Don’t Bug Out – Keep Them Out – Naturally!

All Natural Home Remedies to Keep Those Pesky Bugs Out.

The Smithsonian Institution estimates that at any time, there are some 10 quintillion individual insects alive. In the United States alone there is approximately 91,000 species. If you’re like me, I bug out!  I have embarrassed myself countless times after being caught off guard by a creepy crawly.  I have even, almost caused a traffic accident, when discovering a bumble-bee in the car!

Living next to a Bog State Nature Preserve I am privy to 1,000’s of species. This spring they are coming out in full force, bigger and peskier than ever! No, thank you!  However, I refuse to resort to using toxic chemical sprays and lotions. Enter in Essential Oils to save the day!  With some DIY methods and preventative procedures, you can keep them out of your house without using any harsh chemicals. 

Preventative procedures

  1. Use 1 part vinegar to 1 part water, wipe down all countertops and kitchen surfaces daily to remove odors and food particles.
  2. Use a trash can with a lid and be sure to rinse out all of your recyclables.
  3. Use sealed jars or containers to store your dry foods.
  4. Make sure to keep your kitchen drain free from leftovers. Use ½ cup of baking soda then ½ cup of vinegar down the drain.  Let stand for 20 minutes and flush with hot water.
  5. Always rinse your dishes.
  6. Dust and shop vacuum all corners and crevices weekly.
  7. Don’t allow sugary food or drinks to leave your kitchen.
  8. Fix all leaky faucets. They attract insects due to needing water to survive.
  9. Place lavender or basal near any entrances to your home.
  10. Make sure to inspect and/or repair all screens before opening your windows to let the fresh spring air in.

My Favorite Household Spray and Bug Repellant Lotion

DIY Household Spray – Combine 1 drop of peppermint oil to every 1 ounce of vinegar and shake. (Do not use apple cider vinegar or you may have a whole new problem with fruit flies) Spray the perimeter of your house, the garage, doors and window frames.  Then wipe down all baseboards, door and window frames on the inside.  Be sure to wipe all cracks and crevices as well.

DIY Bug Repellent Lotion – Add 1/3 cup coconut oil and 1/3 cup shea butter in a bowl and mix together.  Add 2-3 drops of lemongrass essential oil and 4-5 drops of Eucalyptus Citriodora.  Store in a mason jar to last all season.

Need an Essential Oil Consultant?  Message me for details @ jvale@feohio.com.

Wishing you all a spectacular spring free of creepy crawlers!

Joy Vale
April 19, 2017

 
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
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Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Numbers of Insects. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2017.
Jennie, Luke Yancey Says, and Jennie Says. “DIY Bug Repellent Lotion (All Natural).” The Diary of a Real Housewife. N.p., 07 Oct. 2016. Web. 18 Apr. 2017.

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Daylight Savings Time Can Make You Healthier!

As we quickly close out February, we begin March and another daylight savings time.  Daylight savings is Sunday,  March 12, 2017, this year.  Some dread the idea of losing an hour of sleep but with it also comes more daylight hours to get out and enjoy the nature that surrounds us.  It’s the beginning of warmer weather too!  As I continue to grow in this world, I try to find a breath of fresh air anywhere I can.  I like to commit to those things that bring happiness and health into my life.  I would like to use the daylight savings this year to get you on the road to better health.
I remember doing my first “detox” fresh out of Chiropractic school.  A book inspired it and the detox included a special cocktail made with apple cider vinegar, lemons, and other ingredients I don’t remember. What I do remember was that it was a bitter drink and added to the excitement of cleansing the body.  I was given foods to eat and avoid and I remember to this day the health and wellness it brought that summer.  Since then I have personally done multiple different detoxes and recommended thousands of detoxes to my patients with great success.  Well, it’s that time again folks, with the seasons beginning to change then so should your diet.  I urge those out there reading to use the daylight savings event as a catalyst to propel you into the abyss of health and get busy on some form of new eating plan and supplement regimen.  Some of us just finished a “New Years cleanse” and are saying “Dr. Kender I just did a cleanse at the beginning of the year!”  Well, that’s great and it’s time to get busy again.  My good friend from Chiropractic school helped inspire the idea of the “quarterly cleanse” which I quickly adopted.  It makes perfect sense to me in northeast Ohio.  Every time the season changes is a good time to do a “detox”.  Daylight savings just happens to fall around that quarterly mark and so begins another journey.  You only have one life to live so you can either get busy being healthy or you can keep being a lump on a log and do nothing!  What’s it going to be?
How about resetting your sleep patterns these daylight savings?  Does anyone remember who said, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”?  I’m sure most of you have heard that Benjamin Franklin quote.  I love this quote and have used it and will continue to use it until the day I die because it gets me fired up to try to get a good night’s rest and get up and embrace the day with excitement and passion.  Usually, this works better in the fall because it gets darker earlier but do not let that be your excuse to try to reach a goal of getting more rest. At least half to 75% of my patients have some form of sleep complaint.  Sleep issues come in all shapes and colors.  Problems falling asleep or staying asleep are the two most common complaints.  The reasons why vary for each person.  I have found in my private practice that health related issues can cause a lack of good rest, which is recovered with proper support.  But what do other professionals say about adjusting to the time change?  WebMD says, “it takes about one day to adjust for each hour of time change”. (1) Whatever gets you fired up, make it happen.  As the late Michael Jackson once sang, “I’m looking at the man in the mirror, Ohh, I’m asking him to change his ways, Ohh.”  It’s all about attitude; you’ve got to want to make the difference.
How about using the extra daylight to do something physical.  Take that jog in the morning that you keep talking about.  The park is open at daylight and closes at dusk so your excuse that the park isn’t open until sunrise does not work anymore so get out there and “git er dun” …You know who you are reading this;)  Maybe you get up and tend a little slice of the garden that you’ve been talking about doing for the last three summers and never did.  Whatever it might be, use the daylight and extra time to make something happen that brings health and happiness to your soul, because we all have things tearing at us each day.  If we can’t keep our positivity at least 51% and our negativity down below 49% then the devil wins.  That’s no good.
This blog is only simply intended to have you do something great with yourself this change of season.  I will be committing to the quarterly cleanse and my second round begins on the daylight savings time clock.  I’m sure I’ll add a few things to the list as I still have two weeks to think about it and hopefully you do too.  Remember,  “[t]he power that made the body, heals the body”
Yours in peace and prosperity,
Dr. Andrew J Kender III DC
March 8, 2017
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
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[1] http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/coping-with-time-changes
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How Tough Are You? You Must Be Mentally Tough – About Your Health!

