A Natural Approach To Health
Living With A Foot Ulcer
I had a question the other day about foot ulcers.
Foot ulcers are often caused by diabetic neuropathy or vascular disease.
Any foot problems in diabetic people can lead to a serious infection, so foot care is very important.
Diabetic foot ulcers are red sores occurring usually on the pad (ball) of your foot or the bottom of your big toe.
Ulcers can also form from poorly fitted shoes, especially on the sides of your foot, the tops of your toes, or the heel of your foot.
Anyone with diabetes can develop foot ulcers.
If not treated properly, they can infect deeper tissue and bone, and lead to gangrene and even amputation.
People who have diabetic nerve damage are more likely to have problems like hammertoes, poor circulation, and foot ulcers.
Nerve damage in your legs and feet can make you unable to feel heat, cold, or pain in your feet, so a blister or sore can get worse because you may not know it’s there.
And diabetes can also reduce blood flow to your legs and feet, making it harder for these wounds to heal.
To deal with foot ulcers it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Manage your blood sugar level.
*Inspect your feet daily.
*Herbal ointments should be applied to closed wounds only. Open wounds should always be treated by a qualified health care practitioner.
*Aloe vera gel, ointment, or cream can be applied topically to sores.
*Calendula cream, gel, or ointment can be applied topically to an affected area. Use as directed on the label.
*Comfrey ointment or calendula ointment can be used externally.
*Beanpod tea, made up of kidney, white, navy, lima, and northern beans, detoxifies your pancreas.
*Cedar berries are excellent nourishment for your pancreas.
*Dandelion root protects your liver, which converts nutrients into glucose.
*Huckleberry helps to promote insulin production.
*Juniper berries have been found to lower blood glucose levels.
*Eat a simple, well-balanced diet with plenty of raw, fresh fruits and green and yellow vegetables to ensure a good supply of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. People with ulcers usually don’t get enough protein so it’s important to focus on increasing its intake.
*Essential fatty acids have been shown to play an integral role in the health of your skin. Taken internally or applied externally as a lotion (only to closed, well-healed wounds), they help maintain the integrity and elasticity of your skin. Excellent sources of essential fatty acids are natural vegetable oils like canola, corn, olive, safflower, and soy oils; wheat germ; edible seeds, like pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower; and fish oil.
*Consume liquids around the clock, even if you’re not thirsty. Use purified water, herbal teas, and sugar-free juices. Liquids are important in keeping your colon clean and bladder working right.
*Eliminate animal fats, fried foods, junk foods, processed foods, and sugar from your diet.
*Make sure your bowels move every day.
*Give immediate attention to lowering your body’s pH level to 5.5 or lower to prevent bacteria in the ulcers from multiplying. Place 2-3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, add a little honey, and sip with meals.
*Use Enfuselle skin care products.
*Eliminate toxic personal care, laundry and cleaning products.
*Decrease exposure to chlorinated shower/bath water, pools and hot tubs.
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