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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup Including List of Products

Look at the list of ingredients on one of your drinks or products. I guarantee you will most likely find High Fructose Corn Syrup as one of the ingredients.

HFCS is now commonly found in almost all processed foods, including:
  • soft drinks (Coca-Cola, Pepsi)
  • fruit juices (Snapple, Ocean Spray Cranberry) and canned fruits
  • breakfast cereals (Kellogg’s cornflakes)
  • ice cream and dairy products (Dreyer’s, Yoplait yogurts)
  • cookies and crackers (Nabisco Ritz crackers)
  • soups and sauces (Campbell’s vegetable soup)
  • condiments and salad dressings
  • baking products and baked goods
  • candy bars and gum (PowerBar)
  • jams, jellies and syrup (Smucker’s grape jelly)
  • cough syrups and low-fat diet foods (Robitussin, Vicks)

Food manufacturers embraced High Fructose Corn Syrup because it is cheaper than sucrose (table sugar) and mixes well with a variety of products, including beverages, baked goods, jams and jellies, candies, and dairy products.

Excess fructose intake has been associated with adverse health effects such as:
metabolic syndrome, elevated triglyceride levels, hypertension, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, excess uric acid levels (associated with gout), and elevated levels of advanced glycation end products (linked with aging and complications of diabetes).


Excess fructose intake may contribute to hypertension. High blood pressure is a well-known comorbidity associated with obesity, hyperinsulinemia, and hyperlipidemia

Reasons why you should avoid HCFS:
  • Travels straight to the liver where it is metabolized to fat. Fructose converts to fat more than any other sugar.
  • Contributes to the development of diabetes and tissue damage. A recent study presented at the 2007 national meeting of the American Chemical Society found new evidence that soft drinks sweetened with high fructose corn syrup contains high levels of reactive compounds that have been shown by others to trigger cell and tissue damage that cause diabetes.
  • Does not stimulate insulin production or enhance, leptin, a hormone involved in appetite regulation. Because insulin and leptin act as key signals in regulating how much food you eat, this suggests that dietary fructose may contribute to increased food consumption and weight gain.
  • Contains no enzymes, vitamins or minerals; instead, it takes micro-nutrients from your body. The fructose in HFCS is different from the natural fructose you get when you eat a small piece of whole fruit, which contains the nutrients needed for your body to assimilate sugar.
  • Increases your triglyceride and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. Triglycerides are the chemical form of fat found in foods and in your body. Studies show that elevated blood levels of triglycerides increases your risk of heart disease.
  • Is almost always made from genetically modified corn, which may increase your risk of developing corn food allergies. The problem with corn allergies are that once you have a corn allergy from GMO corn you will have an allergy to even healthy organic corn products.
  • Corn based products such as HFCS have also been shown to increase osteoporosis, tooth decay, anemia and osteoarthritis.
  • Fructose interacts with birth control pills and can elevate insulin levels in women on the pill.
  • Fructose inhibits copper metabolism leading to a deficiency of copper, which can cause increased bone fragility, anemia, ischemic heart disease and defective connective tissue formation among others.
If you want to lose weight and drastically improve your health, stop drinking soda and processed fruit juices. These beverages are sweetened with almost eight teaspoons of fructose per serving. Drink pure water instead and you will be well on your way to improved health. You should also severely limit your consumption of food that contains high fructose corn syrup.
I advise you to check the ingredients when you are shopping.

Here is a list of products that contain HFCS. **PLEASE NOTE** This list can change. The manufacturers of these products can change their ingredients at any time. I will try to keep up with the list. If you notice a product that has changed, please contact me. If you have products that can be added to the list, please contact me. worldevolved at gmail dot com.

