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Choices for Muscle Cramps and Spasms

Muscle spasms, cramps, twitches and tics are usually a result of vitamin and mineral deficiencies or imbalances. Most cramping occurs at night as minerals move between the blood, muscles and bones. A good diet and natural supplements have been very successful in fortifying and strengthening the body against nutrient shortages. Improvement is noticeable within two weeks. Acupressure is highly successful. See Acupressure page 41 in Healthy Healing 14th Edition.

What Causes Muscle Cramps?

Metabolic insufficiency of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, trace minerals, and vitamins E, D and B6; lack of sufficient HCL in the stomach. Vitamin C and silicon deficiency causes poor collagen formation, vital to muscle elasticity. Food allergies to preservatives and colorants may be involved. Note: If you take high blood pressure medicine and have continuing muscle spasms, ask your doctor to change your prescription. Some have sodium imbalance that upsets mineral salts in the body. Leg cramps are usually the result of poor circulation.

Do You Get Frequent Muscle Cramps, Pulls And Spasms?

Leg cramps are uncontrollable, very painful spasms and twitches, especially acute at night. Facial tics are embarrassing muscle twitches, etc.

Diet therapy is a key to prevention and treatment.

1. Eat vitamin C-rich foods; leafy greens, citrus fruits, especially kiwi, brown rice, sprouts, broccoli, tomatoes, bell peppers, etc.

2. Eat potassium-rich foods; bananas, broccoli, sunflower seeds, beans  and legumes, whole grains and dried fruits.

3. Add 2 tbsp. seaweeds daily for iodine and potassium - a difference in about a week.

4. Eat magnesium-rich foods; lettuce, bell pepper, green leafy vegetables, molasses, nuts and seafoods. Take a green superfood drink daily.

5. Muscles need healthy fluids to contract and relax. Take an electrolyte drink for good mineral salts transport.

6. Avoid refined sugars, processed and preserved foods. Food sensitivities to these substances are often the cause of twitches and spasms.

 

Anti-Inflammatory, Pain Relieving Diet

There are four basic pain centers: 1: cerebro-spinal area, (nerve, lower back, cramping); 2: frontal lobe area, (ear, tooth and headaches over the eyes); 3: base of the brain (migraines, tension headaches); 4: abdomen, (menstrual cramping, digestive, elimination).  Common paths to pain: Poor posture, poor nutrition, an acidic diet that eats away protective tissue, adrenal exhaustion, injury or surgery, tumors or growths, even repressed anger. All of us have suffered with some degree of pain in our lives, but did you know you can use your diet for pain relief, too? Here are some tips.

Nutritional therapy plan:

1. A vegetarian diet, low in fats, high in minerals is the best support for all kinds of pain - back and menstrual pain, migraines, arthritis, muscle aches.

2. Eat plenty of complex carbohydrates and vegetable proteins for strength: whole grains, broccoli, peas, brown rice, legumes, seafoods, etc. Fermented soy foods like tempeh, miso, natto and tofu are a specific for inflammation relief.

3. Add anthocyanin foods like cherries and berries as anti-inflammatories (often up to 10 times better than aspirin).

4. Add high mineral foods to the diet. Emphasize magnesium and calcium foods for muscle strength. Include bioflavonoid-rich foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables.

5. Have a vegetable drink like Knudsen’s Very Veggie or • Systems Strength broth mix, and a green leafy salad every day. Note: Dehydration worsens chronic pain. Be sure to drink 8 glasses of water daily. Try • Penta bottled water (highly recommended).

6. Avoid caffeine, salty and sugary foods to eliminate an overacid condition.

Bodywork:

• Acupressure: pinch and massage webs between the thumb and index finger.

• Meditation is a proven pain killer. Just 20 minutes of meditation a day can completely change your perception of pain and even alleviate pain sensitivity.

• Chiropractic adjustment, biofeedback, acupuncture, magnet therapy, and massage therapy control pain. • Prolotherapy injections help in reducing pain and improving range of motion. Contact American Assoc. of Orthopedic Medicine at 800-992-2063 for referral.

• Pain-relieving compresses: Plantain-marshmallow; Wintergreen-cajeput oil; Comfrey leaf; Lobelia.

