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Irritated Eyelids? It May Be Blepharitis.

Do you experience red and itchy eyelids, eyelid swelling, puffy eyes, or red sores under your eyes? You may actually be suffering from a very common condition known as Blepharitis. In fact, A recent survey of American Ophthalmologists & Optometrists found that 37% and 47% of their patients, respectively, have had Blepharitis symptoms at some point (All About Vision). So, what is Blepharitis? Blepharitis is a medical condition characterized by general inflammation of the eyelids, usually causing red, swollen, and dry eyelids. Blepharitis is often a chronic condition that is linked to other symptoms including red itchy eyes, dry eyes, and irritation. The most common cause of Blepharitis is an overgrowth of bacteria along the margins of the lids and lashes. This bacterium forms a biofilm, which is the oily, sticky layer of discharge that can form around the lids. Blepharitis is not caused by poor hygiene.

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How to Treat Blepharitis

If you are suffering from a recurring eye condition, we always recommend making an appointment with your eye doctor. He or she will be able to examine your eyelids and determine if you have Blepharitis, or if it is something else that is causing your symptoms. In more serious cases, your doctor may need to prescribe an antibiotic or steroidal drop. However, in most cases, Blepharitis symptoms can be treated by preforming a few self-care measures at home. Treatment will aim to relieve symptoms but will not cure or prevent Blepharitis from occurring in the future.

1. Washing Your Eye Lids

One of the easiest ways to help reduce your Blepharitis symptoms is to wash your eyelids regularly. Do this by using a warm, damp washcloth with a small amount of baby shampoo. Gently massage the lids to wipe away any oil, crusting, or debris. It is recommended that you use a new washcloth each time, as well as a different washcloth for each eye. You can also pick up a pack of eyelid scrubs or wipes at your local pharmacy or drug store.

2. Warm Compress

You may also find a warm compress to be helpful with both loosening debris on the eyelids, as well as alleviating swelling and discomfort. Apply a warm, damp cloth over your closed eyes for several minutes. Doing this several times per day before washing the lids can greatly help to improve symptoms.

3. Eye Lid Relief™ PM Ointment

Now that you’ve properly cleaned the lids, it’s time to heal. Eye Lid Relief™ PM Ointment is a sterile, homeopathic ointment that uses 100% natural active ingredients to temporarily relieve symptoms such as crusting, gritty eyelids, swollen, red eyelids, and oily and sticky eyelids. Eye Lid Relief® PM is safe and gentle to use with no known side effects, interactions with other medications, or contraindications. After you have washed your hands, squeeze out approximately 1/8” of ointment onto your fingertip. Gently apply the ointment directly to the eye lid. Eye Lid Relief™ works for both anterior and posterior Blepharitis, so you can apply it inside or outside the lid. Eye Lid Relief™ is designed to stay on the lid overnight, which provides soothing comfort, making it easier for you to sleep. Morning time is often the worst for Blepharitis sufferers, as oil and debris form on the lids overnight. Thankfully, Eye Lid Relief™ PM reduces these symptoms, allowing you to wake up with less crusting and inflammation.


4. Eye Drops

Blepharitis is often accompanied by other symptoms, including dry eyes. If you are experiencing dry eyes or eye irritation, try picking up some eye drops from your local pharmacy to keep your eyes hydrated and comfortable. If you are looking for a natural eye drop, we recommend trying The Relief Products’™ RedEye Relief™ or our PinkEye Relief® drops. Both are made with 100% natural active ingredients and offer soothing relief for dry, irritated eyes.

Additional Resources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/blepharitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20370141

https://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/blepharitis.htm

https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/blepharitis

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3 Reasons You Need to Try Ring Relief® for Your Tinnitus Symptoms

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Ring Relief® is an over-the-counter, homeopathic ear drop designed to help alleviate tinnitus symptoms. Tinnitus, also known as “ringing in the ears,” is the perception of ringing, buzzing, chirping, or other noises, effecting approximately 50 million Americans. Symptoms can range from infrequent, faint noise to a 24/7 disruptive roar.

Ring Relief Retail Box

In order to fully understand Ring Relief® and how it works, we must first understand the basic principle of homeopathic medicine. As explained by WebMD, “A basic belief behind homeopathy is “like cures like.” In other words, something that brings on symptoms in a healthy person can — in a very small dose — treat an illness with similar symptoms. This is meant to trigger the body’s natural defenses.” By using micro-dilutions, or very small amounts of those ingredients, your body’s natural response will be triggered, resulting in a natural improvement in your symptoms.

If you suffer from tinnitus, you may have tried a couple of different products to reduce your symptoms. We find that many customers are hesitant to try our product simply because nothing has worked for them in the past! We understand how frustrating and discouraging this can be. Here’s a few reasons why you should give Ring Relief® a chance.

1. We offer a money-back guarantee if it doesn’t work for you!

Ring Relief® has been successfully sold in major retail stores for over a decade. We have many customers who receive much needed relief by using our product. However, it is true that homeopathy does not work for everyone, but then again neither does Aspirin. Don’t despair, if after 60 days you do not see any improvement in your symptoms, we would be happy to refund your purchase. Our #1 goal has always been to try and help our customers feel better, allowing them to more fully enjoy their lives.

