Keep giving thanks. It might be good for your health.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/11/27/thanksgiving-gratitude.aspx

No wonder it feels so good to be thankful!

“Besides sharing time with family and friends over food, the primary ingredient of the American Thanksgiving holiday is gratitude. While it’s certainly good to have an annual holiday to remind us to express gratitude, there’s much to be said for the benefits of cultivating the spirit of thankfulness year-round... One way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal or list, where you actively write down exactly what you’re grateful for each day. In one study,3, 4 people who kept a gratitude journal reported exercising more, and they had fewer visits to the doctor compared to those who focused on sources of aggravation. As noted in a previous ABC News article,5 studies have shown that gratitude can produce a number of measurable effects on a number of systems in your body, including:

Mood neurotransmitters (serotonin and norepinephrine)
Reproductive hormones (testosterone)
Social bonding hormones (oxytocin)
Cognitive and pleasure related neurotransmitters (dopamine)
Inflammatory and immune systems (cytokines)
Stress hormones (cortisol)
Blood pressure and cardiac and EEG rhythms
Blood sugar

…People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways. They can apply it to the past (retrieving positive memories and being thankful for elements of childhood or past blessings), the present (not taking good fortune for granted as it comes), and the future (maintaining a hopeful and optimistic attitude).

Regardless of the inherent or current level of someone’s gratitude, it’s a quality that individuals can successfully cultivate further.”

Fresh ginger tea for pain

Lately I have been drinking a lot of fresh ginger tea mainly to help build my immunity. One thing happened when I got into eating to help fight pain and that is that I feel the need to constantly build my gut health and my immunity. I grew up with the mindset that you deal with things after you get sick. Now I try to build myself up so i don’t get sick but if i do, thankfully, it’s usually much shorter and less hectic. I always proudly tell the story of the stomach flu that took down the entire office except the girl with the apple cider vinegar. It’s not really a good story. I think I just gave away the ending.

At the link below there is a list of 22 benefits of ginger tea. Here are a few from that list that I think RSD peeps might appreciate:

“Provides Pain Relief – No matter what type of pain you’re suffering from, ginger can act as a natural pain reliever. It’s interesting to think that a root that grows in nature can actually affect how much pain you’re experiencing. It works on a hormonal level, and the anti-inflammatory nature means that overall you should have fewer aches and pains. Consider starting your morning with a cup of ginger tea and see if you notice improvements throughout the day.

Relieves Tired Muscles – The sort of muscle tiredness you get after strength training is the type that ginger works best on. This means that your muscles will recover better and allow you to take part in cardio workouts on your off days. It means you’ll be more likely to be more active instead of being out of commission on the days following your weight lifting workouts. Increased lean muscle mass generally equates to natural weight loss as you burn calories around the clock.

Helps the Body Absorb Nutrients – When you’re trying to lose weight getting the right nutrients is essential. But if your body is overweight and not used to getting the nutrients it needs, it may have become used to not getting the required vitamins and now it doesn’t properly absorb them. More ginger means that you’ll be better absorbing the sort of nutrients that will help you in your pursuit and get you better results more quickly with the same amount of effort.

Reduces Arthritic Inflammation – The anti-inflammatory nature of ginger means that it can help with a host of inflammation-based conditions and diseases. Not least of which is arthritis, which millions of American suffer from, with millions more diagnosed each years as the baby boomer population grow older. There is even a bit of a pain relief characteristic to ginger, which is welcome news to those that don’t want to take a pill every day to relieve pain.

Improves Circulation – Ginger gets the blood in your body flowing, which will give you a feeling of having more energy, and can help you with any feelings of sluggishness or fatigue. It’s a great thing to drink if you live in a cold climate, because it will provide the sort of warmth you’re really after, the kind that comes from the inside and radiates out. This is because it is opening your pores and getting your overall circulation functioning better.

Strengthens Immunity – This is a fantastic feature to ginger that should pique the curiosity of anyone that was contemplating taking it or not. An improved immune system can mean that you get sick less often, that you recover more quickly when you do get sick, and that even if everyone else around you is coming down with an illness you can stay healthy. The research behind this property is solid, this is another instance where science is backing up an all-natural remedy.”

http://bembu.com/ginger-benefits

Dandelion Tea

It’s disgusting.  But I drink it fairly regularly now. I do feel like it helps. If you told me the dirty matted grass outside my apartment that has been walked on and pooped on would make a great healing tea, I’d probably be out there picking some inside an hour.  I absolutely love teas for healing. I drink chai green when I can handle some caffeine because I do find that green tea is the best anti-inflammatory around (apparently the chai spices are great for the immune system), mint tea when I have stuffed my face or just have slow digestion and dandelion tea when I feel my liver needs a kick (which I believe helps my nervous system).  Mint tea actually freaks me out that you can drink one cup and you’re tooting away. Or so i hear.. 😉

Here’s a great list of benefits of dandelion on this link.  Specifically I use the tea for the liver health due to the liver-brain connection and because of its anti-inflammatory properties. 

http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-and-dandelion-root/

ome health food markets or as a freeze-dried herb. Dandelion tea, capsules, and tinctures are also available. – See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-and-dandelion-root/#sthash.6tgRLMht.dpuf

Liver – Dandelion has been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance.

