Our first Friday Forum was a huge success, not because of the delicious sangria and the relaxing chair massages, but because of the very informative talks given by Alicia Miller, ND and Kirby Thompson, ND both Naturopathic Doctors at the Natural Care Clinic in Naperville.
I learned many new things and wanted to share some of the highlights, as it is better to prevent a disease than to treat it.
- We all know hand washing is important but did you know you should avoid using anti-bacterial soap, hand sanitizers and scented soaps? Castile and glycerin soaps are recommended.
- Shower at night, especially if you have allergies. End your shower with a cool rinse for 30 seconds, this stimulates your immune system.
- Use an unscented, chemical-free lotion after your shower to seal in moisture. You can use almond oil, cocoa butter or shea butter.
- Do not shower with a plastic liner as they will emit chemicals into the air that you will directly breathe in, opt for a nylon one which you can also throw in the washing machine.
- Increase water consumption: Consume half your body weight in ounces (ie. If you weigh 140, you should drink 70 oz of water a day).
- For adults, aim for 7 – 9 hours of sleep a night. Your body heals and regenerates itself while sleeping.
- For children, sleep varies according to age: a 12 month old should be getting 13 – 14 hrs/day (including a 2.5 hr nap). A 4 year old should be getting about 11.5 hrs per night.
- Aim for 30 – 60 min. per day. Do a variety of exercises to challenge your body and keep you interested. Make sure to get your heart rate up for 30 minutes per day.
- Strength training will keep your muscles and bones strong but also keep our immune system strong.
- It’s important to strengthen your core to keep proper postures and reduce back pain.
- Many studies indicate the more positive one is about life and health, the more the body will respond in a positive manner. Negativity attracts more negativity.
- People that get colds often have too much going on at once and mental confusion.
- Earaches could indicate too much turmoil in a household, parents arguing.
- Increase your beta carotene food source: carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, squash and cabbage.
- Increase your Vitamin C food sources: papaya, red peppers, broccoli, strawberries, kiwis, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, citrus fruits (exception – no orange juice due to excessive sugar).
- Eat chicken soup. There is actually an amino acid compound called N-Acetyl Cysteine that helps the lungs function better. Mom was right!
- Wet Sock Treatment – Can be done everyday if you are feeling a little run down, stressed or have sinus congestion. Best to do before bed. Contraindicated if you have any open sores on the feet or decreased sensation from diabetes. Place thin cotton socks in ice cold water and wring out. Place on feet then pull on thick wool socks over the wet ones. Lie down and bundle up. Your body will dry out the wet socks and heat them up in a few hours. Remove socks in the morning or when they are dry and go about you day relaxed.
- Cold mist humidifiers add moisture back into the air but keep it clean.
- Hot baths for 10 minutes with cool wash cloth on the back of the neck. Soak with Epson salts, eucalyptus oil or lavender oil.
- Netti pots are great for nasal irrigation and flushes out bacteria before they become stagnant in your sinuses.
- If you are taking any medications, consult a naturopathic doctor to make sure these are appropriate.
- Zinc – 45 mg/day – 5 days only.
- Vitamin C – 500 mg every hour when sick.
There are so many more items they covered that unfortunately I cannot cover in this short blog. If you are feeling under the weather there are many natural options out there that can perk you back up or even prevent you from getting sick in the first place. Check out their website at www.NaturalCareClinic.org for more information.