Boost your Immunity and Creativity with a Summer Salad Everyday!
What's the challenge?
Have a different salad with lunch or dinner, everyday for 5 days!
All the nutritional science and evidence in the world will not boost your health unless you can get it on your plate and into your belly!
Join me for a FREE 5-Day Summer Salad Challenge to see how easy it is to create an amazing salad every day for 5 days!
Starting on Monday MAY 25th you will learn the core ingredients you need to make a great salad.
Bring taste, texture and colour to your salads and create the perfect dressing to bring it all together!
We now know that possibly up to 70% of the population will ultimately be hit with the Covid-19 virus. Most people, thankfully will have no symptoms or mild symptoms. More may experience notable symptoms such as high fever, cough and breathing issues, but may remain at home and tough it out with rest, fluids and good nutrition. Unfortunately, those who have underlying health conditions, who may be elderly and/or obese have a much higher risk of developing serious symptoms, requiring hospitalization and specialized medical interventions.
A recent article in the New York Times highlights the link between poor diet and many of the common medical conditions of our time. Conditions such as being overweight, high blood pressure and diabetes are all associated with a low-grade inflammation that saturates the whole body.
In the article Dr. Mozaffarian explains how diet is driving this epidemic of low-grade inflammation. “Covid 19 kills by causing an overwhelming inflammatory response that disables the body’s ability to fight off pathogens.” Those who have weakened immune systems or have existing chronic low-grade inflammation are at the greatest risk of the serious complications of Covid-19.
For many years we have been highlighting the link between diet and chronic, low-grade inflammation. We have seen how a change of diet can reduce this inflammation. This in turn helps us to fight off viruses and other illnesses.
Food Intolerance Testing NOW available as an online service!
All our tests are CE approved Laboratory tests,. For a limited time we are offering to carry out a LOW GRADE INFLAMMATION TEST with your FOOD INTOLERANCE test Free of Charge. This hs-CRP test detects inflammatory marker C-Reactive Protein which at higher than normal levels is associated with many chronic and metabolic diseases. Food Intolerance is a contributor to keeping inflammation switched on. When you know what foods to eliminate, the ones that are identified as true culprits, you can make significant changes to your health and resilience by eliminating these foods.
As we move through this pandemic, we have to look forward to getting back to work, meeting family and friends, and enjoying life without restrictions. We cannot stay in lockdown forever! Diet and nutrition will play the greatest role in building resilience, re-calibrating the immune system to work for us and not fight against us.
Our 93 Food Test and 200 Food Test will include the hs-CRP Low Grade Inflammation Test for a limited time only. See link below for ordering details and if you would like to speak to Irene about this test get in touch by 353861662562
Food Intolerance Tests
€60.00 - €340.00
Don't let food intolerances (sensitivities) make your life a misery! In many cases, conditions such as irritable bowel, asthma, eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, sinusitis and migraine are different manifestations of inflammation caused by food intolerance. Conditions relating to food sensitivity begin when the digestive system is no longer able to process particular foods as they pass down through the digestive tract. The end result is a build up of toxic matter which leads to poor health and low grade inflammation.
Our CE approved Food Intolerance laboratory test takes the guesswork out of trying to pinpoint the culprits in your diet. Once foods are identified and removed from the diet significant improvements can be made.
You will have expert recommendations for dietary changes based on your test results which will keep your diet balanced during an elimination phase and help you replace culprit foods with healthy alternatives.
Food Intolerance Tests are now available online with testing kits sent directly to your home.
Our 93 food sensitivity test checks 93 of the most common foods known to cause intolerance. Each food is tested individually and given an exact IgG antibody score. The IgG antibody score will then guide your elimination diet. The food sensitivity test will provide you will a list of replacement foods.
200 Food Test also available. See full list of Foods tested below.
What size is the Food Intolerance Test Kit?
What is included in the Food Intolerance Test Kit?
Results are available within 2 weeks of receiving your sample. Every client will receive a hard copy of the results and food elimination guidebook with an after-care phone consultation for support.
See lists of foods tested in each of our Food Intolerance Tests https://www.renuanaturalhealth.com/foodintolerancetest.html
As we move on to the next phase in managing the Covid-19 crisis, I couldn't help noticing that almost all guidelines are reactionary and focused on getting the economy going again. There is very little solid information looking at building resilience, but rather building barriers to keep Covid-19 away from us. Understandably, when managing large populations this might be the best approach for governments but at the end of the day, if we do not build our immunity and resilience, we will be in this state for a very long time. I could not help hearing the Talking Heads song, "We're on the Road to Nowhere" in my own head when all the talk of lifting restrictions was on the radio last weekend, so I hit my Spotify, played the song a few times and went with my gut feeling with this article! I hope it serves to give everyone a roadmap to stay grounded while building resilience, just as Nature intends us to do!
