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The pairing of SeaNine with Aloe is dynamic. Aloe vera alone contains over 75 nutrients and 200 active compounds, including 12 vitamins, 20 minerals, and 18 amino acids. The inner leaf fillet Aloe vera used in Body Balance is carefully harvested under low temperatures to protect the key polysaccharides.
Why sea vegetables? The mineral riches of the earth that have been washed into the oceans have been reclaimed by sea vegetation. The SeaNine blend provides a broad spectrum of trace minerals and phytonutrients that are more frequently deficient from land-based diets. These sea vegetables are sustainably harvested from pristine ocean waters around the globe.
Body Balance is available in both liquid and powdered form so you can take it wherever life takes you. Keep 32oz liquid Body Balance in your refrigerator — and when you’re on the go, slip 4oz liquid samples or powdered Body Balance Singles To Go in your pocket, purse, desk or carry-on bag when you fly.
Features and Benefits
Liquid Whole-Food Nutrition
Rich in ultra-trace minerals and phytonutrients
Combines all three varieties of sea vegetables; red, green and brown
Cold-pressed to preserve nutritional profile
Promotes increased energy
supports overall wellbeing
Daily foundation for optimum health
Liquid Aloe – Containing over 75 nutrients and 200 active compounds, including vitamins, minerals and amino acids
Bladder wrack – A brown sea vegetable with vital nutrients and minerals
For more information on the this awesome product contact our Gold Coast Naturopathic clinic on 0437 746 066]]>1adminhttp://www.achievinghealth.com.au/?p=24372013-05-06T05:09:55Z2013-05-06T05:09:55ZContinue Reading]]>GET RID OF THAT TOXIC STUBBORN FAT FOREVER IN 23-43 DAYS
MAKE THIS THE LAST DIET YOU WILL EVER HAVE TO DO
Our society is full of radical diets that don’t teach us how to change our eating habits just to deprive ourselves of anything that tastes good and sweat it out endlessly in the gym, who want to live like that?
Here are Achieving Health we are telling you there is a better, healthier and long term solution to getting rid of that stubborn fat that just won’t shift.
The 4 Phase HCG Fat Elimination Diet focuses on resetting your metabolism which results in a long term weight loss solution, an imbalanced metabolism results effects practically every function in your body from reducing in weight to brain and body fatigue.
HCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone naturally produced by the placenta in pregnant women and almost completely controls the metabolic function through the hypothalamus throughout the pregnancy.
HCG Diet is a permanent weight loss plan that not only helps reducing your abnormal fat banks but also helps resetting your hypothalamus gland that consequently revamps your eating habits. HCG dieters never feel hungry or weak because 1500-2000 calories of energy are released in your body from the abnormal fat stores. HCG diet plan only targets the abnormal fat storage located in your thighs, hips, belly, chin and abdomen. It also strengthens your immune system and cleanses your colon. It promotes your overall health
Now, I know if you are reading this information you have probably been on many “Yo-Yo” diets and believe me I have tried most of them – from Atkins to weight watchers. I was at a stage in my life that when I looked in the mirror I didn’t recognise to person staring back at me.
I have had two beautiful children but along with that I had gained about 20kgs without really noticing, and I did ask myself “how the hell did I let it happen”. Denial, justification…who knows – What I was certain about was that I was really unhappy with myself and the way I looked that it was affecting my relationships with my friends and family, especially my husband.
When my husband first saw this diet on Dr Oz I was really skeptical that being on such a low calorie diet could be healthy and that you could sustain it without feeling the need to eat your own arm you were so hungry. So I did some more research and found more and more people that had lost an astonishing amount of weight in such a small amount of time and by just sticking to strict low calorie diet and taking these drops, I found that the Homeopathic drops were much healthier than actually having the hormone injecting directly into you which is what alot of people were doing in the US
So along with two good friends of mine and my mother-in-law, we decided that if we were going to try it we would do it together for support. We all did the 43 day program and all of us lost between 10-15kg and finally i am fitting into my “skinny jeans” from before I was pregnant!! Woo hoo!!
