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A Good Defense Requires A Mindful Offense

Good Defense Requires a Mindful Offense

Our Current State of Affairs

President Trump released a statement that we are to remain in self-quarantine for another 30 days. The hospitals and urgent cares all over the country are over run and it seems like there’s no end in sight. Millions of misleading videos are circulating. Each one with new misleading “scientific” evidence on how to kill coronavirus. There’s even one that tells you to use your hairdryer to blow hot air into your sinuses to kill the virus! Insanity.

Why all this Misinformation?

Panic and desperation are likely the motives behind these crazy videos as well as the prayer chains being frantically passed around. People are wondering: what can I do? Will I get sick? How sick will I get? What about my elderly parents or my child who already struggles with multiple illnesses? How can I help myself or my loved ones?

This is not the first article I have written with suggestions on what to do. And many of you who know and follow me realize that I believe there are many natural methods for improving your immune system. Those who know me also know I believe whole food is the supreme source for nutrients. However, what I am going to share with you today is different. It is even better than random whole food. What I am sharing is a personalized nutrition and immune program created just for you!

What Do You Mean By Personalized Nutrition?

The Regenr8 program is the only program of its kind. This program uses advanced epigenetic diagnostics to deliver a custom organic superfood aimed at improving your personal epigenetic gene expression and metabolic profile. Thus, quickly improving your overall health and function of your body systems. My article on Personalized Regenerative Epigenetic Nutrition explains this unique program in more detail. Suffice it to say, this program fixes your gene expression by filling the unique gaps and needs of your body. It is specifically designed to improve Your body, Your overall health and every one of Your body system’s function in the process. Additionally, you can add the newly released Immunity Defense Kit, created to address our current special circumstances.

What is the VPack Immunity Defense Kit?

During a time of worldwide crisis, it is ideal to add personalized nutrition aimed at an overall health boost alongside targeted immune support. Immunity Defense Kit is backed by scientific studies in herbal phytomedicine to support stressed immune systems

Hard core scientific research and superb organic herbal formulation is at the base of the creation of this kit. In it, Regenr8 has created a two-fold plant-based offering.

First, the immunitea is a delicious herbal tea which comes in a sachet for cold brewing. Cold brewing protects the health enhancing constituents of the plants from the dangers of overheating. Drink it daily for general immune boosting throughout the viral season.

Second, is the immunidefense, an herbal supplement utilizing herbs that have scientifically demonstrated targeted immune defense and immune supporting qualities. So what is it that makes this herbal blend unique?

What makes this unique?

Potentilla + supporting herbs

Potentilla

An herb called Potentilla arguta makes this product unique to any other and is the foundation of this blend. This is a strong herb and thus, only available with physician support. This is where I come in!

The science shows Potentilla to be highly active in boosting our body’s particular immune pathways that fight viral illness and support healthy respiratory systems. This Canadian study by the Journal of Ethnopharmacology is one of many studies that provides specifics on the science of how this occurs.

In this study, 100 methanolic plant extracts were screened for anti-viral activity against seven viruses, including coronavirus. Potentilla Arguta, a member of the Rocaceae family, was one of the twelve plants that demonstrated strong anti-viral properties within the coronavirus family. Potentilla Arguta also exhibited complete inhibition of the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in this study.  This is not surprising since RSV and coronavirus are structurally similar. They are both single-stranded RNA viruses which infect mucosal surfaces. It is particularly important to inhibit viral respiratory intrusion of the coronavirus, as that is the principal cause of concern in coronavirus patients.  This is why this plant was chosen as the base of this herbal blend.

The powerful Potentilla arguta blended with Elderberry, Astralagus, Acerola, Echinacea, and green tea creates the VPack Immunity Defense kit.

Elderberry

Elderberry, also known as Sambucus, provides a strong immune system boost, and supports heart and respiratory health. It is rich in bioflavonoids, antioxidants and other components clinically known to enhance immunity. It also contains anthocyanins known to be highly anti-inflammatory in their effects.

Elderberry is especially supportive of respiratory system immunity during seasonal periods of acute stress. It has been studied with influenza cases and been found to improve respiratory function and decrease illness time. Influenza virus is responsible for this year’s particularly bad flu season. It is a virus with a known risk of cytokine storm and ARDS much like COVID-19.

Astralagus

Traditional Chinese medicine has used Astralagus for centuries to strengthen and regulate the immune system. Astragalus contains certain polysaccharides known for their immune supporting properties. Additionally, it contains Astragalosides (antioxidants) which support the integrity of the respiratory tract. Astragalus supports deep immune function by promoting normal levels of specific immune cells and aids in their function. Astragalus appears especially effective when immune function is stressed by epigenetic environmental influences.

Acerola

Acerola are one of the richest sources of Vitamin C, containing between 1500-4500mg/100g. This translates to 50-100 times more than that of an orange or lemon. Because of this high Vitamin C concentration, they are excellent immune system boosters.

Acerola also contains a plethora of phytonutrients including arotenoids phenolics, anthocyanins, and flavonoids. Additionally, acerola is high in caretenoids, several of which have significant pro-Vitamin A activity. This certainly explains the increased interest in this fruit by the scientific and pharmaceutical industries over the last few years.

Echinacea

Echinacea is well known for strengthening the immune system by stimulating the production of T-cells. It also increases the ability of white blood cells to fend off pathogenic invaders.

Green Tea

Green Tea is rich in antioxidants. Several studies have shown that green tea has antimicrobial properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses. Several chemical constituents of green tea give it these powerful activities.

