Sunday, March 29, 2009

The answer to your weekend issues...

Got a hangover? Need a cure?

Most of us assume that the only thing our body needs after a long night of drinking is a gallon of water and some serious sleep. Some of my friends drink Gatorade, this works. Some people take Tylenol and I'm sure that works too. But if you really want to feel good, you should know what your body NEEDS after a serious drinking binge. A hangover is caused by more than just dehydration but a lack of Vitamin A, B and C caused by a chemical action from alcohol in your system. Check out the linked website for a deeper look into what types of alcohol affects you more and why. If you wake up having a dry mouth, nausea, fatigue, dizziness and a headache, I've tested the ultimate hangover cure for you :)

Before you start drinking take a B vitamin so that the alcohol in your body is taking from something that IS there. I know most people don't enjoy drinking water while binging, so I would suggest taking away some of the sugar intake during your evening so decrease the headache in the morning. Before you go home make sure you stop somewhere to fill your stomach before you lay your head in a hangover MESS. Something greasy, cheesey, filled with carbs and salt. This might not be the most healthy thing in the world, but it always works. Most of the time, I get a veggie pita with lots of cheese and this fills my stomach every time! Try to drink a bottle of water in substitute for pop before you tap out as well. When you wake up, take another B vitamin right away, drink a bottle of water or some orange juice. I usually follow this routine every time I drink and it works like a charm. If I'm feeling a little more dizzy, I usually have a cup of ginger tea and it eases the nausea. A banana works for this as well.

If my routine doesn't work for you, I've read about a few other things that you could try. Feverfew capsules are apparently good for headaches. Apparently, sauerkraut is a perfect balance of acid/nutrition that some people swear by but I refuse to put that junk in my mouth. But if you are risKAY enough to try it, let me know!

Well... happy hangovers all,

Amber

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Seesaw of Sickness

Finally, through all the weather changing, sickness changing, head spinning B/S I've beat the stealthy bastard on the other side of the ridiculous seesaw of sickness. I was able to finally give enough umph to send it flying to where it hopefully never screws me over again.
I understand with the stress and everything, that vertigo would come my way. This was easily solved though. The minute I felt dizzy, I'd start drinking up to 2 L of water until I didn't feel dizzy anymore. If it had already got to the point of no return, I'd just lay down for a few hours.
The thing with being sick is you really need to stop doing whatever you are. School, work, life....just STOP. Stay at home in your bed and just make yourself feel better. Your body wants you to slow down and get better or, like I learnt it will only keep you feeling like 500 pounds on the ground, instead of in the air...where everyone evidently wants to be.

Here are some things that helped me in my 1 1/2 days at home, getting better. Aside from tea and soups...here are some of the ACTIVE ingredients I used to stop feeling sick.

COUGH DROPS. I love candy, but what I love more are things that resemble candy but have no sugar in them and also have nothing but natural goods packed into it. The natural way to go with cough drops would be something called "HEBRON". They taste great, they are Canadian and come in a few different flavours. I got lemon honey and wild cherry. The wonderful ingredients are as follows for the wild cherry kind: elderberry, wild cherry bark, licorice root, linden flower and the wonderful echinacea root. For the lemon honey kind (that does have sugar in it) : echinacea root, menthol stem and leaf, linden flower, thyme oil, honey and lemon balm. They both work the same for me but it all depends on your tastebuds.

This brings me to my next wonderful ingredient that unfortunately cost me $16 but was totally worth it!!! Echinacea is a wonderful ingredient that comes in vitamins or in an extract. I purchased the extract which is more expensive, but works like a charm. 12 drops on your tongue before every meal will bring you back to being healthy and it will keep you healthy. You can also mix it with a tad bit of water...but I like it straight from the bottle.

hydraSense is an amazing, amazing, amazing nasal spray this is 100% natural sea water that makes you breathe like never before. I always have problems with my breathing and nasal cavities that makes me have to blow my nose a billion times a day especially in the summer. My parents blame it on my nose ring, I blame it on the pollution and allergies. You turn your head to the right, spray stream into the left side and it will clear you out entirely. You then repeat on the other side. I got an 135 mL bottle on sale for $13, which again is so worth it.

Mentholatum's product called natural menthol rub is a great way of opening up any congestion by rubbing the ointment on your chest and neck. I put some underneath of my nose as well which really helps me to breathe right. This was $8 but also on sale. Apparently Shoppers knows when to impress you with sales during season changes. If you don't want to buy the menthol rub, you can make it yourself. The instructions are easy enough and it will probably save you a couple extra dollars.
So, there are my suggestions to getting better if you feel a cold coming along. Remember to use garlic in your all meals if you feel like preventing sickness. Sometimes, the natural way out can be a little more expensive but it's the best way to go in my opinion.
Stay healthy. Now, the only problem I have is 3 papers due next week....so I'll catch you all later friends,

Amber

Monday, March 9, 2009

Dizzy much?