Now don’t be under any illusion that this is not a tough program to follow but if you are as determined as I was to shift that unwanted fat stores then this is the diet for you. You need support and discipline and if you can follow it correctly and don’t deviate you will get the results.
The best part of this diet is that your metabolism stablises so that your weight doesn’t fluctuate as it would on most of these other diets. It is truly the best way to get your life and energy back.
Prevention is better than cure, and using natural therapies via our gold coast naturopath clinic can be a great way to ensure that you are in optimal health, or to pick up on any potential problems before they have the chance to cause harm.
How Natural Therapies prevent Illness
The aim of prevention in natural therapies is to improve a person’s overall health rather then just curing or improving an illness or disorder. There are three different types of prevention. Primary prevention is concerned with stopping an illness or injury from happening in the first place. Secondary prevention is concerned with early detection and intervention so that disease processes do not have a chance to develop and grow into something more serious. Tertiary prevention is concerned with treating illnesses and stopping them from becoming any worse.
Because each person is different, our naturopath will work with our client’s strengths and weaknesses and prescribe a specific prevention program. You will need to have an initial consultation with our clinic, which will be detailed and focused on understanding your body as well as assessing your current levels of health. Once this assessment has been completed, the therapist will tell you how often you should attend in order to gain the maximum preventative benefits.
It is important to see your natural therapist on a regular basis – weekly or monthly – as prevention is an ongoing process.
Just because you feel well does not mean that you should stop attending, as you may lose all the benefits over time.
For more information on how we can be of service to you please contact our clinic and take advantage of our FREE 15 minute consultation with the best Naturopath on the Gold Coast
The infrared sauna delivers the same benefits of traditional saunas - without the use of steam.
What is an infrared sauna?
An infrared sauna is a sauna that heats a person or people using heaters that emit radiant heat. They are different to a normal sauna in that they do not use steam to heat the air. Rather, they use infrared radiation to directly heat the person. The infrared waves penetrate into the body, raising the body temperature. This causes sweating which in turn eliminates wastes from the body. The infrared heat penetrates deep into the pores and cleans out dirt and debris, as well as clearing the organs of toxins, and strengthening the immune system.
What infrared saunas can be used for.
Infrared saunas can remove the accumulation of potentially carcinogenic heavy metals as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium and cholesterol. Whenever toxins accumulate, the blood circulation is blocked, due to the acidic nature of the toxins. The saunas expand the clogged capillary vessels and dissolve the toxins into the bloodstreams where they then leave the body through sweat, urine etc. As well as this amazing detoxification, infrared saunas can also be used to help with weight loss, skin problems like acne and many other health issues. They are also fantastic for relieving stress.
The calories used in half an hour in an infrared sauna is more than what would be used by a person running for the same amount of time.
Benefits of the Infrared Sauna
The Infrared sauna has many health benefits including;
reducing muscular stress, tension and physical fatigue
improves skin tone, texture and colour
allows for deep cleansing, eliminating impurities and removing dead skin cells
improves healing time from injuries as well as relieving pain
increased muscle growth
Source: Natural Therapy Pages
]]>1adminhttp://www.achievinghealth.com.au/?p=23042013-01-29T05:17:06Z2013-01-29T03:45:50ZContinue Reading]]>SALT THERAPY HEALTH BENEFITS
Holistic salt therapy with 100% all-natural elements will not only help our bodies function at a higher, cleaner level, but also make us feel better!
Imagine a car – when putting in the absolute best quality oil, notice the difference! Less fuel consumption, lower emissions, a longer life…
Today’s common table salt is said to have nothing in common with natural salt.
Table salt is 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals such as moisture absorbents. Dried at over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, the excessive heat alters the natural chemical structure of the salt.
Natural rock salt from the Slanic Prahova salt mine (Europe’s largest) where the salt is exclusively sourced for the Salin Plus product range is over 250 Million years old and is by far the purest salt available on earth and is uncontaminated with toxins or pollutants. Crystal Salt offers all the natural elements exactly identical to the elements in our bodies — the very same elements originally found existing in the “primal sea.”
