Starting the Hair n’ Heal Program

Today is the first day of the Hair n’ Heal program by Alopecia Angel. I’m excited, but also a bit skeptical. These are things that I have tried in the past that didn’t pan out. I’m not sure if going through the program this time will make a difference, but I’m taking it very seriously just in case. 

The Diet

The Hair n’ Heal program is based on the Autoimmune Paleo diet. This makes sense because the hair loss for alopecia areata, totalis, and Universalis is all autoimmune. Getting the autoimmune triggers out of the diet can’t hurt. After having such a bad reaction to hot peppers last month, I’m open to eliminating different foods and trying to reintroduce them after a few months. 

Stress Reduction

Alopecia Angel emphasizes stress reduction as part of the healing process. This is great. We all have too much stress in our lives, so I’m definitely going to incorporate stress-relieving techniques into my life. 

I’m going to keep up with meditation with my Think Right Now program. I do feel that the binaural beats and the positive affirmations help to change my subconscious thoughts. I am noticing that my actions are changing slowly as I listen to the audio. 

Supplements

There are supplements as part of the Hair n’ Heal program, but I haven’t found out what they are yet. I had to fill out an intake form and answer a lot of questions. There will be a consultation with Alopecia Angel where the supplements will be recommended. They are meant to be taken every day. 

I do expect vitamin D to be one of the recommended supplements. I think that biotin is probably going to be recommended, as well as vitamin B12. These are often vitamins that are deficient in people with alopecia and autoimmune conditions. 

The supplements that are recommended are very specific. There are often filler ingredients in supplements that can cause inflammation and ruin the progress of someone with an autoimmune condition. One of the supplement brands that was mentioned during the video was the NOW brand. That is a huge relief because that brand is reasonably priced and easily accessible. 

Program Length

The program is set up to be two months long. It is expected that all of the participants will realize some regrowth within those two months. I am very optimistic that my hair will regrow during this time. When I took the hair vitamins in November, a few hairs did come back. One or two pubic hairs even have some color to them. Unfortunately, there are only two hairs. 

There are plenty of videos and homework to do during the program. I expect that it will go quickly. I know that I can stick with the diet for two months. The challenge for me will be continuing on with the diet if I don’t see any hair regrowth. 

My next step is to create a weekly menu and prepare for the week ahead. I plan on having plenty of bone broth, weekly servings of liver and bone marrow. These are elements that I feel are probably very helpful. I learned them from the paleo ketogenic diet.  

Finally, I will be starting a journal and documenting my progress. This can be really difficult because hair regrowth is really slow. I’m grateful that the videos and homework are spaced out into weekly assignments. Otherwise, I may try to do it all at once and get frustrated when I didn’t see progress. 

Stay tuned for more information on my progress through Alopecia Angel’s program!

Review of The Nourishing Fats Book By Sally Fallon Morell

Nourishing Fats Book Review

While I have been focusing intently on alopecia, not much hair regrowth has been made since my hair regrowth update, so I thought I’d provide a review of the latest health book that I received as a gift.

Name: Nourishing Fats
Website: Amazon

Price: $24.99
Authors: Sally Fallon Morell and Nina Teicholz
Overall Rank: 85 out of 100

Nourishing Fats, Book Overview

Sally Fallon Morell is the president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and has been at the forefront of mindful eating for the last two decades. Her book identifies the origins of our current health misconceptions. She supports and expands on the scientific research that eating a wide range of good fats will improve our health.

This book draws on extensive research that indicates that saturated fat plays a role in developing a healthy brain, heart, kidney, lungs, and endocrine system. Healthy fats are essential for proper tooth and bone formation.

The Good & the Bad:

The Good:

PRO #1: The origin of current health is established and Sally Fallon Morell identifies the weaknesses of the research that indicates that saturated fats are bad for you.
PRO #2: The writing is interesting and engaging.

PRO #3: There are recipes for traditional healthy fats in the back of the book. You will learn how to make a healthy version of ice cream, sour cream, mayonnaise, and ranch dressing. The recipes include healthier versions of main dishes as well.

