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From Lorraine Ireland of Mind And Health Matters Limited

Super Foods For Arthritis And Meditaitons to Help Arthritis - April 2012


From Super Fit to Sudden Chronic Illness
 
Super foods for arthritis gave me the inspiration to write this article, which is about my own personal experience of sudden unexpected life change. My journey from wellness to sudden illness with a diagnosis of chronic arthritis, lead me to months of research and guinea pig for every natural remedy I encountered, with the intention of easing and hopefully overcoming my disabling disease. Some of the things I tried were all the common recommendations such as supplements, anti-inflammatory foods and herbs to name a few.  Finally to my relief I found my saviour; super foods for arthritis which totally turned my life around to wellness.
 
One day I was an incredibly fit individual, practicing yoga and meditation daily; the next day I awoke in chronic pain in my lungs and had great difficulty breathing. Rapidly limb by limb over the coming days and weeks, I gradually became more and more disabled. I had endless tests, x-rays, scans and meetings with specialist consultants, to finally be told devastating news that I had a disabling condition called spondylo arthritis. How did this happen so suddenly with no sign of symptoms previously? I was shocked, confused and frightened as the consultants were telling me how serious it was and how it would most likely be with me for the rest of my life. My condition was so bad that I could barely walk and at my worst I had to be pushed in a wheelchair which made me cry, because I could not understand how I had got to such a place so rapidly having never been ill in my life, other than the standard ailments that most people get from time to time. I could not do the simplest of yoga movements and my mind was in such a bad place that I could not focus on meditation, especially when the medication took me into its inhumane chemical trances; needless to say the side effects on top of that were challenging to say the least. One of the medications I had to take totally blocked my mind from creativity which was devastating for me as I write and record meditations.
 
Cold Turkey, Chronic Anaemia and Depression Were My Companions
 
My nature being very positive I set out to fight arthritis with food, as I read all the books I could get my hands on but this was not enough. Nothing I tried had any positive effect, so I had no choice but to trust my Consultants to medicate me, as my remedies I believed in so dearly were not working. I have never been a fan of medication and have always believed that natural remedies are always best, so could not understand why nothing I tried even took the edge off for me. The pain was so intense every day that it was a near impossible to sleep for more than half an hour at a time. I felt defeated and was persuaded that medical intervention would be the best course of treatment by my Consultant who said the condition would not be going away and I would have to come to terms with the diagnosis, so reluctantly I said yes to steroids which made my condition worse. The next course of treatment was non steroid arthritis anti inflammatory drugs which took the edge off my chronic pain and enabled me to function in a more acceptable manner, reducing the pain, swelling and stiffness which was a minor relief. However, over the months I wasn’t getting any better, the inflammation never went down and I was beginning to spiral in and out of mini depressions with the never ending pain. I looked so pale and the reason being I now had chronic anaemia, so my consultant abruptly took me off my medication as they suspected the medication may have stripped the lining of my stomach. I was left cold turkey and the only pain killers permitted were paracetamol which didn’t do much or tramadol that knocked me out, needless to say I was feeling very depressed by this stage.
 
Throughout the months I never gave up and was always trying new remedies in the hope that I would find more comfort.  I tried natural foods, juicing, raw foods, the arthritis diet, cider vinegar, black strap molasses, herbal remedies, homeopathic, alternative therapies, pain machines. I pretty much exhausted all the natural remedies I had researched and often felt deflated, but a part of me was on a mission to do everything within my power to overcome my condition, or at least to get to a comfortable zone where I could start living my life again doing the simplest of things like being able to stand long enough to cook a nice meal, being able to go to the shops without the need to constantly look for seats to sit down, or just the idea of going for a nice short walk; the ability to walk up and down steps would be nice or to even tend my garden which I loved and had so badly neglected, as I couldn’t even bend down anymore. Indeed my memory humours me now as I look back to how bad I actually was at my worst, as my cats used to get very impatient with their suspended food dish in the air that was coming down millimetre by millimetre, which seemed to take an eternity to reach the ground. They would be leaping up trying to assist in pulling it down to the ground and sometimes did with a mighty crash spilling food all over the floor!
 
A Miracle – I Discovered Super Foods for Arthritis
 
I read everything I could get my hands on, tried everything I heard of that could help and spent vast amounts of money until I felt I had exhausted all my options. I was feeling rather defeated as nothing I had tried had given me the desired results to enable me to get my life back. I tried to do the simplest of exercises daily that my Pilates instructor showed me in the comfort of my own home, although often I used to cry on my exercise mat with the pain. One day I was surfing the net yet again in hope I had missed something and by chance I came across a pod cast about cocoa beans by David Wolfe. I instantly knew I had not exhausted all of my options. I could not believe the potential of super foods for arthritis and the health enhancing properties cocoa contained. I felt excited and optimistic, as my intuition told me I had stumbled onto something that could potentially change my life. So began the next phase of my journey of consuming cocoa daily, one of the beneficial super foods for arthritis sufferers and of course other health conditions.  I felt hope again for the first time in months.  Cocoa turned my life around literally from the day I first took it as within hours I felt my mood change due to the natural mood enhancing chemicals it contains and within days my pain was less and my inflammation reduced.  It was a little bit bitter to chew in its natural state, as I had only ever tasted it in its processed state in chocolate bars blended with dairy and sugar like most people. I quickly adapted to this crunchy bean that was more like a nut with a bitter chocolate flavour, which made me feel wonderful for the first time in a long time. I noticed my walking was improving and my energy levels were the best they had been for a long time, which was amazing. I felt happy again. I was so impressed that I wanted to learn more about super foods for arthritis. I discovered people on forums who told stories of how their lives had changed for the better since consuming organic cocoa daily and many recommended taking cocoa nibs along with goji berries for a more potent health remedy and for the complimentary taste.
 