Containing all of the 84 elements found in our bodies, the benefits of this natural crystal salt may include:
1. Regulating the water content throughout the body.
2. Promoting a healthy pH balance in the cells, particularly in brain cells.
3. Promoting blood sugar health and helping to reduce the signs of aging.
4. Assisting in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in the body.
5. Correct absorption of food particles through the intestinal tract.
6. Supporting respiratory health, including facilitating reducing mucous production, aiding mucous clearance and reducing airway swelling/inflammation.
7. Promoting clear sinus health.
8. Prevention of muscle cramps.
9. Promoting bone strength.
10. Regulating sleep – naturally promoting restful and healthy sleep.
11. Supporting the libido.
12. Promoting vascular health.
13. In conjunction with water it is essential for the regulation of blood pressure.
14. Helping to reduce the bodies IgE levels, which in turn helps increase the bodies resistance to allergies and hay fever.
Crystal Salt is pure salt that is mined and washed by hand — with zero environmental pollutants.
Crystal salt has spent over 250 million years maturing under extreme tectonic pressure, far away from exposure to impurities. The salt’s unique structure also stores vibrational energy and has proven to be immune to electromagnetic fields.
All of the crystal salt’s inherent minerals and trace elements are available in colloidal form — meaning they are so small, that the body’s cells can readily absorb them, not burdening the body as other salts can do. There is no limited shelf life and no need for silica packets to prevent clumping.
Crystal Salt is salt in its native form, with all its vibration energy intact, absorbing it helps promote a healthy balance in our bodies. Promoting balanced electrolytes helps to keep our bodies in homeostasis — the balance of chemicals that is conducive to the body’s function. The renowned Fresenius Institute in Europe analysed Crystal Salt and proved that it has an amazing array of important trace minerals and elements including potassium, calcium and magnesium that help promote a healthy balance by maintaining fluids and replenishing the supply of electrolytes whenever our bodies sweat heavily.
HOW DOES SALT THERAPY WORK?
Salt concentration in the human blood is 0.9% by volume. Human tears and sweat are saline as well. This presence of saline inhibits many potentially dangerous infections. For many centuries, salt has been used in food preservation. According to scientific studies, the amount of salt inhaled during a typical night of using Salin Plus is about 0.2g of salt versus the daily recommended dose of 3.75g to 5.75g. Moreover, most of the salt inhaled is removed from the lungs by breathing and excreting mucous.
Salt therapy is based on the phenomenon of osmosis. Osmosis is the tendency of a solvent, usually water, to pass through a semi-permeable membrane into a solution where the solute concentration is higher, thus equalizing the concentration of materials on either side of the membrane. Essentially, this means that if a cell is put into a solution in which the solute concentration of minerals is higher than its own, the cell will shrivel up. In the context of Halotherapy/Salt Therapy, viruses and bacteria are being dried up in the lungs after the inhalation of sodium and chloride (salt) minerals.
Salin Plus works by dispersing tiny particles (sub 5 micron) of dry salt aerosol into the air, while entrapping dust and other airborne pollutants through a special microcrystalline filter.
The device effectively contains a fan and a filter cartridge. Air is sucked into the rear of the device, where air borne pollutants are trapped within the filter cartridge, at the same time, air blows through the filter, which contains crystallised salt particles, these particles are blown into the ambient air.
When inhaled, these salt particles travel through the upper and lower respiratory tract (airway), breaking up mucous and increasing air flow, as well as reducing airway inflammation associated with respiratory conditions such as asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, hay fever, nasal congestion and colds.
The patented award winning technology ensures there is no corrosive effect on the environment it operates in, and the dosage remains at a safe level, even being suitable for those on low salt diets.
As the dosage is so low, the daily recommended use is 6 to 10 hours. For this reason, we suggest using it at night.