The Bad:

CON #1: The short lesson on the biochemistry of fats is not all that simple and easy to understand.
CON #2: Much of the content in this book is explained in her online interviews promoting the book.

Who is Nourishing Fats for?

The information in this book is ideal for anyone who wants to improve their health. Parents raising children with ADHD and autism will benefit immensely from the ideas and content of this book.

As someone with epilepsy, I appreciate learning more about fats and how they support brain function. I have increased my intake of healthy pasture-raised fats and feel great.

Nourishing Fats Tools & Training

This is a paperback book, so there are no tools or training included. You simply need to know how to read. The nice thing about this book is that you don’t need a laptop and electricity to read it. You can simply use a bookmark when you want to stop. It is very old-fashioned.

I do believe that the book is also available on kindle.

Nourishing Fats Price

The book is listed at $24.99 on Amazon. This seems reasonable for a 250-page paperback book now that we have increasing amounts of inflation on just about everything. Normally, I like to spend below $20 for a book, but we are experiencing massive inflation due to government spending. The cost of this book is likely to go up in the coming months. It is a good time to buy it.

My Final Opinion of the Nourishing Fats Book

I really like the book. I’m definitely enjoying reading a physical book again as opposed to staring at a screen and scrolling down the page. I do like knowing where the ideas around fats being bad came from and how the studies don’t exactly indicate that fats are bad.

I think that it is important for people to understand that many studies can be designed to create the result that the company wants them to reflect. This means that manufacturers who pay for studies are likely to hide the negative impacts that may occur from drugs. That is why we so often see lawsuit advertisements only a few years after a new drug comes on the market.

 

Nourishing Fats at a Glance…

Name: Nourishing Fats

Website: Available on Amazon
Owners: Sally Fallon Morell, Foreward by Nina Teicholz
Price: $24.99
Overall Scam Rank:85 out of 100

VERDICT: LEGIT! I do love this book. I can’t wait to try some of the healthy recipes in the back of the book.

My Alopecia Universalis Regrowth Update

Well, I have been following my own Alopecia Universalis regrowth plan for a whole week. It shouldn’t be surprising because that is such a short amount of time. The great news is that the clear bottom eyelashes that have come in didn’t fall out with the massive amount of junk food that I ate over the Christmas holiday. 

I stuck to the plan for meditation with the Think Right Now audios and I practiced my Buteyko breathing exercises. I diligently got at least an hour in on my treadmill every day. While I don’t see tons of regrowth yet, my skill has healed up and is feeling smooth and supple. 

My digestion has improved quite a bit. Even though I overate on Christmas eve, I only had a minor stomach ache for a few hours after. I had two huge bowel movements the next morning and all the bloating was gone by noon the next day. I ate all the normal things that can create issues for people from pie to ham and potato salad. 

When I was on the paleo ketogenic diet, I would get constipation that lasted for days. It would turn into diarrhea right before my menstrual cycle. Following a strict elimination type of diet won’t necessarily cure what ails you. I feel much better being able to have a bowel movement every day. I do think that the exercises have helped out a lot. 

The next steps for curing alopecia

This week, I will be reducing the sweet treats that I have been eating. Hopefully, by New Year’s, I will have most of them out of the house and be ready to focus on the dietary recommendations that Alopecia Angel will give me.

I am going to continue with the Buteyko breathing exercises and as much exercise as I can tolerate. I strained my ankle yesterday and have been resting it. Today, I decided to focus on Pilates exercises instead of walking and jogging. It does seem to be getting a bit better. 

I will begin Alopecia Angel’s Hair and Heal 8-week program on January 1. There are eight modules that are spaced a week apart. I’m not sure what will be addressed during those weeks, but I’m excited to find out. From some of the success stories, I gathered that meditation is incorporated into the program, the AIP diet, and some recommended supplements. 

I am excited and scared all at once. 

Overcoming my obstacles

I think one of the hardest parts of hair loss is that you don’t see results quickly. You can throw a million therapies at it and hair still will grow slowly. It is difficult to measure the potential underlying vitamin deficiencies that you may have. Supplements don’t work if you have malabsorption issues. 