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Do You Have the Mental Toughness to Be Healthy?  

As I was preparing for my APEX Clearvite Detox and reading everything it entailed I started to get overwhelmed. It was 21 days of mostly vegetables, along with supplements, shakes and then I read, I couldn’t eat sugar, dairy, red meat and for one week no animal protein. WHAT? I’m not sure I can go a day without cheese.  Then I took a moment and thought about why I chose to do this. I needed to detoxify my liver; this organ is responsible for removing toxins from my body. The liver changes toxic agents into harmless agents and waste products in a two-phase detoxification process. It is, therefore, normal that some toxins are present in the liver because this where the body sends them for processing. A problem develops, however, when a buildup of inorganic and organic toxins begins to inhibit Phase I and Phase II detoxification. Removing these foreign substances from the body will help the liver get back to operating at optimal levels. But mostly I was looking forward to how I would feel:

  • Weight loss
  • Feel and look younger
  • Increase my energy

As I thought about it, I realized that, physically, my body would be fine. It was a matter of preparing myself mentally. I needed to get mentally tough if I wanted to succeed. What is Mental Toughness?   It is “a measure of individual resilience and confidence that may predict success in health, sport, education and the workplace.” [1] “Mental toughness” is often used colloquially to refer to any set of positive attributes that helps a person to cope with difficult situations. I always say I can do anything for 30 days. And this was only 21 days! But I knew I need to prepare my mind for success. So, I read a few books on Mental Toughness.  These two were my favorites: (1) The Art of Mental Training by DC Gonzales with Alice McVeigh and Training Camp What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else by Jon Gordon.  I also did some research on the internet.  Here are a few of my favorite blogs on this topic.

  1. http://womenshealthconversations.com/hot-for-your-health/strong-body-strong-mind/

Dr. Kellie Middleton said, “If you want to be the best possible version of yourself, it’s essential that you give your body and mind the tools that they need in order to thrive. Use this as your guide to unlock your true potential by understanding and implementing the mind-body connection in your everyday life.”

  1. http://examinedexistence.com/14-ways-to-develop-and-improve-mental-toughness/

This blog was great to help me think outside of my daily routine, and most of the things they suggested would be a lot harder than what I chose to put in my mouth for 21 days. The idea of kickboxing would be fun but actually doing it – –  I just don’t know.

  1. http://lifehacker.com/how-and-why-to-develop-your-mental-toughness-1619305771

This helped me set up my game plan and be prepared for other things that may happen during the 21 days of the detox.

Now that I’ve done my research, I know I can do this! I am motivated and I put a game plan together. I knew the key was preparation, preparation, preparation. How many times have we all heard this and it’s always true so why don’t we always prepare ahead of time? I wrote down a list of vegetables I loved. I looked up recipes that fit within the guidelines. I went shopping and prepped meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I know me and I know I couldn’t have choices.  It needed to be set ahead of time and ready to go.  I prepped my supplements so that they were easily accessible so I wouldn’t forget. I set my alarm on my phone so I didn’t miss taking them. I also had plenty of support; both my Mom and my sister were doing the detox with me.  And, of course, everyone at work was supportive. Most did the detox in January. I’m ready.  I’ve got this!

