Wellness

Toxic Chemicals can make you Over-Weight

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Are you aware of what you PUT on your skin? Do you know toxic chemicals can contribute to making you over- weight! Look for all naturals products to use that contain NO PEGs. PEGs impact the hormonal system and the brain and create a toxic burden in the body. They may cause memory loss. Toxins include ;Look for the big “E” in all cosmetics,lotions,sunscreens etc ,MEA,DEA,TEA or triethanolamine.

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Skinny Summer Body & Fashion

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How to NOT feel fat again, VOWS for SUMMER

I WILL buy at least one lightweight tunic.
I WILL give up my illusions of string bikinis and get a sexy one-piece.
I WILL stop talking about my weight and select a shaper swim suit.
I WILL make sure I have a great cover up for my swim suit.
I WILL take advantage of lightweight summer sweaters.
I WILL have at least one killer black swim suit I can rely on.
I WILL cut out the size tag and not worry about it ,just feel good in it.
I WILL give up the belly ring.
I WILL accessorize my swimsuits as I do all my clothes- with stylish shoes,jewelry,cool bag,sunglasses,and a hat.

Vows for my Body this Summer

I WILL take up Pilates and Yoga 3 days per week for 60 minutes.
I WILL walk outside 3-4 days per week for 60 minutes.
I WILL drink 8 cups of water per day, adding freshly squeezed lemon to it.
I WILL eat one small apple per day.
I WILL eat at least one cup of fresh vegetables per day.
I WILL eat 5-6 small light meals throughout the day to feel and look lighter.

The Power of Breathing RIGHT!

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I come upon a valuable book recently called ” Stop Asthma Naturally”

 written by Christine Byrne-Ralfs & Patrick McKeown.

What I learned by reading this book is;

~ Always breathe with your mouth closed, breathe in through your nose and out through your nose!

Why – Because mouth breathing creates your body to over-breathe which in return creates illnesses in your body. Think about it for just a moment. We can store fat on our body , we can store water in our body, we can go for a limited time without food and water to live. BUT we cannot go more than a few short minutes without AIR. We cannot store air. So when we over-breathe we are creating our organs to work harder than they need to. This creates many symtoms in our body such as allergic reactions,asthma,digestive problems, dizziness, sweating,shortness of breath and much more.

Why does this happen: its due to the amount of carbon dioxide levels that leave the body in a rapid force. When over -breathing takes place  your carbon dioxide levels are left very low. This is where illness sets in.

Step One– Become aware of your breathing patterns!

Step Two– Learn to breath through your nose at all times! ( If you plug one nostral you will notice one is plugged the other is free , this is normal,check in a couple hours and your plugged nostrals will change sides, your nose creates this pattern to rest and repair the nose as breathing is happening) If you suffer from a plugged nose its important to learn how to unplug it naturally- Please purchase or borrow this book above from the library to learn how to unplug your nose without using sprays or medications.

Step Three– After learning how to not hyperventilate or over-breathe like we have been talking about you will feel your body calming and illness disappearing!

Ways to heal the body;

DO NOT- over -eat, over sleep ,mouth breathe ,excessive talking,lack of physical exercise,stress, hot/cold temperatures. ( choose a well balanced diet, sleep no more than 7 hours per night, breathe through your nose all the time,talk in small amounts without feeling like your throat is drying up,exercise 30min per day,meditate/quiet the mind daily, choose room temperature water to drink and enviromental surroundings need to not be over-whelming to your body.

I Love this quote by Albert Einstein –

A=X+Y+Z  

 X is work / Y is play/Z is keep your mouth shut”

One more KEY tip – BREATHE DEEPLY , DO NOT take BIG breaths.. There is a difference here, breathe in through the nose ,fill up your lungs and breathe out .  Do not take in more AIR than the body can handle. Practice makes perfect! Before you know it your body has made healthy changes and NOW you feel healthy.

