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Calming the Nervous System with Passionflower

passion flowerDepending on the severity of your Peripheral Neuropathy, your body and mind may be under constant stress from the pain, discomfort and uncertainty of the disease.  For those suffering from constant pain and severe discomfort, the toll can be high.

Your nervous system is under constant distress with Neuropathy.  The damage to your peripheral nerve can lead to false triggers of pain or tingling and numbness.  This over stimulation of the nervous system can not only leave you in pain but can also lead to anxiety and lack of sleep – further aggravating your health.

One popular and time-tested remedy for calming the nervous system, relieving pain, reducing anxiety and promoting sleep is Passionflower.  Taken from the above ground parts of the flower that bears its name, Passionflower has been used for centuries to treat anxiety, insomnia, seizures and more.

Recent research shows passionflower helps relieve anxiety and calm the nervous system by increasing levels of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain.  GABA, a chemical made in the brain, reduces the activity of certain brain cells and in doing so lowers anxiety levels while also enhancing mood and even promoting relief from sensations of pain.

Regardless of the cause of your anxiety, Passionflower can help restore calm to both your mind and your nervous system.  So whether you’re looking to calm your mind after a stressful work week or restore calm to an over stimulated nervous system – Passionflower may be your answer.

What herbal remedies do you use to relieve anxiety and enhance your mood?  Post a comment below or share your story with us on our Facebook Page.

 

5 Best Leafy Green Vegetables For Fighting Inflammation

SpinachThere are a variety of foods that can fight inflammation, but few are as healthy and readily available as dark, leafy green vegetables.   The rich supply of vitamin E in dark leafy greens are believed to protect against inflammatory molecules such as cytokines.  Additionally, they are rich in various other vitamins and nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties.

When incorporated into your diet correctly, they offer a number of health benefits – from lowering cholesterol and blood pressure to relieving inflammation.  Lets take a look at five leafy green inflammation fighters you should incorporate into your daily diet:

Kale

Kale is rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer nutrients, as well as antioxidants.  In addition to vitamin E, Kale is rich in vitamin K and Omega 3 fatty acids – both of which are powerful anti-inflammatories.

In addition to containing powerful anti-inflammatory vitamins and nutrients, kale is packed other nutritionally rich vitamins and minerals.  Combine all that nutrition with its low calories – about 33 calories per one cup of chopped Kale – and you’ve got yourself one healthy snack.

Spinach

Spinach contains over a dozen different anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.  With two different categories of phytonutrients that fight inflammation – flavonoids and carotenoids – spinach stands out against other leafy vegetables.  These natural chemicals give spinach powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties.  

Broccoli

In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, broccoli has the potential to help recover from vitamin D deficiency – a common deficiency in the U.S. affecting 13% of Americans.  An additional 30% of Americans are on the verge of vitamin D deficiency – whose symptoms range from increased levels of pain and soreness to increased risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer.  Broccoli is rich in vitamins K and A, both of which are necessary to help keep vitamin D metabolism in equilibrium.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower is rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients.  In addition to the powerful antioxidants vitamin C and manganese, cauliflower contains phytonutrients, which have a wide variety of antioxidants to fight harmful free radicals that damage and kill cells.

Cauliflowers vitamin K content makes it a powerful anti-inflammatory food.  By fighting chronic inflammation and oxidative stress – cauliflower significantly decreases our risk of cancers and chronic diseases. 

Brussel Sprouts

Like many green vegetables, brussel sprouts are a great source of fiber, which is important for lowering cholesterol.  In addition to lowering cholesterol, brussel sprouts contain powerful anti-inflammatory properties such as glucobrassicin and vitamin K.  Glucobrassicin, helps inhibit the inflammatory response in its early stages.  Vitamin K helps regulate and protect against excessive and chronic inflammation.

Dark, leafy green vegetables are a fantastic source of many of the crucial vitamins and nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.  If you’re not already incorporating them into your daily diet – you should start today!  Not only will it help reduce your risk of cancer or chronic diseases, it will help provide relief from inflammation and pain.

