Natural Ways to Give Your Immune System a Boost

Boosting your immune system is one of the best ways to prevent getting illnesses like the common cold and flu. There are many ways to improve your immunities, including some natural remedies that are very easy to accomplish.

Try out some of these easy and natural ways to boost your immune system.

Live a Healthier Lifestyle

In general, being a healthier person in general can help you fight off illnesses and infections, and give your immune system a natural boost. This means focusing on those daily habits that you might need to improve, such as eating a healthier diet with lots of vitamins and minerals, exercising regularly, and drinking plenty of water. Getting adequate sleep is also really important for your general health and wellness, which is easier to do when you are eating right and exercising. For your diet, try to focus on whole foods like fruits and vegetables, switch to whole grains and complex carbohydrates, and cook more meals at home.

Take Echinacea

In terms of herbs and other natural remedies for your immune system, echinacea is definitely high on the list. You will see this herb recommended a lot for the cold and flu, and similar immune system illnesses, because it is so beneficial. Echinacea has natural properties that help to boost your immune system and help you fight off bacterial and viral infections more sufficiently than if you were not taking it. There are many ways to get more echinacea, from supplements to using the actual herb.

Don’t Forget the Probiotics

Probiotics might seem just like a trend or a hot topic, but that is only because of how beneficial they can be for your body. Probiotics are often promoted to people who have digestive issues, especially with a leaky gut. However, they can also help with your immune system and ensure you have the best protection possible from the cold or flu. Probiotics provide bacteria for your body, but it is a good type of bacteria. This allows you to absorb more nutrients into your body and helps to support your immune system, so that you can fight off the bad bacteria. You can either take a probiotic supplement or eat a healthy diet to ensure you get enough of them through natural food sources. 

If you have any questions, talk to your doctor about the benefits of probiotics for your immune system.

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Namaste,

Shaline

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Daily Cold & Flu Prevention Tips

If you want to avoid getting the cold and/or flu, it all comes down to your lifestyle. There are a variety of things you can do or avoid doing each day that will reduce your risk as much as possible.

Wash Your Hands Regularly

This continues to be one of the best ways to prevent the cold, flu, and other viruses you get from human contact. If you wash your hands often enough, even minor contact with others who have the cold or flu won’t affect you. It is typically when you shake hands with someone who has the flu virus, then touch your nose or mouth, when you get the virus yourself. Wash your hands whenever you get the opportunity to do so, and use antibacterial soap each time if it is available to you.

Eat a Healthy Diet

You also want to keep getting enough nutrients and vitamins into your system to help build a barrier against bacteria and viruses that lead to the cold and flu. You can do this by eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. Try to go for fresh, whole foods, like fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. With this making up the bulk of your diet, you will be getting plenty of nutrients to help prevent the cold and flu.

Get Moderate Exercise

Don’t forget about exercise! This isn’t just good for weight loss and improving your heart health, but can actually boost your immune system. When you have a stronger immune system, you have a better resistance to colds and other similar illnesses. Try to walk a few days a week or get other forms of moderate exercise on a regular basis.

Have a Clean Workspace

Not only will washing your hands help to prevent the cold and flu, but having a clean workspace also helps tremendously. In the workplace, no matter where you work, there is a risk of germs and bacteria spreading between co-workers. Try to keep antibacterial wipes at your desk, wiping down surfaces as often as needed, from the edge of your desk, to your phone and keyboard.

Take Your Vitamins

Lastly, if you struggle with your diet, you might not be getting enough nutrients to help prevent the cold and flu viruses from affecting your body. Taking extra vitamins and supplements can ensure you have the proper vitamin E, echinacea, and other nutrients that help you to boost your immune system.

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Namaste,

Shaline

Workouts That Won’t Cost You Anything

Many people are under the misconception that they can’t workout because they don’t have money for a treadmill in their home or they can’t pay the monthly fee for a gym membership. However, there are plenty of ways to exercise without spending a dime. Assuming you have workout clothes that work fine, which can just be some comfortable pants, a t-shirt, and athletic shoes, the following workouts won’t cost you anything.

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Walking or Running

The basic type of workout you can do without spending any money is to go walking, jogging, or running. All you need is for the weather to be decent enough to head outdoors and burn some calories. Walking is good for most people, whether you are in shape, overweight, a senior with disabilities, or simply want to walk your dog. It is also something you can do with your kids, as a family, or with friends. Walking and running is also easy to fit into your schedule, whether you do it after dinner with your family or walk during your lunch break at work.

Swimming

Swimming is another great workout that shouldn’t require spending money. While you could spend money at a local gym or health center that has a swimming pool, that isn’t required. You also don’t need your own built-in pool in your backyard to swim. If it currently warm out, you could go swimming at the local beach, lake, or river. There are also some community pools that will be open to the public for free during the warm months of the year.

Dancing

The great thing about dancing for exercise is that you can do it anywhere and it turns into a fun family activity. If you are going out with your girlfriends, head somewhere that has a dance floor. You are enjoying quality time with your friends and getting in a good workout as well. However, you can also spend no money and dance at home. Turn on some music and dance while cooking, early in the morning before heading to work, or when your kids are home for the day. This can also be fun when it is raining or snowing out and your kids are looking for some fun.