Polyphenols, also called catechins, are one of the most powerful constituents in green tea. They make up about 30% of the dry weight of the tea leaf. Two in particular are noteworthy here: epigallocate chingallate (EGCG) and epicatechingallate (ECG). These two incredible constituents not only have the ability to supress bacterial and viral factors, but they can even reverse resistance to tough pathogens.

How Do I Use The VPack Immunity Defense Kit?

Regenr8 Immunity Defense Kit

The VPack Immunity Defense Kit includes highly concentrated herbal ingredients of Potentilla and Peppermint tea (10-day course) as well as a 5-day capsule supplement program of potentilla, elderberry, astragalus, rose hips, and echinacea. While they are not medicine, they are high concentration herbal supplements. Therefore, only use this kit if viral symptoms or exposure occur. Think of it as your immunity first aid kit.

Alternatively, use Immunitea 30-Day daily tea daily for immune support throughout the season.

The Race For A Cure

While our traditional pharmaceutical industry is hard at work developing and conducting clinical trials on potential vaccines, I know that you are seeking solutions NOW. I am here to help you find those solutions.

How Can I Best Support My Health Now?

The best way to improve your health is to become part of my 12 week functional medicine program. You can learn more about this by reading this article and scheduling a free consult with me today.

Not ready to jump in yet? That’s ok. The next best option is utilizing the 30 day epigenetic nutritive reset program alongside this VPack Immunity Defense kit. You will experience an overall improved state of health while specifically improving your immune defense with targeted herbals and epigenetically personalized organic superfood.

Lifestyle Tips and Tricks

Gratitude creates joy in the chaos

THESE ARE STRESSFUL TIMES

Life during the COVID-19 pandemic

These are stressful times! The kids are all home and schooling from home in an online format. Most likely one or more parents is home under the quarantine mandate and not working. But the bills keep coming in. We are restricted from leaving our homes unless absolutely necessary. We have elderly parents we cannot visit who are now isolated and on their own and we worry about their welfare.

Financial strain, sudden home-schooling, couped up together in the house with no idea when this might end. Spring travel plans are on hold. And what about summer!? Summer normally spent as lazy days by the pool with the smell of sunscreen and burgers and the sounds of laughing and camaraderie may instead be spent carting kids to school. This decision rests in the hands of the school board and governance but leaves you reeling. Worse yet you may even be wondering if you will have enough toilette paper by the end of the day!

COVID-19 has been a scary and stressful event in our world’s and our nation’s history. It’s all you hear about on the radio and TV. Stress effects our health and in a time when we need to be boosting our immune systems, being stressed out is not ideal! So what can we do!??

Here are my top 5 tips on stress control

UnPlug!

1.) Turn off the TV, Radio, social media–take a break from screens and devices. Taking time to be quiet is important for not only our stress levels but also for our brain. Our brains are not meant to be “on” all day taking in information. They are meant to take long periods of rest and quiet. I am not saying to be ignorant of what is happening, but choose an hour or less a day to use as your time to catch up on news and then shut everything off.

Take a Screen and Media Break!

Choose Gratitude!

Mindset determines your emotions

2.) Gratitude Journal–take time every evening to write in a gratitude journal what you are grateful for that day. On the tougher days, you will have to dig deep, but there is always something to be grateful for. Living in a mindet of gratitude rather than stress and worry will make all the difference in your health and mental wellbeing. It will help you find joy in the chaos.

Get Good Sleep

Sleep is important for all body systems

3.) Sleep-Getting high quality sleep is as important as getting enough sleep. You can help your body do this by avoiding screens, devices, and bright lights for 2 hours before bed.

Your last meal should be at least 2-3 hours before bed. Nighttime is your body’s time to detoxifying and recover which cannot occur if the body is too busy digesting and metabolizing food.

Having good sleep hygiene is super important. What does this mean? It means following natural circadian rhythms and creating a regular routine. Accordingly, you should awake and get up with the sunrise and wind down and head to bed an hour or two after sunset. You should have a regular before-bed routine that signals your body it is time to wind down for sleep. For instance, this routine could be washing your face, brushing your teeth, using an essential oil like Lavender or Cedarwood in your face cream, and writing in your gratitude journal in low light before lights out. It doesn’t matter what the routine, it just needs to work for you. Have fun with it and get creative. In the end, doing the same thing nightly will help signal your body to become sleepy.

Get Moving!

4.) Exercise-Moving your body is a natural response to the fight or flight response and is a great way to deal with anxiety. It has the added benefits of improved sleep, improved circulation and cardiovascular health, increased energy, and improved mood through natural endorphin release.

Go Back To Nature

5.) Get outside!-Get out in the fresh air and sunlight. Kick off your shoes and get your feet onto the earth! There are numerous benefits of sunlight, grounding, and fresh air documented in scientific literature. Try it and see how amazing you feel!

Kick off your shoes and frolic in the daisies

What Do I Do If These Top 5 Tips Are Not Enough?

Call Me!

It may be time to find out if something else is contributing to your difficult emotions. Let’s address the root cause of your symptoms together. For instance, utilizing natural interventions such as plant-based therapies, breath work, and emotional reset can be very powerful. Additionally, there are many plant based products that can help gently improve your mood and decrease anxiety levels.

At the top of my list of plant-based interventions is CBD from Hemp. Essential oils are another path many choose to try. There are also herbal teas and homeopathy supplements and many other options that can help. However, every person is different and what they respond to is different. This is often related to the root cause of their symptoms. Consequently, if you have tried all of the above methods, and you are still struggling, reach out to schedule a consult with me. I welcome the opportunity to create a personalized plan for you to improve your life!