Hopefully this information will help you as you are trying to heal your body!~

Please let me know at [email protected] if you find a healing that takes place in your body after teaching yourself how to breathe through your nose!

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Teenage Acne! A natural way to clear it up!

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A NATURAL WAY to clear up Acne!

Here are some tips to help; Try everyday for 2 weeks and notice the changes! Add the food plan below to your daily food intake! Strive to eat whole grains,low-fat dairy products,fresh cooked and raw vegetables,fresh fruits,lean proteins, healthy fats such as omega 3.

Breakfast: Drink   1/2  cup  of Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice Or   10 oz cup of Fresh squeezed lemon water with 1 tsp dark organic maple syrup.

Lunch: Eat  1 cup of organic fruit in season – apples/Bananas in the fall and winter, Raspberries,blueberries,black berries in Spring  water melon,cantaloupe, honey dew  in the summer.

Dinner : Spring/Summer  eat fresh, home-made salads or soup – Use dressing on salads made of Lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. Add 1/4 cup of avocado with tomatoes, raw vegetables such as ; peppers,cucumber,celery,onions, to salads for spring and summer.Fall/Winter  eat  1 cup of  cooked root vegetables such as celery,greens ,squash,red potato, sweet potato, yams,beets, carrots,peas, plantains –  blend into soups!

By taking the time to add extra fruits and vegetables to your daily food intake you will notice a great difference in the appearance of your skin. *Don’t stop here , look for quality NATURAL  facial products to clean and care for your skin. * Use an Infrared Sauna – 2 days per week after exercising for 30 minutes or until you have had a big sweat to release toxins and rejuvenate your skin. *Exercise for 5-6 days per week for 30-60 minutes working up a sweat. * Drink plenty of fresh water daily 8-10 oz cups 

**Try to avoid eating to much caffeine- coffee ,white flour, white sugar, pop,candy,chips,cookies, sugar cereals,juice

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Tips for a better Sleep!

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Day #13 blog

Do you get a good night’s sleep? Do you put yourself to bed at the same time every night? Here are some tips to help create a  more relaxed sleep,

Try not napping after 3pm so you can relax into bed at night.

Drink less fluids in the evening to avoid visiting the washroom in the middle of the night.

Run a warm bath with some “Epsom Salts  add some lavender if you are stiff and sore at the end of the day,

Make a hot cup of “Valerian Root tea” –  One of the oldest herbal sleep remedies, Valerian root has been shown to help people get a better night’s sleep. It can be found in pill, liquid or tea form.

Foods that make you want to Snooze!

 These  “healthy foods” are known to make you sleep better:Dairy products: cottage cheese, cheese, milk , Soy products: soy milk, tofu, soybean nuts, Seafood,Poultry,Whole grains,Beans,Rice,Hummus,Lentils,Hazelnuts, Peanuts, Eggs,Sesame seeds, sunflower seeds.

Don’t forget to eat 2 hours before sleep!

Healthy Evening Snacks Foods that are high in carbohydrates, calcium,protein also make ideal sleepy bedtime snacks.Examples are :(whole-grain cereal with milk) ,(hazelnuts and tofu) ,(1/2 cup oatmeal with 1 tbsp raisins), ( a glass of warm milk),(peanut butter sandwich/toast , 1 tsp ground sesame seeds ,1tbsp sunflower seeds)

Yoga exercises before bedtime can be great source of  relaxation.Stretch and then Meditate,sitting quietly in a room for 15 minutes can calm and prepare your body for relaxation.

Soothing music can also be beneficial. Perhaps the sounds of nature or the ocean will be just the relaxation you need.

Release anxiety,  fill your thoughts with tranquility by thinking of a place or a time which brought you great happiness.

Turn off the TV or any other distraction that is keeping you awake ,choose to read to calm your body. Lie in bed, turn off the lights, and just try to relax.

Lavendar is quite powerful,   This herb can come in the form of a tea or as an essential oil that can be used in a bath, in potpourri or even used as a massage oil. Place a drop on your pillow before crawling into bed!

