar metabolism which seems to be related to anovulatory problems like polycystic ovarian syndrome causing infertility.

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Shiitake

Shiitake mushrooms play an important role in immune regulation, thus contributing to support the function of the immune system. Add these to your selection of fertility foods if you need to strengthen your immune system.

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Brewer’s yeast

Brewer’s yeast is one of the best sources of B vitamin complex and it is rich in protein content and particularly high in DNA and RNA sources. It also contains minerals like selenium, zinc, iron and chromium, all very important to increase fertility and regulate hormones and blood sugar.

Fertility foods are a healthy and easy way to increase fertility and should be consumed daily by both partners and for a period of 4-6 months before conception.

Affirm and Conceive

Daily Positive Affirmations for Conception

Positive affirmations will help you increase fertility and general well-being through relaxation.
Using positive affirmations is a form of healing based on re-wiring your subconscious mind to new and more positive thinking while allowing the release old negative thinking.

During your life you may have taken up negative thinking patterns based mostly on your fears, life uncertainty and discouraging experiences. These negative thoughts are now the cause of your mental and emotional blocks that might prevent you from allowing the process of conception to take place within your body. Positive affirmations are a great way to meditate and to bring a positive outlook back into your life.

If you stop for a moment and think about it, you will notice that you already practise affirmations all the time. When you tell others that you are going to do something, you are affirming something that you intent to manifest into your life. In order for you to manifest an idea into reality, you first have to create a thought, then you have to express this thought either verbally or mentally in the form of a sentence or an image and then you have to choose the actions necessary to manifest it.

Positive affirmations are meant to support you through the process of conception by helping you to release all the mental blocks that prevent you from truly manifest your desire to become pregnant and assist you to affirm positive and encouraging thoughts into action.

Affirmations For Emotional Healing

Positive affirmations are very useful in counteracting negative emotions that pull you down. Sadness is a very common emotion in couples who cannot conceive, but it can hinder your fertility.

I now release all emotional blocks that prevent me from conceiving a baby.

I now release all unwanted built-up emotional patterns that prevent me from connecting to my inner self.

I am now becoming more and more confident about my ability to become a mother (father).

I now release all my fears and concerns about infertility and I declare myself fertile.

As my sadness lifts away a renewed sense of hope settles in my heart.

I express my feeling and I share them with my partner.

Affirmation For Manifesting A Baby

Positive affirmations help you manifest into your life what you have desired for so long. It is time to allow the manifestation process to take place.

The universal life force brings me new creative energy.

I welcome my time to be a parent.

I graciously accept my creative powers.

I allow the creative forces within me to be released.

I allow my creative energies to work through me and bring me a healthy pregnancy and baby.

I deserve the best outcome and with joy I am thankful of a new life.

I experience a profound connection to the miracle of life.

I now manifest my decision to have a baby.

I visualize having a baby.

Affirmation For Fertility & Angels

Angels are part of the universal force of Love & Light as they are spiritual energy beings. You do not have to believe in their existence, you just need to be willing to ask for their help and support. You will be surprised how much love and light they can bring into your life. These positive affirmations will help you surround yourself to their love and healing energies. Expect miracles!

I ask the angelic healers to remove any block that prevents me from getting pregnant.

I surround to the healing forces of the universe.

I ask Archangel Raphael to deeply heal my mind, body and soul now.

I ask the Angels for guidance and protection every day.

I am thankful for all I am and all I have. I am at peace.

I am thankful to God and the Angels for their help, protection and guidance.

I listen to my inner guidance and I act based upon my intuition.

I listen to subtle messages that the universe is sending me so that I can find the right therapy for my case.

I ask Archangel Michael to guide and protect me at all times.