Trampoline/Rebounder

If you have a trampoline in your backyard, it isn’t just for kids. Go out there and start jumping for 30-45 minutes, and you will be amazed by the excellent workout you can get from it. This is another way to turn exercise into a family activity. Or if you don’t have a trampoline, get a rebounder which is perfect for one person and it can be folded up so it doesn’t take up a lot of space.

Have fun working out!

Namaste,

Shaline

Nutrition 101: A Guide to Good Nutrition 

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Whether you are at your ideal weight or striving to reach your weight goal is it simply a matter of burning more calories than you take in? The answer is no! Overall body health improvement as well as weight gain or loss must be factored into the equation or you could be heading for problems.

Correct nutrition can help to reduce the risk of a myriad of health-related problems, the most frightening of which are surely chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. Proper nutrition, however, entails eating a variety of foods, monitoring your consumption of some food like processed foods and beverage items that contain lots of sugar or sugar additives, and counting calories or watching portion size. Good diets offer balanced nutrition that reduces cholesterol, blood pressure, and helps with weight control. 

To function properly, your body must have the correct combination of nutrients. Below is a general overview of nutrients.

Carbohydrates. They are the primary source of ammunition in your diet. The body uses carbohydrates to build glucose which can be used immediately or stored in your body for later. Too much glucose, however, is stored as fat. There are two types of carbohydrates – simple and complex. Sugars are simple carbohydrates. Starches and fibers are complex carbohydrates. 

Proteins. Proteins help your body build and maintain muscles and other tissues. They also function in the creation of hormones. Like carbohydrates, excess protein is stored as fat.  

Animal and vegetable are the two major types of proteins. Too much animal protein can cause high cholesterol, as it is high in saturated fat. 

Fat. Strange as it may seem; fat is another nutrient your body requires. It comes in both saturated and unsaturated forms. Saturated fat puts you at risk of health problems. Unsaturated fat is healthy, but if it goes through any type of refinement process, it can become saturated fat. 

Vitamins. These are also required nutrients. Different vitamins perform different tasks within the body. They can work with the metabolism to help with energy levels for any task you can think of that you need your body to perform. It has also been noted that certain vitamins can prevent disease.  

For example, vitamins A, C, and E, also called antioxidants, can assist with the prevention of coronary artery disease by keeping build up from occurring on artery walls. Vitamin B-1 is needed for digestion and proper nervous system function. Vitamin B-2 is needed for normal cell growth. Vitamin B-3 helps to detoxify your body. Folic acid assists with production of red blood cells. Vitamin D assists with the absorption of calcium. Vitamin K helps your blood clot.  Note: Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble vitamins.

Minerals and trace elements. These are another nutrient your body requires. Both are used in many different body processes. Minerals like chlorine help make your digestive juices. Phosphorus helps build strong bones. Both can be found in the foods we consume, but with a trace element, your body just needs a tiny amount. Salt is one final nutrient your body requires. You should not consume more than 2400 milligrams per day, though, as it might raise your blood pressure.  

You should follow several guidelines to create a well balanced, nutritional diet. First, try to consume two and one half cups of vegetables and two cups of fruit each day. When making your selections for each day, be sure to choose a good variety. A good rough guide is to eat as many different colors as possible, this will help you to select from all five vegetable subgroups at least four times per week. 

Fiber-rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains should be a regular part of your diet as should potassium rich foods. Alcoholic beverages should only be consumed in moderation. 

You should eat at least three ounces of whole grain products each day. At least half of your grain intake should be whole grain based. Nut milk is a healthy option for a healthy diet. Your total fat intake should only be between ten and thirty percent of your calories. Most of the fats you consume should be in the form of unsaturated fats, as saturated fats can do much to damage your health. Meat, poultry, dry beans, and milk or milk products should all be lean, low-fat, or fat-free. Less than ten percent of your calories should come from saturated fats, and you should always try to avoid trans-fatty acid. 

Excellent nutrition is the basis of a healthy diet/lifestyle.

Namaste,

Shaline

5 Popular Essential Oils and Their Uses

Essential oils have been used for many years, both for emotional and physical health. You can use essential oils aromatically, topically and some people add essential oils to food and drinks.

There are many types of oils to use as a carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, almond oil, avocado oil, or sesame oil. People use essential oils due to its inhibitor, antimicrobial and medicated properties. Its use is spreading day by day as it has no side effects and can be considered as a natural solution for physical issues.

There are two ways to use essential oils: diffuse the oil and apply the oil to your skin. Some ingest essential oils in veggie capsules; however, it isn’t recommended unless indicated by the manufacturer. You can put a few drops on your feet or shake a few drops on the carpet to make your room smell great.

Before using any oil make sure it is diluted with water as all oils are concentrated, you cannot apply directly to your body.

