Potatoes and Arthritis - an Old Wives Tale?
Have you ever heard of not eating potatoes or tomatoes if you have arthritis? Is it an old wives tale? Would you stop eating potatoes or tomatoes if they made your arthritis worse?
Lots of serious questions to ponder.
A Personal Tale of Arthritis
My Mum had very bad arthritis. She had heard this ‘old wives tale’ and looked for a correlation between when she ate tomatoes – she grew her own in a big veggie garden in the backyard – and the pains of her arthritis.
She did find a correlation so very reluctantly decided that she would no longer be able to eat these beautiful, round, red fruit. She went through a long period of grief about this.
It's Only a Little Bit
One day when I was visiting, we had some homemade vegetable soup. Mum always had soup ready to eat. ‘What’s this?’ I said. ‘There’s tomato in this.’
‘Oh, only a little bit,’ she said.’ I had to do something with them. I couldn’t waste those lovely tomatoes.’
‘But Mum, they’re tomatoes!’ I said. ‘You know they make your pains worse.’ She shut her lips tightly and I knew the subject was closed.
The next day I innocently asked her how her legs and hands had been through the night.
‘Dreadful,’ she replied. ‘The pains in my hands made me cry.’ This was a common answer to my question.
Some days later I talked to her again about how the tomatoes made her arthritis worse. Yes, she could agree with that.
’Well,’ I said, ‘why do you put tomato in your soup?’
‘Oh, but you can’t see it’, she said.’ It’s only a little bit.’
The Potato Family
Potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, capsicum, bell peppers (lots of different names for the same thing, depending on where you live), eggplant, paprika and cayenne pepper all belong to the same family of plants.
Alkaloids, Arthritis and Tomatoes and Potatoes
All these plants have a natural chemical in them called an alkaloid. These can have an effect on our nerve/muscle function. Alkaloids are designed by nature to protect the plants that contain them from being eaten by insects.
Very sensitive people are affected by these alkaloids while others with arthritis may not be. Just like with allergies, some people are affected and others are not.
To see if you are affected by this family of vegetables containing alkaloids, eliminate all of them from your diet for a few weeks. Watch the symptoms of your arthritis and see if the pains subside. If they do, then, if you want to find out which specific vegetable affects you the most, introduce your favourite vegetable one at a time. Have it 2 or 3 times in a week. If there is no reaction, try it again the next week.
If there is no reaction, then on the third week you can try out another of this vegetable family. Continue this till you find one that affects you. It goes without saying that if the arthritic pains worsen considerably when you reintroduce one of these vegetables, then stop eating it and wait for the pains to ease.
Continued in the next blog
Other articles about Arthritis http://www.allergiesandcfs.com/1/post/2012/04/is-there-a-link-between-asthma-and-arthritis.html
Our Immune System
Our immune system is very important. It helps us ward off 'bacteria, toxic chemicals, and viruses that cause conditions like the common cold and flu.' (from altmedicine.about.com see reference below)
We can support out immune system by paying particular attention to out diet, exercise, the stressors in our life, sleep and hygiene. We can also support our immune system by taking herbal supplements, flower essences and homeopathy.
A diet rich in antioxidants will help our immune system These antioxidants kill off free radicals. Free radicals damage our DNA and suppress our immune system. Antioxidants are found in fruit and vegetables.
Drink lots of water to flush out the waste from your system. Keep away from sugary foods or drinks.
When we exercise it stimulates the T cells in our blood. These guard against infections. Walking regularly is a great exercise.
Prolonged stress wears down the immune system. Meditation, Tai chi or Qi Gong are good ways to relieve stress.
Tip: When learning Tai Chi or Qi Gong, find a teacher who will teach you step by step. This way you will remember the movements and be able to replicate them on your own wherever you are in life. When people attend 'Follow the leader' classes, that is just what they are doing. When they get home after the class, very often they cannot remember the movements on their own.
Our body and mind needs to rejuvenate and process the events of the day. We need about 8 hours of sleep to do this properly. Go easy on the caffeine. This is in coffee, milk coffee drinks, colas and chocolate.
Tip: Herbs like Valerian and Kava can help with this.
Keeping our hands clean is very important. We tend to neglect this because things around us appear clean. However we cannot see the germs lurking on our skin.
Tip: Good times to wash your hands are
before preparing food
after coughing or sneezing
after wiping your child's nose
after going to the toilet
after changing your child's nappy
Magnesium is a natural sedative. It is found in legumes, seeds, dark green leafy vegetables, wheat bran, almonds and cashews. It is also good to take as a supplement.
We only have one body for our lifetime. If we look after it by following the steps above we will improve our immune system and banish those niggling allergies.
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Tai Chi has been proven to be good for your health.
In a recent study the practice by older adults was shown to increase the size of the brain.
Tai Chi has also been proven to benefit people with Arthritis and Diabetes. It can also help people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Tai Chi is a low impact form of movement that people practice to their ability. Tai Chi can also be practised by people confined to a chair.
