Immune Support

Vitamin D–Sun, Food or Pills?

Low Vitamin D? You may not need synthetic pills made in a laboratory which is usually all the doctors suggest when you show up low in Vitamin D on a blood test. Before deciding for yourself, consider this list of possible side effects from taking a supplement:   Kidney stones. Confusion or disorientation. Muscle weakness.…

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Unexpected benefits from frequent movement

I was impressed with this article from the New York Times that indicated that regular movement not only keeps you fit, but also keeps you happier. If you’re not in Steamboat , there is always Essentrics TV  available wherever  you have Wi-Fi or DVDs for purchase or… You can record classical stretch for free on…

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Essentrics Schedule + Weight Rebalancing

My New Year’s Intentions include: Weighing myself weekly Last winter, I put on 14 pounds after going to several months without weighing myself and getting addicted to sugar again which is so easy!   In my past, I’ve obsessed with weighing myself more than once a day which is not healthy either. Once a week…

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Fall into Winter with Soups and Stews

I love this time of year.  Fall and Thanksgiving quickly recede as we start getting snow and colder weather–and the change can be abrupt here in Steamboat Springs. My husband and I just returned from Mexico where I went for the week-long Essentrics Symosium (sign up for my newsletter if you want more details). When…

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Common Sense Health Tips

I just reposted “20  nutrition facts that should be common sense – but aren’t”  on Facebook. One of my favorites is that eggs are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. I have very good friends who are bright and educated, yet order an egg white omelet which is devoid of most of the…

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Immune-Supporting Herbs

My last post included the Three Musketeers for immune function from a food point of view;  let’s focus today on two herbs well known for immune support.  One you may be unfamiliar with is astragalus root (astragalus propinquus) which looks like a tongue depressor when you buy it at the health food store.  It’s been…

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Immune Support and Exercise to Stay Slim through the Holidays

October is my birth month and also when we need to get serious about immune support which dovetails nicely with weight-balancing.  That’s because eliminating, or greatly reducing, sugar consumption is Number One for immune support.  When sugar cravings intrude, try a spoonful of local honey mixed with apple cider vinegar–or better yet, add that combination…

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Service Berries

Service berries were something I knew nothing about, until moving to Steamboat Springs about 11 years ago.  Since my discovery, it’s been an August goal to collect some to enjoy in a variety of ways. They look and taste a lot like a blueberry, though slightly less sweet and can be identified by a little…

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Yampatika and Elder Berry Tincture

One of the local organizations I am passionate about is Yampatika, a non-profit that promotes environmental education for adults and children. Not long ago, we had our biggest fundraiser, the Wild Edible Feast. One of my contributions was Elder Berry Cordial which is super good for immune support and 100% delicious! First, you make a…

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