Physical and mental stress can cause fatigue. The question is, is it due to over work or under work? Some people feel tired because they are not doing enough in which case walking and getting out for some physical work is helpful. Fatigue can also be a result of low gastic fire, weak liver, low adrenal energy, or anemia. Here are some practical suggestions from Ayurveda:
For fatigue after exercise or hard work, drink a cup of orange juice with a pinch of rock salt. Another method is to soak five dates (with pits removed) overnight in water. Then, liquefy the dates in a blender and drink. For Pitta types add 10 drops lime juice. If you suffer from anemia, >use blood builders such as pomegranate juice, beets or grape juice.
To strengthen gastric fire, the best remedy is to use fresh grated ginger before eating with a few drops of lime juice, chew it up. Try to avoid cold and iced drinks as they counteract digestion – instead drink small sips of warm water during the meal.
Gentle yoga stretches and pranayamic breathing exercises are beneficial in kindling digestive fire.
In Ayurveda this is called “pranayama”-prana is breath and ayam means “to control”. Ayurveda understands the intimate relationship between breathing and mental activity. Alternate nostril breathing balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain which provide different functions. Right side being male energy and left side female energy. When we do pranayama the subtle channels of the nervous system are purifed, the mind becomes more serene and we can go beyond male female energies to a place of pure awareness… this feels like bliss! Another way to address seasonal fatigue with our Ayurvedic Sampler which includes three 50-minute sessions for a special price of $275.
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- Drive with car windows raised
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen
- Leave shoes and jackets outside
- Use a HEPA filter
- Request an allergy-free room when traveling
- Always change your clothes and take a quick shower after arriving home at the end of the day
- If you sleep with unwashed hair, change your pillowcase frequently
- Nasal saline irrigation
Landria Voigt is a mom, wife, photographer, athlete and avid student of all things nutrition, including attending The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. In her 20s, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and for years struggled to keep flares in check with traditional, medicinal approaches. After over a decade of suffering and frustration, she took her health into her own hands, casting aside the drugs and carefully experimenting with her own diet. The results were miraculous. Through this journey, she came to appreciate the power of nutrition and how challenging it can be to separate facts from dubious marketing spin when choosing the right foods for one’s self and family.Now she is on a mission to help others enjoy healthier living through informed eating. Through public speaking engagements, consulting, and her blog www.stiritup.me, Landria shares healthy recipes aimed at pleasing even the most finicky of pallets, as well as forward-thinking ideas about nutrition.
Clean up the garden. If your garden contains any allergy culprits, consider removing, pruning or removing the blooms. Before you dive into your spring time gardening consider the following:
Use only female plants whenever possible their pollen is buried deep within and don’t need a male plant to cultivate.
Get tested to identify which trees, flowers or grass that you are allergic to and remove the culprits from your garden along with mold, weeds and leaves.
Keep trees, and shrubs pruned.
Don’t use male plants they are the creator of pollen.
Don’t plant in the shade, over water or use bark chips as mulch since these items cause mold.
A butterfly garden can be a family project to take on this spring since it will attract birds, butterflies and other insects that are good for pollination. Mix with a few native plants and you are off to a good start to an allergy-free garden, now go dig it!
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During the month of April, ACHIM is focused on seasonal health issues. While many celebrate the passing of winter, many suffer with watery eyes, runny noses and chronic fatigue. Allergy symptoms often come and go based on exposure. Another seasonal issue is a lack of energy with changes in the weather. This month you will find natural solutions that address both. Plus integrative beauty tips on how to get ready for summer and rehab your winter skin. As always, we appreciate your continued support of our practice and look forward to fulfilling your health care needs.
Medical Director and
Integrative Health Expert
EAT YOUR GREENS
This month, reach for the greens! The dark, leafy variety such as kale, chard, collards, beet greens and bokchoy are sources of essential nutrients. In addition to containing antioxidants and fiber, they help reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol levels and protect the immune system. Loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, leafy greens stock your body with the artillery needed to fight off heart disease and cancer. Leafy greens benefit virtually every cell you’ve got! Greens like kale, spinach and Swiss chard, mustard and collard greens add health-sustaining doses of vitamins A, C, K, folate, potassium, and calcium to every meal.For an easy added boost try greens powder in your smoothies. Look for organic varieties to try raw or cooked.