Go to bed at the same time everynight many people make the mistake of staying up to late, honor your body and sleep!

Get up at the same time every morning get up even on the weekends at the same time, this allows your hormones to stay on track.

Visualizing a peaceful, relaxing  place. Close your eyes  and feel your body relaxing, feel a warmth running from your toes slowly up through your body ,imagining every body part becoming relaxed.  Visual a peaceful ,calm place you love to visit.. Float into a wonderful sleep!

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Cure your Cough Naturally!

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Natural Cough Remedies Can Help!

Natural cough remedies are often preferred when treating coughs caused by allergies and nasal irritants because over-the-counter antihistamine-decongestant combinations can cause side effects in many people. 

Determine what type of cough you have;

Two Types of Cough

There are two basic types of coughs, chest coughs and dry coughs. The effectiveness of natural cough remedies depends on identifying which cough you have. A chest cough is often characterized by mucus or phlegm in the chest that is brought up by the action of coughing. A dry cough produces no phlegm.

The treatment for both types of coughs is very different and, unlike pharmaceutical medicines, natural cough remedies are usually very specific as to the type of cough they treat. In the case of a chest cough the mucus needs to be removed from the chest but in a dry cough there is no benefit to coughing.

Chest Cough Due to Respiratory Disease
(natural cough remedies contribute to a faster recovery)

If your cough is caused by an upper or lower respiratory tract infection you may find that as the condition progresses, the symptoms often include wheezing (a whistling sound when you breath), colored phlegm or a temperature over 101°F. This means you are sick and may need to see your doctor or naturopathic physician depending on the severity of your symptoms.

Natural cough remedies can play a role in your recovery from a respiratory disease by gently aiding the natural coughing process (to help remove phlegm) and soothing nasal irritation,

Dry Cough Due to Allergies
(respond well to natural cough remedies)

Dry coughs can be caused by allergies to irritants like dust, smoke, pollen, mold, freshly cut grass, pets and certain plants, cleaning agents, room deodorizers and chemical fumes. Since dry coughs have no purpose (ie: expectorating mucous or phlegm) and they cause needless irritation in the chest and throat it is beneficial to suppress a dry cough.

Asthma Can Cause Coughs
(natural cough remedies are beneficial for Asthma)

Persistent coughing may also indicate asthma. In some people with mild asthma, a cough is the only symptom. There are scientifically proven natural herbal formulas that have been developed to provide gentle, safe and effective natural relief from the respiratory symptoms of asthma. If you have a more advanced asthma condition, and if you are dissatisfied with the outcome of other treatments or preventive measures, you will benefit most from a combination of natural remedies.

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What does "Menopause" mean Ladies?

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What is Menopause?

Menopause ~ is defined as the state of an absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. The menopausal transition starts with varying menstrual cycle length and ends with the final menstrual period.

Perimenopause ~ means “the time around menopause” and is often used to refer to the menopausal transitional period. It is not officially a medical term, but is sometimes used to explain certain aspects of the menopause transition in lay terms.

Postmenopause ~ is the entire period of time that comes after the last menstrual period.

Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when the function of the ovaries ceases. The ovary (female gonad), is one of a pair of reproductive glands in women. They are located in the pelvis, one on each side of the uterus. Each ovary is about the size and shape of an almond. The ovaries produce eggs (ova) and female hormones such as estrogen. During each monthly menstrual cycle, an egg is released from one ovary. The egg travels from the ovary through a Fallopian tube to the uterus. 

The ovaries are the main source of female hormones, which control the development of female body characteristics such as the breasts, body shape, and body hair. The hormones also regulate the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. Estrogens also protect the bone. Therefore, a woman can develop osteoporosis (thinning of bone) later in life when her ovaries do not produce adequate estrogen. 

 

 At what age does a woman typically reach menopause? 