            You may be wondering “why would I have to wait for 60 days to know if Ring Relief® will work for me?” Simply because it can take that long to work! We often receive messages from customers saying the product didn’t work for them, but they’ve only been using it for a couple days. While some customers experience almost immediate relief, it may take some customers at least 1-3 weeks to begin to see improvement. A number of customers have reported that it can take up to 60 days to see the full results. While we understand that some customers may not want to use the product for 60 days without seeing results, we encourage you to consider trying Ring Relief®. With the money back guarantee, you can see how your body responds to homeopathic medicine — medicine that is safe, natural, and offered at an affordable price.

2. We understand there is no cure for Tinnitus.

We get this message a lot, and this is absolutely true. There is currently no cure for tinnitus. Tinnitus is a chronic condition that for some requires daily treatment. That being said, Ring Relief® does not “cure” your tinnitus, but rather helps to alleviate symptoms on a daily basis. For this reason, it works best when used several times daily to help keep symptoms at bay. We cannot promise that after using Ring Relief® you will no longer experience tinnitus symptoms. However, what we can offer is a temporary reduction in the severity and volume of your tinnitus to a more manageable level. Thankfully, Ring Relief® offers no known side effects or interactions with other medications, making it safe for continual use. Some customers have found they are able to reduce the number of drops they use daily once their symptoms have improved — although results will vary from person to person. If you do see results using Ring Relief® and discontinue use, your tinnitus will most likely return to its previous levels.

3. Ring Relief® is natural and affordable.

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Arguably two of the best features of Ring Relief® are its carefully formulated natural active ingredients and its compassionate price point. Because Ring Relief® uses 100% natural active ingredients, it eliminates the concern of possible interactions with other medications or adverse side effects. This is a huge benefit! Another great feature of our product is its affordability. Medicine in general has become very expensive in recent years. According to a 2017 investigation conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, “the amount Americans spend on prescriptions drugs has nearly doubled since the 1990’s, meaning the United States spends the most of any high-income nation.” The Relief Products™ offers a safe and affordable alternative to these costly prescription medications. Being able to purchase effective medicine at your local pharmacy for under 10 dollars provides a far more accessible option.

If you’re one of the 50 million Americans suffering from tinnitus, we strongly encourage you to try Ring Relief®. You have nothing to lose! Its natural, it’s affordable, and it comes with a money back guarantee. Take back your quiet space and Stay Healthy, Naturally® with Ring Relief®. To learn more about Ring Relief®, click here.

Ring Relief® is available at many major retailers including Dollar General, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, and more. To find Ring Relief® in a store near you, visit our Where To Buy page.

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The Relief Products™; A Family Business

The way we receive medical care in The United States has undergone some major changes over the past century. In the early 1930’s, house calls made up approximately 40% of all doctor-patient meetings. It was commonplace for your doctor to come to your home and address any medical conditions you or your family members may have. These visits allowed a more intimate way to seek treatment in the comfort of your own home. Often times the doctor knew everyone by name and could be considered a friend of the family. These friendly appointments also cut down on the healthcare costs associated with a trip to the doctor’s office, whether it be fees, travel expenses, or pricey prescriptions. Interestingly, this care experience resulted in healthier, happier patients.

Erin Kelly, author for MultiCare House Call Physicians — a company that meets the Primary Care needs for patients unable to leave home to see the doctor, says “Not only was this routine less costly, but it actually improved the health and well-being of many patients. It relieved the stress of waiting for a diagnosis. Thus, it kept people relatively healthier. It may have been old-fashioned, but it proved to be effective.”

As time passed and advancements were made in medical technology, the house call was quickly being replaced by today’s standard doctor’s visit. By the 1950’s, house calls made up less than 10% of all doctor-patient visits; By 1980 that number was less than 1%. The evidence concluded that doctors could be more thorough in their assessment of the patient by having access to medical devices, technology, and colleague’s opinions —all of which didn’t travel well. Allowing the doctor access to information and technology from his office ultimately resulted in a more accurate diagnosis for the patient.

But something was missing. Naturally a patient wants to receive the best possible treatment for any ailment that may be afflicting them, but the intimate relationship between doctor and family no longer existed. The sense of familiarity with a patient and allowing the doctor to treat them as whole, was lacking.

“According to American Academy of Family Physicians, an organization that offers quality health resources to families, house calls provided a clear and unique perspective of the patient’s surroundings and health issues. It gave the physician accurate information to provide a careful diagnosis and proper treatment options.”

In a world that is constantly evolving, how do we find balance between utilizing medical advancements while still treating the person as a whole — allowing for that personal touch in treatment?

It is in this balance that The Relief Products™ was able to find a home. If you’re not too familiar with homeopathy, a key pillar is the belief in treating the person as a whole, not just focusing on a diseased part of the body or a labeled illness. Homeopathic medicine by nature is tailored to the patient in that the active ingredients are designed to work very safely and gently with your body, prompting your body’s natural response to fight off symptoms.

Additionally, we aim to make our natural remedies affordable. Similar to the benefits of a home visit from a doctor, our compassionate pricing is designed to help patients save money while still getting access to effective treatment. Many of the chronic conditions our medicines are formulated to mitigate have no cure or easy fix. We strive to provide an alternative way to at least alleviate the severity of symptoms, even if only temporarily. That being said, our products work best when used daily as a preventative maintenance product, allowing the active ingredients to keep your symptoms at bay.

 Finally, The Relief Products™ prides itself on offering truly compassionate and comprehensive customer service. We do everything we can to make sure our customers are satisfied, spending lots of time talking with them and getting their feedback. While we understand it isn’t possible to be there in person for every one of our customers, we strive to offer the same type of friendliness and familiarity as the family doctors from the mid 1900’s. With healthcare costs steadily on the rise, medical treatment will continue to change and evolve. The Relief Products™ plans to be there every step of the way, continuing to develop innovative, unique solutions for life’s acute and chronic conditions.

