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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Paleo Diet Food Chart

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So, I’m currently on a 30day Paleo challenge to test and see how the Paleo diet will affect people with Myasthenia Gravis. I wanted to know if the Paleo diet was good for people dealing with Myasthenia Gravis. After the 30 days I hope to find that out and report to all of you.

I know the adapted clean eating diet helps with energy and symptoms, but I hope the Paleo Diet is just as helpful (if not more) for Myasthenia Gravis symptoms because there’s an added bonus…weight loss!

 So, here’s a great visual chart on the Paleo Diet for you to learn some interesting facts. Enjoy!

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Paleo Diet and Myasthenia Gravis

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Does The Paleo Diet Help Myasthenia Gravis?

I’m totally not afraid to try new diets/eating styles on myself. I want to figure out the best diet (or at least figure out good options) for people to be able use to control Myasthenia Gravis.

We all want to live symptom-free, thats a given. So far I’ve found that an adapted clean eating diet is the best diet to control Myasthenia Gravis symptoms and to have energy.

But what if there’s more than just one type of eating plan that can control MG and keep you symptom free?

I want to find out.

Starting today, I’m embarking on a 30-day Paleo Diet. I want to know how the Paleo Diet affects Myasthenia Gravis. I also want to share what I learn with you! So within the next 30 days, I’ll be updating you on the affects of the Paleo diet and Myasthenia Gravis. This should be fun :)

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What is the Paleo Diet?

What is the Paleo diet anyway? I first heard about it was actually on Instagram. I posted a photo of my food (as I always do, haha), and one of my friends tagged it #paleo. I was curious so I did a little digging and found that the paleo diet, or the ‘caveman diet’ is basically an eating style like that of the caveman days. Its a ‘diet’ based off of eating like the cavemen would have. This means anything we could hunt or gather – meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, and seeds.

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No calorie counting

An awesome benefit from this type of eating style is there’s no need to calorie count! Seriously sign me up, right?! Because the foods in the paleo diet are naturally lower in calories, theres really no possible way to eat more calories than you need.

For example, if you were to eat 4 apples you would feel sooo full and only be loading up on 320 calories. If you ate a 320 calorie bowl of pasta it would easily just leave you craving more. The same goes for candy or doughnuts, 320 calories of candy (one candy bar) is not the same as eating 320 calories of broccoli or lean turkey breast or chicken.

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Weightloss

Paleo Diet helps people with Myasthenia Gravis loose weight

If you have Myasthenia Gravis then you already know that loosing weight is tough. We aren’t as able to run, jump around and exercise like most people can. With the paleo diet, I have seen and read on many websites and blogs that when you eat paleo you will loose weight without even trying. Ummm, yes please! I’m defiantly excited to see if I drop a few extra lbs in the next 30 days by eating Paleo. So lets find out; can the Paleo Diet help people with Myasthenia Gravis loose weight?.

This type of weight loss is exactly what we need! Loosing weight without intense need of exercise. Dont get me wrong, if you’re strong enough to get to walking, jogging or circuit train (like I do), then thats just an added bonus to your weight loss goals (and great for your overall health).

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Paleo, Me and MG

So I’m going to be eating following the paleo diet for the next 30 days. I’m super stoked to find an answer to the question, “how does the Paleo Diet affect Myasthenia Gravis”?. I’ll post my progress and findings using the Paleo diet (good or bad) here. This will be interesting and fun! So check back here if you’re just as curious as I am!

 

Comment below and share your experience with the Paleo Diet. Good or bad, its nice to know.

 

 

 

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Coconut Water, The Breakdown

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Coconut Water Can Help Myasthenia Gravis

I’ve mentioned coconut water numerous times throughout my posts. This is because coconut water is a true miracle for me and I see it being extremely beneficial, especially for others with Myasthenia Gravis. It is packed with Potassium, electrolytes and essential minerals to keep the body hydrated and aid in muscle contraction and function.

After I have a drink of coconut water, I notice my eyes are able to open wider, my energy picks up a notch and I can walk and move my muscles much better than before. Coconut water has been a lifesaver more times than I can count.

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Fresh Is Best

Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS, a NYC-based nutritionist and registered pharmacist, says fresh is best, and I agree. “Fresh coconut water has not been pasteurized, therefore it contains enzymes that help to detoxify and repair the body,” she explains. “Coconut water is a great source of electrolytes, such as potassium, necessary for proper hydration,” Mendez states. “Electrolytes are also necessary for proper muscle contraction and to generate energy in the body.”

Most of what you’ll find in stores is pasteurized or from concentrate. (“It’s still a great way to hydrate yourself and it will still contain minerals, but it’s pasteurized, therefore, not raw,” she adds.) So watch your labels and when you check the ingredient list make sure its 100% coconut water and nothing extra added.

 


The Best Coconut Water Around

First Place

Testing out the benefits of coconut water on myself and trying numerous different brands (all claiming the same basic thing), I have found the best coconut water above all: Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Coconut Water.

First of all, its 100% RAW, which means that it hasn’t been heated up (awesome!). The process of heating can break down nutrients therefore making them unavailable to the body (and we need those nutrients). Harmless Harvest Coconut Water also doesn’t come from concentrate (amazing) and is 100% Organic!

If you can get your hands on this brand, do so. It’s worth it.

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Runners-Up

If Harmless Harvest isn’t an option I will also turn to O.N.E Coconut Water and Zico Coconut Water. Both brands have a decent taste but even more than that, I notice that burst of energy which is so helpful to my MG.

 

Buying Tips

There are so many different brands of coconut water on the market these days it can confusing when trying to choose a good and truly healthy one. Here are a few key things to watch for when buying a quality coconut water:

  • No added sugar (keep it simple)
  • No added flavors (stick with plain/original)
  • Make sure that it’s not from concentrate
  • Choose organic if ever possible

So go ahead and try adding coconut water into your daily life. It has helped my Myasthenia Gravis tremendously. Comment below to let me know what your favorite brands are!

 

Sources:

http://www.harmlesscoconut.com

http://www.refinery29.com

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Mind, body and soul unite as a whole

 

 Change your mind, change your life

EATING THE RIGHT TYPE OF FOODS WILL HELP RECHARGE YOUR BODY

AND BRING YOU TO YOUR BEST STATE OF HEALTH 

#FACT

I personally have tried everything under the sun to regain my health after being diagnosed with MG at 16. After a long road of trial and error, I am certain when I say that a healthy diet (in addition to other positive things I continue to practice on the daily) is one of the most important contributing factors to my overall health and genuine happiness of the mind, body and soul.

Join me and watch this uplifting and positively powerful video that helped open my eyes to the true power we all hold within.

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