Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Asthma is a chronic disorder of the lungs which causes airways to become irritated and constrict when an episode occurs. The illness can flare up at any time and cause mild to severe disruption in airways making it difficult to breath. Although Asthma cannot be cured, treatment and management options do exist to help lessen symptoms and limit occurrences. One of the most important things an Asthma sufferer can do is to know what their triggers are. A trigger can be an allergen or an irritant that leads to the attack, making it difficult to breath. With allergy season right around the corner it may be beneficial for those who suffer from, or suspect they may have a problem with asthma to take a look at their environment and review what may trigger their attacks.
Allergen triggers can be found both indoors and outdoors.
• Pollen: Before heading outdoors, check the local weather and see what the pollen count for your area may be. Seasonal allergy medication or a quick blast from an inhaler may ease a pollen trigger’s potency. During high pollen levels, keep windows and doors closed to minimize exposure.
• Mold: The types and species of mold can be endless! It can be difficult if not impossible to avoid mold inside and outside. Indoor air conditioners can help remove moisture from the air, limiting mold in the air, but outside it is much like pollen. Moist areas probably harbor more mold.
• Dust: People allergic to dust and dust mites could experience greater sensitivity to this trigger. Exercising dust-mite prevention with bedding (like pillow and mattress covers) can help to minimize this trigger. Wear a mask or face covering when cleaning dusty areas.
• Cat and dog dander: Wash your pets and their beds as much as possible! Vacuum with a good machine that removes dander and clean at least once a week. If the asthma is severe enough, perhaps a goldfish is a better idea?
Irritant triggers can be found almost anywhere, depending on a person’s environment.
• Weather: During the spring and fall when the weather is changing fronts move in and out and back across areas of the country. The dramatic change in weather brings wind and changes in allergens like mold and pollen. It may help to avoid outdoor activity during dramatically changing weather.
• Exercise: Over exerting your body can be a big trigger – especially when heavy breathing is involved! Experts recommend using an inhaler prior to a workout, and analyzing the potential presence of any other triggers before staring.
• Smoke: This is an obvious trigger. Either inhaled or breathed in second hand, it can be toxic, causes inflammation and just plain irritates airways and the lungs. This can be from cigarettes, a cigar or from a wood burning fire.
Knowing what your triggers are and recognizing the signs early can help manage asthma. Being short of breath or wheezing, coughing and tightness or pressure in the chest can all be symptoms of an attack.
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
The phrase oil pulling can bring to mind some relatively colorful thoughts and interesting interpretations. The process of oil pulling is an ancient and traditional method used by the Vedic people of India in the Ayurvedic medicinal practice. This fairly inexpensive method can be completed at home with products purchased from a local grocer, pharmacy or online and is safe for most people. Most use coconut oil, though the method has been completed using sunflower oil, sesame oil or olive oil.
Oil pulling was used in ancient times, and is still today, for cleansing the mouth and improving gum and oral health. Scientific research has found that the oil halts the growth of strep bacteria and other oral bacteria responsible for bad breath and the creation of plaque and gingivitis. Oil pulling therapy is a complete practice that can aid and target other health benefits besides oral health. Those who practice oil pulling may see a range of other beauty benefits. When using coconut oil, the anti viral and antibiotic properties of the product can clean stained teeth and brighten them. With good gum health and shiny teeth, teeth appear whiter. Because the pulling of the oil works as a detoxifying agent, skin health can improve in on and around the face as toxins and bacteria are removed through the oil pulling process. Blemishes and acne will begin to dissipate as well, as the toxins are regularly purged from the mouth and gums. Many people have reported increased benefits like headaches diminishing and hormone levels balancing out in addition to recession of liver problems and the resolution of infections.
The method of oil pulling involves placing a spoonful of oil in the mouth and swishing and working the oil in and around the teeth and gums for 15 to 20 minutes daily. This brief amount of time is long enough to dissolve and remove toxins and bacteria without giving the body time to re absorb the mess. The oil literally pulls the bad stuff out of your gums and mouth. It is good to push the oil in and out from around the teeth, so the complete gum line is affected by the treatment. It must be spit out when completed – do not swallow or ingest the oil after pulling! The oil can be filled with bacteria, plaque and germs that need to be disposed of and not consumed. Rinse well and finish with brushing the teeth. Coconut oil must be melted in the mouth before swishing can begin. Experts recommend the oil pulling be completed first thing in the morning before any drink or food has been consumed. Because infection and bacteria has a direct path inside the body from the mouth, this s believed to be an excellent line of defense for those who practice oil pulling.
Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Hydrogen peroxide is known by most people as the brown tub kept in the medicine cabinet to treat scrapes and cuts. Hydrogen peroxide is commonly used as a first aid treament because of its mixture of water and oxygen that creates a germicidal product. Bacteria are killed off by the oxidization process created when the compound comes into contact with the organisms, thus cleaning wounds. When treating an infected contusion it is recommended to use 3% hydrogen peroxide and treat the area multiple times a day for at least five minutes at a time.
Hydrogen peroxide can be used for so much more than just first aid!
When sick with a virus or cold, taking a detox bath with hydrogen peroxide can help draw toxins out of the body and help soothe muscle aches and pains. To create the bath, fill a tub with very warm water and a minimum of two quarts of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Add a tablespoon of ground ginger and soak for at least 30 minutes. You will begin to sweat and will notice a difference in how you feel post soak. It is ok to rinse or use soap following the detox bath, before drying off. Adding hydrogen peroxide regularly to bath water can help fight foot fungus, skin infections and boils. When foot fungus is present, try mixing equal parts of water and hydrogen peroxide and spray onto feet and toes daily, allowing them to dry completely without wiping or rinsing off. Sinus infections can also be soothed with hydrogen peroxide; a cup of non chlorinated water can be mixed with one tablespoon and used as a nasal spray.
Hydrogen peroxide can be used for whitening clothes and teeth! Adding a cup of the stuff to your laundry can do the same work as bleach or combat stains that won’t budge. Blood stains on fabric can be removed with hydrogen peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent cleaner and disinfectant for the home. Applying the product mixed with vinegar to countertops or other contaminated surfaces can kill bacteria and germs and it does not leave a streak when used on mirrors or glass. Spray items as you would with Lysol to sanitize on contact. Adding a two ounce splash of hydrogen peroxide to the dishwasher for an extra boost can fight germs and help clean dishes.
A 3% product can be used as a mouth rinse, though not for extended periods of time and should never be swallowed. Hold a capful of the peroxide in your mouth for 10 minutes a day for a short span of time to gradually whiten teeth and sanitize the mouth. This is also adequate treatment for those who suffer from canker sores or other oral abrasions.
For people with lighter brown or dark blond hair, spraying a half and half mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water to wet hair can subtly bring out highlights and lighten hair.