Allergies Can Be Beat


Do You Suffering From Allergies Like Me? Beat THEM up… don’t let them beat you up!

Many people have experienced sinusitis (inflammation of the mucous membranes lining all the facial sinus areas) and it’s a nuisance that requires treatment, but not always severe enough to be worth a trip to the doctor. Here’s some options for quick symptom relief at home:

Increase the humidity. Keep the membranes inside your nose and sinuses moist. It’s very helpful for relieving congestion and discomfort.

* Saline (salt-water) is terrific and safe to use as often as you need it. The one way to easily give your sinuses a “bath” is with the Neti-Pot.
* A hot shower and hot drink can do wonders to clear a stuffy head. (I use Green Tea!)
* You can also hold your head over a bowl of boiling water and cover your head with a towel to concentrate the steam. (Put a few drops of Eucalyptus in the boiling water.)
* A whole-house or room humidifier is also a good idea. Just be sure to clean it regularly, otherwise these devices can become part of the problem if mold or fungus is allowed to accumulate inside them.

Stay hydrated. Drinking more fluid minimizes dryness and irritation, and helps prevent or treat some headaches. Soda, milk, juices are not as good as water for maintaining hydration.

Keep the eyes moist. Like nasal sprays, saline eye drops help reduce the pain, itching, and dryness that often come with allergies. Don’t use the “get the red out drops!)

Drop the cough. Many cough drops in the form of hard “candies,” some with herbal ingredients, can suppress a cough for up to an hour. BUT, you don’t need the sugar! Removing sugar and white flour from your diet during allergy season will work wonders if you want to really be more resistant to symptoms. If you’re diabetic or have high blood sugar, be sure to use sugar-free.

Don’t use cough medicine. You say, “But my cough is driving me crazy!” The active ingredient in most of these medications is guaifenesin, which is intended to thin out the mucus and make it easier to drain. This is a WASTE of your money! If you really want a powerful tool to stop your cough.. get “Coltsfoot” and Vitamin C at your local health food store. Or, go online to track it down. It will amaze you at how effective it is, at stopping a bad cough!

Kill the pain. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen are the active ingredients in most analgesic painkillers, and can help with many of the irritating symptoms of sinusitis. But, don’t take them unless you’re just miserable. Let your body fight.

Finally, a word about the combination medicines that are designed to treat multiple symptoms in one tablet. Many of these include an antihistamine, or a decongestant, or both. The benefit is fewer pills to buy and swallow, but the risk is that you might end up taking some medicines that you don’t really need.

All Natural Vitamins

If you take vitamins and understand the value of good supplements in maintaining your health, you probably want quality vitamins.
Vitamins you find on pharmacy shelves are usually made synthetically, through chemical processes, rather than derived directly from plants or other natural materials. In fact, manufacturers of all natural vitamins and some of their supporters, claim they’re superior to synthetic vitamins. Is there any fact behind these claims?

It’s not always easy to distinguish between “synthetic” and “natural” vitamins. The definition of a natural vitamin is a concentrated nutrient derived from a quality natural source. The idea behind this is, maximum retention of the natural material, no artificial colors, sweeteners, or preservatives should be used.

A natural source contains “co-factors” that naturally come with the nutrient in nature. For instance, co-factors that are usually found with Vitamin C are bioflavonoids. It should be in its concentrated natural source as much as possible. No extreme heat, pressure, or toxic solvents are used in making the vitamins. They should be free of sugar and chemical tablet coating. All natural vitamins should be prepared from high quality raw ingredients. No artificial chemicals, harsh binders or fillers are added.

Synthetic vitamins are made from “coal-tar” derivatives. All “co-factors” are removed. Most of the vitamins and food supplements sold today are synthetic, because they’re cheaper to produce than all natural vitamins.
Natural health experts claim that synthetic vitamins are ineffective and of no use. Doctors and even some nutritionists claim that synthetic vitamins have a chemical molecular structure identical to the all natural vitamin and they’re just as effective. OK, who’s telling the truth here? They can’t both be right.

The fact is that the two function similarly and are bio-available in identical amounts to your body, as long as there is no “alteration.” As long as no other substances unique to that particular source are included,

Vitamin E for example, the d- form of vitamin E derived from vegetable oils and other natural sources is different from the dl- form (which is the synthetic form). The dl- tocopherols (any of a series of structurally similar compounds, some of which have biological vitamin E activity.) are actually a mixture: the d-form and the l-form.

The human body only uses the d- form. The l- form doesn’t confer any known health benefit for the body and is normally excreted. So, in essence, when consuming the dl- form of vitamin E, you only get about half the effective dose, of the vitamin E dosage reported on the label.

