Dr. Eric Wood

Dr. Eric Wood

Dr. Eric Wood is a leading licensed North American naturopathic doctor and a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, through which he completed specialty training in HIV/AIDS care, physical fitness training and weight loss. He was additionally educated at Harvard University's Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and has completed specialty training through the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society physician training fellowship program, the Biotoxin Illness Fellowship Training (Dr Shoemaker), and specialty cancer centers including the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (Chicago), the Issels Clinic (California), and Medicor (Canada).

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    How to Naturally Get Rid of Moles, Warts, and Skin Tags

    Moles, Warts, and Skin tags are common growths on the skin that can result in a number of causes. Moles are defined by WedMD as, “Areas of the skin where cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin.” (WEBmd, n.d.). “The dark coloration you see with moles is […]

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    Dr. Eric Wood

    Dr. Eric Wood is a leading licensed North American naturopathic doctor and a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, through which he completed specialty training in HIV/AIDS care, physical fitness training and weight loss. He was additionally educated at Harvard University's Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and has completed specialty training through the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society physician training fellowship program, the Biotoxin Illness Fellowship Training (Dr Shoemaker), and specialty cancer centers including the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (Chicago), the Issels Clinic (California), and Medicor (Canada).

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    5 Ways To Get Rid of Unwanted Cellulite

    Learn how to nix unwanted cellulite once and for all!

    The name cellulite makes people cringe at the sound and sight of the undesirable condition. While cellulite sounds like a serious medical condition, it is rather common in the United States affecting over three million people annually, and 90% of women in their lifetimes. Cellulite is simply fat beneath the skin, which appears bumpy because it pushes up against the connective tissue. Cellulite is not harmful, but many people like to get rid of it because of its lumpy appearance.

    “Cellulite occurs when underlying fat deposits begin to push through layers of collagen fibers, or connective tissue, under the skin (often in the buttocks and thigh areas, but also on arms, stomachs, and other common trouble spots, as well). Connective tissue can be weakened by hormones, lack of exercise and muscle tone, excess fat, and poor circulation.” (Health, 2015).

    Having cellulite does not mean you are overweight as many thin people suffer from this condition as well, however it may help in reducing the appearance of cellulite if you lose weight. There are ways to get rid of cellulite that are simple at home remedies, sparing you the time and cost of seeking outside assistance.

    The Three Grades of Cellulite:

    • Grade 1: Where the skin does not appear to be affected, but a microscopic evaluation of the cells reports that there is underlying anatomical changes.
    • Grade 2: Cellulite forces the skin to show pastiness, and the skins elasticity decreases. These symptoms are on top of visible anatomical changes under microscope examination.
    • Grade 3: Where skin can be visibly lumpy in appearance (resembling an orange peel.) On top of the visible appearances, cellulite forces the skin to show pastiness, and the skins elasticity decreases.

    A Few Causes For Cellulite Could Include:

    • Poor diet
    • Fad dieting
    • Hormone changes
    • Dehydration
    • Lack of physical activity
    • Slow metabolism
    • Total body fat percentage being high
    • Thickness and color of your skin
    • Tight clothing in the buttocks area which cuts off blood supply to the legs

    At Home Remedies To Help Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite

    (Please note: None of these remedies have been scientifically proven to take away cellulite.)

