Showing posts with label health tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label health tips. Show all posts

Monday, March 31, 2014

How to Control Acne and Rosacea

I write about skin concerns because so many of us are afflicted with various issues. Yet when we bring them to our dermatologists' attention, they are often viewed as aesthetic concerns. What many don't realize is how these skin conditions affect our confidence, mental and physical well-being, and feelings of inadequacy or embarrassment. How did you feel when you had a a major event and your rosacea decided to flare up, or you had an important interview and your skin wasn't in the best shape?

Saturday, March 8, 2014

How to Reduce Stress and Anger

Hi all! Sorry for the radio silence - it has been a challenging few weeks. I am working on upcoming projects that will be of interest to you, so keep your eye out for future posts!

Managing stress is an ongoing process for me. A long time ago, I chose to manage my stress through natural means in order to avoid heavy medications. Do what is right for your body, whether it is through natural remedies or Western/Eastern medicine.

Here are several ways I manage my stress:

1. Count backwards from 10 to 0, while imagining each number in your head. 
This sounds simple enough, but when you are upset, the last thing you want to do is count. Be persistent and do this every time you are angry or stressed. Do it enough so that it becomes a habit.

2. Emotional Freedom Technique, aka "tapping"
However you feel about this tapping method to reduce stress, this has worked well for me. The idea is to tap certain areas of the body, for example, the side of the hand or under the nose, when you feel stressed. This helps your body re-program its response to stress.

3. Meditation
When I reach a point where my stress feels out of control, I close my eyes, inhale deep breaths via diaphragmatic breathing (inhale through the nose, exhale through the mouth), and let my wind wander. I've fallen asleep on many occasions and wake up feeling refreshed.

Remember that it takes at least 19 days to break a habit. If you react to stress by overeating, that can be overcome if you are willing to spend at least three weeks to change that habit.

I hope these tips will help you in your journey towards reducing anger and stress!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Health Tips: Rhinitis and Sinusitis - Sinus Infections

Post-nasal drip and sinus infections have been the bane of my existence. The constant drip in the back of my throat, waking up choking in the middle of the night, and the hoarseness of my voice has led me to try every product imaginable out on the market. I've been on countless visits to the doctor, only to be told that I should take Benadryl and Sudafed, and to continue using my nasal spray and allergy pills.

Nothing was giving me relief, so I searched online for various ways that others have conquered their sinus issues. I came across this idea of nasal rinses. People intentionally shoot water up their nose? Won't they drown?

Those were all pre-conceived notions I had about nasal rinses. At first, I tried the Neilmed squeeze bottle, and I could not get the water to rinse out of my other nostril. The idea with nasal rinses is that you pour water into one side of your nostril, to "rinse" out your nasal passages. The water will then come out from your other nostril. After this first failed attempt, I knew the squeeze bottle was not right for me.

I went back to searching for options, and came across Neilmed's other product, the neti pot. The idea was simpler to execute - fill the neti pot with water, mix the water with a packet of their solution, and pour the water into one side, letting it flow out from the other.

I've tried the neti pot several times now, and I feel incredible! I noticed I don't have what I refer to as the "bad smell" that is constantly stuck inside my nose. I'm able to breathe easier and my sinuses feel clear. Best of all, I don't have a bad taste in the back of my throat the way I normally do. This is the first time I've ever felt this kind of relief, so I wanted to share my experience with you.

How to Use a Neti Pot:

1. Boil water and let the water cool down. DO NOT use water directly from the faucet without boiling it. This can be a safety hazard due to potential bacteria or other toxins in the water. Boiling the water will kill any harmful microorganisms.

2. Once the water is cooled, mix the water in the neti pot with a packet of the Neilmed solution.
8 oz. of water for 1 packet - there is an indicator on the neti pot for the 8 oz. mark.

3. Test the water to make sure it is not scalding hot. You don't want to burn or damage your nasal passages!

4. Lean forward, and tilt your head to the side. Pour the neti pot through one nostril and do not hold your breath. Let the water flow through to the other side.

If you happen to get the solution in your mouth, spit it out. There is no harm, but you don't want to swallow the solution.

5. Repeat on the other side, and you're done! 

The neti pot not only works for my post-nasal drip, I've also noticed a significant decrease in allergies.

To sum it up, I've included an amusing rendition of my nasal passages:

I'm no artist, but what I do know is that the neti pot helps me rinse away bacteria, pollutants, and other debris that become trapped in the nasal passages. Nasal rinses will help with the dreaded halitosis from trapped germs and nasal drips, and of course the sinus infections and allergy rhinitis.

This has been a tried and true method for me. It takes several tries to get the process right, but it is well worth the time and investment. I bought my neti pot from Target, which came with a 100 ct. of Neilmed solution packets.

One last mention: No, you will not drown from using the neti pot. The water rinses out from the other side of your nose!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Health Tip of the Week

If you're constantly stressed and want to manage your stress level, try this method. It has helped me in the last 6 months and I've even seen a positive impact on other areas of my life.

Starting from the top of your head, tap or pat your head, neck, face, arms, back, and body down to the feet. I like to pat in a 1-2 motion (left tap, right tap in a rhythm).

Do this once a day and some of the tensing in your muscles and pressures can gradually ease over time. This method helps to alleviate pressure and is also a great method when you're upset or angry. My anger usually subsides after tapping/patting for just two minutes. Give it a try!