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Halotherapy

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (110)



Are you one of the thousands of people suffering from allergies, sinusitis, COPD, asthma, or chronic ENT problems? Has your healthcare provider ever recommended a NETI-pot or a normal saline solution to rinse out your nasal passages? Why is that? What is so special about saline? First, let’s look at what saline is. Saline is a solution of water and salt. Salt is a natural antibacterial. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory. Inflammation in the body takes place when your body senses an insult and dilates or opens up the blood vessels and lets intracellular fluid into the extracellular spaces. It does this to heal the area, or wash away whatever the insult is. So when we have inflammation in our sinuses or anywhere in our respiratory tract we use a saline solution and the salt draws out the extracellular fluids to reduce inflammation and kill any bacteria. Unfortunately, we cannot use a saline solution in our lungs to wash away mucus and bacteria.
    The good news is that the natural healing properties of salt are now being more widely recognized and applied to treat chronic and acute conditions affecting our respiratory tract. Salt mines have been used since Hippocrates. In 1843, a Polish doctor first discovered the environment inside salt mines had therapeutic effects on respiratory disease. In Eastern Europe many salt mines were used as medical resorts for patients with lung disease. Monks even used salt caves to heal their patients with respiratory issues. What made the salt cave so beneficial was the microclimate of dry aerosolized salt in the air. Unfortunately, not every one can have access to a salt mine! So, in the 1990s the first halogenerator was developed in St. Petersburg, Russia.  A halogenerator grinds up salt into very small dust sized particles and a fan blows the particles into the air. The particles are so fine they can reach the very small spaces deep inside the lungs. As salt reaches the lungs it is able to then stimulate the cilia (tiny hairs) in the respiratory tract to move mucus and bacteria up and out. Remember from before, it also acts as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial to kill bacteria deep inside the respiratory tract. Aerosolized salt is also good for skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and acne along with any respiratory condition such as COPD, smokers cough, sinusitis, seasonal allergies, bronchitis, sleep apnea, colds and flu, or simply to release stress and boost immune function.
     Some salt rooms use Dead Sea salt in their halogenerator. Dead Sea salt contains not only sodium, but also bromide, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Bromide and magnesium are excellent for cleansing and detoxifying the body. Magnesium alone is a mineral every cell and organ in the body must have in order to function properly. In times of stress, our bodies use more magnesium. Magnesium increases skin hydration and decreases inflammation.
 
     Salt lamps also emit high concentrations of negative ions that can boost the immune system naturally. The negative ions are believed to stimulate the body’s release of serotonin. This increases mood and mental clarity and promotes a feeling of calm. Unfortunately they do not emit the aerosolized salt that provides benefit to the respiratory tract and skin.

If you come by the Restorative Medical Center we have the ONLY Salt Room in town! 1 session is $35, 3 for $45 and 10 for $100! You can also relax and receive a massage for only $100. Where else can you get a massage in a salt room?? 



 




















Coriander, A.K.A. Cilantro

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 9:01 AM Comments comments (306)
Coriander is a bright green plant that can be used as an herb or spice.   Coriander leaves are commonly known as cilantro.  The fruit of the plant contains two seeds, which create an excellent spice when dried.  Coriander has been used for at least 7,000 years and often as a digestive aid and stimulant.  Coriander has also been referred to as antidiabetic , anti-inflammatory, antianxiety, antimicrobial and cholesterol lowering. Coriander works to stimulate the conversion of cholesterol to bile acids within the liver, which is likely what reduces cholesterol and improves the digestion of fat.

Coriander is an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron and magnesium.  It is also rich in many vitamins including folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-A, beta carotene, and vitamin-C.  Cilantro is one of the best herbal sources of vitamin K which helps to build bone mass and protect neuronal damage in the brain. (http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/)

Tips
1.     Use cilantro in place of basil to make a pesto. 
2.     Add coriander seeds to a pepper mill for a fun twist to the diner table. 
3.     Add ¼ tsp. ground coriander and 1.2 tsp. cinnamon to decaffeinated black tea. 
4.     Add coriander to pancake and waffle mixes for a unique flavor. 
5.     Make a batch of cilantro chutney using 1 bunch chopped cilantro with ½ cup shredded coconut, 2 T. fresh mint and ½ diced jalapeno pepper.     
(The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, Murray, Michael. Atria Books, New York, New York, 2005.)

The Whole Wheat Truth

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 10:22 AM Comments comments (330)
If you've been suffering from arthritis, gastrointestinal stress, migraines, brain fog, excess weight, osteoporosis, joint pain, acid reflux, IBS, asthma, lethargy, or diabetes, it might be time to point the finger at wheat.  Hybridization of wheat plants in the United States has changed the genetic structure of the wheat plant and varied the gluten structure.  Modern strains of wheat now express a higher quantity of genes for gluten proteins that are associated with celiac disease.  Wheat also contains amylopectin A, a complex carbohydrate that increases blood sugar more than table sugar.  As blood glucose goes up, the greater the insulin level, the more fat is deposited. The amylose in wheat is difficult to digest and often works it's way into the colon, undigested.

"Healthy whole grains" is an oxymoron.  Eliminating gluten from your diet can increase your bone density.  How?  Whole grains like wheat promote an acidic environment in our body.  In order to balance our pH the body releases minerals from the bones to counteract the acidity we've created.  If we eat foods like gluten that promote inflammation in our intestines, our body cannot absorb the vitamins and minerals from our food.  If we continually live in an acidic state our body will continually rob our bones of vitamins and minerals but will be unable to replenish those stores.  Replacing acid promoting foods with lots of greens and colorful vegetable dishes will help balance the pH of your body, reduce inflammation in the gut and allow your body to assume and assimilate the nutrients from your food.


For more on the perils of wheat, check out Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD.


Ginger Cilantro Sauce

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM Comments comments (202)
For thousands of years, ginger has been valued for its aromatic, culinary and medicinal properties, even mentioned in the writings of Confucius.  Ginger helps to promote the elimination of intestinal gas, soothe the intestinal tract, and inhibit anti-inflammatory effects.  Ginger tea is proven to relieve motion sickness better than Dramamine. It can also help relieve anxiety, lower high blood pressure, soothe migraines, relieve arthritis pain, and lower cholesterol levels. 

Try this simple recipe for Ginger Cilantro Sauce 

Reduce ½ cup of orange juice to 2 tablespoons.  Add to blender with ½ cup raw unsalted almond butter, 1 ½ tablespoons of rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons tamari, 1 teaspoon cane sugar, ½ teaspoon chili paste, 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, and 2-3 tablespoons of minced ginger.   Transfer to bowl and fold in ¼ cup of chopped mint leaves and ¼ cup of chopped cilantro.

Sauté your favorite vegetables and brown rice.  Add ginger cilantro sauce to warm through.  Plate and garnish with slivered almonds and a sprig of cilantro.

References: 
Murray, Michael.The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. (2005) New York: Atria Books.
Bauman, Ed. Flavors of Health. (2012) Penngrove, CA: Bauman College Press.