By now, many of us are aware that we have a “second brain”. For the rest of us shyly scratching our heads, it’s okay – it’s not something anatomists openly talk about. Until now. The second brain has been danced around for centuries; however, recent (the last 50 years) research is finally shining the light more confidently in it’s direction. It’s finally not only “safe” to talk about, but it’s changing body-mind medicine, and in turn: Lives. Now that we’ve established that it’s safe to talk about, let’s give it a name: “The Enteric Nervous System.” If…
Everyone has either had or will develop dry skin at least once in their lives. This is one of the most common conditions I see in clinical practice next to psoriasis, skin cancers, and acne / rosacea. The Forecast looks dry… In most cases dry skin occurs as a result of our environment, genetics, health status, and even aging. (The last two conditions relate more to dehydrated skin which we will address in a later blog post as the two conditions are, in fact, different.) Harsh soaps, chemicals, hand sanitizers, and even perfume and fragrance (due to alcohol and common…
But what if you bruise? Have you talked to your provider about downtime?
So you have a cosmetic procedure booked and your plan is to look instantaneously fabulous…?
Bruise Prevention 101
- Omega3s– these can be found in cold water fish, krill, cod liver oil, borage oil and flax seeds.
- Garlic – an herb commonly used in cooking as well as complementary medicine, to lower cholesterol and blood pressure as well as balance gut bacteria and support the immune system.
- Vitamin E – a fat soluble vitamin and antioxidant which supports immune function and cell health.
- Turmeric – a potent anti-inflammatory antioxidant containing root used traditionally in Ayurveda as well as modern day complementary medicine.
- Willow bark – contains salicin which actively reduces joint pain and inflammation without the negative gastric effects.
- Ginseng – a root which is used to benefit sexual libido, energy levels, and brain performance.
- Primrose Oil – commonly used to reduce symptoms of menopause, PMS and treat skin conditions.
- Red Clover – often used to reduce symptoms of menopause due to it’s estrogenic effects.
- Fenugreek – an anti-inflammatory and galactogogue (stimulates milk production).
- Ginger – a flavorful root used in cooking as well as nausea and indigestion suppression as well as many other medicinal applications.
- Ginkgo Biloba – a popular vasodilator used to enhance memory and brain function.
- Cinnamon – an anti-inflammatory spice which has been studied to lower blood sugar levels in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus as well as soothe digestive discomfort.
- Grape Seed Extract -studied as an aid to poor circulation and a potential mild alleviator of high cholesterol.
- Cayenne Peppers – commonly used for spice and flavor as well as weight loss (via metabolism boosting properties) and alleviating pain.
Post Procedure 202
How To Treat An Unwanted Bruise: The Cliff Notes
THE WRAP UP
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