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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Exercise For Myasthenia Gravis: Have Strength, Get Fit

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Exercise for Myasthenia Gravis? 

You may be surprised to know that there are exercises out there for people with Myasthenia GravisWe can still exercise? But I’m weak. Yes, we can and it will actually help usAlthough Myasthenia gravis patients experience various levels of weakness, myself included, there are still things we can do to strengthen ourselves.

No, were not running marathons (although anything is possible!) or lifting in the gym like those bodybuilders do, but we are still able to get our bodies moving and condition them to be better and to feel better. Maybe you want to loose a few pounds, increase your strength or just enhance your level of happiness. Regardless of your reason, engaging in an exercise routine will improve your overall health and enhance your quality of life. You’ll feel better, look better and live better.

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What Exercises Can I Try?

Strength training should be a part of every exercise program. Building muscle not only enhances strength, it contributes to weight control because the more muscle you have, the more calories you can burn.

In addition, no exercise program would be complete without a stretching component to maintain flexibility. Most strength training programs cause your muscles to contract and flex. Stretching after you exercise will promote equal balance. As a general rule, stretch whenever you exercise. If you don’t exercise regularly, you might want to stretch at least three times a week to maintain flexibility.

Below are a few health benefits you can obtain for the mind, body and soul from simply adding both a strength and stretching routine into your life.

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Strength Training

  • Develop strong bones – Strength training increases bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis
  • Control your weight – As you gain muscle, your body will burn calories more efficiently. The more toned your muscles, the easier it is to control your weight
  • Boost your stamina – As you get stronger, you won’t fatigue as easily. Building muscle also contributes to better balance
  • Manage chronic conditions – Strength training can reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions
  • Sharpen your focus – Some research suggests that regular strength training helps improve attention for older adults

Stretching

  • Increase flexibility
  • Improve range of motion of your joints
  • Boost circulation
  • Promote better posture
  • Relieve stress

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Exercise Tips for MG 

When I started to include exercise into my life after being diagnosed with Myasthenia gravis, I came across a few obstacles. Written from both research and personal experience, below are some important tips I have found helpful. Use this list to help you exercise with ease and peace of mind.

Tips

  • Learn correct form – Set up time with a physical therapist or personal trainer experienced in working with the disabled.
  • Have a chair handy – Practice seated exercises.
  • Position yourself near your bed or soft ground – Better to be safe than sorry.
  • Position yourself on the ground – You can’t fall if you’re already down.
  • Do not exercise alone – Always have someone at home with you.
  • Keep water near
  • Know your limits – Avoid pushing yourself too far.
  • Assess your current level of weakness before starting any type of routine
  • Check with your doctor – Rule out any medical reasons why you should not undertake an exercise program.

 

Exercise Routines

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Core

Legs

Stretching

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My Experience: Exercise, MG and Me

Myasthenia Gravis for me has affected my legs and walking a great deal. Because they were my weakest points, I decided not to further fatigue them at first, at least not until I felt ready. I started strength training at home using 2 and 3 pound dumbbells. I started off sitting in a chair working on my arm routine. As my arm workouts got easier, I tried working on my legs and core, still from the comfort of my own home.

After about 9 months I have been able to notice a dramatic difference in my strength, physical ability and body composition. Now, even on a ‘weak’ day, I am stronger than I have ever been. I attribute this to my weekly exercise routine, my diet (the adapted clean eating plan and the Paleo diet), as well as my strong desire to be, feel, look and live vibrantly again.

I am now able to say, with extreme happiness, that I have moved from my at-home gym to my community gym. I have upped the weight I am able to use, I can walk about 1.5 miles in 20 min without resting and bike a steady 3 miles in under 25 min. When I started, I could’t even think about walking around the block. Now, I am able to go to the gym 2 days a week and take strolls with my love at sunset. This is such a huge success for me so I feel the need to share. Exercising, stretching and eating healthy has completely transformed my life with Myasthenia Gravis and I feel it could transform yours just the same.

Remember, exercise is so important to your health but take it slow, don’t push yourself and always check with your doctor to make sure they are on board as well. With these tips, 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!) then reclaim it one step at a time.

 

Source:

www.drweil.com

www.mayoclinic.com

www.mayoclinic.com

www.sparkpeople.com

 

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