green onion for RSD?

OK who knows.  But recently I’ve noticed circulation changes in my legs and feet as well as a change in how I sweat.   The only thing I’ve been doing differently is eating green onions nearly every day for a month or so in fairly large amounts. I’ve been eating at least one green onion but sometimes two a day.

Granted, it’s been extra warm here so I imagine perhaps some perspiration and circulation credit might belong to the sun.  But it’s been warm here all summer and for other years that RSD has been with me.  I still couldn’t sweat properly and my circulation has never been what it once was.  So, being the obsessive googler that I am, I looked up the health benefits of green onions.  Initially I was eating them for anti-fungal/anti-viral benefits to build my immunity and clear my digestive tract.  That was the extent of my motivation and knowledge of the potentials of what i now feel may be the most underrated onion out there.

I found this:

“Many other advantages of the green onions in medicine include that it clears out the respiratory tract and expels sputum or phlegm. It also stimulates our sweat glands and promotes sweating which is important for our existence. Many people suffering from perspiring disorders may use it for their betterment…It has vitamins like A and C in the stem and calcium in the white part. Lastly it speeds up blood circulation and helps in the absorption of vitamin B1.”   See link below to article.

Again, I am not a doctor. I don’t know if too much green onion would have a negative reaction for anyone on certain meds or blood thinners.  People do not always appreciate that foods can alter the effect of medication so always check with your doctor to be sure there’s no conflict.

hope and healing

I love this. The entire CNN article is linked below.   Hope might just have healing effects on motor function, circulation and pain.

“How hope can help you heal”

“Few things are more ethereal than hope. It isn’t tangible, easily measurable or available in pill form. That’s likely why the idea that hope may wield a significant influence on healing — and even survival — may be tough to take for our bean-counter brains, hardwired by evolution to seek certainty at any cost…The positive physiological effects of hope are well-documented, most eloquently in Jerome Groopman’s “The Anatomy of Hope,” where he writes: “Researchers are learning that a change in mind-set has the power to alter neurochemistry. “Belief and expectation — the key elements of hope — can block pain by releasing the brain’s endorphins and enkephalins, mimicking the effects of morphine. In some cases, hope can also have important effects on fundamental physiological processes like respiration, circulation and motor function.”

it’s cold outside: foods to increase circulation

It’s that time of year. Whether you have RSD and/or Raynaud’s or you’re just plain cold all the time, here’s a link to great information about foods to eat to improve your circulation. I am sipping some fresh ginger tea as I type this.

Oranges — Oranges and other citrus fruits high vitamin C are natural blood thinners and are said to strengthen capillary walls and prevent plaque build-up which leads to poorer circulation.

Dark Chocolate — Cocoa contains flavonoids which is naturally found in plants and fruits and has been well linked to improving blood circulation. A study published in the Circulation Journal showed that dark chocolate rich in natural flavonoids improved blood circulation when compared with white chocolate with no flavonoids.

Cayenne pepper — Cayenne is available as a fresh pepper or dried spice and has been associated with increasing metabolic rate and strengthening arteries and blood vessels. Cayenne pepper is best eaten raw in salads or juiced.

Sunflower seeds — Sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E which is shown to help keep blood clots from forming. They are great at helping improve circulation. Likewise so are foods such as olives, nuts and pumpkin seeds,

Root Ginger — Ginger is known for helping nausea and digestion problems as well as increasing blood circulation. Ginger can be eaten raw or added to foods or why not try ginger tea.

Garlic — Garlic has many uses and one of them is it cleanses the blood and helps prevent plaque build-up. Other foods in the bulb group such as radishes, onions and leeks are also good at stimulating blood flow.

Ginkgo Biloba — One of the world’s oldest surviving tree species, Ginkgo biloba dilates blood vessels and in doing so increases blood flow. It is also thought to increase blood flow to the brain.

Goji Berries — Goji berries can be found in natural health stores and look similar to raisins. They are high in fibre to help boost the immune system as well as increasing blood circulation.

Watermelon — Watermelons are rich in lycopene which is a natural antioxidant linked to improving circulation. Lycopene is a natural pigment which gives certain foods their reddish colour. Tomatoes, pink grapefruit and apricots also contain lycopene.

Salmon and avocados
— Both salmon and avocados contain heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids which research has shown to support the cardiovascular system and increase blood circulation.”

Epsom Salt bath benefits (i know, i know. yes, again).

  • Improved heart and circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure.
  • Improved ability for the body to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
  • Flushed toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
  • Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation. Also, calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.
  • Relieved stress. Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation.
  • Reduced inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps.
  • Improved oxygen use.
  • Improved absorption of nutrients.
  • Improved formation of joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins.
  • Prevention or easing of migraine headaches.
Epsom salt soaks have been so important for my health and continue to help me in my quest to create a calmer me.  I use 2-3 cups per bath.  It soothes me better than even a few glasses of wine and i sleep like a baby after.