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Green covid by Mina Tocalini for 360 Magazine

Tuberculosis Bacteria Paradox

TB-causing bacteria remember prior stress, react quickly to new stress

Tuberculosis bacteria have evolved to remember stressful encounters and react quickly to future stress, according to a study by computational bioengineers at Rice University and infectious disease experts at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS).

Published online in the open-access journal mSystems, the research identifies a genetic mechanism that allows the TB-causing bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, to respond to stress rapidly and in manner that is “history-dependent,” said corresponding author Oleg Igoshin, a professor of bioengineering at Rice.

Researchers have long suspected that the ability of TB bacteria to remain dormant, sometimes for decades, stems from their ability to behave based upon past experience.

Latent TB is an enormous global problem. While TB kills about 1.5 million people each year, the World Health Organization estimates that 2-3 billion people are infected with a dormant form of the TB bacterium.

“There’s some sort of peace treaty between the immune system and bacteria,” Igoshin said. “The bacteria don’t grow, and the immune system doesn’t kill them. But if people get immunocompromised due to malnutrition or AIDS, the bacteria can be reactivated.”

One of the most likely candidates for a genetic switch that can toggle TB bacteria into a dormant state is a regulatory network that is activated by the stress caused by immune cell attacks. The network responds by activating several dozen genes the bacteria use to survive the stress. Based on a Rice computational model, Igoshin and his longtime Rutgers NJMS collaborator Maria Laura Gennaro and colleagues predicted just such a switch in 2010. According to the theory, the switch contained an ultrasensitive control mechanism that worked in combination with multiple feedback loops to allow hysteresis, or history-dependent behavior.

“The idea is that if we expose cells to intermediate values of stress, starting from their happy state, they don’t have that much of a response,” Igoshin explained. “But if you stress them enough to stop their growth, and then reduce the stress level back to an intermediate level, they remain stressed. And even if you fully remove the stress, the gene expression pathway stays active, maintaining a base level of activity in case the stress comes back.”

In later experiments, Gennaro’s team found no evidence of the predicted control mechanism in Mycobacterium smegmatis, a close relative of the TB bacterium. Since both organisms use the same regulatory network, it looked like the prediction was wrong. Finding out why took years of follow-up studies. Gennaro and Igoshin’s teams found that the TB bacterium, unlike their noninfectious cousins, had the hysteresis control mechanism, but it didn’t behave as expected.

“Hysteretic switches are known to be very slow, and this wasn’t,” Igoshin said. “There was hysteresis, a history-dependent response, to intermediate levels of stress. But when stress went from low to high or from high to low, the response was relatively fast. For this paper, we were trying to understand these somewhat contradictory results. ”

Igoshin and study co-author Satyajit Rao, a Rice doctoral student who graduated last year, revisited the 2010 model and considered how it might be modified to explain the paradox. Studies within the past decade had found a protein called DnaK played a role in activating the stress-response network. Based on what was known about DnaK, Igoshin and Rao added it to their model of the dormant-active switch.

“We didn’t discover it, but we proposed a particular mechanism for it that could explain the rapid, history-dependent switching we’d observed,” Igoshin said. “What happens is, when cells are stressed, their membranes get damaged, and they start accumulating unfolded proteins. Those unfolded proteins start competing for DnaK.”

DnaK was known to play the role of chaperone in helping rid cells of unfolded proteins, but it plays an additional role in the stress-response network by keeping its sensor protein in an inactive state.

“When there are too many unfolded proteins, DnaK has to let go of the sensor protein, which is an activation input for our network,” Igoshin said. “So once there are enough unfolded proteins to ‘distract’ DnaK, the organism responds to the stress.”

Gennaro and co-author Pratik Datta conducted experiments at NJMS to confirm DnaK behaved as predicted. But Igoshin said it is not clear how the findings might impact TB treatment or control strategies. For example, the switch responds to short-term biochemical changes inside the cell, and it’s unclear what connection, if any, it may have with long-term behaviors like TB latency, he said.

