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

Antibiotic Resistance

When my body first adjusted to being without pain meds, my immune system went through some chaos. I caught everything. I assume much of it had to do with the dramatic change in my gut health.  I now (knock on wood) have a better immune system.  I think RSDers often are more prone to picking up things. Here’s a blog about preventing antibiotic resistance.  I also have my little tricks…

If I feel i am coming down with something, I turn to Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (internally) and/or Thieves Oil (topically).  I think keeping my gut health as a priority has helped me stay healthy most of the time.

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13618/3-ways-to-prevent-antibiotic-resistance-the-latest-global-health-threat.html

Bone broth for joint pain & immunity

My qi gong healer  told me about the health benefits of bone broth a few years ago. When I told my acupuncturist i made an 18 hour bone broth he responded “how did YOU hear about bone broth?” Yes, the white girl knoweth more about Asian health foods than it would appear (READ: I have pasty skin). You know you’re LA when you use the phrases “my qi gong healer” and “my acupuncturist” in the same paragraph or, you know, at all.

This is a pretty cute article listing the benefits of bone broth.  My advice: go to Whole Foods and ask for bones for broth. It’s pricier than other places but then you know you’re not getting the bones of a hormone-infused cow and ask for variety so you get different joints.  One of the benefits of the broth is to detox. One doesn’t need to put more funk in while attempting to rid of other…funk.

Top 5 Reasons Why Bone Broth is The Bomb.

IMPORTANT: Add a few tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar to draw out the minerals. Simmer the broth for at least 12 hours. I do 18 but you can go longer – the longer the better. Just watch your pot. And your house is gonna stink.People have good advice for recipes. Just google “bone broth.”

Many people roast the bones first but i don’t really care if i get the extra flavor or not. I do add onion, carrot and celery but they will not be there by the time you are ready to consume the broth. You can then build a soup with the stock.  I add a few veggies, some rice and I then eat it for a solid week to get the boost to my immune system. I have done this only annually because i am lazy as all get out. One day i will do it more.  This will make you appreciate gelatinous homemade soups. I now see that as pure joint help.

 

 

 

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

A great health blog on magnesium.

A great health blog on magnesium.

“Being magnesium deficient can contribute to fatigue, stress, muscle cramps and spasms, and more.  Magnesium is extremely alkalizing so it can help reverse tissue deterioration.  This essential mineral is necessary for the body in order to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, build strong bones, and keep a healthy immune system.”  —  From the oolaboolah blog

I believe magnesium played a huge part of what helped me turn around in 2010.  I had so much difficulty walking.  My ankle muscles would not function (the nerves at L5 took the brunt of the hit from the rogue graft).  Remember: nerves control muscles.  Whether it’s spasm or lack of motor control,  magnesium really could help – a lot.  I take much of mine through my skin in the form of epsom salt baths.

I really do think that, along with Omega 3s, magnesium may be key to curing myself.  Even if it’s not the ticket, I really do love my baths.