Here are 5 popular essential oils and their uses is mentioned below:

1. Lavender:

Lavender has soothing and relaxing features. It is mostly used essential oil by people and is easily available anywhere in the market. It can be used as a scent to refresh the mind, to relieve stress and tension. By adding 2-3 drops on an insect bite as Lavender helps skin issues. Add 2-3 drops of essential oil to your hands, rub it in your palms and inhale deeply. Drop a few drops on your bed pillows before going to sleep which tends you to sleep faster and live in peace.

2. Lemon:

Lemon oil added in water can be used as a substitute for fresh lime. You can spray it in the room to keep your mind, mood cheerful and fresh. It also plays a vital role in cleaning household things. It removes the smell from dirty clothes while washing. Its odor prevents bad smell in toilets, dustbins, trash cans so can be termed as a good air freshener.

3. Peppermint:

It is the most flexible oil used all over the world. It is a food energizer; you can use it in tea, or a smoothie. It also supports the body, and many use it when they feel tired. You will feel happy when you breathe in its bottle.

4. Sandalwood:

It is one of the expensive oils, but its use is worth it. It possesses long lasting property. It cools down your mind after inhaling it or applying it on your neck. It also strengthens your body, keeps yourself active and increases your willpower. Taking a bath with essential oils has emotional and physical benefits. Massage oil throughout your body either at home or salon to be relaxed and relieve yourself from stress and tension. It also increases your microcirculation. You can use it as a home-based conditioner.

5. Tea Tree:

Tea Tree has a nice fragrance which provides cleaning solutions in the home. It cleans our home appliances. Tea Tree Oil has been known to help skin conditions. It kills harmful bacteria. It is also used to reduce body odor.

For more information on these oils, contact me at shalinehealthcoach@gmail.com, so I can send you samples.

Namaste,

Shaline

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Part 2 of John Robbins’ Interview with Dr. William Li

The Food Revolution Summit is an annual online event hosted by the father and son team, John and Ocean Robbins. The eight day summit consists of three interviews each day with renowned physicians and experts in the health, wellness, and sustainability space.

Dr. William Li is a renowned doctor, scientist, and angiogenesis expert, and
the New York Times best-selling author of Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself. His groundbreaking work has impacted more than 70 diseases including cancer, diabetes, blindness, heart disease, and obesity. Dr. Li’s wildly popular TED Talk “Can we eat to starve cancer?” has been seen by more than 11 million people. He founded the “Eat to Beat” initiative, which is a community of 50,000 people passionate about using diet to fight cancer, improve immunity, and prevent chronic diseases.

This is an excerpt of John Robbins’ interview with Dr. Li.

How Specific Foods May Be Protective Against C^VID


John Robbins: Well, I would never want to imply that eating a specific food or drink or taking a particular supplement can in and of itself cure or prevent C^VID. But it seems that you and your colleagues have been able to identify particular foods that have properties that do improve immune and vascular health, and that can actually help to intercept the c^ronavirus binding to human cells, is that accurate, Will?


Dr. William Li: Well, I’ll share some data with you from research that was done. You know, everybody’s been focused on the progress with vaccines and monoclonal antibodies and the usual pharmaceutical newspaper headline makers out there. But I will tell you what I’ve been doing. I’ve been keeping an
eye on those very same things, I’ve also been keeping an eye out on food and what we’re learning from that.


So let me tell you about a study that was published in July in the pre-print form. 900 people studied in China who were healthy in the spring of 2020, and they were followed forward into the pandemic times as the pandemic got worse. And, they studied to see who was gonna, of these 900 people who was going to develop C^VID and who was not going to develop C^VID.


And they looked at not only the people and their clinical outcomes, but they also looked at their blood, they looked at their stool, they looked at their poop and looked at the microbiome, and then they also did a food frequency questionnaire. So to me, it was an ingeniously designed study at a time when everyone seems so uncertain and panicked. Somebody had a clear head to design this study, and here’s what they found. They found that of those 900 healthy people, the people who wound up developing C^VID had lower levels of a natural immune virus fighter called interferon gamma. It’s one
of our body’s cytokines, a healthy cytokine. And they were short, they were down. And the people who wound up not developing C^VID had elevated levels of this interferon gamma, natural immune fibrous fighter.


Then they actually went and looked in the poop, you know, the stool for the microbiome. And they found that people who wound up having more of this interferon gamma also had more, two bacteria that were elevated. One was Lactobacillus. And the other one in the stool microbiome was a bacteria
called Ruminococcus. So Lactobacillus, Rumenacaucus, those people in those who had that in their microbiome, and they’re still also had more interferon gamma also didn’t develop C^VID as often, right?


So now we’re starting to draw points and align. C^VID, no C^VID, interfering gamma, no interfering gamma, Lactobacillus or Ruminococcus or no Lactobacillus, Ruminococcus. Now you put the connector to the food, and it turns out the people who had the good bacteria and the natural virus
killer, and didn’t wind up getting C^VID, were drinking more tea, either green or black. So that was sort of a one interesting dietary study that came out during the pandemic that really started to connect some lines in terms of a boost in your body’s own defenses.


