Sunday, December 9, 2012

Supplements, exercise, and how I am healing myself

   After considering the medical options and pills or injections I could be taking,  I decided that I am going to affect the things about my various conditions that I can through food, lifestyle, and supplementation.   Up front, first and foremost, this is a post about my choices and not a guide for you.  I want to offer up inspiration and ideas for you to look and that's it.  If you try something here and it doesn't help, please don't place blame on me.  Sorry to be blunt,  I love you but thats the way it is.  I am an experiment of one as we all are.   Although that's not to say that I don't want to know how you are doing.    That said, I think that sharing stories is incredibly beneficial.   Hugs if your are struggling and don't forget that you deserve to feel good!

  I was sent a link to Dr. Terry Wahls TED video on how she reversed her MS.  I have posted this before but it is such a wealth of information and inspiration that I wanted to get it out there again.  Her ideas on nutrition are for everyone not just those with autoimmune diseases. Take notes!!  She reversed her severe progressive MS.  Reversed it.

   I also have adrenal fatigue and metabolic damage and this is also how I treat those issues.  Basically, its giving your body the best circumstances, environment, and support to heal and recover. 

  Taking notes each time, I watched this video about 5 maybe 6 times now.  I have implemented just about all of the things she suggests.  The ones I do not do are particular to me and I know this after trial and error.  Dr. Wahl also has a book called Minding My Mitochondria which goes over her points in the video and also she provides a huge list of recipes using the foods she recommends.   I am looking forward to researching and implementing the use of clay as a toxin remover. 

  So, what do I eat and take to address my MS, adrenal fatigue, and overall general health.

I used to have (the key word is used to)  daily scary heart flutterings and palpitations.  I used to have wicked anxiety every single day.  I used to feel like I was crazy, foggy brained,  and couldn't think straight.  I felt stupid and frustrated.  In would wake in the middle of the night at 3ish and be up for hours. This would happen every night.   I used to have aches in my legs.  I used to feel depressed.

  I had blood work done at the beginning of the summer and it showed that I was low, very low, in Vitamin D, B-12, and Ferratin.  I learned that this is not uncommon.   Its just a blood test.  I reccommend everyone have this done and I look forward to the day when this information about our bodies is readily available through our smart device......but I digress.   I decided that the first thing to do, since I needed a place to start,  was to get those numbers up and see how I felt.   I wrote a post about how I got my D levels up here.  I have my blood levels checked about every 2 months.

One of my favorite quotes is "When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."  I hung on to the idea that I would feel better when I got those numbers up and I wouldn't worry about if it was going to work or not,  which it did by the way.  I still get fatigued at times but I also have days that are stellar.  If I push too hard and do too much I can tell and the fatigue sets in.  This is tough some days since I no longer mask my fatigue with caffeine.

  Some tough rules I follow. NO CAFFEINE! (although I do put cocoa powder in my raspberry tea and the chocolate does have a bit of caffeine.)  cut way back on the sugar.  Sometimes if I feel like I am crashing I will eat a bit of candy and it keeps me from crashing but I use the sugar as a tool for now.

  As for exercise, I take it day by day.  If I overdo it I pay for it with fatigue.  I am embracing yoga more and more these days.  It goes hand in hand with my philosophies on barefoot running.  I like being so close to my family when I practice and am able to share with my spawn as well.  Exercise and sleep are so crucial to our overall health.

  This is what I take. EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT!!   I am in no way saying that you should take the same.  Also I suggest working with a Naturopath or a dietitian to monitor your blood work.  I have my blood levels tested about every 8 weeks.  Vitamins and nutrients are complex and their relationship to each other is important so do your homework and keep an open learning mind when supplementing.

In no particular order~

  • I take Rhodiola which is an adaptogen.  I take it once a day in the morning but also take it again later in the day if I am feeling worn down.  (The adaptogens are ones that I take for a while and then stop)
  • I  take Holy Basil which is also an adaptogen.  I take this one in the evening.  
  • I am trying to take an iron supplement to raise my ferritin levels but Iron is really hard on my stomach.  Right now I am taking Floradix liquid. 
  • Vitamin D3 10,000 iu daily  (for now.  I monitor this every 8 weeks and I went up to 10,000 after my numbers dropped 20 points the last blood test)
  • Vitamin B-12 methylcobalamin 3,000 mcg 1x a day
  • Co Enzyme B complex 50 1x a day(the coenzyme means the vitamins are already in a form that you can use right away and not have to be converted in the liver)
  • Coenzyme Q10 2x a day (for Mitochondrial support)
  • Magnessium Calm at night before bed (most people are deficient in Magnesium) 
  • Magnessium Calcium calm during the day.  This one has electrolytes and boron in it.  I can feel I need it when I get heart palpitations.  I don't take this one every day but have it on hand. 
  • creatine monohydrate 2x day This one was the game changer for me. creatine supports your mitochondria your energy powerhouses! 
  • Salmon Oil 1000 mg 2x a day (omega 3 was something I was low in)
  • Spirulina powder 
  • BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin
  • Mirena IUD (I have battled anemia and I am hoping the IUD will get rid of my period which will mean less stress for my body.  I am waiting until the 6 month mark to make a judgement on its success)

  If you have any questions please feel free to ask or to share your story as I would love to hear it.  There are a lot of people who suffer from Adrenal Fatigue and Metabolic Damage.  Especially in the fitness industry as well as runners.  As for MS,  I have my opinions about it.  I treat it the same way as I treat the adrenal fatigue.  Rest when you need it and eat to support health and healing.  My body is amazing and capable.  I believe Doctor Wahl is on the right track and I am seeing more results with her treatment of MS and there are no side effects other than some gas when I first started eating massive amounts of kale!!

  I am open to new ideas and to letting go of the ones I have now if I need to in the future.  Some days are better than others but I am doing what I can and learning.  Reading and researching and arming yourself with knowledge is mandatory.  Its your body!  Know it and take care of it!!

Life is a work in progress with the emphasis on work and learning!

Angie Bee

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