* I am in no means a physician or medical professional of any sort, so please know that these are just my own opinions and thoughts. *
As I learn more about natural alternatives and see the results for myself when using them in day to day life, I am truly loving the direction this healthier lifestyle is taking myself and my family.
One item that I recently started to research about changing out of my daily or semi daily use is Ibuprofen.
I don’t believe that Ibuprofen is horrible, but I personally don’t like using it over a prolonged period of time, and I would like to find a natural alternative to it.
Within the past few years I have started having Restless Leg Syndrome. It usually starts up sometime after dinner and will even wake me up. It’s not painful so to speak, but it can be really uncomfortable. My legs just start to feel … strange.. it’s hard to explain… but it’s just…uncomfortable. I feel like I have to stretch them, get up and walk around, or stand on my tip toes.. yet nothing helps.
Well, almost nothing. Sometimes when I take one or two Ibuprofen, the discomfort will subside, but again, I don’t like taking it.
I had already done quite a bit of research for joint pain for my husband, so I decided to see if some of the same supplements and remedies would help with my RLS. Thankfully.. they do.
My favorite is Turmeric! This spice that gives curry it’s yellow flavor is packed with tons of wonderful benefits. We currently use this in a supplement form, but it can also be used in cooking and teas. Turmeric is a powerful and versatile anti-inflammatory spice; it supports circulation, detoxification, immunity, and tissue repair, among many other health benefits.
Wellness Foods Chef, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Weight Loss Specialist, cookbook author, and culinary instructor, Cat Ruehle, post tons of great information about Turmeric on her web site. Cat herself was diagnosed with RA – rheumatoid arthritis, and has found Turmeric one of her favorite go to alternatives.
Here’s an excerpt from one of her most recent blog posts praising the use of Turmeric:
Simply put, turmeric is super bad-ass, and if you’re not consuming it you probably should. It’s long been used in Chinese and Indian healing systems for inflammation and pain.
Turmeric is a potent and safe anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, and in numerous studies has been shown to perform as well as hydrocortisone and Motrin, without the toxicity and side effects.
Turmeric is particularly useful for those with RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, IBD, CROHN’S AND ULCERATIVE COLITIS, and is currently being studied for use in the treatment and prevention of Cystic Fibrosis and many forms of cancer.
Additionally (as if that weren’t enough already!), turmeric has been shown to lower cholesterol, improve cardiac function, and prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease.
Turmeric has worked wonderfully for my RLS. When I feel the discomfort coming on, I take a supplement and within an hour or so, the discomfort has subsided.
Other spices and supplements that are reported to work, but I haven’t tried yet, are:
As stated at the beginning of this post, I am not a medical professional at all. This is just something that I have tried and seen the wonderful results and benefits from, so I wanted to share them with you.
Have a beautiful, healthy day!
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