God’s Natural AntiBiotics

24 09 2011

Every fall as the weather changes, the skies darken and the temperature drops people begin to get sick. The doctors’ offices are packed and the line at the pharmacy is backed up out of the store. Much of our society has been convinced that they are genetically deficient and prone to illness and their only true solution is in man-made drugs and other synthetically derived products.   This flies in the face of natural creation and thousands of years of human survival adaptations.

We were born into this world with everything we need to live strong, healthy, and vibrantly alive. God created powerful remedies for stressful seasons in natural foods and herbs that destroy dangerous bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Old Chinese philosophy suggests looking over your shoulder for what ails you. For instance, you find artemisinin, which is a cure for malaria, in plants where malaria is common. In the same context, we will find support for our common health crisis within our body itself and the herbs and plants around us.  

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, always turned first to general nutrition and care of the human frame before reverting to hand-crafted remedies. However, in times of duress he went after natural superfoods to bring balance back to the body. Three of Hippocrates favorite tools to use in times of acute infections, colds, fevers, & flu are garlic, vinegar, and oregano oil. Used for thousands of years these and many other naturally produced products have worked wonders on even the most devastating forms of infection and disease.

Garlic is one of nature’s most powerful immune boosting secrets. Garlic contains over 100 biologically active components including alliin, allicin, alliinase and unique sulfur compounds. When garlic is crushed or chewed it forces the allin and allinase enzyme together and causes a chemical reaction to produce allicin. Allicin along with sulfur based compounds act as powerful antibiotic, anti-viral, and anti-fungal agents that have an incredible immune stimulating effect. Additionally, garlic is also used to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and help prevent/reverse cancer.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a fantastic natural anti-biotic. ACV contains acetic and malic acid which destroy bacteria and fungus on contact. The acetic acid also forms acetate compounds in the body that help detoxify the system. Additionally, ACV contains a rich array of alkaline buffering minerals potassium and magnesium. Pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and fungi secrete highly acidic and inflammatory waste products. ACV provides a good source of these critical minerals to help neutralize such waste products and limit their damage inside the body.    

Oregano Oil is an extraordinarily powerful natural anti-biotic. In fact, oregano has been found in a recent study to be significantly better than all of the 18 currently used anti-biotics in the treatment of MRSA staph infections. This super herb is very rich in anti-oxidant phytochemical flavonoids and phenolic acids. It is the third highest herb in oxygen radical absorbancy capacity (ORAC) with an impressive score of 200,129.   Oregano is one of the world’s greatest sources of the powerful anti-biotic phenol component thymol.

Oregano oil has been classically used as a disinfectant, an aid for ear, nose, & throat/respiratory infections, candida, and any sort of bacterial or viral conditions. Additionally, it works to suppress inflammatory mediators and cancer cell production. Oregano oil is more potent than the dried herb; however, the dried version still contains many powerful health benefits.

 Many people misuse natural health solutions and think of them like medicinals that help to cover up the damage done by a poor lifestyle full of stress and bad living habits. But all the herbs in the world will not make up for the damage caused by poor lifestyle. They are merely meant to help the body adapt to the increased stresses that certain seasons provide.   The key to lifelong health is through diligently following the 5 Essentials of Maximized Living.

Health Tips:

1)      Use freshly crushed garlic in meat products, salads, soups, etc. If you tend to have lower blood pressure do not use excessive amounts of garlic

2)      Put a tsp of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink throughout the day. Fresh squeezed lemon & lime work great as well.

3)      Use dried oregano on meats, salads, steamed veggies, & grain dishes.

4)      Put a dash of oil of oregano on the tip of your nose & ear during times of infection. Additionally, you can take 2 small drops in water and drink throughout the day.

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