    • Diet: While this is one of the simplest remedies, a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables often gets overlooked. Daily incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables will detoxify the body and help you to lose weight, which may decrease the amount of cellulite that can appear.
    • Dry Brushing: Dry brushing helps stimulate lymph and blood flow throughout the body. Take a dry brush (preferably one with natural vegetable derived bristles) to dry skin right before showering and make large strokes toward the heart. Avoid scrubbing the skin and brush gently over the skin surface. Start at your feet, and move toward the heart while avoiding back and forth motions with the brush. You will want the skin to be stimulated and invigorated not irritated and red.
    • Take Gelatin: There are many benefits to taking gelatin, as it promotes skin and hair growth. It also is good for your joints and aids in recovery to tighten skin after having a baby for example. Gelatin is largely composed of amino acids, glycine, and proline which aids in proper skin, hair and nail growth.
    • Get a Myofacial Massage: Because cellulite forms in the superficial fascia layer (the thin membrane that shrink wraps to your muscles) it is good to get that fascia layer released from the skin. If the fascia of your muscles do not get released properly, scar tissue can form and cause injury. Having this massage can help in promoting blood flow and healthy movement of the muscles and membrane, and avoiding the build up of cellulite. If you do not have regular access to a weekly massage, using a simple foam roller helps release the bodies natural fascia layer too. To use: simply ask for a myofacial massage in the buttocks, and legs region or use a foam roller over these areas.
    • Coffee Scrub: This remedy is a fun and aroma filled way to kick cellulite to the curb. The massage and exfoliation is a healthy way to promote blood flow and promote healthy lymph node flow. You will need: ¼ cup coffee grounds, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar or regular sugar, 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Simply combine all of the ingredients together and store in a glass jar. You can use this scrub 2-3 times a week.

    There are also a multitude of creams you can use, but none of them have truly been scientifically proven to reduce cellulite. It is always fun to start with fun and healthy at home remedies and work toward more advance help from there. Start by incorporating a healthy diet and exercise routine into your journey to kick cellulite to the curb! Remember: “Weight gain can make cellulite more noticeable, but some lean people have cellulite, as well. It tends to run in families, so genetics may play the biggest role in whether you develop cellulite. An inactive lifestyle also may increase your chances of having cellulite, as may pregnancy,” (Mayo, 2015).  Knowing the causes of cellulite, and simple home remedies will put your mind at ease when dealing with the pesky and inconvenient backlash that cellulite causes.

    References:

    Cellulite Causes and Treatments. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.webmd.com/beauty/cellulite/cellulite-causes-and-treatments

    Crosta M.A., P. (2015, July 2). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/149465.php

    9 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Cellulite – Wellness Mama. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://wellnessmama.com/8608/natural-cellulite-remedies/

    15 Myths and Facts About Cellulite. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20735356_2,00.html

    Cellulite. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cellulite/basics/risk-factors/con-20029901

     

     

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    5 Home Remedies To Help Alleviate Discomfort From Nasal Polyps

    Ditch the discomfort, and try out these home remedies..

    Nasal Polyps are noncancerous polyps in the shape of a teardrop that can form along the nasal passage and sinus area. They are known to be the most common form of tumors found in the nasal cavity. Many times, nasal polyps can be associated with sinus and allergy problems and do not give off any symptoms and require little to no treatment. Nasal polyps should not be confused with polyps of the colon or bladder, as these can be very dangerous if not treated long term. You may notice nasal polyps if your sinuses are blocked and will not drain properly. Many times, the nasal polyps will cause an accumulation of thick mucus in the sinuses and become infected.

    “Scientists don't yet fully understand what causes nasal polyps. It's not clear why for some people, ongoing inflammation triggers polyp formation and not in others. The inflammation occurs in the fluid producing lining (mucous membrane) of your nose and sinuses. There's some evidence that people who develop polyps have a different immune system response and different chemical markers in their mucous membranes than do those who don't develop polyps.”