Antioxidants – Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells.

– See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-and-dandelion-root/#sthash.6tgRLMht.dpuf

Liver – Dandelion has been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance.

Antioxidants – Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells.

– See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-and-dandelion-root/#sthash.6tgRLMht.dpuf

Liver – Dandelion has been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance.

Antioxidants – Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells.

– See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-and-dandelion-root/#sthash.6tgRLMht.dpuf

Liver – Dandelion has been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance.

Antioxidants – Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells.

– See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-and-dandelion-root/#sthash.6tgRLMht.dpuf

Liver – Dandelion has been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance.

Antioxidants – Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells.

– See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-and-dandelion-root/#sthash.6tgRLMht.dpuf

Liver – Dandelion has been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance.

Antioxidants – Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells.

– See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-and-dandelion-root/#sthash.6tgRLMht.dpuf

My favorite delivery just arrived.

10 el beez of epsom salt to calm my muscles, soothe inflammation, provide overall stress relief, detox me and regulate blood sugar levels (for when i have either a cupcake from Magnolia or ice cream sandwich at Joan’s later – something’s happening today).

I order this from Amazon. Sometimes i get free delivery with my Amazon Prime.Image

Beets for RSD

Someone posted this blog about beets today called “7 Reasons to Love Beets” and it caught my eye because of the many benefits for an RSD patient – or any pain patient for that matter.  Whenever i am caught in a pain cycle, i change my eating drastically and/or take a ton of epsom baths to add a bunch of magnesium to my body all in an attempt to tweak my brain out of the pain cycle. And it often works. I feel that my pain cycles are shorter and shorter.  Dare i say i learned how to beet them?  Wah wah….

Beets are an excellent brain food and one that might help you out of a pain cycle.

http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/7-reasons-to-love-beets

# 2 – exercise endurance – we RSDers need help there often because of fatigue

#3 – anti- inflammatory  – we need this BIG TIME

#4 – anti-cancer effects – because we are so inflamed, we need to be extra careful about cancer

#5 – immune booster – because of the autoimmune implications of RSD, we can certainly use this.

#7 – essential minerals – many of these play an integral role in neuro function. Very important.

I love getting the marinated beets at Whole Foods’ olive bar and then sprinkling them with some goat cheese. YUM.  Remember, i am not a doctor so do not mistake any of this for medical advice. I am passing on some good info and you should talk to your doctor about what is right for you.

Avocado for RSD patients

I just reintroduced large amounts of avocado to my diet after needing a break. I’ve had a whole avocado for breakfast every day for the last week. And it feels good. I already knew about the anti-inflammatory benefits and the massive amounts of Vitamin K for neuro help. But the dr on Friday told me it is great for glutathione (i will be getting IV drip of glutathione on my 8 week high dose Vitamin C experiment).  Glutathione is great for neuro health AND liver health — those two are very much related. If your liver is sluggish, your body is much more full of toxins than it ought to be and your sympathetic system goes into extra overdrive (extra because RSDers are already in overdrive) to fight them off and we get those awful headaches.

“The ability of avocado to help prevent unwanted inflammation is absolutely unquestionable in the world of health research. The term “anti-inflammatory” is a term that truly applies to this delicious food. Avocado’s anti-inflammatory nutrients fall into five basic categories.” Read more at the link below.  I sprinkle my avocado with cayenne to help purify my blood and to help circulation.

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http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=5

Good info. about high dose IV Vitamin C

Note that all four things listed would help any RSD patient. There is a reason there are studies showing it can prevent…but what about after the fact??? Starting in a few weeks, i will find out when i do my 8 week trial of high dose c.

Did you know that Vitamin C:

  • Is required for your body to make serotonin and other neurotransmitters?
  • Is anti-inflammatory, and a potent antioxidant?
  • Supports the immune system?
  • Helps in some neurological diseases?

http://ivtherapycenter.com/HighDoseC.cfm

Turmeric

If you have RSD, you may want to ask your doctor about taking this…I know women who are preggo are supposed to avoid…but it has been a life saver for me and i now completely avoid Advil because i can count on turmeric as a pain killer and anti-inflammatory.  Here are a few of its benefits specific to RSD/CRPS patients but click on the link for more.  I take it in capsule form.

— Is a natural liver detoxifier

— It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects

— Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.

— Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.

— Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

— Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/20-health-benefits-of-turmeric.html

 

 

The difference a year makes

The difference a year makes

A year ago you couldn’t pay me to eat kale. Keep moving. I don’t want your money. Hell, I’d buy it and just throw it away. For months i did that. True story. If only buying it was enough…so bitter to eat.
But then yesterday i woke up craving kale salad and immediately ran out for one…for breakfast.
The anti-inflammatory benefits alone make this great for anyone but especially an RSDer.
And now my body craves it. It still wants cupcakes though…sigh.