[dropcap size=big]D[/dropcap]id you know that gut health and your fitness potential are not mutually exclusive? Bottom Line: You have a say in your own well-being and you can independently create the health you dream of. Check out my natural remedy suggestions and get ready to experience a sparkling interior – one that will result in a radiant and strong exterior for the rest of your life!
1. What are some of your suggestions for dealing with common colds?
Abstain from as much dairy, animal-based, and processed food as possible. These foods congest the system and slow down healing.
Drink 16-oz. warm water with lemon in the morning to alkalinize your system.
Drink fresh pressed vegetable juices (always while on an empty stomach) to assist in the replenishing of your alkaline pool and the strengthening of your immune system.
Get a massage or a preferred bodywork session! Shiatsu, Lymphatic Drainage, Swedish, Cranio Sacral, Thai Yoga Bodywork, etc. These all promote detoxification.
If you have a mini-trampoline jump on it for at least 7-minutes in the morning and at night. This activity increases the flow of lymphatic fluid and assists in cleansing the blood. You can reverse a sore throat in a day with lymphatic exercise.
During the cold, make sure you are drinking approximately 1/2 of your weight in ounces of water per day. This will help flush toxins through your system more readily. (e.g.: 150-lb person should drink 75-oz. of water.)
Schedule an appointment for a colonic hydrotherapy treatment! Gravity-based colon hydrotherapy is a gentle process that assists the body in recuperating from illness or other adverse conditions.
2. What is a natural remedy for sinus congestion and allergies?
Native Remedies InstaClear Sinus Relief®: their nasal spray consists of all natural ingredients, the main one being horseradish!
DIY Natural Sinus Spray: Use a nasal spray bottle and add: pinch of sea salt, .05 ml of hydrogen peroxide (or 7 drops), and a pinch of baking soda, fill the rest with bottled water and shake to mix up ingredients.
Spray in nose when congestion occurs.
Use a Neti Pot. (A colonic for the nose! It washes out impurities from the sinuses.)
Use a Salt Inhaler. (Breathing in salt air cleanses the respiratory system.)
Aromatherapy Bath: Add eucalyptus oil and or a small amount of peppermint oil to a hot bath and soak for 20 min. Make an effort to do deep breathing while soaking.
Tabletop Aromatherapy: Boil a pot of water, sit at table with towel over your head and add 3-4 drops of eucalyptus oil to the pot of water. Breathe in the vapors, keeping your eyes closed so the diffused oils don’t irritate them.
DIY Steam Room: Fill a spray bottle with water and eucalyptus oil (about 25 drops). Place a towel along the base of your bathroom door to seal the air in, and then turn on the shower to the hottest water possible. No need to go into shower. Just sit undressed in the bathroom, which is now your home “sauna.” Spray eucalyptus mixture into the air once steam has activated. Practice slow deep breathing for about 5-min, or as long as you can tolerate. Sweating is also great for purging out toxins.
3. I am an avid runner. Do you have a natural remedy for muscle tension relief or general slow recovery after workouts?
Soak in a hot bath for 20-minutes using:
Epsom Salts (2 cups) or Table salt (whole container approx 26-oz.) with hydrogen peroxide (32-oz. bottle). *Do not mix the Epsom salt with the hydrogen peroxide, as it is believed that they cancel each other out. (Always rinse your body off after soaking.)
Essential Oils: doTERRA®: Aromatouch® Essential Oil Blend or Basil: A few drops applied with coconut oil directly to the areas of muscle tension.
4. How do I deal with indigestion such as gas, bloating, or reflux? Buy a good quality plant-sourced digestive enzyme that you can take with your meals.
Rainbow Light Advanced Enzyme System®. Sip any of the following herbal teas: Ginger, Peppermint, Fennel, Anise, Slippery Elm Bark (also available in lozenges and tablets.)
Squeeze 1/4 or 1/2 fresh lemon in warm water and sip.
Stir a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in warm water and sip.
Swallow a tablespoon of unprocessed aloe juice (Herbal Aloe Force® or scoop out the gelatinous inside of a real aloe leaf if accessible and swallow or mix in blender with water.)
Essential Oil: doTERRA® DigestZen Digestive Blend. A few drops can be added to drinking water.
5. How can I improve my running time and stamina in my work-outs?
Drinking fresh pressed vegetable juice on a regular basis helps to flush impurities from the cells thus allowing them to receive oxygen at a more efficient rate.
Less dairy means less cellular inflammation. Reduce your intake of cheese and heavy cream sauces, dairy beverages, etc. Use nut, seed, or rice milks instead.
Maintain a regular intake of vegetables rich in iron since this is the mineral that helps to transport oxygen to our blood cells. Some iron-rich foods are: sun dried apricots, dried figs, mulberries, spinach, raisins, Swiss chard, beets, leeks, and kale. A good supplement is Floradix Iron and Herbs.
6. How can I improve my immune system and circulation?
If you are an avid runner and suffer from cold limbs, you may find this next suggestion is not only helpful but also invigorating!
Lymphatic Dry Brushing is quick and easy and it’s also one of my own daily health regimen practices. This therapeutic skin brushing technique is performed with a natural bristle brush to stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid (also called the lymph) throughout the lymphatic system. The lymph carries waste from the tissue and then it returns to the bloodstream. The lymph transports the waste to the lymph nodes for proper flushing where debris, abnormal cells, and pathogens are cleaned out of the fluid. Since the dry brushing technique stimulates the flow of the lymph, which essentially is carrying waste out of the body, it’s easy to see how our immune system is the benefactor of this practice. The lymphatic system also helps to transport fatty acids from the intestines to the circulatory system.
The whole process can take 30- 60 seconds to complete and can be done daily and should be done before the skin is wet. Do not brush your skin when wet, as this tends to stretch it.
Dry Brushing Technique: I suggest using your lymphatic dry brush, (Yerba Prima is a great brand) while standing in the shower before you turn the water on. Starting at the soles of the feet, simply brush up your limbs and down your torso, using two brisk brush strokes, always brushing towards your heart. After brushing your legs, you can brush your arms starting at your fingertips. Brush down your back and also address your neck and gut. Avoid your face. You may see a powdery substance coming off your skin. This is cellular waste or more commonly known as mucous. You may feel a great rush of heat and energy in your body. Notice how awake you feel by adding dry brushing to your morning routine.
Take warm baths at night with essential oils of bergamot, black pepper, and/or ginger (or ginger powder).
Writer: Joyce Rockwood // Illustrator: Sophia Chang