    Symptoms of Nasal Polyps

    • Nasal Obstruction
    • Nasal Congestion
    • Facial Pain
    • Loss of Smell
    • Loss of Taste
    • Chronic Infections
    • Postnasal Drip

    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. ExpertsKnowBest.com disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

    5 Home Remedies To Alleviate Symptoms from Nasal Polyps


    1. Homemade Nasal Spray Solution: Making yourself a homemade saline solution is beneficial when you are experiencing nasal polyps. How to: Mix a teaspoon of Epsom Salt in a glass of warm water and wait until the salt has dissolved completely. You can store this solution in an empty nasal spray bottle, and spray the solution into each nostril. Do this several times throughout the day.
    2. Steam Inhalation: Inhaling steam regularly throughout the day can help alleviate sinuses and unblock the passages in your nasal canal. Boil water in a pot, and gently drape your head over the steam with a towel over your head to keep the steam from escaping. This will not only open up your nasal passage, it will also kill any bacteria from spreading.
    3. Incorporate Citrus Fruits and Vitamin C Into Your Diet: Vitamin C has been known to fight sickness and bacteria, which also helps in also fighting off nasal polyps. The vitamin C helps neutralize the free radicals and fight bacteria that can accumulate in the nasal passage. Incorporating simple citrus fruits into your diet can help fight the polyps from forming larger, and blocking your nasal passage.
    4. Garlic and Onions: Before you plug your nose, this remedy may not smell the best but it does wonders for your sinuses. Eating raw garlic and onions may be beneficial for overcoming nasal polyps because of the potent antibacterial and antifungal properties. Once consumed, the smell from the garlic and onions can open up the nasal passages and get the mucus flowing and clearing the passage instantly.
    5. Apply Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree Oil is full of anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that can kill off nasal polyps. It helps to fight inflammation, and decongest the mucus built up in the nose. To take, simply take a cotton swab and dip it in tea tree oil. Take the swab and rub it all around in your nose, and inhale two or three times. Repeat this process twice daily until your polyps feel like they are diminishing.

    By incorporating these simple steps into your daily routine, you may feel alleviated from some of the symptoms brought on by nasal polyps. While they are not a serious medical condition, they can be irritating when they clog up your sinuses and nasal passages. If these home remedies do not work for you, you may want to consult your doctor. He or she may prescribe you steroid nose drops to help alleviate the stress on the nasal passage. Nose drops that contain steroids are meant to greatly reduce the inflammation in the nose, causing the polyps to shrink. Always follow a doctor’s direct orders if you are taking steroid drops however as they can come with side effects, especially with improper use.

     

    References:

    Nasal Polyps: Symptoms, Treatment, Surgery, and More. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/nasal-polyps-symptoms-and-treatments

    Nasal polyps. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/nasal-polyps/basics/causes/con-20023206

    10 Home Remedies For Nasal Polyps. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.searchhomeremedy.com/home-remedies-for-nasal-polyps/

    5 Natural Cures For Nasal Polyps. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.findhomeremedy.com/natural-cure-for-nasal-polyps/

    Nasal Polyps | Health | Patient. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://patient.info/health/nasal-polyps-leaflet

     

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    Understanding Hemorrhoids and Regaining Comfort Back

    It's time to find your comfort again..

    Hemorrhoids are simply swollen veins in the anal canal, while it can appear serious they are a common irritant for many. “Veins can swell inside the anal canal to form internal hemorrhoids. Or they can swell near the opening of the anus to form external hemorrhoids”(“External and Internal.” n.d.). With a normal bowel movement, the tissue inside of the anus fills with blood. While there are many reasons hemorrhoids are caused one of the main reasons happens when you still on the toilet, and strain those muscles for too long, the increased pressure causes the tissue to stretch and swell which ultimately causes the hemorrhoids. Women who are pregnant can develop hemorrhoids in the last six months of pregnancy due to the pressure put on the pelvic region. Lastly, being overweight can trigger the onset of developing hemorrhoids.

    There are two types of hemorrhoids to be cautious of, internal and external. With internal hemorrhoids, you will notice red streaks of blood on the toilet paper or the tip of your stool. Your bowel movements will be painful, and may the surrounding area may itch. Internal hemorrhoids are small swollen veins on the inside of the anus. External hemorrhoids occur when there is a blood clot under the skin causing a hard painful lump. The symptoms for both internal and external are the same (“External and Internal.” n.d.).

    There are some at home remedies you can take advantage of to help alleviate the pain caused from hemorrhoids.