Baking and Cooking ingredients

Kellogg's® Corn Flake Crumbs
Nabisco Oreo Cookie Crumbs
Shake n Bake - Tangy Honey Glaze
Shake n Bake - Honey Mustard Glaze
Stove Top Stuffing - Chicken
Stove Top Stuffing - Cornbread
Stove Top Stuffing - Homestyle Herb
Stove Top Stuffing - Pork
Stove Top Stuffing - Turkey

Beverages:

A&W Root Beer
Capri-Sun Iced Tea
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Fruit Punch
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Grape
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Lemonade
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Mountain Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Orange
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Pacific Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Red Berry
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Splash Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Strawberry
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Strawberry/Kiwi
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Surfer Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Tropical Punch
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Wild Cherry
Capri-Sun Refreshers - Orange Dragonfruit
Capri-Sun Refreshers - Rasberry Passionfruit
Capri-Sun Refreshers - Strawberry/Kiwi
Capri-Sun Refreshers - Tropical Fruit
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Berry Ice
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Clear Cherry Chill
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Light Speed Lemon Lime
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Orange Edge
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Thunder Punch
Coca-Cola
Darigold Chocolate Milk
Hanson's All-Natural Soda (all flavors)
Hanson's Tonic Water
Jones Soda
Newman's Own Pink Lemonade
Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
Orangenia
Pepsi
PowerAde
Snapple -Cranberry Raspberry Juice Drink
Sprite
Starbucks' Frappuccino
Thomas Kemper Soda's
Tropicana OrangeAde
Tropicana Smoothies
Village Lemonade

Breads:

Brownberry Breads
Pepperidge Farm's line of 100% whole grain breads
Sara Lee Heart Healthy Whole Grain Bread.
Thomas English Muffins
Wonderbread

Breakfast Cereals

Kellogg's Frosted Rice Krispies®
Kellogg's Tony's Cinnamon Krunchers™
Kellogg's Corn Flakes®
Kellogg's Frosted Flakes®
Kellogg's Smorz®
Kellogg's Special K® Red Berries
Kellogg's All-Bran® Bran Buds®
Kellogg's All-Bran® Extra Fiber
Kellogg's All-Bran® Original
Kellogg's Apple Jacks®
Kellogg's Cinnamon Crunch Crispix™
Kellogg's Cocoa Krispies®
Kellogg's Complete® Oat Bran Flakes
Kellogg's Complete® Wheat Bran Flakes
Kellogg's Fruit Harvest™ Strawberry Blueberry
Kellogg's Honey Crunch Corn Flakes®
Kellogg's Kellogg's Crunchy Blends™ Just Right® Fruit & Nut
Kellogg's Kellogg's Crunchy Blends™ Low Fat Granola without Raisins
Kellogg's Kellogg's Crunchy Blends™ Low Fat Granola With Raisins
Kellogg's Mini-Wheats® Frosted Bite Size
Kellogg's Mini-Wheats® Frosted Original
Kellogg's Mini-Wheats® Strawberry
Kellogg's Crunchy Blends™ Mueslix® with Raisins, Dates & Almonds
Kellogg's Product 19®
Kellogg's Raisin Bran
Kellogg's Raisin Bran Crunch®
Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats® Cereal
Kellogg's Rice Krispies®
Kellogg's Smart Start® Antioxidants
Kellogg's Smart Start® Soy Protein
Kellogg's Special K®
Kellogg's Special K® Vanilla Almond
Kellogg's Fruit Harvest™ Peach Strawberry
Kellogg's SpongeBob SquarePants™ Cereal
Kellogg's Corn Flakes® with Real Bananas
Kellogg's Spider-man™ Spidey-Berry Cereal
Kellogg's Kellogg's Frosted Flakes® 1/3 Less Sugar
Kellogg's Special K® low carb lifestyle
Kellogg's Fruit Harvest™ Banana Berry
Kellogg's Disney Pixar Finding Nemo™ Cereal
Kellogg's All-Bran™ Bars Honey Oat
Kellogg's All-Bran™ Bars Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg's Disney Pixar The Incredibles™
Kellogg's Tiger Power
Kellogg's Smart Start® Healthy Heart
Kellogg's Disney Lilo & Stitch™
Kellogg's Special K® Fruit & Yogurt
Kellogg's Mini Swirlz™ Fudge Ripple
Kellogg's Toasted Honey Crunch™
Kellogg's Cran-Vanilla Crunch™
Post Blueberry Morning Cereal