“The immediate first step is to really try and see whether this hysteresis is important during the infection,” Igoshin said. “Is it just a peculiar thing we see in our experiments, or is it really important for patient outcomes? Given that it is not seen in the noninfectious cousin of the TB bacterium, it is tempting to speculate it is related to survival inside the host.”

Gennaro is a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Igoshin is a senior investigator at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics.

The research was supported by the Welch Foundation (C-1995) and the National Institutes of Health (GM096189, AI122309, AI104615, HL149450).

23 Vitals

Illustration by Kaelen Felix

Get the total immune support your body needs to stay healthy all in one cost-effective place!

23 Vitals was created in response to founder Tom Elliott wanting the best immunity support on the market without the cost or hassle of buying multiple products and taking handfuls of pills or powders a day. After talking to several leading doctors in nutritional medicine and realizing most immune products out there simply weren’t good enough, Elliott realized a better solution was needed. Working with his team of experts, they created an all-in-one, best-in-class product that supports your immune system and makes sure it is working optimally with the breakthrough 23 Vitals.

Highlights include:

•  23 Key Ingredients for Total Immune Support, Overall Health & Vitality in a ready-to-mix powder

• One scoop, one time a day is all it takes to get 23 immune-enhancing vitamins and nutrients!

• Other products fall short of addressing the critical players of the immune system with low-value conventional ingredients, while 23 Vitals is the Ultimate Immune Solution with premium, clinically studied nutrients

• Add to your smoothie, yogurt, water- you choose!

• Two delicious flavors include Strawberry Lemonade or Orange Creamsicle (yum)!

Before 23 Vitals, if you were to try to buy all of the same immune support ingredients individually, it would cost you over $350 (!!!) and you would have to take over 30 pills and a couple of powders each day.  So, 23 Vitals got to work with a collective of expert formulators and physicians to craft a product of naturally occurring “Immune-Potentiating” ingredients to help train, remodel, and rejuvenate the Immune System – all in one great-tasting, ready-to-mix formula. 

Premium, clinically studied world-class ingredients include ResistAID (an amazing Larch tree extract for optimizing Innate and Adaptive Arms of the Immune System!), Wellmune (one of the most clinically studied beta-glucan ingredients for immune health!), 23 Vitals Immune FactorsTM  (Lactoferrin enriched colostrum proteins that protect and “train” immune cells), Bl-04 (specific probiotic strain with proven Immune, Microbiome & Gut health benefits), OptiMSM and N-Acetyl Cysteine (maintains healthy inflammation response, antioxidant & cellular health), ActivAloe (amazing source of Acemannan prebiotic for supporting gut and immune cells), VasoDrive-AP (unique tripeptide to support healthy blood flow and circulation), Other immuno-resilient nutrients, vitamins and minerals like Elderberry, Quercetin, Astragalus, Vitamin C, D3, Zinc, Selenium, Copper and many more!  

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Cannabis Trends During COVID-19

As people deal with COVID-19, how is cannabis use changing?

SōRSE Technology, a food science emulsification company pivotal to the cannabis and CBD edible supply chain, was created by a team of mindful, physically active people. They have rowers, skiers, cyclists, yoga enthusiasts and runners, all of whom are passionate about CBD and THC. The company understands these sports are easier to do when you are healthy, and being healthy means making wise choices about what you do to your body. They developed their emulsion to allow people to get CBD or THC into their system without inhaling, which is important for athletes, but also important when it comes to protecting your lungs- even more important now as we deal with COVID-19. 

At SōRSE Technology, innovation means creating new platforms and new ways to incorporate products into beverages, food, or topicals. The company wants consumers to be aware of these platforms so that they know they have options when it comes to using cannabis. In terms of R&D, they are spending a lot of time researching trends and how consumers think about wellness. With this, they are also seeing a need to for an all-natural CBD emulsion which will be available very soon. Consumers are concerned about their health and immune systems and are looking at ingredients that can support a healthier lifestyle. SōRSE Technology wants customers to have a natural option if that is what they want for their food or beverage.

