Supplement of the Month: Immunoberry by Designs For Health, from Dr. Hinchcliffe, NDAt this time of year, when we're more likely to get a cold or other illness, I look for ways to help improve my immune system so that I'm better able to combat these bugs. Most importantly, I find lifestyle makes the biggest difference – eating a whole foods based diet, avoiding sugar and refined carbohydrates, getting enough rest, drinking plenty of clean water, continuing regular exercise, and managing stress. In addition, there are nutritional supplements that are helpful, such as Vitamin C, probiotics, herbs and even specific mushrooms. WillowTree carries multiple products for immune support, including a special professional formulation called ‘ImmunoBerry’ by Designs for Health. ‘ImmunoBerry’ contains Elderberry, Astragalus root, Shiitake Mushroom, Maitake Mushroom, Wild Cherry Bark, and Beta 1,3 Glucan. You may have caught my article on Elderberry in WillowTree’s spring newsletter, highlighting its help with the immune system and even flu symptoms. Astragalus and Wild Cherry Bark are also known for their beneficial effects of maintaining a healthy immune system. And the medicinal mushrooms have the ability to support normal immune functions such as natural killer (NK) cell activity, cytokine synthesis and the T-cell and B-cell mediated responses. Beta Glucans are structural components of cell walls in yeast, fungi, and seaweed. They belong to a group of physiologically active compounds called “biological response modifiers”, or immunomodulators, stimulating a series of events to make the immune response more efficient, such as boosting macrophages and the white blood cells called lymphocytes. Be well! As always, the information offered here is for educational purposes and not intended for medical treatment. This information should not be used in place of the advice of your medical provider.
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The twinkling starry lights are hung over Winslow Way and folks are journeying from afar to reunite with loved ones are sure signs that the glorious holiday season is upon us!
As magical and fun as the events and energy of this time are, for some, obligations at the end of the year can also be overwhelming and stressful. Along with the fantastical joy of celebrating, there are also major disruptions to daily routines, seemingly constant coordinating of travel plans and meals, and spending time with family members who may heighten your stress response. Add all that up, and it could equal your body needing a little extra love to make the most of these times.