Natural Remedies To Help You Beat Stress

Feeling stressed out lately? Everyone encounters stress in their lives. You may have been affected by the current economic crisis or other bad news. Perhaps you get stressed out at work or you have family problems or an illness. Maybe you eat too much sugar or don’t get enough sleep. Whether physical or emotional your adrenal glands help you beat stress and help you cope.

These 2 glands that sit on top of your kidneys produce the hormone cortisol to help you go beyond the limits if of usual endurance when you need it. Cortisol is meant to help relieve various types of stress for only a short period. Once the stress is over your body should return to a relaxed state and the cortisol levels should return to normal. Unfortunately in today’s high paced lifestyles the stress response is being activated virtually all the time.

When these higher levels of cortisol stay in the blood stream it can have adverse effects on your health. It can:

  • Interfere with brain chemicals and prevent normal memory function
  • Suppress thyroid function
  • Cause blood sugar imbalances
  • Decrease bone density
  • Cause breakdown in muscle tissue
  • Increase blood pressure
  • Lower immunity
  • Impair wound healing and other health consequences
  • Increase bad cholesterol
  • Increase abdominal fat with all the associated health risks

In the short term the increase in cortisol increases metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fat producing instant energy for your body to use. Many of the detrimental effects of stress are related to the increased loss of nutrients caused by the increase in metabolism.

Some Natural Health Remedies to help you beat stress

Diet

It is important to have a well balanced nutritious diet to replace the nutrients that may be lost during stress. High levels of stress often leads to unhealthy eating and drinking. Refined and junk foods just put extra stress on your body. Coffee creates anxiety and panic. Alcohol is a poison and a depressant although many people believe it to be a stimulant and should not be used to handle stress.

Whole grains, fresh vegetables, fruits and some good protein will help replace the nutrients that are being lost. Complex carbohydrates like whole grain cereals, beans and potatoes have a calming effect on the brain.

Nutritional supplements

B complex vitamins are needed by the nervous system and to produce adrenal hormones. A lot of Vitamin C is used by the adrenal glands during stressful episodes. Adding some extra B Vitamins and Vitamin C can help support your body.

Herbs such as Astragalus and Ginseng are adaptogenic herbs and can help the body resist stress and have a balancing effect. They are often found in combination with other adaptogens such as Ashwagandha, Schizandra, Wild Yam, Dandelion Root, and Licorice Root. Ginseng should not be used of you have high blood pressure or hypoglycemia. Licorice root should be deglycyrrhized.

Sleep

Trying to get by on too little sleep leads to depression and irritability. Getting enough sleep is important for the body to repair itself and could make a significant difference in the quality of your life.

Exercise

Exercise is a great stress reducer even if you don’t feel like it. It increases the circulation to help get rid of stress hormones and helps to increase the production of endorphins, those brain chemicals that make you feel good. Just a word of warning – too much exercise without adequate rest can increase cortisol levels.

Relaxation techniques

Regularly practising some form of relaxation is a great stress buster and can dramatically improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

Yoga can help you manage stress and anxiety and induce a complete peacefulness of body and mind. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation,a tranquil mind and sense of calm.

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Natural Remedies for Vaginal Yeast Infections

Vaginal yeast infection is something that most women have had at some time in their lives. It is a very uncomfortable condition that is caused by an increase in the normal yeast that is present in the vagina. Doctors usually prescribe an anti-fungal medication that is taken by mouth or as vaginal pessaries (suppositories) but many women prefer to use natural remedies to cure the problem.

The yeast infection can be caused by a number of yeast organisms but Candida Albicans and Candida Glabrata are the most common. Candida Glabrata infections are more difficult to treat and are often resistant to many or the normal anti-fungal drugs.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms are a burning or itching sensation, redness, soreness of the vaginal or vulval area. A vaginal discharge may or may not be present.

Causes

The vagina is normally inhabited by a number of microorganisms that create an acidic environment. When the balance of these organisms is upset and/or the pH balance changes yeast can grow out of control and become an infection.

The things that can change the environment are antibiotic or steroid use, diabetes, weakened immune system, hormonal changes such as pregnancy, use of birth control pills and hormone therapy, frequent use of douches or female hygeine sprays. The infection can be passed back and forth between partners unless both are treated.

Many health practitioners believe that recurrent vaginal yeast infections are linked to Candida overgrowth in the bowel. If this is the case then treatment for intestinal yeast overgrowth will also improve the vaginal Candida.

Natural Remedies

A number of natural remedies can cure the infection without the side effects of drugs.

Pessaries (Suppositories)

Herbs

Tea Tree oil vaginal pessaries (suppositories) have proved very successful for the infection. It is sometimes combined with lavender essential oil. Just be warned that Tea Tree pessaries can sting initially if you are very sensitive. Calendula and goldenseal or echinacea are often combined in a pessary as well. Use one pessary (suppository) every 12 – 24 hours for up to 14 days.

Garlic

Garlic has anti-fungal properties and a whole clove of peeled garlic can be used as a pessary (suppository). Wrap in a small piece of gauze or fine muslin with trailing ends for easy removal. Dip in vegetable oil to lubricate before inserting into the vagina as high as possible. Use a new clove every 12 hours and continue treatment for at least 5 days.