My biggest obstacle will be staying the course. I’m optimistic that working with someone who has helped others in my condition will help. Hopefully, I will be able to identify some of the blind spots that I have had when trying to cure my alopecia on my own. 

Stay tuned as I update you on my alopecia universalis regrowth. I’m hoping to have some regrowth by Valentine’s Day. 

Health Benefits of Nasal Breathing

The Buteyko breathing exercises seem to have improved my health tremendously. I have experienced clear nasal passages, almost no colds, brighter skin, fewer seizures, and good digestion. It is amazing that using the nose for breathing as it was intended would improve health so much. 

Why is Nose Breathing Important?

The main purpose of the nose is to help you breathe safely and efficiently. It filters out foreign particles like dust, allergens, and pollen. People who breathe through their noses are less likely to experience allergies and need to expel the foreign particles from their lungs. 

The nose humidifies the inhaled air. It warms and moisturizes the air that you have breathed. The warmed air matches the body’s temperatures and makes it easier for the lungs to use. 

While you are breathing through your nose, your body produces nitric oxide (NO). NO is a vasodilator that helps to widen the blood vessels. By widening the blood vessels, oxygen is better able to circulate through your body. 

Mouth Breathing Risks

The mouth is designed more for eating and talking. Breathing through your mouth is associated with certain health risks. When you breathe through your mouth, you lose moisture and the mouth becomes dry. It increases the chances of inhaling unfiltered allergens and creating an allergic reaction. 

Asthma, bad breath, tooth decay, and gingivitis are problems that are also associated with mouth breathing. Mouth breathing can impact your body’s oxygenation during sleep. Snoring and sleep apnea have been linked to mouth breathing as well. 

The Health Benefits of Nasal Breathing

Nose breathing allows the body to function properly. The nose functions as it was designed. The main benefits of nasal breathing include the following:

  • reduced exposure to dangerous allergens
  • humidifies the inhaled air
  • increases the airflow to arteries, nerves, and veins
  • improves the oxygen uptake 
  • increases circulation
  • strengthens the diaphragm
  • reduces the risk of hay fever and seasonal allergies
  • eliminates sleep apnea
  • reduces the risk of snoring
  • supports the proper formation of the mouth and teeth
  • supports the immune system
  • improved athletic performance
  • reduced stress and anxiety

Patrick McKeown explains the health benefits of nasal breathing and the importance of breathing through the nose at all times. 

    Meditation for Healing

    Can you really use meditation for healing your body? Will it actually help with female autoimmune hair loss? Many meditation experts certainly feel that this is the case. There are lots of claims that meditation can eliminate stress and help you feel better. 

    I’m going to try it for my alopecia Universalis. 

    Getting Started

    I must admit, I haven’t consistently listened to the Think Right Now “I am Healed” audio very long at all. I purchased it a few years ago, but I bought a bunch of CDs and honestly got distracted before realizing amazing results. 

    I did happen to notice that when I listened to the “I am organized” audio that many of my messy habits stopped and I began to clean up my desk and room. I felt like I was changing for the better, but I have a habit of losing interest and changing direction. After about a month, I started forgetting to listen to the audio and some of the good organizational habits stuck, but others were forgotten. 

    I started listening to the “I am Healed” audio about five days ago. This time instead of trying to play it while I slept or exercising, I sat my butt down and closed my eyes, and used it as a meditation CD. 

    The Mental Conditioning

    The “I am healed” audio repeats positive affirmations three times with background music that is specially tuned to help the brain accept the affirmations. Some of these positive affirmations are just things that we should believe anyway, so I don’t think there is any harm in listening to the audio. 

    Here are a few of the phrases. You can create your own meditation audio with the affirmations. 

    • “I’m completely free of all disorders.” 
    • “Oxygen-rich blood flows fully and easily through all parts of my body.” 
    • “I’m free of all sickness, disease, and infirmity.” 
    • “I feel increasingly wonderful inside and out.” 
    • “All bitterness and resentment have vanished from my life.” 
    • “I’m free of the effects of all harmful viruses.”
    • “The days of settling for less than excellent health are over.”
    • “I’m free of all disorders of the bones and joints.”
    • “I replace health worries with faith in my unlimited healing energies.”

