Seek your care providers or doctors first…The following are to be verified with your doctors
Many disease conditions are associated with back pain. Always communicate to your doctor. Maintain a correct posture with the abdomen drawn in and the back and knees straight. Lifting heavy or awkward objects should be avoided. When lifting, the objects must be held close to the body with the knees bent and the back kept straight to put the strain on the thigh muscles and not those of the back.
Pelvic rocks which combines hip movement and rocking the pelvis in back and forward motion helps tone the muscles and improve circulation. Pelvic tilts are also good for toning the muscles and ligaments that support the internal organs and easing tensions.
Pelvic tilts are done by lying on your back with knees bent and feet flat. Tighten the abdominals and buttocks and press the small of the back down or scoop the sacrum into the floor repeatedly at least for 6 times or more and breathe. It can be done by either sitting, standing or lying.
“If back pains increase or get worse, or you are experiencing kidney pain, check with your health care providers. Sometimes folks have kidney stones or muscle spasms. And of course, any sort of persistent or intermittent low back pain could indicate an infection.”
Universal Herbs for Back Pain: Minerals such as Calcium (Chamomile, Fennel),
Cobalt (Dandelion, Red Clover), Iron (Yellow Dock, Rosemary, Ginseng, Burdock),
Magnesium (Alfalfa, Catnip, Red Clover, Valerian), Vitamin K (Rose hips, Cayenne),
Zinc (Licorice, Sarsaparilla) and Vitamin C (Bee pollen, chickweed, echinacea, garlic, juniper berries, peppermint, Saluyot in the Philippines and rose hips).
Food: Yellow colored fresh and whole foods
Nausea and Vomiting
Most neuromeds can cause nausea, dizziness and/or vomiting since most of the meds depletes the body with nutrients such as Vit C and B vitamins. A light full body massage oxygenates the body. Taking ginger capsule and eating crackers early in the morning before getting up from my bed helped me. The combination of walking, fresh air, avoiding greasy or highly seasoned foods, using the power of the mind, and relaxing also helped in controlling nausea and vomiting. Eat small, frequent meals and dry foods with fluids between meals.
Food/Supplementation: Vitamin B6 100 mg can be very helpful taken two or three times a day. Eating nuts helps since they stay longer in the stomach because of their high protein content.
In Europe, mothers apply ice cold washcloth to their eyes when nauseous. Drinking lots of water and eating something (in small amounts) every two hours also prevents nausea and vomiting. In China, acupuncture points on the wrists (or sea bands) can help in nausea. If vomiting persists be sure you to call your health care provider.
Universal Herbs for Nausea: Ginger and Vitamin B6 (Hawthorne, Licorice, Papaya), peach leaf, blackberries, red raspberry, peppermint, wild yam, anise, cinnamon, cloves, oregano. The lemon scent sometimes helps women get through this difficult time.
Heartburn and Gas
In the morning, an enzyme supplement would help before the start of your meal for the day. Eat small, more frequent meals. Lie down and do abdominal breathing. Try some pelvic rocks. Pay attention to which foods and spices bring on heartburn and gas. Check your food combination (fruit with heavy protein is not good) and avoid overeating. Avoid offending foods such as fatty and friend foods, beans, tofu, carbonation, etc. Eating papaya or pineapple helps break down the fat in your food. If you get pain after eating spicy foods, perhaps your gallbladder is acting up. Again, persistent pain of any type needs to be reported to your health care provider.
Universal Herbs: Angelica, borage, cayenne, peppermint, valerian, wintergreen, holy thistle, papaya
Fiber of any form moves bowels. Constipation can be caused by decreased motility of the digestive system, so drink lots of fluids and eat lots of fiber. Try prunes or prune juice. Eat plenty of raw greens and bran which are high fiber foods and any fresh and dried fruits. Eat banana in moderation. Drink a lot of fluids especially water. Exercise daily. Squat on the toilet or use a box or stool for elevating feet to facilitate bowel movements. Develop regular bowel habits.
Closely related to constipation is hemorrhoids. Some of the same suggestions apply: Rub Vitamin E oil directly on the anus. Eat lots of fruits. A mother in the Far East spicy foods, intoxicating liquors, white bread, sugar, fried foods and all acid-forming foods which cause fermentation. Drink at least a pint of fresh fruit or vegetable juice each day.