2020 started with new and exciting flavors; “exotic and accessible” was a trend in January and February. Yet when people feel uncomfortable or uncertain about the future, they have a tendency to circle back to the past and their positive memories, which makes them feel nostalgic. This will be reflected in consumers trying to recreate experiences from recent fond memories, from a wonderful vacation they took or a cocktail from their favorite restaurant – something that reminds them of a happy time when they were together with family or friends.

Because of COVID-19, almost everyone is going through a difficult time right now. We have higher stress levels, and we worry for our families, unemployment and the uncertainty of the future. SōRSE Technology knows that health, and specifically, respiratory health is very much on customers’ minds.

People were already looking for new ways to consume their cannabis that didn’t involve inhaling it. Consumers were also trending towards functional health beverages that placed emphasis on boosting the immune system, improving sleep, or reducing stress. COVID-19 has accelerated that trend and made people even more concerned about their health and well-being. This could explain why CBD sales have been strong the past two months. In states where it is medicinally and/or recreationally legal, THC sales are up as well, which could indicate that people are using it as a way to escape from the stress and anxiety the COVID is causing and bring themselves back to a more relaxed space.

In terms of working with partners and customers, SōRSE Technology sees that people are spending time at home innovating on new ideas. They have budding entrepreneurs reaching out who are interested in starting their own businesses, especially in the realm of e-commerce, and are using this time to reset their lives and reflect on what matters to them. The company’s job is to help customers go in the right direction, knowing that there are a lot of changes happening with the consumer mindset and consumer expectation. They are trying to stay on top of the changing trends so that they can help customers make the right decisions.

Supercharge a Kid’s Immune System + Natural Remedy to Kill Coronavirus

With schools closing “indefinitely” and grocery shelves becoming bare, we all are anxious to see how this plays out and when it will be over. As parents we have a responsibility to keep our kids calm about the situation, keep their immune systems strong, and use preventative ways to kill viruses that our kids come in contact with. Karen Barski, 25 year RN; Reiki Master IIII; Wellness Coach; and Holistic Mom, offers 10 under-the-radar ways to supercharge your kid’s immune system and even a holistic remedy that a doctor claims to kill coronavirus and all other viruses. Best part, adults can use these tips too!

“I’m a mother of five and have kept my kids off antibiotics for 8 years using the below immune-boosting practices that quite frankly are still under the radar and not mainstream – but should be. I even shrunk my own adrenal tumor by half using holistic remedies leaving my doctors in awe. We are true believers and practitioners that the best pharmacy is our very own kitchen…and garden,” says Karen Barski, Founder of Zenergy Center and the Woombie Baby Swaddle.

10 Under-the-Radar Ways to Supercharge the Immune System

For Kids (preschool kids and older)

#1 A smoothie a day keeps the doctor away

Move over apples, smoothies are taking your place. “All kids should have a smoothie right when they wake up – this superfood immunity boost goes right into your cells since your stomach is empty. The body has been sleeping all night and is not digesting any food which means it has more time to do what it should – keep your organs clean, healthy, and functioning at its highest level to prevent sickness and disease,” says Barski.

Here’s a go-to recipe your kids will love (enough for 2-3 people):

1 Cup Organic Frozen Mixed Berries
1 Banana for natural sweetness
2-3 Scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder (we choose dairy free, plant-based)
2-3 Tablespoons Chia Seeds or Chia/Flax Blend
2-3 big handfuls of greens like kale or spinach (or we like to use Earthbound Organics “Power Greens” from Costco which has a mix of baby spinach, baby kale, and baby swiss chard – 1.5 lbs for under $7!)
1.5 Cups of Water or Almond/Soy/Nut Milk (avoid dairy)

Here’s another “green” smoothie but looks purple so kids love it (2 serving sizes):

1 Whole Lemon peeled (seeds and all!)
1 Tsp of fresh ginger (1/3 size of your thumb)
1 Cup leafy greens (kale or spinach)
1 Cup Coconut Water
¼ Apple
½ Cucumber
1 Small Celery Stalk
½ Cup Frozen Berries
½ Banana (can be frozen too)

#2 Essential Oils

Used for 6000 years, essential oils are a form of alternative medicine using plant extracts to promote health and well being. They can be applied to the skin or used through aromatherapy. Here are some best essential oil tips for kids:

  • Essential oils should be used on kids 3 years and older topically (in a carrier oil like jojoba). Essential oils can even be diffused in infant nursery from birth and beyond but put it on the other side of the room and dilute it a bit more. 
     
