The Natural Healer
Meena Dhanjal Outlaw
In addition to sustaining a spinal cord injury fifteen years ago, late 2015 I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, a neuromuscular autoimmune disease. It is treatable but the only cure is remission.Roblox HackBigo Live Beans HackYUGIOH DUEL LINKS HACKPokemon Duel HackRoblox HackPixel Gun 3d HackGrowtopia HackClash Royale Hackmy cafe recipes stories hackMobile Legends HackMobile Strike Hack
However, I had already learned a lot about the natural healing especially when it comes to food.
I was also subjected to other symptoms like, acid reflux, which turned into Barrett Esophagus. The other things I had to become conscious about where my skin, hair, nails and teeth.
Stress from illness made my hair fall out, and I was always battling an overactive bladder.
So, with my new diagnose I upped the ante and researched more about how food can help me even more so.
After the spinal cord injury, I had urinary tract infections for the first three years.
Ultimately, if you can afford to, a nutritionist is great, but this is what I did.
I entrusted myself to listen carefully to the experts whether at a rehab or via research. In doing so, I found out that many years ago a doctor researched the benefits of increasing vitamin C to control my already compromised acidic urine. So just by increasing my daily dose of this vitamin to one thousand milligrams, I was able to shed this problem quickly. Taking antibiotics allows us to develop an immunity, so therefore this form of treatment worsens the problem.
If I didn’t suffer from acid reflux then having a glass of orange juice a day would be as effective. However, I also learned that fresh squeezed lemonade versus cranberry juice neutralizes my urine effectively.
Another resource I used was the Reader’s Digest book of ‘Foods that harm, foods that heal; An A-Z guide to safety and healthy eating’. I was able to find foods that helped certain ailments from acid reflux to urinary tract infections to irritable bowel syndrome. Yet, even with this method, I knew that certain foods will only adversely effect me. for instance, a bowl of broccoli would be a great replacement for vitamins c, but it caused further problems with IBS. So having a bowl of peas, or a green salad would suffice. The antioxidants help with inflammation of the muscles that cause fatigue from having Myasthenia Gravis.
I learned that as protein is great keeping muscle it also activated the neuromuscular part of my suffering. So I learned potassium counteracted this and quickly realized having a banana as a snack benefited me greatly.
I also found that as spinach was my best friend when it came to keeping my bowels clear, I can only eat it when I am at home!
I am definitely on a fine line when it comes to diet because I have to constantly find balance from complications from the spinal cord injury and the neuromuscular disease.
Yet, from food alone, I can control all symptoms quite well and have learned that keeping low in fatty foods, illuminating carbonated drinks, gluten free and only animal products that are cage free or grass fed are my answer to living a clean and healthy life.
In only consuming organic vegetables and fruits, as well as, grass fed lean meat, with the addition of fresh legumes allows me to have a good intake of my vitamin supplements a day, plus take care of my skin, teeth, hair, and counteract the horrible weight gain from being on steroids. To drink, I have learned to love water, which has been the hardest change of all. Now I add a probiotic powder to it for added energy and boost to my compromised immune system.
Eliminating the use of any spice, salt and sugar is another way that I can control many of the symptoms and in fact gain a lot of relief instead.
Eating small meals and munching all day versus eating three large meals a day has served me well. I am not bloated and I feel energetic which is not something that happens a lot living with Myasthenia Gravis.
I do have to increase vitamin D and Calcium through pills because milk will make me symptomatic. However, I don’t have to give up my hot tea! Being raised in an Indian family from England makes me a bit of a ‘tea snob’. I have found tea is higher in caffeine but the benefits from the antioxidants are amazing. So, I do take my tea break each day and encourage you to join me. of course everything in moderation too, so having a couple of cups a day is nice. I would love to say add one before you go to bed, but with a spinal cord injury, my bladder would overact at night, therefore, I don’t drink past seven at night.
Snacks that are unsalted, and in my case gluten free is better. In this case, everything in moderation is the key.
With pasta and rice, we have better choices now with wheat or brown rice pasta, or rice, which even my children like. I have learned to make my sauces from scratch so that I can control what the sodium content. It also allows me to puree some vegetables in there that the children don’t even notice as they happily consume their meal
When I became pregnant in 2010, the prenatal vitamins now had DHA, which is docosahexaenoic that helps optimal brain health and function at any age. So much so that I continued to take it after I had my baby. I also continued this in my child through his formula.
So take advantage of the information available to you and get on a good meal plan. I promise you not only will you feel well, fit into your clothes better but also your entire enjoyment of food becomes exciting. I honestly have to cheat for a burger once a week, but I can’t wait to eat my bowl of veggies after.