Works Cited:

Kelly, Erin M. “History of Physician House Calls – Past, Present, and Future.” MultiCare House Call Physicians, 3 July 2017, multicarehs.com/history-physician-house-calls/.

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Natural Home Remedies for Pink Eye

What is Pink Eye?

Pink eye, one of the most common eye infections that occur in adults and children, affects over 3 million people annually. Pink eye is the general term for an infection or inflammation of the outer-most layer of the eye called the conjunctiva. The small blood vessels in our eye become inflamed, causing it to become pink and irritated.

Different Types of Pink Eye

Pink eye is most often caused by a bacterial or viral infection. The condition can also be the result of an allergic reaction, foreign bodies in the eye, or chemicals coming into contact with the eye. Symptoms of pink eye will vary depending on the type, which can provide useful information in assessing treatment.

What Kind of Pink Eye Do I Have?

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Viral pink eye is the most common form of pink eye, and not surprisingly, the most contagious. Viruses are easily spread through sneezing, coughing, and touching. Often times viral pink eye is accompanied by other symptoms such as the common cold, the flu, an upper respiratory infection, or swollen lymph nodes. A common symptom that may indicate viral pink eye is excessive watering of the eye. Unfortunately, viral pink eye cannot be resolved through the use of antibiotics. Typically, symptoms can last for 1-2 weeks before subsiding on their own. However, there are several at-home remedies you can utilize to make life more comfortable until the symptoms have diminished — keep reading!

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Bacterial pink eye is another common form of pink eye. This infection is caused by bacterial contamination of the eye through various sources such as exposure to a contaminated surface, other people, as well as other infections of the body including ear, nose, and throat conditions. Often times bacterial pink eye will require antibiotic eye drops to eliminate the infection. Symptoms that indicate you may be suffering from bacterial pink eye include visible signs of puss or thick eye discharge. Bacterial pink eye can affect one or both eyes depending on severity.

image of ellergic pink eye

Allergic pink eye is another mild form of pink eye. It is the result of the eye’s reaction to allergens such as pollen, animal dander, dust, and other irritants. The most common symptom of allergic pink eye is red, itchy eyes. It is important to identify and avoid the allergen that triggers these symptoms to avoid future allergic reactions. The most common treatment for this type of pink eye is usually an OTC eye drop to help soothe the irritation.

Pink Eye Treatment

While some forms of pink eye will require antibiotic drops to alleviate the infection, most times this is not necessary. A study conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology concluded that approximately 60% of documented pink eye cases are treated using some sort of antibiotic. The study also confirmed that most forms of pink eye do not require antibiotics. Furthermore, studies indicate that cases of bacterial pink eye that may warrant antibiotic use are typically too mild to actually require this type of treatment.

Pink Eye Remedies

While a common case of pink eye may not require a doctor’s visit, it can still be very uncomfortable. Here is a short list of things you can do at home until your eye clears up and feel better.

PinkEye Relief® Drops

PinkEye Relief® from The Relief Products™ is a great option for an over-the-counter eye drop formulated to treat pink eye. It’s made using 100% natural active ingredients that work gently with your body. It is safe, effective, and offers much needed relief from pink eye symptoms. Use it several times per day or as needed until your symptoms have cleared up. It is available at most major retailers such as Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, Kroger, and more.

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Warm Compress

Soak a clean washcloth in warm water. Then, ring it out so it doesn’t drip and place it over your closed eyelid. Leave for 10-15 minutes, or until the washcloth has cooled. Do this several times per day or as needed. Also, be sure to use a new washcloth each time to help avoid spreading the infection. The warm compress will help to alleviate some of the swelling and discomfort. Additionally, it can help to loosen any crusting or puss you may have in or around your eye. Keeping the area surrounding the eye clean is very important in the healing process.

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Practice Good Hygiene (Important!)

Practicing good hygiene is important in speeding up the healing process, as well as avoiding the spread of infection. Below are some things you can do to practice good hygiene.

• Wash your hands often, especially before or after touching your eye.

• Avoid touching the eye as much as possible.

• Avoid using contact lenses or makeup while the infection is present. Consider throwing away your makeup if you think it may be contaminated.

• Use a fresh face cloth, towel, and pillow cases every day. Because pink eye spreads so easily, it can contaminate any surface that comes into contact with your eye.

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Rest & Hydrate

The best thing you can do to help your body recover is rest as much as possible and hydrate. Drinking plenty of water and getting enough sleep are crucial in helping your body get over an infection. Spend as much of your downtime as possible lounging at home. Try your best to drink the recommended amount of water per day — at least eight, 8 oz glasses, or approximately half a gallon.

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Hopefully you find these tips helpful, allowing you to feel more comfortable until your symptoms have subsided. We always recommend taking extra care and caution when it comes to dealing with any eye infection. If you experience prolonged eye-pain, sensitivity to light, or blurry vision as a symptom, consult your doctor or physician. Additionally, if you think your newborn may have pink eye, contact your doctor immediately.

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5 Easy Ways to Get Healthy in 2019

As the new year approaches, many of us begin to think about resolutions to improve ourselves in the coming year. A common goal, and an important one at that, is making some healthy lifestyle changes. There are so many good reasons to focus on improving our overall health. One of the most common reasons is to look and feel better physically, which often leads to increased confidence and improved mental health. Other good reasons to get healthy may include keeping medical bills low, living longer for your children or grandchildren, and avoiding illness. As humans, it is essential that we thrive- not just survive! Take the first steps today towards a new and improved you. The following is a beginners guide to a healthy lifestyle including healthy eating and regular exercise. It should be noted that everyone’s body is different, and not everyone will have the same results or progression. Because every individual is different, the key is finding what works for you. The following are some suggestions to help you get off on the right foot.

