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  1. this is really good, i just had the flu and it was awful! i even had a flu jab 3 days prior to getting the flu which sucks. Im not bothering with flu jabs anymore..same thing happened last year i had a flu jab. am eating lots of veggies, probiotic yogurts and sauerkraut. i like the elderberry juice and sambucol tip from Sandra. Will have to see if they sell those here in Germany! 🙂

  2. While it is true the immune system begins with the stomach and it is wise to avoid the well advertised liquid sugary probiotics, a good brand of plain acidphillus and probiotic in a capsule at a high strength is excellent and recommended by many naturopaths. It’s also easy to consume.

  3. Re-reading comments, I have not been ill since 2008. Before that, I would get colds and at least one nasty flu/virus once a year. I visited a good naturopath who told me I had a sensitivity to sugar so I don’t eat a lot of it. I was also low on nearly all vitamins and minerals. I take vit c and vit d3 daily, also iron, vit b-100, magnesium and calcium, and a small variety of other bits and bobs. I also drink plenty of filter water. It’s amazing the difference. The dr’s could not find anything wrong other than anaemia if ever I went, but this has been very good. If ever I wake up feeling a little off colour I tap, and it goes away. I never need painkillers, tapping always works 🙂

  4. Can you put up the recipe for your homemade sauerkraut? I hate the stuff, but I want to learn to like it (for reasons mentioned by you, and by others in the comments). Thanks!

  5. I’ve been putting Young Living (food grade) lemon and peppermint oil in my water for the past year and a half, and sip it through out the day. I have not been sick once since I started. This year with the horrible winter, everyone around me has fallen ill to something. If I even start to thing I feel it, I take some Olive Leaf extract. It’s worked.

    Do you have any opinions or thoughts on using food grade essential oils directly into water for consumption? (I just tap 2 drops or so of each in my water bottle at the beginning of the day and sip)

    Thanks! Your blog is amazing!!!!!!!

  6. Have you ever studied Crohn’s disease? Do you think this product would help? Would you need to discuss with your doctor first. I have relative that has high blood pressure and Crohns..

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I’m Lauren Geertsen, an author and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. When doctors told me that surgery and medication were the only answers to my chronic health issues, I decided to use the power of nutrition and a natural lifestyle instead.
My mission at Empowered Sustenance? To show you the simple steps on your path to vibrant health.

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