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Tips to Avoid Self-Drought by Staying Hydrated

With the recent drought plaguing the majority of the U.S. this summer, many Americans are simply forgetting to hydrate. With the warmer temperatures, many can become susceptible of the effects of dehydration, and few are aware of how much fluid the body actually needs in order to function properly.

To get the recommended daily water intake, Divide body weight in half; that is equal to the ounces of water needed per day and add a little more if exercise is a daily regimen. ChicagoHealers.com Practitioner Dr. Kristen Bobik offers the following advice to remain hydrated during the summer heat waves:

  • H20 to Go: The estimated water intake may seem hard to drink in a day, but it can be easy to do! The best way to manage is to keep track of ounces by using a glass (or metal water bottle) that measures how many ounces it holds. There are also several online tracking programs such as apps for Smartphone’s and online health sites.
  • Skip Tea Time: All other beverages (coffee, soda, tea, energy drinks, carbonated waters, etc.) due to varying levels of caffeine. Of the “other” types of beverages, the better choices would be white and green tea (without any added sweeteners). Any beverage that requires adding a packet of flavor or that is bright colored already (e.g. Gatorade or lemonade mix) does NOT count as water– it’s pure sugar and harms the body!

How to calculate Levels of Hydration:

  • Subtract the ounces of “other” beverages drank per day from the amount of water consumed per day.
  • If these numbers don’t add up, cut out the “other” beverages or increase your water intake to allow for the dehydration that’s occurring!

If drinking just water is difficult, try making spa water for flavor! Just add in a vegetable, fruit, or herb to regular tap water and chill for an hour. Examples include: cucumber slices, mint leaf, lime, orange slices, strawberry and kiwi slices.

Fun Fact: Another great tip to stay cool this summer is to choose hydrating foods like watermelon and cucumber! They won’t count towards daily water intake, but they will cool the body internally on a hot summer day.

About Chicago Healers:
Chicago Healers  is the nation’s pioneer prescreened and integrative health care network, offering a comprehensive understanding of each practitioner’s services, approach and philosophy. Its holistic health experts teach and advocate natural and empowered health and life choices through their practices, the media, educational events, and the website. With close to 200 practitioners and over 300 treatment services, Chicago Healers has provided nearly 400 free educational events for Chicagoans and has been featured in 300+ TV news programs and print publications. For more information, visit www.ChicagoHealers.com.

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Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

Tree, grass, mold and weed pollen levels have been high this year affecting millions of Americans with allergies.  Sneezes and sniffles shouldn’t compromise the enjoyment of spring time and outdoor activities!  ChicagoHealers.com Practitioner Dr. Kristen Bobik shares these tips to manage season allergies:

  • Stimulate the Acupuncture point that controls the entire face and head. It’s called “Large Intestine 4” and it’s located in the lump of skin on the hand between the thumb and first finger. Rub this point with moderate pressure for 30 seconds, break for 30 seconds and repeat several times.  This process will relieve swelling and sinusitis.
  • Acupuncture is a great way to decrease symptoms and treat the causes associated with health problems. This practice of Chinese Medicine focuses on the balance between energy pathways. Sinus congestion or allergy symptoms indicate a stagnation of the flow of energy in one or more of the major pathways. The period of time during the transition of seasons is considered a “weak point” for bodily health in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which means it’s also the best time to get treatment.
  • Take an herbal steam bath to relieve sinus congestion.  First boil 8 cups distilled water in a large pot and then transfer to a large glass bowl.   Add eight drops of Eucalyptus Oil which is readily available at any health food store.  Sit in front of the bowl with a towel over head and position the face a safe distance from the water. The steam will become trapped, making it easier to breathe in the eucalyptus vapors. Every few minutes, take a break to blow nose as sinuses open. Stop the process once the water has cooled, and repeat daily until allergy symptoms resolve.
  • Place a dot of eucalyptus oil just under the nose and breathe deeply. This oil has powerful anti-inflammatory and decongesting properties! Repeat several times throughout the day for allergy symptom relief.
  • Using a Neti Pot daily may decrease symptoms. This nasal irrigating device flushes mucus and debris from the nose and is readily available at any health food store.
  • Avoid sugar, dairy & carbs when you’re symptomatic.  Products such as pasta and bread assist the body in forming mucus, so avoid them at all costs!
  • Drink plenty of water. It helps flush away toxins and excess waste, including mucus.  To find out how many ounces of water to consume each day, see the post on the “Hydration Calculation.”

Chicago Healers is the nation’s pioneer prescreened and integrative health care network, offering a comprehensive understanding of each practitioner’s services, approach and philosophy.  Its holistic health experts teach and advocate natural and empowered health and life choices through their practices, the media, educational events, and the website.  With close to 200 practitioners and over 300 treatment services, Chicago Healers has provided nearly 400 free educational events for Chicagoans and has been featured in 300+ TV news programs and print publications.  For more information, visit www.ChicagoHealers.com.

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Use Color Therapy to Spring Clean Your Home, Mind & Body

by Karen Erickson, B.S.

Now that it is officially spring, it’s time to revive energy and gain new motivations by incorporating color into one’s life.  Color therapy, or chromotherapy, is a holistic practice that traces back thousands of years to ancient civilizations. This type of therapy has been documented to naturally affect physical, emotional, spiritual and mental well-being because each color enables the body to heal and balance itself.

Eat Your Greens – Imagine the color of new life, the color of leaves when they first begin to blossom on trees.   Green supports balance and harmony, so incorporate it to all parts of the day.  Eat more green foods such as baby greens, asparagus, avocados, cilantro, celery, parsley and sprouts.  Try putting limes in a bath, to liven up drinking water, and to freshen up proteins like chicken and seafood.  Making guacamole with avocado, lime, and cilantro at a get-together is an easy way to promote a fresh start and detox with friends.

