Powered by Mom talks about her Rheumatoid Arthritis
As promised I said I would write about what I do to help ease the pains and the preventative measures I take for my rheumatoid arthritis. Just a few quick things 1) this is just what I do and should not be taken as medical advice 2) consult your doctor for any questions you have about arthritis and you. Sorry I have to say that to be careful and to be clear this is just about what I do and what has worked for me.
Background on Michelle (Powered by Mom) and my arthritis
I’ll tell you why I posted a picture of Almond Fresh but first a quick background on me with Arthritis. I found out when I was 25 years old that I had rheumatoid arthritis. It wasn’t a quick diagnosis in fact it took a year to find out why I was getting these pains on the soles of my feet, it was so bad I couldn’t walk some days. Then the pain was gone from my feet and then I had pain in my arms, couldn’t straighten out my arm and all sorts of crazy stuff. Back and forth to a clinic seeing different doctors, one thought it was tennis elbow, another sent to me physio etc.. Finally about a year later one said it’s arthritis as by then the knuckles on fingers had swollen up and that was a good indication according to the last doctor I saw before I was finally referred to a rheumatologist. Long story short, I got diagnosed and from there was put through different treatments. I went a few years on different treatments, then I had my daughter where I didn’t take any medications of course during pregnancy and her first year.
Miraculously during pregnancy my arthritis barely bothered me (with the exception of the join damage that had already been done) and for that first year after Sian was born. My rheumatologist said they couldn’t quite pinpoint it but many women’s arthritis does lessen during pregnancy go figure and yes I heard several times how I should be pregnant all the time. The last few years I’ve been improving mine and my family’s eating habits and researching and looking at more natural ways to help my arthritis so that I hope one day to be completely off all medications and only using all natural remedies. I’m not there yet but I’ve cut out a lot of medications and for someone who has a compromised immune system (due to the arthritis) I get less sick than most people as do my husband and daughter now as I have them on a lot of the same things! Read on to find out what I mean and remember this does not replace medical advice this is just what works for me. However, research and you will see all of the things I do and take are recommended to help inflammation etc.. due to arthritis but there’s more :).
An important part of what I do now is more thoughtfulness in what I eat. Foods such as salmon, blueberries and more are supposed to help with arthritis, inflammation etc.. I have almost every day a smoothie that I make for myself and my family which has ingredients that are not only good for us but help boost our immune systems. Some of you may have seen my previous post about this super smoothie you can find it HERE. Below is a picture of the smoothie that I make that has raspberries, blueberries, banana, flax seed, almond milk (Almond Fresh), prebiotic powder, spinach (yep fresh spinach and you don’t even taste it!) and protein powder. It’s simply delicious!
Drinking these smoothies alone has not only helped my immune system which if you have arthritis you know it’s an auto-immune disease but it has also helped my entire family. We are all sick less often and for not as long, it has been a significant improvement for my daughter who had 20 days or more of being sick in a school year to a 1/3 of that!
I also take the following supplements especially because hey we’re all human and as much as I try I can’t get all the nutrients I need from our food as sometimes I slip the meal planning goes out the window. For me it was important to go with high quality ingredients, ones that were not synthetically made, a company that does it research and provides me the best of the best for my money. Let’s face it things are not cheap so I wanted to know that I got the best for what I paid as natural supplements are not cheap but for mine and my family’s health we sacrifice other things to make sure we get these. I chose Shaklee products for just this reason and I found that some of their items are even less expensive then the products in health stores and I also get a little back if I’ve had a month where we’ve bought a certain $ amount of products. You don’t get dollars back from any health store that’s for sure!
I use a combination of products that help to boost our immune system, those that are specifically for joint issues and others that are just good for our overall all health. Here’s a picture of a few of them, I’ll explain what they are.
The first set of pictures are the supplements I take for boosting our immune systems. NutriFeron® is a powerful breakthrough in immune system science. This patented, clinically proven blend of immune-strengthening plant extracts helps naturally balance the immune system.
The second set of pictures are what I take specifically for my arthritis as you can see one is for joint health, the GLA complex has the following essential nutrients
- LA (linoleic acid), another omega-6 fatty acid
- Borage oil, which contains a highly potent natural concentration of GLA in an easily absorbed form; Shaklee’s borage oil comes from the seeds of plants grown in Saskatchewan
- Sunflower seed oil, another source of omega-6 fatty acids
- Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant
You can read a fantastic article about the benefits of GLA for arthritis by my friend Renee Sullivan where she talks about the benefits of it and it was inspired by a friend of hers with arthritis (ahem mainly me :)) in an article called Rheumatoid Arthritis and plant seed oils. Go read it HERE.
Last but not least I also take the natural supplement Devil’s claw which also helps with the pain and inflammation of arthritis. I know it sounds like a lot of stuff to take but when you get right down to it, it’s all about what you eat and put into your body. You’re going to eat every day of course anyways so just be more thoughtful about what you’re eating and if you can’t get it all from your foods supplements are a good way to make up for that. The important thing about supplements is to choose ones that are a high quality, not synthetically made, it doesn’t have to be Shaklee of course that’s just what I’ve chosen but I chose this brand because of the high quality, they’ve done the research and they back up their products. They have a great 30 day back money guarantee.
If you’d like to know more about Shaklee products or anything I’ve talked about here feel free to leave me a comment below and I will respond, just make sure to leave me an email address too 🙂 You can also take a look at the Shaklee products HERE and keep in mind that yes that some things may look pricey but when yo calculate it over a month or two months depending on the product it’s not as expensive and in many cases Shaklee’s products are cheaper than some in the health food stores. At least with Shaklee depending on how you join (a customer, distributor etc..) you can earn some of that money back. It’s never any pressure to join or spend money with them that’s why I love them and their 30 day money back guarantee you don’t get that at the health store either!
I’d also love to hear what others do for their arthritis, share your story!