Heatwave: How To Cope In Hot Weather

Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long there are health risks. If a heatwave hits this summer, make sure the hot weather doesn’t harm you or anyone you know. Why is a heatwave a problem? The main risks posed by a heatwave are: dehydration (not having enough water) overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing heat exhaustion and heatstroke Who is most at risk? A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are: older people, especially those over 75 babies and young children people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems people with mobility problems – for example, people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke people with serious mental health problems people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control people who misuse alcohol or drugs people who are physically active – for example, laborers or those doing sports Tips for coping in hot weather Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler. Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat. Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter). Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water. Drink cold drinks regularly, such...

Prepare yourself this year with natural remedies that can help you enjoy a happy holiday season.

The holidays are upon us and busy home, social and work schedules can lead to excess stress and anxiety. Combined with cold and flu season this time of year, it is important to keep your immune system strong to prevent getting sick at a time when nobody wants to feel tired or congested. An important factor in keeping your health and your senses together is making sure you are getting a good night’s sleep. Sleeplessness can lead to irritability, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating and your immune system to not function optimally. If you are tossing and turning, there are things you can do to help relax into sleep naturally. While we generally enjoy the holidays, we all know they can be stressful. Instead of struggling through the holidays, enjoy a healthy, low-stress holiday season this year with some of the following tips. Tips for reducing stress and improving sleep: Avoid excess food and drinks before bedtime. Aim for an early dinner and choose fresh fruit over sugary treats. Instead of a cup of coffee or hot toddy after dinner, enjoy a cup of herbal tea to help you relax in preparation for sleep — hops, passionflower, lemon balm, chamomile and valerian are a few herbs traditionally used to help promote relaxation. Create a calm sleep environment by ensuring your bedroom is dark, quiet and comfortable. Try to incorporate daily stress-management techniques such as cardiovascular exercise meditation or yoga. Tips for protecting yourself from the common cold and flu: With all of the hand shakes at holiday parties, be sure to wash your hands often with soap and water and try not to touch...

How To Have A Gluten Free Thanksgiving!

The thought of Thanksgiving (TG) without gluten and dairy may at first seem like the end of the world. Actually, much of Thanksgiving does not involve gluten and dairy – thank goodness!  For example, turkey, sweet potatoes, and vegetables are inherently free of gluten and dairy. Even some stuffing recipes (rice, corn) don’t contain gluten and dairy. So it might not be as difficult as you originally thought!  : ) Some simple steps could be… Gravy made with cornstarch instead of (wheat flour) Sweet or white potatoes made with rice/almond/coconut milk instead of cow milk Or make the potatoes roasted with onions and olive oil instead of mashed or as a souffle Stuffing made with rice, corn or gluten-free bread crumbs instead of wheat bread One important note is the most people who are intolerant to dairy CAN have butter.  This is because butter is composed of the fats from cow milk, not the sugar (lactose) or protein (whey and casein). Even pumpkin pie can be made without gluten and dairy with a few relatively simple tweaks.  My challenge this year is to make a pumpkin pie that is gluten and dairy free, but also egg and sugar free. I did a trial run on the pie yesterday and will post the recipe for you below. One concern that patients have mentioned is when you are going to someone else’s house for Thanksgiving.  Here are a few possibilities I recommend: Offer to bring a dish – the one least likely to be gluten, dairy free in a traditional TG Navigate through the meal to choose the foods that don’t contain...

Sensory Overload & the Importance of Downtime in an Over-stimulating Society

The fall should be a favorite time of year for most people to get outside and enjoy the foliage and crisp weather. So why is it that you can’t seem to enjoy that cool, crisp, quiet woods-walk as much as you think you should? Overstimulation has become an epidemic in our times. Almost everyone suffers from it to some degree and most people are unaware that it is an issue. So what is overstimulation you ask? Where does it come from? Overstimulation occurs from our surrounding environment, whether that is music on the radio, sirens from fire trucks, staring at a computer screen, watching TV, or riding in a crowded subway car. The world we live in is constantly bombarding our nervous systems with stimulating factors, which never really allow our bodies to calm down. When most people think about their bodies and how they handle noise, visual effects and other stimuli, understanding that they filter most of the unimportant stimuli out to make sure our systems don’t become overwhelmed usually goes unnoticed. Living in the type of society and environment we live in, studies have shown that the outside impact on our bodies from stimulating factors, is too high for them to filter out enough of the unimportant or unneeded information. This results in our body receiving a higher than tolerable amount of daily stimulation that in turn wreaks havoc on our nervous systems. Being exposed to too many stimulating factors can leave our nervous systems out of balance. This imbalance can cause adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances, exercise intolerance, weight management issues, and a host of other disease...

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