Later, at Rensselaer Polytechnic, there was a study that came out where they were actually looking at the binding site on the human cells where the coronavirus actually sticks its spike protein down. So this coronavirus is, it’s like a warrior, basically it invades our body. And then it throws a javelin, it’s a
spike protein right down into our human cells through this thing called the ACE receptor. So that’s the bullseye that this coronavirus uses. And they found that there are drugs and steroids that interfere with binding of the spike protein of the virus, from the virus to human cells.


But guess what they found from food that could also block that site from the spike protein? So it kind of looks like it blocks a javelin, like Captain America shield, turns out that there’s a polysaccharide found in kelp, kombu. This is found in a Japanese cuisine. It’s seaweed. If you ever had a bowl of miso soup in
a Japanese restaurant, it’s got that square of dark seaweed in it, that is the kombu. So there’s actually something in that kombu that prevents the coronavirus from sticking to human cells.


So again, you can’t get away from studying the impact of food and health, even in a pandemic. And I think that there are some really compelling research directions to go forward in.

Mushrooms and C^VID

Mushrooms were mentioned in Part 1. Here’s a review.


John Robbins: You mentioned the people in China who seem to be less likely to get C^VID were people who, it turned out, were drinking more tea, green or black. You have included green tea in a list that you wrote titled, 10 Things to Eat Right Now to Fight Back Against C^VID. I’d like to talk to you about that list. First on the list is mushrooms. Well, what is it about mushrooms that make them helpful in the fight against C^VID?


Dr. William Li: So, first of all, mushrooms are one of my personal favorite foods. I love them. I call them treasures from the forest. I love all kinds of mushrooms, white button mushrooms, chanterelles, porcinis, shiitake, enoki. I mean, you name it. There isn’t a mushroom that I’ve met that I haven’t loved.


Easy to cook, delicious. They are packed with other good sources of fiber. The soluble fiber is called beta-D-glucan, and it feeds our microbiome, activates our immune system, and mushrooms contain another thing that activates our immune system, which is vitamin D.


All the good stuff in the mushroom is found not only in the cap, which is what we all eat, but also in the stem. And so this is one ingredient that I wanted everybody to know about, fresher, dried, lowly, white button mushroom, or fancy mushroom, it doesn’t really matter.


John Robbins: You mentioned the stem. I remember in an earlier conversation that you and I had. I remember you saying that the stem actually has more of some of the beneficial compounds than the cap, and yet the stems are of course fibrous and not as palatable. What we do with the stems is we boil them and make stock out of them. Is it, do you see that being a reasonable approach, Will?


Dr. William Li: Absolutely brilliant way of actually using the stems. I mean, many cultures and many recipes will call for mushrooms and you just cut up the stems and throw them in and saute them or whatever you’re going to do with them. Making stock is a brilliant way of actually using mushroom stems. And you can also put the stems into a blender and make a mushroom soup out of it as well. So if you want to consume a stock or actually a mushroom soup and there’s so many ways to actually use mushroom stems, I highly encourage it.


One of the things that we can do for our planet by the way is not to waste food. And this example of we’re giving about mushrooms and stems is that is just another example where when mother nature gifts us with a food, like a mushroom that is beneficial to our health, usually it’s not just one part that’s good for us, usually there’s multiple parts, and we’re finding this with broccoli florets, the tree tops, and the stems, the stems also are rich with good stuff, carrots, the taproot, the orange part is really great for us, but the greens, for carrots are also packed with vascular health promoting materials as well.


I think that there’s also an opportunity for us, not only to save ourselves, but to save our planet, do something good for yourself and do something good for the earth as well.

Pomegranate, Your Gut, and C^VID


John Robbins: Indeed, indeed. You know, I remember when you wrote the article 10 Things to Eat Right Now to Fight Back Against C^VID. You also included in your list pomegranate juice, and blueberries, and blackberries. Can you tell us why?


Dr. William Li: Yeah, for different reasons. Well first of all, pomegranate is one of my favorite fruits because of the juice, which is a pretty potent juice, and it contains anthocyanins. It’s actually a natural dye which gives pomegranate juice its deep ruby-like color. And, when you drink pomegranate juice,
it does something really interesting. It’s got a lot of polyphenols, which is good for antioxidants and all those general benefits for us. But, actually, it’s been shown that the polyphenols, the anthocyanins dye, natural dye in pomegranate juice causes our guts, our colon, to secrete healthy mucus.


Now, most people may not know this, but our gut, the lower part of our gut, has a lot of mucus secreted inside it that helps the stool that is made and stored down there slide around. But, inside that mucus layer, healthy gut bacteria, love to live in that mucus, and one particular bacteria is called akkermansia,
muciniphila is its last name. So, akkermansia is its first name, muciniphila its last name genus and species. And genus and species. And so basically, you wind up growing a lot of akkermansia. So, what akkermansia does is it is one of those gut bacteria that bolsters immune response. It’s kind of an immune century of sorts, this gut bacteria helps us protect our body better.


So, I wanted people to know about that. Now, berries, blueberries and blackberries, for similar reasons have a natural dye, ellagitannins, and also anthocyanins, give it its beautiful dark blue purplish color. And, those, also, do similar things. But in a different way. They actually elevate our bodies’ natural killer cells and our T cells. So, you know, I wanted people to understand with, you know, that simple foods can have powerful effects on our immune system.