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ASK US HOW TO MAKE YOUR BEDROOM INTO A SALT THERAPY ROOM
]]>3adminhttp://www.achievinghealth.com.au/?p=23142013-01-29T05:21:51Z2013-01-29T03:45:32ZContinue Reading]]>DO YOU HAVE HEALTH ISSUES THAT YOUR DOCTOR HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO HELP WITH?Have you had that feeling that there is something wrong but you are not quite sure what it is?Are you feeling tired/can’t sleep? Suffer from re-occurring headaches? Digestive issues? Some of these issues are not easily diagnosed and many doctors do not have the tools to effectively give you a full body analysis. Our screening process takes less than 5 minutes, is painless and non invasive. The scan can provide;
Respiratory system risk analysis
Cardiovascular system risk analysis
Muscular function risk analysis
Immune function risk analysis
Hormonal values (thyroid, cortisol, insulin etc)
Fat and lean mass
Oxygenation of the body
Mineral composition of the body; among other things
After the scan you will be provided with a report detailing all of the above, depending on what the scan shows you can then decide if you would like to purchase a package of scans so that our Naturopath can monitor your progress whilst on your personalised treatment plan.
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH TODAY, DON’T LET THOSE SMALL ISSUES TURN INTO BIG ONES.
]]>0adminhttp://www.achievinghealth.com.au/?p=22932013-01-29T03:45:19Z2013-01-29T03:45:19ZContinue Reading]]>Do you need an antiseptic around the home but are loathe to use potent antiseptic agents? There are some extremely effective natural antiseptics that are great for a wide range of applications. Read on to learn more.
Lemon has antiseptic properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function and the lymphatic, circulatory, and digestive systems. It is antibacterial and is beneficial for the skin. To sterilise the air, simply add a few drops of lemon to a spray bottle. To purify soy or rice milk, simply add two drops of lemon. Lemon can be used to treat insect bits, and tension headaches. It can also be used for sore throats, in pruritus of the scrotum, in uterine haemorrhage after delivery, or as a lotion in sunburn.
Honey is a natural antiseptic and there are several studies on how honey has been used to treat wounds. Applying honey to wounds helps to prevent infections, as it contains antimicrobial agents that kill the bacteria in and around the wound. Many types of bacteria cannot survive in honey so the wound heals, swelling eases, and the tissues can regrow. Honey is also great for treating ulcers and burns. When treating diarrhoea, honey promotes the rehydration of the body and more quickly clears the diarrhoea and any vomiting and stomach upsets.
Pineapple is high in vitamins A, C, and B, and is rich in manganese, which is an essential part of certain enzymes that are necessary for metabolising proteins and carbohydrates. The pineapple enzyme, bromeliad, is used for digesting proteins, and white it does so, it gives some effective anti-inflammatory benefits. It contains antibiotic properties and helps to enhance medical antibiotics. Pineapple is antiseptic and astringent. It reduces the acidity of urine, helps with normalising menstruation and can be used for abscesses, pneumonia, worm infestation, exhaustion, kidney infections, kidney stones, bronchitis, and digestive disorders. Pineapple also soothes sore throats.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a fantastic natural antibiotic and it contains antiseptic compounds that are a very effective skin disinfectant. Depending on the severity of the condition, it can be used at a strength of 5 to 15 percent daily. Tea tree oil has been proven to help with acne, athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch, fungal infections of the toe or finger nails, yeast infections, wound healing, and bad breath, amongst other things.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract is both antimicrobial and antiseptic. For use as an antiseptic, make a solution of 4 to 40 drops in water and apply to affected areas two or three times a day. It can be used as a spray on larger areas.
Lavender has natural antiseptic and astringent properties that can help with sunburn, bites, infections, and other minor skin problems when it is applied. It can be used on all skin types.
Eucalyptus is naturally antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, and an insect repellent. It can be used to help fight colds, flu, throat infections, sinusitis, headaches caused by congestion; it eases tight, dry coughs; it relieves the breathlessness of asthma and bronchitis by loosening mucous; and is also useful in reducing fevers.
Following are some other natural antiseptics that may prove useful:
Molkosan – is derived from concentrated whey and can be used effectively against fungal infections and is an excellent antiseptic. Use in the same way as you’d use iodine.
St John’s Wort – can be used as an external antiseptic.
Colloidal Silver – is a powerful antibiotic and many organisms can only live for a few minutes in the presence of silver.
