My health has greatly improved over the past year with a switch to a more whole-food approach to eating.
Some great improvements include:
- My teeth are no longer transparent and breaking off
- No illness in 13 months
- Better sleep/no sleep apnea
- Digestive issues resolved
- Weight loss
- Improved cognitive function
- Improved allergies
Some areas I continue to struggle with are low energy and light sensitivity, I think due to recovery from adrenal fatigue. I also have had a real challenge with leg circulation. Recently, I started getting pockets of edema (fluid) in my hands, feet & legs and increased numbness in my feet & legs – and I knew I really needed to take action ASAP.
In the past I have discussed this with doctors and was just told to exercise. I decided I would see a vascular specialist if I didn’t see some improvement soon – but I really don’t want drugs or surgery unless absolutely necessary.
After a lot of Internet searches and trial & error, I think I’ve hit on the perfect formula for my road to recovery:
- 1-2 alcoholic drinks per day ( usually 1)
- 1-3 baby aspirin per day (usually 1 unless I have pain)
- 30 minutes light walking daily (sometimes just at a stroll)
- Do 10 yoga sun salutations daily (not holding pose very long)
- Massage legs/feet daily
- Elevation of legs (best is straight up against a wall)
- Drink plenty of water
- Take 1 natural diuretic capsule daily
- Very low sugar intake
- Eliminate grains
- Moderate salt intake.
For me, this seems to be the magic formula. I didn’t realize how numb my left leg was until the feeling started to come back. Hopefully the diuretic is just temporary but it’s helping a lot. I usually don’t drink daily but a little bit seems to be beneficial but then a few drinks makes my feet puff up, so it’s a balance. I was kind of salt deficient until recently, but now salt affects me so I guess my adrenals are improving. I should mention that I was previously prediabetic, so my circulation issues are partly related to that condition.
Previously, my toes had a kind of Reynaud’s-type color look with the top joint white and below that greenIsh or blue (if cold). That has mostly gone away now – I’m glad because it was freaking me out!!
I’ve seen significant improvement now in just 4 days after starting the diuretic, but then I ate some gluten-free cookies and my feet puffed up again. Sugar is much more inflammatory than I think a lot of people realize!
UPDATE: It’s working!!!! Unfortunately it’s slow progress and sometimes I have mild pain or discomfort. But major improvement. I also found that taking cool baths help and I don’t get the ruptured capillaries I experienced with very cold baths.
I also realized I am severely deficient in magnesium & B12 due to taking the maximum dose of extra-strength antacid daily for 14 years (before going gluten-free). I may go back to the Primal Blueprint Master Defense formula vitamins again, as it’s easier than taking all these individual supplements. I’ve been reading that B12 and magnesium apparently have a big impact on weight loss, energy, dental health and peripheral extremity numbness, so I’m looking forward to even more improvement soon in these areas, hopefully!