    There are plenty more positive affirmations on the ThinkRightNow audio, but these give you an idea of what you will hear. These beliefs are good ones that seem to move the mind towards healthy habits. 

    I plan on listening to the audio at a minimum of once per day if not more. My hope is that I will be primed mentally for when I start Alopecia Angel’s hair regrowth program. 

    Short-term Meditation Results

    While I have only been doing it five days in a row, it is difficult to tell if there have been any hair regrowth victories to claim. I will mention that I do have one pubic hair that is colored! I have noticed that my vellus (clear) eyelashes are coming in. This morning after my shower, I noticed about five or six vellus eyebrows, so that is somewhat promising. 

    I should mention that vellus hairs come and go. These could easily fall out and not turn into mature, colored hairs, but seeing them is positive. It is the first sign that the hair could potentially be regrowing. 

    As I use meditation, I find that I trust my powerful subconscious mind to heal my alopecia. I’m optimistic and beginning new exercise habits. While I’m not going to stress about the dietary habits until after Christmas, I do feel that I’m making moves in a positive direction. 

    Living with Alopecia Universalis

    My life changed drastically the day that I felt a patch of skin as I ran my fingers through my hair. It was a quarter-sized bald patch. I got a pit in my stomach as I knew that my sister’s alopecia Universalis had started this way just eight years earlier. Mentally, I had a plan for what I would do if hair loss ever happened to me. I knew I was going to throw all the medical cures at it I could, but in the end, autoimmune hair loss isn’t the easiest thing to cure.

    I started with the cortisone injections and moved on to the oral steroids. They worked, but they weren’t sustainable. I had to stop taking them in order to have my blood tested accurately for thyroid hormones. As soon as I stopped the steroids, my hair fell out. I made the decision to treat it holistically and just wear a wig.

    So now, I have tried half a dozen diets, a few different exercise programs, acupuncture, and biofeedback. My health feels better than most people my age. I never get sick and I have plenty of energy. But I still don’t have hair.

    What’s it like to be a bald woman?

    It isn’t always fun to be bald. In fact, it almost never is fun. But I try to look on the bright side. I never have a bad hair day with my fake wigs. I haven’t had to shave my legs in twelve years. I can change up my hair color and length based on my mood.

    I’m no longer clogging the bathtub drain with my hair. I have saved a ton of money on shampoo and conditioner. (I do wash my wigs, but not nearly as often as I had been washing my hair.)

    The cons of being bald

    I’m always a little concerned that my hair will fall off and I’ll be embarrassed on a date. The elastic on my wig rubs my neck and starts to hurt after a while. I don’t like to draw attention to my hair and have people comment on my new “cut,” so I try to remember which wig that I wore and where I wore it. That can be difficult at times.

    I actually don’t like wearing my wig after a few hours, so I have a bunch of cotton hats that keep my head warm. My favorite type of hats are the Headcovers three seam caps. They fit snugly and keep my head warm.

    Losing My Eyebrows

    I absolutely hated losing my eyebrows. I had another friend with Alopecia Universalis who told me about eyebrow tattoos. I decided to do those. I intended on tattooing eyeliner on, but after I had the eyebrow tattoos done, I decided I could apply my own eyeliner. It was too painful.

    I’m not much of a make-up girl, but every day I apply two lines of eyebrow pencil to my face. I take a black eyeliner pencil and outline my eyes so people won’t notice that I don’t have eyelashes. It takes about two minutes. I’m rather lucky that my skin looks healthy otherwise and I don’t need foundation and all that jazz.

    If I don’t apply the eye makeup, I look really washed out. It does help me to look much healthier. I feel a bit more confident with the eye makeup on.

    Wearing Wigs

    I started wearing wigs while my hair was falling out. Paula Young has volumizers that I purchased when my hair was still in the patchy loss phase. They helped to cover the bald spots and gave me great-looking hair. It was fake, of course, but I liked the way that I looked.

    Paula Young has inexpensive wigs and I’m pretty cheap when it comes to beauty products. It took me a year or two before I invested in human hair wigs. I was so happy when I did because they felt so much softer against my skin. They also looked a little better. (But most people don’t even notice unless they are hairstylists.)