Avoid taking ordinary purgatives that are on the market as they irritate the membranous lining of the bowels and intestines. Drink more fluids. Put feet on a small stool while sitting on the toilet for bowel movement. Do pelvic rocks and lots of pelvic floor exercises. Take sitz baths (shallow and hot for the parts of you where you sits).
Apply witch hazel or a commercial preparation and rectal poultice of chamomile leaves and white oak bark powder. Try to lie down or at least get off your feet part of the day.
Gently tuck the hemorrhoid back up into the rectum with a lubricated finger for instant relief.
Herbs: ginger, witch hazel (external), burdock, plaintain, yarrow For external suppository, mix the following with glycerine, stiff enough to form suppository and insert it into the rectum at night and leaving it: 2 oz of powdered Hemlock Bark, 1 oz of Golden Seal, 1 oz of powdered wheat flour, 1 oz of Boric acid, 1 oz of Bayberry bark
Be certain you are not anemic, and be very gentle on your gums during pregnancy. Use a soft toothbrush. Increase your intake of Vitamin C and calcium. Floss regularly and see your dentist. Try applying white oak bark powder to your gums or use white oak bark tea for swishing around on the inside of the mouth. Brush with equal parts of golden seal and myrrh three times a day.
Herbs: Shepherd’s purse and wild alum root
Lying on your side or elevating your feet can help relieve swelling and edema. Sitting or standing for long periods of time can promote edema. Drink lots of fluids to promote good tissue balance. Soaking in the bathtub with Epsom salts can help relive the edema too. Putting your feet up, high fluid intake. Eating plenty of protein rich food are important. Consult your health care provider if you have sudden edema, blinding headaches or there is protein in the urine coupled with a high blood pressure and swelling. Check your excess weight and fatty diet, eat more fiber and check your meds and call your doctor for it might involve kidney and heart functions.
Choose your bed and mattress well. Check your meds combo. Do a facial (around the eyes, the jaw and the top of the neck beneath the occiput), head and neck massage before going to bed. Drink chamomile tea and use lots of pillows. Eat some protein and avoid sugary foods at bedtime. Some women find a cup of hot chocolate milk helps them sleep. Keep food at the side of your bed should you be hungry in the middle of the night.
Press the point in the center of the calf for relief. Also, flex the foot towards you with hard pressure or dorsiflex foot to stretch affected muscle. Eat calcium rich foods and take a calcium/magnesium supplement before going to bed. Sleeping on the right or left side helps (with lots of pillows for support) prevent leg cramps and doesn’t impede the blood vessels. In the afternoon, don’t forget to take your calcium, magnesium, Vit C and D supplements.
Our bodies need massage as my mom would massage her self when she feels that her body is stuck and needing a boost of energy and be replenished. Massage restores energy from a depleted state by stimulating circulation and bringing tension to rest. Massage can ease the stress on weight bearing joints and help release postural strains. It is not indicated when someone has a fever or infection, swollen vein, inflamed joint, vomiting or diarrhea or if the care giver advised against it. Do keep your movements smooth and rhythmic, paying attention to our bodies’ nonverbal cues.
You can apply light oil of her choice and keep your fingers together when you knead and stroke. Massage scalp, around eyes, and around legs and buttocks to release exhaustion and help keep your bottom loose. For back pain, apply pressure on the lower back to relieve a low back pain. Press hands (or arm or feet) in a V shape on the sacrum (lower back). Press outward from sacrum into buttocks.
A warm water bottle covered with cloth can also be pressed on the lower back.
The following massage strokes can be effectively applied to many areas of the body:
• Effleurage is long, full handed strokes that apply broad, firm pressure in one
direction and a softer resting pull back to the beginning of the stroke. Begin and
end with an Effleurage.
• Petrissage is a kneading stroke using the following techniques: hands kneading
alternately, hand over hand as in pulling up through the sides of the receiver’s
torso, hands flat and pulling opposite to cause light friction and hands stroking
apart like breaking bread is useful on the feet, hands and limbs.
• Friction is moving in circles with one or two thumbs.
