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Oral Detox-Immune Boosting Strategy

Immune boosting strategy:  ORAL DETOX

Our mouth is home for billions of bacteria organized in a complex ecosystem similar to the microbiome in our gut.

The microbiome is an essential part of our immune system creating barriers and preventing bad bacteria and other pathogens from colonizing (infections). The foods we eat, stress, toxins, lack of sleep among others can damage this ecosystem, giving an upper hand to infections and weakens immunity.
Here are 3 habits to support your oral ecosystem:

1.Tongue scraping : removes bacteria from your tongue, decreasing bacterial burden in your mouth

2.Oil pulling: coconut oil is a natural antifungal and antibacterial. Use one teaspoon and swish swash in your mouth for 5 to 15 minutes. Spit in garbage not sink!

3. Use an activated charcoal toothpaste once per month. Activated charcoal has a negative charge, attracting positively charged bacteria in your mouth and also disrupts biofilms aka plaque.

Side effects: great breath, healthier teeth and gums, happier immune system!

NMR is offering virtual detox consultations for those who want to learn more!

Immune boosting strategies

The following immune boosting strategies are lifestyle based steps to get and keep your immune system strong. Please understand that this doesn’t happen overnight, and that acquiring and maintaining these lifestyle-based habits all year long is what prepares an immune system for battle.

  • Step 1 – Reduce the effects of stress on your body and mind with daily action steps that effectively temper the negative effects of stress. Be aware of the worry, anger and catastrophizing that we are guilty of all too much. These things have absolutely been shown to weaken immune function.
  • Step 2 – Sleep 7-9 hours. Possibly the most critical of the lifestyle habits to improve on for the sake of our immune health. And preferably having our sleep schedule at optimal times in synchronization with night/day rhythms.
  • Step 3 – Workout every day. Super immune booster. Just don’t overdo it as that will weaken your immune system over time.
  • Step 4 – Spinal Manipulations: By optimizing movement of the spine, research has shown for it to enhance overall immune function.
  • Step 5 – Keep all toxins out of your life as best possible. This includes all junk that we eat and drink. Know that ‘junk food’ is a misnomer. There is food and there is junk. Feed your body food! Careful of cosmetics, cleaning products, etc. In an attempt to look good and be clean we may be toxifying our bodies and brains. Know the effects of what you put into AND onto your body.
  • Step 6 – Healthy real food diet. A lot and diverse amounts of fibrous vegetables and fruit. These foods are critical for a healthy microbiome (good gut bacteria). And a healthy strong microbiome is critical to a strong immune system. Limit high sugar fruits like bananas, mango, grapes and pineapple.
    • Good quality protein at each main meal.
    • Snack on wholesome unprocessed nuts, seeds and berries.
    • Limit grains and dairy.
    • Do not skip meals. Throwing off your blood sugar is bad for the immune system.
    • Drink plenty of pure clean water. Hydrate and detoxify every day
  • Step 7 – Vitamins: Supplementation is a healthy option, but only to compliment a healthy and immune boosting lifestyle. Here are some key supplements for immune function:
    • High quality multi-vitamin and multi-mineral supplement
    • Vitamin C 2000 mg/day
    • Vitamin A 10,000 iu/day
    • Vitamin D 2000-4000 iu/day
    • NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) 2000 mg/day
    • There are some herbs that are great too.

It is certainly suggested to schedule an appointment to learn more about immune function and the steps you can take to fully strengthen yours.  Call us 908-252-0242 for help.

Protect yourself from the CORONAVIRUS by restoring your immune system and optimizing your body’s natural defenses

At Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation we are constantly educating our patients on how to ensure their health and quality of life for years to come. The best way to heighten your defenses against the CORONAVIRUS is by building a healthier immune system.

Here are a few suggestions to build a healthier immune system to fight the CORONAVIRUS, along with all chronic diseases, to ensure better health for years to come:

  • Get plenty of rest – to rejuvenate and strengthen the immune system.  A lack of sleep or poor quality of sleep increases the risk of illness.
  • Eliminate sugar – which weakens the immune system making you more susceptible to illness.
  • Eat healthy – avoid fried foods, sugar, soda, processed foods and break your habit of eating foods that are not helping to promote good health.  Learn how to replenish your body with quality low fat proteins, healthy carbohydrates and fats, as well as supplements when needed.
  • Reduce stress – stress can be toxic to your body.  Your body produces stress hormones to protect itself.  Your body needs that stress hormone (cortisol/adrenaline) when under attack, but if you are always under stress and your body is continually releasing large amounts of these stress hormones, your liver needs to work overtime for them to be detoxified.  Learning stress reduction techniques such as deep breathing can be very helpful.
  • Get moving – Exercise has shown physiologically to be one of the greatest therapies to temper stress hormone output.