Much love to all of you, Irene x
The excitement about the new set of guidelines in the ongoing Coronavirus crisis would have been comical if it were not so serious. We now have a “roadmap” for returning to some sense of normality over the course of the next few months. The overwhelming feeling is of frustration and disillusionment rather than that of optimism, as the Government advises on a terribly slow and gradual ease of restrictions. The proposed “roadmap” spans the whole Summer season, from early Summer, beginning in May to the end of August, which rolls into a period known as Late Summer. Curiously, the timeline for the Covid-19 exit is built on a road that has existed all along, the natural cycle of the Seasons. While it might not have been intentional by our leaders, the true spirit of Summer offers a parallel roadmap we can adapt to, one of health, ease, joy and creativity. The stability and reassurance we need are just a side-step away from us right now in the form of Summer – a time to strengthen our resolve, ignite the fire in our bellies and benefit from a timely emotional lift and nutritional boost to our hearts and minds.
Our urge to gather and congregate outside the boundaries of the homestead is greater during the Summer as the weather and longer daylight hours allow for these activities. It is unfortunate that Covid-19 and the government’s roadmap has put a stop to most of our galivanting and carousing this Summer. This is a great challenge for the whole of society and the consequences may be felt for a long time. However, the greatest Summer gains are felt by just being outside. Fortunately, observing Nature and stocking up on Vitamin D only needs you! Here are a few ideas of going with the flow while keeping your distance – rise early and catch the dawn chorus, gardening, walk barefoot on grass/sand, swim in the sea, practice yoga or tai chi in the back garden, try out mindful walking, simply sit outside and breathe! Think of activities that are more enjoyable and more suitable in the Summertime, now you are following the Parallel Roadmap!
Summer energy, or Fire energy feeds the heart, vascular system and the small intestine. Simply put, seasonal food is most nourishing to these organs and likewise, the organs are more receptive to a seasonal tuning during the Summer season. With the heart and mind so intricately connected through the expansive network of blood vessels and nerve cells, when you feed the heart you nourish the mind. Summer foods are a colourful, juicy, fresh array of fruits and vegetables. Eaten raw or with minimal cooking, Summer foods provide a rich supply of antioxidants and vitamin C supporting our blood and nerve networks, with extra resources to boost our immunity. Most interestingly, these foods often resemble the heart in shape and colour - tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, beetroot, hawthorn berries - rich red colours and plump round forms. Go boldly along the Parallel Roadmap adding a little fire to your dishes with hot spices such as cayenne, chilli, paprika and pepper which are vasodilators, increasing blood flow around the body and reducing blood pressure. Interestinly, chilli and cayenne are used in anti-viral remedies, as they increase the temperature in the oral and respiratory tracts, hampering the virus’ ability to invade and replicate in our cells. Another good reason to heat things up in the kitchen!
Mother Nature has a sense of humour – while she wants us to create some heat, she also asks that we cool down! Get the right balance by including as many cool green foods as the red and fiery ones. Cucumbers, melon, young leafy greens (baby kale, spinach, rocket, salad leaves) are hydrating to all cells, helping to flush toxins while cooling down inflammation and excess heat. Magnesium, found in the same young greens also help calm down agitated blood vessels and neurons, reducing both physical and emotional stress – another good reason to stay the course.
Our Summer feast is not complete without our oils. Drizzle a cold-pressed olive oil or avocado oil on salads and vegetables for heart-friendly monounsaturated fat. Omega 3 from wild, oily fish or cold-pressed flax seed oil is the lubrication needed to keep the show in the flow, preventing stickiness in the blood and maintaining the fluidity of cell membranes. Omega-3 plays an anti-inflammatory role in all areas of the body and most recently has shown promising results in dampening the cytokine storm responsible for the most serious of complications of Covid-19.
The emotion connected to the Summer, and therefore, the heart is JOY! We often refer to the word “heart” when describing love and joy – “heartfelt”, “bighearted”, “sweetheart”, “heart-warming” and the like. The opposite of Joy is sadness - “heartache”, “disheartened” and “heartbroken”. Even though modern medicine is reluctant to connect emotions with the physical biology of organs, the remnants of a once-held belief is carried through in our language. The Parallel Roadmap cultivates joy through self-care and community spirit. The only obstacle on this road is you, be kind.
Covid-19 has not stopped the arrival of Summer, nor will Autumn or Winter be thwarted. Our resilience depends on our ability to adapt and flow with the least amount of struggle or stress. The Parallel Roadmap is not an alternative route, but more like the ditches that dictate the road’s direction. The opportunity to follow the unwavering and dependable Mother Nature is to be grabbed by both hands, washed for at least 20 seconds in soapy water first, of course!
Written by Irene Ní Fhlannúra. This article appears in the West & Mid Kerry Live, issue 282, May 7th 2020
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