I’m a little over half way there and it’s been easier than I thought. I have lost some weight and my energy level is high.  I’m not sure I look 5 years younger but I’m feeling younger. I do miss my cheese. I’ve been out to dinner and I was fine. I must admit I did eat one french fry when I took my nephews to McDonald’s as treat.  It tasted greasy and very salty so one was enough.  I’m on no meat week now so I’m ready to add chicken back into my life. Only 2 days… I know if I hadn’t mentally prepared for this detox I would have cheated in the first week. But I kept telling myself I can do anything for 21 days and I’m only helping myself which will enable me to help others.

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Nancy Boardman
February 22, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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[1]  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_toughness

Don’t Be A Grinch – Keep Your Brain Healthy This Holiday Season!

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Three Key Components for Optimal Brain Health

It’s here folks!  The poinsettia are in bloom, the Christmas lights are glowing, and the smell of pine and cinnamon are in the air.  Some of us can’t help but get excited about the holiday season, but with the excitement of the season comes a variety of stressors.  Old man winter kisses the air, seasonal affective disorder touches us all on the north shores of Ohio, and let’s face it- there’s a certain trepidation looming ahead as we prepare to spend the holidays with family.  Stress affects us all in different ways.  The part of the body that takes the brunt of the abuse is our brains, especially our frontal cortex.  This is the part of the brain underneath your forehead which deals with the daily problems and solutions to complex issues.  The front part of our brain is what allows us to do mathematics, rationalize, analyze, hypothesize and visualize but most importantly it gets the creative juices flowing & allows us to express our inner Einstein.  This part of the brain dictates who we are, what we’re about & how we express ourselves.  Are you a “Tiny Tim” or “Scrooge” this Holiday Season?  How about this year instead of letting the Grinch come out in your brain, turn those follies into jingle bell jollies and get in the spirit this Christmas season.

“He’s making a list, He’s checking it twice….” How do you think Santa Claus keeps those Christmas wishes organized for the good boys and girls of the world?  Well, I’m sure he has an exceptionally large frontal cortex, which, controls executive function.  Of course, making a list is one recommendation this holiday season.  If you rely solely on your brain capacity alone to remember all those holiday details, you’re bound to forget something.  Making that list encourages left-brain function of the frontal cortex.

When you break it all down, the brain needs three things: oxygen, glucose, and stimulation.  It seems like this time of year it’s very easy to get “all wrapped up” in the holiday frenzy, so I urge you to support that brain with the fuel it needs to survive the holiday madness.  So just breathe.  It is easy to get caught up in a sympathetic state of breathing.  Have you ever noticed your breath during stressful times? If not, stop and observe what is going on with your body in a stressed state.  Typically, you use a very small percentage of breathing capacity when stressed.  It is important to understand that the lungs have three lobes:  upper, middle, and lower lobes.  We rarely use the upper and lower lobes and are out of our comfort zones when we do so.  A variety of exercises can make you use those lobes, such as burst exercises or simple breathing exercises.

The latest research proves that burst exercises are some of the best exercises to combat some of the most degenerative brain conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.  A burst exercise essentially takes all that you have, to propel your body through the active motion you are trying to complete.  For example, when I go for a jog, I set my repeat timer for every two minutes.  When the timer goes off I sprint with all that I’ve got for 30 seconds and recover with a slow jog for the next 90 seconds.  So every two minutes I am picking up the intensity to essentially maximize the capacity that my body can handle.  By the end of thirty seconds, I am completely winded and it takes every bit of the 90 seconds to recover before the next BURST.  This is just one example of a burst type exercise.  There are so many things you can do and I urge you to do as many as you can and as often as you can.  I would be willing to bet it will decrease stress on your brain.  Let’s use common sense here though folks, so if your body is not ready to hit the streets running as I explained, then you must complete an exercise that is within your body’s safe capacities.  If you do not feel comfortable advising yourself or if you’re uncertain about your limitations, then consult your physician before completing any exercise.

How about glucose for the brain?  The brain’s main fuel source is glucose, but can also survive on ketones.  If you want to know more about how the brain functions on ketones, then check out some of my previous blogs.  Glucose is derived from the foods we eat.  It is important not to overload the brain with glucose.  Too much of anything is bad for us.  So, when the holiday treats present, try not to overdo it.  If you know you are going to indulge, then combat those calories with exercise.  It all ties together.  If you exercise, you get oxygen.  If you exercise you help balance your blood sugars.  And if you exercise, you are stimulated.  This requires all the neurological connections in the brain to work together in harmony to complete the task.

