Monday, 11-7-11

Tuesday’s WOD has a portion outside. Bring appropriate clothing. The high will be 63 with winds 4-7 m.p.h. Morning crew it will be a little cooler in the A.M.

Strength/Skill – Heaving Snatch Balance

For time:
3 Snatch complex, 95# (65#)
30 Ring dips
2 Snatch complex, 95# (65#)
20 Ring dips
1 Snatch complex, 95# (65#)
10 Ring dips

Today’s snatch complex is comprised of 7 snatch grip deadlifts, 7 hang power snatches, and 7 heaving snatch balances.

It’s that time of year again… as the leaves change, the snow falls and lives get infinitely busier people get sick.  Now, hopefully you can prevent it in your home by doing things like getting enough rest, staying well-hydrated, ridding your diet of unfriendly grains, sugars, etc. But if life gets the best of you or your family, here are some natural remedies to consider and hopefully help speed your recovery. Of course, these treatments are not meant to replace medical care.  Consult with your doctor before using natural remedies, especially if you have a medical condition or are pregnant.  If symptoms of any illness don’t improve after a few days, consult your doctor.  This is from our friends at Everyday Paleoand Wellness Mama.  Check it out!

Please chime in: what sort of home remedies have worked for you?

1. Garlic

Garlic naturally has a lot of antibiotic and antiviral properties and it can really help lessen the severity and time of an illness. For maximum potency, finely mince a couple of cloves and drink it water. (Nasty, I know, but it works). This can be repeated every few hours until symptoms are gone. [Note: Pregnant women should not take more than 1 clove a day, and children often will not take this remedy.]

2. Herbal Face Steam

This remedy is great, especially for respiratory illnesses. In a large (2 gallon) pot, bring a few cups of water to a boil. When water boils, turn off heat and add a couple tablespoons each of rosemary, thyme and oregano. Stir well, cover for up to five minutes, and remove lid. Drape a towel over the head and lean over the pot, breathing in the steam. This will help loosen congestion and kill any bacteria that has accumulated in the lungs or respiratory tract.

3. Hydrogen Peroxide

At the first sign of illness or ear infection, a few drops of hydrogen peroxide can do wonders! To keep the illness from getting worse, lay on one side of your body and put a dropfull of Hydrogen Peroxide in one ear. Let it stay in there until it stops bubbling and then repeat on the other side. This is especially useful for kids!

4. Cinnamon

Great at more than just increasing insulin sensitivity! To help with congestion and achy muscles, stir 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder into hot herbal tea and drink. It is slightly spicy but can really take the edge off of congestion.

5. Coconut Oil

What does it not do? A few extra tablespoons of coconut oil can help shorten the duration of an illness. The lauric acid in coconut oil is thought to dissolve the  lipid coating around some viruses and make them more susceptible to attack by the immune system.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

I know, it smells and tastes horrible! A teaspoon in warm water gargled and then drank can help sore throat symptoms and some sources also suggest that it can help kill viruses and bacteria.

7. Vitamin C

Ok, so this one you might not have around, but Vitamin C is well known for its illness-fighting capabilities. You can get powdered Vitamin C, since it can be added to applesauce, other foods or even smoothies to get kids to take it. Just mix into water and drink.

At the first sign of illness, take 1/4 to 1/2 tsp every few hours until you reach bowel tolerance and then back down to half of the dose until symptoms disappear.

So take good care of yourself by exercising regularly, managing your sleep and stress, and fueling your body with a healthy, nutritious diet.  But if you do fall victim to a cold or the flu, address it right away to get back into have fun with us!


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