Source: Natural Therapy pages
]]>1adminhttp://www.achievinghealth.com.au/?p=13552012-11-20T05:43:49Z2012-11-20T05:30:30ZContinue Reading]]>Buying a water filter is a good investment for your health and that of your family, but which one is the right one? There are so many different types to choose from that picking the right one for you is like trying to find the best financial product.
Drinking Water Chemicals
Chlorine is the world’s most common water treatment chemical it is widely used throughout Australia and New Zealand.
While it is considered relatively harmless itself, when it reacts with organic matter in the water it can create a range of disinfection byproducts, including the suspected carcinogens trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids.
The most controversial chemical added to 9o% of Australia’s drinking water is fluoride. It is added as a tool to inhibit tooth decay, it is a toxic substance frequently collected as a by product of fertiliser manufacturing.
Other additives in lower levels are heavy metals such as lead, copper, mercury and arsenic – pesticides can also be present.
Although we are told that the water companies have a responsibility to provide safe and very low concentrations of water additives, there is a growing number of people that believe that these levels can have a serious health implications when used consumed daily over an extended period of time.
With this in mind, it has become evident that there was a market for the in-home water filter for those who are not happy with quality of our tap water today.
1. Activated Carbon and Charcoal
These systems are easy to install, relatively inexpensive, and cover the basic functions of filtration. Water filter charcoal medium carbon is derived from coconut husk. This absorbs impurities as the water passes through. This form of filter comprises possibly 95% of those in use domestically. They are simple to install, relatively economical, and depending on micron level, will filter out the most deadly of contaminants, Cryptosporidium and Guardia.
An average charcoal filter could last a small family 6-9 months. Some charcoal filters are enhanced by the use of activated nano-silver, which provides extra antibacterial protection, killing around 650 known types of organisms. Minerals in solution can still permeate a charcoal filter. These minerals are essential to health.
In situations where sediment is a problem it is worthwhile to add a second separate in-line sediment pre filter. Otherwise the more expensive charcoal filter will become clogged up long before its normal lifespan. . (See separate section below on sediment filters)
Charcoal water filters come in various forms:
Carbon Block is a solidified form of honeycombed carbon. It is the best form of filter but flow rate is significantly slower than with loose charcoal.
Activated Silver Impregnated Charcoal. Sometimes called Chlorgon, this adds chloramine exclusion and bacteria killing ability to the basic carbon.
Anything 1 micron rating or below will inhibit Cryptosporidium and Guardia as the cysts are larger than this in size. Viruses cannot be inhibited by a filter with a micron rating of more than 0.01 microns.
Carbon filters cannot change the pH balance of the water. If you have acidic water, you will still have acidic water, as the minerals causing the acidity will be dissolved and therefore will pass through the carbon filter.
Carbon filters may be susceptible to mould attack if left unused over extended periods. It is important to realize that a filter gathers the ‘garbage’ in your tap water and the organic component of this garbage is quite capable of rotting. Add a little summer humidity to the already damp internals of a carbon filter and you may have a mould attack. Taste will always be the deciding factor, and if the taste of the water suddenly changes after an extended period of non-use, such as your annual vacation, change the filter.
Note also that carbon filters decrease in efficiency the longer they are in use. For this reason regular filter replacement is essential.
2. Ceramic Water Filter
Ceramic water filters are in the form of a cartridge that fits a normal bench top filter. At the core of the ceramic filter element is Diatomaceous Earth, a fossil substance, made up of tiny silicon shells left by trillions of microscopic, one celled algae called diatoms that have inhabited the waters of the earth for the last 150 million years.
Some ceramic filters incorporate nano-silver impregnated into a porous ceramic outer shell that can trap bacteria down to as low as .22 of a micron in particle size [1/100,000 of an inch].
Laboratories consider a filtering medium with an effective pore size of .01 micron to .45 micron to be bacteriologically sterile and .45 micron to 1.0 micron to be bacteriologically safe. Re growth of bacteria that becomes trapped either on the outside of the element or in the ceramic’s pores is controlled by the silver which, on contact with water, releases small quantities of positively charged metals ions.
