Have you ever experienced a bully? Well, there may be one in your gut that you may not be aware of that could be affecting your state of health.
There is a yeast that naturally occurs in our bodies and co-exists with other bacteria and fungi. It can “play well” with other bacteria and viruses in our gut – until our gut bacteria becomes imbalanced. In such cases this yeast, called candida, changes its attitude and takes over as a pathogen.
And just like that bully, candida can be very disruptive to the body and wreak all kinds of havoc. Continue reading “3 Ways Candida May Be Harming You – Plus an Easy Candida Test”
Grandmothers certainly had the wisdom to tell us to wash our hands, not wear shoes in the house, and open the windows, but now science has proven them to be right in their ideas about having a healthy home. Ventilation, for example, can help reduce indoor volatile organic compounds or chemicals more quickly. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency advises us that, without sufficient outdoor air, pollutants can sometimes accumulate to levels that can cause health and comfort problems. Reminiscent of grandmother, science suggests a good approach to lowering the concentrations of indoor air pollutants in your home is to increase the amount of outdoor air coming in. To read about ways to get proper ventilation into your home, you can visit EPA’s site on indoor air quality for more information. Continue reading “Grandma Knew Best About Creating a Healthy Home”
Candida is a yeast that occurs naturally in the human body, but can be problematic. The problem occurs when something upsets the balance of bacteria in your body and this allows the yeast organism to proliferate and take over all the healthy microorganisms. The most common causes of this overgrowth are the use of antibiotics (which kill off the healthy flora that keep candida in balance), chronic stress, compromised immune system, and a diet that is high in sugar, white flour, pastries, etc.
It’s been estimated that up to 80% of the U.S. adult population has some form of candida overgrowth, which is also one of the most widely misdiagnosed conditions. Candida resides in the intestinal tract, mouth, throat and genitals; however it can burrow holes in the intestinal tract, enter the blood stream, and then make its way into any organ of the body. It emits over 70 different toxins into the body. Taking a natural approach to candida can help many with addressing this condition. Continue reading “Digestive Series: Taking a Natural Approach to Candida”
I thought I had gotten through this long, long winter without a cold, but the other day I felt the tickle in my throat starting. Before it could become a full-blown throat infection, I started to hit it hard with three great sore throat remedies. Bye-bye sore throat!
1. Pathway Throat-Ease. This easy-to-use spray contains herbs that provide relief quickly. Osha and licorice are just two of the herbs that soothe a sore throat but also help if you have a cough. Throw this in your pocket, and use it whenever you feel the need for relief.
2. Raw honey. A tablespoon stirred into a tea or just taken by the spoon, can really help ease a sore throat. This one is especially good for children over the age of 1. In fact, a study in Pediatrics showed that 2 tsps of honey helped children with sore throats and coughs, especially when it came to sleeping at night.
2. Gargle with salt water. Mix about 1 tsp of sea salt with warm water and gargle for 30 seconds. Repeat throughout the day as needed. How effective is this home remedy? A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2005 followed test subjects during the winter. Those who were instructed to gargle three times per day, even while healthy, had a nearly 40% reduction in upper respiratory tract infections over the control group, that didn’t gargle at all. The gargling may have helped fend off viruses and bacteria by preventing the buildup of mucus where the microbes could take up residence.
If you continue to have a sore throat, or it’s accompanied by a fever or any sort of discharge, get yourself to a doctor.
By the time your child has reached the age of 5, he or she may have already suffered through at least one ear infection. And according to The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), ear infections account for 25 million office visits annually with direct costs for treatment estimated at $3 billion.
Antibiotics are still the most recommended solution to ear infections for children under the age of 1, even though most ear infections are caused by viruses. A study from the Archives of Otolaryngology showed that 88% of children with ear infections never needed antibiotics, and antibiotics did not shorten the lifespan of the illness. Many doctors have started to use a wait and see option for children over the age of 1, basically waiting to see if the ear infection clears up on its own, letting the body’s own immune system do the work in clearing the infection.
Still, as most parents know, ear infections can be painful and we want to protect our children from them as much as possible. If your child has an ear infection, treat the symptoms with the following tips, to help provide relief.
1. Place a warm compress over the infected ear to relieve pain.
2. Gentle massage around the ear may also provide some relief. Continue reading “How to Handle Ear Infections at Home”