Well, I'm going to take a break from talking about sore throats for a post due to the setback I had last night at a wicked concert. When I am 100% I'll report back with some great cures.

As for now, I'd like to explain the most off-balance weekend I've ever had. I woke up on Friday with a nice vertigo spell...eeeee. This is so fun to wake up to, you just feel so great! Not. I think the only reason I get this is because sometimes I forget to sit down, or wind down. My cable has been out for a week apparently, I didn't catch on. You get the point...

I know there are many of us that fail to SLOOOOOW DOWN when required because with a University or College lifestyle, do we really have the time to? If you end up with mad spins for an entire weekend, I've got some tricks that could assist you in a steady vision.

First off....DRINK lots and lots of liquids. Water especially, this helped me so much in the morning. I got on my feet finally and walked really slow to school and was feeling pretty good until my lab. Then all the different opinions had my head going crazy again. I got to work and realized computers were not a good choice. So, I headed home for the day to get some rest. I laid down until I had the guts to stare at a computer screen looking for natural answers.

Here are some remedies for a site all about Home Remedies:

Tip 1:
Soak 2 tbsp wheat grain, 1 tsp poppy seeds (khus-khus), 8 almonds,8 water melon seeds and make a paste. Heat 1 tsp ghee(Ghee is made by simmering unsalted butter in a large pot until all water has boiled off and protein has settled to the bottom) fry 2 cloves in this add to the paste mix with milk and drink everyday for a week.

*I tried this, but only for a few days...weird, but hey it worked

Tip 2:
Soak 1 tsp of alma (gooseberry) powder along with 1 tsp coriander seeds. Leave over night. Strain and add 1/2 tsp sugar and drink.

*These products can be found at Nutrition House

I hope this helps for anyone who gets the occasional spins because I know it isn't any fun. The main thing I do is train my brain. I know that sounds silly but with the useless pills I was given 8 months ago, I decided the Doctors idea to "train my brain" was better. So I would sit down and move my head super slow and do it over and over again until my head realized we weren't on a rollercoaster.

Native Remedies is another great site to refer to where you can purchase the products right online.

Alright folks, stay still...more coming,

Amber

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Ahemmmm...

I've been walking around campus or sitting in class, and all I hear are students and teachers sounding like they're hitting puberty... again. Seeing as this ranks you as practically the class joke, I'm ecstatic about my recent turnover. I think this cold virus or whatever that's going around is a slight combination with my previous weekend. Too many people in one bar can really hurt someones vocal chords. Anyways..

 I woke up this morning feeling like I had two small avocado pits in the back of my throat. I wanted to hop on the bandwagon and hit up Shoppers drug mart for some sore throat medicine or raid my roommates drawers for some Neo-citran but avoided the small print side effects and possible attack of my lovely upstairs buddy. I decided to not be a hypocrite and continue on with my natural path of beating the sickness' (3 months without Tylenol or over the counter drugs and years without antibiotics WOO). Funny that I got sick...but hey, I'm learning too.
 
So, first things first...I started boiling some water, squeezed an entire lemon into a cup and let the hot water and lemon sit for about 5-10 minutes. I drank this in my morning rush hour and had INSTANT results. My throat felt a lot better, a lot more clear and my taste buds were kicking.  

I then packed three tea bags for school including, ginger, honey-green tea and fennel tea. All teas are great for sore throats (or colds) and will assist you in a clear, mucus free throat passage. These really helped me keep my throat feeling good all day. 

The next thing I did to benefit my throat at all was spice up my dinner with some cayenne! I think this really woke up my senses the most. This will be a great way of helping you have the energy to fight off any viruses as it releases the body's production of natural painkillers called endorphins. 

I remember as a kid always going to my Aunt's house when I was sick. She had an individual sauna that would always make me feel amazing. She would put some flower essence in this vaporizer and I would sit and allow the steam and flower essence cleanse my body and I'd leave feeling like a million bucks! I really wish she wasn't across the world right now. But if you're feeling a little under the weather I'd suggest getting to a sauna nearby, in a steamy yoga class or doing anything that would make you sweat buckets. This really helps to release any toxins you may have in your body.

I'm still in the process of fighting off this sore throat/cold but I think it's getting better...I'll report back in a few days.

Until a mucus free day, with love...

Amber