So, pomegranate juice causes our immune systems to be better because of gut bacteria. And blueberries and blackberries can activate our natural killer cells and our T cells. These are other members of the super soldiers that form our immune system, and the more super soldiers we have, the better our body fortress is protected.


Black Raspberries and C^VID


John Robbins: A food that has greatly impressed me, um, is somewhat similar to the ones you’ve been talking about, and that’s the black raspberry. These are now blackberries, though they are back, they are raspberries that are black in color. And, they’re extremely high in some extraordinarily beneficial compounds. Now, they’re sometimes hard to find fresh, or even frozen, I get a black raspberry powder that I mix into smoothies, and I love the flavor, and I love the fragrance too, by the way, it’s really special. Will, can you tell us about the health benefits of black raspberries?


Dr. William Li: Yeah. I actually started to study black raspberries many years ago, more than 10 years ago, because the anthocyanins in black raspberries actually have been found to be very potent for preventing blood vessels from growing to feed cancers. There’s been clinical trials done in humans looking at prostate cancer, for example, where you actually see people who eat black raspberries actually have their PSA, which is a marker for prostate cancer, going down.15

And this is not a replacement for treatment, but it just shows you how powerful cutting off the blood supply to cancer cells to control them can be. Another human study, and I tend, John, to focus the work that I talk about publicly on human studies because that’s the proof in the pudding, you know? A lot of people talk about, you know, food research done in a lab, and that’s interesting to me, but the things I get super excited about that I think are more ready for prime time than stuff in the lab are human studies, and black raspberries have also been studied in people with really super inflamed esophagus.


So, there is a condition called Barrett’s esophagus common in people who actually have bad reflux, people who drink a lot of alcohol, and they wind up actually sometimes throwing up a lot. Stomach acid is really hard on your esophagus. So, it’s your mouth, esophagus, stomach, and when there’s a lot
of acid splashing back on the esophagus, it can get worn down, raw, inflamed, and that’s a set up for esophageal or even stomach cancer, which, these are lethal cancers.


Black raspberry powder as a slurry has been studied, and by the way, I share your enthusiasm for the black raspberry powder. When I take a spoonful of that out to put into my shake, I mean, it’s like, it’s got this, the aroma is so delightful to me. It’s almost like an aromatherapy, (laughs), of sorts. And so, I really love it. So, I order a bag of powder online.


John Robbins: Well, that’s what I do too. I actually found that there’s research. Dr. Michael Gregor has done this on the various black raspberry powders that are available online, and he found that some of them aren’t what we would want them to be, aren’t what they say they are. And, I followed up on that, and I found out a way that a person in their kitchen can tell what’s real and what isn’t, and that is the fragrance. The fragrance of the real stuff is gorgeous, it’s just overwhelmingly beautiful, and the products that aren’t what they say they are have a very mild fragrance, if any. And, I think that’s useful to people to know so they don’t get cheated basically, or scammed.


I always prefer fresh fruits and vegetables when I can get them, but with black raspberries, as we’re talking about, I use the powdered form, and with many other berries, I very often use frozen ones. Now, Will, the studies I’ve seen indicate that frozen varieties can be just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts, and in some cases even, frozen berries are actually slightly higher in nutrients than thefresh versions because they’re picked fully ripe and frozen immediately. Of course, I always make sure that there’s no sugar or other ingredient added that I don’t want to consume.

I hope you found this information helpful.

Namaste,

Shaline

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Li, W. Eat To Beat Disease. New York, NY: Hachette Book Group, Inc., 2019

Li, W. Feb 2010. Can We Eat to Starve Cancer? [Video]. TED Conferences. Available from: https://
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Li, W. “10 Things to Eat Right Now to Fight Back Against COVID-19.” Drwilliamli.com. Available
from: https://drwilliamli.com/10-things-to-eat-right-now-to-fight-back-against-covid-19/

Part 1 of John Robbins’ Interview with Dr. William Li

The Food Revolution Summit is an annual online event hosted by the father and son team, John and Ocean Robbins. The eight day summit consists of three interviews each day with renowned physicians and experts in the health, wellness, and sustainability space.

Dr. William Li is a renowned doctor, scientist, and angiogenesis expert, and the New York Times best-selling author of Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself. His groundbreaking work has impacted more than 70 diseases including cancer, diabetes, blindness, heart disease, and obesity. Dr. Li’s wildly popular TED Talk “Can we eat to starve cancer?” has been seen by more than 11 million people. He founded the “Eat to Beat” initiative, which is a community of 50,000 people passionate about using diet to fight cancer, improve immunity, and prevent chronic diseases.

Here’s part of John’s interview with Dr. Li.

COVID-19: Not Just a Respiratory Disease


John Robbins: You’ve been very involved in the last year in COVID-19 research. So, it was soon after the WHO declared the pandemic, which was in March 2020, that we began to see a highly unusual pattern of disease. COVID-19 patients had problems, not only in their lungs, which was what we would have expected for a respiratory virus, which was what we then assumed this novel coronavirus to be, patients were also having serious problems in their brains, their hearts, their livers, their kidneys, even their toes. They were losing their sense of taste and smell. They had issues with blood clots.


