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How To Deal With The Cold And Flu

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Things to avoid when you have a cold or flu:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeinated drinks ( both tend to promote water loss)
  • Zinc-based nasal sprays and gels. * Research has shown these products can harm your sense of smell, the damage can be permanent. (National Geographic Complete Guide to Natural Home Remedies)

Upper Respiratory Relief:

  • Hydrate: This is crucial, your body needs plenty of fluids. While water is best, clear broth green and herbal teas and diluted juices are good choices as well.
  • Chicken noodle soup: Especially recipes rich with onions and garlic they provide more than just comfort. (this is backed by research). Some ingredients also fight inflammation or thin mucus secrection to help relieve congestion.
  • Rinse your sinuses: Even just spritzing your nasal passages with saline several times a day can make a difference. It relieves congestion cause by colds and flu.
  • Suck on Zinc: May help shorten the duration of colds by several days. (sucking on lozenges that contain zinc).
  • Go Herbal: Always check with your doctor first before using herbs if you suffer with other ailments or on medication.

When should you call the doctor? If you have a fever (100-101 degrees) that persists for more than 3 days or a fever over 103 degrees for any length of time. Cough that produces a bloody brownish or greenish phlegm. If you have difficulty breathing, severe pain, congestion that lasts more than 10 days with brown or green discharge.

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Inflammation

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses.

However, in some diseases, like arthritis, the body’s defense system — the immune system — triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign invaders to fight off. In these diseases, called autoimmune diseases, the body’s normally protective immune system causes damage to its own tissues. The body responds as if normal tissues are infected or somehow abnormal. (Web MD)

Chronic diseases affect more than 90 million Americans and believed to account for 70% of all deaths and more than 75% of the nation’s medical costs. Inflammation is the root of these health conditions, which include:

  • cardiovascular disease
  • cancer
  • stroke
  • Alzheimer’s disease
(Neustadt, 2006; Rakel &Rindfleisch, 2007)

Current research into the mechanism of influencing inflammation demonstrates that some food contribute to the production of highly reactive compounds that can lead to significant inflammation and tissue damage; these same compounds can also prevent infection.However, in individuals who take a lot of antioxidant supplements, shows an increase in inflammation, indicating that a high use of individual antioxidant supplements may not be as helpful as a diet with varied mix of antioxidant-rich foods that protect against free radicals.Certain foods and dietary supplements contain compounds that inhibit inflammation by acting on specific chemical pathways in the body. Turmeric, for example, is one of those(Rakel & Rindfleisch, 2007).

The foundation of an anti-inflammatory diet include the following guidelines (Neustadt, 2006)

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  • Eat whole, natural, fresh foods.
  • Consume a diet high in fruits, veggies, nuts, legumes, berries and low in refined grains and sugars.
  • Increase consumption of omega-3 fatty acids from fish, fish oils, and plant sources.
  • Incorporate olive oil to the diet.
  • Increase consumption of lean, organic protein (poultry, fish, game, and red meat) and avoid hight-fat dairy as well as fatty, salty processed meats (bacon, sausage, and deli meats).
  • Avoid all trans fats, limit intake of saturated fats, eliminate fried foods, hard margarine, commercial baked goods, and most packaged and processed snack foods.
  • Drink water
  • Participate in daily exercise through aerobic, stretching and strength training activities – outdoors if possible.

Ways To Balance Your Daily Life

Creating a balanced life is essential for survival.

Here are some ways to start creating a balanced life.

Try to do them daily. Create a chart/checklist for yourself.

Ways to balance your daily life.

(key elements to consider when balancing your life)
    • Accomplishments: ( e.g. organize a room, pay bills, complete goals)
  • Exercise: (e.g. take a walk, take a class, yard work, work out at home or gym)
  • Social: (e.g. invite a friend over or go out to eat, attend a book club, to a gathering, volunteer, write or email someone)
  • Nutrition: (e.g. try a new fruit or veggie, eat organic, try  new healthy                               recipe)
  • Spirituality: (e.g. go to your spiritual center, read a spiritual book or self                            nurturing book, meditate, give back to the community)
  • Pleasure: (e.g. go to dinner, to the beach, take a hike, go to a spa,                                 museum, take a road trip, play games)

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Holistic Health

Full Definition of HOLISTIC

1:  of or relating to holism
2:  relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts <holistic medicine attempts to treat both the mind and the body> <holistic ecology views humans and the environment as a single system>
 

The benefits of Holistic Healing

Holistic healing aims to identify the root cause, or causes, of an imbalance (whether it is physical pain, stress, poor sleep, etc.). As a result, a patient feels completely considered and cared for, a benefit missing from many modern medicine practices. Instead of solely seeking to resolve symptoms, practitioners will ask the patient to both discuss and consider how not only their physical body relates to this imbalance, but also how their psychosocial, spiritual, and mental states contribute. And to help the body shift towards a healthier balance, a practitioner may guide the patient in processes such as emotional recognition and release, dietary modification, spiritual connection, and more. Not only will the patient be making improvements towards their original imbalance, but also in many realms of their life.

What is holistic medicine?

 

Holistic medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. The practice of holistic medicine integrates conventional and alternative therapies to prevent and treat disease, and most importantly, to promote optimal health.

What is a holistic consultant?

Holistic health consultants provide information and education to people seeking alternative forms of healing and treatment. Ideally, a holistic health consultant has a broad understanding of a variety of natural health disciplines and may recommend a specific approach of alternative healing to a client.

A holistic health consultant is a professional who has extensive knowledge about natural health, herbs, vitamins, minerals, and nutrition. They may also be familiar with additional areas of practice, such as acupuncture or massage therapy, although the consultant may not holistic health consultants are typically knowledgeable about ethics and legal issues in health care and what natural means of healing may be accepted or rejected by an individual’s traditional practitioners.

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