  1. Drink More Water

Drinking water is critically important to your health, but often overlooked. Water does amazing things for your body including maintaining fluid balance, transporting nutrients to the rest of the body, regulating body temperature, digesting food, and cleansing the skin. Additionally, water will give you the extra energy you need when exercising.  If you want to lose weight and get healthy, put down the sugary soda or juice and start drinking more water. This change will also decrease your risk for conditions such as diabetes and obesity. It is recommended you drink at least eight, 8 oz glasses per day- or approximately half a gallon of water.

2. Exercise

Exercise is such an important piece to living a healthy life. It is great tool in defending against serious health conditions such as heart disease, strokes, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, depression, arthritis, and even some types of cancer. Exercising can also help to improve your mood & mental health! During exercise endorphins are released into your brain. These chemicals trigger a “happy feeling”, helping improve your overall feeling of well-being.

Exercise is one of the most important things to do if you want to stay healthy. If your ultimate goal is to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than your body is taking in through food. Increased intensity and duration of work outs will result in more calories being burned. It is recommended you get 30-60 minutes of active exercise per day. While this is not always possible with busy schedules, try some other ways of getting active throughout the day. Examples include taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further away from the door, and walking short distances instead of driving.

3. Sleep

Sleep is very important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. According to a study done by Columbia University, “People who sleep less than 7 hours per night are heavier, gain more weight over time, and have a harder time losing weight” (Women’s Health Mag). Getting enough sleep every night is crucial for your body to function at its best, as well as to give you energy. Getting enough sleep will also directly affect your eating habits. Being tired effectively dulls the activity happening in your brain, specifically in the frontal lobe. This area of the brain is responsible for decision making and impulse control. Not getting enough sleep can lead to eating larger portions and making poor dietary decisions. According to an article on WebMD called Sleep more, weigh less, “researchers found that a lack of sleep led to increased cravings for energy-dense, high carbohydrate foods.” If you want to feel energized, as well as have control of your eating habits and portions, be sure to get enough sleep every night.

4. Eat Well

Good nutrition is one of the keys to living a healthy life. Simply changing the food you eat, or the amount you eat, can have a drastic change on your body. Below are some dietary suggestions that can help you achieve a healthier lifestyle:

Leafy Greens– Vegetables such as kale, spinach, and collards are great examples of leafy greens that are low in carbs and calories, but have tons of fiber and nutrients. Providing the body with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, leafy greens are a great addition to any diet!

Cruciferous Vegetables– This includes vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels Sprouts. These are filling, and high in fiber and protein.

Fish– Salmon and tuna are very healthy and nutritionally beneficial. They are high in quality protein and healthy fats, but low in calories. Fish can be a very delicious and satisfying meal!

Lean Beef & Chicken Breast– These meats are high in protein- which in turn will help you to burn more calories. Always try and avoid processed meats as they are consistently linked to harmful health effects.

Beans & Legumes– beans and legumes such as Lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, and soy beans are rich in healthy fibers and protein. Legumes are one of the best plant based sources of protein, which is why   vegetarians often use them as a replacement for meat in their meals.

Nuts– Nuts such as almonds, cashews, and pistachios make a great snack. They have a good balance of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Additionally, they can help improve metabolic health.



5. Practice Self Discipline

One of the most difficult things to do when making a lifestyle change is to actually follow through with your plans. On paper it seems simple: eat healthy, drink water, and exercise. While some of these things can take some getting used to, it is usually following through with them day after day that becomes the hardest obstacle to overcome. Below are some key points to identify which will help you along the way.

  • Know your weaknesses. By simply acknowledging that you struggle with a particular aspect of your healthy lifestyle change, you have already moved one step closer to completing your goal. You cannot overcome these obstacles before acknowledging they exist.
  • Remove any temptations. Similar to understanding your weaknesses, if you are going to be tempted by something, remove it from your life! It’s awfully hard to snack on some vegetables when you have a cupboard full of cookies.
  • Set your goals. Setting goals is a good way to track your progress and allows you to recognize the changes that are happening in your body. Set an over-arching large goal, accompanied by some smaller, more easily obtainable goals along the way. This will also be a great way to stay motivated.
  • Reward Yourself. It can be hard to stick to your goals every day. That’s why it is important to implement some kind of reward system for yourself to help stay motivated. It’s also important to realize that no one is perfect, and you may sometimes fall short of your goals. Forgive yourself and move on. Instead of spending time feeling guilty, simply dedicate yourself to getting refocused.

Looking for more easy ways to get healthy in the new year? Check out this article from Health.com for 20 quick and easy ways to get healthier faster

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4 Health & Wellness Tips For A Better Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving just days away, now is the perfect time to commit yourself to a happy and healthy holiday season. While many of us may be concerned over the number of calories being consumed at the dining room table on Thursday, there are some other health and safety hazards you’ll want to watch out for. Additionally, we’ll share some ways to make your holiday a bit more health conscious this year. Check out some of the tips below to stay healthy and safe this Thanksgiving Holiday.

