This is the season of so much….🎁giving, 🤝goodwill, 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦family, 👭friends, stress, 💤sleep deprivation, anxiety, overindulgence…If you’ve experienced one of these already you’re not alone.  My hope is that this post gives you some ideas for your own self care during this busy time of year.

Let’s start with the pesky holiday hangover.  

Let’s face it, hangovers happen. With the abundance of celebrations during the holiday season you may find these natural remedies to be particularly helpful.

First, give your liver some love.❤️️ Milk thistle, the herb found in Seeking Health’s Liver Nutrients helps the liver detoxify alcohol toxins more efficiently. Our liver works endlessly to ensure our body continually rids itself of harmful toxins. When we over consume alcohol it can be especially taxing to the liver. Therefore, give your liver some love and take this supplement before bed and again in the morning when you wake up.

Extra Liver Love Tips: 

✅ drink extra water🚰, preferably with electrolytes in it such as Seroyal Magnelevures or Seeking Health Optimal Electrolyte. Ensure you get in at least 8-10 cups of water or herbal (non-caffeinated) tea daily.

✅ Treat yourself to an Epsom salt bath 🛁 – dissolve 2-3 cups of salt into hot (to tolerance) bath water.  Ensure you have a glass of cold water handy to drink throughout your soak.   Epsom salts are another form of magnesium, they help with dehydration related muscle tension, headaches, stress, anxiety and high blood pressure🌡 just to name a few! 

✅ Headaches can be treated with extra magnesium, protein rich foods such as nuts, legumes and complex carbohydrates such as whole grains.  Make sure you’re eating high protein foods every 2-3 hours to stabilize  your blood sugar.  (Alcohol causes low blood sugar.)

✅ Magnesium for relaxation and muscle ailments. Magnesium works to increase blood flow throughout the body and is a vital co-factor for muscle health reducing muscle tension and pesky leg cramps.

Now onto airplane ailments.

I was on a recent flight over the holidays and my 3 year old son had the worst experience with his ears.  It happened on take-off, his ears didn’t adjust to the pressure change.  He was in so much pain!  We tried everything: ✅warm compresses, ✅gum, ✅sucking water, ✅sucking pouches, ✅Eustachian tube massage.  Then miraculously after he screamed himself to sleep and let out a loud sneeze, they POPPED!

I wanted to save you all the headache and provide some helpful tips that can help you and your family if you experience this.

Airplane Ear First Aid: 

Vick’s Vapor Rub – the eucalyptus in it will help open up airways and works as a decongestant.  It’s easy to carry-on, not too messy. You can rub on neck, base of ears, under nose and place a small dab on a tissue and place in nostril for inhalation.  Check out my alternating nostril breathing technique below. 

If congestion is a thing, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) can be incredibly helpful when taken prior to your flight, during and after until congestion clears.  It works to thin mucus and provides vital antioxidants making it easier for your ears to adjust to pressure changes, your immune system to optimize and your sinuses to clear  easily.

In all instances make sure you’re drinking LOTS of water. At least 8 cups daily and if traveling by airplanes sneak in a couple extra. Your body will thank you!

This information above is not intended to diagnose or treat medical conditions, it is provided solely for informational purposes. If you have specific questions related to your treatment or are planning to change your medical plan, first discuss this with your medical provider. If you are interested in exploring integrative cancer treatment options please schedule a telemedicine appointment with Dr. McMurry.

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