Essential fatty acids are essential to the human diet because we aren’t able to synthesize enough on our own. Omega-3 & Omega-6 regulate the body’s inflammation response. If you are eating the Standard American Diet, you are most likely consuming too much Omega-6. This imbalance leads to inflammatory diseases. In Latin, “-itis” means inflammation, thus any disease ending in “-itis” (arthritis, colitis, bronchitis, etc…), all stem from there being too much Omega-6, and too little Omega-3.
Inflammation is important in the proper amount. It helps fight viruses and induces healing. It’s not inherently “bad”, it just needs balance.
In order to achieve this balance, one should reduce consumption of foods high in Omega-6 and increase consumption of Omega-3. You want to be avoiding meats such as pork and chicken which have a 10:1 ratio of 6:3, as well as oils commonly found in processed foods including olive, canola and soybean.
While the most popular supplement prescribed is Omega-3 as fish oil capsules, there are many other arguably better sources. Fish don’t synthesize fatty acids in their bodies and actually acquire them through eating algae, which you can easily supplement. Chlorella, Blue-green algae, phytoplankton, and even nori seaweed provide you with pure omegas in their original form. Chia, flax, and hemp seeds also supply adequate, well balanced amounts of both 3 and 6, plus other nutrients and fiber; delicious additions to any recipe. And with overfishing and pollution straining our oceans, choosing plant based sources of omegas are a great way to keep both yourself and the planet healthy and happy.
At Country Harmony we are happy to carry a wide range of supplements to help you choose which source of omega fatty acids is right for you.
– Sarah Klein, Health Writer
The ionCleanse creates precisely the same environment as a walk along the beach, only more powerful because your feet are in direct contact with the ions being manufactured in the water. Place your feet in the water, turn on the unit and within seconds, millions of ions enter your body and begin to neutralize these tissue acid wastes.
Fat and mucous residues found in the water after bathing reflect the wastes that have left the body during the 20 to 30 minute session.
Healthy individuals can expect to feel lighter and experience a greater sense of wellbeing from each ionCleanse session.
A water molecule is composed of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. When the molecule loses a hydrogen atom, the remaining OH molecule takes on a negative charge. As you walk along the beach, your body absorbs millions of these negatively charged ions, which alkalize the blood and tissue. Because of poor diet and high stress, we tend to accumulate and store excessive quantities of waste products such as diacetic, lactic, pyruvic, uric, carbonic, acetic, butyric and heptic acids.
According to Dr. Theodore Baroody, author of Alkalize Or Die, acid wastes attack joints, tissues, muscles, organs and glands causing minor to major dysfunction. He asserts that avoiding disease and maintaining vitality as we age requires the maintenance of an alkaline environment throughout the body. This is virtually impossible to accomplish in our high-tech, high-stress, toxic society unless we can walk on the beach every day.
The ionCleanse purifies the body more effectively and faster than any herbal or fasting protocols, with little or no stress to the patient.
-Donna Holt, Wellness Writer
Throughout this winter we have seen an especially nasty Avian (Type A) influenza bug affecting people, sometimes followed by secondary bacterial infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia. Many of these people had the flu shot—which was more on target than last year, but still is hit-and-miss and contains mercury.
Bacterial infections are becoming more resistant to antibiotics. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an article on a dangerous new superbug that scientists are calling the “phantom menace.”
This new strand of bacteria bypasses the normal evolution of antibiotic resistance because it already contains the DNA to break down antibiotics, thereby transferring it to normal bacteria already present in our bodies.
Coupled with our individual abuse of antibiotics, the overuse of drugs on farm animals routinely fed antibiotics to prevent the spread of disease is in itself a major source of antibiotic resistance, through the animal products we consume.
Natural health alternatives such as vitamin D; grapefruit seed extract; oil of oregano and olive leaf extract can be used to fight viral and bacterial illness and keep the immune system healthy. Silver is approved by the EPA to safely be used in purifying drinking water. It is nearly impossible for bacteria to become resistant to silver.
When our immune system is strong we are less susceptible to viral infections. Nurturing our innate immunity by entertaining good microbes in our gut through probiotics and a host of natural means is a good start.
– Donna Holt, Wellness Writer
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