Other forms of stimulation for holiday balance are playing games.  Whether you have young children at home or you are lone wolf around the holiday season, there is no reason you can’t increase the blood flow to those vital areas of the brain with a variety of games.  You could do a memory game to stimulate the hippocampal region of the temporal lobe to create plasticity to the short-term memory area of the brain.  You can do Sudoku to support the analytical left-brain and complete those tedious little puzzles.  How about grabbing a coloring book of winter scenes to fire that right brain through creative activities?  Whatever it is, just take some time to play among the holiday frenzy.   For some of you that aren’t as faint hearted, go out and find that pickup game.  The winter season is the perfect time for games like indoor soccer, basketball or volleyball.  Start by looking around your local YMCA or other gym facilities in the area for action.  I use a website called Gamesnake to find local pickups in the area.

So, I leave you with one key phrase.  “Use it or lose it.”  The brain is such a precious organ to waste.  Why not treat it right this holiday season with a few of the tips recommended by one of your favorite Chiropractors.  Keep Warm and Keep Happy.   Merry Christmas!

Dr. Andrew Kender III DC
Dec. 14, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio

Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. Robert Nichols, Chiropractic Physicians

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The Flu Vaccine – Friend or Foe?

 

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It’s that time again – flu season.  Runny noses and coughing spells sometimes paired with high fevers and stomach aches.  Sounds like fun. Each year my wife updates me when her business offers the free flu shot at her company.  The conversation heats up in my office consultations with patients asking my advice on whether they should get the flu vaccine.  Before my Chiropractic education, I never thought much about things like the flu vaccine.  I never got one and just would ride the wave when my body did become infected with whatever strain was going around.  It has become a hotly debated topic between pro-vaccinators and anti-vaccinators alike.  It has come to a point that some organizations mandate you get a flu vaccine or they will fire you!!  I actually know people who have lost their job because they refused the flu vaccine.  I personally do not want to express my bias on whether you should or should not get a vaccine, but it does scare me that we Americans are losing our right to make choices  about our own health and can even suffer severe consequences for making choices against the grain.

I’m not here to tell you why to get or not get the vaccine.  I am here to present some of the facts behind the science and arguments for the vaccine.    Dr. Amy Edwards, a doctor of pediatric infectious disease at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, told ABC News that “young kids” and “adults over 65” especially should make sure they get a flu shot. (1)  I have read and understand the medical community’s points to support their desire to inoculate you with the flu virus every year.  The idea is that introducing the flu virus into your body in a low dose will trigger an immune response that builds antibodies to the virus.  Antibodies are your immune system’s defense against foreign invaders like the flu.   The theory is that if your body has already been exposed to the flu then when and if you get infected by someone around you, your body will be able to have a better chance at fighting the infection.  Sounds good in theory, right??

One consideration with the mass use of flu vaccine in healthy children is the removal of natural antibodies to flu derived from natural infection. Whether it is better for healthy children, who rarely suffer complications from flu, to get the flu and develop permanent immunity to that flu strain or it is better for children to get vaccinated every year to try to suppress all flu infection in early childhood is a question that not yet adequately answered by medical science. (2)  We must consider and evaluate these kinds of uncertainties  as children are injured and some have even died from complications associated with the flu inoculation.

I also like to know what I am putting in my body.   Ingredients are added to the different batches and some batches even use different preservatives.  I know if I recommend a nutritional supplement what exactly is in it.  You can at least look up the ingredients on the bottle.  It isn’t hard to find the ingredients in the flu vaccine but most people do not ask. Shouldn’t it be like reading a food label?   Shouldn’t we have the information we need to make an informed decision? That is what encouraged me to look up the ingredients in this year’s flu vaccine and I urge anyone to do the same before making deciding in favor of inoculation.

Dr. Thomas Rau, Chief Medical Director of Switzerland recently published research that showed connections between exacerbation of Lymes disease and the flu vaccine. (3)  He reviewed many cases of those infected with Lymes disease and their recovery potential to the disease.  He reported that those who did not recover as well from the Lymes also had several things in common, one of which was they had the flu vaccine.  The discussion further explained that the flu vaccines basically contain cofactors for Lymes disease to thrive in the infected person.  Therefore, that means that if you have a Lymes infection, the flu vaccine “may” reduce your risk of catching this year’s flu strain but it may also exacerbate the Lyme’s infection.  If I had an active or latent Lymes infection, I would hope my doctor was keeping up with the latest research and considering before making recommendations to my health.

The flu is nothing to mess around with, and if you do become infected, then report to a primary care physician to make sure everything is ok.  Make sure to drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest.  But do your homework when considering this year’s latest flu vaccine.  Talk to your doctor about the vaccine and its ingredients.  Ask about the effectiveness and keep it all in consideration when making choices about your health.  Remember, knowledge is power.

Dr. Andrew Kender III, DC
October 10, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. Robert Nichols, Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

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  1. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/flu-shots/story?id=42561290
  2. http://www.nvic.org/Vaccines-and-Diseases/Influenza.aspx
  3. http://www.naturalhealth365.com/vaccine-Lyme-disease-symptoms-1527.html

6 Chemical-Free Ways to Really Prevent Underarm Odor!

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DEODORANT OR ANTIPERSPIRANT….DON’T SWEAT IT.

