• The Wonders of the Neti Pot

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    Dr. Brenda Fairchild

    The Wonders of the Neti Pot

    As many of you know… I can talk about the neti pot all day.  I think this product is one of the greatest inventions of modern times!!  Now, I know not everyone loves to see and feel the neti pot doing its job, but it is a wonderful way to naturally rid your sinuses of congestion and infections.  And when you are pregnant and not a lot of options as far as decongestants go, this is a wonderful alternative!!

    The word Neti means “nasal cleansing” and comes from ancient India.  It has been around for over 5,000 years!!!  Yoga masters used this technique to help with mediation. They felt they could get to a higher and deeper state of mind.  Some yogi’s also believed it helped with mood swings and addictions as well.  The neti pot was then massed produced in the early 1970s and has since become a favorite for those of us looking to relieve the sinus pressure naturally!

    Benefits of the Neti Pot

    • Lessen the time of cold, flu, or allergy
    • Relieve the pressure of sinus headaches
    • Help reduce pollen from the nasal passage
    • Remove mucous
    • Allows for easier breathing
    • Great for post nasal drip
    • Allows for easier breathing

    Using the neti pot is pretty simple and oddly satisfying.  You can get a simple pot at most of the chain stores.  And most come with packets of sodium bicarbonate and sodium chloride.  Usually under $20.  You can get ceramic to metal ones at health food stores or online.  Now, from personal experiences, I highly suggest the packets!!  I have tried just plain water, and it did not feel well.  But, it is all up to you.  I like to use filtered water if I can.  I don’t use it all the time, but I try to as much as possible. 

    How to use the Neti Pot

    Add one packet to the warm water and let them mix.  I like to start with draining my most clogged nasal passage first.  This means the pot is pouring the water into the good side and the clogged side is towards the sink.  And let the magic begin!!  I use about half the pot per nasal passage.  Depending on what is going on with you our your child, the nasal mucous could be green or yellow which could be an infection to clear which could be allergies.  When in doubt, call your primary physician.  If there is a bad infection, there may be some blood mixed in.  When you have done one side, gently blow your nose.  You want to rid the body of the mucus, which is inflammation.  I always tell my patients “better out than in!”  You will instantly feel the pressure release!!!  It is amazing!!!  

    I start to use the neti pot at the first sign of a cold coming on.  I will do this 3-4 times a day if it is really bad.  And use that over the course of 2-3 days if need be.  It really cuts down the time of the cold or allergy.  And can help you get some sleep at night due to your breathing better!  

    Other recommendations to follow the neti pot.  Get Adjusted!!!  It helps with aligning your body and helps with draining your sinuses as well.  Watch your dairy, gluten, wheat, and sugar as they can be inflammatory.   Stay hydrated with water.  Get Sleep and make sure you are getting you vitamin D!

    https://yogainternational.com/article/view/the-history-science-of-the-nasal-wash

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  • Benefits of Dry Brushing

    Dr. Brenda Fairchild

    Benefits of Dry Brushing

    I am a huge fan of dry brushing to help with lymph drainage.  But, there are so many other benefits of dry brushing as well.  First off, let’s talk about why lymph is so important!

    Lymph system helps with keeping us healthy!  Aids in boosting our immune system.  The lymph system contains tissues and organs through out our body to help us eliminate waste and toxins.  When we are sick, the lymph node can swell due to increased lymph fluid.  As our body starts to get rid of the virus or bacteria, the lymph nodes should start to decrease.  But that is not always the case.  We also have other organs that help with maintaining a healthy body:

    • Spleen
    • Thymus
    • Tonsils
    • Adenoids

    As you can see, these are pretty important organs, and why I am not always happy of people getting rid of their tonsils and adenoids.  If they are swollen, we have to figure out why!!!!  Not just get rid of them!!

    Dry brushing is an amazing way to help our bodies get lymph fluid moving to keep us healthy!

    Other benefits of Dry Brushing:

    1. Helps with Digestion!!!  You all know I am all about pooping!!!  
    2. Exfoliates your skin.  Your skin will be sooo soft and smooth, and some of my patients notice more even skin color tone.  
    3. Can help with cellulite.  Helps to move stored fat around.
    4. Improve circulation of the body.
    5. Helps you feel more energized!  I like to do my brushing in the morning before my shower.  I will help wake you up and set the tone for the day.  
    6. Less swelling in hands and feet.
    7. Stimulates the nervous system!!  As a chiropractor, it is super important!  Every cell, muscle, organ are controlled by your nervous system.  That is why spinal alignments are just as important as dry brushing.  Dry brushing helps tostimulate our senses especially touch.
    8. Can help alleviate stress and anxiety which can lead to better mental health!  Being happy and grateful can help with improved circulation and improved immune function.

