Insomnia Help Oak Park IL

Q I travel a lot for work and notice two problems, particularly when I fly: My skin gets incredibly dry and my digestion really suffers. What can I do to take care of myself when traveling? A According to Ayurveda, the traditional healing system of India, the universe is comprised of five basic principles, which can loosely be translated as space, air, fire, water and earth.

Benjamin Dave Margolis, MD
(708) 383-7899
1 Erie Ct Ste 3000
Oak Park, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ, Chicago Il 60612
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: West Suburban Hosp Med Ctr, Oak Park, Il; Kindred Hosp -Chicago Central, Chicago, Il

Data Provided by:
Peter Conrad Freebeck, MD
(630) 789-9785
3245 Grove Ave
Berwyn, IL
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1986

Data Provided by:
Thomas Freedom, MD
(708) 216-4258
La Grange, IL
Specialties
Neurology, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1988

Data Provided by:
William Thomas Allen, MD
(248) 380-4290
5525 S Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1974

Data Provided by:
Daniel Richard Wynn, MD
(847) 509-0270
3545 Lake Ave Ste 100
Wilmette, IL
Specialties
Neurology, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
English, Spanish
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Highland Park Hosp, Highland Park, Il; Rush North Shore Med Ctr, Skokie, Il; Evanston Hosp, Evanston, Il; St Francis Hosp, Evanston, Il; Thorek Hosp& Med Ctr, Chicago, Il; Grant Hosp, Chicago, Il; Bethany Hosp, Chicago, Il; Holy Cross Hosp, Chica

Data Provided by:
Cynthia Louise Comella, MD
(312) 942-4500
River Forest, IL
Specialties
Sleep Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1980

Data Provided by:
Cynthia Louise Comella, MD
(312) 563-2900
1725 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1980

Data Provided by:
Stephen Sheldon, DO
(773) 880-8230
2300 N Childrens Plz Ste 43
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Pediatrics, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Chicago Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Chicago Il 60615
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Evanston Hosp, Evanston, Il; Childrens Mem Hosp, Chicago, Il
Group Practice: Childrens Memorial Hosp

Data Provided by:
Peter Conrad Freebeck, MD
(630) 789-9785
700 E Ogden Ave Ste 202
Westmont, IL
Specialties
Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1986

Data Provided by:
Robert W Hart, MD
(847) 981-3660
810 Biesterfield Rd Ste G2
Elk Grove Village, IL
Specialties
Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1979

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Tips for Insomniacs - Antioxidant Sources

Provided by: 

Q I travel a lot for work and notice two problems, particularly when I fly: My skin gets incredibly dry and my digestion really suffers. What can I do to take care of myself when traveling?

A According to Ayurveda, the traditional healing system of India, the universe is comprised of five basic principles, which can loosely be translated as space, air, fire, water and earth. Space represents the potential for manifestation. Air represents movement and change. Fire is the power of transformation. Water reflects the attractive forces that hold things together, while earth represents the boundaries of objects and things. These five great elements combine to form three biological mind-body principles, or doshas, known as Vata, the movement principle composed of space and air; Pitta, the digestion principle made up of fire and water; and Kapha, the protection principle bringing together water and earth. These three codes of nature govern our physiology and psychology.

Traveling by air is an inherently Vata-aggravating experience and may result in irregularity, dryness, anxiety, insomnia and difficulty with concentration.

Ayurveda suggests a few tips to balance Vata when you’re on the go. Drink plenty of warm, non-caffeinated beverages. Make up a thermos bottle of gingerroot tea (1 teaspoon grated ginger per pint of hot water) to take with you on the plane. On the morning and evening you travel, apply almond or sesame massage oil to your skin. Eat less while traveling, seeking out warm soups rather than salads and sandwiches. Lubricate your nasal passages with a tiny drop of oil placed into each nostril.

When you get to your destination, as soon as possible take a warm bath. Drink warm liquids and try immediately to align with the rhythm of your destination city. If it’s lunchtime when you arrive, eat lunch. Maintaining optimal biological rhythms even while traveling is the best way to counter the aggravating effects of travel on Vata and reduce the symptoms that reflect it.

Q I know how important antioxidants are for my health. I would prefer to get as many as possible through food sources rather than supplementation. Can you suggest an easy way to choose the most beneficial foods?

A Almost every biological function requires oxygen, which supplies electrons to run the machinery of the body. An oxygen molecule that has released its electron becomes a free radical or reactive oxygen species (ROS). When a free radical forms, it becomes irritable and immediately seeks to replace its missing electron. It will do this by stealing an electron from any local protein, fat or DNA molecule. The resulting damage from this free-radical attack contributes to a wide range of illnesses, including heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.

Antioxidants are molecules that willingly donate their electrons to free radicals. Vitamin E, vitamin C and beta-carotene are the best known of these natural ROS neutralizers. Nutritional science i...

Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...