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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[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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Clean Eating Is The Best Diet For Myasthenia Gravis Patients

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Myasthenia Gravis and Diet: Better Health and Weightloss

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Living with Myasthenia Gravis symptoms can be challenging at a times. The way I learned to nourish my body for better health while living with symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis should not be categorized as a diet at all but an eating style; one which has helped get me back on track with my health. Along with other critical factors such as physical therapy, relaxation techniques and a few additional lifestyle changes, nourishing my body has helped me feel healthier than I have in years.

Please remember that managing and improving your health while living with symptoms of MG is an ongoing process. There is not a quick fix but by incorporating various important lifestyle upgrades, you have the potential to improve your current state of health. 

Dr. Andrew Thomas Weil, a holistic health doctor has touched on the importance of diet for people living with MG. The foods you eat are very important. I have experimented with these diet tips (along with my lifestyle upgrades) to find that they all work together and compliment each other creating your personal best health. 

I have shown myself there is hope and now I want to share with you. We all have the option to improve our health once we understand and listen to what our bodies need. So from here it is up to you. Below is a simple look into the diet and nutrition side of things. Remember, diet is only one aspect of the whole body picture.

If you would like to reach out and talk 1:1 you can always contact me

Eating a clean diet that is full of fresh fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, nuts and seeds, wild fish and organic grass fed meats that are unprocessed and chemical-free, is one of the best things you can do for your body. I truly believe an adapted clean eating style is one of the best ways to eat for people like myself with Myasthenia Gravis symptoms.  I say adapted, because for us, there are some foods that may be better left out of our diet, such as milk and dairy.

The Clean Eating Approach

Nourishing your body with whole, natural foods is important for people with Myasthenia Gravis symptoms. These include a wide variety of natural, unprocessed, chemical-free, hormone-free and preservative-free foods. Think fresh. As suggested by Dr. Weil, patients who suffer from Myasthenia Gravis (and all other autoimmune disorders) must eat a diet full of fresh organic fruits and vegetables while making sure to incorporate fruits and vegetables that are rich in potassium.

Dr. Weil also recommends eliminating polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, all partially hydrogenated oils, and all foods (such as deep-fried foods) that might contain trans-fatty acids. “Use extra-virgin olive oil as your main fat. Reduce protein intake to 10 percent of total calories; replace animal protein as much as possible with plant protein. Eliminate milk and milk products (substitute other calcium sources)”

Did you know? 

Eighty percent of our immune system is located in our stomach. If our immune system is in our stomach, we should be fueling our stomach and body with clean, healthy, chemical-free foods that promote a calm healthy environment while simultaneously nourishing the body. When you eat whole, unprocessed foods, you can suddenly eat more while having more energy, feel better, look better and even an added bonus…you will weigh less. This has happened to me and it has happened to others after their eating style changed from processed to more natural.

 To Get You Started

Here is the basic breakdown and my personal food list for the diet that has worked best in the longterm for my Myasthenia Gravis symptoms. Overall, this is the plan I used to get myself where I am today. Stronger, healthier, and back on track.

  • Eat a clean diet (real foods, whole foods, pesticide-free)
  • Eliminate your dietary allergens (often dairy, nuts, soy, etc.)
  • Eliminate inflammatory grains
  • Reduce your packaged/canned food intake to ultimately eliminate excess sodium (frozen is great and fresh is best)
  • Eat plenty of healthy fats
  • Eat plenty of leafy greens and rainbow veggies

Foods to include:

(unless you have an allergy or you feel sluggish after consumption)

PROTEIN

  • black beans
  • cannelini beans
  • pinto beans
  • chickpeas
  • wild caught low mercury fish
  • organic free-range eggs
  • organic free-range turkey and chicken
  • organic grass-fed beef
  • wild-caught salmon
  • raw almonds
  • raw macadamia nuts
  • sunflower seeds
  • walnuts
  • almond butter/raw almond butter
  • Protein powder (be careful with this one they are not all created equal. ask your NMD)

 

VEGGIES/HERBS

  • kale
  • spinach
  • lettuces
  • watercress
  • cucumber
  • celery
  • onions
  • garlic
  • cilantro
  • parsley
  • ginger root
  • turmeric root
  • tomatoes
  • zucchini
  • squash (butternut, spaghetti, kabocha)
  • root vegetables (beet root, parsnip, carrot, rutabaga, turnip, sweet potato)
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower

CONDIMENTS/FLAVORINGS

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • extra virgin coconut oil
  • pepper
  • pink himalayan salt
  • turmeric
  • ginger
  • cinnamon
  • stevia
  • apple cider vinegar
  • miso

FRUITS

  • lemons/limes
  • mango
  • papaya
  • apples
  • bananas
  • nectarines
  • peaches
  • avocado
  • all fresh berries
  • melons
  • pineapple

BEVERAGES

  • coconut water
  • spring water
  • almond milk
  • hemp milk
  • coconut milk

EXTRAS

  • Flax seed
  • Hemp seed
  • Chia seed
  • Goji berries
  • Cacao powder
  • Cacao nibs

Foods to avoid:

  • all white ‘stuff’ (usually what is in most refined foods, sweets and packaged goods)
  • refined sugar (not natural)
  • alcohol
  • fast food
  • fried food
  • junk food
  • soda
  • dairy/milk products
  • corn
  • most grains

 

 

 

Source:

http://www.drweil.com

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