    Tips to Alleviate Hemorrhoid Discomfort

    • Warm Baths: Sitting in a warm bath for 20 minutes may help decrease the inflammation caused from hemorrhoids. Make sure to completely dry off the anal area after each bath to ensure irritation does not occur (Wedro, 2015).
    • Add Fiber: Adding fiber to your diet will help your bowel movements, and decrease the risk of constipation. Constipation puts unwanted pressure on the veins in the anus creating discomfort. (Wedro, 2015).
    • Keep Moving: Individuals who have discomfort from hemorrhoids should not stay sitting for long periods of time. With exercise, your metabolism gets going which causes bowel movements. When the urge to have a bowel movement comes, patients with hemorrhoids are advised to go right away. If the urge passes, constipation can occur, creating more pressure on the affected area (Wedro, 2015).   Also, consider reviewing the benefits of squatting when having a bowel movement to ensure best form to eliminate.  This can make a big difference in minimizing pressure on the surrounding tissues!
    • Ice: Because the veins are swollen, ice is important to keep the swelling at a minimum. Apply an ice pack to the affected area for 10 minutes, and repeat several times a day until comfort comes back. (“Home Remedies, 2013).
    • Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is one of nature's most soothing remedies. With its anti-inflammatory properties it helps reduce the discomfort caused by hemorrhoids. To use, apply a small amount of aloe vera to the anus and massage it in gently. Aloe Vera can be applied to both internal and external hemorrhoids (“Home Remedies, 2013).
    • Almond Oil: Almond oil is best known for its absorbent rates into deep tissues. It is a great remedy to tackle the affected area at its core. “Dip a cotton ball in pure almond oil and apply it on the affected area. It moisturizes and eases inflammation, and will relieve the burning and itching sensation in and around the anus” (“Home Remedies, 2013).
    • Olive Oil: (External Hemorrhoids) Olive oil has natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to help decrease inflammation of the swollen blood vessels. You can apply olive oil directly to the external hemorrhoid, or you can ingest at least one teaspoon daily (“Home Remedies, 2013).   Be careful of ingesting this however if you have any signs or symptoms of potential gallstones, as such consumption can cause them to move and/or be expelled, which could be very painful.
    • Witch Hazel: Witch Hazel has astringent properties known to help fight inflammation. You can dip a cotton ball in distilled witch hazel and apply to hemorrhoids to alleviate the pain (“Home Remedies, 2013).
    • Rutin: This is a complex sugar found in oranges, lemon, cranberries, and grapefruit. “It strengthens the linings of blood vessels throughout the body, reducing bleeding and preventing collapse.” The Supplement is sold at health food stores and can be taken daily (“Rutin Benefits”,n.d.).
    • Water: The last and most overlooked remedy is to drink plenty of water! It cleanses your internal system, and will naturally help soften stools (Barrett, 2013).

    There are many simple and affordable remedies out there to help battle the pains of having hemorrhoids. Although hemorrhoids are common, if you are experiencing bloody stools, and severe stomach pain it could result in something more serious. Contact your doctor if these home remedies do not alleviate the pain, as they may prescribe you creams, or antibiotics, or suggest further examination to rule out anything more serious like a polyp, ulcerative colitis, IBS, or Crohn’s disease.

    References:

    Hemorrhoids: External and Internal Hemorrhoids Overview. (n.d.). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/hemorrhoids-topic-overview

    Wedro M.D., B. (2015, February 26). Hemorrhoids Causes, Symptoms, Treatment – Hemorrhoid Home Remedies – eMedicineHealth (B. Anand, Ed.). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.emedicinehealth.com/hemorrhoids/page6_em.htm#hemorrhoid

    Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids (Piles) | Top 10 Home Remedies. (2013, December 18). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-hemorrhoids-piles.html

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    5 Home Remedies To Alleviate Discomfort From The Eye Floaters

    There is nothing worse than pain in your eyes. Take a look at some at home remedies to ease your pain.

