Recovering from Major Illness
Natural supplements are a great way to improve our health especially if we are or have been very unwell. The medical profession have difficulty in diagnosing some illnesses. Just because doctors can't find what is wrong with you or put a name to it does not mean that you are not ill. There are many other health professionals who have expertise in other health modalities.
This why my favourite modality is Homeopathy. I call this the 'Designer Medicine'. The remedies are prescribed for you according to your symptoms, not the generalized symptoms of an illness. You may have more than one illness. There are over two thousand remedies.
My favourite supplement is N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC). This supplies the ingredients for our body to make glutathione, the major antioxidant in our body. Glutathione cannot be absorbed in our body if taken as a supplement therefore we need to give our body the basic ingredients to make it. NAC is very good for Depression or Bi Polar. Research studies have been done on this in Australia with positive results. Glutathione is found especially in the heart and the brain as well as all over the body.
Vitamin C is another important antioxidant. We have all heard of the importance of this for many years. We cannot make this vital vitamin in our body so must absorb it in our food or as a supplement. Most people will not get enough of this in their diet so supplementation in important. Vitamin C is found in the fluid in our eyes so to protect these important organs take some Vitamin C every day.
Minerals are the backbone of our body. We all know about Calcium and we know the names of many other minerals we need to keep us healthy. There is chloride, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. We also need iron and many trace elements. Trace elements are needed in very tiny quantities in our body, but we still need them.
What is the best way to get our minerals? By eating vegetables. The minerals have been absorbed by the roots of the vegetables and these are easily absorbed by our body.
Magnesium is my favourite mineral. It is wonderful to ease spasms. Spasms can manifest as cramps in the legs, period cramps, cramps in the gut in Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other bowel illnesses where the bowel goes into spasms. Magnesium also eases sneezing - a spasm, and coughing and asthma. It can help ease a migraine too. It also helps build our bones.
There are different ways to take magnesium.
Next time I will talk about other supplements that may help with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. ME, CFIDS, Fibromyalgia, Adrenal Fatigue the Immune system and Thyroid problems.
Below are some other articles I have written about Magnesium
Feet and Leg Problems
How Tissue Salts Work
More about Magnesium and MS
Our feet are a very important part of our anatomy. They help us to move around. They were so important to our ancestors that a unit of measurement was centred around the foot.
For thousands of years our ancestors walked barefoot. What, you say? I don’t have any ancestors who walked around barefoot. Well, in that case, you just haven’t traced your ancestors back far enough. It is a fact that every one of us had many ancestors who walked around in bare feet.
Their first shoes were made from leather and during the last fifty years, the soles of shoes have moved away from natural products to synthetic products. Instead of walking in leather shoes as our parents or grandparents used to, we now wear some form of plastic soled shoes.
Our feet are the most sensitive part in our body. There are about 1300 nerve endings per square inch (2.5 square centimetres) of skin on the soles of our feet. All those nerves come from different parts of our body. This is why Reflexology works so well.
Reflexology was formed on the premise that every part of the foot affects some part of the body. So now you can see why. If there are 1300 nerve endings per square inch (2.5 square centimetres) of our foot, there are enough nerves there to reach all of our body. In Reflexology, every part of our foot is stimulated with massage to benefit our whole system.
Looking after our feet is very important otherwise many things can go wrong with them and this makes it difficult for us to walk.
The state of our feet can also tell us the state our body is in. If we have any of the following we know we have to do something about them - corns, warts, blisters, cracked heels, ingrown toenails, hammer toes, psoriasis, tinea, sweaty feet, hot feet, cold feet, pain, calluses.
Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
Walking barefoot is good for our feet as it helps to sensitize all those nerve endings. Because we encase our feet in solid shoes, we lose the sensitivity in them. By walking barefoot it increases their sensitivity. This has been found to be of benefit to people with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
As these diseases progress, balance is lost and people can tend to walk in a shuffling movement and with feet wider apart to get their balance. Stimulating their feet by walking barefoot and by using Reflexology may help to bring them into balance.
It is also very important to walk barefoot on the Earth, that is, on the garden grass, in a park or at the beach on the sand. Walking barefoot brings our body into balance with the earth. Science has now been able to prove that the electrical energies of the earth are of great benefit to us. To maintain you health or to improve it, walk in bare feet for 30 minutes daily in contact with the earth.
It has been shown that walking barefoot on the earth each day can ease the inflammation in our body. It is now recognised that inflammation causes many major diseases like diabetes and heart problems.
Earthing by Clinton Ober, Stephen T Sinatra MD & Martin Zucker
Fatigue is a symptom of an imbalance in your body or mind, or both. It is not an illness in itself. Fatigue can be temporary or chronic. Temporary means that it is short lived, maybe for hours or a day or two. Chronic means that it is around for a long time and does not go away. This may be for weeks, months or years.
People who are diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have long term fatigue, that is, chronic fatigue. This is an illness that encompasses a group of symptoms. These symptoms may be different for many people, however the over-riding symptom is fatigue.