The average age of menopause is 50 + years old. But there is no way to predict when an individual woman will enter menopause. The age at which a woman starts having menstrual periods is also not related to the age of menopause onset. Most women reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, but menopause may occur as earlier as the late 30s or early 40s or may not occur until a woman reaches her 60s. As a  “rule of thumb,” women tend to undergo menopause at an age similar to that of their mothers. 

Perimenopause, often accompanied by irregularities in the menstrual cycle along with the typical symptoms of early menopause, can begin up to 10 years prior to the last menstrual period. 

Symptoms of Menopause ~ Irregular vaginal bleeding,night sweats, hot flashes,weight gain, acne, wrinkles,fatique,Urinary symptoms,vaginal dryness,itching,sleepless nights. These are just some of the symptoms you may experience.

What can you do to cope better with the cycle of Menopause? 

How often do you wake up drenched in sweat at 3am? Are you tired of it + tired all the time?  Do you feel like its just menopause and you must just deal with it. Don’t give up,  there are ways to deal with it!

Natural Path Doctor or Medical Doctor can help ~ Take the time and have your hormones checked by your Doctor. This will give you some idea where in your menopause cycle you are at. I know many ladies that have found relief by using progesterone cream. Check it out and talk to your Dr. about it and how to use it!

How to care for your Physical Body

Daily exercise is a MUST (Don’t talk about it, Do it! Working hard enough to make yourself sweat = releasing those cranky toxins from your body which = balancing out those nasty hormones that make you cranky.)After you have sweat it out, make sure you are eating a balanced diet everyday. When I say diet that is not what you may think it is , its NOT a grapefruit diet, protien only ,no carbs  etc diet…. “DIET” is the term used for eating regular healthy amounts of food. Note: during menopause its important to have adequate amounts of calcium and Vitamin D per day.I encourage you to see a nutritionist to make sure you are getting the proper nutrients and minerals in your diet daily that you need. Everyone is different based on weight,age and genetics/ family history. 

When to EAT ! Eating every 2.5 to 3 hours from the time you wake up , will keep your energy levels  up and your hormones balanced. Write in a book or on your computer everyday for one month to keep track of when you are eating and how you feel before and after you have eaten. This can really help you to see the cycle that your body is in and then you will have a better idea of how and where to make healthy changes for yourself . Every bad habit can be replaced with a good habit.It takes 4-6 weeks to get your system worked out. So give it time and commit to making the changes that will help you to strive and thrive in your life. Here we have talked about how to help your physical body now we need to help your emotional self. 

How are you taking care of yourself emotionally? Do you take the time to talk with a close friend about how your feeling? Do you bottle up your emotions and in return become ill? It is so important to speak about how you feel. So many women can take the opportunity to grow into there personal inner power as they reach there 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.  I view this as visualizing this as a shedding of the first and second part of life. ( We had childhood,teenage hood, parenthood in early years) Now you have finished those stages of growth.Now you can honor yourself with a new stage of life. If you are a mom that had her babies young then this is your time now. You may be a Grandma now and so happy to be one but its still your time to step back – let your kids parent there kids and learn to plan or set goals to achieve things that you have always wanted to do. Make that bucket list of the most memorable things you can achieve from now forward. Make those appointments today that make you feel good and show up to them. ( Treat yourself to a New hair cut, make-over, spa days, book a holiday or travel around the world,taking a sewing class, joining a group event,getting your licence to drive, learn to mediate, embrace your spiritual self, whatever it is you can do it!) Stop making excuses! Of course there are things that stall us today like husbands, kids ,work and money most of all. Guess what there are still ways to meet your goals. Ask for guidance and it will appear to show you the way.The only one holding you back is YOU. You are stepping into a wonderful part of your life. I find the ladies who come to me that feel stuck ,run down and over weight are the ones who suffer the most from menopause. Why? because they are resisting the natural process of life. This is your time to shine !Let yourself plan your escape from being stuck in the world of menopause. This is only a stage in life.Don’t allow menopause symptoms to control you. Give yourself permission to move forward and enjoy your life.