1. Food Safety

The last thing you want to spoil your Thanksgiving Day meal is food-borne illness. If you are the cook, always make sure you are continually washing your hands, as well as any surfaces you will be preparing food on. Be sure to keep raw meats away from ready to eat food. Furthermore, be sure that all the food is cooked to the proper temperature (usually an internal temperature of 165°F) and is being refrigerated within 2 hours.

 

 

2. Don’t Abandon your Healthy Lifestyle

We’re not saying don’t indulge a bit, but proceed with caution. If you are preparing the food, try using some low-fat products, or cutting down on the amount of fat and sugar added to your recipe. Here are some other helpful tips to make your meal more healthy:

  • When eating, try using a smaller plate to control your portions.
  • Don’t show up too hungry. Make sure you have breakfast.
  • Go easy on the apps! Try and not overindulge on snacks and save your appetite for the main course.
  • Whether or not alcohol is involved, it’s always a good idea to hydrate by drinking plenty of water.
  • You should definitely still eat dessert- just enjoy it in moderation!

 

3. Make Physical Exercise Part of the Day

While sitting by the fire all day watching football and eating delicious food might sound like everything you ever wanted, do your best to get outside for a bit! Whether you decide to participate in a Turkey Trot (road race or fun 5k on Thanksgiving Day), a morning round of golf, or just throwing the football around in the yard with the kids, getting outside and moving is always a good idea for your health and well-being. If you’re worried about time, wake up early and go for a walk or jog with some family members!

 

4. Keep Happiness and Relaxation a Priority

Being surrounded by lots of family and tons of food can be overwhelming, and sometimes stressful (depends on your family!). Use some of these tried and true methods to feel calm and collected despite your surroundings.

  • If you are the host of the party and feeling overwhelmed, try a simple breathing exercise to relax yourself. We know people are always saying “just take a deep breath”, which never seems to be helpful in the moment. However, anyone who has tried it can probably attest to its effectiveness! Try slowly inhaling to a count of 5 followed by an exhale to the count of 5 as well. Take 10 deep breaths this way and you’re on your way to restoring inner peace!
  • Meditation is always a great option if you need to lower stress levels quickly. All you need is a couple of minutes and a quiet space. Look online for a quick 5-minute guided meditation to make it easier.
  • Be sure to get plenty of sleep the night before so you are rested and ready for the day.

At the end of the day, Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy with friends and family. Above all we should celebrate our blessings and good fortune surrounded by the people we love. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t stick to your diet or exercise plan as you normally would. It’s always good to take time away from routine and just relish the moment!

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Natural Remedies To Help Alleviate Stress & Anxiety

In today’s fast-paced society, stress and anxiety have become nearly impossible to avoid. At one time or another, feelings of frustration, anger, and worry creep into our minds. In fact, statistics show that approximately 40 million Americans (18% of the population) suffer from an anxiety disorder, and nearly 80% of Americans report experiencing physical symptoms related to stress.

What Causes Stress and Anxiety?

Often times stress and anxiety can be driven by common triggers including work, financial security, relationship issues, and being unable to cope with overwhelming feelings. Our body’s natural response to stress leads to an increase in adrenaline- resulting in increased heart rate and breathing. You may also experience muscle tenseness, or an upset stomach due to your body focusing all its energy on its response to stress. This can result in symptoms that include irritability, difficulty concentrating, constant worry, loss of appetite / stomach issues, and more.

How is Anxiety Different from Stress?

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While anxiety can present itself with symptoms similar to stress, its causes and long-term effects can differ. For most, anxiety is brought on by a stressful situation or an upcoming event such as a job interview, work presentation, or a test in school. It is normal to feel pressure in these situations and can even sometimes lead to an increase in your performance. Typically, these feelings are short lived and situational. For others, anxiety can be a part of everyday life, and is overwhelming at times to say the least. Anxiety can severely affect your mental health and well-being, often times leading to psychological effects that include fear, tension, irritability, sweating, nausea, and more. Symptoms of anxiety may also include feeling dependent on others, a pessimistic outlook on life, and assuming the worst will happen in any given situation.

What Can I Do?

It is so important to talk about these conditions or feelings you may be experiencing. While it is important to take care of your body by exercising and eating right, it is equally important to take care of your mental health. Mental health has an incredible influence on every other aspect of our lives. If you are experiencing issues related to stress or anxiety, we encourage you to talk to someone about it. Additionally, if you know someone who is suffering from a mental health condition, offer them support or let them know you are there if they want to talk. Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former director of the World Health Organization, articulated the state of mental health awareness best by saying “Mental illness is not a personal failure. In fact, if there is a failure, it is to be found in the way we have responded to people with mental health and brain disorders.”
Below you will find some helpful ways to naturally alleviate stress and cope with anxiety. In both cases, your treatment should be focused on identifying triggers, as well as eliminating any physical effects it is having on your body.

Natural Ways to Relieve Stress

One of the best ways to help reduce stress is by working to modify your reaction to stressful situations. Easier said than done, right? One way to do this is through meditation and mindfulness. In fact, several major hospitals have begun to utilize mindfulness meditation in their initial treatment of patients suffering from stress induced symptoms. Meditation will allow your mind “to divert attention from problematic emotional responses and decrease mental chatter (Gustafson, 2017)” Similar techniques include breathing relaxation exercises and using mantras to help cope with and modify your natural response to stressful situations. Furthermore, it is important to remove yourself from stressful situations if it is something that is affecting you daily.