Fish: Eating fish oil at least once a week is linked to a reduced risk for neurovascular age-related Macular degeneration
AMD is the major cause of adult blindness in developed countries and the third cause of global blindness. The 2 main types of AMD are NV-AMD and geographic atrophy. Despite recent advances in the treatment of NV-AMD, it still remains a major cause of significant visual morbidity. Fish intake, the major source of DHA and EPA, may reduce the risk for AMD. Specifically, the main dietary source is oily fish such as mackerel, tuna, salmon, sardines, and herring.
The main dietary source of DHA and EPA is oily fish such as mackerel, tuna, salmon, sardines, and herring.
Good Energy Foods to Calm You Down
But true comfort foods do exist:
Berries, any berries. Eat them one by one instead of M&Ms when the pressure’s on. For those tough times when tension tightens your jaw, try rolling a frozen berry around in your mouth. And then another, and another. Since the carbs in berries turn to sugar very slowly, you won’t have a blood-sugar crash. The bonus: They’re a good source of vitamin C (and other stuff for balancing your hormones), which helps fight a jump in cortisol, a stress hormone.
Guacamole. Good fat that helps in losing weight. If you’re craving something creamy, look no further. Avocados are loaded with B vitamins (and other aphrodisiacs), which stress quickly depletes and which your body needs in order to maintain nerves and brain cells.
Mixed nuts. Just an ounce will do. Walnuts help replace those stress-depleted B vitamins, Brazil nuts give you a whopping amount of zinc (which is also drained by high anxiety), and almonds boost your E (brain food), which helps fight cellular damage linked to chronic stress. Buy nuts in the shell and think of it as multitasking: With every squeeze of the nutcracker, you’re releasing a little tension.
Oranges. People who take 1,000 milligrams of C before giving a speech have lower levels of cortisol and lower blood pressures than those who don’t. So lean back, take a deep breath, and concentrate on peeling a large orange. The 5-minute mindfulness break will ease your mind, and you’ll get a bunch of C (and Calcium too) as well.
Asparagus. Each tender stalk is a source of folic acid (oxygenate your cells), a natural mood lightener. Dip the spears in fat-free yogurt or sour cream for a hit of calcium with each bite.
hai tea. A warm drink is a supersoother, and curling up with a cup of aromatic decaf chai tea (Tazo makes ready-to-brew bags) can make the whole evil day go away.
Dark chocolate. Okay, there’s nothing in it that relieves stress, but when only chocolate will do, reach for the dark (rich in Magnesium which relaxes your nerves), sultry kind that’s at least 70% cocoa. You figure if the antioxidant flavanoids in it are potent enough to fight cancer and heart disease, they’ve got to be able to temper tension’s effects.
Apples. For fiber, for anti-bronchitis, for rich Vitamin and Minerals and more..
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Start with the “Take 5 to Thrive!” This is a basic supplementation plan that includes:
• High Quality Multivitamin/mineral
This will provide a balanced array of B vitamins for heart and brain health, vitamins A, C and E for antioxidant support, and minerals to keep all of our body processes functioning well. Some multivitamins are formulated specifically for seniors to contain higher amounts of vitamin D and B vitamins.
• Fish Oil
Fish oil provides omega-3 fatty acids including EPA and DHA. EPA supports cardiovascular health and minimizes inflammation. DHA supports the brain, eyes, and mood.
Probiotics provide beneficial bacteria that colonize all of our mucous membranes. Probiotics support healthy digestion and a balanced immune response.
With age, all digestive processes slow down. Fiber helps promote daily detoxification and healthy bowel movements.
• Antioxidant Supplement
Oxidative damage contributes to the process of aging including skin aging and increased susceptibility to diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants counteract oxidative damage to protect against the effects of aging.
For some seniors, it may be helpful to include additional supplementation such as:
• Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant. It also helps to protect healthy heart function. CoQ10 is especially important for any senior at high risk for cardiovascular disease or who is taking a statin medication for cholesterol.
• Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 becomes more difficult to digest and absorb as we age. B12 is important for the health of the brain and nervous system. It can be taken as a sublingual tablet or drops to improve absorbability.
• Vitamin D
If your multivitamin contains less than 1,000 iu of vitamin D, consider additional supplementation. Vitamin D supports the health of bones and the immune system.
Seniors should take 1,000 – 2,000 iu per day.
Because every individual is unique, there may be other supplements that could be added for your needs. Pharmaca offers free nutritional advice from our team of healthcare practitioners. Stop in so we canl help you FEEL BETTER!
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