    I recently decided to try a headband wig from Paula Young. It is so fun with the beachy waves. I do like the feel of the headband against my skin instead of the typical wig construction. It fits snugly. The volume feels a bit 80’s to me. My natural hair was stick straight, so it is quite the adjustment but kind of fun.

    Paula Young headband wig
    Paula Young headband wig

    Finding an Alopecia Universalis Cure

    At some point, I realized that I couldn’t focus all my attention on finding an alopecia Universalis cure. I was getting disappointed by the things that I was trying. However, I recently came across Alopecia Angel online. She sells a program to help people with autoimmune hair loss. I will start her program in January.

    I’m pretty excited to find someone who has had success helping people who have had complete hair loss. All the other treatments that I’ve tried haven’t been too optimistic about healing hair loss that is from an autoimmune disease and over a decade long.

    I’m very hopeful and plan on blogging about Alopecia Angel’s program. If it works, I want other people with alopecia to know about it. If it doesn’t, I want to give others a fair warning.

    Check out my Plan to Cure Alopecia Universalis as it stands today.

    Purify Life – Hair Skin Nails Vitamins Review

    Purify Life Biotin Gummies Review

    Do the hair skin nails vitamins from Purify Life do what they claim? I took them for a month and discovered that they do help with hair growth!

    Name: Purify Life Hair, Skin and Nails Biotin Vitamins
    Website: https://amzn.to/32qEy0Q
    Price: $18.45
    Owners: Purify Life
    Overall Rank: 70 out of 100

    Biotin Gummies, Product Overview

    These biotin gummies are created to help people with weak nails, cracking nails, and split ends. The vitamin formulation also helps people who have dull skin, and breaking hair.

    The ingredients include 5000 mcg of biotin, vitamin A, C, D3, E B6, Folic Acid, B12, Choline, Inositol, Zinc, Iodine, Malt Syrup, Pectin, Sugar, Glucose, citric acid, sodium citrate, some natural flavors, and vegetable oil.

    The Good & the Bad

    The Good:

    PRO #1: These are all ingredients that are typically deficient in people who have hair loss.

    PRO #2: Vitamin D and vitamin C can help prevent the common cold as well as encourage hair loss.

    PRO #3: They are delicious and easy to take. The vitamins taste like gummy candies.

    The Bad:

    CON #1: It can be easy to overeat the gummies and make yourself sick.

    CON #2: The vitamins are not natural. You may not absorb them properly.

    Who are the Purify Life Biotin Gummies For?

    The people who may benefit from taking gummy vitamins are probably little kids who can’t swallow regular capsules. While I enjoyed the flavor of the gummies the first few days of taking them, I actually got sick from taking too many one day and they made me throw up.

    I did tire of the taste of the gummies around week two and ordered another brand’s hair, skin, and nails vitamins.

    Biotin Gummies Tools & Training

    Follow the instructions on the container. Do not take too many. It will upset your stomach and you will end up throwing up. Many people claim that you can’t overdose on B vitamins, but you can.

    Purify Life Biotin Gummies Price

    The cost is $18.45 for a 45 day supply. I found this to be very reasonable at $.41 per day.

    My Final Opinion of Purify Life Biotin Gummies

    I actually did not finish this bottle. I do think that they may work. I started taking these vitamins at the same time I incorporated some other things into my diet and started breaking out. I may have assumed initially that it was the vitamins, but now I’m thinking it is the nightshade hot peppers. I did have some regrowth of my lower eyelashes during this time, which is amazing for someone with Alopecia Universalis.

    I decided that I’m not a fan of the gummies and will not likely continue with these. I do think they work. I also think that the flavor is tasty. I’d just rather not have gummies every day.

    Purify Life Biotin Gummies at a Glance…

    Name: Amazon

    Website: https://amzn.to/32qEy0Q

    Owners: Purify Life
    Price: 18.45
    Overall Scam Rank: 70 out of 100

    VERDICT: LEGIT! If you are looking to strengthen or regrow your hair, these probably will work as long as you stick with taking them over a few months. They even worked for someone who is suffering from autoimmune hair loss. I ended up seeing a few vellus eyelashes regrow, which is amazing!