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Stress will affect nearly every part of your body, including heart function, immune system, and hormonal balances. If you are experiencing stress and have had a reduction in the functionality of these systems, we always recommend consulting your doctor or physician for guidance. If you are experiencing symptoms related to stress on a daily basis, it is important to pin-point the cause and work to remove this trigger from your everyday life. Other therapies that can be helpful include progressive muscle relaxation techniques which focus on the contraction and relaxation of major muscle groups, aiding in stress reduction. Another technique known as Heart Math utilizes your heart beat and its response to emotions as a way to guide your stress reduction focus. While these treatments can be very helpful, it is often most effective to seek psychological counseling. A counselor will be able to give you an objective view and guide you through the management of your stress, which is very important.

Lifestyle Modifications

Stress, especially chronic stress, will do its best to deplete your body of resources. Specifically, stress will decrease your body’s B-complex vitamins, as well as magnesium. It is advisable to take supplements during times of increased stress to replenish your body. Furthermore, it is important to get enough sleep and eat meals regularly. It is also suggested to increase your physical exercise, as this is one of the best ways to ward off stress related symptoms.

You should also pay extra attention to your diet- being sure to balance your blood sugar levels by eating small meals often. It is advisable to eat foods with high levels of B vitamins such as oats, brown rice, and quinoa. These foods will also help your body to replenish serotonin, which helps to ease and calm your stress or anxiety. It is also recommended that you cut back on caffeine while eating foods to help your digestion stay regular, including leafy green vegetables.

Herbalism

During stressful periods you may want to use some calming herbs to help relax your body. Chamomile is very effective in relieving stress and acts as a mild sedative. Try making some chamomile tea or using a chamomile tincture to reduce stress levels. Another great stress aid is lavender. Lavender can be used as aromatherapy and has a calming scent that helps to alleviate tension. Try using a lavender essential oil or some lavender body lotion to help your body relax and calm down, naturally.

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Natural Ways to Relieve Anxiety

The goal when treating anxiety is to alleviate the acute symptoms in hopes of improving the overall quality of life for that person. If you suffer from anxiety, it is highly encouraged to seek out professional help. Cognitive therapy, psychotherapy, and support groups can all be effective in dealing with anxiety. While many who suffer from on-going anxiety utilize some form of medication, there are other small changes you can make that will help to reduce symptoms. Small changes that can help to improve anxious feelings include reducing the amount of sugar and caffeine in your diet, improving your nutrition by eating healthier foods, reducing use of recreational drugs, and getting the appropriate amount of sleep.

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Lifestyle Modifications

Certain substances such as caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine should be avoided, as these substances tend to speed up your heart rate and will counteract any steps taken to relieve anxiety. It is also encouraged to eat foods that have calming and nourishing properties such as rice porridge, chicken soup, chamomile tea, peppermint, and plenty of fresh vegetables.

It’s important to recognize and identify what aspects of your life are triggers for anxiety. Often times, especially for those who continually suffer from anxiety, these external triggers can not be changed or modified. In this case, it is beneficial to concentrate on your reaction to these triggers and learn new ways to cope with them.

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Some techniques that are used for stress are also effective in relieving anxiety, including meditation and breathing exercises. Deep breathing is a great way to relax your body, especially your nervous system. Breathing exercises can also help to improve mental focus and increase energy. Start by finding a quiet, comfortable place to sit or stand. “Breath in through your nose to a count of five, hold for two seconds, and exhale to a count of five (Espinosa, 2017).” Do this repeatedly until you begin to feel better and more relaxed. You may also want to incorporate some stress-reducing exercise into your anxiety treatment. Yoga and T’ai Chi are both great, low impact exercises that can help to reduce stress and anxiety. Both incorporate deep breathing, slow, specific body movements, stretches, and meditation.

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Aromatherapy

Some of the aromatherapy techniques that can be used for stress reduction work well for anxiety as well. Essential oils including lavender, jasmine, cypress, sandalwood, and others are beneficial and have relaxing, calming properties. It is so important to stay relaxed and as calm as possible when dealing with anxiety, as this will help to not worsen the symptoms.

Conclusion

When trying to understand stress and anxiety, it is important to remember that these conditions can affect everyone differently. What may seem like a stressful situation for you may not be so for someone else, and vice versa. It is important to recognize if you are experiencing one or both of these conditions and begin treatment as soon as possible. What works for one person may not work for you, so it is important to identify your triggers and focus on how stress or anxiety are affecting you directly.
While many mental health issues have been generally ignored or misunderstood for some time, now more than ever people are seeking proper guidance and counseling to cope with them. If you or someone you know are suffering from stress, anxiety, or depression, reach out to them. Let them know you are there for them if they need to talk. Those who are not affected by these conditions may not understand how impactful it can be on one’s life.

For more information about mental health, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ (NAMI) website here.

Works Cited:

Ren, Zhuoling, et al. 500 Treatments for 100 Ailments. Chartwell Books, 2017.

“Mental Disorders Affect One in Four People.” World Health Organization, World Health Organization, 29 July 2013, www.who.int/whr/2001/media_centre/press_release/en/.

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Natural & Effective Remedies for Earaches and Swimmer’s Ear

Natural remedies for earaches

As summer temperatures continue to soar, now is the perfect opportunity to cool off and relax by going for a swim. While spending more time in the water can be a great way to stay comfortable during intense heat, it can often lead to earaches or swimmer’s ear, especially in children.

What is the Difference between and Earache and Swimmers Ear?