Breakfast Pastries

Eggo® Pancakes Buttermilk
Eggo® Waf-Fulls™ Blueberry
Eggo® Waf-Fulls™ Strawberry

Candy Bars:

Hershey's Watchamacallit
Lifesavers - Butter Rum
Lifesavers - Chill-o-mints
Lifesavers - Cryst-o-mint
Lifesavers - Five Flavor Value Pack
Lifesavers - Hard Candy Sours
Lifesavers - Sours
Lifesavers - Tropical Fruits
Lifesavers - Wild Berries
Lifesavers - Wild Cherry
Optimum Opti-Pro Meal Lite Bar
PowerBar

Condiments:

Miracle Whip

Cookies and Cakes:

Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats® Squares Caramel Chocolatey Chunk
Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats® Squares Original
Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats® Squares Rainbow
Kellogg's Cereal & Milk Bars Frosted Flakes®
Kellogg's Cereal & Milk Bars Cocoa Krispies®
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Hot Fudge Sundae
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Spider-man™ Spidey-Berry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Apple Cinnamon
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Blueberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Chocolate Chip
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Blueberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Cherry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Chocolate Fudge
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Chocolate Vanilla Creme
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Grape
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Raspberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted S'Mores
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Strawberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Wild Berry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Low Fat Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Star Wars™ Frosted Lava Berry Explosion
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Caramel Chocolate
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Cookies & Creme
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Cinnamon Roll
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Low Fat Frosted Chocolate Fudge
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Low Fat Frosted Strawberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Strawberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Yogurt Blasts Blueberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Yogurt Blasts Strawberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® French Toast
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® SpongeBob SquarePants™ Wild Bubble-Berry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® The Incredibles Incrediberry Blast
Nabisco Barnum's Animal Crackers
Nabsico Chips Ahoy
Nabisco Fig Newtons
Nabisco Fig Newtons - Fat Free
Nabisco Fig Newtons - Whole Grain
Nabisco Honey Maid Graham Crackers
Nabisco Lorna Dornes
Nabisco Nilla Wafers
Nabisco Nutter Butter
Nabisco Mallomars
Nabisco Oreo Cookies
Nabisco Snackwells - Creme Sandwich
Nabisco Teddy Grahams
Nutri-Grain Twists™ Apple Cobbler
Nutri-Grain Twists™ Cappuccino & Creme
Nutri-Grain Twists™ Strawberry Cheesecake
Nutri-Grain® Muffin Bars Banana
Nutri-Grain® Muffin Bars Cinnamon Raisin
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Apple Cinnamon
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Blueberry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Cherry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Mixed Berry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Raspberry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Strawberry
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bars Honey Oat & Raisin
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bars Chocolatey Chunk
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bites Chocolatey Chip
Nutri-Grain® Minis Yogurt Icing Blueberry
Nutri-Grain® Minis Yogurt Icing Strawberry
Nutri-Grain® Yogurt Bars Strawberry Yogurt
Nutri-Grain® Yogurt Bars Vanilla Yogurt
Nutri-Grain® Muffin Bars Blueberry
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bites Caramel Nut Crunch
Grandma's Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies
100 Calorie Snack Packs

Crackers:

Kraft Cheese Nips
Nabisco Harvest Crisps - Wheat Thins 5 Grain
Nabisco Ritz Bits - Peanut Butter
Nabisco Ritz Bits - Graham Cracker S'mores
Nabisco Ritz Chips - Cheddar - Oven-Toasted Crunch
Nabisco Ritz Crackers
Nabisco Ritz Crackers - Low Sodium
Nabisco Sociables
Nabisco Wheat Thins
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Baked
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Low Sodium
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Multi-Grain
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Ranch
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Reduced Fat
100 Calorie Snack Packs

Dairy:

Breakstones Cottage Cheese & Toppings - Peach
Breakstones Cottage Cheese & Toppings - Pineapple
Breyer's Yogurt -Fruit on the Bottom - Strawberry Lowfat
Cool Whip
Cool Whip - Extra-Creamy
Cool Whip - Lite
Knudsen - Cottage Double (Peach)
Knudsen - Cottage Double (Pineapple)
Knudsen - Cottage Double (Strawberry)
Yoplait Yogurts

Drink Mixers:
Saratoga Salsa Bloody Mare Mix (spelling is correct)
El Paso Chili Key Lime Margarita Mix

Fruits and Vegetables:

B&M Original Baked Beans
Contadina Tomato Paste
Claussen Pickles - Bread and Butter Chips
Claussen Pickles - Kosher Dill Burger Slices
Claussen Pickles - Sweet Gherkins
Claussen Pickle Relish
Del Monte canned petite diced tomatoes with italian seasonings
Del Monte Fruit Naturals Red Grapefruit
Heinz Pickle Relish
Mott's Applesauce
Mt. Olive Sweet Relish
Mt. Olive Bread and Butter Pickles
Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Ice Creams

Ben & Jerry's - Chubby Hubby (HFCS and Transfat!)
Ben & Jerry's - Cherry Garcia
Ben & Jerry's - Neapolitan Dynamite
Ben & Jerry's - Cherry Garcia Body & Soul
Ben & Jerry's - Cherry Garcia Low Fat Frozen Yogurt Pints
Ben & Jerry's - Cherry Garcia Original Ice Cream Singles
Dreyer's - Girl Scouts Samoas Cookie Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Almond Praline Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Cherry Chocolate Chip Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Cherry Vanilla Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Cookies 'N Cream Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Dulce de Leche Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Nestle Toll House Cookie Swirl Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Spumoni Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Toffee Bar Crunch Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Turtle Sundae Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Ultimate Caramel Cup Grand Ice Cream

Jams, Jellies, and Syrups

Eggo™ Syrup Original Syrup
Eggo™ Syrup Buttery Syrup
Eggo™ Syrup Lite Syrup
Hershey's Chocolate Syrup
Knott's Boysenberry preserves
Smucker's Grape Jelly

Meats

Oscar Meyer Pickle and Pimento Loaf

Pastries

Nabisco Nilla Wafer Pie Crust
Nabisco Oreo Pie Crust
Jello No-Bake - Chips Ahoy
Jello No-Bake - Oreo
Pepperidge Farm's Puff Pastry sheets

Salad Dressings:

Emeril's Italian Vinegrette
Kraft Salad Dressing - Light done Right Creamy French
Kraft Salad Dressing - Thousand Island Fat Free
Maple Grove Farms Caesar Fat Free
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Hot n Spicy
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Light
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Light Super Easy Squeeze
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Non-fat
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Super Easy Squeeze
Wishbone Ranch Dressing
Wish-Bone Classic Caesar

Sauces:

A1 Steak Sauce Marinade - Cajun
A1 Steak Sauce Marinade - Chicago
A1 Steak Sauce Marinade - Teriyaki
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce - Honey Smoke
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce - Smokehouse Hickory
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce - Sweet Hickory Smoke
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce - Texas Style Mesquite
Crazy Jerry's Alotta Bull BBQ Sauce - Torrid Toro (Hot
Holy Smoke - Sticky Wings Glaze
Holy Smoke - Bar B Q Glaze
Jim Beam Steak Sauce
Jim Beam Herb & Garlic Gourmet Marinade
Jim Beam Lemon & Herb Gourmet Marinade
Kraft Barbecue Sauce
Penn State Nittany Lions Lime Grilling Sauce
Pork Rubbers Original Competition BBQ Sauce
Tuttorosso Marinara
Tuttorosso Three Cheese
Tuttorosso Traditional
Tuttorosso Flavored With Meat
Tuttorosso Mushroom
Tuttorosso Tomato & Basil
Tuttorosso Tomato, Olive & Garlic
Virginia Gentleman Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Snacks:

Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese Strawberry Cheesecake Bar
Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese Chocolate covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bar
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - All Star Burgers
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - All-star Hot Dogs
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Chicken Dunks
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Chicken Strips
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Cracker Stackers
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Nachos
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Peanut Butter Pile-ups
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza Dunks
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza Pile-ups
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza Stix
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza Swirls
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Tacos
100 Calorie Snack Packs

Soups:
Campbells Vegatable soup (in microwaveable bowl)

More info:
Graph that shows the link between Obesity and High Fructose Corn Syrup: here
**List of products that do not contain High Fructose Corn Syrup: here
Heat Forms Potentially Harmful Substance, Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), In High Fructose Corn Syrup: article


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Herbal Remedies That Show Promise in Scientific Testing

Here are a few Herbal remedies that have shown great promise in studies. Why not try something natural before turning to a prescription?


Aloe Vera: Studies have shown it can help heal burns and abrasions.

Chamomile: Early studies find benefits when used topically for mouth ulcers and certain skin conditions. Chamomile is being researched for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).

Chasteberry: Research finds benefits for easing premenstrual syndrome and breast pain. Perhaps also as treating some kinds of infertility.

Cranberry: Small studies suggest cranberry juice can help prevent urinary tract infections. It's currently being tested for prevention of dental plaque.

Elderberry: Small studies indicate it relieves flu symptoms. Studies also show that given with antibiotics can help treat sinus infections.

Evening Primrose Oil: Small studies suggest benefits for eczema, rheumatoid arthritis and breast pain.

Fenugreek: In some studies it helps lower blood sugar in patients with diabetes

Feverfew: Several studies suggest it can help prevent migraines.

Flaxseed: Studies suggest it can lower cholesterol. New research is investigating its potential for preventing heart disease and osteoporosis.

Garlic: Studies show it lowers cholesterol levels, and may slow atherosclerosis.

Ginger: Studies show it can ease pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting.

Ginkgo: Some studies suggest it lowers the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer's disease and improves memory in the elderly. It's being studied for asthma, multiple sclerosis and sexual dysfunction due to antidepressants.

Ginseng: Research suggests it may lower blood glucose and benefit immune function.

Milk Thistle: Research outside the U.S. finds it improves liver function. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is funding research on its use for Chronic Hepatitis C and other liver disease.

Peppermint Oil: Studies suggest it may improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome . If used with caraway oil it can ease indigestion.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis): Has been shown to relieve anxiety in clinical trials. Standardized Valerian extracts with a minimum of 0.8% valerenic acid, the active constituent, work best. Valerian extract works rapidly, often in less than an hour, when taken in doses of a few hundred milligrams, and can be taken up to three or four times per day.

5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan): Shown by clinical research to treat depression effectively. 5-HTP, an amino acid, allows your body to increase levels of serotonin, a mood-related neurotransmitter in the brain. Low serotonin levels have been linked to depression, and many prescription antidepressants work by increasing serotonin activity. For most people, taking 50-300mg of 5-HTP per day helps improve mood in just a few weeks without causing side effects that antidepressants can.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Cold and Flu Season: Treat Yourself Naturally




Psyllium-Boneset Flu Remedy

1 tablespoon - boneset
1 tablespoon - skullcap
1 tablespoon - white yarrow
1 teaspoon - psyllium seed
Honey or corn syrup
Distilled water

Put 1 tablespoon each of white yarrow, boneset, and skullcap in a pint of water. Simmer for 30 minutes. Strain. Add 1 tablespoon of this liquid and 1 teaspoon of psyllium seed, flavored, to one cup of boiling water. Sweeten with corn syrup. Drink every 30 minutes.

This remedy is useful for flu as well as for backaches and headaches.


