Healthy Start Guide – 5 tips to get your health back on track

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Not sure what to do to get your health back on track?

After being diagnosed with MG, before I started my journey towards health, I was in that same boat. After years of learning, researching on my own and throwing in tons of trial and error, I was able to put it all together and understand what I needed to do and where I needed to start. So with this post, I want to briefly share some of the basic key things that really helped me to start on my personal journey towards better health.

 

1. Vitamins and Minerals

Many people I talk to with MG and people struggling with their health in general all seem to have one thing in common…they all have (or had) some degree of vitamin and/or mineral deficiency. I suggest you take the time and get a full work up on yourself to find out if your body is lacking or low on anything it needs to function properly. Your doctor should be able to help you with this. For example, I was extremely low in Vitamin D and even lower in Iron. Both are crucial for a healthy functioning system. I still take Vitamin D3 daily and supplement with gentle Iron to ensure I stay at optimum levels.

 

2. Smoothies (green smoothies)

I try to incorporate one green smoothie into my meal plan daily. Regardless of where your overall nutrition is currently at, adding a smoothie to your daily routine will boost your health by increasing your intake of healthy (and essential) vitamins and minerals. My favorite lately has been helpful. Try it out for yourself. It will hydrate you, give you a much needed dose of potassium (which helps muscle function) and spinach (which has anti-inflammatory benefits).

Mean Green Banana Smoothie:

1-1.5 frozen bananas, 1-2 cups water or nut milk and 2-3 handfuls of organic baby spinach.

OR TRY THESE SMOOTHIE RECIPES HERE

 

3. Your overall diet and nutrition

Take a look at your overall nutrition. What do you typically put in your body? You have to realize that your body will function equal to the quality of foods you are putting into it. Your body is going to have a harder time functioning at its best if you aren’t giving it the best. Processed, chemically created or chemically washed/sprayed/dyed foods are examples of foods NOT to eat. In contrast, eating a diet full of organic whole foods is a great way to start eating for improved health.


 

4. Listen to your body

Listen to your body. Your body will tell you whats going on if you pay attention to it. If something hurts or bothers you, don’t ignore it. Find out what is causing you pain and why. This is a great example in the case of food allergies. If you don’t feel very well after eating a meal, or you have a constant suffy nose, or get a headache, or your tummy is bloated, pay attention. You may have a mild food allergy which should not be ignored. Ignoring your body’s SOS call can put the body under unnecessary stress that can lead to a host of other ailments. Pay attention and tend to your body. It is truly the one place you’ll always live.

 

5. Listen to your mind

The same goes for listening to your mind. Listen to your thoughts. What are they telling you? What are your gut instincts? Whatever they are, listen to them. Don’t ignore them. When you get good at listening to your body, listening to your mind will be a breeze. In addition, try practicing positive self-talk. Many people don’t realize that they are internally their own worst critic. Shift your thoughts from negative to positive. If something is hard tell yourself “this is easy, I can do this”. You’d be surprised how this helps. Remember, your body will respond to the thoughts you feed it.

 

And those are a few things that helped me move towards health. Remember, any action creates an equal or opposite reaction. May as well make it a positive action towards improved health for yourself. Better health begins and ends with your willingness to try, fail (at times) yet wisely move forward. Don’t ever give up.

 

We are all here for one another so please Reach out or contact me if you need.

 

 



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9 Tips for Addressing Autoimmune Disease

 

While gathering information on a question someone had recently asked me (regarding the dangers of modern refined white flour consumption), I came across this awesome list (below) created by Dr. Hyman. In his post Autoimmune disease: Stop Your Body’s Self Attack, he shares information all which I believe and have seen to be true for me and my Myasthenia Gravis symptoms.

Over the years while taking time to experiment and learn the various things that affect me, I have realized that the two key factors that affect and create greater symptoms are stress (mental and physical) and the diet. They both play such a significant role in overall wellness.




 

I personally take vitamin D, liquid EPA/DHA and probiotics (almost) daily as well as practice stress-reducing activities (read about them here and here). Its time to figure out what is causing your body to mishap and take kind and knowledgable action to help yourself now.

 

If you have an autoimmune disorder and aren’t sure where to start OR want a few other pointers on the steps to take to work towards getting your body back on track, I recommend taking a peek at the steps listed below. In addition, if you have any questions you’d like to ask please contact me here or in the O+A.