Although earaches and swimmers’ ear are similar conditions, there are a few characteristics that differentiate them. Earaches are often caused by a cold or sinus infection, resulting in the ear canal becoming blocked and preventing the ear from draining properly. Similarly, Swimmer’s ear is also a blockage of the ear canal, however, it is more commonly caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. These infections are a result of water being trapped in the ear canal, usually after swimming, bathing, or showering. Swimmer’s ear is more likely to occur if there is a build-up of ear wax in the ear, or if the humidity is high. For these reasons, be sure to clean your ears regularly, as well as dry your ears thoroughly after swimming or bathing.

 

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There are several symptoms which often accompany an earache or swimmer’s ear. Symptoms such as ear pain, discharge from the ear canal, and temporary loss of hearing are common. Signs that you may be suffering from an earache or infection include feeling dizzy, fever, and swollen glands or tonsils. Symptoms that may indicate swimmer’s ear include itchiness in the ear canal, redness of the skin in and around the ear canal, and pain when touching the ear or jaw movement.

Check out some of these natural treatments you can use at home to help alleviate your earache or swimmer’s ear!

(Important: we always recommend consulting your doctor or physician to rule out any serious causes*)

Diet: For both of these conditions it is recommended that you avoid all spicy foods. Furthermore, it is encouraged to eat “heat clearing” foods such as watermelon, cucumber, grapefruit, and bananas. It is also recommended to avoid common food allergens at this time. These foods include “wheat, eggs, dairy foods, corn, citrus, and peanuts.” Finally, you should avoid simple carbohydrates such as sugar, honey, & sweets.

 

Supplements:  For an earache or swimmer’s ear, you want to use supplements that will help to boost your immune system to defend against infection. Vitamin C and Zinc are both effective in helping to increase immune function and may be effective in reducing symptoms. Vitamin A is also effective in supporting immunity.

Herbal Treatment: There are several herbal remedies which can be used to help ease the pain and discomfort of an earache or swimmer’s ear. Garlic oil and Mullein oil can be used decrease pain, inflammation, and swelling in the ear, as well as helping to heal the infection. Use 3-5 drops of warm oil in the ear canal and cover your ear with a warm compress afterward. Additionally, Lavender essential oil can be used externally around the ear for a calming and soothing effect.  To prevent swimmer’s ear in the future, try putting a drop of sesame oil in your ear before swimming or bathing.

 

Tip: If a warm compress doesn’t help, try using an ice pack wrapped in cloth or paper towel. While some find a heating pad or warm compress effective in relieving pain, others may find an ice pack or alternating between warm and cold to be more useful in soothing the discomfort.

Homeopathic Remedies:

Hepar Sulph: this remedy is often used in the later stages of an infection characterized by sharp, splinter-like pain in the ear. These symptoms are often accompanied by high sensitivity to temperature and touch.

Pulsatilla: Commonly used as a sinus remedy, Pulsatilla is effective at combating excess amounts of mucus, which is common during an ear infection. Generally, symptoms may be worse overnight or in warm weather (high humidity). Pulsatilla can be helpful in relieving congestion and the “stuffed up” feeling you may be experiencing.

There are a number of other ingredients found in many homeopathic ear drops for earaches or swimmer’s ear including Belladonna, Chamomilla, & Mercurius Solubilis.

 

 

In addition to all the wonderful at home remedies listed above, we recommend trying The Relief Products™ EarAche Relief® Fast Dissolving Tablets™. EarAche Relief® contains many of the homeopathic ingredients mentioned above and is the perfect addition to your safe and natural treatment plan. Dissolving one tablet under your tongue 3 times per day will help to alleviate your symptoms until the condition has improved. Due to the tablets homeopathic nature, there are no known side effects or interactions with other medications, making it a worry-free addition to your healing regimen. Try them today and Stay Healthy, Naturally®, with The Relief Products™.

 

Works Cited:

“Ear Infection / Swimmer’s Ear.” 500 Treatments for 100 Ailments, by Zhuoling Ren et al., Chartwell Books, 2017, pp. 132–140.

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A Good Nights Sleep is 10 Steps Away

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10 Tips for A Better Night’s Sleep

Many sufferers of chronic conditions, including tinnitus, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome have trouble sleeping at night. The ringing in your ears may be louder at night, when there’s no background noise to help drown out the tinnitus. Fibromyalgia sufferers often deal with insomnia and chronic fatigue as part of their every-day symptoms. Irritable Bowel Syndrome can cause pain, making sleep difficult.

The reality is that a lack of sleep may make these conditions worse. We hear many of our customers struggling with this very issue. The condition is not allowing them to sleep, but the condition is therefore made worse by lack of sleep! It’s incredibly difficult and frustrating, and that’s why we always recommend getting a proper night’s sleep. There’s the standard recommendation of eight hours per night, but others may only need six to feel rested. Of course, five or six hours of quality sleep is better than tossing and turning for eight hours, counting the minutes until the next morning.

Here are 10 tips to help you achieve that quality sleep night-in and night-out, and get you on the path to feeling better.

1. Manage your diet properly.

Going to bed too hungry or too full can make sleep difficult. Try eating a balanced meal, including plenty of vegetables, a few hours before retiring for the night. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, as alcohol and caffeine can inhibit sleep.

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2. Exercise daily.

 

Besides other numerous benefits, routine exercise can also promote a healthy sleep. If you can help it, avoid exercising before bed time, as that can keep you awake instead. For many people, exercising in the morning seems to work best for their schedules. Whenever you choose to exercise, it’s important to stick with it: regular exercise is better than none at all.

