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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Some Solutions for Bad Breath

Watch Your Diet

Some foods such as garlic and onions are especially potent-smelling. Foods high in fat and those that are processed can also increase the stench of your breath.

A healthy diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and proteins is most effective at minimizing bad breath.

Certain herbs, such as fennel, have been used in multiple cultures for centuries as a cure for bad breath. Chewing on herbs, nuts and seeds between large meals can lower the smell of your breath.

Drink Water

You’ve likely heard of the importance of staying adequately hydrated. Drinking plenty of water makes you feel better, think more clearly, help your body function properly and cleanse and detoxifies the body.

Drinking water also helps reduce bad breath.

Water doesn’t have the calories, caffeine and cavity-causing sugars other beverages have, so it is encouraged that you drink as much as possible.

A mouth that is dry will smell significantly worse than one that is moist. In fact, moisture is your mouth’s main plaque and cavity-fighting defense mechanism.

Drinking water adds to the moisture of your mouth, which helps your mouth clean itself of odor-causing plaque, bacteria and decaying food particles.

To limit the smell of your mouth, take a swig or two of water in between meals.

Clean Your Tongue

When one thinks of oral hygiene and cleanliness, the teeth and gums often come to mind. The cleaning of the tongue is often not stressed or practiced.

Surprisingly (or not) your tongue is covered with germs and decaying food particles. Your tongue is a part of the chewing process and is in constant contact with whatever enters the mouth.

It is shocking that many patients don’t clean their tongues like they do their teeth and gums. Your tongue has just as much gunk on it than the teeth have.

If you notice bad breath even after you brush, floss and use mouthwash, consider cleaning your tongue.

Chew Gum

Besides water, chewing sugar-free gum can help keep your mouth moist by jump-starting saliva production. Saliva is your body’s natural mouth cleaner. It rinses gunk out from on your teeth.

The chewing motion needed for gum also breaks up food particles stuck between teeth and loosens plaque on the tooth’s surface.

Drink Tea

While tea has a negative stigma of staining teeth, it does wonder in freshening your breath. Green and black teas contain bacteria-fighting polyphenols.

Tricks Eliminate Migraine

CST utilizes tissue unwinding, pelvic releases, SI joint releases, still point, neck releases and cranial suture releases.This results in more range of motion, reduced tightness within the tissues and restores proper space between the various bones in the skull. Adequate space between the cranial bones allows the proper flow and drainage of cranial sacral fluid, lymph and blood while ensuring normal nerve conduction. Pinched nerves in the brain caused by compression of cranial bones can and does affect the whole body including migraine headaches.

Sinus drainage can also buildup in the sinus cavities due to compressed facial and cranial bones which is one of the leading causes of sinus headaches. Cranial Sacral Therapy directly impacts cranial spaces within the bones of the skull during decompression as it creates space and frees delicate impinged nerves. Restoring proper nerve conduction directly affects relief of headaches and migraines and muscle function for the body as a whole. Let’s take a closer look at this protocol.

CST is performed with the client fully clothed and lying on a massage table. The CST therapist listens for the flow of cranial sacral fluid by palpating at the feet, thighs, hips, ribs, shoulders and head. When the cranial sacral fluid flows uninhibited from the skull to the tailbone and back there is a rippling effect throughout the whole body. It is similar to throwing a stone into a lake and the ripples are seen spanning out like a fan.

Once the therapist determines where the restrictions are with an uneven unbalanced rhythm, the first step is to perform a tissue unwinding to release the tight fascia. Fascia is the membrane that wraps the cells, muscles and organs. Fascia acts as a guy wire to help hold the body upright. When it is too tight it does not allow the proper flow of cranial fluid, body fluids, nerve conduction and muscle movement.The body feels stuck and stiff.Tissue unwinding follows the flow of cranial fluid with gentle light touch and works with this flow to release the tensions in these tissues. The therapist follows the restrictions throughout the body. It is like getting an internal massage.

Once the unwinding is accomplished the therapist proceeds to unwind the neck and head. The client’s head rests on the side of the therapists hands creating a still point where the cranial sacral fluid ceases to flow. A maximum of 5 minutes is recommended. Once this step is complete the neck and whole body is in such a deep state of relaxation and it is easier to release the tensions in the occipital base, the lower back edge of the skull.

