A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Raynaud’s Disease
I had a question the other day about Raynaud’s disease.
Raynaud’s is a problem with blood flow.
Your body doesn’t send enough blood to your hands and feet, so they feel very cold and numb.
Usually, this lasts for a short time when your body overreacts to cold temperatures.
There are two kinds of Raynaud’s.
Primary Raynaud’s is also known as Raynaud’s disease.
It happens on its own and is the most common form.
Secondary Raynaud’s is also called Raynaud’s syndrome.
It usually forms as part of another disease.
For most people, Raynaud’s is more of a nuisance than a disability.
Primary Raynaud’s has no known cause.
Secondary Raynaud’s may be a symptom of another disease like lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, or atherosclerosis.
Taking certain medicines, using vibrating power tools for several years, smoking, or having frostbite may also cause Raynaud’s.
Certain things, like stress and taking certain medicines, can trigger an attack.
But the most common trigger is exposure to cold.
In the cold, it’s normal for your body to narrow the small blood vessels to your skin and to open your blood vessels to the inside parts of your body to keep you warm.
But with Raynaud’s, the body overreacts and restricts blood flow through the small vessels to your skin more than necessary.
During an attack of Raynaud’s, your body limits blood flow to your hands and feet.
This makes your fingers or toes feel cold and numb and then turn white or blue.
As blood flow returns and your fingers or toes warm, they may turn red and begin to throb and feel painful.
In rare cases, Raynaud’s affects the nose or ears.
An attack usually lasts only a few minutes.
But in some cases it may last more than an hour.
There’s no cure for primary Raynaud’s, but you may be able to control it by avoiding the things that trigger it.
To deal with Raynaud’s at home it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Increase exercise and movement as much as possible.
*Increase stress and relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, prayer, deep breathing, etc. Consider energy medicine.
*Address emotional connections.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing; consume fresh garlic and onions.
*Increase fiber intake; ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation; consider liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider an arterial cleansing program.
*Investigate use of herbs (hawthorn, valerian).
*Monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and homocysteine levels.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Decrease “hidden allergies”.
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Understand and control diabetes.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Decrease excess weight, particularly around your mid-section.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Investigate possible connection to dental procedures; consult a holistic dentist.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Decrease processed meats, deli meats (nitrates).
*Elevate your legs.