• Topical pain relievers: Arnica gel

 

Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Anxiety affects nearly 40 million U.S. adults. Teenagers and young children with high stress from ever demanding schedules or family problems are also increasingly affected. Anxiety is more than simple fearfulness or worry. Anxiety disorders are crippling fear reactions that cause suffering and interfere with daily responsibilities, family life and social ties. At its worst, the sufferer may be unable to even leave the house.

Heart palpitations and panic attacks are an especially big problem for women, and are directly linked to stress and hormonal fluctuations at the onset of menopause. Men suffer from anxiety disorders too, but in fewer numbers and often in silence.   Are You Having A Panic Attack? Here are the signs to look for: -hyperventilating or feeling short of breath especially at night -racing heartbeat, dizziness or feeling faint -bolting upright out of bed in the early morning hours -feeling like you’re “going crazy” or losing control -being full of fear that has no basis in reality and the fear interfering in the normal functioning of your life.

If you have these symptoms, you could be suffering from a panic attack. It will more than likely pass quickly. If symptoms persist, seek out a qualified health practitioner.

Here’s my personal defense: • If you get panic attacks, avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking. They deplete B vitamins, your body’s natural tranquilizers.

• I keep a heart relaxing extract with hawthorn, arjuna, ashwagandha and passionflowers by my bed for immediate relief.

• Motherwort contains natural calmers. Taken 3x daily as a weak tea.

• Flower Essence remedies have been used by natural healers for anxiety and stress relief for years. Flower essences work through human energy fields to address issues of emotional health and mind-body well-being. Bach RESCUE REMEDY is a gentle, effective remedy which restores emotional balance during high stress or anxiety. Can be used on stressed pets, too. (Contains essence of cherry plum for fear of losing control, clematis for resignation and fatalism, impatiens for anxiousness, rock rose for panic, and star of Bethlehem for fear.

 

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-Sarah

The Natural Keys To Controlling PMS

PMS is by far the most common woman's health complaint. For some women, PMS is a minor inconvenience that lasts a few days. For others, it disrupts the whole month! A woman's body is delicately tuned, and can become unbalanced easily, causing pain, poor function, and a disconcerting feeling of not being "together," especially during the menstrual cycle. Fortunately, women can take relieve PMS effectively with a simple 4 point program.

1. Use essential fatty acids to balance prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are vital hormone-type compounds that regulate body functions almost like an electrical current.

2. Love your liver. The liver is in charge of hormone metabolism, and helps to rebalance estrogen and progesterone levels.

3. Enhance your thyroid to reduce PMS. Excess estrogen in the body is related to thyroid imbalance. If the thyroid does not have enough iodine, insufficient thyroid hormone is produced and too much estrogen builds up. Seaweeds are a good choice because they are rich in iodine.

4. Phytohormone-rich plants like soybeans, wild yam, licorice root and dong quai, help control PMS symptoms and have a safety record of centuries. An phytohormone-rich combination like  works as a balancing resource to keep PMS symptoms at bay, naturally.

A woman can expect a natural healing program for PMS relief to take at least two months, as the body works through both ovary cycles. The first month, there is a noticeable decrease in PMS symptoms; the second month often finds them dramatically reduced.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

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If you have arthritis, try a therapeutic detox bath for relief

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An arthritis elimination sweating bath can release a surprising amount of toxic material that aggravate your joints. Epsom salts or Dead Sea salts, and herbs with a diaphoretic action, can play a big part in the success of the bath.  Here’s how to take the arthritis bath:

Make a tea of elder flowers, peppermint and yarrow. Drink as hot as possible before the bath. Then pour about 3 pounds of Epsom salts or enough Dead Sea salts for 1 bath into very hot bath water. Rub arthritic joints with a stiff brush in the water for 5 to 10 minutes; try to stay in the bath for 15 to 25 minutes. On emerging, do not dry yourself. Wrap up immediately in a clean sheet and go straight to bed, covering yourself with several blankets. The osmotic pressure of the Epsom salt solution absorbed by the sheet will draw off heavy perspiration. Your mattress should be protected with a sheet of plastic. The following morning the sheet will be stained with wastes excreted through your skin - sometimes the color of egg yolk. (This is a strong detox procedure and it happens relatively quickly. Take care if you have a weak heart or high blood pressure.)

Improvement after an arthritic sweat bath experience is notable. Repeat the bath once every two weeks until the sheet is no longer stained, a sign that the body is well cleansed. Follow up with a Hot Seaweed Bath to continue cleansing. Drink pure water throughout the procedure to prevent dehydration and loss of body salts.

-Sarah