Today is a NEW day! 

Think positive by creating positive vibrations within your beautiful body ,

heal yourself from the inside out!

**Creating a happy and healthy lifestyle for life is my motto!~

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Thoracic Outlet Syndromes

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Thoracic Outlet Syndromes

Thoracic outlet syndromes are a group of disorders that cause pain and abnormal nerve sensations in the neck, shoulder, arm, and/or hand.

 

Description

The thoracic outlet is an area at the top of the rib cage, between the neck and the chest. Several anatomical structures pass through this area, including the esophagus, trachea, and nerves and blood vessels that lead to the arm and neck region. The area contains the first rib; collar bone (clavicle); the arteries beneath the collar bone (subclavian artery), which supply blood to the arms, a network of nerves leading to the arms (brachial plexus); and the top of the lungs.

Pain and other symptoms occur when the nerves or blood vessels in this area are compressed. The likelihood of blood vessels or nerves in the thoracic outlet being compressed increases with increased size of body tissues in this area or with decreased size of the thoracic outlet. The pain of thoracic outlet syndrome is sometimes confused with the pain of angina that indicates heart problems. The two conditions can be distinguished from each other because the pain of thoracic outlet syndrome does not appear or increase when walking, while the pain of angina does. Also, the pain of thoracic outlet syndrome usually increases if the affected arm is raised, which does not happen in cases of angina.

There are three types of thoracic outlet syndromes: (Cf. next excerpt, NINDS)

  • True neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome is caused by a compression of the nerves in the brachial plexus. Abnormal muscle or other tissue causes the problem.
  • Arterial thoracic outlet syndrome is caused by compression of the major artery leading to the arm, usually by a rib.
  • Disputed thoracic outlet syndrome describes patients who have chronic pain in the shoulders and arms and have no other disease or syndrome, but the underlying cause cannot be accurately determined.

What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

TOS is an umbrella term that encompasses three related syndromes that cause pain in the arm, shoulder, and neck: neurogenic TOS (caused by compression of the brachial plexus), vascular TOS (caused by compression of the subclavian artery or vein) and nonspecific or disputed TOS (in which the pain is from unexplained causes).  Occasionally, neurogenic TOS and vascular TOS co-exist in the same person. Most doctors agree that TOS is caused by compression of the brachial plexus or subclavian vessels as they pass through narrow passageways leading from the base of the neck to the armpit and arm, but there is considerable disagreement about its diagnosis and treatment. Making the diagnosis of TOS even more difficult is that a number of disorders feature symptoms similar to those of TOS, including rotator cuff injuries, cervical disc disorders, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, complex regional pain syndrome, and tumors of the syrinx or spinal cord.  Symptoms of TOS vary depending on the type.

Neurogenic TOS has a characteristic sign, called the Gilliatt-Sumner hand, in which there is severe wasting in the fleshy base of the thumb. There may be numbness along the underside of the hand and forearm, or dull aching pain in the neck, shoulder, and armpit.

Vascular TOS features pallor, a weak or absent pulse in the affected arm, which also may be cool to the touch and appear paler than the unaffected arm. Symptoms may include numbness, tingling, aching, and heaviness.

Non-specific TOS most prominently features a dull, aching pain in the neck, shoulder, and armpit that gets worse with activity. Non-specific TOS is frequently triggered by a traumatic event such as a car accident or a work related injury.  It also occurs in athletes, including weight lifters, swimmers, tennis players, and baseball pitchers.

TOS is more common in women. The onset of symptoms usually occurs between 20 and 50 years of age. Doctors usually recommend nerve conduction studies, electromyography, or imaging studies to confirm or rule out a diagnosis of TOS.