Like most people, you don’t worry about the deodorant or the antiperspirant you use in the morning.  You just apply it and hope it last throughout the day. What else can you think about when it comes to what goes under your arms?   Sweating is natural and healthy, and neither deodorant or antiperspirant does or should stop us from perspiring.

Deodorant kills bacteria. Perspiration is odorless. The smell comes from the bacteria that breaks down.  Deodorant has some antibacterial power to prevent the smell before it starts, while antiperspirants address the volume of perspiration. Antiperspirants don’t stop the sweating process. The aluminum compounds in antiperspirants block the sweat glands.  Besides being potentially unhealthy, did you know that the FDA only requires that a brand reduces perspiration by 20 percent to boast “all day protection” on its label, the Wall Street Journal reported. An antiperspirant claiming “extra strength” only has to cut down on wetness by 30 percent. (1)

For a more natural approach to odor control, you can try natural deodorants, or you can fight perspiration in these other natural ways

  1.  Eat Your Greens

It’s important to eat your greens not just for your health, but for good body odor. Chlorophyllin, found in plants, was used orally as an internal deodorant in the 1940s and 1950s on foul-smelling wounds, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. Eating chlorophyll-rich greens such as spinach, and watercress can help freshen up the body, and prevent bad body odor.  Remember, you smell what you eat, so choose wisely to smell sweet and prevent nose-pinching body odors. (2)

2.  Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Apple cider vinegar is a wonder remedy. It is one of the best replacements for deodorant. The anti-bacterial properties fight off the bacterial growth. Pour some apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Dip a cotton ball in it and wipe your underarms. The vinegar will reduce the pH of the skin, thereby eradicating armpit odor.

Alternatively, make a spray by filling water and apple cider vinegar equally in a spray bottle. Or else, rinse your underarms with ACV while bathing.

3.  Baking Soda

Baking soda is an effective remedy for underarm odor. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with one tablespoon of lemon juice. Mix well and apply it on the armpits. Let it rest for some time. Rinse off with clean water.

Another option is to mix a little amount of cornstarch with baking soda and apply it under your arms to absorb excess sweat.

Or else, prepare baking soda paste by adding a little water to it. Use it under your arms after a shower. To get pleasant fragrance, add a few drops of tea tree oil.

4.  Alcohol

Alcohol is another useful remedy to remove armpit odor. To stop underarm perspiration odor, gently rub some alcohol under your arms to help close the pores. It evaporates easily and reduces the smell. You can also put some alcohol in a mug of water and use it to rinse your armpits.

5.  Hydrogen Peroxide

Another option to help with odor is hydrogen peroxide. Prepare a solution by adding one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide in a cup of water. Stir the solution well. Now, take a clean wash-cloth and dip it in this solution. Apply it under your arms for some time. The peroxide will help kill the bacteria, which is what creates the odor.  You can also directly rub hydrogen peroxide under your arms to prevent dirty odor.

6.  Lemon

The acidic properties of lemon help kill smell creating bacteria. Lemon is also known for changing the pH levels of the skin. Slice a lemon and rub it gently on your armpits.  You can also squeeze the juice from 1-2 fresh lemons and apply it directly under your arms to remove bad smell and darkness.  Or, pour some lemon juice on a clean towel and rub it gently on your armpits after taking a bath. You can also mix lemon juice with water in a spray bottle and use it as a natural spray or deodorant under your arms. (3)

Do you have any natural odor preventing remedies?

Nikita Williams
August 15, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. Robert Nichols, Dr. Jessica Eckman
Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

Sources:

  1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/deodorant-http://www.homeremedyhacks.com/24-effective-home-remedies-get-rid-underarm-odor/facts_n_4032353.html
  2. http://www.medicaldaily.com/you-are-what-you-eat-6-smelly-foods-are-actually-giving-you-bad-body-odor-298318
  3. http://www.homeremedyhacks.com/24-effective-home-remedies-get-rid-underarm-odor/

Are You In Muddy Water About How to Drink Water?

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12 Tips to Make Sure You Are Drinking Water the Right Way.

We all know that water is critical to good health and we’ve been barraged with the rules and warnings about water consumption.  We are definitely wading in muddy water when it comes to how to drink water.   This article aims to clear a few things up so that you can drink water the right way.

I have used the tips in this article myself.  Recently my co-workers and I decided to do a water challenge. We all agreed to drink a gallon of water each day for 7 days straight. We all knew the benefits of drinking water but the challenge provided both support and accountability. Before I started my water challenge I put together a plan. I calculated the amount I needed in an ordinary day and made a few quick guidelines to keep me on track.  After choosing the perfect 16 ounce (BPA free) water bottle, I calculated how much water an hour I needed to drink. By breaking down my intake, and giving myself achievable goals I was able to successfully reach my goal!   I was more energized, my skin felt great, and my stamina was amazing during my workouts.   Even better was that the challenge helped me create a healthy habit that I still embrace.