These ions are taken into the enzyme system of the bacteria’s cell and thereby neutralize it. The flow rate of the ceramic filter can be renewed by brushing its outer surface under running water. As the top layer of ceramic and contaminants are brushed off and flushed away, a new layer becomes available.
Flow rates of ceramic water filters are slow.
3. Reverse Osmosis Systems
Originally developed to process water in submarines, the reverse osmosis process basically draws water through an extremely fine membrane. The membrane act like an extremely fine filter to create drinkable water from salty (or otherwise contaminated) water. The contaminated water is put on one side of the membrane and pressure is applied to stop, and then reverse, the osmotic process. It generally takes a lot of pressure and is fairly slow, but it works. The result is extremely finely filtered water.
There are many other options for water filters on the market but these ones seem to be the most popular and most effective, and best of all they can be easily installed into your home to give you year round safe drinking water.
]]>0adminhttp://www.achievinghealth.com.au/?p=22202012-11-20T05:44:01Z2012-11-20T05:29:11ZContinue Reading]]>What is Beta Glucan and why is it good for me?
You may be wondering what the big deal is about this so called ‘beta-glucan’. If you flip over a box of cereal containing oats, I can almost guarantee that there will be a claim around it! (please do not hold that against me if you do not see one though!) There has been a lot of hype about how it can help your heart by helping reduce blood cholesterol and boosting your immune system, which clearly is all great news! But what exactly is it?
Beta glucan is a type of soluble fibre. Although it is found in all cereal grains, barley and oats are known to be particularly rich sources. Beta glucan and its benefits for heart health have been studied extensively. It is believed that beta glucan is heart-protective because of its ability to lower cholesterol, in particular, the re-absorption of LDL (bad) cholesterol.
How does “lowering cholesterol re-absorption” work?
Cholesterol enters our digestive tract from the food we eat as well as from bile produced by the liver. Some cholesterol is then re-absorbed back into the body through our blood. Beta-glucan blocks the re-absorption of some of this cholesterol by ‘soaking it up’ and it is then removed from the body through our bowel motions. This means less cholesterol circulates in our system.
So where can you get it from?
Well, beta-glucan can be found in all cereal wholegrains, but the best source comes from the wholegrains barley and oats. Australia currently has no recommended daily intake set for beta- glucan, although in the US and UK the recommendations for beta glucan are set at 3g each day (to give you a rough estimate-100g of rolled wholegrain oats contain approximately 4g of beta-glucan). As our barley and oats 1st range contain both BARLEYmax and oats, you actually get far more beta glucans in the one serve, than you would from having regular oats alone.
Some easy and practical ways to increase your intake of beta-glucan in your diet include; choosing breakfast cereals and breads that contain oats and/or barley (Goodness Superfoods Heart 1st breakfast cereal is specifically formulated to be particularly high in both these grains or our new porridge ranges).
Add oats into your baking- they work great in muffins, biscuits, crumbles and slices. Or add barley into hearty savoury dishes. They work great in these, for example in chunky soups and casseroles.
]]>0adminhttp://www.achievinghealth.com.au/?p=21792012-11-20T05:44:09Z2012-11-20T05:26:31ZContinue Reading]]>Are you suffering Spring/Summer allergies?
Ah yes, allergies… Thanks to the constantly degrading condition of the environment, more and more people are getting chronic allergies. The good news: there are many home remedy cures for chronic allergies! The bad news: they don’t all taste yummy.
If you are prone to getting allergies, be careful of over-the-counter and prescription medications. This list can include pain relievers with
Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen and allergy medications. We have discovered that these sinus medications can stress the liver unduly, creating more mucus in the body as the liver fights to detox from the medications. Instead of helping with sinus conditions, these sinus prescriptions actually exacerbate them!
Common allergens include:
Food– such as crustaceans, eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, tree nuts (for example, almonds, cashews, pecans and walnuts), sesame and soy products
Plants– pollen from grasses and plants
Medicines from some prescription drugs (such as penicillin), over-the-counter medicines (such as aspirin) and herbal preparations
Insects– such as dust mites and the venom from bees, ticks and wasps
Moulds– such as mushroom and mould spores
Animal dander– such as the fur and skin flakes from domestic pets like cats and dogs
Chemicals – including industrial and household chemicals and chemical products such as latex rubber.
