Are you one of those unfortunate individuals who deal with seasonal allergies? During this time you may be getting glaring looks from strangers if you're walking through a grocery store sneezing. Below I outline a few things you can do to help decrease your susceptibility to allergies/hay fever.
Reducing your body's response to external irritants requires a multi-faceted approach, like every other chronic, inflammatory condition.
Eliminate sugar and processed foods, focus on eating a diet that has variety in your fruits and vegetables to maximize your health. Try an elimination diet to see if dairy or gluten could be contributing to your allergies. Foods high in quercetin can help modulate the inflammatory response and may reduce histamine. It is very difficult to get the doses you need to make a difference, so consider adding a supplement
This is not medical advice, it is for educational purposes only. Consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new program, especially if you are on medication or pregnant.
Do you suffer from frequent headaches or headaches that turn into migraines? Thursday's FB live focused on talking about this topic. Please be patient, I do figure out that the picture is sideways and fix it in about 30 seconds :)
There are some things you can do to reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches other than rely on over-the-counter medications and I made a PDF handout to give you a way to track your headaches as well as a few suggestions to reduce the frequency.
One thing I didn't mention in the handout or the live is water. If you are dehydrated you will likely have headaches frequently. We need water to keep our body functioning well and the brain is one of the first things to suffer when we aren't giving it enough. DRINK WATER!
Building a first aid kit for your home and travel is super important. I know we don't like to think about something bad happening, but it's better to think ahead and prepare than something happen and not have the things you need.
If you have someone in the family with severe allergies requiring an epipen then by all means have one in your car, one in your purse, and one in your home and make sure everyone knows where it is.
Not everyone requires this, sometimes Benadryl will do the trick if the allergies are reactive but not closing up throats in a moment. Take that into consideration.
Benadryl has been a life-saver for us literally. Our youngest is allergic to some fresh berries but boy does he love them. Twice now we've seen him swelling, turning red and bumpy and been able to avoid a trip to the ER by administering Benadryl.
Here is a list of items to consider keeping in your first aid kit:
Do you keep a First Aid Kit? We'd love to see it!
When we think about our kids, most parents want to make decisions that are best for them, but all the information out there can be really confusing and difficult to sort through.
Is co-sleeping best or should they be in a crib?Breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding: does it make a difference really?Does it matter if we feed our child sugary cereal vs whole grain breakfast?What does a healthy environment and healthy lifestyle really mean?
Finally we will cover some common conditions as well as herbal remedies you can consider when battling illness or imbalance.
Understanding the difference between children and adults in regards to health is important, and is deeper than them being smaller than we are. Sadly, with each subsequent generation that is being born we are seeing a decrease in life expectancy as well as quality of life. I want to give you the information you need to create an environment that increases their vitality and their ability to live out their purpose on this planet.
Cortisol is made in the adrenal glands and is a very helpful hormone. Almost every cell in the body has a cortisol receptor. It doesn't become a problem until there is overproduction OR it is increased at the wrong time of day (night vs. morning). It's important to recognize the importance of keeping cortisol in balance and the best way to do that is through lifestyle choices.
Holistic health does not mean that you never seek medical attention from a conventional doctor, urgent care, or the emergency room.
Many issues can be alleviated through focus on diet, lifestyle, and the incorporation of herbs and supplements. However, in certain cases you don't want to delay seeking medical attention. Here are some warning signs you should be aware of:
I would also add that if you have a prolonged illness that just isn't improving or has gotten worse, it is better to be on the safe side and seek medical help. Conventional medicine is amazing at emergent care and can make a huge difference when things just aren't going the right way.