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.

http://bit.ly/1Or5a34

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

Foot bath for RSD Headache

Lately when my RSD headache kicks in, I grab my footbath (i just have a Dr. Scholls one from Rite Aid), fill it with as warm or hot water as i can handle with about a half a cup of Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar. I then soak my feet for at least 20 minutes. The water brings the energy and focus away from my head and, for me, I feel the effects last through the day. Supposedly there are also detox benefits with this through the feet. My gut feeling is that is happening because I feel so good after that when I soak them even without RSD headache.

I now associate the smell of vinegar with feet. 🙂 My feet are definitely sensitive from RSD but at times less so and I can handle warmer to hot water. I just feel it out for what’s working for me that day.

Wheatgrass

My new obsession.  I wondered if something that builds red blood cells and cleansed blood would help a condition in which blood flow is such an issue. I have had blood letting done and i have seen what some of the funky blood looks like and it’s clear why it wasn’t flowing so well.  I’ve been drinking shots of fresh wheatgrass juice every other day or sometimes a few days in a row for about a month or so now. I feel so much better on days i have it and the day after. If i go a few days without, I certainly feel it.

Read the link about potential benefits. Supposedly some people can be highly allergic but not necessarily those with gluten issues because of when the grass is juiced. I have some gluten sensitivity and the wheatgrass does not elicit a funky gluten response in me at all.  In fact, I think it’s made that better for me.

http://thechalkboardmag.com/50-reasons-to-drink-wheatgrass-everyday

 

IV Vitamins

People wonder about IV Vitamins…

For me, these were too strong.  The Vitamin C was WAY too hectic for my body and caused me issues.  My doctor said  it helped other RSD patients but it seemed to me that it is entirely too stimulating for RSD.

The glutathione, i think, was great but i just try to eat avocados daily instead.  And the Myers Cocktail I liked but I think i would only use that if i get the flu or something. I am a big believer  now that pushing kale, avocados and high nutrient foods MOST of the time will give me what i need. I just try to not eat things that do not contribute to my healing.  I also find that i do better without gluten.  😦 I am sad about that…

Food to Improve Inflammation Levels

I am so empowered by articles and blogs like this one.  I do feel it for myself that if I eat things for my brain and for my liver,  I feel a whole lot better overall and my RSD symptoms are much fewer.  Leafy greens, cabbage and avocados. Lots of avocados. I feel those are the foods that help me the most (in addition to fish and eggs).  Also last night after I had sushi and green tea for dinner there may or may not have been marshmallow Peeps in my belly.

The portion of this most important for RSDers, I think, is Paragraph 3 of this link: “A plant-based diet improves inflammation, weight, and vascular health.”

“A recent research group in Pennsylvania studied 63 individuals with heart disease who followed the Ornish program and compared them to a group of 63 people who did not follow any particular program. While the control group experienced no improvement in health, the Ornish group lost weight and blood pressure fell by about 10%.

At 12 weeks, researchers found that 26 genes were exhibiting different activity in the Ornish group. After a year, 143 genes were doing the same. The genes that promoted inflammation and blood vessel injury were significantly reduced in activity. The control group showed no improvements as they maintained their standard diet during the year.

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13477/how-the-food-you-eat-changes-your-genes.html

 

 

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar for RSD

I was introduced to the benefits of raw apple cider vinegar (“ACV”) by my qi gong healer a few years ago. It took me a while to agree to drink it. It’s freaking gross. BUT, the benefits have been so amazing that I now always have some in the house. Remember to dilute it and rinse your mouth after (do NOT brush your teeth right away). While it goes in super acidic, it actually makes the body more alkaline.  It has worked so well for me before, at one point it completely turned off the burning in my legs. The only issue was, at that point, I had to stop drinking it because my body no longer accepted the ACV presumably because I started to affect my body’s PH too much. So it is something I do not use all the time but I think many people do a few tablespoons daily without issue. Frankly, i think I got greedy and drank too much of it once I saw how much it helped the burning in my legs.

Currently I am trying to drink it every day in order to help me lower the acidity in my body and hopefully help me lose this extra weight.  Additionally, i have started using it in some of my epsom salt baths. My skin feels amazingly clean after.  The ACV is supposed to draw toxins out. Remember to drink RAW apple cider vinegar “with the mother” which is the cloudy good stuff in the bottle. Bragg’s really is the only good brand i have found. I am super proud that i once beat the stomach flu that took out my entire office for days and i cut a sinus infection in half using this stuff. It’s legit. Here are some of the amazing things it is believed to do:

1.  Helps to clear acne
2.  Promotes digestion as the acetic acid content slows down the digestion of starch which can lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals.
3.  Natural cure for constipation by improving bowel irregularity and removing toxins from the body at a faster rate
4.  High in minerals and potassium to help slow down the ageing process of your skin – potassium also protects your teeth, prevents hair loss and stops those runny noses
5.  Helps to reduce sinus infections and sore throats
6.  Encourages the growth of healthy bacteria within your body
7.  Eases menstrual cramps
8.  The pectin content helps regulate blood pressure while reducing bad cholesterol
9.  Protects against food poisoning
10. Fights allergies in both humans and animals
11. Prevents muscle fatigue after exercise
12. Strengthens the immune system
13. Increases stamina
14. Alleviates symptoms of arthritis and gout
15. Prevents bladder stones and urinary tract infections
16. The malic acid content introduces those important anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
17. The calcium content helps to improve bone and teeth health
18. The ash for alkaline content helps your body maintain correct pH levels for a healthy alkaline state
19. Provides a natural remedy for heartburn, acting as a replacement for those toxic heartburn medications
20. Helps clear up skin conditions and blemishes giving a smoother texture and complexion
21. Raw apple cider vinegar may also help with joint pain and stiffness
22. Helps to break down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them and can also help to reduce levels of glucose

Source:

http://www.amoils.com/health-blog/22-good-health-reasons-to-keep-raw-organic-apple-cider-vinegar-in-your-home-22-good-health-reasons-to-keep-raw-organic-apple-cider-vinegar/

Remember, I am NOT a doctor. This is just something that has worked for me. Do your own research and ask your doctor.

 

Could these foods be making your pain worse?

Here’s a great list of foods that may be increasing your inflammation. Do you have arthritis? RSD? Just want to be healthy? There is a lot of information out there to suggest that these foods are making your life a little bit harder.

I can say for myself that i have noticed a big inflammatory increase when i have allowed myself to go carb crazy.  I am very picky about my carbs for that reason. If i am going to splurge, i generally make it count (read: visit to Joan’s on Third). And i shy away from cheese more than I’d like to. But I truly believe limiting these foods has meant less pain for me.

Click the link for the 10 foods.

http://theconsciouslife.com/top-10-inflammatory-foods-to-avoid.htm