 

 

How Feverfew Relieves Nerve Pain & Lowers Blood Pressure

feverfew300Feverfew extract is most commonly used as a treatment for the prevention of migraines, but the herb’s medicinal powers extend beyond that.  Lets take a look at a few of the lesser-known benefits of feverfew:

Relieves Nerve Pain & Fights Inflammation

One of the reasons feverfew is so effective at preventing migraines is because of a substance called parthenolide, which is found in the herb.  Not only does this substance help prevent and alleviate migraines, but it also reduces pain and inflammation throughout the entire body.  It does this by inhibiting the release of inflammatory substances such as serotonin.

In this way, feverfew acts much like an over the counter pain reliever or fever reducer medication.  Unlike these over the counter aspirins, however, feverfew has no lasting side effects.

Lowers High Blood Pressure

Feverfew is also believed to help lower blood pressure.  In various studies on the effectiveness of the herb in migraine prevention, researchers noticed a correlating lowering of blood pressure in many patients.  It likely does this by limiting prostaglandins that cause inflammation in the blood vessels.

Reduces Fever

Part of the body’s natural defense system against foreign invasion is inflammation and fever.  When infection or illness strike, the affected areas become inflamed and your body temperature rises in an effort to fight off the invader.  Unfortunately, nerve damage can cause the body temperatures to rise and trigger inflammation when there is no infection or illness to fight.  Feverfew fights these false triggers by inhibiting the production and release of fever and inflammation causing substances in the body.

Whether it’s relief from migraines or relief from the pain and discomfort caused by nerve damage that you’re looking for, feverfew could be the key to reducing your pain.  Have you tried feverfew to address your symptoms?  We want to hear your story.  Share your story below or comment on our Facebook Page.

 

 

 

 

Improving Circulation For Neuropathy

woman's footin home spaProper circulation is critical to maintaining healthy hands and feet.  Though Neuropathy pain is due to nerve damage rather than poor circulation, good circulation can help provide some relief and ease the symptoms of Neuropathy.

By taking small steps to improve circulation you promote blood flow to the skin of the hands and feet, which can reduce pain levels and make it more tolerable.  Here are three simple tips for improving circulation to your hands and feet:

1.  Warm/Cold Water Bath:

This technique involves soaking your hands or feet in a tub of water, alternating between warm and cold water.  This improves circulation by promoting the relaxation and constriction of blood vessels.  For example, the warm water expands the blood vessels – allowing for more blood to flow.  The cold water then constricts the vessels, forcing the blood to other parts of the body.

Additionally, the warm water helps promote relaxation and reduces stress, which can be beneficial in reducing pain.

Note:  If you suffer from numbness, use caution with the water temperatures.  Ask a family member or friend to help make sure temperatures are not too extreme, or touch the water with your arm or an area of the body that does not suffer from numbness prior to soaking the numb area in the water.

2.  Massage

Simple massages can help desensitize and promote better circulation in the hands and feet.  You can try self-massage techniques or enlist the help of a family member or loved one.  Additionally, you may consider regular message therapy with a professional if your budget and circumstances allow.

3.  Dress Loose

From the shirt on your back down to the socks on your feet, wear loose-fitting clothing that will not restrict the body.  Tight fitting socks and shoes are especially hazardous.  By wearing loose fitting clothing and footwear, you limit the restriction on blood vessels.

Calming Nerves & Reducing Pain With Skullcap

skullcapIf you’re suffering from any form of Neuropathy, it can feel as if your nervous system has gone haywire.  The nerve damage typical of Neuropathy sends our nerves into a bit of a frenzy.  Sharp pain sensations can be triggered for no apparent reason, tingling sensations are often felt in various areas of the body and numbness can often overtake the hands, legs or feet.

All of this chaos within the nervous system can leave us feeling constantly on edge.  Among the all-natural remedies that can help reduce anxiety and promote some level of calm within the nervous system is skullcap extract.

Skullcap extract is taken from the above ground parts of the skullcap plant.  Medicinally, the plant has been used for over 200 years as a relaxant and as a therapy for anxiety and nervous tension.  Research suggests that skullcap promotes blood flow to the brain and has a tranquilizing effect on the central nervous system.

In addition to reducing anxiety and calming the nervous system, skullcap extract has been shown to inhibit inflammatory responses on the cellular level.  By reducing or inhibiting the inflammatory response, skullcap reduces the pain and discomfort that can result from chronic inflammation.

From promoting a sense of calm to reducing inflammation, skullcap extract has a variety of beneficial effects on the body and its cellular functions. Has taking skullcap extract helped you with any of your symptoms?  Post a comment below or share your story with us on our Facebook Page.

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