The immune system reaction
Allergy is the result of mistaken identity. An allergen enters the body and is wrongly identified by the immune system as a dangerous substance. In response, the immune system makes an antibody to attack the allergen. These are specific antibodies of the IgE (immunoglobulin E) class.
When an allergen is found, IgE antibodies trigger a cascade of immune system reactions, including the release of chemicals known as mast cell chemicals. These are substances that the body normally uses to destroy micro-organisms. The most common of these is histamine. In small amounts, histamine causes itching and reddening of the local area. In large amounts, the nearby blood vessels become dilated and the area swells with accumulated fluid.
First step in determining what type and the severity of your allergy is to have it tested, we now do simple in-house allergy testing in our clinic.
Once we have the results we can then tailor a plan to manage and treat your allergy so that you can function without fear of having a reaction
Some common in home natural remedies include:
Use Saline solution -Irrigating the nose with saline solution (salt water) may help soothe upper respiratory allergies by removing irritants that become lodged in the nose and cause inflammation. In fact, saline solution may even wash away some of the inflammatory cells themselves.
Wash- If you’ve spent long hours outdoors during the pollen season, wash your hair to remove pollen after you come inside. The sticky yellow stuff tends to collect on the hair, making it more likely to fall into your eyes.If you wake up in the middle of the night with a coughing, sneezing allergy attack, a hot shower may wash off any pollen residues you’ve collected on your body throughout the day. (You might want to change your pillowcase, too.) It may also help open up your sinuses, at least for a while, making breathing a little easier. The warm water may even help you relax and go back to sleep.
Drink Peppermint Tea-Allergy sufferers throughout the centuries have turned to hot tea to provide relief for clogged-up noses and irritated mucous membranes, and one of the best for symptom relief is peppermint tea. Peppermint’s benefits extend well beyond its delicious smell; the essential oil acts as a decongestant, and substances in peppermint contain anti-inflammatory and mild antibacterial constituents.To make peppermint tea: Place 1/2 ounce dried peppermint leaves in a 1-quart jar. Fill two-thirds of the jar with boiling water, and steep for five minutes. (You can inhale the steam for added benefit). Let cool, strain, sweeten if desired, and drink. (Note: Peppermint tea should be used with caution in children, as the menthol in peppermint may cause them to choke.)
Steam your face- Breathing steam refreshes and soothes irritated sinuses, and it helps rid the nasal passages of mucus. While it takes some time, it will make you feel wonderful! Boil several cups of water and pour into a big bowl (or a plugged sink). Lean carefully over the bowl, and drape a towel over your head. Breathe gently for 5 to 10 minutes.When you’re finished breathing steam, use the water for a second purpose: Let the water cool until warm, saturate a washcloth, and hold the cloth on your sinuses (to the sides of your nose, below the eyes, and above the eyebrows).
Dehumidify -Dust mites love a humid environment, which allows them to reproduce like crazy. Invest in a dehumidifier or use an air conditioner, which works equally well. A dehumidifier can also help prevent mold, another allergen, from growing (just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions). When cooking or showering, take advantage of the exhaust fan, another way to help keep humidity to a minimum.
Wasabi- If you’re a hay fever sufferer who also loves Japanese food, this remedy will please. Wasabi, that pale-green, fiery condiment served with many Japanese dishes, is a member of the horseradish family. Anyone who has taken too big a dollop of wasabi (or plain old horseradish) knows that it makes sinuses and tear ducts spring into action. That’s because allyl isothiocyanate, a constituent in wasabi, promotes mucus flow.The tastiest way to get those allyl isothiocyanates is by slathering horseradish on your sandwich or plopping wasabi onto your favorite sushi. Another option — although harder to swallow — is to purchase grated horseradish, and take 1/4 teaspoon to alleviate allergy symptoms.
If you would like some ongoing relief from Allergies, please contact us as we now do in-house allergy testing and can then design a treatment plan specific to your needs.