When you cover your blemishes, give yourself a sunless tan, or straighten your hair, chances are you use a product with a long list of ingredients. But are those ingredients safe? Headlines proclaiming the dangers of beauty products are often based on hype. At ACHIM we offer alternatives for those who want to reduce their use of chemicals and try natural ways of enhancing beauty. Integrative beauty regimens aim to enhance beauty beginning with internal health, skin health, and treatments for enhancement that are natural and chemical free!
Beauty services include:
Nutrition and Hormone Evaluation
Cosmeceutical and Nutraceutical Development
Natural Wrinkle Reducers and Collagen Rejuvenation
HydraFacial and HydraFacial Teen
$99 limit one per customer through April 30th
Spring cleaning is enough of a chore. It shouldn’t be even harder to find a product that doesn’t have ingredients that cause allergies, asthma or cancer. That’s why Environmental Working Group’s scientists just updated EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning product database. Before you head to the laundry room or grab the mop, check out how your favorite cleaning products scored.
EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning, launched last fall, scored more than 2,000 home cleaning products based on the toxicity of their ingredients and whether the maker had fully disclosed their contents. Just last week, we updated the guide with more than 100 products, plus a new category – laundry pods! – and more information on allergens.
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With a new season, you may find yourself needing new goals. It may be time to reassess those new years resolutions, discover what motivates you or find a new fitness routine altogether. Maybe purchase a new pair of running shoes, download a new fitness app, try a new health club or group fitness class for the new season. Remember physical activity has both mental and physical benefits. If you took the winter off, start back slowly and if you’ve been working out indoors this winter, get outside for a brisk walk or jog.
The change in seasons can affect your energy level. Fight seasonal fatigue naturally with these strategies:
- Simple breathing techniques
- Daily moderate physical activity
- Getting adequate rest
- Certain nutrients and compounds can help lessen the effects of general fatigue
- Multivitamin that includes 1,000 IU of D3 and 75 mcg of iodine
- Antioxidants will deliver vitamins and phytonutrients to support healthy cells
- Eleuthero enhance mental clarity and physical endurance
- Coenzyme Q10 is vital to cellular energy production
- Cordyceps this Chinese medicinal mushroom may help fight fatigue and boost energy
Bioflavonoid from buckwheat and citrus fruits
Hay fever, hives, allergies (when taken regularly for at least 6 to 8 weeks), itching (stabilizes cells that produce histamine)
Look for 500 mg coated tablets, avoid the powder. Source Natural’s brand “Activated Quercetin” is a good choice.
Dosage and Warning:
Quercetin is fine for nursing women, but is not recommended for pregnant women.
Half the adult dose
Enzyme extracted from the fruit of the pineapple plant
Swelling, pain and bruising after injury, persistent hematoma, bunions, bursitis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, gout, sinusitis.
Can cause an allergic rash in susceptible individuals; discontinue use if you develop hives, rash or itching.
For convenience, look for 250 mg pills.
Dosage and Warning:
200-400 mg three times a day on an empty stomach (at least 90 minutes BEFORE or three hours after eating).
Half the adult dose
Stinging Nettle Plant
(Urtica dioica) Leaves or root of the stinging nettle bush
Hay fever and other allergies
Freeze-dried in capsules, and cut and dried for infusion (tea)
Look for freeze-dried extract of the leaves, sold in capsules
Dosage and Warning:
Most products on the market are 500 mg, Follow package directions and/or use the lowest effective dose.
No more than one capsule per day
Make your skin glow for graduation, prom or vacation with the HydraFacial or HydraFacial Teen Special $99 one per person through April 30th. A 5-session package is $625 with a savings of $25 per session.