  • It’s worrisome to many when hand sanitizer runs out and cannot be found at any store, but there’s a way to make hand sanitizer at home that is healthier and just as effective. Alcohol-based sanitizers are full of chemicals so “a great homemade sanitizer recipe can be made from 2 oz of Witch Hazel with 20 drops of doTERRA on guard and tea tree oil and if you don’t have that, 20 drops each of Tea tree oil and lavender in the witch hazel will work as well. I just bought little teeny spray bottles for the kids so they can keep it in their pocket instead of the alcohol stuff,” Barski adds.
     
  • Use a diffuser to mist essential oils with tea tree, lavender and frankincense into the air. “Running in the main area the house (the kitchen or living room) my overall favorite blend is DoTERRA’s On Guard which helps activate the immune system. If your kid has the sniffles, move the diffuser in their bedroom at night,” says Barski.
     
  • Woombie’s Child Essentials offers three essential oil blends: one is called Relief and is for stuffy noses, Restore for the immune system, and Rest is for a good night’s sleep (which is a big factor in keeping our immune systems strong).
     
  • Put 3-4 drops of doTERRA On Guard on the soles of your kid’s feet when they are sick (2x daily).
     
  • Also from Woombie, The Feel Better Bear is an essential oils tool to comfort kids while sick and help them get better.

    The adorable plush bear includes:

    *Aromatherapy pockets in hand areas
    *Tissues or PJs in tummy area (or a fun secret compartment)
    *Name your bear and cuddle away!
    *Child Essential Oils sold separately
    *$34.99 at http://woombie.com/product/feel-better-bear/


#3 Prevent Spreading Germs

Talk to your kids about sneezing / coughing etiquette such as coughing into your elbow/arm and never your hands and throwing away used tissues then immediately washing your hands or using sanitizer (hand washing is best).

When your child comes home from school, a playdate, or anywhere public where they touched things (sat in a seat, shopping cart, etc.) do this routine:

  • Shoes off at the door.
  • Clothes off at the door.
  • Wash hands with soap for 20 seconds – sing the ABCs.
  • Avoid sugar and junk for all snacks – soda is liquid poison. Fresh fruit, veggies, and healthy snacks like chickpea puffs, granola, and trailmix.
  • For adults – take off shoes, wash hands, and wipe down your cell phone as well as your car steering wheel next time you drive. 

#4 Elderberry

Antioxidant-rich Elderberry is a shiny purple berry from the European Elderberry tree and has been used for generations to treat a wide variety of ailments. It’s best known here in the States to help strengthen kids’ immune systems and help fight the flu (studies have proven that it shortens the duration of sick time by 2-3 days).

You can give kids a small daily dose of Elderberry during flu season to boost your child’s immune system as a preventative measure or can be given when your child gets sick.

“There are many ways to take Elderberry, but the easiest for littler kids is to get the concentrated dropper and add to water. I add to my kid’s school water bottle and he drinks it during the day without tasting anything but water; however, it does have a good taste since it’s a berry,” adds Barski.

Always ask your doctor before taking Elderberry since kids with autoimmune disorders should not take it.

#5 Vitamins

“Vitamins and probiotics are important to keep your kiddos strong and healthy. We use the Olly + Probiotic Gummy Vitamins. One a day up to age 4 and then it’s two a day.

“We also give our kids extra Vitamin D – the Vitamin D gummies are great and they also have drops which can be added to water without making it taste different.

