Category Archives: Environmental
Spring Allergy Guide
SPRING ALLERGY GUIDE
If you suffer with seasonal allergies you know springtime brings challenges! Sneezing, itchy eyes, congestion, and fatigue during the spring are symptoms many allergy sufferers are familiar with. They are also signs that your body could use support as allergies are a barometer for the overall strength of your immune system. The heavier the immune burden, the more “allergic” a person tends to be and more strongly they may experience the symptoms. Working on up regulating the immune system will help to build strength and decrease a person’s sensitivity to their natural environment. Additionally, since the liver is responsible for clearing histamines in the body, eating foods that support the liver will increase your ability to clear out the histamines and offer symptom sufferers the relief they so desire. Here are some tips to help you through allergy season.
- Avoid over the counter allergy medications. They suppress symptoms instead of addressing the root cause of the problem.
- Avoid pro-inflammatory foods. Major culprits are dairy, sugar, gluten, and refined carbohydrates.
- Increase anti-inflammatory foods. Ex: foods high in omega 3 fatty acids, leafy greens, blueberries, fermented vegetables, garlic, ginger, turmeric, and green tea.
- Incorporate local honey in to your diet all year long.
- Eat an overall diet that includes protein with each meal and good fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, butter, seeds, and nut butters.
- Reduce stress and increase rest.
- Minimize exposure to known allergens. Avoid mold and mildew. Shower after being outdoors on high pollen days.
- Stay hydrated. Drink half your weight in ounces per day.
- Talk with Dr. Shaw about whole food and homeopathic supplement options.
Dr. Shaw likes to use Antronex, Allerplex, and Allergy homeopathy spray for patients suffering with allergy symptoms. Talk with her today to see what she would recommend for you.
Think Before You Drink…Fiji Water
I am not a fan of plastic bottled water as a rule for several reasons:
2) There are no purity standards
3) Plastic leaches into the water and contributes to the severe hormonal imbalances found in a majority of Americans
4) The enviromental impact of bottling and shipping water all over the world
5) It is one of the major contributors (plastic bags being the other) to the plastic waste problem that the world is facing along with the Eastern Garbage Patch that is already the size of Texas found in the Pacific Ocean
Now I have one more to add after reading this article on the irreparable damage that the Fiji Water Company is doing to the island of Fiji, the people and the environment.
A good way to make sure that you and your family have clean, environmentally responsible drinking water is distillation. You can find countertop distillers on Amazon.com or Gaiam.com. They require a investment of $200-$400 which is easily made back with avoiding plastic bottled water.
- Bacteria, viruses & other microorganisms
- Fluoride, sodium, nitrates and other soluable inorganic salts
- Organic chemicals like pesticides, PCBs, THMs
- Heavy metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, etc.
- Soluable minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, etc.
What distillation does not remove are gases and volatile organic compounds but this is easily remedied by incorporating a carbon filter which most countertop distillers have.
It is important to note that most distillation does require electricity so a easy way to minimize your electric bill is to run it over night. Using glass or stainless steel bottles to store the distilled water in the refrigerator allows for busy families to grab and go.
The controversy that is brought up over distilled water is that is devoid of minerals…which is true but the claim that ingesting distilled water will leach minerals out of the body is false. Once distilled water hits our stomach it mixes with our stomach juices and immediately loses its leaching abilities.
An easy solution to make your distilled water into absorbable mineral water…a few grains of brown rice in your water bottle!
The Problem with Plastic Bags