A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Bell’s Palsy
I had a question the other day about Bell’s palsy.
Bell’s palsy is a paralysis or weakness of your muscles on one side of your face.
Damage to your facial nerve controlling muscles on one side of your face causes that side of your face to droop.
The nerve damage may also affect your sense of taste and how you make tears and saliva.
This condition comes on suddenly, often overnight, and usually gets better on its own.
Bell’s palsy is not the result of a stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA).
While stroke and TIA can cause facial paralysis, there’s no link between Bell’s palsy and either of these conditions.
The cause of Bell’s palsy isn’t clear.
Most cases are thought to be caused by the herpes virus that causes cold sores.
In most cases of Bell’s palsy, the nerve that controls muscles on one side of your face is damaged by inflammation.
Many health problems can cause weakness or paralysis of your face.
If a specific reason can’t be found for the weakness, the condition is called Bell’s palsy.
Symptoms of Bell’s palsy include:
>Sudden weakness or paralysis on one side of your face that causes it to droop. This is the main symptom. It may make it hard for you to close your eye on that side of your face.
>Eye problems, like excessive tearing or a dry eye.
>Loss of ability to taste.
>Pain in or behind your ear.
>Numbness in the affected side of your face.
>Increased sensitivity to sound.
Most people who have Bell’s palsy recover completely, without treatment, in 1 to 2 months.
This is especially true for people who can still partly move their facial muscles.
But a small number of people may have permanent muscle weakness or other problems on the affected side of the face.
To deal with Bell’s palsy it’s beneficial to:
*As the nerve in your face begins to work again, do simple exercises (like tightening and relaxing your facial muscles). Massaging your forehead, cheeks, and lips with oil or cream may also help.
*If you can’t blink or close your eye fully, your eye may become dry. To help protect your eye keep it moist with eye drops or ointment.
*Explore methods of boosting your immune system (skin brushing, Epsom salt baths, massage, exercise, etc.).
*Review Candida protocol http://bit.ly/1d2LLmc.
*Consider a liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies daily.
*Increase your raw food consumption.
*Choose organic whenever possible.
*Increase essential fats (Omega-3, Flax oil, fish oil).
*Decrease or eliminate toxic dental care products, like whiteners, mouthwash, etc.
*Decrease or eliminate sugars, hard or sticky candy, etc.
*Decrease or eliminate acid-forming foods and drinks (coffee, soda pop, dairy, red meat, sugar, processed foods, white flour products).
*Decrease exposure to toxic products (cleaners, laundry, personal care, etc.)