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AChoo – Welcome Spring (And Allergy Season)

AChoo – Welcome Spring (And Allergy Season)

Happy Spring Everyone and welcome to pollen season.  If you live in the South like I do, then you’ve most likely woken up with the “yellow snow” as we like to call it down here – all of those lovelies blooming flowers that create a yellow blanket over EVERYTHING!  Not only is it tough to keep your car clean right now, but this is the time of year where my patients’ allergies start acting up. 

This post is dedicated to giving you all of the goods on the recommendations and exact protocols I have used for over 20 years for allergy support in my office for my patients.  Many times my patients are able to swap out their over the counter medications for these natural alternatives. My hope is that if I can provide you any relief now or throughout the year then I’ve done my job!

So without further ado, let’s jump to my recommendations –

  • Feed Your Body – what you eat definitely plays a role in how your immune system functions – the biggest culprits that will knock your immune system down the fastest are sugar, alcohol, and the chemicals in processed foods.  Instead opt to eat more veggies, fruits high in Vitamin C, quality proteins and stay hydrated.
  • Clean your Air – As deemed appropriate and possible, environmental changes may be advisable to minimize ongoing allergen exposures. Relatively straightforward changes include using a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) air filters, house plants, and essential oils in the home. HEPA filters work to decrease the amount of allergens floating around your home by trapping airborne irritants such as pollen, dust, and pet dander.  House plants can assist with air filtration – here’s a link to an entire blog post I wrote dedicated to that topic.
  • Rinse that Nose:  A number of studies have indicated that saline nasal irrigation such as a netti pot can be useful in individuals with hay fever (acute rhinitis). A 2012 study looked at 10 research papers on the topic of saline nasal irrigation and found that saline nasal irrigation produced a “27.66% improvement in nasal symptoms, a 62.1% reduction in medicine consumption, a 31.19% acceleration of mucociliary clearance time, and a 27.88% improvement in quality of life”.  Another over the counter option is a nasal wash kit – this one has been my favorite to use.
  • Supplement your System – There are a number of key nutrients needed to keep the immune system strong and assist with allergy symptoms during pollen season.  I have created overall protocols that will support the system as well as protocols for those pesky allergy symptoms.  You can click the link for each product to read more about the product and if you feel inclined, you can place an online order on our authorized website.

Allergy Support Protocols

  • Adult Allergy Support Bundle –– this protocol is ideally taken as prevention during allergy season.
  • Adult Acute Allergy Bundle – “I’m experiencing allergy symptoms and need to get over this quick”
  • Anti-histamine support – Itchy eyes and sneezing
  • Post nasal drip support – dripping nose and sore throat – the fenugreek in this product will dry you up faster than you can say “pollen count”
  • Respiratory and breathing support – allergies, and asthma

** If you have any questions or trouble with the ordering platform just reach out and my team will be happy to assist you! **

My goal is to empower you with the tools to help you and your family feel your best this allergy season.  Please reach out to me if you have any questions and here’s to your health this spring!

Cheers

Dr Z

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Winter Immune Support Starts Now!

I’m often asked by my patients for ways to help ward off the cold, flu (and now COVID) each year and I wanted to give you all the tools to start supporting that immune system now so that the likelihood of any winter illness is decreased.  Let me start off by saying that the goal isn’t necessarily to never catch anything – as this is the body’s way to build up your immune system.  Of course it would be great if we never got sick but if our systems are working correctly the idea is that when you do become ill the illness doesn’t last as long, or isn’t as severe.   I’ve been using the recommendations and protocols that I will share with you today for over 20 years and year after year my patients (especially the teachers and nurses) come back in March and are always floored that they didn’t get sick for the first time in years.

So without further ado, let’s jump to my recommendations –

  • Feed Your Body – what you eat definitely plays a role in how your immune system functions – the biggest culprits that will knock your immune system down the fastest are sugar, alcohol, and the chemicals in processed foods.  Instead opt to eat more veggies, fruits high in Vitamin C, quality proteins and stay hydrated.
  • Sweat it out – Exercise aids in the release of toxins, and is important in keeping the blood and lymphatic system flowing (which is an important part of your immunity!)  Consistent exercise can help relieve stress and increase blood flow to the brain. It also releases hormones, stimulates the nervous system, and releases endorphins.  Whatever exercise you like, go for it!  Walking, running, rebounding, yoga, pilates, dancing, biking, cardio or sculpting workouts.  Just 15 minutes a day is enough to help support your immunity.  
  • Count Sheep –  The benefits of getting a good night’s sleep is especially vital for your body to rest, regenerate and maintain an efficient immune system.  Manage your schedule and routine so that you can devote at least 8 hours each night to some shut eye.  This may involve saying “no” to extra activities or waiting to binge watch Game of Thrones. Stop your screen time at least 2 hours before bed time, get into bed before your actual bedtime, make sure the room is completely darkened, and read a book or meditate to slow down that brain in preparation for dreamland! If you are struggling with your sleep, get a jump on it now and start a product like Insomnitol to help support your body in falling asleep and staying asleep.
  • Hooray for Herbs – An Elderberry a day keeps the doctor away – Elderberry syrup or tonic is one of those time honored traditions that can help ward off colds and flu.  If you purchase some ensure that the company is using quality ingredients and no fillers and preservatives (Hint: quality products should only have a 2-3 month shelf life).  If you’re more of a DIY kind of person, earlier this year I created an Elderberry Syrup mini-course on how to make your own organic elderberry syrup and tincture at home.  I have a nice 30 minute video, my personal recipes, and links to all of the supplies you’ll need to make this immune syrup at home.