For some people this fatigue can mean that they cannot work to the same standard that they did previously. For others it may mean that they can only get to work a few hours each day. Others people may have to give up work and can barely manage with general life. And there is the smaller group of people that are so fatigued that they cannot get out of bed for weeks, months or years.
If you are feeling fatigue it is a good idea to visit your medical practitioner to make sure that there is nothing major wrong with you. He/she can detect many things through blood tests these days. If they have no solution for you there are many other avenues that you can follow. But first you need an open mind.
Many people only look to Western medicine to cure all their ills. Many other people in western civilization seek out alternative modalities. Alternative modalities are also called complementary medicine or complementary modalities because they complement, that is, add to general medical treatment. Many people use only these forms of medicine. These modalities encompass the whole body and mind, and do not treat just the one or two symptoms that you might present with to a GP.
Alternative modalities generally prefer preventative treatment and work on strengthening the mind and body and not wait until something goes drastically wrong.
Usually these alternative modalities or treatments do no harm and help people considerably.
What do I Look for in an Alternative Practitioner?
If you decide to look for alternative treatment look for practitioners who have qualifications. Check who has given this qualification. It is also worth noting that there are some modalities where there is nowhere to get qualified. Sometimes you can get great relief from these people also. Use your discernment to decide. Even if the person is not qualified yet you here good reports about them or are getting relief from them, then why not keep seeing them? Why stop just because they do not have a piece of paper to hang on the wall?
Alternative Modalities for YOU to try
Many of these modalities may ease your fatigue. You need to find the right person that you can connect with.
Other related posts
Do you have an open mind?
E-book Allergies and Chronic Fatigue A Natural Approach
Spring and Autumn are the two 'change of season' times of the year. These are preparatory seasons, seasons where we get ready for the hottest or coldest season of the year.
Springtime has traditionally been a time of the year when housewives took to cleaning. They cleaned out the dirt and the damp of winter, the spiders and cobwebs, they washed the smoke from the wood fires and the dust from the curtains and the walls and scrubbed the front doorstep.
These days houses are not locked up as much throughout the winter. We are lucky to have the cracks in our walls plastered and heating turned on. Not so many of us have wood fires for heat these days.
Change of Season
However at the change of season, whether it is the Autumn season or Spring season, we are changing our clothes and our bedding. Because I live in the southern hemisphere and it's Autumn time here, I'll talk about that.
Washing Stored Clothes
As the days get cooler we start to get out our lighter winter clothing - long sleeved T shirts, singlets, jumpers, long pants, socks and a jacket occasionally for the rainy days. Let's not forget the clothing we wear at night - pyjamas, nighties. Let's also remember the bedclothes we sleep in - sheets, blankets, doonas, underblankets.
These clothes and bedding have been stored in the cupboard for 4 - 6 months. They get musty. When clothes get musty they can affect out health. People who have a low immune system or allergies or who get asthma must be especially aware. Mustiness can affect our breathing. Just think of lying for eight hours in musty sheets and pillowcases and in musty nightclothes. Make sure to wash all these clothes before wearing them.
Children and Asthma
Autumn time is a time when people, especially children get asthma as the air gets damp, the nights get longer, the heating gets turned on and the winter clothing comes out.
Wash the Bedding Too
I always find it beneficial to use this time to wash the winter sheets and pillowcases before use and to vacuum the mattress and under the bed before putting on the new sheets. This cuts down on the dust that accumulates in the mattress and carpet and makes for a better sleep.
One day I was listening to a radio presenter who said that luxury to her would be fresh sheets on her bed every night. 'Yes,' I thought, 'we always sleep better in fresh sheets.'
By washing the sheets we get rid of some dustmites and dust. We get rid of the residues of our skin and hair. We encapsulate the sunshine and fresh air into the sheets. These deodorize the sheets. All round, a good exercise.
If you have children, make sure that you wash all their clothing and bedding too. This is more important the younger the child is as his immune system, being underdeveloped, is more susceptible to outside influences. If your children get a good night sleep then you get a good night sleep too. The children are happier in the daytime too, and so are you. It is worth doing that extra bit of work to have happier and healthier people in your family.
An infection in the head can be a very nasty business.
Symptoms can include:
This photo illustrates what it is like when you have an infection in one side of your head. The red part is the infected side, the side with the heat.
Symptoms for this type of infection could include:
If symptoms are persistent seek medical attention. If this occurs in a child, definitely seek medical attention.
If symptoms are just starting and you catch it before it gets too bad you could try
Echinacea - a herbal remedy
Olive Leaf Extract
If symptoms persist seek medical attention.
Our body language tells a lot about the way we are feeling. Do you
-Fall asleep in a meeting
-Fold your arms across your chest
-Put your hands on your hips
-Jiggle your legs during an interview
-Lean back and put your hands behind your head
Listen to Amy Cuddy in this video and see how your can empower yourself with your body language.
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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