    As you can see, dry brushing extends beyond just the lymph system!

    How to Dry Brush:

    • I always start at my feet and you want to brush up your leg towards the center of your body towards your groin.  I do my standing using my bed to stabilize me.  Work all over your feet, then calf, then thigh.  As you get to know your legs you will start to feel some knots or areas that may need more attention and go over them a little more often or vigorously. Just not too hard to effect your skin.  I spend about 15-30 seconds per area.  So, one leg may take 45-60 in total.  
    • Next, I then start working in my hands and arms.  Here I hold my arm in the air and work downward towards my armpit, breast, and heart.  Make sure you are getting into the armpit as it will tickle but very important!  Spend about 60 seconds each side.
    • Then I will do face and neck.  Do lightly or have a separate brush for face and neck that is a bit softer.  There again, brush downwards toward the heart. I spend 20-30 seconds on this area.
    • Next, is back and glutes.  This is not the easiest.  Do the best you can.  My brush has a long handle.  I try to go circular or downward over my back.  For my glutes, I start int he middle and move outward to the front of my groin.  30-60 seconds
    • Chest area including breast, brush downward to the abdomen.  Lifting the breast as well to get underneath.  I spend 20-30 seconds on chest and breast. 
    • The abdomen is where you want to spend the most time and most important for elimination.  Sometimes I will lay not the bed on my back, but not necessary.  Start over the bladder just above the pubic bone and brush in a clockwise direction until you get back to the bladder again.  You are going in the same direction of your bowel and this will help with elimination.  I spend 1-2 minutes just on the abdomen alone.  

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    I like to dry brush 1-2 times a week.  I usually do in-between my epsom salt baths.  Opposite days.  I will do it more if my legs are sore form working out, or if I am feeling sick.  

    I use a bamboo brush.   You can spend as much as you want.  My brush was about $20.  You can find a dry brush is most bath stores, Amazon, or health foods stores.  

     

     

      

      

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  • ‘Tis The Season

    By Joseph Fairchild

    ’Tis The Season

    It’s so hard to believe the holidays are upon us, isn’t it? Thanksgiving 2019 has come and gone, and 2020 is just around the corner. 

    What comes to mind when you think of the holidays? Is it holiday traditions handed down or developed over the years? Memories of holidays past? People you have loved and lost? Delicious food you enjoy each year? Seeing people you don’t see very often?  

    One thing many of us associate to the holidays, regardless of faith or upbringing, is giving. While a source of joy in many respects, it can also cause frustration or resentment. It seems that every time you turn around, someone somewhere is asking for a donation or gift. What to do? While the answer isn’t quite so simple, here are a few ideas:

    1.  Just say no: It is ok to say no. Co-workers or well meaning friends and family want to exchange gifts, and we don’t want to seem cheap or miss out on the fun. At the same time, we participate – sometimes begrudgingly- though we are really just “going through the motions.” When you give or participate, doesn’t it feel much better when it’s done from a place of enthusiasm instead of compulsion? This isn’t to say don’t join in the activities – just re-consider the gift exchange piece of it. Maybe you can plan a weekend away or nice meal out and enjoy relaxing time together instead. 

    2.  Be mindful about your approach: give some thought to they causes that are most important to you. Which organizations match your personal values? Who is doing the work you want to support? Reserve your giving to those charities.

    3.  Research the organizations you plan to donate to: this is especially important if you plan to donate a sizable amount (and only you can decide what sizable means). Established charities can provide annual reports upon request (they may be available on their website). These annual reports show how much the organization received, and how they use their money. Be wary of organizations that don’t invest most of their money in program expenses- those expenses used to provide the actual services to end users.

    4.  Involve your family: our children often amaze us don’t they? Even those times it seems like they are not paying attention, they watch us closely. Why not teach them by example? Some children are so inherently generous this comes naturally to them.

    5.  Take a little time to give to yourself, too: for some, this is a struggle and it doesn’t feel quite right. This does not mean you have to buy yourself an expensive gift or go away for the weekend. It means you do something you enjoy, just for yourself, no matter how small, that will bring you joy during the holidays. And guess what? Those around you will feel it too. Isn’t it easier to give something you have in abundance?

    Just like over eating or drinking too much alcohol, giving too much can make us sick, too. Please keep this in mind and don’t “give until it hurts.”

    Wherever you go and whatever you do, my prayer is that you experience the love, peace, joy  and magic that surrounds you this holiday season.

     

    • With 20 years experience in the financial industry, Joseph Fairchild loves to help others make sound financial decisions. He is an amazing husband to Dr. Brenda and father to Madelyn.
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