    My Plan to Cure Alopecia Naturally

    Alopecia Universalis
    The “Before” picture of my alopecia Universalis.

    I have tried a variety of things to get my hair to regrow over the last ten years. Yes, you read that right. I have been bald for a decade. It is annoying to put on a wig and I don’t like the feel of a bald scalp, so I put on pretty wigs. I get loads of compliments for my cheap wigs, but I’d love to have my hair back.

    I found Alopecia Angel online and signed up for her program which starts on January 1st. In the meantime, I am going to use positive affirmations and exercise as much as I possibly can. The holidays are going to ruin my diet, but I want to have my mind as primed as possible for the new endeavor.

    Behavior Modification

    Hate Working Out? Paying a BIG Price for it?

     

    I have found some success with changing my thoughts and actions through the ThinkRightNow program. Usually, they end up failing me after a seizure or aura wipes my memory clean and I forget that I was implementing that change.

    Epilepsy stinks, and I’m not holding out hope that the positive affirmations will cure the epilepsy. I have been down that road.

    Exercise

    Believe it or not, I’m exercising daily. Not just a little either. I am jogging or walking for at least two hours a day.

    Why two hours you may ask…This has to do with the positive results that I feel when I practice Buteyko breathing along with exercise. On the Buteyko Table of Health, it says that if you get your control pause up to 60 seconds, you should have normal health. To do that, Artour Rahikmov suggests 2 hours of exercise every day.

    Yikes! Well, I’ve done it for a week and feel great. The last time I attempted this much exercise at once, I ended up quitting due to an injury. I was working up to a half-marathon, but the injury made only a 5k possible.

    So, That’s the Holiday Plan

    I’m going to play my “I am Healed” and “Eating For Excellent Health” CDs as much as I can while I make a point to exercise as much as I can each day. I’m not going to stress over my eating or try to change my other lifestyle habits until I start Alopecia Angel’s program in January.

    I did decide to start blogging about it more because I would like to document any potential regrowth that may come from the positive affirmations.

    Hate Working Out? Paying a BIG Price for it?


    Steps to Ease Detox Reaction Symptoms

    I dived in head-first into the Butyeko breathing exercises and rapidly increased my control pause. While this sounds great and helped me get rid of congestion and mucus. It happened a bit too quickly and I experienced a seizure in the middle of the night. I don’t think this is from the breathing exercises. I think that I had been eating way too much junk food this month…hello Halloween candy and Thanksgiving pie! So, I don’t think I’ll abandon the Buteyko breathing exercises.

    I also think that I will gradually clean up my diet. I have stopped eating wheat and refined carboydrates. I’ll take butter and cheese out of my diet as well. As hard as it can be to stick with the Paleo Ketogenic diet, I’m going to add that to my health protocol.

    What is a healing reaction or detox reaction?

    When you adopt a new health protocol, there can be a temporary worsening of symptoms. These can be in the form of a rash, increased mucus production, a seizure for people who are susceptible to seizures, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and headaches. Some people may experience constipation, diarrhea, mood swings, anxiety, cramps, and restlessness.

    How to Ease Your Detox Reactions

    When going through a detox reaction, your body is working to flush the toxins out of your body. They start to circulate when they may have once been stored in fat. A key to flushing out toxins is to stay hydrated. It is recommended to drink at least 2-3 quarts of water per day. This can help you stay hydrated.

    Supplement with Electrolytes

    While water is integral in hydration, it can also have the opposite effect if you don’t have enough minerals. It is often recommended to take electrolytes to help your body keep the water that you drink.

    Avoid Processed Foods

    Another thing that you may want to do to ease your detox reaction is to avoid highly processed “white” foods. Foods that are made with white flour including bread and pasta, sugar, and starches are some of the most unhealthy foods. They often increase the number of toxins in your body and the number of symptoms that you feel. They will degrade your health.

    Eliminate Dairy Products

    Milk and cheese are foods that many people react to negatively. Reactions from dairy can vary from weight gain to acne and rashes. Detoxing from dairy will help you improve your health whether you are lactose intolerant or just slightly sensitive to dairy.