Some of the more common provocation tests that can suggest the presence of thoracic outlet syndrome include:

  • Adson’s maneuver. For this test, you’ll be asked to turn your head toward the symptomatic shoulder while you extend your arm, neck and shoulder slightly away from your body. While you inhale, your doctor will check for a pulse on the wrist of your extended arm. If your pulse is diminished or if your symptoms are reproduced during the maneuver, your doctor considers this a positive test result, which may indicate thoracic outlet syndrome. Because false-positives often occur, your doctor may repeat the test on the unaffected side.
  • Wright test. From a sitting position and with the help of your doctor, you’ll hold your arm up and back (hyperabduction), rotating it outward, while your doctor checks your pulse to see if it’s diminished. As in the Adson’s maneuver, your doctor will want to know if your symptoms are reproduced during the test.
  • Roos stress test. From a sitting position, your doctor will ask you to hold both elbows at shoulder height while pushing your shoulders back. You will then repeatedly open and close your hands for several minutes. If your symptoms are present after the test, or if you feel heaviness and fatigue in your shoulders, this can indicate the presence of thoracic outlet syndrome.

To confirm the diagnosis of thoracic outlet syndrome, your doctor may also order one or more of the following tests:

  • X-ray. Your doctor may order an X-ray of the affected area, which may reveal an extra rib (cervical rib) and can also rule out other conditions that may be causing your symptoms.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. MRI is a painless procedure that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create computerized images of the soft tissues of your body. These images can help your doctor determine the location and cause of compressions of the brachial plexus nerves or the subclavian artery. The scans may also reveal any congenital anomalies — such as a fibrous band connecting your spine to your rib or a cervical rib — that may be the cause of your symptoms.
  • Electromyography (EMG). This test enables your doctor to see and hear how your muscles and nerves are working. To conduct the test, a small electrode needle is inserted through your skin and into the muscles near where you’re having symptoms. The electrical activity detected by this electrode is displayed on a monitor and may be heard through a speaker.
  • Nerve conduction study. Also called nerve conduction velocity, this test measures the speed of conduction of impulses through a nerve. Doctors use the test to evaluate possible nerve damage. Small electrodes are placed on your skin over the area being tested, and a tiny electrical current is sent to the nerves in your thoracic outlet. The electrical signals produced by nerves and muscles are picked up by a computer, and the information is interpreted by a doctor trained in electrodiagnostic medicine.

The Power of Breathing RIGHT!

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I come upon a valuable book recently called ” Stop Asthma Naturally”

 written by Christine Byrne-Ralfs & Patrick McKeown.

What I learned by reading this book is;

~ Always breathe with your mouth closed, breathe in through your nose and out through your nose!

Why – Because mouth breathing creates your body to over-breathe which in return creates illnesses in your body. Think about it for just a moment. We can store fat on our body , we can store water in our body, we can go for a limited time without food and water to live. BUT we cannot go more than a few short minutes without AIR. We cannot store air. So when we over-breathe we are creating our organs to work harder than they need to. This creates many symtoms in our body such as allergic reactions,asthma,digestive problems, dizziness, sweating,shortness of breath and much more.

Why does this happen: its due to the amount of carbon dioxide levels that leave the body in a rapid force. When over -breathing takes place  your carbon dioxide levels are left very low. This is where illness sets in.

Step One– Become aware of your breathing patterns!

Step Two– Learn to breath through your nose at all times! ( If you plug one nostral you will notice one is plugged the other is free , this is normal,check in a couple hours and your plugged nostrals will change sides, your nose creates this pattern to rest and repair the nose as breathing is happening) If you suffer from a plugged nose its important to learn how to unplug it naturally- Please purchase or borrow this book above from the library to learn how to unplug your nose without using sprays or medications.

Step Three– After learning how to not hyperventilate or over-breathe like we have been talking about you will feel your body calming and illness disappearing!

Ways to heal the body;

DO NOT- over -eat, over sleep ,mouth breathe ,excessive talking,lack of physical exercise,stress, hot/cold temperatures. ( choose a well balanced diet, sleep no more than 7 hours per night, breathe through your nose all the time,talk in small amounts without feeling like your throat is drying up,exercise 30min per day,meditate/quiet the mind daily, choose room temperature water to drink and enviromental surroundings need to not be over-whelming to your body.