Peppermint-Rosemary-Elder Flu Remedy
This remedy is good for colds with flu Symptoms.

black elder flowers - 1 cup
Irish moss - 1 cup
juniper berries - 1 cup
peppermint - 1 cup
plantain - 1 cup
rosemary - 1 cup
honey - as needed

Mix all the herbs. Steep 1 teaspoon of the herb mix in 1 cup boiling water for 15 minutes. Strain. Reheat and sweeten with honey. Drink twice daily.

Other Remedies:

Echinacea and goldenseal stimulate the immune system. Goldenseal also helps to soothe mucous membranes. Add 10-15 drops of a combination of echinacea and goldenseal to herbal teas at the first sign of a sniffle to boost the immune system. Take one dose of an echinacea and goldenseal combination remedy supplying 250 to 500 milligrams of echinacea and 150 to 300 milligrams of goldenseal three times daily for five days.

An infusion of boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) may relieve aches and fever and clear congestion: Simmer 1 cup boiling water with 2 tsp of the herb for 10 to 15 minutes; drink a cupful every hour, as hot as you can stand it.

To combat chills, try taking 30 drops of yarrow (Achillea millefolium) or elder (Sambucus nigra) flower tincture every four hours until your chills are gone.

To help yourself rest and relax, drink a cup of chamomile tea twice a day.

Use inhalations of chamomile, eucalyptus or thyme. These help loosen mucus and heal the throat, nasal passages and bronchial tubes.

Horsetail inhalations reduce swelling of mucous membranes.

At the first sign of the flu, begin taking the Chinese botanical formula Yin Qiao. (This remedy usually is not helpful after the third day of symptoms.) Take two or three tablets three times a day, up to twelve tablets in a twenty- four-hour period, during the acute phase of the flu. After the symptoms start to ease, reduce the dosage to one tablet three times daily for one week.

In a 1995 Israeli study, elderberry extract was found to reduce both the severity of symptoms and the duration of flu (two to three days in the treated group versus six days in the placebo group). Choose an extract standardized to contain 5 percent total flavonoids and take 500 milligrams twice daily.

Garlic helps to detoxify the body. Take 500 milligrams (or one clove) three times a day for up to five days.

Take ginger tea. Ginger tea is antiviral and helps break up the mucus and congestion. Ginger tea is excellent if the stomach is affected. To make the tea, boil 2 tablespoons of grated fresh ginger in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes, then remove from the heat and steep for 10 minutes. Take a cup as needed. Ginger reduces pain and fever and has a mild sedative effect that will encourage rest. It is valuable for preventing and treating colds and sore throats.

Onion or nasturtium inhalations disinfect.

Ginkgo biloba leaf inhalations kill bacteria and heal the cells of the damaged mucous membranes almost immediately.

When feeling more feverish, induce sweating by taking infusions of Catmint (Nepeta cataria) and/or Elderflower (Sambucus nigra).

To help alleviate and disinfect dry air passages, add 10 drops of tea tree oil to a bowl of hot water or vaporizer and leave in bedroom overnight. A small handkerchief sprinkled with a few drops of the oil and left under the pillow may help as well.

At the onset of a flu, drink lindenflower tea with 2 drops of lemon balm oil, thyme tea with honey, rose hip tea or acerola juice. When you start to sweat, quickly go to bed and continue sweating for one hour. Change clothes, rub body dry and try to steep. This therapy often stops the flu before it becomes full blown.

Gargle regularly with sage tea to disinfect mouth, and use sage inhalations to reduce inflammation.

Wash body with an infusion of thyme or juniper needles.

If you are suffering from muscular aching, use an infusion of Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) alone, or in combination with Catmint (Nepeta cataria) and/or Elderflower (Sambucus nigra).

Cayenne added to fresh orange juice or soup will help to relieve congestion and increase mucus flow.

Mullein can be used as an expectorant and to soothe a sore throat.

Cinnamon will stop vomiting and relieve feelings of nausea. Take as a tea. Cinnamon oil also has anti-bacterial properties.

Lemons are a rich source of Vitamin C. Taken hot in a hot lemon and honey drink is a traditional remedy for colds and sore throats.

Try some of these out!


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