Dress to Impress – Wearing bright clothing and undergarments will instantly put the wearer and those around them in a cheerful mood.  For example, pink is a great color that gives off vibes of love – wear it to become more loving of one self and others.

Energize with Water – Transform moods with different colored waters.  For example, if energy is being sought after, take red colored paper and place it underneath a clear glass of tap water, or pour water into a red colored glass.  Let the water sit in the sunlight and brighten the room as light reflects the color.  Use different colored paper or glasses for different moods.

Breathe in Color – While meditating, an individual should visualize breathing in color and being surrounded by it to transform moods.  For instance, yellow is associated with being able to focus, instruct, learn and detox.  Spring is the perfect time to start fresh in any aspect of your life. Imagine breathing in yellow when seeking to focus on a detox.  Colors like lavender and pink are also great for meditation to calm the mind and focus on new endeavors.

Liven Up Home and Office Walls with Fresh Colors – Painting walls a certain color will instill a particular mood for that room.  In spring, go with a lighter color palette, think of Easter or the colors of flowers budding, grass growing and a pale blue sky in the afternoon.  Again, spring is about starting fresh, and wanting to feel new and improved.

New Accessories, New Room – If painting the walls becomes inconvenient, spice a room up with fun-colored pillows, rugs, window treatments, art pieces or plants to recharge energy.  Lavender signifies calming, spirituality and wisdom. Incorporate this color into a room for calming the mind to gain new insights for starting fresh this spring.

When Life Gives You Lemons – Freshen up water.  Take a bath with lemons and sea salt to revive skin and get a refreshing spring glow.  Squeeze lemons into drinking water or eat them to detox bodies and prepare for spring and summer activities.

Get New Light Bulbs – Light bulbs with full spectrum lighting mimic natural sunlight to emit all colors of the rainbow and reduce depression.

Wear Color Therapy Glasses – Lenses with colored tints allow for light entering the body to be concentrated in one spectrum. Therefore, mood will enhance according to the color of the lenses.

Consider a Color Therapist – Color therapists can determine the most enlightening color for an individual’s mood by providing supervised color therapy treatments under special colored lights. For example, the Enlightened Healing Center in Orland Park, Illinois uses red and infrared light therapy to treat inflammation and stimulate new, healthy cell growth.

About Chicago Healers

Chicago Healers  is the nation’s pioneer pre-screened and integrative health care network, offering a comprehensive understanding of each practitioner’s services, approach and philosophy.  Its holistic health experts teach and advocate natural and empowered health and life choices through their practices, the media, educational events, and the website.  With close to 200 practitioners and over 300 treatment services, Chicago Healers has provided nearly 400 free educational events for Chicagoans and has been featured in 300+ TV news programs and print publications.  For more information, visit www.ChicagoHealers.com.

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Boost Your Immunity with Easter Temptations

The Easter holiday marks the beginning of spring, which comes with many temptations. Choosing to lead a healthy life could prove to be a difficult task during a month filled with chocolate and alcohol. ChicagoHealers.com Practitioner Dr. Kristen Bobik, D.C., L.Ac. offers these tips and tidbits to stare temptation in the face and turn your indulgences into healthy immune boosting treats.

A Glass a Day Keeps the Doctor Away – Red wine is packed with powerful antioxidants proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. In addition to improving brain function, increasing lifespan and fighting cancer; phytochemicals, such as flavonoids and resveratrol decrease the effects of aging by preventing “free radicals” from causing cellular damage in the body.

“My Goodness My Guinness” – Darker beers favor the cardiovascular system by relaxing the blood vessels and inhibiting the oxidation of unhealthy cholesterol. Drinks such as, Guinness, can raise your good cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol) and thin your blood, preventing clotting and lowering the risk of heart disease.

Everything in Moderation – Heavy drinking can lead to weight gain. Keep in mind that one bottle of wine is about 480 calories, that’s equivalent to two 20-ounce Cokes! In addition, over consumption can trigger migraine headaches due to the tannins and sulfates in most wine.

“Life is Like a Box of Chocolates” – The benefits of chocolate have been known for thousands of years and some native tribes who regularly consumed cocoa showed very low rates of cardiovascular disease. Additionally, the natural compound found in cocoa, epicatechins, has been found to restore function to blood vessels. Chocolate, which contains endorphins, has also proven to improve one’s mood and well-being.

Not All Chocolate is Created Equal – When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. As chocolate becomes processed, the amount of antioxidants dwindles. Added ingredients like sugar and dairy may interfere with the absorption of beneficial antioxidants. Bobik suggests consuming a moderate amount of organic, unprocessed, dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa.
Bobik offers this friendly advice for those with a sweet tooth, “In a month where chocolate bunnies fill the grocery store shelves, it is easy to feel like a kid in a candy store. It’s O.K. to give in to temptation, just be smart about it…So indulge on these plant phenol-rich super foods during this holy season… but keep well by indulging in moderation. Happy Easter, everyone!”

Chicago Healers is the nation’s pioneer prescreened integrative health care network, offering a comprehensive understanding of each practitioner’s services, approach, and philosophy. Our holistic health experts teach and advocate natural and empowered health and life choices through their practices, the media, educational events, and our website. With close to 200 practitioners and over 300 treatment services, Chicago Healers has provided nearly 400 free educational events for Chicagoans and has been featured in 300+ TV news programs and print publications. For more information, visit www.ChicagoHealers.com.

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