I’ve been riding high on a wave of wellbeing lately, so I was hoping to write about my new exercise routine today.
But on Tuesday I woke up aching all over, with a sore throat and fuzzy head. I sincerely hoped that this was due to hay fever or ‘something that’s going round’, not another painful auto~immune ‘flare~up’.
I couldn’t pinpoint what might have caused such a set~back, except that ~ ironically ~ feeling so much better has allowed me to be more active. Maybe I’d over~stretched myself in a fit of enthusiasm? I decided to step up my tried and tested anti~inflammatory measures ~ these make sense anyway, whatever the cause of my discomfort.
I prepared a stew crammed with veg, in the slow cooker and a juce of celery, apple and root ginger. These go a long way towards meeting my ‘9~a~day’ total. (Yes, that’s right ~ NINE portions of fruit and veg, plus a clove of garlic every day.) Thankfully I love them, or keeping this up would be quite a struggle and ~ particularly with regards to the garlic ~ it’s a good job that my man loves me!
Tart Cherry Extract has natural analgesic and anti~inflammatory properties without any unpleasant side effects. It’s one of those tastes you either love or hate ~ it can be diluted it with water to make it a little less sour but then there’s more of it to get down! I actually prefer it neat and took three 5ml spoonfuls a day for several months, as a complimentay supplement. It alleviated my symptoms so well that I actually forgot take it regularly ~ but I’m back on schedule now.
I can also treat myself to a glass of red wine and a square of very dark chocolate in the evening, with a clear conscience, (as long as the cocoa beans are ethically sourced, without the use of child slave labour.) But I have to remember that while ‘a little warms, too much burns’ ~ alcohol and sugar in excess will cause inflammation.
I found all of the above recommendations and more, in the book ‘Anti Inflammatory Diet’ by Victoria Lane. I’m not yet following it to the letter, there’s a lot of information to get to grips with ~ but I am making more conscious food choices and the measures I am taking have definitely had a positive effect on my symptoms and energy levels. They also meet with the approval of my GP, a great supporter of holistic and preventative therapies, who has encouraged me to pay attention to the messages my body sends me.
So I’ve listened and have been giving it what it was asking for: common sense nurturing and plenty of rest
And I’m already feeling the benefit: my sore throat has cleared up and ~ although my joints are still sore and itchy ~ I’m optimistic that they’ll soon become more flexible again!
N.b. Please note that I’m not advocating the above measures as an alternative to prescribed medical treatment. I am following them after thorough consultation with my doctor and I would advise anyone who might be interested in them to do the same.
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Crowing Crone Joss
Inside the Mind of Isadora
Tea and Paper
Bowl of Cherries