All Natural Allergy Relief Remedies

ACHO! *sniffle* *cough* for all of us who get allergies, we know that it’s not easy to tame them. We try everything and still can breathe, or have the itchy scratchy throat, & constant sneezing. Well lucky for us there are all natural safe ways to relieve our allergies.

First, Neti Pot.

Clearing the nasal passages of allergens and irritants, sinus irrigation originated in the Ayurvedic medical tradition and people in India have been receiving astounding results for centuries.

Next, let’s try Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).

Drinking a glass of water with a teaspoon and some fresh lemon juice is the best way to wake up every morning. At the first sign of an allergy attack put 1 teaspoon of ACV in your Neti Pot for a fantastic sinus flush.

Now check out Local Raw Honey (bee pollen).

Telling you to eat something like raw honey for seasonal allergies may sound too easy because it is so sweet, but don’t discount this ancient remedy. Taking  a tablespoon of local raw honey every day will help your body build a tolerance to the local pollen that is running amuck your sinuses.

Finally, Eucalyptus Oil.

You can use Eucalyptus oil for season allergy relief in a variety of ways. You can put several drops into your Neti pot, inhale it via a diffuser or use it in your laundry detergent as an antimicrobial agent.

Chamomile Herb Tea

Tea has been used as an herbal remedy for centuries to treat a variety of different ailments. One of the most common types of tea is chamomile, a white-pedaled flower reminiscent of a daisy. This flowering herb us typically dried and steeped into a tea that helps to sooth and relax the body. Nicknamed “sleep tea”, chamomile is a very mild flavored tea. This herbal tea, along with similar varieties, such as lavender and lemon balm can be used to relieve insomnia and help to promote a healthy sleep cycle and overall well-being. One of the active compounds in the chamomile plant is apigenin; studies have found that this compound reduced locomotor activity. Flavonoids, mucilages and coumarins are also present in chamomile and may have a calming effect on the body, allowing for a more restful sleep.

Here is how it’s done!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh chamomile flowers
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 slices apple (thinly sliced)
  • honey (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Rinse the flowers with cool water.
  2. Warm your tea pot with boiling water.
  3. add the apple slices to the pot and mash them with a wooden spoon.
  4. add the chamomile flowers and pour in the 2 cups boiling water.
  5. cover and steep for 3-5 minutes
  6. strain the tea into two cups.
  7. add honey to taste
  8. drink & enjoy!

The Importance Of Sleep

Sleep is also a time when metabolic functions change and slow down. Some of these metabolic changes help regulate appetite. Appetite is controlled by the hormones gherlin and leptin. Leptin is stored in and released from fat tissue, and it inhibits appetite and increases energy. Ghrelin, on the other hand, is a hormone made in the stomach which increases appetite and lowers energy levels. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation causes almost 20 percent decline in leptin and increase in gherlin levels as much as 28 percent. This means that lack of sleep correlated with hungrier. Another study showed that less sleep correlated with higher BMI, possible due to the fact that hungrier people eat more.

Another important effect of not sleeping is a decrease in immunity. Studies show that people who are deprived of sleep from 3 am-7 am experience a 30% drop in immunity and a 50% drop in immune function for up to 4 weeks. So it is very important to get regular sleep every day.

Merry Christmas to ALL!!

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Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas to everyone!  And have a wonderful holiday.  We want 2017 to be the best year for all of you!  I know for our company, it is going in the right direction and that we are going to be offering our clients even more programs than ever.

We want to see everyone to be successful in every aspect of their lives.  We know that is a lot to ask, but we believe in our hearts that it can be done.  Food can be the hardest challenge to achieve, but it is a journey!  As I have told most of you this already!  Every small thing that is improved upon, is going to be one step closer to that goal.

So, our request for all of you, is to set a specific goal that can be achieved, not just a resolution that can be broken.

Here is to drinkall of you, wishing you good health and longevity!

Darci

 

Food Prep Survey, ANYONE?

Fruit, Vegetable & Lean Meat Diet

We are thinking of incorporating a food prep classes once a month in our office to help all of you that are on the shape program with meal prep ideas that will make your life more simple.