Health Benefits of Cocoa and Goji Berries
 
Goji berries are known as the happy berry as they are reported to have mood lifting properties as well as many other desirable health properties. The combination of Cocoa and Goji berries from my experience are incredibly powerful. Cocoa is one of the most nutrient rich and complex foods known to man and to some experts, is considered to be the number one antioxidant food and is the best sources of magnesium of any known food, which many arthritis sufferers are deficient. It is also a rich source of iron which helped with my anaemia. Other benefits that caught my attention from my research were as follows:
 
Acts as an Anti-Depressant and Balances the Mood
Balances the Brain Chemistry
Builds Strong Bones
Detoxifies the Liver
Helps with Healthy Pancreas Functioning
Balances Blood Sugar
Builds a Stress Defence Shield
Regulates inflammatory and immune responses in blood vessel walls
Contains Anandamide "The Bliss Chemical”, Serotonin and Endorphins
Cocoa beans/Cacao is one of the most nutrient rich and complex foods known to man.
 
I cannot express strongly enough how these two gifts of nature have helped to turn my life around. I managed to completely come off all painkillers within a week of taking cocoa and have been totally free from any form of medication for many months now. One year after my diagnosis I have strength to walk and climb steps. I can tend my garden with joy and happiness.  I have consistent energy and now have colour back in my cheeks. The most important thing is that I now have a constant clear mind and energy like I have never experienced before. It’s such a joy to have my own authentic mind back, clear of chemical blockages, which has enabled me to be true to my inner self again. 

Meditations to Help Arthritis

Throughout my illness I held on to the importance of meditations to help arthritis, even though it was a challenge to be still and to quiet my mind of the moaning thoughts of pain and of course the influence of chemicals from medication that made me want to sleep rather than be mindful. Now I am on the path of wellness, meditation has helped to clear my mind of all the trauma of the trail of negative energy illness left behind.  For months the chemicals I was consuming daily seemed to be taking me on a journey away from my true self and into a bleak downward spiral of never ending suffering.  Super foods for arthritis helped me to find my path back home and gave me an even greater attitude of gratitude to be practicing meditation daily and my yoga movements are coming along nicely again.
 
Knowledge is a Blessing - Sharing is Caring
 
I hope that by sharing my experience I may help others.  I know we are all made differently as human beings and whilst medication may suit some people it may not suit others. One mans medicine is another mans poison so to speak. Super foods for arthritis may be a saviour to some of my readers like they were and still are to me today. Even if I only reach out and help a few people by sharing my journey and my learning’s then I will be very happy. Sitting and typing my story has been therapeutic for me and has reminded me how far I have progressed.  Although these two super foods had the most profound impact on me especially the cocoa nibs, there are other natural discoveries I made along the way that have eased my suffering which I will share with you in my News Articles in the future on my website.
 
Whilst there is always a possibility that one or two ingredients can be the magic missing links to wellness, obviously a foundation of a good nutritional program will assist like a team of horses pulling a wagon that gets the job done most effectively. Obviously, mind work is very helpful too. The healing power of meditation is never to be underestimated.  At the time of writing this article I am around 90% fit and well again and continue to improve. My garden is looking beautiful and it is such a joy to connect to nature and wellness again. A part of me really did feel a loss of life through my illness as I had no quality of life whatsoever and felt I was just functioning with no joy.  However another part of me is grateful for the experience as I have learnt so much and feel even more connected to my true self now with a daily attitude of gratitude.  I continue to take Cocoa nibs and Goji berries daily and have not had any low moods since taking these super foods for arthritis.  Joy is a part of my every day life again. 
 
A Gift from Me to You My Dear Reader
 
Arthritis was a great teacher as it really did whip my old life away in a flash, where perhaps I took things for granted including good health; spun me around senseless; made me address any areas in my life where I knew I was not being true to myself; taught me the importance of consistent daily good diet and exercise; lead me to natures best kept secrets, the Cocoa bean and Goji berry; gave me a deeper passion for meditation which I cannot recommend enough for anyone struggling in life. It gave me a yearning for the simplest things in life as I now live my life daily with an attitude of gratitude. As a therapist I have always practiced as I preach, but the intrusion of Arthritis into my life lead me to more deeper profound dimensions of my practice which I live and breath daily. I am happy to share with you all that helped me to overcome my illness along with Meditations and Free Recording entitled Overcome Your Anxiety, which helped me immensely in my darkest hours.
 
Please look after your body and your mind – they are very precious – treasure them and above all please be true to yourself my dear reader.





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