Will, was this one of the first clues that suggested to you that COVID-19 is not just a respiratory disease, but is also a disease that damages our blood vessels, and that in fact, many of the serious health problems caused by COVID-19 are due to the damage it causes to our circulatory system?


Doctor William Li: Yeah. Just like everyone else on this planet, I had assumed that it would be a respiratory infection. So that was my assumption going into this. And so when I locked down along with everyone else I started to observe the same patterns that you just described, that this respiratory infection was causing things that you don’t see normally in a simple respiratory virus, but in following the brain, the heart, the lungs, I mean, lots of different organs. And because my work at the Angiogenesis Foundation has always been about looking at common denominators of disease. And blood vessels being one of them, I began to speculate that maybe blood vessels were involved because that was the thing that linked the brain, the heart, the toes, the kidneys, all the things that we began seeing.


I realized as a medical scientist that the only way we could actually get on top of this pandemic is for us to really understand it. And the reason that frontline workers were struggling so hard was that there was almost no knowledge back in the spring of 2020, about how this disease works. So I jumped in. I was able to, as a researcher, get autopsy tissue of people who died of COVID-19 and helped to organize a group in Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, and the United States. And we literally dove into the tissue to understand what was going on.


And we started with the lungs and we did see a lung infection. But the thing that was astounding to me was we saw for the very first time, the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19 invading and infecting blood vessels. And that confirmed my suspicion that COVID-19 is a vascular disease.


And suddenly the things that we didn’t understand, the blood clots, the strokes, the COVID toe, the kidney damage, all of a sudden started to make some sense. And it was the first layers of the onion being peeled back. And so we published this as a lead article in the New England Journal of Medicine in May. And that opened the gateways to beginning to walk down the path to understanding what this disease was all about.


John Robbins: Well, you mentioned it being a vascular disease. We each have in our bodies a 60,000 mile network of blood vessels that brings oxygen and nutrients to feed every cell and every organ in our body. And we each have endothelial cells that coat the inside wall of every artery and every vein
and every capillary in the human body. Will, if the novel coronavirus is wrecking a special kind of havoc on the endothelial cells, does this help explain why COVID complications can appear anywhere in the body?


Doctor William Li: Absolutely. And, in fact, after we started looking in the lungs and found vascular damage in the lungs, which is the first place after you inhale the coronavirus, the damage is going to take place. What we did is we went to the brain, the heart, the lymph nodes, the kidney, liver, and even testicles, and we found organ to organ, the same type of vascular damage.

And that’s what we saw happening after COVID infection in the brain and the heart and the lungs, everywhere we looked. And we’re seeing this vascular damage is not just in acute COVID, we’ve also now confirmed that this is also happening in people who have recovered from their disease. So
they’re COVID survivors. But, some of these people wind up having some significant long-term effects of COVID symptoms that we’re now beginning to explain by having this persistent damage at the circulation level, what I call the long tail of COVID.


John Robbins: When you mention the long tail of COVID I’m thinking about how very early in the pandemic, when we were first encountering a virus that no human body had ever experienced before, and we knew almost nothing about it, you were one of the people, one of the few scientists then who were raising questions about what happens to people after the virus is cleared, or almost totally cleared from their body, after they have apparently recovered. And you said something then that I find today to be remarkably prescient, you said, and this is a quote, “We don’t know yet what the long-term damages that may occur and may persist in the vascular endothelium. If it turns out that there was
widespread systemic damage to endothelial cells, then that could persist much longer than the actual infectious component of the virus.”


Will, now a year later, facilities are opening all over the country to care for the growing number of Americans who suffer from COVID-19 symptoms many months after their diagnosis. And for the people whose COVID-19 symptoms linger for months, the effects can be devastating. In some cases, there is
a relentless, self amplifying cycle of inflammation throughout the entire body. This is obviously a very serious problem. But I just want to say that what you said more than a year ago now seems remarkably prophetic. And what I want to ask you is, is there anything we can do to protect and to repair our
vascular systems? I mean, are there ways we could use food, for example, to help protect endothelial cells, to prevent blood vessels from breaking down in the first place?

How to Use Food to Protect Your Blood Vessels


Doctor William Li: Such a great question. And, you know, what I would tell you as a vascular biologist, so my area of research specialty focus is on blood vessels, but I’m also an internal medicine doctor, and I’m trained to look at young and old men and women healthy and sick. And I’ve always been
focusing on how to make sure we maintain vascular health.


Before we talk about COVID and long-term COVID, let’s talk a little bit about heart health, right?


Because essentially, the number one killer around the world is cardiovascular disease. And what happens there is you have the damage to the endothelium that doesn’t occur in short order, like with COVID, but occurs over many years. And we’ve always thought about it as cholesterol buildup, but what’s really happening, John, is that the lining, the endothelial lining has been compromised. And so blood doesn’t quite flow quite so easily. And you get blood clots.