We are thinking of having our first class on Tuesday September 27, 2016 at 6:30 at night.

Right now, just wanted to get a vote of who would be interested in this class.  It is using organic herbs and foods that should cut down the prep of your normal every day of how many hours do I have to spend in the kitchen to make a healthy meal.

Please email at ask@nourishingwayscenter.com if you are interested in this.  There will be more details coming up as we see if there is a spark in your eye….

It will be using Wildtree products as well.  YUM!!

Nine Signs you may have a leaky gut

Leaky gut is basically your intestines are like a sponge that leaks toxins into the blood stream which your body will react to in a negative way to fight that toxin.

What causes leaky gut?

The main culprits are foods, infections, and toxins. Gluten is the number one cause of leaky gut. Other inflammatory foods like dairy or toxic foods, such sugar and excessive alcohol, are suspected as well. The most common infectious causes are candida overgrowth, intestinal parasites, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Toxins come in the form of medications, like Motrin, Advil, steroids, antibiotics, and acid-reducing drugs, and environmental toxins like mercury, pesticides and BPA from plastics. Stress and age also contribute to a leaky gut.

if you suffer from any of the following conditions, it’s likely that you have a leaky gut:

9 Signs You Have a Leaky Gut

1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

2. Seasonal allergies or asthma.

3. Hormonal imbalances such as PMS or PCOS.

4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune issue such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, or psoriasis..

5. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.

6. Mood and mind issues such as depression, anxiety, ADD or ADHD.

7. Skin issues such as acne, rosacea, or eczema.

8. Diagnosis of candida overgrowth.

9. Food allergies or food intolerances.

How do you heal a leaky gut?

I typically will have clients do a comprehensive elimination diet, which removes the toxic and inflammatory foods for a certain period of time. In addition, I have them follow a 4R program to heal their gut. The 4R program is as follows.

1. Remove.

Remove icky foods. The goal is to get rid of things that negatively affect the environment of the GI tract, such as inflammatory and toxic foods, and intestinal infections.

2. Replace.

Replace the good. Add back the essential ingredients for proper digestion and absorption, such as enzymes, hydrochloric acid and bile acids.

3. Reinoculate.

It’s critical to restore beneficial bacteria to reestablish a healthy balance of good bacteria.

4. Repair.

It’s essential to provide the necessary nutrients to help the gut repair itself. One of my favorite supplements is L-glutamine, an amino acid that helps to rejuvenate the lining of the gut wall. I will other products depending on the individual’s situation.

Estrogen Dominance??

Does this sound like you?  It is very hard to get away from estrogen mimicking things in our life too.  Take a look at this list.

It also includes receipts from any stores, hormones from our meats that we eat especially conventional meats.  Plastic lining of water bottles that get heated in transport to the grocery stores.

So protein helps detox excess estrogen out of the body, getting in high amounts of veggies especially cruciferous veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts.  Flax seeds are great. Eating a higher fiber diet will excrete excess estrogen through our stool.  Helping the methylation pathway through methylated b-vitamins through supplementation and eating at least 3 cups of dark green leafy veggies a day.

 

Chinese Medicine Organ Times

This is a very interesting article that I found and use in my office, especially for people who can’t sleep during these times.

Here is a brief discussion of the organ systems with their corresponding times, and how imbalances in these systems may arise both physically and emotionally.

3-5am Lung: The lung is responsible for moving the qi (energy) through the meridians and to the entire body, as well as providing immune protection. It is also emotionally associated with grief. You may find that wake up during these times if you are struggling with grief or sorrow. Imbalances may also show up as wheezing, coughing, asthma, or getting sick easily.

5-7am Large Intestine: This is the best time to have a bowel movement. The large intestine is all about ‘letting go’ physically and emotionally. Symptoms of malfunction include constipation, dry stools, skin rash, and feeling emotionally ‘stuck’ .

7-9am Stomach: The stomach’s function is digestion & breakdown of foods, so this is the best time to eat a healthy & hearty breakfast. If out of balance, symptoms that may arise include acid reflux, stomach ulcer, and bad breath.