Schedule your 90 minute consultation with Dr. Claudia to learn how to detox your body and home to help restore your Immune System and optimize your body’s natural defenses.

Consultation includes learning how to:

  • Detox & heighten your defenses against viruses, illness and chronic disease.
  • Identify lifestyle choices that weaken the immune system and interfere with the body’s natural tendency to heal & repair.
  • Learn how to detoxify your body with foods and juicing
    • Juicing guidelines and juicing protocols
    • Take home recipes and meal plans to support your detoxification
    • Practical steps to shop and prepare your foods
  • Learn how to filter your water
  • Fight weight gain, inflammation and bloating
  • Identify and eliminate sources of toxic exposure in your home
  • Learn how to heighten your defenses naturally with therapeutic lifestyle changes involving sleep, nutrition, exercise and stress tempering activities.

Call us at 908-252-0242 to schedule your consultation.

Acupuncture provides a holistic approach for pain management, emotional disorders, stress and fertility

Did you know that rigorous clinical trials have concluded that acupuncture is more effective in treating sciatica, and other pain related conditions, than NSAIDs, opioids, and surgical procedures?  Surgical procedures often result in down time, while acupuncture results in ‘wind down time”.  Not only is acupuncture an effective treatment for physical ailments, it is also highly effective in treating emotional disorders and stress.  We should warn you though…like opioids for pain medication; acupuncture is also highly addictive, but far less dangerous and detrimental to our community. Side effects include:  a reduction in pain, an improvement in symptoms, and an overall euphoric feeling.

Acupuncture has been a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine that originated over 5000 years ago and is being offered as a holistic approach to pain management at Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation.  Acupuncture can provide drug free pain relief for people with chronic pain and suffering by encouraging the body to promote natural healing.  The needling of acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release pain-relieving chemicals (endorphins & serotonin) and hormones in the muscles, spinal cord and brain.  These chemicals are the body’s natural painkillers.  The body produces them to influence its own internal regulating system and healing abilities to fight disease and maintain a healthy physical and emotional state.

Our acupuncturist, Ellen Policastri specializes in treating orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions, acute and chronic pain syndromes, and assists in patient rehabilitation from all types of injuries.  In addition to managing pain, acupuncture treatment can help restore function and renew health for a variety of health concerns.  For example, fatigue, depression/anxiety, insomnia, headaches, sinusitis, asthma, digestive concerns, neuropathy, and reproductive issues can all be helped with acupuncture.  Because acupuncture helps to regulate the various feedback loops in your body, it actually allows your body to heal itself of whatever is wrong.  This amazing trait is unique to nearly every other medical system and has sustained acupuncture as a complete system of medicine for over 5,000 years.

Acupuncture is a drug free way for our patients to receive pain management and help them progress along more quickly in their rehabilitation program.  Physical rehabilitation plays a critical part of most patients care at NMR.  Joint, muscle and spinal problems demand stability, strength and conditioning if one is not only to feel better but also to restore function and prevent similar or worse problems in the future.  Incorporating acupuncture into a rehabilitation program can help people with chronic pain or suffering from such things as:

  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Back, Neck & Joint Pain
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Tennis Elbow

Concerned about the cost of acupuncture? No need!  Most insurances cover acupuncture.

For more information, call 908-252-0242 to set up a new patient consultation and see how acupuncture or the other holistic services provided by NMR can help you achieve better health.

Who’s ready to DETOX?

Who’s ready to DETOX?

Schedule your 90 minute consultation with Dr. Claudia to learn how to detox your body & home.

  • Fight weight gain, inflammation and bloating
  • Learn how to detoxify your body with foods & juicing
  • Juicing guidelines and juicing protocols
  • Practical steps to shop and prepare your foods
  • Learn how to filter your water
  • Take home recipes & meal plans to support your detoxification
  • Identify and eliminate sources of toxic exposure in your home
  • Receive many resources and tools for a healthier body and home

Call 908-252-0242 to schedule your appointment

Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation

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