I Love this quote by Albert Einstein –

A=X+Y+Z  

 X is work / Y is play/Z is keep your mouth shut”

One more KEY tip – BREATHE DEEPLY , DO NOT take BIG breaths.. There is a difference here, breathe in through the nose ,fill up your lungs and breathe out .  Do not take in more AIR than the body can handle. Practice makes perfect! Before you know it your body has made healthy changes and NOW you feel healthy.

Hopefully this information will help you as you are trying to heal your body!~

Please let me know at [email protected]m if you find a healing that takes place in your body after teaching yourself how to breathe through your nose!

Thank you for stopping by Inspired Changes Blog site!

The Best Places to Live With Asthma

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The Best Places to Live With Asthma

By Alexander Grouch, eHow Contributor
updated: August 23, 2009
Air pollution may trigger asthma flare-ups.

Air pollution may trigger asthma flare-ups.
The Best Places to Live With Asthma

Asthma is a lung disease characterized by swollen and/or narrow airways that cause a person to have trouble breathing. People with asthma often have environmental triggers that exacerbate typical asthma symptoms such as coughing and wheezing. Since many of the common triggers–for example, dust, pollen and secondhand smoke–occur in the atmosphere, people with asthma should avoid locations with high concentrations of asthma triggers. Knowledge of your own personal triggers will help you seek out homes with fewer overall airborne irritants.

    Pick the Right City

  1. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends that people with asthma seek to minimize irritants in their own homes rather than look for cities with lower asthma rates. Since all modern American cities will have some level of air pollution particles, mold, dander and other common asthma triggers, it is not always feasible or useful to move from your city to a more asthma-friendly city. However, if you have flexibility in your life and/or are particularly vulnerable to area-specific irritants of your city, you may benefit from finding a city that suits you better.

    To find the best city for you, look at the factors that adversely affect your asthma and then find cities without high concentrations of those triggers. Look at Air Now’s air-quality guide to learn of the current particle levels in your city’s air. If your city has high amounts of a particle that triggers your asthma, consider moving to a new city if your personal and professional situations allow it. However, since most people can not simply leave their cities at the drop of a hat, your best bet is to find the areas of the city that contain the least amount of airborne irritants.

  2. Picking the Right Area of the City to Live

  3. The closer you live to freeways, factories, bridges, train yards or other areas in which pollution wreaks the most havoc, the more susceptible you may be to asthma flare-ups. Look for the least-crowded areas of the city. Yet since some people’s asthma gets worse with pollen and other non-industrial environmental factors, a move away from the bustling city center may not help your asthma. Your best bet is to have a sense of what triggers your asthma and then look for areas of the city that have a relatively lower amount of those triggers in the air. Take a look at your city’s official website for data on air pollution and other irritants and compare the data against your own asthma trigger chart.
  4. Avoid Humid, Rainy and/or Cold Weather

  5. Some of the environmental factors known to exacerbate asthma according to the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network include humid air, tempestuous weather and cold climates. Look for cities or areas of your current region that are lower in humidity, precipitation and average temperature. Again, not everyone has the luxury to move to a non-humid, sunny city. However, since many cities contain a few different ecosystems, you may find find a more asthma-friendly section of your current city without having to uproot your life.
  6. Elevation

  7. Another factor that plays a role in asthma is elevation. Higher elevations tend to have lower asthma incidence, according to a 2004 National Review of Medicine study. If you live in a city with a variance in elevation, consider settling in a more mountainous or hilly part of your city. Remember to keep track of your trigger factors though. Do not move to a house with a higher elevation if it means you will now have increased exposure to factory pollution or any other asthma triggers.

Read more: The Best Places to Live With Asthma | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/way_5326430_places-live-asthma.html#ixzz13JMvD9jj

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