Today's post is by Sandy, my biz partner in crime...
Lore and I recently spent a few days together at a conference in the Orlando area and got to talking about her choices and the powerful impact her life changes have made for her and her honey. We were talking about the great passions we have for our business. Of course, she is mightily engrossed with holistic health and healthy eating.
Well step in moi, who hobbles around like a 100 year old due to a bum knee and joint pain. I am very invested in not having a total knee replacement (I’m older you know, but not that old)! So after some research on the Internet (thank you Google!!), and conversations with Lore, I was well on my way to educating myself. A few lifestyle changes may save me from surgery, pain and suffering. Therefore, I took on the challenge.
First order of business, no flour/wheat, at all! I started a week ago, and this, my dear reader, IS pain and suffering, at least for a total bread, chip, cracker, carb lover!!! This is one of the recommendations Lore gives to her clients that are having health ailments that always gets the, “but I can't do THAT!”, response. It's a toughie, but all the processed wheat and flours in the American diet wrecks havoc on the system. How you ask?
It contains gluten. Gluten has been linked to depression, anxiety, arthritis, chronic pain, Autism, ADD/ADHD, gut health, celiac (of course), and more. One of our trusty resources, Dr. Mercola, goes into further detail here. Chris Kresser also goes into geeky scientific detail about gluten here.
Second, I bought coconut oil for cooking to use in place of my regular stuff. What does this have to do with my joint pain? Well, not a whole lot really. But I freaked out a bit when I learned that most vegetable oils are genetically modified, and when I cook with olive oil, the heat just destroys all the good properties anyway. Coconut oil does have powerful antimicrobial properties, and some claim that when they consume a tablespoon of coconut oil up to 3 times a day, their arthritic pain decreases. So I suppose there is some connection here to my bum knee. It's worth a try, anyway.
Third, and probably the most important for my knee, I bought some Great Lakes gelatin. This stuff has high amounts of glycine, lysine, and proline (amino acids) which generate new cell growth and help keep tissues healthy. (Please don't go and buy generic gelatin capsules. Not all gelatin is created equal, and you will be wasting your money.) People that have been using Great Lakes swear by it, so I am going to test it out.
I am ever grateful to Lore for returning from Alaska to spread her wealth of knowledge with me. Sometimes, the people closest to you can be the best resource. So keep a lookout for those close to you that can share a bit o' wisdom.
Go forth and be healthy!