“Vitamin C is very important – we like the Vitamin C powder packs. At the first sign of getting sick, mix with water and enjoy. They have Vitamin C chewables too. Our bodies can absorb up to 1000 mg of Vitamin C a day so start in small doses multiple times a day – 250 mg doses for kids,” adds Barski.

#6 “I am…” Statements

“What we think, we are. Our thoughts truly dictate the people, circumstances, and events that happen in our lives based on the science of Quantum Physics – or better put, the Law of Attraction. Setting intentions with “I am…” statements will either elevate you or tank you,” adds Barski.

Right in the morning when you get up and before you go to sleep (as you are drifting off to dreamland) say or think, “I am getting better every second” or “I am getting better every day in every way” or “I am a good health warrior!” or “I have a super strong immune system.” Envision yourself up and about and 100% healthy.

#7 Energy Healing

“Some may think energy healing is a bunch of mumbo jumbo, but it’s actually based on science (quantum physics). As a Reiki IIII Master, the best way to explain energy healing is this:

Our bodies are made up of physical elements such as muscles, bones, organs, nerves, etc., but we also have a flow of energy through our bodies. This is called our life energy or Chi or Qi.  We have energy centers called Chakras that allow the flow of energy and then we have meridians and nadas which are like rivers that carry our life energy through-out our body. When our life energy flow is disrupted or blocked, we tend to get sick as our bodies cannot naturally heal. Stress, fear, worry, doubt, anger, anxiety, etc. can all cause energy blocks.  Reiki restores energy balance and gently and effectively opens blocked meridians, nadas and chakras, and clears the energy bodies leaving a feeling of peace and relaxation. As a result the body can heal and get less sick,” explains Barski.

“If you cannot get to an energy healer in person, there are free distant energy healing videos on Youtube. My friend uses this one video often. She had an abscess tooth and nothing was working – she even had gone to the dentist. She watched the 5 minute healing video and in 20 minutes the pain was gone and this weird blood clot fell out of her mouth. Since it worked for her, she uses the video every time she senses that she may be sick and her 4 year old too. The video heals her 4 year old’s stomach aches within minutes and literally overnight flu symptoms have healed,” shares Barski.

#8 Eat Clean

“We cannot expect our bodies to stay healthy and fight off germs if we are not fueling it properly. It’s like putting diesel gas in a regular car,” adds Barski.

Foods to Build up a Great Immune System:

  • Kiwis are a magical fruit! The golden kiwis have double the vitamin C compared to a green kiwi and are delicious and sweet. One kiwi has almost double the vitamin C as an orange. Eat three golden kiwis and that’s nearly 300 mg of Vitamin C.
     
  • “Garlic is a superfood! We feed our horses some garlic with their feed and not one bug or fly gets on them. It’s incredible. Garlic contains compounds that help the immune system fight germs. Studies have shown that garlic reduces the risk of becoming sick in the first place if eaten often or daily, as well as how long you stay sick. It can also reduce the severity of symptoms,” adds Barski.

    Make sure to talk to your Vet before giving animals garlic.
     
  • Sauerkraut and non-dairy Kefir  – “While some families prefer Greek yogurt, to get probiotics we eat sauerkraut and non-dairy kefir (since we are dairy-free). These foods help create a healthy gut. When your gut is healthy, your immune system is stronger,” adds Barski.
     
  • Spinach – This leafy green is packed with numerous antioxidants and beta carotene, which may increase the infection-fighting ability of our immune systems. It’s the healthiest when cooked as little as possible to retain its nutrients. “Add fresh to salads, healthy superfood bowls, a sandwich or wrap, and add it to pasta dishes and soups at the last moment for a minute so it wilts then serve,” adds Barski.

#9 Epsom Salt Baths

Epsom salt draws out toxins from the body. “Depending on your needs there are several that are recommended including Eucalyptus if you have respiratory cold, but I prefer the original Dr. Teals which is the cheapest at Walmart or Amazon.com. 20 minutes max and drink plenty of water afterwards – this is very important,” says Barski.

