No one likes being sick. A lot of us have habits that might be getting in the way and slowing our recovery. Here are a few things to avoid so that you can get back to normal even faster!
There's a lot of recipes out there on how to naturally clean your home. So I thought I'd try a few out and see what I found to work the best. This is the recipe that I've come up with:
Let me know if you have any suggestions or tweaks that you like.
This approach has been around for many years. Many of you have likely tried this. The variation I get my patients to do, is to add the essential oils to help speed up the recovery time.
The steam will help loosen up any congestion by thinning out the mucus in the sinuses and nose. The essential oils help act as antimicrobials to help eliminate any pathogens that might be present.
What you need:
Here's how to do it:
Nasal congestion is really common this time of year. It can be annoying and painful. But don't worry, I have a simple trick to help. It may sound strange, but it actually works. I stumbled upon this method while doing some research on how to minimize congestion for my patients.
I will explain how to basically massage the bones around your sinuses. The gentle movement will improve flow between the sinuses to decrease congestion and pain.
Here's how to do it:
The alternating movements of the bone between your eyes and the roof of your mouth work to slightly flex the bones surrounding the sinuses to allow for potential to drain.
You will be surprised how well this will begin to drain and clear congestion that you may have. Once your sinuses start to drain, try Steam Inhalations to improve drainage even further.
Did it work for you?
Try this easy recipe to help boost your immune system
Here's what you need:
In a medium sized pot, add ginger, tumeric, garlic, lemon and a small dash of cayenne.
Fill the pot 3/4 full with water.
bring to a boil
Let it simmer for 10 minutes
Remove from heat and let it stand for a few minutes until it's the temperature that you like.
Pour the liquid into a glass.
Enjoy!!! It's that simple.
You can add a small amount of honey for flavour.
You can also save the ingredients and reuse them for one more batch of immune boost tea.
Winter is coming, the holidays are near and that usually means cold and flu season isn't far off. It is key to focus on prevention. It seems like the flu is spreading as per usual here in Whistler, as patients, friends and family try to fight the yearly viral battle. Regardless of where you live, there are some universal things to consider to avoid the flu.
Before we can prevent it, we need to know what the flu is.
What is the flu?
The flu is caused by the influenza A or B virus. It occurs in the same percentages for both men and women. It is more common in kids than adults. This is because as we get older and have gone through battles with the flu, we build up an immunity to the various strains of the flu. Kids, on the other hand, have a very new immune system so they don't have the same acquired immunity to prevent the various types of flu. Since they haven't had the exposure to build up an immunity, they are more prone to the flu.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
We've all felt the sudden onset of headache, fever, body aches, cough, sore throat, runny nose, stuffy nose, fatigue, and foggy mind. If you haven't, well then you my friend are superman or superwoman. These symptoms are usually a case of your common flu.
How do we prevent it from happening in the first place?
These strategies are always a great step to preventing the flu throughout the year.
If it's too late and you already have the flu, talk to your naturopathic doctor. They can help support your immune system and minimize your symptoms to get you feeling great again and have you back on the mountain!
Please feel free to submit your comments or questions...
The summer season is here! That means spending time with friends and family, work parties, bbq's with yummy food and drink, and sunscreen. With all the summer fun, usually comes the dreaded summer heartburn (insert spooky music here). Summer Heartburn is not a diagnosis you’ll find in any textbook, it’s just how I refer to the consequences of maximizing the enjoyment of the summer. So, the question is, how do I prevent Heartburn?? The key to prevention is understanding the cause, so as per usual I’ll do my best to break it all down for you.
What is Heartburn?
Heartburn is formally known as Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), the action of the acid from your stomach moving up and splashing your esophagus. This is what leads to that burning feeling you get in your chest and the back of your throat.
What causes heartburn?
There’s a couple theories:
Everyone has slightly different triggers, but the main offenders are usually from lifestyle and diet.
How do I treat my heartburn?
Basically do the opposite of the things that trigger your heartburn
Diet: avoid the above foods
There you have it, simple and realistic ways to prevent and minimize your heartburn symptoms. Now get out there and enjoy the rest of your summer! (insert sunglasses smiley emoji here)
With the recent news that there are multiple confirmed cases of the Mumps virus here in Whistler, I thought it would be a good idea to get the facts before we rush to Dr Google. I’ve put the basic info that you would need to know here.
What are the mumps?
It’s an acute viral infection that results in swelling and tenderness of the parotid gland. The parotid gland is below your ear along the jaw line.
With all the buzz around fermented drinks like kombucha and kvass I figured I should take the opportunity to tell you about another tasty treat out there that also has beneficial properties for digestive health.
I've been hearing more and more about this tasty drink that seems to have a lot of digestive benefits. It's incredibly simple to make, so lets get right to it!
But first, let's break this drink down:
When you walk into a grocery store in Whistler, the first thing you notice is the cost. The price here is much more than people are used to. So, what do we do? We start to shop smart. How do we shop smart? Well I'm glad you asked...
The key here is to have a plan in mind. Here’s 5 easy steps to help keep you healthy and within your budget.
COOK AT HOME. It’s almost always cheaper to eat at home.
Take a second and PLAN OUT YOUR MEALS. If you have a plan, it makes shopping that much easier. This way you can avoid randomly spending $10 on ice cream and put $10 more towards the food you SHOULD be eating. Team up with housemates, family, friends etc to make the meals, this will decrease your costs. It's also a great reason to meet up with friends and family members.
CHECK THE FLYERS THAT WEEK. It’s very simple but rarely done. This lets you know what’s on sale before you even set foot in the store. I’ve attached links to our local grocery stores so you can check them out weekly.
Creekside Market http://www.creeksidemarket.com
The Grocery Store http://whistlergrocery.com
Marketplace IGA http://www.marketplaceiga.com/en/
Nesters Market http://www.nestersmarket.com
Olives Market http://www.olivesmarketwhistler.com
SHOP THE OUTSIDE AISLES OF THE MARKET.
This is where we always find our healthy food. Our veggies, fruits, and proteins etc... Once we enter the middle aisles, that's where we tend to find the foods we want to avoid, the processed foods. If we stick to our budget and spend our money on these healthy foods, then we wont blow our cash on the unhealthy stuff. One of my supervisors in med school Dr Afsoun Khalili taught me this part. She would actually take patients to the grocery stores and teach them how to shop effectively.
EAT WELL… for cheap
That's it… eat in, plan ahead, check for sales, shop the outside aisles. That's your basic blueprint to eating well and not spending a fortune. Let me know how it goes.
At this time of year, a lot of the local restaurants offer a seasonal meal deal. Check out some of your favourites to see if they have any deals on for you to save some cashola.
Don't forget about Whistler’s farmers market in the summer. This can be great for finding your healthy food for cheap!!
Dr Landon McLean is a Naturopathic doctor accepting new patients in Whistler BC