 

9 Tips for Addressing Autoimmune Disease

  • Read The Autoimmune Epidemic This book will tell you why we have this problem, and how to fix it.
  • Find a functional medicine doctor who can help you address autoimmunity.
  • Get tested for mercury and other heavy metals.
  • Get tested for celiac disease (an autoimmune reaction to wheat and other gluten-containing grains), which causes over 60 autoimmune diseases. And consider eliminating other inflammatory foods from your diet such as dairy, eggs, corn and animal fats for a few weeks to see if it makes a different your symptoms.
  • Take immune-balancing nutrients and supplements, including vitamin D, essential fats (like EPA/DHA and GLA), and probiotics.
  • Practice deep relaxation daily through yoga, meditation, biofeedback, or anything that reverses the stress response.
  • Practice the precautionary principle, which says that we should avoid anything with the potential for harm. In the US, something has to be proven harmful before it is taken off the market. In Europe, something has to be proven safe before it is allowed on the market. This is also known as “better safe than sorry.”
  • Learn how to boost your body’s own detoxification system.
  • By addressing the root causes of autoimmune disease, you can start feeling better and getting well today.

 

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Simple Exercise Routines for Beginners [with video]

Exercise is so important for vibrant health.

With the helpful videos below and ‘The 9 Exercise Tips You Need To Know’, I hope to have opened your eyes to new possibilities for your health and happiness. Myasthenia Gravis can be rough at times, I know this fully, but if you want your health and happiness as much as I did (and do!) you can reclaim it one step at a time. Just take it slow and always check with your doctor to make sure they are on board too.

Click on the category that interests you below to check out some great beginner routines

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Stretch it out


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Exercise For MG: the 9 exercise tips you need to know

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When I first started to incorporate exercise back into my life after being diagnosed with MG, I came across a few obstacles. With that being said, I wanted to share these tips I have found helpful so you can overcome any obstacles and exercise with ease and peace of mind.

 

Ask yourself, “Which type of body work will I benefit from the most.”

There are many different ways to get your body feeling better, working better or back into shape (if that’s your goal). Take a little time to look into which type of body work and exercise you’d enjoy and benefit from the most. My body work routine includes Yoga, stretching, massage and self Myofascial release.

[Read about Myofascial release here]

Learn correct form

Request that your doctor (or neurologist) set up time with a physical therapist or personal trainer to learn correct form and movements. This way you can learn how to preform movements the safest and most effective way possible. Plus, feel free to ask your physical therapist any questions you may have.

Keep a chair handy. 

Practice seated exercises first to gauge your current level of physical ability.

Position yourself near soft ground.

Invest in a yoga mat. They’re soft and very useful wether you’re sitting on the floor at home doing stretches to keep limber or using it as a cushion for laying out and getting a little sun (vitamin D) that our bodies need. Go ahead and take a peek at a few yoga mats here.

Exercise with a friend.

Get fit together and have a support system.

Stay hydrated.

Keep water near at all times. Invest in a reusable water bottle to keep with you. You can check out my favorite water bottles at Spiritual Gangster. I’m truly in love with everything they have so go ahead and take a second to look around their site.

Know your limits.

Avoid pushing yourself too far. We’re not trying to turn into the hulk here and we don’t want any injuries so take it slow.

Check with your doctor.

Rule out any medical reasons why you should not undertake an exercise routine.

Have Fun!

This is a no brainer. Exercise is not meant to be punishment (crazy right?!). But really, It’s meant to boost your mood, energize your bod and enhance your life! Treat it as such and loosen up. Have fun, get out there and enjoy!


 

 

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Easy Morning Yoga Routine (with pictures)

Simple morning yoga routine (with pictures)

This is a very easy and refreshing way to start each morning. I practice yoga first thing almost every day. Yoga will help you to stretch and strengthen your body while calming your mind to start your day on the right foot.

Ease into it, move slowly and most of all enjoy!

NAMASTE

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Green Smoothies Help Myasthenia Gravis

Green Smoothies Help Myasthenia Gravis Symptoms

Green smoothies (and green juices) have helped keep my Myasthenia Gravis symptoms at bay and may very well have the ability to do the same for you too. I started making (and drinking) these super drinks a little over a year ago. I was doing the best I could after deciding to stop my monthly IVIG treatments but still had MG symptoms. I wasn’t able to walk any type of distance, I experienced daily double vision and had general weakness and fatigue plus a serious lack of energy daily.

Fast forward to now, a little over a year later and the symptoms I experience, especially the lack of energy and daily general exhaustion and fatigue have noticeably improved. I took a leap of faith and tried making these drinks, along with eating better, in hopes of helping my Myasthenia Gravis in one way or another. Well, because of these dietary changes, I am better in the best ways I could have hoped for (next to being totally MG-free anyway). I’m happy to take the noticeable boost in health as it has been a long road of ups and downs trying everything to feel better. Plus, I am equally as happy to share my experience with you because in the best case scenario, some of your MG symptoms improve and at the worst case scenario, you get on the road to being healthier than you were before.