You can add essential oils like Lavender or tea bags of Chamomile, Valerian, or Lavender tea to help boost the immune system.

#10 Get Movin’

Every day you should get out and walk and/or run around and play with you kids. A Harvard study showed that walking boosts immune function and helps protect you during cold and flu season. Those who walk have 43% fewer sick days compared to those who exercised once a week or less.  SOURCE

“Skip the busy gym to practice social distancing and choose the open air instead. Luckily the weather is becoming warmer so families can enjoy the outdoors. Look up local hiking trails. It’s super fun to explore new trails and be with nature. Pack water and for longer hikes bring some healthy snacks. A picnic is also fun to do,” adds Barski.

For Adults

Follow the same tips as above plus add in:

1. Intermittent Fasting

The last time you eat should be 7PM at night and then the next morning when you wake have two glasses of water (16 ounces to jump start your body – just think, you just went 8 hours with not one sip of water!) and you can have a cup of coffee (almond milk but no sugar), then an hour later have your Super Greens Protein Smoothie just like the kids have. No solid food until noon time so that means you just fasted from solid food for 17 hours giving your body a chance to clean those organs, detox, and get your body working at its optimal state.

2. Turmeric Could Kill Coronavirus and Studies Show Kills Other Deadly Viruses

Although stated there is no science to back this up, Dr. Harish Moorjani gave a very engaging and enlightening speech at a public library about COVID-19 . One of the tips he shared was to sip the following just before you go to bed: ½ teaspoon of turmeric mixed with ¼ cup milk (we suggest swapping this for almond milk, adding a dash of cinnamon which also boosts the immune system, and a tiny bit of honey for sweetness).

His story was quite compelling; as an Infectious Disease Specialist who has been around people with highly contagious viruses he has never once had a sick day from work. He claims that it’s because of his nighttime ritual of sipping turmeric and milk right before bed so it coats your throat and kills any virus.

Source – Dr. Harish Moorjani
VIDEO HERE

About Karen Barski

Karen is an RN BSN of over 25 years, wife, and high energy holistic mom of 5 (including twins!) plus one angel child. She is an Infant Care Specialist, Emotion Code Practitioner, Reiki IIII Master, visionary, artist, designer, business coach, wellness coach, inventor of the global swaddle brand Woombie, and to top it off a Leo. Through her Woombie social media with over 100k followers and her blog, Juiceboxes + TEQUILA, she connects with parents about raising happy and healthy kids through lots of love, experiences instead of things, and going slightly against the grain of “normal” society.

www.woombie.com
www.karenbarski.com
www.zenergycenter.com

Top Supplements to Keep you Healthy While Traveling

  1. Immune Support – Vitamin C with Bioflavinoids Vitamin C is a great travel add-on. It helps with free radical damage, boosts your immune system before you travel, and supports heart health.
  2. Stress and Energy Support – Cordyceps are great for their enhancing effects on immunological function which can be weakened by stress. They enhance cellular energy in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), molecules that use chemical energy created from the breakdown of food molecules to fuel other cellular processes.
  3. Digestive Support – Digestive Enzymes when you’re traveling, you’re probably not making your own food. This can mean eating things that you normally wouldn’t, causing some stomach upset. Add this enzyme to help digest those extra tasty, but maybe not on your normal dietary plan, meals.
  4. Sleep Support – Herbal Rest and Melatonin the Sound Slumber support is a one-two punch of herbal support and melatonin to help you rest easy while you are away from your own bed. While melatonin helps ease you to sleep, the herbal rest will help keep you asleep with its unique herbal blend. Daily Greens Support-Prefer trying a green superfood supplement instead? Superfood supplements are a great option for ensuring you have sufficient veggies each day when tr avelling. You can check this site for a round up of some of the best greens powder supplements.

What Is Seasonal Eating?

The new year has passed and the days are getting longer in the Northern Hemisphere and shorter in the Southern.  Between cold temperatures and tremendous amounts of darkness, a diet filled with nutrients that aid our bodies is necessary.  The owner of NuYu Revolution, Susan Rappaport, didn’t start her fitness journey until she was 39 years old. She is a weight loss success story and credits her own struggle with obesity and dieting for her eventual foray into a life of fitness.