Tai Chi opens up the meridians or energy channels of the body and allows the energy in the body to flow more easily. When we are unwell the energy channels are blocked. With daily practice these energy channels can open and we feel more open, more flowing, more free from pain.
8 Reasons people do Tai Chi
Tai Chi students come from all walks of life. They come for all sorts of reasons.
They want to :-
be more flexible physically
improve their body so that they are free of pain
learn to walk again
get help with Parkinson's disease
learn to relax
meet like minded people
improve their co-ordination
Daily practice of Tai Chi improves our health. Have you thought of doing Tai Chi?
If we have an open mind then anything can happen. Sometimes we think we have an open mind but we are only looking at it from our own point of view. Many years ago when I was very ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and severe allergies so that I was locked in the house, in bed, out on a farm 40 kilometres from the nearest city, my daughter said to me,
'Mum what do you think about getting some healing?'
I said 'What's that?'
'You know, when energy comes out of a person's hand and it helps you.'
'No, sounds weird,' I said.
Well, wouldn't you know it? I had to open my mind! The universe conspired to lead me a merry way until I found out just what this HEALING could do for me.
Have you opened your mind to different healing modalities?
Many of these healing modalities are discussed in my book, from crystal healing, hands on healing, flower essences, tai chi, aromatherapy, massage, and healing with colour.
What a journey. You can read about it in Allergies and Chronic Fatigue A Natural Approach. You can get the Table of Contents and the first chapter FREE.
The Table of Contents will show you all the different things discussed in the book. The first chapter starts with the worst of my illness - I didn't think I was going to make it, and nor did my husband. It was some journey. It would have been easier if I had just listened to my daughter and said 'Yes dear.'
Tell us what has helped you. We'd love to hear. I have now opened my mind to many possibilities, but, no doubt, have still further to open.
Why, oh why do they have to make scented toilet paper. When I go into a toilet with these perfumes it takes my breath away.’ Smells nice’ you say. Have you stopped to think what these perfumes are made of? Do you really think that manufacturers would buy expensive aromatherapy oils to perfume their toilet paper? Of course not!
Well, how do they perfume the toilet paper? What do they use? Have you ever heard of chemicals?
Who are the most sensitive people in our society?
Everybody needs to go to the toilet a few times a day, some more than others. Who are the most vulnerable people in our community? Babies, toddlers, older people and people who are ill. We’ll discount babies in our present discussion because they don’t go into a toilet.
Do you want your toddler exposed to chemicals?
Toddlers go to the toilet often when they are being toilet trained, and later as young children. Every time they go into a toilet that has scented toilet paper available they are inhaling a lung full of chemicals. Even worse is when a basket full of spare toilet rolls is sitting in the open air in the toilet. The perfume is overpowering. If the perfume is overpowering then the chemical overload is overpowering also. Do you want to inhale this? Do you want toddlers to breathe in chemicals that may affect their little tender bodies?
Buy Fragrance Free or Hypoallergenic
To protect ourselves and our loved ones, look for fragrance free or Hypoallergenic toilet paper. These are free of perfumes and much safer for us. Read the back of the packet of toilet paper. Look for the words ‘Fragrance Free’.
Making your own safe scented toilet paper
If you really want your toilet to be perfumed buy some pure aromatherapy oils. These are sometimes called Essential oils. These are oils of plants themselves. This is where real perfume comes from. Do not buy fragrance oils. These smell nice, but guess what? They are made from chemicals too. The fragrance oils cost around $5. Real aromatherapy oils will cost closer to $20. Which would you choose – the chemical or the pure perfume?
To perfume your toilet paper place a couple of drops of aromatherapy oil on the inner cardboard then place it on the holder as usual. Aromatherapy oils are good for you so long as you choose an oil you like. Fragrance oils are not.
Let me know what you think about inhaling unwanted chemicals in your own home.
Natural Toothpastes are free of most chemicals
Natural Toothpaste Best for your Health
Natural things are good for us, much better than goods with chemicals in them. In these modern times we are surrounded by chemicals. They are in lots of foods we eat as well as the toiletries we use. Who would have thought that we would have to clean ourselves with chemicals? That just doesn’t make sense to me.
As the inside of the mouth is one of the fastest ways of absorbing anything into our body, it makes sense that anything we put in our mouth should be as pure as possible and this includes toothpaste.
My Toothpaste should be FREE from:
Make sure your toothpaste is free from salicylates, fluoride, artificial sweeteners for example saccharin, and sodium lauryl sulphate. Try to avoid anything with the words glycol, propylene, polyol.
Jack and Jill is a natural toothpaste for children as young as six months old. It contains some certified organic ingredients and other natural ingredients.
Contains Certified Organic Products and flavouring Hypoallergenic· SLS Free · No fluoride · No Preservatives No added colour
Any of these brands is less likely to cause you any allergies than the normal brands available in the supermarket. Each has different ingredients. Have a look at these toothpastes here
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