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Soothe Hemorrhoid Discomfort

If you sit a lot, drink very little water, and are constipated, you may have experienced the symptoms of having hemorrhoids…pain and discomfort in your bum, along with itching and possibly even rectal bleeding with bowels movements (particularly if you strain).

Pregnancy is a usual culprit that brings short term hemorrhoids, but the long term and chronic hemorrhoid conditions are created by eating too many refined, fried, and fatty foods.  These foods cause constipation, which in turn creates extra pressure when needing to eliminate wastes from the colon (having bowel movements).  This makes the veins and capillaries in the area swollen and inflamed.

Some other things that can cause hemorrhoids, which may also be quite surprising, are vitamin B6 deficiency, anti-depressant drugs, and pain killers.

Prevention is always key, but if you find yourself suffering with the discomfort of hemorrhoids, here are some natural things you can do:

 

Diet & Lifestyle
  • Avoid acidic foods like caffeine and sugar
  • Take 1 tablespoon of olive oil or flax seed oil before each meal
  • Include sprouts & dark greens and lots of berries and cherries to reduce bleeding and strengthen veins and capillaries
  • Take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with 2 tablespoons maple syrup each morning
  • Drink plenty of liquids to hydrate (water, juices, aloe vera, etc.)
Bodywork
  • Soak in a hot tub to reduce inflammation and stop itching
  • Take an enema of Nettles, Chlorella, or Nutribiotic Grapefruit Seed Extract (20 drops per gallon of water)
  • Apply ice packs, witch hazel, or vitamin E oil directly to area
Supplemental Therapy
  • Relieve inflammation by drinking 3 cups of stone root tea each day
  • Encourage vascular tone by taking either Ginkgo Biloba or Evening Primrose Oil
  • Strengthen vein and capillary walls by taking Vitamin C therapy
  • Rebuild colon and rectum health with Vitamin K and Vitamin B6

 

Defuse Diverticulosis

Diverticulosis is a disease that affects the bowels and mimics Irritable Bowel Syndrome with stomach pain and cramps.  When food debris is left in the colon it causes inflammation, weakens the wall of the colon, and can even cause infection.  This is what causes the stomach pain, cramps, and bloating.

Diverticulosis is linked to a diet of heavily refined foods, low fiber foods, and chronic constipation, according to studies.  And, it affects people over the age of 70 at a higher rate than those who are younger.

What may be more interesting is the fact that most people that have Diverticulosis don’t even have any symptoms…they don’t know they have it until they have some type of test run, like a colonoscopy.  Having said that, I don’t think that you should run out and have tests run just to check to see if you have this condition.  But, I do think that if you know you are eating a diet as described above, that you making a choice to eat differently would be to your best benefit.

If, by chance, you do happen to have symptoms and discomfort associated with Diverticulosis or Diverticulitis, check out these natural remedies:

 

Diet & Lifestyle
  • Add oat or rice bran to diet.
  • Add fruits and veggies that are high in fiber, like potatoes, yams, broccoli, prunes
  • Eat foods with live culture, like yogurt, kefir, miso; or take Probiotics
  • Eliminate foods that cause constipation, like dairy, fried foods, red meats, sugary foods
  • Drink plenty of fluids, including water, apple juice, and cranberry juice
Bodywork
  • Take an enema twice a week (peppermint, fenugreek, or catnip)
  • Get massage therapy treatments
  • Get active (i.e. walk daily)
  • Apply wet hot ginger compresses to abdomen and lower back
Supplemental Therapy
  • Heal bowel tissue with Evening Primrose Oil
  • Ease gas and bloating with GastroZyme
  • Reduce inflammation with slippery elm tea
  • Control infection with garlic extract caps
  • Reduce undigested food debris with Digest

 

Strep Throat Solutions

I remember when my daughter was little, she got strep throat quite a bit.  It was absolutely no fun for her or for me.  She would almost hesitate to tell me that her throat hurt because she didn’t want them to “put the stick down [her] throat.”  Gosh, I really wish I had known as much about natural remedies back then as I do now.

Strep throat can be caused by a viral infection, recurring tonsillitis, and the beginning of a cold or flu.  It is interesting because people who have adrenal fatigue and people who consume a diet high in dairy are more likely to get strep throat.

Strep throat is different from a sore throat.  Strep throat comes on very quickly and is accompanied by fever, aches, swollen & tender lymph nodes, pneumonia or ear infections (Ashley had a ton of ear infections), and hoarseness.