The amount of water you consume everyday plays an important role in maintaining good health.  Drinking water regularly in an adequate amount has many health benefits.  To maintain good health, experts have recommending eight to ten glasses of water a day.  However, recommendations have been open for debate.  Some experts say that the amount is different for each person depending on their size and activity level.  Simply put, the larger and more active you are the more fluid you will need. According to Dr. Keith Ungar, of Functional Endocrinology of Ohio, “A good rule of thumb is to consume half of your body weight in ounces of water.“ [Click to Tweet]

Regardless of the differing advice, there are plenty of good reasons to drink more water.  Water makes up about 2/3 of who we are.  Every system in our body depends on it.  Drinking water can improve your immune function, digestive system, mood, memory and complexion.   Drinking more water can also help control your calorie intake, fight fatigue, boost energy, prevent dehydration and headaches.  The health benefits of drinking water are vast and simple to achieve if you put your mind to it.

While there are plenty of benefits to drinking water it is also possible to overdo it.  Assess your body’s needs, your activity level and the climate to decide the right amount for you.  Below are some basic guidelines for drinking water the right way along with some great tips to help you add more water into your daily routine.

How we drink water is just as important as how much we drink.  Drinking water the right way will help your physical body thrive.  Dr. Keith Ungar encourages sipping water as oppose to chugging.  Sipping water throughout the day will give your body the chance to absorb it.  When you chug water, it is likely to run right through you robbing you of the benefits.

The temperature of your drinking water is also important.  Sipping on cold water during your workouts will hydrate the body of lost fluids and help to cool down the core body temperature.  Studies have shown that drinking cold water can actually boost your metabolism and burn up to an extra 70 calories per day.  Sipping on cold water when you have a fever is also a method of cooling down the core body temperature. It is extremely important to sip water during a fever to keep from becoming dehydrated.

Ayurvedic medicine states that drinking warm water in the morning helps to stimulate digestion.  Drinking water either warm or at room temperature can also help with headaches and inflammation because it helps to stimulate blood flow to the tissues.

With this in mind I have added some tips that have helped me to meet my goals.

12 tips to incorporate water into your daily routine

  1. Calculate the proper amount of water for you. Again, a good rule of thumb is to divide your total body weight in half and drink that amount in ounces.
  1. Track your daily water intake by adding an app to your phone. I recommend the free app  Waterlogged. The app offers charts and reminders to keep you going. It is available for IOS and Android phones.  Visit your app store to see what is available to you.
  1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up in the morning while your morning java brews.
  1. Designate your own BPA free drinking container for the day. Know the measurement so that you can keep track of your intake.
  1. Drink a glass of water with each meal. Add a slice of lemon to help your body gently detoxify.
  1. Drink a glass of water in between meals to curb your appetite.
  1. Make it a point to get up, take a short walk and get some water throughout the day. Set an alert on your phone to get you moving throughout the work day.
  1. Drink water before, during and after exercising to replenish your fluids.
  1. Challenge your co-workers, family and friends to drink more water throughout their day.
  1. Keep your water bottle in plain view so that you remember to drink.
  1. Trade that soda for a refreshing soda water. A great healthy alternative!
  1. Spice up your water with cinnamon sticks, mint leaves, cucumbers, sliced/frozen fruit, etc. [Click to Tweet]

Water is simply Mother Nature’s perfect beverage!  I urge you to drink more water.  Your mind, body and skin will thank you for it!

Joy Vale
May 20, 2015

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, and Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

Sources:

“12 Unexpected Reasons To Drink More Water in 2015.” Greatist. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 May 2015. <http://greatist.com/health/reasons-to-drink-water>

“Water: How Much To Drink, Water Content of Foods, Too Much Water, and More.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 13 May 2015.

“When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemon Water.” – SiOWfa13: Science in Our World: Certainty and Controversy. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 May 2015. <http://www.personal.psu.edu/afr3/blogs/siowfa13/2013/09/when-life-gives-you-lemons-make-lemon-water.html>

“The Art of Drinking Water: 10 Ayurvedic Tips for a Happily Hydrated Body. ~ Julie Bernier.” Elephant Journal. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 May 2015.

“Waterlogged – Drink More Water, Track Daily Water Intake, Get Hydration Remiders.” App Store. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 May 2015.

“Which Is Better: Drinking Cold Or Warm Water?” Healthy and Natural World RSS. N.p., 20 Nov. 2014. Web. 14 May 2015.

