Tick-bourne infections can cause all sorts of circulatory problems. From coagulated red blood cells to heart palpitations to varicose veins to bursting blood vessels. In this post I share my experiences and ways I healed from these issues.
Poor health and workaholic habits caused dehydration issues for me. The oft-repeated advice to drink more water did not ensure proper hydration. Of course, gulping twenty cups of water a day certainly did not improve my health. Anything in excess can be harmful. Thankfully I learned how to overcome dehydration and adrenal fatigue through proper hydration habits.
I live in the badlands. The word bentonite is oft-spoke. The clay is generated by the alteration of volcanic ash. The coulees I love are filled with it. The steep walls become slippery and dangerous to climb after a rain. Many a time have I slid down a hill, covered in the slimy mud. Until I became really ill, bentonite was just some “dirt” and an annoying aspect of the hills to be avoided after snowmelt or rainstorm. Now I eat the stuff (not straight from the coulee mind you).
Before writing a post about bentonite clay, food-sourced anti-inflammatories, and the benefits of alkaline eating I need to write an honest and real post about cheeseburgers. I am not a purist. I have followed a strict alkaline diet and consumed my 8-10 servings of veggies a day. I was juicing and steaming and gagging down the healthiest of plants. But then I snapped. No improvement in symptoms and worsening digestive issues made me question why I was cutting out certain foods (except nightshades, they always caused pain and a bad “flare”). The only cure for a “snap” was a trip to a diner. During my worst herxes, when no IV solution or pill or massage helped, my mom would whip up a cheeseburger and all would be well. Illogical in many ways, I know, but when something works you stick with it. And now, despite a desperate desire to eat super clean I find solace at the golden arches. Of course I eat lots of alkaline fruits and vegetables and take things like chlorella and clay to stay healthy, but I throw a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches and burgers into my meals. Here’s how it all started. And honestly, I am not ashamed. Hoping all my followers who think I am crunchy, granola, green, etc. aren’t too disappointed.
I had so much fun photographing in a field of flax this summer. Early in the morning, before the sun’s warmth closed the flowers, they flowed like an ocean of purply-blue waves. I took a bowl of seeds out to the field’s edge to catalogue the stages of growth.
These little seeds are a shiny, powerful, healing food. Freshly ground and consumed, flax provides:
– fibre, efficiently cleaning the colon
– essential fatty acids
– stabilizing elements for female hormones
Essentially, flax aids digestion, lowers cholesterol, aids detoxification, and beautifies the skin.
Do not eat the seeds whole. For proper absorption they need to be ground. Once ground, consume over oatmeal or in a smoothie.