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Spring Cleaning

Here in the Pacific NW, the cherry trees, daffodils, tulips, daphnes, rhododendrons, magnolias, and many other beautiful flowering trees and plants are blooming.  While this makes the area absolutely gorgeous, it also sends people into my office wondering how to stop the sneezing and itchy eyes. images

Fortunately, there some things you can do to make this time of year more enjoyable.

  • Get an air filter for your home so you are not exposed to pollens all night long while you sleep.
  • Take your shoes off before coming into the house---don't track the pollen in!  Ask others to do the same.
  • Wear sunglasses or other protective eye gear while you're out to minimize the amount of exposure--as you know, once you start itching your eyes, it's hard to stop.  This is because rubbing them recruits more histamine to the site, causing even more itching!
  • If you have carpets, get them cleaned at least every spring.  Or even better, replace them with hardwood or tiled floors, which are easier to keep clean.
  • Consider doing a "Spring Cleanse" for your body*.  By making sure your liver, kidneys, lungs, GI tract, and skin are all in good working order, you can decrease how reactive your body is to elements it is normally allergic to.

*any type cleansing or fasting should be supervised by a health care practitioner.  If you have not seen a doctor in the past year, please consult one before cleansing or fasting.

Ah, refreshing.

The simplest form of hydrotherapy is drinking water.  It's also one of the most overlooked ways we can improve the health and function of our bodies.  Water plays a vital role in every system of the body, and when there isn't enough, we have to compensate in ways that can leave us sick, tired, achy, and even grouchy. How much do you drink per day?  For optimal body functioning we need half our body weight in ounces each day.

150 lbs= 75 ounces, or just over 2 liters of water.  Are you getting enough?

The equation changes slightly if you work out regularly or consume caffeinated beverages.   For each hour of strenuous exercise, you should replace 1 liter of liquid, preferably enhanced with electrolyte (Emergen-C or the likes).  For each caffeinated beverage you consume, you should drink 1 glass of water, as caffeine is a diuretic and can cause fluid loss.

So raise a glass, and treat yourself to health!

Constitutional Hydrotherapy

Constitutional hydrotherapy has been used in Nature Cure to affect the immune, nervous, and gastrointestinal systems. The application of hot and cold towels to the chest, abdomen, and back provide a pumping action to the circulatory and lymphatic systems. Fresh blood, nutrients, and oxygen travel to the vital organs; excess fluids and toxins are shunted to the kidneys, liver, and lungs; and the gastrointestinal tract is gently stimulated. This is the time of year when I start to see folks coming in overworked, stressed out, worn-down, and fighting whatever bug is going around the workplace and schools. Hydrotherapy is one of the best ways to combat the bugs when you're working many hours and need to take a time out to optimize your health. I usually see patients once every week or two during the cold and flu season for optimal immune stimulation and illness prevention.

For a little more info about hydrotherapy, check out this study happening at the Helfgott Research Institute.

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog everybody! I have been excited about starting a naturopathic medical blog for the past few weeks. So, here we are----Fall is changing the hillside into a magical palette of bold colors, the wind is picking up and blowing crisp leaves down the sidewalk, and my patients are starting to come in with stuffed up noses, headaches, and coughs. For quite a while I have been keen on the idea of running a hydrotherapy shift at my clinic. I started offering hydrotherapy treatments mid-September and the response has been positive. Hydrotherapy is a time-tested, effective way to boost the immune system, reduce stress, and promote full-body healing.  I'll be opening up several shifts soon, so stay tuned in...and THANKS for reading!