3. Form a bed time ritual.

Ritual and muscle memory are extremely important to better sleep. Perform a routine every day before heading to bed. As an example, perhaps you clean the dishes from dinner, watch your favorite show for a half hour, then brush your teeth, and go to bed. This routine is important because…

4. Form and maintain a sleep schedule.

Our bodies have natural clocks, known as Circadian rhythms, which is why jet lag occurs. These natural clocks are fairly easily adjusted however, and it may only take a few days for your Circadian rhythm to form a nice pattern. To achieve this, go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Unfortunately, this includes weekends, too. You’ll have a bit of lee-way, but a consisten bedtime (within a half-hour, every day) will do wonders for you. Pretty soon, you won’t even need an alarm clock!

5. Manage stress.

It can be close to impossible to sleep if you’re stressed. Whether it’s a big project at work, family matters, or your health, there are many stressors that can affect our quality of sleep. Try a few techniques to manage your stress to sleep better – try journaling, meditation, or other techniques.

6. Allow yourself to go to sleep.

Meditation may help immensely as part of your nightly routine, as it enforces relaxation and breathing. Stress management is important here – allow yourself to relax, and go to sleep. You can tackle that work project tomorrow; it’s not going anywhere. If you’re the type to rack your brain before heading to bed, try keeping a small notebook and pen on a side table. If you think of something you don’t want to forget, write it down. Then, once it’s written down, let it go. Get some sleep.trouble sleeping

7. Get comfortable!

We spend roughly one-third of our lives sleeping. With all that time spent, it’s important to invest in quality products. Find an outfit that you can wear comfortably. Purchase a mattress that is just the right amount of firmness or softness for you. Do the same with pillows. Outfit that mattress with comfortable (and stylish, if you wish) pillowcases and sheets, and the perfect environment has been made. Depending on the source, research tells us that the perfect temperature for sleep is between 65 and 68 degrees. Try and keep your bedroom in that range for optimal sleep.

8. Block out stimuli

Turn off all of the lights in your room when you sleep, and that includes your television. Your bed should be used for sleep only. If you work from home, perhaps you have paperwork spread across the sheets. If you’re relaxing on a rainy day, perhaps you have the television on. Using your bed for other activities confuses your body. By using your bed only for sleep, your body will associate the act of lying in bed with sleeping, and you’ll fall asleep faster and have a more restful sleep.

9. Nap sparingly throughout the day

If you’ve struggled the night before with getting to bed, naps are perfectly fine. Sometimes, even the best sleepers need a 2PM cat-nap. It’s important, however, to try to limit napping as much as possible. Too much napping can lead to Circadian rhythm confusion, and can mean that you’re not tired when it’s time for you to go to bed. (You are following a routine, right?)

10. Change venue if you can’t sleep.

Lastly, if you’re trying to get to bed, and cannot fall asleep after 30 minutes or so, get up. Perhaps you’re not as tired as you thought, and attempting to force sleep won’t accomplish anything. Get out of bed, grab a glass of water, and do something else. Reading a good book helps many to relax and get back into “sleep mode”. Try to sleep again after 30 minutes, and hopefully the second time around will provide better results.

We hope these tips help you to get a better night’s sleep. If you’re suffering from a chronic condition, such as tinnitus, fibromyalgia, IBS, or others, we may be able to help.

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What Is A Stye & How Do I Treat It?

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What is a Stye?

A stye is a tender, painful, red bump located at the base of an eyelash or on the inside of the eyelid. A stye usually results from a localized infection of the glands. These infections occur when the friendly bacteria that live on the surface of our skin become trapped along with dead skin cells and other debris at the base of an eyelash or on the inside of the eyelid. Styes are not contagious and therefore cannot be passed from one person to another. Styes are common, especially between the ages of 20 and 50. Most people have experienced a stye at least once or twice in their life.

How do I treat a stye?

Fortunately, there are treatments and home remedies you can use to help relieve your symptoms. Typical stye symptoms include painful, red, swollen bumps on the eyelids, swollen eyelids, itching, burning, and discomfort. Although styes will naturally heal themselves over the course of several days to a week, they do tend to be very uncomfortable (and don’t look great), which is why you want to treat them as soon as possible.

While there are several products on the market for the treatment of stye symptoms, there is only one homeopathic ointment. Here at The Relief Products™, we pride ourselves on creating innovative and safe solutions for the common irritants of everyday living. We have formulated a product that uses an ointment (designed to stay on the localized infection) combined with natural homeopathic ingredients for safe and effective relief of stye symptoms. There are other ointments for the treatment of styes, but they do not contain any active homeopathic ingredients (Stye Relief® has 5). There are also other homeopathic products for stye symptoms, but they only come in liquid eye-drops, which do not stay on the affected area. TRP has taken the usability of an ointment and combined it with homeopathic ingredients to create a gentle, yet effective, stye relief medicine.

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Besides using TRP’s Stye Relief® Homeopathic Sterile Lubricating Eye Ointment, there are several other at home remedies you can use to help alleviate your symptoms. One of the most common remedies is to use a warm compress on the stye. Take a warm, damp cloth and gently press it over the eye with the stye (You can use tea bags for this as well). Do this for 10-15 minutes, several times per day as needed. Additionally, it is good to clean your eyelid with a mild soap and some warm water to keep it clean. We also recommend avoiding makeup use and/or contacts while the stye is healing, and to throw away any makeup or contacts that may have come into contact with the stye. Products that go in and around your eye are more likely to cause reinfection if they have been used while the infection is present.

If your stye symptoms persist or worsen after several days, seek advice from your doctor or physician to rule out any serious conditions.

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