 

5 Ways To Keep Mosquitoes Away Naturally!

Coverage of the Zika virus is in every news report.  Pregnant women and couples seeking to get pregnant are encouraged to avoid areas prone to mosquitoes.  Olympic athletes are concerned about going to Brazil this summer and the U.S. swim team has decided to train this summer in Atlanta instead of Puerto Rico where mosquitos are prevalent.[1]  On top of all that, mosquito bites are just annoying and can be a health concern for reasons other than Zika.[2] There are lots of insect repellents on the market but is dousing ourselves in chemicals the answer?  Here are some more natural ways to keep those pesky bugs away.

  1.  Essential Oils.  In a recent report, the “CDC finally admitted that products using oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE or PMD) can provide longer lasting protection against mosquitoes, just as the toxic chemical bug repellent DEET does.” [3]  This is great news considering that many people experience side effects from DEET such as skin irritation, rashes, numb or burning lips, headaches, dizziness, nausea and difficulty concentrating. [3]  You can buy the essential oil on Amazon or a natural grocery store.  Repel also makes a great spray with lemon eucalyptus as the active ingredient.

2.  Make Your Own.  Here’s a great customizable recipe:

To make your own bug spray, you’ll need a 10-ounce spray bottle, and some simple ingredients.

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Ingredients:
• 5 ounces distilled water
• 4 ounces witch hazel
• Essential oils, choose three or four such as: citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, lavender, peppermint, basil, thyme, oil of lemon eucalyptus, geranium, tea tree oil (check with your pediatrician before using on kids and don’t use tea tree oil if the spray will be used on very young children )

Directions:
• Add the distilled water and witch hazel to the 10-ounce spray bottle.
• Then add a total of 30 to 40 drops of essential oil.
• Shake well.[3]

3.  Buy other natural repellents.  These are safe for kids!  Honest, California Baby   Honest Bug SprayNatural, Lafe’s Baby Insect Repellent, and All-Terrain Herbal Armor

        4.  Prepare your yard by eliminating any standing water aka mosquito playgrounds.

5.  Wear socks, pants, and long-sleeve shirts. You will still need to wear insect repellent on your exposed skin, but not as much!  b0566839-9753-4a31-a182-da90864a0739 (2)

Summer is here. It is possible to enjoy the great outdoors and still keep your family safe from mosquito-borne illnesses and unnecessary chemicals.

Do you have a natural insect repellent recipe or suggestion that works?

 

Caroline Boardman
May 22, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. UngarDr. Andrew Kender, and Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

[1] http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/20/health/latest-on-zika-and-olympics/

[2] http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/08/10/how-dangerous-are-mosquito-bites.html

[3] https://healthiertalk.com/cdc-admits-essential-oil-effective-as-deet-for-mosquitoes, citing: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: West Nile virus
www.cdc.gov/westnile; CDC: West Nile Virus Fact Sheet
www.cdc.gov/westnile/resources/pdfs/wnvFactsheet_508 and CDC “West Nile Virus Prevention & Control” www.cdc.gov/westnile/prevention

15 Tips To Spring Clean Your Mind, Body and Soul

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feng shui (Pronounced “fung shway”)

The practice of feng shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement which facilitates the flow of energy within a person’s home environment.  Proper placement helps to enhance one’s personal energies and create a positive atmosphere to live.  Feng shui has been proven to create a calmer more harmonious home which can carry over into every aspect of one’s life-including personal health, marriage, friendships and work.

 Is your home’s energy contributing to your everyday stress? Try paying attention to how you feel when you enter your home or even one room at a time.  Are you overwhelmed, or unable to make a decision, anxious, upset, sick, worried or tense?  Low and stagnant energy can contribute to these feelings.

Below are a 15 of my favorite Feng shui tips for clearing and raising the energy in your home.  It’s time to spring clean for the mind, body and soul. So get busy!

  1.  Freshen Up every day. Fluff your pillow, make your bed.  Put things back where they belong.  Clean as you go. Close the toilet seats. Keep a clean kitchen and always keep a clean fridge.

2.  De-clutter:  they say a clean house is a lucky house! De-cluttering is the easiest thing you can do and is key to good Feng Shui.  [Click the Link to Tweet]  A cluttered room can cause anxiety and stress when entering. Clutter also blocks the flow of energy. Take some time to purge your unwanted things.  Give to a good cause or simple throw out to the curb.

3.  Open the windows. Allow the natural light and air to flow through.  This is both cleansing and stimulating and is sure to lift your spirits.  Windows are the eyes of the soul of a home.  Use soft window covering so that the light may shine through.

4.  Add mirrors. Mirrors bring more light, joy and energy to a space.  When perfectly placed mirrors may even enlarge a room.

5.  Add natural genuine scents. Bring in Nature. Grow fresh herbs in the kitchen, add flowering or dried plants.  Add an essential oil diffuser.

6.  Hang pictures of those you love. Hanging pictures of those you love will give you the feeling of being loved and supported in life.

