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“Health is the condition of wisdom, and the sign is cheerfulness, – an open and noble temper.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quercetin-Bromelain

Quercetin is a plant pigment found in foods such as onions, apples, and berries. It is a type of flavonoid with antioxidant properties. Quercetin is known to reduce the release of histamine, the substance that triggers allergies. One study showed Quercetin inhibited histamine release by 95%. Unfortunately, Quercetin is water insoluble so our body does not absorb its nutrients well. And this is where Bromelain is useful.

Bromelain is derived from the pineapple plant and has enzymes that can digest protein. That means it can help with the absorption of Quercetin. But that’s not to say Bromelain is a second fiddle only to support Quercetin. Bromalain itself has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and researches have shown that it is safe and effective to treat asthma and allergic rhinitis.

Hence, even though you can buy Quercetin and Bromelain separately, I highly recommend this combination of two potent, natural ingredients to treat allergy problems. I personally have benefited greatly from it. It’s been about six months since I started taking  Quercetin/Bromelain in capsule form and noticed significant reduction in allergy symptoms. And no side effects at all! But as always, check with your medical doctor and follow directions for safety and efficacy beforehand.

Quantum Mind Power

There is a brainwave entrainment program called Quantum Mind Power (QMP) developed by Morry Zelcovitch, a certified brainwave entrainment engineer who studied under a well-known researcher in this fascinating field of studying human brain and its potential. What seems to differentiate the “Morry Method” is his use of monaural and isochronic tones.

There are many brainwave entrainment products available and I have tried few others before QMP about a year ago and the results from QMP have been remarkable for me from the beginning. There is just a greater sense of inner calm when dealing with life’s challenges. Also, I notice mental clarity (recollection, concentration and such) that was lacking before due to sinusitis and allergy problems. I am more motivated to practice the things that help to alleviate symptoms of these conditions as well as to create wellness of mind and body.

I should point out that QMP sounds a bit odd (not the usual soothing sounds of rain fall, wind chime, etc.). However, I got used to the sound very quickly and found it to be relaxing and actually quite helpful in facilitating a focused state of visualizing my goals and reciting positive affirmations.

Click here and here to read articles about brainwave entrainment and its effects on our mind and body.

Probiotics

I notice more now the new buzzword—probiotics—on labels all over the grocery store. But what are probiotics? Sounds mechanical and robotic, right? Well, W. Allan Walker, MD, at Harvard Medical School says that probiotic is a type of bacteria that can have health benefits.

Basically, we all have bacteria in our intestines; how many and whether they are good or bad is affected by diet, medication, aging,  and stress. Probiotics, whether occurring in naturally or added to food can help preserve the delicate balance of different types of bacteria in our body to facilitate good health.

If the proportion of healthy bacteria is low compared to bad bacteria, you can experience stomach problems like constipation, diarrhea, or bloating. Though there is no recommended daily allowance for probiotics, Walker says a daily serving of yogurt containing live bacteria may help ease these mild stomach problems.

The benefits of probiotics are especially needed when you are taking antibiotics. Antibiotics* are great in doing what they were meant to do, namely, kill off harmful germs causing sickness. However, since they do not discriminate between good and bad germs, the former are wiped out, disturbing the body’s balance. This imbalance of bacteria can lead to yeast infections, urinary tract infections, and irritable bowel syndrome. Many allergy experts say yeast infections can contribute to developing sinusitis.

Probiotics come in many forms. First, the yogurt, as mentioned by Dr. Walker. It should contain lactobacillus with a label reading “contains live cultures.” Frozen yogurt is not generally considered probiotic. Then there is kefir, a fruity drink with cultures. You can also eat cottage cheese or miso. Or simply visit health food stores or online shops like www.evitamins.com to take in capsule or powder form. Check on the label for the presence of probiotics.

According to experts, probiotics may alleviate allergies, lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome and may boost immune system. For people like us with sinusitis, rhinitis, and other allergy related problems, probiotics could play an essential, necessary part in treatment as well as prevention.

*When your doctor prescribes antibiotics, make sure you ask him about probiotics. Some doctors recommend and prescribe it but others do not mention it at all, like my doctor. And I paid the price for that lack of information!

*Culturelle Probiotics for Kids!, Probiotic Packets*

Oil Pulling

The words conjure up odd images, don’t they? Hmm, how do you pull oil and where should oil be? How can, whatever this is, help me with sinusitis/rhinitis and allergy problems?

Well, first a bit of info on the background of this unique, natural health remedy. Ayurveda, Indian medicine, has used oil pulling for a long time. Then in 1990’s, an Ukrainian doctor, F. Karach, M.D., popularized it by presenting this healing modality at an oncology and bacteriology conference. With medical research, he demonstrated its remarkable efficacy treating myriad of diseases and conditions such as: headaches, allergy, asthma, bleeding gums, acne, kidney disease, digestive problems, leukemia, nerve disorder, insomnia, and arthritis.

So, how does oil pulling heal our body? It does so by healing our damaged cells caused by toxins. Oil pulling activates enzymes and they eliminate toxins out of our bloodstream.What is so great about this useful technique is that it’s very simple and inexpensive (you simply need sesame or sunflower oil). You just need to start doing it and do it regularly. Here is how you do it:

  1. Each morning before breakfast, put one tablespoonful of sesame or sunflower oil in your mouth.
  2. Begin to swish the oil in your mouth. Sip, suck, and pull it through your teeth. These motions allow the oil to be mixed well with saliva. The oil will start to thin.
  3. Do this for 15-20 minutes and spit into the sink. The color of the oil should be whitish.
  4. Rinse your mouth well and clean your sink.

That’s it! Easy and simple, right? When I first started oil pulling, the taste of the oil did not agree with me but with time I got used to it. You should not swallow the oil (it contains toxins) in your mouth but if you do accidentally, no worries… it will be eliminated through your bowels. Since practicing this remedy few weeks ago, I feel more energetic and my nasal passages seem clearer. And no side effects. Keep in mind that as with most holistic treatments, longer time is required to see tangible results because healing takes places at the root.
Here is a site that shares users’ experiences. Check out the ones dealing with asthma and allergy. www.oilpulling.com/users

Chamomile

Chamomile herb was used for various conditions, such as stomach pain, gas, anxiety, and insomnia for thousands of years. Some skin lesions are treated with it in topical form. Chamomile’s flowering tops are used to make tea and other herbal remedies.

When boiled and drained, Chamomile tops produce a deep yellow color. Having a distinct taste, mothers used to fill baby bottles with Chamomile liquid and kept them in the refrigerator for the times their babies had gas. Women also used it for menstrual cramps before Midol and Pamprin were available. Sipping Chamomile tea is known to relieve body tension and facilitate a feeling of calm. Its oil has a unique bluish color when isolated and has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes Chamomile ideal to treat eczema and infected skin.

Other herbs were combined with Chamomile at times for many ailments. For instance, to treat nausea, it was blended with fennel seeds, shredded root, and peppermint. Since Chamomile belongs to the ragweed family, don’t consume it if you are allergic to ragweed.

A lot of people simply enjoy sipping a hot cup of Chamomile even though they aren’t ill. Typically, pregnant and nursing mothers are advised to avoid all herbs but Chamomile is an exception. It is perfectly safe for people to drink at any time. It’s even been known to relieve the discomfort of teething for babies. If all that wasn’t enough, Chamomile is also shown to be great for conditioning hair and soothing scalps. Also, when mixed with sunshine and a bit of lemon, it creates soft and natural highlights for one’s hair.

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