    There is nothing more annoying, and irritating than having discomfort in your eyes. It can stop your entire day, and make simple everyday tasks nearly impossible which leaves you frustrated. Eye floaters are known as specks of debris in your line of vision, usually obstructing and obscuring your ability to see. They may appear to be black or grey specks, string, or cobwebs that float about when your eye moves.

    The millions of fine fibers and collagen cause eye floaters, when they shrink and start to shred and accumulate in the vitreous gel. They are more common in elderly people, as the jelly like substance called “vitreous” in your eye becomes more liquefied as you age. The clear vitreous gel, which completely fills the back of the eye, earlier in life, decreases in size and can no longer fill this space. It pulls away from the retina and it is often in the areas of previous attachment to the retina, which are seen as floaters in the eye (Eye floaters, 2015).

    While they do not last forever, there are certain remedies you can incorporate into your daily routine to help get rid of eye floaters long term. If you notice an increase in eye floaters, you may want to contact your eye specialist immediately, especially if you see flashing lights and are losing your peripheral vision. There are some simple and natural remedies that can help alleviate the pain and discomfort that eye floaters pose, as I will explain below.

    Symptoms Of Eye Floaters

    • Spots in your line of vision that appears black. They also may appear to be floating and transparent.
    • Spots in your eyes that move when your eyes move.
    • Spots that are most noticeable when you look at a plain background, such as a blue sky or a white wall.

    5 Simple Home Remedies


    1. Relaxation: After extended periods of strain on your eyes, take a break and relax them. Close your eyes, and completely relax the muscles to prevent eye floaters from spreading. You can incorporate a simple massage near your temples, and eyes to help relax the region if you are experiencing discomfort. Before you start the massage, apply a warm washcloth over your eyes for a few moments and start rubbing your temples in a circular motion. Do this as many times as you need to gain comfort and relaxation.
    2. Eye Exercises and Focusing: When you think of exercising you do not normally think about your eyes. There are a few exercises you can do to keep your eye strength up, which can prevent eye floaters. To do: Simply rotate your eyes in a circle 10 times clockwise, and then 10 times again counter clockwise. Repeat this several times a day until you feel the eye floaters dissipating.
    3. Drink Water: Again, a very simple yet overlooked habit that can prevent eye floaters from happening in the first place. Because floaters can accumulate because of unwanted toxins in the body, drinking water to flush these toxins out may result in the decrease of new eye floaters appearing. Try to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water or herbal teas daily to stay optimally hydrated.
    4. Always Use Sunglasses: Harmful rays can be hurtful to your eyes long-term, and they can provoke the onset of eye floaters. Simply wear sunglasses when going outside, even if it is a little bit cloudy outside will do your eyes a favor.
    5. Eat Anti-Oxidant Rich Foods: By consuming anti-oxidant rich foods you will not only do your eyes a favor, but you will do the rest of your body a favor as well. Eating leafy greens, kiwis, oranges, and strawberries are some foods that will help your body fight off those unwanted toxins that cause eye floaters. Consume these foods daily, and incorporate the remedies above for optimal relief from the pesky eye floaters.

     A large majority of the time, you will not need to seek medical help for eye floaters. Many people learn to live with them until they go away, or they consult medical help if the symptoms progress to other health conditions. Eye floaters may or may not affect your vision, as everyone’s diagnoses and symptoms can be different. On the more serious side of things, eye floaters can lead to more severe eye conditions. If you are experiencing flashes of light and vision loss so it is important that you consult your doctor right away if these symptoms come up. With these simple at home remedies, you may find relief from eye floaters without having to bat an eye!