7.  Always keep a clean bathroom. Make sure all of your linens are fresh and counters free of clutter.

8.  Take all electrical devices from the bedroom. Your bedroom is a place of relaxation, rest and restoring.  Decorate with warm colors, clear the clutter and get rid of under the bed storage to promote a flow of energy as you sleep.

9.  Add water features. The energy of water is associated with wealth and can bring about a very soothing sound. They can also drown out noise pollution.

10.  Play music that makes you feel good! It’s good for the soul.

11.  Add living things to your home. Add vibrant plants, palms, ferns, rubber plants, ivy, aloe, peace lily or bamboo.  Add a fish, a dog, a cat or a bird.

12.  Add Wind Chimes. Use sound therapy to instantly feel at ease.

13.  Add candles to set the mood. Candles strategically placed can promote a calmness in any room.

14.  Let there be light! Invest in beautiful lighting fixtures. Make sure to have installed with a dimmer so that you may create your own mood.

15.  Add a salt lamp they are known to create a healing energy.

A few small actions a day can lead to a more balanced and harmonious life.

My Zen moments are relaxing in a clean house.  I want to create a space for my family to come home to and restore.  I continue on my journey of living an intentional life.  These are a few of my favorite things.

How do you Feng Shui?

Joy Vale
April 6, 2016

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

Sources:

“Feng Shui Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary.” Feng Shui Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2016.

“Cómo Fortalecer La Salud Y La Familia Según El Feng Shui.”http://www.comohacerpara.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.

12 Ways to Detox Your Skin Care Routine

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Avoid These 12 Ingredients and You’ll Be More Beautiful –

From the Inside Out!

Don’t judge a book by its cover or a face by the perfection of its skin!  As a functional medicine doctor, I address the health of my patients from every angle and know first-hand that what is going on inside the body is critical.   In fact, what you are putting on the outside of your body may actually be harming your health from the inside.  Toxins come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  [Click to Tweet]  It is important to know what’s in your skin care regimen so that it does not hurt you from the inside and out.

It is well-known that the FDA does not strictly regulate cosmetic and skin products.  It is also well-established that profit is often considered more important than the best interest of the person.   As a result, skin care products can have misleading labels which try to make you feel better about using a product that is not good for you.  Buzz words like “natural” and “organic” may not always be as health friendly as you would like to believe.  “Companies are supposed to use an organic label only if all ingredients are certified-organic, but they can also say it’s ‘made with organic’ if it contains a minimum of 70 percent certified-organic ingredients. Regardless, 30 percent still leaves a lot of room for toxins.”[1]

David Suzuki, a scientist and environmental activist, suggests that you consider the “dirty dozen” of ingredients when considering what skin care products to buy.[2]  Below is the list of chemicals to avoid to limit any irreversible damage to your humanly potential.

  1. BHA and BHT
  2. Coal tar dyes: p-phenylenediamine and colors listed as “CL” followed by a 5-digit number.
  3. DEA related ingredients
  4. Dibutyl Thalate
  5. Formaldehyde releasing preservatives
  6. Parabens
  7. Parfum
  8. PEG Compounds
  9. Petrolatum
  10. Siloxanes
  11. Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  12. Triclosan

How about the deodorant you are wearing?  Do you wear one of the commercially popular antiperspirants??  I sure don’t.  That doesn’t mean your odor will drive people away.  There are many safe alternatives to an antiperspirant/deodorant that has aluminum.  [Click to Tweet]  We know that aluminum is one of the heavy metal toxins that can create DIS-EASE in the body.  Having a build up of such metals may act as an endocrine disruptor or lodge deep into tissue causing a perpetual inflammatory process.   On an even more basic level, for an antiperspirant to stop you from sweating, it must clog your sweat glands/pores!  This seems like a good idea because to avoid embarrassment during an important meeting or presentation, but is it really worth it??    The innate wisdom that cleanses our bodies uses the underarm area as a drain pipe to get rid of certain toxic build up in the body.  Does it make sense to clog the drain?  But, don’t sweat the small stuff.  You can find aluminum-free deodorant that is a more health-conscious choice.  Salt crystals are another alternative to help neutralize odor without potential negative implications.

Remember, beauty is only skin deep.  I know from my patients that the better you take care of your body from the inside out, the more beautiful you will be – not just today or tomorrow, but for the long-term!

Have you tried the EWG website discussed in our blog post of April 19th?  Click here to read it and to check out the EWG website and check the toxin levels of all of your beauty products

Dr. Andrew Kender, D.C.
May 27, 2015

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio

Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey, Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
Email: info@feohio.com
To make an appointment, click here:

[1] www.treehugger.com/organic-beauty/20-toxic-ingredients-avoid-when-buying-body-care-products-and-cosmetics.html
[2] www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals
Graphic: http://www.honeycolony.com/article/is-your-makeup-toxic/