Now that you have an idea as to how strep throat starts and the signs and symptoms, here are some ways to soothe an irritated throat and get over all the symptoms quickly:

 DIET & LIFESTYLE 
  • Drink hot water with lemon juice, honey, and a pinch of cayenne pepper every morning.
  • Apply hot compresses of either ginger or parsley to the throat.
  • Take a steamy mineral or epsom salts bath.
  • Take a catnip enema…this will cleanse infection from strep throat.
 HERBAL & SUPPLEMENTAL 
  • Control infection with garlic capsules (8 daily).
  • Reduce inflammation with EMERGEN-C very few hours.
  • Take zinc lozenges as needed.
  • Soothe the throat with chamomile tea.
  • Get rid of congestion with salt-sage gargle – make 2 cups sage leaf tea, strain, and add 1 tsp sea salt.

Constipation Complexity

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Colon Cleanse

6991950_sSo maybe you were one of the ones that when reading my blog “Diarrhea Dilemma” you thought, that is so NOT my problem!  If so, this is the blog for you.  In this blog, we are discussing the opposite of diarrhea…constipation.

Both diarrhea and constipation are subjects that people really don’t want to talk about. But, both of these topics directly relate to your health and well-being.  If you aren’t having regular bowel movements, you become quite toxic in a hurry.  This toxicity makes you sick, which can appear as fatigue, irritability, headaches, mental fogginess, gas, nausea, depression, acne…and the list goes on.

Diet certainly plays a role in whether or not you get constipated but it is not the only factor.  There are other things like environment pollutants, chemicals in foods, parasite infestation, lack of exercise, medications, food allergies, and poor digestion.

How do you know if your bowels are “regular” and functioning properly?  Here are few clues:

  • you should have bowel movements every day, ideally within 12 hours after each meal
  • stools should be soft and light enough to float
  • stools should be odorless
  • you should have no gas

Here are some natural ways to get things moving:

  • massage your belly (see our blog on abdominal massage)
  • walk every day for at least 15 minutes at a good pace
  • give yourself an enema (see my podcast Colon Cleanse – Part 2)
  • do a vitamin C flush – take 3000-5000mg of vitamin C with bioflavonoids over a 2 hour period
  • drink an herbal laxative tea
  • take a natural supplement like ReleaseZyme
  • drink aloe vera juice
  • add food-source fiber, like apples
  • take Omega-3 flax oil capsules
  • take Probiotics

 

Poison Oak / Poison Ivy Potion

Over 60% of Americans have a sensitivity or allergy to urushiol, which is the chemical in poison oak and poison ivy.  This toxic chemical is what causes the rashes and blisters that people get when they come in contact with it.

If you have an allergy or sensitivity to poison oak or poison ivy, it will usually show up within 72 hours after contact.  If you are having a reaction, you may notice that you itch, have a rash, or have blisters.  Some people even have a much more severe reaction including throat swelling, cramps, and diarrhea.

There are several pieces of good news…1) you can’t get it from someone that has it…you have to be in contact with the chemical, 2) once you lose sensitivity to the chemical, you’ll always be immune from the reactions, and 3) there are quite a few natural things that you can do to ease the discomfort, if you do have a reaction.

Natural Remedies:

  • drink aloe vera juice to alkalize your body
  • take a bath in oatmeal to relieve itching
  • wash affected areas with cold water and then apply witch hazel
  • take the enzyme Protease to reduce swelling and promote healing
  • do a vitamin C flush…it is a natural antihistamine
  • take Adrenal Complex to strengthen against sensitivity

Varicose Veins Be Gone

Sometimes we let vanity get the best of us and other times it is a good thing that we pay attention to how we look.  When it comes to varicose veins, this is when it is a good thing to pay attention.  Not only are varicose veins not very attractive, they can be a sign that there may be something else going on in your body.

Varicose veins are actually the product of veins that are damaged.  The damage can occur because of a poor diet, heavy lifting, and standing or sitting for too long of a period of time, in addition to other factors.  What happens is the wall of the veins enlarges which makes the valves of the vein to malfunction.

Signs that you may have varicose veins are:

  • distended veins
  • swollen veins
  • painful leg veins
  • legs feel heavy, tight, and/or tired
  • numbness or tingling in the legs

Here are some natural ways to reduce pain associated with varicose veins, strengthen veins, and prevent varicose veins…

Bodywork
  • Walk every day; swim often
  • Don’t stand or sit too long…take breaks several times through out the day
  • Massage feet and legs twice daily (once in the morning & once in the evening)…optional – add essential oil for added benefits (i.e. myrrh, peppermint)
Supplements
  • Strengthen veins and increase circulation – Evening Primrose Oil 3000mg
  • Improve vein tone – Bilberry extract 4x per day
  • Reduce pain & heaviness with leg compress – apply Witch hazel compresses 2x daily
  • Reduce inflammation – take Protease IFC; apply aloe vera gel to legs and then elevate

Hearing Loss – Selective or Factual?

