I have a new walk but it’s not because I have a new attitude.
The pain is getting intense. Because I am not walking straight (and still teaching my classes against doctor’s orders), my muscles are tense and tight no matter how much I stretch, soak and slather myself up in oils. I wake up every morning stiff as a board.
It makes me wonder what my life would be like if I didn’t have yoga or a few secret weapons in my arsenal because, let me tell you, 38 is feeling 138 these days.
I have been dealing with inflammation for a while, way back when I got tendinitis in my “good knee.” (if you are not familiar with the term “itis” it is definitely not something you want to have a relationship with if you can avoid it.) Years ago, I worked at an herbs and vitamin store and there are a few things that I remember being taught.
One of them was turmeric for the joints.
I love this stuff. I take the capsule form twice a day and how I know it works is that I can REALLY tell the difference if I’ve went without it a day or two. I have even started to put the powder form in my smoothies and juices along with a couple of other inflammation fighting superstars: pineapple (a great source of vitamin C and bromelain) ginger and flax oil (great source of omega 3’s). And when they are in season (cheaper), cherries are another one of my favorite anti-inflammatory foods.
I am now working on taking some things OUT of my diet (God, help me) that could be creating inflammation: chocolate (I don’t eat it a lot but I might want some every now and then but I want the pain gone more) and coffee (why my lattes? Anything but my lattes. Boo!!!). As I recover, I plan to see if being away from these items and increasing my omega 3’s, vitamin C, turmeric and REST will help keep me off of so much pain medication. A friend of mine just shared with me yesterday that she takes ginseng for the same thing so I am looking into that as well. It would be great to have energy and less pain at the Same time. I might create some one legged line dance!
Are you challenged with inflammation? What do you use to combat it?
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