Vitamin C that’s found in oranges is identical to the vitamin C derived from other plant sources, mostly because plants containing vitamin C, “biosynthesize” the substance in the same way. When Vitamin C was first isolated and made into a supplement, we didn’t know about “bioflavonoids.” We later discovered, that in nature, bioflavonoids always accompany Vitamin C and are essential for better absorption. They increase the benefits of bioavailability by 30%. This is why you should take the all natural vitamin form of vitamin C.

The critics would argue that, as with all foods and nutrients, Vitamin C is a chemical. Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid. You can take a bite of an orange and you’ll get ascorbic acid, or you can produce ascorbic acid from corn in a laboratory. The molecules are identical and they accomplish the same function in the human body.

Supplements are meant to assist a highly varied diet of whole, unprocessed foods. You can get “bioflavinoids” from citrus fruits but you’ll never know exactly how much vitamin C you’re getting and how much citrus you will need to take per day. The best way to get all the vitamins you need each day is by taking a high-quality liquid multivitamin.

Laboratory-produced compounds provide the biochemist with the distinct advantage of dose consistency. In nature, one orange might contain 50 mg of vitamin C and another might have only 10 mg. It depends on where it was grown, when it was picked, how it was transported and stored. All natural vitamins and nutritional supplement companies have to guarantee that their products deliver precisely what’s on the label.

Quality in vitamins and nutrients is hard to define sometimes. The ingredients and their amounts is the most important aspect when choosing your vitamins. If that list is about the same, then price should be your guide. Vitamin supplements are more effective in liquid form though because the body can absorb liquids, 5 times better than pills.
A good multivitamin is the bedrock of good health and nutrition. When you choose, look for factors like ingredients, quality level, and overall value.

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Cure Acid Reflux Naturally

Prescription medications have unwanted side effects, so many people look for natural cures for acid reflux. Most prescription medications were not designed to be taken for long periods of time. Herbal remedies for acid reflux are based on traditional medicine and traditional medicinal plants. Some of these are common food herbs which pose no danger for long-term use.

Stomach acid can damage the esophagus and lead to more serious conditions including cancer of the esophagus, so if you’re seeing a doctor, continue to make sure your condition is not serious. If you’re relying on natural cures for acid reflux and you become hoarse in the morning, develop a cough, or feel a need to clear your throat often, these may be symptoms of silent acid reflux. That’s the term used to describe acid reflux that affects the voice box and the vocal cords, but doesn’t cause heartburn symptoms.

Herbal remedies for acid reflux include chamomile, meadowsweet, slippery elm, fennel, catnip, angelica root, gentian root, ginger root and aloe. Slippery elm was used by native peoples to treat stomach upset, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and other digestive complaints. Fennel and ginger root were also common herbs used for the relief of indigestion. Modern herbalists have found that a combination of several of the herbs that had been used for indigestion could be effective for acid reflux. Natural “cures” for acid reflux is best accomplished by changes in lifestyle and eating habits.

Smoking must be stopped for real benefits. If you use herbal remedies for acid reflux and you don’t stop using tobacco products, you may still have acid reflux and you’re still at risk of developing esophageal cancer. The major risk factors include acid reflux, smoking and alcoholism.

Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption. Alcohol increases stomach acid. Prescription and natural remedies for acid reflux are geared towards reducing or preventing excess stomach acid. It doesn’t make sense to continue to drink alcohol when you’ve been diagnosed with acid reflux.

If you normally eat a large meal late in the evening, less than three hours before bedtime, then you’re more likely to suffer from nighttime heartburn or other acid reflux symptoms like coughing. This is because acid is traveling up out of the stomach and into the throat. Raising the head of the bed will help acid reflux symptoms that occur at night. Gravity helps keep the acid in the stomach, but eating your last meal earlier and making it a smaller meal may prevent nighttime acid reflux altogether.

Weight loss should be mentioned as one of the natural cures for acid reflux. Overweight and obese people are much more likely to suffer from acid reflux, including nighttime acid reflux. Using herbal remedies for acid reflux control and making no effort to lose the extra pounds will be disappointing. Using prescription and/or natural remedies for acid reflux while you’re trying to lose weight makes sense. Avoiding fried and fatty foods. If you avoid these and eat several small meals during the day then you may naturally lose weight and naturally cure acid reflux. Eating several small meals every couple of hours is much better for you and is often recommended by diet doctors, because it increases your metabolism and keeps blood sugar levels stable, so you don’t feel sleepy after a meal.