    If you are experiencing the following symptoms, it is worth it to consider detoxing from dairy.

    • Skin rashes and acne
    • Iron-deficient anemia
    • Excess mucus and congestion
    • Headaches
    • Gas and bloating
    • Vomiting
    • Loose foamy stools
    • Diarrhea or constipation

    Get Plenty of Rest

    Rest is an important part of healing. Your body is going through a transition and often uses more energy to detox. If you are feeling sleepy or fatigued during a new health protocol, you could be going through a cleansing reaction and you may feel better with a bit more rest.

    You may want to slowly make lifestyle changes like Buteyko breathing, exercise, and dietary changes. Slowly changing your lifestyle makes it easier for your body to adapt. The severity of the symptoms may reduce if you slowly implement changes.

    Get a Massage

    A good massage can help to speed up the healing process as it reduces the discomfort that you may feel. Massages can increase your blood circulation and relieve muscle aches. It is also a nice way to treat yourself when you aren’t feeling well.

    Easing the cleansing reaction or detox reaction symptoms can mean taking a step back, but you will ultimately feel better. Whether you are detoxifying from drugs or junk food, there is a chance that you will experience worse symptoms at the beginning. During the first few days of quitting junk food, you may experience sadness, cravings, and tiredness. These will subside over the next month.

     

     

    Clear Congestion Naturally and Quickly

    No one likes to have a stuffy nose or lots of mucus in their nasal passages. It is often the first sign of a cold or seasonal allergies. The cause of nasal congestion can vary from your dietary intake to daily activities. Many people find it difficult to pinpoint the cause, so they turn to over-the-counter decongestants. 

    This morning I awoke with a bit of congestion in my nose. Luckily, I had found success with clearing congestion naturally through the Buteyko Breathing exercises. I knew that yesterday I had binged on Thanksgiving leftovers and there was a possibility that I would get excess congestion and mucus from them. They were delicious and I decided it was worth the risk. 

    Buteyko Breathing Exercises for Clearing Congestion Quickly

    The first exercise that I did was simple breath holds. I did this right when I woke up while I was lying in bed. The steps for this exercise are simple. 

    1. Pinch your nose.
    2. Start timing your breath-hold.
    3. Wait until the first urge to breathe. 
    4. Stop the timer. 
    5. Take a break. Repeat and try to extend the breath-hold.

    The first few breath-holds with a stuffy nose can be shorter and a little uncomfortable. You will notice that you have the urge to blow your nose and expel the mucus. After practicing these breath holds for about half an hour, your nose should be clear and it will be easy to breathe. 

    Clearing Congestion Naturally Exercise

    Keeping your congestion at bay requires some daily exercise. As a society, we have gotten very sedentary and our bodily functions have become a bit impaired. One exercise that can be done while walking is the STEPS exercise. 

    These are the instructions for the STEPS exercise:

    1. Take a walk.
    2. During the walk, pinch your nose and count how many steps you can take without breathing.
    3. When you begin to feel an air hunger, unpinch your nose. 
    4. Breathe normally for about a minute. 
    5. Repeat. 

    This is a simple exercise that can be done without any equipment or training. It should be done on a daily basis for 30 minutes to an hour a day. Walking provides many additional benefits in addition to clearing congestion. You may find that your circulation also improves. 

    Tips for Preventing Congestion

    I have found that using the principles of Buteyko Breathing have helped me prevent and eliminate congestion. As a child, I suffered a lot from asthma and allergies, but since adopting nasal breathing only, I haven’t suffered much at all from these ailments. 

    The following tips can help improve your health and prevent congestion. 

    1. Avoid processed junk food. 
    2. Eat low carbohydrate foods. 
    3. Take daily walks.
    4. Breathe only through your nose with your diaphragm. 
    5. Strive for good posture. 
    6. Drink water. 

    Conclusion

    You can improve your health naturally and quickly with Buteyko Breathing exercises. I slacked off and stopped my Buteyko practices for awhile, but found that they worked quickly when I reinstated them and stopped the unhealthy eating habits that I had adopted over the holidays. 

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