So folks, this is my last monthly column of health and wellness and I would like to start by thanking everyone for reading and for taking the time to email me with their lovely comments.
Many of my chosen topics have been related to certain days of health awareness and others were motivated by my obsession with yoga and natural remedies and the numerous books and scientific studies I read. I can't believe we have covered more than 39 topics; Here is a short summary of some of what we have learned since September 2016
Natural remedies for high blood pressure (hypertension) – Garlic, hibiscus tea, coconut water, reduce breathing speed and test the posture of the Yoga bridge – eliminate caffeine and reduce alcohol.
Arthritis – Drinking more water, glucosamine and chondroitin can help rebuild cartilage, calcium and magnesium to strengthen bones and MOVE each joint in its natural range of motion daily to keep synovial fluid doing its job.
SAD – Vitamins B, zinc and magnesium, omega 3 and vitamin D (sunlight!) Improve energy with yoga backups such as the dog's position up.
Strength and flexibility – be balanced like a tree with a strong core but with the ability to stretch and move with the wind – yoga tree pose.
Healthy soft drinks for dry January – pomegranate juice, kefir, ginger tea, coconut water.
Random acts of kindness. . . the benefits – Tones the vagus nerve (numerous health benefits) practice loving kindness meditation.
The lost art of conversation. – How face-to-face chat is what humans should do to benefit our mental health.
Awareness and stress prevention. – breathing at five breaths per minute, B vitamins, dark chocolate reduces cortisol and St. John's wort is as effective as Prozac without the side effects (not if you are taking warfarin).
Digestion, the connection between the intestine and the brain: how your diet affects everything you do. Prebiotic and probiotic foods.
Aromatherapy awareness – My five best lavenders for insomnia, bites, bites. Tea tree for antivirals. Mint for digestion and headaches. Rosemary to stimulate your brain, jasmine as an antidepressant.
Summer vacations natural remedies – carrots for diarrhea, slippery elm for stomach problems, ginger tea or candy for travel sickness, apis for bites and treatment of insect bites, arnica for bruises, citronella to prevent insect bites.
Reflexology, the benefits – Points of self reflexology to try at home. . . The big toe is the neck and the arch of the foot is the spine.
ADHD – Avoid sugar, gluten and cow's milk, dyes, monosodium glutamate, artificial sweeteners and nitrates. Supplement with Omega 3, v B and probiotics.
Love your liver – Take milk thistle during the holiday season to help support alcohol detoxification. Dandelion roots and leaves, artichokes and beets offer support.
Honey, the benefits – Pollen allergy treatment, antioxidant, sleep promoter, wound healer, cough syrup.
Blood clot prevention – turmeric, garlic, vitamin E, cardamom, clove, onion.
Healing foods – celery, blueberries, papaya, coriander, spirulina, ginger, sprouted seeds, garlic, green leafy vegetables, coconut water.
Natural cleaning products – Avoid parabens, triclosan and phthalates. Make yours with baking soda, white vinegar, lemon juice and essential oils.
Natural beauty products – Avoid parabens, triclosan and phthalates, SLS, SLES, synthetic fragrances.
Headaches – Drink at least two liters of filtered water a day, check food intolerances, try coenzyme Q10, magnesium, ginkgo biloba. Use yoga to release tension from the neck and shoulders.
Eczema – Avoid phthalates, check dairy and gluten intolerances, vitamin D deficiency. Increase dietary probiotics and prebiotics.
Improve your eyesight – Try exercises to strengthen the eyes, especially with lutein, eyebright and cranberry. Check chronic neck tension.
Natural antibiotics – garlic, manuka honey, tea tree oil, turmeric, thyme, echinacea, virgin coconut oil.
Insomnia – good sleep routine, valerian, chamomile, calcium and vitamin D, bananas and yoga.
Epigenetics and your exposure – How your environment, diet, intestinal microbiome, hormonal balance, exposure to toxins and stress levels affect your likelihood of disease more than genetics.
If you want to read the full articles / videos of yoga, all are available in my health blog on my website and I hope to continue publishing more there: carolebaker.co.uk
The suggestions in this article are the personal opinion of the author. Do not take any new remedies if you are currently taking any medication without the consent of your GP.
Carole Baker is founder of The Self Center, Bury St Edmunds