The H1N1 virus, also known as the swine flu, has been hittinghard in northeast Wisconsin. With a likely shortageof vaccine and vaccineconcerns, what can you do to help protect your familynaturally?
Last flu season GreenSense discussed how to BoostYour Immune System Naturally, including recipes for bonebroths. This cold and flu season I’d like to focus onprobiotics.
Probiotics are beneficialmicroorganisms similar to the "friendly" bacteria found naturallyin the body's digestive system. They have recently becomevery popular as a food additive and supplement, but is there anytruth to all the health claims? As it turns out,yes.
After an 18 month study that examined the effect of probiotics Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium animalis on children aged 3 to 5, the results showed that:
- the Lactobacillus acidophilus group had 53% fewer fevers, 41% fewer coughs, and 28% fewer runny noses than the placebo group
- the group given both bacteria strains had 72% fewer fevers, 62% fewer coughs, and 59% fewer runny noses than the placebo group
- the Lactobacillus acidophilus group recovered from cold symptoms 32% faster and the two-bacteria group recovered 48% faster than the placebo group, when they did get sick, with less antibiotic use (68% and 84% less, respectively)
Other studies have shown similarly positive results. If you consider how much surface area there is in the digestive track (some estimates calculate that it forms up to 70% of the immune system), it makes sense that keeping it healthy helps keep you healthy.
Personally, I havestarted brewingkombucha, plus we regularly consume yogurt and kefir with live and active cultures (read the label – you wantgood bacteria that are still frisky). I have also orderedsome water kefirgrains and will soon be making beetkvass. So far, so good.
NewStudy: Probiotic Strain Boosts Immune Response to Flu Virus -Researchers found that a specific strain of probiotics, increasesthe body's immune response to the flu virus -- specifically, toinfluenza A. Swine flu, also known as H1N1, is a variant of influenza A.
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In Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon notes, “One four ounce glass in the morning and night, is an excellent blood tonic, promotes regularity, aids digestion, alkalizes the blood, cleanses the liver, and is a good treatment for kidney stones and other ailments.” (p. 610)
3 medium organic beets
¼ cup whey(innoculant)
1/2 tablespoon sea salt
2 quarts filteredwater*
Slice off the beet greens and save them for another purpose (beet greens are loaded with nutrients and can be prepared like chard or kale). Slice off the bottom of the beet and thoroughly scrub and peel. Coarsely chop the beets and place in a tall glass container.
Add the filtered water, sea salt, and whey and stir to combine. Cover securely and keep at room temperature for 2 days, stirring a few times. After 2 days, strain out the beets and discard, transfer the liquid to mason jars and store in the refrigerator.
*Don’t use tap water if it is chlorinated because chlorine will inhibit the fermentation process.
Basic Kombucha from Wild Fermentation featured at Common Sense Homesteading
I personally have two three quart batches brewing on my counter at any given time. Cold temperatures will slow down fermentation, so I am letting mine ferment for around two weeks.
Timeframe: About 7-10 days
Ingredients (for 1 quart/1liter):
1 quart/1liter water
1/4 cup/60 milliliterssugar
1 tablespoon/15milliliters loose black tea or 2 teabags
1/2 cup/125 millilitersmature acidic kombucha
Water Kefir from Rebuild: the blog
Water kefir is an effervescent beverage that can be used as a healthy replacement for soda pop. Kefir grains can be purchased online at Cultures for Health and other vendors.
Water kefir instructions: Innoculating the Water
One-step kefir soda (usesdry fruit)
Two-step kefir soda (usesfruit juice)
Note: Juice can be added initially to the grains to make it a "one-step" process, but grains will take on the color of the juice. It may also be difficult to remove all of the fruit pulp when straining the grains.
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