It’s that time of year again, and your kids will be bringing home more than homework and art projects from school, and sharing more than toys and snacks with friends. Rhinovirus, influenza, and adenovirus are just a few of the viruses that can bring congestion, fever, sore throat and body aches to you and your family this cold and flu season. And, while it may impossible to stop these contagious viruses from entering your home and sickening your children, you can fight back by being prepared. Here are my top 5 natural remedies to have stocked in your medicine cabinet to ease your child’s symptoms, decrease duration of illness, and even prevent them from getting sick all together! 1. Elderberry Syrup: Prevent and treat. Elderberry, or Sambucus nigra, is a powerful weapon against the fight of cold and flu viruses. Elderberry contains a
Halloween is right around the corner, and for those of us who are trying to watch our sugar intake, this is not a favorite season. The availability of candy makes it very difficult to stay away from sugar, as everyone seems to have it out for all to enjoy. Finding ways to tame a sweet tooth without feeling like you are sacrificing may ensure that you do not overindulge. We all know that sugar isn’t the healthiest thing for our bodies. In fact, one study recently recommended children consume no more than 6 teaspoonfuls of sugar each day. Since most candy bars contain more than 6 teaspoons of sugar, Halloween is a Holiday where we should be mindful of how much sugar our children are consuming. While it is the tradition to give out candy to trick-or-treaters, there are other options to provide a fun and celebratory Halloween to all.
Summer is coming to a close, much to the dismay of most children and the joy of some parents. The end of summer means going back to school, and for many families going back to school means the start of cold and flu season. Children are exposed to millions of germs at school, resulting in 8-12 colds per year for children in day care or elementary school according to health.com. It is only a matter of time before these germs turn into a day off spent home sick in bed, and possibly spreading the illness to the rest of the family. Days off from school and work cost the US economy nearly $576 billion per year, according to Forbes. There are ways to prepare for another school year and protect your kids from the germs they will encounter at school. Rather than reaching into the medicine cabinet to treat
Many of us have heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” As a Naturopathic Doctor, I believe that what you eat and drink can have a direct effect on the appearance of your face. This is because your face can be a reflection of the overall health of your gut. Many people are not aware of the immense immune system that originates and lives in our digestive tract. When we consume food and/or drinks, the immune system residing in our digestive tract may react, and consequently produce unwanted effects on our facial appearance. Let’s discuss the most common facial presentations, the science behind what causes it, and what you can do to fix it. SUGAR FACE What it looks like Sugar face will most commonly display as a combination of fine lines or deep wrinkles on the forehead, sagging under the eyes, an overall
Do you feel exhausted before your day is done? Are you too tired on the weekends to go out and "play?" Struggling to find energy to exercise, cook a meal, or get the laundry done, or even started? If you answered, “yes!” to any of these questions, you are not alone! A recent study found that 76% of US workers felt tired many days of the week. What can you do to kick that fatigue to the curb, and get the energy you need to live the life you want? Fortunately, there are many things that can be done! However, it is important to determine the cause of your fatigue. There are many medical conditions that can cause decreased energy levels such as adrenal fatigue, anemia, and thyroid conditions, to name a few. So, it is important to discuss your symptoms with a doctor if they continue to persist. Here are some of my favorite ways to increase
While many people living with seasonal allergies will wait until symptoms are present to seek relief, beginning an herbal treatment 6 weeks before the allergy season begins can effectively prevent seasonal allergy symptoms all together. Each spring, more than 50 million Americans will endure symptoms related to seasonal allergies. While many will turn to over-the-counter allergy medications for relief, these drugs often loose their efficacy and can even worsen symptoms over time. Botanical medicine offers an alternative approach, providing powerful symptom relief from seasonal allergy symptoms throughout the season without adverse effects. Taken alone, or in combination, these top 10 botanical medicinal herbs prevent and alleviate symptoms of seasonal allergies while supporting the body with tonifying, nutritive, and soothing effects. Urtica dioica: Otherwise known as stinging nettle, it is the leaf of this plant that provides powerful allergy relief. Biochemical constituents including chlorophyll, indoles, and acetylcholine.