Getting Back to Wellness ... 7 Quick Fixes to Feel Better

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by JLH, Dec 23, 2006.

  1. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Getting Back To Wellness
    Seven Quick Fixes To Feel Better

    The signals our bodies use to tell us we need to cleanse ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally are multifaceted and often mirror symptoms we associate with illness. If we heed these signs, we not only feel better quickly but also stave off poor health before it can start. These quick fixes for common ailments can get you started.

    1. Applying pressure to the acupressure point between the thumb and forefinger can release blockages causing pain, tension, and fatigue. You can relieve a headache naturally by squeezing for 20 seconds and releasing for 10 seconds, without letting go, four times.

    2. To breathe freely, irrigate your nasal passages with a neti pot and warm salt water. As you clear and soothe the sinuses, congestion associated with allergies or infection will gradually disappear.

    3. Apple cider vinegar is a powerful purifying and detoxifying agent. Soaking for 20 minutes in a warm bath infused with two cups of apple cider vinegar pulls toxins from the body and can clear blocked energy.

    4. The foods you eat can have a profound impact on your outlook and mood. Eating a small yet satisfying meal rich in complex carbohydrates can lift your spirit and help you let go of feelings of anger, irritability, and depression.

    5. Anxiety and fear dissipate quickly when countered with conscious breathing because concentrating on the breath enables you to refocus your attention inward. You can ground yourself and regain your usual calm by taking a series of deep belly breaths as you visualize your feet growing roots that stretch miles down into the earth.

    6. Though tuning out can seem counterproductive, a few minutes spent lost in daydreams or listening to soothing music can help you see your circumstances from a new angle when you feel frustrated.

    7. If you feel ill health coming on, brew a wellness elixir. Simmer three sliced lemons, one teaspoon freshly grated ginger, one clove freshly minced garlic, and one quarter teaspoon cayenne pepper in five cups water until the lemons are soft and pale. Strain a portion into a mug and add honey by tablespoons until you can tolerate the taste. Drinking this potent mixture of antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal ingredients three times each day can ensure your symptoms never progress into a full-blown illness.

    Ref: Daily OM
  2. mxmom419

    mxmom419 New Member

    Hey JlH, my LMT told me of a detox bath including the following: 3 cups applecider vinegar, 3 cups epsom salt, 3 cups reg salt or sea salt, and 1/4 cup baking soda. Let me tell you the first time I got out I became so shaky and almost disoriented wasn't sure what happened but, now they are so refreshing and really help with the stiffness I get. Can you tell me what the other ingrediants do and in this combination help with? Thanks
  3. butterfly83

    butterfly83 New Member

    Jlh - These are very interesting ideas. I'll be sure to write them down and give them a try.

    P.S. - What is a 'neti pot'?
  4. darude

    darude New Member

    How are you doing its been some time. What are you doing for Christmas and how is your brother?
  5. JLH

    JLH New Member

    mxmom419 -
    I wouldn't mind soaking in an apple cider bath, but I won't put epsom salts, reg. salt, or sea salt in a bath, because I personally think it would be too dehydrating (which would cause weakness later) as well as raise my blood pressure.
    All the salts is probably what caused you to become so shaky and almost disoriented when you first did it. I know others put peroxide in their bath water, but I don't know what it doess. I can't take baths because it is too hard for me to get out of the tub! I take showers sitting on a shower stool.


    butterfly83 -
    You asked what a neti pot is. This is what I found out on the net:

    A neti pot is used in the practice of nasal irrigation. It originated in India. Today there are numerous people in Europe and the United States who use this simple technique as part of their daily routine.

    People practice Neti on a daily basis to help keep their sinuses clean and to make their breathing easier and more free. Once they try it, most people find Neti to be a soothing and pleasant experience.

    If, like a lot of people, you find that your nasal passages are blocked because of pollution, pollen, dust and other irritants, you may find this simple nasal irrigation technique to be of invaluable benefit to you.

    The practice of nasal cleansing - known as Neti - has been used by practitioners of Ayurveda and Yoga in India for thousands of years. Neti is one of the 6 purification techniques performed prior to practicing yoga as a way of preparing the body for the yoga practice.

    While there exist advanced techniques using various herbal oils and herbs, the simplest Neti technique uses water for the irrigation process. Lukewarm water is used to gently cleanse the nasal passages. A soothing, gentle stream of salt water, the same concentration as tears, flows through your nose, washing away pollens, mucus, viruses and bacteria. Use of a neti pot is recommended to ease this process.

    A simple yet very powerful technique, neti works wonders for chronic sinusitis, and allergies. It has a remarkable effect on upper respiratory tract infections, especially hay fever. In fact, neti is so beneficial that responses usually change from "YUK, there is no way I am ever going to try that" to "WOW. That is fantastic. I am hooked for life" after just one trial.

    How neti is done:
    A neti pot is filled with warm, slightly salted water and the spout of the pot is inserted into one nostril. The position of the head and pot are adjusted to allow the water to flow out of the other nostril.

    The technique is not as uncomfortable or difficult as you may think at first. You will be pleasantly surprised at this simple and effective practice for maintaining your health.

    Once learned, neti can be done in about 3 minutes and is easily integrated into a daily routine of body cleansing such as showering or brushing your teeth.

    Neti pot instructions:
    1. Prepare the saline solution (*) with lukewarm water and fill the neti pot. Hot water is irritating and dangerous. Cool water is not soothing.
    2. Tilt your head to the side as shown in the picture at the beginning of this article..
    3. Insert spout of neti pot gently into the raised nostril creating a seal between the neti pot and the nostril. If it drains out of your mouth, lower your forehead in relation to your chin. Relax. If you are calm, the water flows right through. But if you aren't, it just won't flow. If you keep breathing through your mouth, relaxed, the water should gently flow through the nose on its own. There's no forcing it.
    4. Raise the neti pot slowly to develop a steady flow of saline solution through the upper nostril and out the lower nostril.
    5. During the process breathe through your mouth.
    6. When you're done, exhale firmly several times to clear the nasal passages.
    7. Reverse the tilt of your head and repeat the process on the other side.


    darude -
    Hi, I hope you have had a merry Christmas! My family all came in and we had a wonderful time. My husband and all the girls fixed a huge dinner -- a big ham, candied yams, and all the works, plus red velvet cake! They worked for 3 days prior to Christmas fixing all types of cookies and candies.

    I haven't been doing well. I've been in the hospital for congestive heart failure. I've not been able to do much of anything for the last couple of months--that's why I've been gone from the board.

    Let me know how you are doing and how your holidays were, please!

    Love & hugs,

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