And whether you’re talking about a heart attack or stroke, or some of the other organ complications we’re seeing in COVID, this idea of vascular protection has been paramount long before this pandemic took place. So what are some of the things that we can do not just to lower cholesterol like that is a worthy goal, lowering your lipids. I mean, so many people take statins, but, you know, I think there’s a dietary approach to lowering cholesterol. But what we’re really trying to do is not just lower the bad guys who want to protect the good guys and get those into fuel yourselves, a lining to be healthy.


So here’s what we can do with food. And this is really remarkable. Plant-based diets comprised of fruits and vegetables, but especially vegetables of various sorts that contain fiber, contain phytonutrients are well-known to protect the vascular endothelium. And so when you talk about sulforaphane being found
in broccoli or in kale, those sulforaphanes actually help to boost the activity, boost the strength of the blood vessels and protect those blood vessels and make your cells healthier.


When you’re talking about fruits like apples, which contain quercetin, but not just the flesh of the apple, but the peel of the apple as well, which contains another bioactive, natural chemical called ursolic acid. These are mother nature’s kind of farmacy with an F that actually helps to keep our vascular
endothelial cells healthy.


Another one that does this, by the way, is a substance called hydroxytyrosol.8 Hydroxytyrosol is actually found in the flesh of the olive. And although olive oil is indeed a healthier oil than many other choices, it turns out that the hydroxytyrosol is soluble in water, not oil. So it’s mostly found in the fruit of the olive and when you press olive oil, most of the hydroxytyrosol is thrown away in the flesh of the olive.


So all these things kind of converge into thinking about plant-based foods, Mediterranean cuisine comes to mind as a vascular healthy cuisine, but also Asian diets. It’s really about the patterns of eating that would actually help protect our blood vessels.


John Robbins: You know, when you mentioned broccoli sprouts and sulforaphane, we grow broccoli sprouts in our kitchen and we eat them everyday, primarily because of their stunningly high levels of
sulforaphane.

Will, is there research now showing that eating broccoli sprouts strengthens the immune system’s ability to fight viruses, including COVID-19?

Broccoli Sprouts and COVID-19


Doctor William Li: So what’s amazing is the work that’s been done specifically with broccoli and broccoli sprouts, there was a study out of the University of Florida, in Gainesville, where they were looking at young people during flu season.9 So this is before the pandemic and they wanted to ask, whether or not food could enhance the body’s natural response, immune system’s natural response to a vaccine, right?


So one of the things that we do know is that vaccines don’t work evenly in every single person.

Some people respond really well. Some people don’t respond so well. So this research study I was mentioning, took young and healthy people and gave everybody a flu vaccine, but they gave half of people a flu vaccine plus a shake made with broccoli sprouts. How many, how much broccoli sprouts?
About two handfuls worth. A couple of cups of broccoli sprouts, you put it into a blender, it turns into a smoothie, not very easy to drink. The other side, they give a placebo, so no broccoli sprouts at all.


And what they found later, and they gave everybody the flu vaccine, what they found later is that the young people who received the vaccine plus broccoli sprouts had a 22-fold amplification of their immune system’s response to the vaccine, 22 times, and with natural killer cells, other immune cells, which is really remarkable to me, as sort of being able to raise your shields in an absolutely stunning way.


And when they actually looked for the virus in the patients themselves, they swabbed their nose. They found zero, no evidence of virus in the people who drank broccoli sprouts and had a shake. And they found some virus still present in the nose of people who got the vaccine, but no broccoli sprouts.


So this just goes to show that foods can actually combine well with medicines. And it’s really clear to me that food has a real potential. And sulforaphane is found in broccoli and broccoli sprouts of which the sprouts have 100 times more than the grown-up adult broccoli, are one of these areas that almost certainly are going to help.

Mushrooms and COVID-19


John Robbins: You mentioned the people in China who seem to be less likely to get COVID-19 were people who, it turned out, were drinking more tea, green or black. You have included green tea in a list that you wrote titled, 10 Things to Eat Right Now to Fight Back Against COVID-19. I’d like to talk to you about that list. First on the list is mushrooms. Well, what is it about mushrooms that make them helpful in the fight against COVID-19?


Doctor William Li: So, first of all, mushrooms are one of my personal favorite foods. I love them. I call them treasures from the forest. I love all kinds of mushrooms, white button mushrooms, chanterelles, porcinis, shiitake, enoki. I mean, you name it. There isn’t a mushroom that I’ve met that I haven’t loved.
Easy to cook, delicious. They are packed with other good sources of fiber. The soluble fiber is called beta-D-glucan, and it feeds our microbiome, activates our immune system, and mushrooms contain another thing that activates our immune system, which is vitamin D.


All the good stuff in the mushroom is found not only in the cap, which is what we all eat, but also in the stem. And so this is one ingredient that I wanted everybody to know about, fresher, dried, lowly, white button mushroom, or fancy mushroom, it doesn’t really matter.


John Robbins: You mentioned the stem. I remember in an earlier conversation that you and I had. I remember you saying that the stem actually has more of some of the beneficial compounds than the cap, and yet the stems are of course fibrous and not as palatable. What we do with the stems is we boil
them and make stock out of them. Is it, do you see that being a reasonable approach, Will?


