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Springclean Health E-News, Issue #08
November 03, 2007

Cleansing Update

The flu season is upon us. In this issue you will find a couple items and recipes to help you stay strong or to help you if already affected. But first, check out this info about women and coughing.

Chronic or extensive coughing affects more women than men every year. Studies from the University of Turin found women affected with chronic cough had no sign of respiratory disease, including asthma, and no other evidence that could explain the chronic coughing. All the women did have swelling in the back of the mouth and inflamed mucous membranes.

All were found to have iron deficiencies and mild anemia. After two months of taking iron supplements, all either improved or completely resolved.

So ladies - if you get a cold and that cough never seems to go away, check out a product at your local health food store called "Floradix." It's a safe and non-constipating iron supplement that may help add what your body needs.

Let Food be Your Medicine

This week I will include two foods that may help you get through the cold and flu season.

First let's talk prevention. Garlic wins the "power food" of the year - and yes it is an herb. What many don't realize is that herbs are condensed nutrition! Holistic health practitioners have known the benefits of herbs for years and now modern science has finally proven it. Garlic is a powerful and broad antibiotic. In addition - the body does not build a tolerance to it so it can be eaten and the benefits reaped for the entire flu season.

Our second power food is scallions. It is also called a green onion in the USA, spring onion in the UK and shallot in Australia. It is an immature white onion with the long green stem. The white part contains vitamins C and B and the green part contains vitamin A. It is effective in stimulating sweat, calming the nerves, expelling sputum and is a known diuretic. This combination makes it a great remedy for the common cold.

Featured Recipe

This week we'll have two recipes. We'll start with Scallion Broth as a traditional remedy for cold and flu.

Scallion Broth
Chop up one entire scallion. Boil in spring water for 5-10 minutes with the lid on. Add a small amount of tamari for flavor and sip it slowly. Many people like to bundle up after this and lie down as the body starts sweating.

Our second recipe is to celebrate the garlic.

Roasted Garlic
Cut the upper tips off of 4 "Heads" of garlic (not cloves). Place the garlic (cut side up) into a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil or cooking sherry. Bake at 300 degrees (F) for about 2 hours until soft. You can squeeze these directly onto toasted bread, onto your food or - if your a big fan - eat them as they are.

Diet and Motivation Tips

Follow your instincts - but be sensible. While cleansing, or if you get a cold or flu and don't feel like eating - drink instead. Whether you are consciously cleansing your body or whether you get infected with a cold or flu pathogen, your body may be attempting to detox "bad guys" from your system. This is easier done when your body is not digesting food. You can keep your nutrition up by drinking veggie juice or veggie broth both of which have nutrients that are easily assimilated. If you are cleansing, try a green superfood mixed in water. If you're sick, add a clove of garlic to your veggie juice or have organic chicken broth. Either way your body needs strength to heal and detox so help it out.

Ask A Question

I got a cold during my cleansing program. Should I stop cleansing until it goes away?
Many people get a cold during the first part of cleansing. This is more true during the winter season. You can keep cleansing and add an herbal liquid combination of goldenseal/echinacea to help fight infection. Be sure you are eliminating properly so toxins can find their way out. Whether you decide to put your cleanse on hold or not, be sure to get in nutrition whether it's veggie juice, broth or green superfoods and get plenty of rest.

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