Standard Prevention Daily Dosing:

  • For Children 2-13 years old: 1 tsp per day
  • For Adults: 1 Tbsp per day
  • Supplement your System – There are a number of key nutrients needed to keep the immune system strong during winter.  First there are prevention protocols – these are great when you are not currently ill but want to stay strong and symptom free all winter.  I also have acute protocols – these are designed to be used when you are sick or starting to feel any signs that you might be coming down with something.  You can click the link for each product to read more about the product and to place an online order on our authorized website.

*** NOTE: If you are wanting to add any immune protocols to your regimen, we are recommending to place your order as soon as you can and consider stocking up since Standard Process was completely sold out of all of their immune products for almost 3 months last year! ***

  • Adult Prevention Immune Bundle – “I don’t want to get sick”
  • Adult Acute Immune Bundle – “I’m sick and need to get over this quick”
  • Children’s Acute Immune Bundle – “I’m sick and need to get over this quick”

Easy Button Bundles

Standard Process has recently created immune system packets as well – you can take one packet a day for prevention or 3 packets per day for acute situations.

  • Immune System Health Pack: one box has 30 packets and each packet includes –
    • Immuplex (2 capsules)
    • Cataplex F Tablets (2 tablets)
    • Cataplex C (3 tablets)
    • Calcium Lactate (2 tablets)

*Dose – Take one packet a day for prevention or 3 packets per day for acute situations.

*Dose- Take one packet in the morning and one in the evening.

** If you have any questions or trouble with the ordering platform just reach out and my team will be happy to assist you! **

My goal is to empower you with the tools to help you and your family feel your best this winter season.  Please reach out to me if you have any questions and here’s to your health this winter!

Cheers

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Naturally Moisturizing Foods for your Skin

As the days get shorter and temperatures drop, we can begin to see some changes in our skin.  No matter YOUR skin type, keeping it moisturized is very important because this allows your skin to look younger and fresh! There are a myriad of ways that you can keep your skin naturally moisturized from the inside out this winter. Here is my list of simple yet fantastic foods that can provide moisture to your skin without clogging your pores.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can be applied topically to your hands, and feet and you can also add it as part of your daily routine. This oil has anti-inflammatory properties and has a wide variety range of benefits from weight loss to immune enhancement. It can also support numerous skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, and other skin infections.

Avocado

One way to easily treat dry skin is by consuming foods with healthy fats and oils and avocado is your go-to-food! Healthy fats provide moisture which keeps your skin supple and soft. Essential fatty acids like omega-3s and omega-6s are the building units of healthy cell membranes and they also support the skin’s natural oil barrier which is vital in keeping the skin plumped, hydrated, and younger looking. 

Salmon

Salmon contains Omega-3 fats which can reduce the redness and inflammation in your skin not to mention the rest of your body as well. The fatty acids in this fish urge your skin to clutch onto water more to keep it glowing.  If you’re not a fish fan, they opt for a quality fish oil like Standard Process’s Tuna Omega oil.

Herbal Concoctions

Drinking plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated is a must but to boost your hydration to the next level, I recommend drinking caffeine-free herbal blends. One herbal blend that can help heal dry skin is a marigold and rose infusion due to the plant’s healing and moistening properties.

Probiotics Foods

Prevention is better than cure and eating probiotics can be a key to a healthier body! Probiotics are live bacteria which keeps your gut healthy and when you are healthy on the inside, it will show up on the outside especially to your skin. Choose options like komboucha, kimchi and sauerkraut.  Don’t want to eat those foods, then take a quality full spectrum product that has both pre and probiotics, like the Standard Process ProSynbiotic.

No matter what kind of skin problems we have, we can always count on Mother Nature’s natural resources!  I would love to hear what your favorite foods for your skin are – drop your favorites in the comments section below.

Cheers,

Dr Stephanie Zgraggen

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Order Standard Process and MediHerb Online

EXCITING

ANNOUNCEMENT!

Hello lovelies!

I have some very exciting news that made me jump for joy when I heard it because I know this is a GAME CHANGER for many of you.

The current pandemic has brought lots of change – I’ve redesigned how I see patients by offering more virtual and zoom style appointments. We’ve been shipping out your protocols to you and offering curbside pick ups as well.

Last week I was invited by Standard Process to be one of their health care practitioners with a full integrated website!!!

I jumped with joy!!!

What this means for Lime and Lotus is that our office is now an approved and authorized distributor and seller of Standard Process and MediHerb products online!

What this means for you is that you can now order and buy Standard Process and MediHerb products online through this website. Products will be shipped from the company directly to you anywhere in the United States.

Check it out here.

Online orders through the site over $100 also receive FREE SHIPPING!

I am happy and excited to be able to bring you this additional resource. We will still continue to offer curb side pick up and products from the office but this will be one more option to make your life easier!

Let us know if you have any questions.

Yours in Health and Wellness,

Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, DC, MS, ACN, CNS, CCN

** Order your Standard Process and MediHerb Products Here **