Many reasons why these drinks are powerful will be listed below. Read on and please, for your own health, drink up.

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Green Smoothies vs. Green Juices

Both are great options for a health boost. If choosing between the two, I would rather make a green smoothie on daily basis, and I do! I also add a green juice to my routine once a week and would defiantly recommend it.

  • Green Smoothie: Blended dark leafy greens with other vegetables or fruit with a liquid and ice.
  • Green Juice: Dark leafy green and other veggies and fruits go through a physical juicing machine, which pulls the fiber away from the starch/sugar.

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How Do Green Smoothies Help Myasthenia Gravis?

Packed with energy producing nutrients, vitamins and minerals, a green smoothie is far better than your average cup of joe any day. These nutritious drinks will provide you with energy, nutrients, antioxidants and phytonutrients to fight disease and boost your body to its optimum health and healing ability. Listed below are just a few of the benefits green smoothies have to offer.

1. Easily Digestible Nutrients

They’re blended so because it’s already party broken down for your body, it’s much easier for your body to digest and absorb all of those vitamins, nutrients and minerals immediately, without taking up much of your body’s energy to do so. You’ll feel full and satisfied from the natural fiber and can save your energy for things that really matter during your day.

2. Vitamin & Antioxidant Packed

Most green smoothies are made with some kind of dark leafy greens. Kale or spinach are two greens most often used. This gives you a huge hit of vitamins and antioxidants like folic acid, B-vitamins, iron, and vitamin D and K, all of which reduce homocystine levels in your blood (which slows the aging, inflammation and the disease processes in the body).

Green smoothies are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients. Not only are you giving your body the best defenses for disease, but you are ingesting a variety of natural substances that are essential for optimum health and fitness.

3. Trace Minerals

Green smoothies have an insane amount of absorbable trace minerals that you can’t get in many other places, like:

  • calcium: much more absorbable as leafy green vegetables than any dairy product
  • magnesium: needed for ATP to produce energy in our mitochondria
  • manganese: for a healthy nervous system and cells
  • potassium: helps maintain hydration, helps keep body in an alkaline state to fight disease and inflammation better
  • selenium: an antioxidant that prevents cancer, liver detoxification and healthy thyroid function

4. Beta Carotene + Chlorophyll

Green smoothies also have high amounts of beta carotene, which have vibrantly colored antioxidants called carotenoids that give your skin a healthy glow because of their rich color. Think of your healthiest, most vegetable-loving friend, and how their skin literally glows. This is why. No beauty or anti-aging product will do what food naturally can.

Plus, green smoothies are rich with chlorophyll which some natural health experts say, enhances the immune system, purifies the blood and rejuvenates the body.

5Alkalizing

Fruits and vegetables are alkaline foods and many natural health experts claim that consuming these foods helps maintain a proper alkaline balance in the body.

6. Naturally Energy Boosting

Smoothies provide a powerful boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients without bogging down your digestive system. Since you are eating natural, whole foods in the most optimum form for your digestion and nutrient absorption, you will have more energy to get things done and enjoy your day.

7. Detoxification + Elimination

With all those vitamins and minerals, you also get amazing fiber to help speed the process up of getting any toxins out of your body in a fast and natural way. This is always a good thing, and can impact your energy. If you are sluggish and weighed down by toxins in your gut, it can make your Myasthenia Gravis flare up. A daily dose of green solves all of this.

8. Simple + Easy + Delicious

Green Smoothies take less than 5 minutes to make which is amazing for people with Myasthenia Gravis. We need to get the most nutrition with the least amount of physical prep work. Green smoothies will do that. Plus, It feels good, tastes good, and works hard for you from the inside out.

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Green Smoothie A Day Keeps Myasthenia Gravis At Bay

I hope you start adding a green smoothie to your daily routine like I do. It takes consistency and being an active participant in bettering your health (and as always, listening to the treatment guidance from your neuro) to obtain better health. But regardless, the numerous health (and beauty) benefits these powerful little drinks provide our body is in my opinion very important. Also, when you feel like your ready to take on additional health boosting practices, buy a juicer and add a green juice into your routine.

[Read about my favorite blender here]

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[juicer here]

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[Find some delicious green smoothie recipes to try out for yourself  share with your loved ones here]

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And if you have any smoothie recipes, please do comment below or send in an email!

We would all love to hear!

 

 

Source:

www.drfuhrman.com – Autoimmune Nutrition

www.drfuhrman.com – Nutrient Density 

www.mindbodygreen.com

 

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