Susan notes that ‘Many of us have our go-to foods that we habitually choose to eat through the year, but our body’s nutritional needs do, in fact, change along with nature. Eating thoughtfully with the seasons will support our body’s health, energy, and can even heighten our spirits.’

She continues:

  • If we eat seasonally, consuming fruits and vegetables that nature has given us at that precise time, the result is said to be that we will feel better, more youthful, and have a stronger immune system.
  • Making food selections based on a spring, summer, fall, winter cycle, is believed to help keep the body in balance to avoid illness. 
  • Nature gives us what we need when we need it, so being mindful and selecting fresh and local fruits and vegetables is always a good choice. Seasonal food is fresher, tastier and more nutritious than food consumed out of season. Plus, it is less expensive, and supports the environment.
  • Foods grown closer to where we live are harvested at the peak of freshness, and are not forced to undergo unnatural preserving processes. A recent study found that direct-to-consumer producers used less pesticides and herbicides than conventional producers. Eating locally exposes us to many options we may not otherwise eat, which is good for our health by adding a variety of nutrients to our diets and enhances our ability to combat illness.

Like any diet change undertaking, don’t go crazy with it! There are great benefits, but if it becomes your law, you may lose sight of the benefits. If your doctor recommends that you eat more leafy greens, and kale or collards are out of season but available in your store, don’t pass them up just to “eat seasonally.” Being mindful of seasonal eating gives you a whole new perspective and puts you on a path of awareness. Do what you can, when you can, and the winds of seasonal change will likely blow you in the direction of all around better health, which is a welcome byproduct all year round!

Ideal Winter Vitamins & The Foods Where Can Find Them:

Vitamin A:

Supports our immune system functions to help ward off illness.

Can be found in:

Bell Pepper

Carrots

Collard Greens

Fish

Kale

Liver

Mustard Greens

Milk

Parsley

Pumpkin

Red Cabbage

Sweet Potato

Swiss Chard

Turnips

Spinach

Vitamin B:

Essential in nerve function, supports brain function and red blood cells.

Can be found in:

Avocados

Dates

Parsnip

Pear

Pineapple

Kale

Red Cabbage

Spinach

Swiss Chard

Turnips

Turnip Greens

Mustard Greens

Vitamin C:

Supports immune system and energy. Is an antioxidant, protects cells, improves iron absorption, promotes healthy teeth and gums, heals wounds, and strengthens the body to resist infection.

Can be found in:

Avocado

Bell Peppers

Broccoli

Brussel Sprouts

Cranberries

Grapefruit

Lemons

Mandarins

Oranges

Parsnip

Pears

Pineapple

Rutabagas

Turnips

Vitamin D:

Derived from both food and sunlight. Supports bone health, immune system, and calcium absorption. Helps keep bones strong and healthy.

Can be found in:

Kale

Seafood

Spinach

Swiss Chard

Turnip Greens

Mustard Greens

Vitamin E:

Antioxidant, protects cells, helps body process vitamin K more efficiently, and repairs muscle cells.

Can be found in:

Avocados

Certain Nuts and Seeds

Kale

Mustard Greens

Parsnip

Spinach

Swiss Chard

Turnip Greens

Vitamin K:

Supports the clotting of the blood and bone density. Protects against osteoporosis.

Can be found in:

Asparagus

Avocado

Broccoli

Kale

Nuts

Seeds

Pears

Spinach

Swiss Chard

Turnip Greens

Iron: Supports the oxygen being carried throughout the body, and promotes the making of red blood cells.