Boric Acid

Researchers in several studies concluded that 600 mg boric acid suppositories or pessaries were just as or more effective in curing vaginal yeast infections than the drugs Fluconazole (Diflucan) and Itraconazole (Sporanox). Boric acid acts as an antifungal and antibacterial. Use 1 every 12 hours and continue for 7 – 14 days.

One company combines boric acid with a number of anti-fungal herbs and essential oils in a product called Yeast Arrest. Many women have found this a wonderful natural remedy for the cure of persistent infection with yeast. Just be aware that it can cause irritation and burning in a few very sensitive people.

Some practitioners recommend using acidophilus capsules in addition to the boric acid. In some cases it is possible for acidophilus to make the pH environment too acid for the good bacteria so discontinue if it is making the condition worse.

Douches

Although regular douching can alter the pH balance of the vagina and contribute to yeast overgrowth douching with anti-fungal herbs and other substances can be a useful health remedy against yeast infections.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Mix 1 teaspoon of ordinary 3% hydrogen peroxide from your chemist or pharmacy with 1 cup of water and use as a douche once a day until your symptoms improve.

Pau D’Arco Tea

To make the tea put 1 heaping tablespoon of Pau D’Arco Tea into a saucepan and add 1 quart (1 liter) of water. Bring to boil and simmer on lowest heat possible for 30 minutes. Allow to cool. Strain and use as a douche alternately with garlic tea. You can drink the tea as well. Keep any surplus in a lidded glass jar in the fridge.

Garlic tea

Garlic is a natural anti-fungal. Bring 4 cups pure water to the boil. Turn off heat and add 4 – 5 crushed cloves of garlic.Let steep for 20 minutes before straining. Allow to cool to body temperature before using.

Grapefruit seed extract

Make a douche solution with 6 – 10 drops to each cup of water.

How to douche

You can get various douche kits. The best ones consist of a bag or rigid container and a length of tubing with a clamp and douche nozzle. Many instructions tell you to use a bulb douche standing up but the solution will stay in contact with your vaginal tissues longer if you lie down in an empty bath and allow the solution to run in slowly. Any remaining inside you will come out when you stand up.

Hang the bag about 2 feet above the level of your pelvis. Always use the solution at body temperature and make sure you sterilize the douche nozzle and container afterwards with a natural sterilizer such as grapefruit seed extract.

Other tips

Wear only cotton panties.
Avoid wearing panty hose or tights
Wear skirts and not trousers,slacks or jeans.
Avoid wearing pajamas.
Follow an anti Candida diet.

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Chilblains, Onion as a Natural Remedy

The extra cold weather in England this year seems to have brought an increase in cases of chilblains. It’s hard to believe that such tiny things can be so painful or intensely itchy unless you have experienced them. Chilblains usually occur on the toes but can occur on the heels, fingers, face and ears. In extreme cold they can also affect the legs.

Chilblains, also called pernio, occur as a result of the constriction of capillaries (small blood vessels) in the skin in response to the cold. When they are warmed up too quickly they expand more than nearby blood vessels causing blood to leak into the tissues.

They are more common in countries where it is damp as well as cold. They are more prevalent in people who have poor circulation due to smoking, Raynaud’s Disease, arteriosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries) or restriction of circulation due to tight socks and footwear.

Other factors contributing to chilblains are anemia, nutrient deficiencies, hormonal changes, certain drugs such as beta- blockers and damp living conditions. They are common in people who work out side or in cold conditions such as butchers.

They can be caused by warming your skin too quickly after coming in from the cold. For example warming your feet in front of a fire after coming in from the cold.

Chilblains appear red or blue and can be swollen. They can be very tender, itchy, feel tingly or burning and hot to the touch. In severe cases the skin may crack and there is the danger of infection.

Onion is a Natural Remedy

One of the most handy and effective natural remedies is to treat the chilblains with a cut onion. Gently rub the cut side of the onion over the chilblains twice a day. This can quickly relieve itching between the toes.

Some recommend dipping the onion in salt first. Don’t put raw onion on your skin if it is cracked or it is likely to sting. You can try a pulp made from cooked onion instead.

Prevention is better than cure.

Prevention is always better than cure so here are some things you can do to help prevent chilblains.

  • Keep your hands and feet warm in cold weather by wearing thick but not tight wool socks and gloves.
  • Avoid restricting circulation with tight socks or footwear.
  • Improve circulation before going out into the cold with some exercise.
  • Allow your hand and feet to warm up gradually without exposing them to fires, or heaters or hot water bottles after being out inthe cold.
  • Stop smoking as it interferes with circulation and depletes Vitamin C.
  • Taking a supplement of Vitamin C with bioflavanoids can help strengthen the small blood vessels
  • A natural supplement of Vitamin E as mixed tocopherols 100 iu twice a day during the winter may help.
  • Take a good multivitamin and minerals with at least 25 mg of the B vitamins
  • Drink hot ginger tea and use ground ginger, chili and cinnamon in cooking to stimulate circulation.
  • Get checked by your doctor for anemia. Only take iron as a supplement if you need it.

If you have severe or recurring chilblains you should see your doctor who can make some checks on your circulation and rule out certain health conditions.

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