What did you say?  Could you repeat that?  I didn’t hear you…  How many times has this happened to you?  No matter if you are the person that can’t hear or the person that can’t be heard, it can be very frustrating.

The thing is that some people say that it is selective hearing and some say they really can’t hear…so which is it?  And, what can you do about it?
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Actually, both, selective and factual, are true.  We will briefly cover selective hearing and then talk a little more in detail about factual hearing loss.

Selective hearing is just that…people who hear what they want to hear and nothing else.  This is very prominent in the Supra body type.  There are several problems with selective hearing but the biggest problem is that over time the people who are only selecting to hear what they want to hear will eventually have factual hearing loss…meaning they really can’t hear, even things they want to hear.

Factual hearing loss can be caused by many different things such as high blood pressure, gluten sensitivity, poor digestion, sinus infections, nerve damage, low calcium levels, excess ear wax, loud noises, tinnitus, smoking, and even some antibiotics and heart medications can cause hearing loss.  Wow!  That is a really wide range of things that can cause factual hearing loss.

But, as always, I have a list of some things you can do to minimize hearing loss and reduce some of the symptoms (i.e. ringing in the ear, pressure in the ear, etc.):

Diet for Hearing Better
whole grains | vegetable proteins | fruits | low-fat | dairy-free | glass of wine with dinner (my favorite recommendation!)
Bodywork
massage neck, ears, and temples | pull ear lobes
Herbal & Supplemental
Ginkgo Biloba extract to improve blood flow | Dissolve excess wax with 4 drops white vinegar and 3 drops 70% isopropyl alcohol in ear…leave for 30 seconds; flush with water | Relieve pressure in ears with Echinacea extract drops and Vitamin C therapy | Reduce ringing with Zinc | Prevent hearing loss with Beta carotene and Vitamin C

Diarrhea Dilemma

It just never seems to be a good time for diarrhea to hit.  And, when it does, you find yourself in a real dilemma.  If you know what caused it, you’ll be a lot quicker to find a solution.

Diarrhea can happen for several different reasons…bacteria or viral infection, allergic reaction, or intestinal parasites could be at fault.  Good news is there are quite a few things that you can do to ease the discomfort and the dilemma:

Infection Control – Take Black Walnut Hulls twice daily.
Soothe Cramping – Drink chamomile tea.
Dry Up Diarrhea – Temporarily take activate charcoal tabs with calcium/magnesium/zinc at night.
Balance Bowels – 10,000 IU of Vitamin A per day OR 6 Garlic caps daily.
Increase Absorption Ability – 3 Apple pectin capsules daily.

Anytime you have had a bout of diarrhea, you’ll want to be sure to replenish the good bacteria in your gut…take Probiotics.

Stuffy Sinuses Solutions

9550709_sTo me, one of the worst things is a stuffy or runny nose.  People get them for all kinds of reasons including allergies (pollen, food, etc.) and infections (bacterial, viral, or fungal).  But, no matter the cause, we all want to know how the heck to get rid of the headache, pain, bad breath, and congestion associated with drippy noses.  Here are some great natural remedies and ideas:

Diet
Bodywork
Supplemental Therapy

Low Blood Pressure — Not Always a Good Thing

It is so frustrating for me to walk into a doctor’s office with my daughter or my husband and hear that their blood pressure is great…and when I ask what it is, the answer is always that “it’s low and that’s really good.”  The nurse or doctor always has a smile on their face like they just told me the best news in the world…Ummmm, it is NOT ok.

Why is no one, or I should say very few people, in the medical community concerned with low blood pressure?  If your blood pressure is too low, you die…not good.  Ok…you now know one of my pet peeves.  LOL!  But, it is a very serious problem and it needs to be addressed.

In the medical community, low blood pressure is classified as 100/60 or anything below that.  But, what we’ve found in our clinic is that low blood pressure signs can actually start taking place at around the 115/75 range.  That reading is not too far from the “normal” reading of 120/80.  This is happening for a reason…most of which you have control over.  That is the good news.  And, as you are working to make the long term dietary and lifestyle changes required for better blood pressure, there are some additional things you can do to assist your body in the healing process.  Yes, low blood pressure, is a healing process because the body isn’t functioning optimally and needs to be healed from the inside.

Below are the Signs & Symptoms, Causes, and Natural Remedies.  Be sure to take a look at the signs and symptoms list and see if any of these apply to you.  If so, start monitoring your blood pressure and take a close look at the causes.  The causes will give you a good idea as to where you need to make dietary and lifestyle changes for the long haul.  The natural remedies section will point you in the right direction for the long term changes, as well as, give you some specific things you can do to help your body heal.

Signs & Symptoms
Causes
Natural Remedies

 

 

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