9-11am Spleen: The spleen extracts nutrients from food, transforms it into energy and transports it to other organ systems. During this time, you can support the spleen by having a nice cup of warming tea, or a light snack. Foods that support the spleen include cinnamon, yam, dates, and lentils. Imbalances may show up as loose stools, bloating after meals, craving sweets, and low energy.

11am-1pm Heart: During these hours, it is best to relax, take a siesta, and enjoy lunch. The heart dislikes heat (emotional & physical), so try to avoid caffeine, stress, intense exercise, or anything that raises your blood pressure. Symptoms of imbalance are palpitations, shortness of breath, cold hands & feet, and insomnia.

1-3pm Small Intestine: The small intestine separates the clear and turbid fluids, and moves these to the urinary bladder and large intestine, respectively. If you haven’t drank enough water during the day, you are more likely to feel dehydrated during these times. When out of balance, conditions that may arise include duodenal ulcer, bloating with vomiting or gas.

3-5pm Urinary Bladder: This is a time of the day when you can feel a dip in energy levels, especially if you are not well-hydrated. The urinary bladder stores & secretes urine (clear fluid), and is nourished by salty foods so having a bowl of brothy soup, such as miso or veggie broth, during this time helps strengthen the bladder (and the kidney, which is it’s paired organ). When out of balance, you may experience burning when urinating, yeast infection, or urinary incontinence.

5-7pm Kidney: The kidneys are responsible for healthy reproduction, development, and growth. Some activities that support this are to have a healthy meal (but not too large) with a little salt for flavoring and love making, which keeps your kidney ‘essence’ strong! When the kidney meridian is out of balance, symptoms that may arise include sexual difficulties, low back pain, or premature graying of hair.

7-9pm Pericardium: This is one of the accessory organs systems. To support the pericardium, this is the time to do something gentle to help you ease into sleep, such as meditation, light stretching, reading, or cuddling.

9-11pm San Jiao (Triple Burner): This is the second accessory organ system. During this time, to best support San Jiao, we should think about going to sleep during this time – having an earlier bed time in the winter, and staying up a little later in summer.

11pm-1am Gall Bladder: Physically, the gallbladder stores and excretes bile, but emotionally, it is in charge of self-esteem and decision-making. If you’re not sleeping by this time, you are depleting your gall bladder’s energy stores, which over time, can lead to poor self-esteem, poor judgment, or difficulty digesting fats.

1-3am Liver: The liver’s role is to store blood for menstruation and to get us through the day. If you’re not sleeping at this time, you can quickly become deficient, especially if you are female because of the importance of blood for menstruation (even for those going through menopause). The liver is also emotionally connected to anger. You may find that you wake up between 1-3am if you have repressed anger or long standing resentment. Symptoms of liver imbalances include irregular menstruation, anemia, chronic fatigue, and headache.

 

This excerpt is from naturopathicbynature.com

Are your hormones out of whack?

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Vitex, also known as chaste tree extract can be very helpful for many things. I always ask my clients, “Are you having an out of body experience?”   Things you wouldn’t do, like maybe yell at your hubby, and you think to yourself afterwards, “why did I do that?”

Vitex is an herb that can help with:

  • PMS
  • Transitioning into menopause
  • cramping
  • spotting
  • lessen a heavy period
  • calming, less anxiety
  • sleep issues, waking up often at night
  • cravings post ovulation
  • acne
  • helps regulate estrogen and progesterone

It does take about 3 months to really notice a huge difference.  It doesn’t mean some of the symptoms don’t go away pretty quickly.  I have had people where there period came back, even when a woman was in menopause for a year. Honestly, you want to go through menopause as late as possible due to bone loss, etc…

Chaste tree berry acts on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands inside your brain by increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) production and mildly inhibiting the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). The result is a shift in the ratio of estrogen to progesterone, in favor of progesterone. The ability of chaste tree to raise progesterone levels in the body is an indirect effect, so the herb itself is not a hormone.