Can be found in:

Dark Chocolate

Dates

Legumes

Liver

Red Meat

Organ Meats

Nuts

Potatoes

Pumpkin

Quinoa

Seeds

Shellfish

Spinach

Squash

Tofu

Potassium: Decreases risk of stroke, lowers blood pressure, preserves muscle mass and bone density. Regulates fluid balance and controls the electrical activity of the heart and other muscles

Can be found in:

Apricots

Bananas

Broccoli

Dates

Grapefruit

Kiwi

Mushrooms

Oranges

Peas

Prunes

Raisins

Rutabagas

Spinach

Sweet Potatoes

Zinc:

Zinc supports our immune system and helps our body’s ability to ward off illness.

Can be found in:

Beans

Dairy

Eggs

Mustard Greens

Nuts

Oysters

Red Meat

Spinach

Swiss Chard

Turnip Greens

Staying Healthy When The Temperature Drops

Staying healthy can be a challenge when the temperature drops, we all know the feeling of being unprepared for the bitter winter wind and then catching a cold a few days later. With an abundance of medicines helping us to rid the cold faster, it may seem tempting to take out a quick unsecured loan to get you all the latest supplements and medication. However, with these loans in place for financial emergencies only, this is now a thing of the past! Here we are going to give you some top tips for staying healthy when the temperature drops, without breaking the bank.

Sleep

When tackling the winter months it is important to get plenty of sleep in order to strengthen your immune system and fight the infection as the number of germs increases. With the nights drawing in and getting darker earlier, there is plenty of time to rest up to help reach your recommended 8 hours of sleep per night.

Stay Warm

Another way of ensuring that you stay healthy during the winter months is to keep as warm as possible. Although the weather outside may seem bright and inviting, do not be fooled! The weather outside can still be bitterly cold, which can lead to you becoming ill if you do not stay as wrapped up warm. Get yourself a winter coat, a hat and a scarf as this will help you to stay warm and fight off any potential infection. In addition to this, drinking warm beverages and eating warm food can also help you to feel better and ensure that you are healthy throughout winter.

Eat Healthy

Arguably one of the most important ways of staying healthy when the temperature drops are your diet. Although it may seem tempting to go for all the unhealthy treats, many forget to focus on the vegetables and healthy alternatives. If your diet is balanced with a large number of fresh vegetables then you will get the vitamins that you need to help fight infection and help to keep you healthy against typical winter illness, such as the common cold.

In addition to this, staying hydrated during this time of year is also important, as it will help you to concentrate during work hours as well as allow you to maintain healthy bodily functions.

Avoid Caffeine

Caffeine is something that most people run to when it is cold outside. With the long, dark working days, it can be hard to get up in the morning when the bed is so warm, that is why most opt for caffeine at work and throughout the course of the day to stay warm. However, this could be making it worse! Although it may seem tempting to reach for the tea and coffee, it is best to keep to one or two cups a day and replace the rest with something warm such as a mug of soup.

Not only does caffeine have an effect on your concentration levels, but it also has a negative effect on your mood and your immune system.

As you can see, it is easy to look after yourself during the winter months without having to spend a fortune on supplements or medication.

Dragonfly x Merck

Dragonfly Therapeutics, Inc. (“Dragonfly”), today announced a strategic collaboration with Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, through a subsidiary, to discover, develop and commercialize innovative immunotherapies for patients with solid tumor cancers. The collaboration grants Merck the option to license exclusive worldwide intellectual property rights to products developed using Dragonfly’s TriNKET™ technology platform for a number of solid-tumor programs, with the potential to earn Dragonfly up to $695 million in up front and milestone payments per program as well as royalties on sales of approved products.

“Merck is a world leader in solid-tumor cancer therapies and has a demonstrated history of delivering breakthrough treatment options for patients,” said Bill Haney, co-founder and CEO of Dragonfly Therapeutics. “We’re excited to work with Merck to accelerate bringing drug candidates developed using our innovative TriNKET™ technology platform to patients with a number of solid tumor malignancies.”

“Dragonfly’s technology platform offers an opportunity to harness the power of NK cell receptor engagement to develop novel therapeutics targeting solid tumor indications,” said Dr. Joe Miletich, Senior Vice President Discovery and Preclinical Development, Merck Research Laboratories. “We look forward to working with the Dragonfly team.”