     References

    Eye floaters. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eye-floaters/basics/definition/con-20033061

    10 Natural Cure For Eye Floaters. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.findhomeremedy.com/natural-cure-for-eye-floaters/

    15 Effective Home Remedies For Eye Floaters. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/effective-home-remedies-for-eye-floaters/

    Eye floaters. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eye-floaters/basics/symptoms/con-20033061

    Eye Floaters: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/benign-eye-floaters

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    5 Home Remedies to Help Deal With Eczema

    Don't let eczema leave you feeling dry, follow my at home remedies.

    Atopic Dermatitis (also known as Eczema) is a very common skin irritation that affects over 30 million Americans to date. While there are many different forms of eczema, atopic dermatitis is the most common.  Eczema does not have just ‘one’ cure, but is manageable for many by understanding many of the triggers that can provoke it. The word “eczema” comes from the Greek word that means to bubble or boil over. “Many people have it on their elbows or behind their knees. Babies often have eczema on the face, especially the cheeks and chin. They can also have it on the scalp, trunk (chest and back), and outer arms and legs. Children and adults tend to have eczema on the neck, wrists, and ankles, and in areas that bend, like the inner elbow and knee,” (“Eczema, 2013).

    The symptoms for eczema are dry, itchy, red and patchy skin accompanied with thick spots. Flare ups can occur when you are overstressed, eat triggering foods or use triggering irritating personal care products and have constant contact with sweat. The use of harsh soaps and detergents can also leave an eczema patients skin irritated. Cold winter months also can do a number on skin that is prone to eczema flare-ups.  There is a bright side to finding relief from eczema through at home remedies. You can take advantage of these simple remedies to help alleviate the pain and discomfort eczema causes (“Eczema and Your Skin.” n.d).

    At Home Remedies To Alleviate Flare-Ups

    • Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a great resource for people with eczema, as its antifungal and moisturizing properties work wonders on your skin. You can use it topically, and rub it onto the affected areas after a shower (“7 Natural Remedies.” n.d).
    • Jojoba Oil: Jojoba Oil is not even an oil, it is a wax. “It is composed of long chain fatty acids and fatty alcohols and is incredibly rich and moisturizing.” Because it penetrates deep into the skin, jojoba oil may be the trick for you. To apply, wash your hands and apply a small amount to the affected area and massage into the skin. Because jojoba oil is strong, you will not need a lot of it. Apply 3 times a day (Goodall, n.d).
    • Oatmeal Bath: Because oats are loaded with anti-inflammatory properties they make a great option for soothing irritated eczema. Take one cup of oats, and place them in a cheesecloth or muslin. Tie off the bag, and hang it with a string near the faucet. The bath water will turn milky and smooth. Soak for 10-15 minutes. (Goodall, n.d).
    • Honey: Honey is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory which helps speed up the healing process of broken and irritated skin. Honey can get messy, so apply to the affected area and cover with a bandage for 20-30 minutes. Once completed, wash with warm water and pat dry  (Goodall, n.d).
    • Cornstarch and Oil: When wet, corn starch forms a cool paste, and it great for soothing irritated skin. To use, simply mix cornstarch with olive oil to make a paste. Apply to the affected area for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. It is always good to use moisturizer after any home remedy treatments. (Goodall, n.d).

    While honey, coconut oil, and oatmeal baths require a little clean up, they may just be the remedy that gives you relief the natural way! The pros of at home remedies are convenience, and comfort knowing the treatments are simple. Along with affordable solutions that you may have laying around your home today. The cons can be the mess some of the remedies can create. Lastly, because everyone’s eczema requires different treatment, none of these home remedies are guaranteed to give you relief. If the at home remedies do not cause you relief, consult your dermatologist as they may recommend over the counter products that can alleviate your discomfort.  Additionally, many people will be wise to investigate food allergies or sensitivities that could be triggering eczema flares.  Common culprits here include gluten, dairy, and sugar!