Most of the back muscles attach to the base of the skull. The Occipital Base Release penetrates these muscles at this attachment site relaxing the muscles all the way down the back. The client’s head rests comfortably on the finger tips of the therapist until the tissues release and the therapist can feel C1, the very top vertebrae. Gentle tractioning of the skull towards the therapist creates more space between the tight and stressed vertebrae. Nerves exit from the spine through the vertebrae on both sides. Creating space in tight compressed vertebrae frees up the nerves for improved nerve conduction. This has a direct impact on muscle and organ function. Finally, the therapist tractions the cranial bones.

The therapist gently uses only 5 grams of pressure, the weight of a nickel, and tractions each cranial bone moving it back into its natural position. When the cranial bones are decompressed away from each other with proper space, the cranial nerves are freed to function normally. Space is restored in the cranial cavities such as sinus cavities so that sinuses can drain properly relieving pressure around the eyes. Cranial sacral fluid flows unimpaired throughout the brain and dural tube in the spine promoting health and homeostasis.

Help Ease Asthma

1. Grind horseradish and refrigerate it. Mix a teaspoonful of it with one teaspoonful of honey, and swallow with warm water daily 30 minutes before lunch.

2. Keep a piece of clove in your mouth to sooth the throat. It helps mucus move easily.

3. Consume hot soups daily to soothe your throat and cleanse digestive system.

4. To relieve asthma, swallow a crushed garlic clove in the a.m. and p.m. with warm water.

5. Use a humidifier in the house to moisturize the environment. It helps calm wheezing.

6. Boil a handful of eucalyptus leaves in an uncovered pot and inhale the steam. This may prove to be calming and soothing and it helps to ease your breath.

7. For asthma patients, exercise and walking with short intervals of rest, is essential. Yoga Shavasan (dead body posture), is highly recommended to relax your mind and body completely after any exercising and/ or walking.

8. Consume the juice of one lemon, a teaspoon of honey, and a cup of warm water to calm asthma attack. You may repeat it as needed. If diabetic, then avoid honey and use a little jaggery.

9. Boil crushed ginger (about two-inches) and a piece of licorice in three cups of water. Drink half a cup of this hot ginger tea with a little honey or artificial sweetener if necessary. This helps calm asthma and moves the mucus.

10. Dissolve 2×3″ of jaggery in a quart of water and drink all day. This helps cleanse the throat. Avoid consuming ice and cold drinks.

Meditation for five minutes every day helps us to feel oneness with The Source from where we all come from, to play our role on this temporary stage (the world). Believe in miracles, and miracles do happen. When we meditate in solitude, we disassociate ourselves from the outside materialistic world. Focus on your breath as you repeat, “I am a peaceful soul and I am not this body”, and try to associate with “the source”. Once you perceive you are an immortal soul, you may awaken your awareness and find abundance.

Prepare for Cataract Surgery

Eating

Most patients will be awake during cataract surgery and will have local anaesthetic to numb the eye, therefore it is advised to eat a good meal and keep well hydrated before you come to the clinic/hospital for surgery. If you are going to be put to sleep using general anaesthetic or be sedated, then you will not be able to eat or drink before surgery, this can vary from 6-12 hours beforehand. Your eye clinic should advise you on eating prior to surgery, but also ask them to confirm this if you are unsure or have not been advised.

Transport Home

After surgery, you will not be able to drive yourself home so you must arrange for someone to collect you, whether this be a family member or friend or a taxi. Ideally it wouldn’t be recommended you take public transport as you may struggle getting around on this. Also, you may not be able to drive for several days after the surgeries, so it is always best to have someone that can drive you around or it’s a good excuse to put your feet up and rest.

Sunglasses

So, it may not be a sunny day when you have surgery and it may even be night time when you leave the clinic/hospital, but we would recommend you bring a pair of sunglasses. Even though it is likely that your eye that has been treated on will be covered, either by gauze or a plastic shield, you may find lights brighter than normal, such as the sun, car lights and street lights. Also, the sunglasses act as another shield to protect your eyes from dust, wind or any other debris that could get in your eyes which could potentially cause an infection.

Time Off Work

If you work, you will need to prepare taking some time off after the surgeries. This can depend on the type of job you do but can vary from 2 days to 1 week after each eye has been treated. When you return to work, you may need to take extra caution depending on your environment, for example if you work in a dusty atmosphere you will need to wear protective goggles for several weeks to protect your eyes. Speak to your ophthalmologist about the type of work you do and they will give the best advice on returning to work.