Doctor William Li: Absolutely brilliant way of actually using the stems. I mean, many cultures and many recipes will call for mushrooms and you just cut up the stems and throw them in and saute them or whatever you’re going to do with them. Making stock is a brilliant way of actually using mushroom stems. And you can also put the stems into a blender and make a mushroom soup out of it as well. So if you want to consume a stock or actually a mushroom soup and there’s so many ways to actually use mushroom stems, I highly encourage it.


One of the things that we can do for our planet by the way is not to waste food. And this example of we’re giving about mushrooms and stems is that is just another example where when mother nature gifts us with a food, like a mushroom that is beneficial to our health, usually it’s not just one part that’s
good for us, usually there’s multiple parts, and we’re finding this with broccoli florets, the tree tops, and the stems, the stems also are rich with good stuff, carrots, the taproot, the orange part is really great for us, but the greens, for carrots are also packed with vascular health promoting materials as well.
I think that there’s also an opportunity for us, not only to save ourselves, but to save our planet, do something good for yourself and do something good for the earth as well.

This is part of an excerpt of an interview John had with Dr. Li.

Please share with family and friends who may benefit from this info.

Namaste,

Shaline

Sources

10 Things to Eat Right Now to Fight Back Against COVID-19 – Dr William Li

Sulforaphane reduces advanced glycation end products (AGEs)-induced inflammation in endothelial cells and rat aorta – PubMed (nih.gov)

Sulforaphane protected the injury of human vascular endothelial cell induced by LPC through up-regulating endogenous antioxidants and phase II enzymes – PubMed (nih.gov)

Quercetin attenuates vascular calcification by inhibiting oxidative stress and mitochondrial fission – PubMed (nih.gov)

Quercetin reduces blood pressure in hypertensive subjects – PubMed (nih.gov)

Ursolic acid in health and disease – PubMed (nih.gov)


Effects of mushroom-derived beta-glucan-rich polysaccharide extracts on nitric oxide production by bone marrow-derived macrophages and nuclear factor-kappaB transactivation in Caco-2 reporter cells: can effects be explained by structure? – PubMed (nih.gov)


A Review of Mushrooms as a Potential Source of Dietary Vitamin D – PubMed (nih.gov)

10 Steps To Clearer Skin

At some stage in all of our lives, we want clearer, fresher, younger-looking skin. Well, it can be achieved without dropping a ton of money and it can happen naturally! What you must do is persevere and over the course of three weeks, your skin will begin to look fresher and clearer. Here’s how;

  1. Keeping your skin clean is your first priority! You must cleanse your face morning and night with a gentle, natural cleanser that not only rids the skin of dirt and grime but then treats it with an antibacterial ingredient like tea tree oil.
  1. After cleansing the skin pat dry and then spray a fine toning mist over the face to cool and help close the pores while they are clean. Let this mist dry on the face.
  1. When the toner has dried apply a very small amount of moisturizer over the entire face and neck. Look for a moisturizer that is made for problem skin types and contains antibacterial ingredients like tea tree oil and lavender essential oil. These ingredients are gentle but very effective at clearing the skin from blemishes and pimples.
  1. Getting the right amount of restful sleep your body needs nightly will reflect in the state of your skin. Seven hours is generally adequate. Not enough sleep over a period of time will result in problems that are hard to cure such as loose skin under the eyes and dark circles.
  1. The food you eat is of the utmost importance for healthy, clear skin! Make sure you are getting a good amount of fresh fruits and vegetables and limit your red meat intake to three or four times a week. Foods that are easily digested will help your system keep your skin nourished and promote fresh, new cell growth. Drink lots and lots of water too!
  1. Cleanse the skin on your body and face with a weekly scrub. When using a body scrub, start at your feet and work towards the heart, this helps eliminate toxins. Doing it in the opposite direction will push the toxins back into your system. Use a very gentle facial scrub on your face and neck as these areas can be easily damaged.
  1. Try an Aspirin face mask! This mask is having fantastic results on those people with open pores, pimples, and acne. Crush about 15 aspirin tablets to a powder mix to a paste with a little water, less than 1 teaspoon, and then apply to a cleansed face. Leave for twenty minutes to work its way into the skin and then rinse off and apply a light moisturizer. Try this weekly, after a face scrub.
  1. Once a month use a home steam treatment to thoroughly draw out impurities from the face. Add boiling water to a basin or bowl and add two drops of tea tree oil. Place your face over this with a towel covering and gently let the steam open and cleanse the pores. Be careful not to let the steam burn your face. Finish with a tepid face wash.
  1. Get out into the fresh air and take a walk, swim in the sea, ride a bike, and have fun! The exercise will boost your system and your skin will love it.
  1. Take a fish oil supplement daily. Cultures that eat a lot of fish have clearer skin and the fish oil helps eliminate toxins from the body and by now you know that is fantastic for your skin!

These ten easy tips will help you get that clear skin you so desperately want, remember to make the lifestyle changes you need to and enjoy the benefits that will come with it! A fresher, clearer, more youthful-looking complexion.

Namaste,

Shaline

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