     

    References

    Eczema. (2013, August 15). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/

    Eczema and Your Skin | Eczema Types, Symptoms, Causes, and More. (n.d). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/atopic-dermatitis-eczema?page=3

    7 Natural Remedies for Eczema | Wellness Mama. (n.d). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://wellnessmama.com/12065/natural-eczema-remedies/

    Goodall, C. (2014, September 29). 11 Healing Home Remedies for Eczema | Everyday Roots. Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://everydayroots.com/eczema-remedies

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    Smart Hydration Options for Runners

    Don't let yourself get dehydrated, stock up on these items!

    Long gone are the days where runners have virtually no options for hydration holders, tablets, and powders. It’s nearly 2016, and we are given so many options that we do not know where to start. From waste bands, handheld water bottles, to electrolyte tablets there are a lot of great products on the market today. Everyone’s preferences and needs are different when they hit the pavement, but this article will give you a look at my top five favorite hydration options!

    Handheld Water Bottle: Amphipod Hydraform Thermal-Lite 12- or 20-ounce

    I normally don’t love running with a handheld water bottle, but this one is by far my favorite. The bottle is completely covered in a neoprene sleeve, which helps insulate my drink to stay cold. It literally forms right in your hand, and makes you feel like it is a part of your body. The 20 oz. is too big for me, so I lean toward the 12 oz. for convenience reasons. Because it is so form fitting, you cannot put any other water bottle inside of this neoprene sleeve, so don’t lose the bottle!

    Waste belts: The Ultimate Direction Fury Running Belt

    I love this waste belt, and the different hydration options it gives you! The Ultimate Direction Fury Belt allows you to have multiple avenues for hydration, and it fits snugly around your waste. Because it is so light, you barely even notice it is there. I prefer the running waste belts over the handheld bottles for this reason. The belt has a small zipper so you can fit your keys inside which is a nice addition. This waste belt is great for cold weather running to, as the straps adjust to fit comfortably against bulkier clothing. It holds three small water bottles comfortably.

    Backpack Hydration: CamelBak Octane LR, $89

    When I switch up my training and hit the hills, there is something more “outdoorsy” about having a camelback on. I love the Octane LR because it is comfortable, and holds enough water for my dog and I. Overall the pack holds about 2 liters of water, and the hose is the perfect length to not get in the way of your stride. This is a great option if you are needing more water than a waste belt or handheld can provide you. No matter what camelback you choose, they are all made well and meant for the outdoors.

    Gels: GU Energy Gel (Of Course!)

    This one is strictly personal preference. Some people enjoy the hammer gels, or the power bar gels, but I prefer the natural GU’s with no flavor. When I am running marathons, the artificial taste of energy gels makes me gag. The electrolytes, and the quick hit of energy these gels give off is a must when taking a hard run. I also have enjoyed the GU Energy Chews, because you can fit them in your zip pockets and snack on them when you feel yourself needing a boost. You can find these at any running, or outdoors store in the country. Just be careful not to consume too many of these as the sugar content can add up.

    Simple Hydration

    Forget all of the expensive powders, and get back to the root of what the body really needs to replenish. Electrolytes. You can simply add in a pinch of sea salt with one teaspoon of honey in mineral water or herbal tea and enjoy the benefits this will give to your body!

    Whether you are a recreational runner or a runner who competes on the biggest stages in the world, we all need proper hydration. If you are running in hot weather, or running in cold weather make sure you have properly equipped yourself with hydration tools to help your body perform at its optimal levels. Pick one system that works for you, and make a habit to properly hydrate every couple of miles, even if it is a tiny sip!

     

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    Written by Dr. Eric Wood

    Dr. Eric Wood

    Dr. Eric Wood is a leading licensed North American naturopathic doctor and a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, through which he completed specialty training in HIV/AIDS care, physical fitness training and weight loss. He was additionally educated at Harvard University's Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and has completed specialty training through the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society physician training fellowship program, the Biotoxin Illness Fellowship Training (Dr Shoemaker), and specialty cancer centers including the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (Chicago), the Issels Clinic (California), and Medicor (Canada).

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