Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Neti Pot, Holistic Approach to Clearing up Allergies, Earaches, & Sinuses

History of the Neti Pot
The neti pot was used in India during their yoga practices. They would use the neti pot to clear the nasal passages since clear breathing is essential to yoga. The neti pot was introduced to the West only about 30 years ago!

What is a Neti Pot?
A neti pot is a small pot that is used to clear out a persons nasal passages. You mix warm water with a saline solution  (do not use regular table salt, it can be too harsh on your nasal passages) together in the neti pot and pour through your sinus cavities.

How to Use
Mix warm water and 1 tsp of the saline solution (I usually add a little more). Place the pot in your nostril and tilt your head slightly to the side and forward (you should be at an angle where the solution will pour through your sinus cavity and out your other nostril WITHOUT going down or burning your throat)! BREATHE through your mouth.  Practice this until you get the perfect angle. I do half of the pot and then use the other half on the other nostril. If you are really clogged up do the process again!

Neti pots help relieve allergies, prevent allergies, help treat hay fever, nasal problems, colds, and mild sinus infections. Anytime I feel a cold or allergies coming on I use this! Even on those days where I just wake up stuffy I use the neti pot to just relieve my stuffy nose and help me breath better!

My Opinion?
I think every household should own one of these! They are inexpensive (I bought the plastic-travel one from Whole Foods along with a bag of neti pot salt for about $13), easy to use, studies have proven that it works, and it just feels good to have your nasal passages cleaned out every once in a while!

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Monday, June 7, 2010

What's all the Hype about Stainless Steel Water Bottles?

I don't know if you are aware of all the stainless steel water bottles being sold at almost every store, but I am! I also was almost tricked into buying an ALUMINUM water bottle, thinking it was a stainless steel bottle (DO NOT buy ALUMINUM water bottles)!!!! Well, I am going to give you a few reason why you should OWN a stainless steel water bottle and where to buy them!

1) Eco-friendly. I know everyone now-a-days is trying to be as green as possible, so let this be your first step in that direction. These water bottles are re-usable, durable, and depending on the brand you buy, recyclable. They will save on MONEY and PLASTIC.

2) Flavor Free. Stainless steel water bottles don't need a liner like their aluminum buddies, so they don't retain any flavors, odors, or tastes! The water tastes FRESH and CLEAN!

3) Dishwasher Safe. This makes for easy cleaning, but if you want to you can just use warm water and soap to rinse them out!

4) Easy to bring along. Depending on the brand you buy you can get sports caps, loops for attaching to bags, or just a simple cap! No matter which cap you choose these bottles are easy to fill up with your filtered water and bring along on any adventure!

5) CANCER FREE. As we all know plastic has many ingredients in it that causes cancer, esp if you reuse your plastic bottles, leave the bottle in your car in the heat, or re-use and wash Nalgene bottles!  Plastic has been linked to many health problems, so why not continue being healthy by staying away from as much plastic as you can (that includes Tupperware)!!! 

Where to Buy

1) Klean This is the first place I purchased a stainless steel water bottle and I have NOT been disappointed. Everything the website says is true. The 40 oz. bottles run about $25 each or $49 for 2. 

2) You can find Klean Kanteen or other stainless steel water bottles for the same price of less.

3) TJ Maxx and Marshalls. I have found a few cute stainless steel water bottles at these stores for way less. They aren't as good quality (thinner stainless steal, not as durable), but they do their job for the most part. The prices range from around $7.99-$15.99 for the smaller ones. 

Friday, June 4, 2010

Health and Religion, Is This Just One More Element to Being Truly Healthy?

I realize that my blog posts are about health, great foods, good medicines, and natural remedies; however, I have been thinking about how I can bring some of my faith into a blog post and I think I found it! I decided to research the links between a person's health and their religious connections.  The research I have found suggests that along with a healthy diet and exercise that there is a THIRD element to being healthy and that is, being religious.

The link between spirituality and health was "found by the National Institute for Health Care Research (NIHR). This nonprofit agency headed by Dr. David Larson has funded numerous studies examining the role of spirituality in health and healing. Their research confirmed that both mentally and physically, religious people enjoy better health than their nonreligious friends."

Dr. Jeff Levin, a social epidemiologist and former medical school professor, has been researching the relationship between spirituality and health since the mid-80s...he discovered an article that hundreds of adult men who frequently attended church services maintained lower blood pressure than those who didn't attend, even when controlling for age, smoking, and socioeconomic status" (Religion and Health CBS article).

These findings seem to make sense to psychologists and  health professionals because religion seems to give people a reason to live, a positive self-image, access to support groups, prayer and meditation, and the encouragement to avoid tobacco, alcohol, sex and/or drugs.

People who attend religious services have the tendency to live longer lives says Mark Stibich, Ph. D.. Although most of the studies are observational, the stats still lead everyone to the same conclusion--that religion plays a part in a healthier, longer life.  But why? 

My personal opinion is that God looks after his own children.  Even though all Christians are not in perfect health, it does lead one to believe that the overall religious community is healthier than the non-religious.  Now does this mean that you start attending church just to get healthy? I would say, no--unless you want to, but incorporating the things that religious people seem to get by attending church (i.e. support groups, prayer, meditation, positive self-image, being around good friends) could help you live a longer fuller life as well.

Makes sense doesn't it? I mean, anyone who has a positive self-image, refrains from unhealthy behaviors, prays, meditates, and has a reason to live would seem to live a happier, fuller, longer life right? Regardless if you are religious, it does seem to make sense that if you incorporate the above lifestyle into your personal daily life that you too could possibly reap the same benefits?