Waking Up With The Blues

Maybe it’s because I can’t seem to get enough sleep at night. Some nights it’s restless leg syndrome; sometimes it’s getting up three or four times to relieve myself.  Some nights I just don’t feel tired enough to go to sleep.  Or I feel tired, lay down, and am then wide awake.  Whatever the reason, I woke up not wanting to get out of bed this morning.  Normally I am a cheerful person.

I made myself get up (I’m not feeling the blues now.) and made my new “start the day right drink”.  My husband found this recipe online yesterday.  It’s a detox drink, best consumed while still warm.  It was a little tart and a little spicy, but it’s supposed to be good for you, so I’ll try it for a couple of weeks, per instructions on the website: draxe.com.

Secret Detox Drink Recipe

1 glass warm or hot water–12-16 oz.

2 T apple cider vinegar

2 T lemon juice

1/2 to 1 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1 dash cayenne pepper

1 tsp. raw local honey

NOTE: Add lemon juice and honey last.

Directions:

Warm the water. Mix all ingredients together.  Best served warm but drink at desired temperature.  Drink 20 minutes before eating.  The website says to drink this two or three times a day.  I’m going to try for two.  With our schedules here, it’s hard to plan consistent meal times.

The website lists all of the benefits of the above the above ingredients, and a breakdown of the amount of daily value you get from each of them.

 

 

Preserving Enzymes

First, I want to apologize for the long gap between posts. Sometimes life just gets in the way, and then my internet speed slows down because my 15 gigs of data is used up before the month is over. So, thank you for your patience in waiting for this next segment. I’m trying to figure out how to manage my time (not my forte´).

The first pineapple we cut up, we froze about half of it so it wouldn’t go bad before we could use it. When we got around to using the frozen pineapple, we noticed a big difference in how we felt. After reading about how to preserve the fruit, we discovered that it can NOT be frozen or dried. This will kill the enzymes. So how can it be preserved?

The only answer we could find was firmentation. I found a YouTube video on preserving fruit in raw honey. So we have been trying that. To be honest, we have not kept a pineapple over a week. Not that it went bad, but we have used it all. The real test will come when we buy several pineapples at one time.

On my next post I will talk about the benefits of Pineapple and Papaya. Please pray for us as we continue on this journey with cancer. I know that all things are in God’s hand and He has all the answers. Please pray that we stay open to His leading.

My husband wrote the above section about the pineapple. I want to add a note here that my battle with bloating, constipation, and gas is back. I watched a lengthy ad today on the internet about probiotics. Of course it was a sales pitch, but here is what I learned:

1) Our bodies need probiotics to combat all of the harmful stuff we ingest.

2) A good probiotic should have a large quantity of good bacteria and quality substrains of good bacteria, which should be listed next to the ingredients.

3) It should have adequate potentcy (CFU’s): minimum of 40-50 billion live cultures per serving.

4) The capsules should provide a protective delivery system, meaning a vegetable coating and resistent to stomach acid and bile so they will remain viable in the digestive tract.

5) 2 main strains of good bacteria are absolutely necessary: Bacillus Coagulans (B. Coagulans) and Lactobacillus Rhamnosus

For more information on this and other digestive issues go to webmd.com.

 

 

Cancer: Installment #2

Today is Wednesday.  My oncologist’s office called Monday evening and said my appointment had been moved from March 20 to Tuesday morning, March 12. Yay! I get more information sooner than expected.

Dr. Boatright looked over the oncology report from the biopsy and went into more detail with us. (My husband now goes to all of my appointments with me. I am so thankful for his support, encouragement, and taking stress off of me.)

After answering some questions we determined that I have probably had this cancer for about twenty years, maybe a few more. It wasn’t until after I intentionally lost thirty pounds last summer that I began to notice the lumps in my neck and collarbone areas. This may have been due to extra fat covering them up.

The doctor said there were several options available. Of course chemo and radiation were the first mentioned.  He said the decision was up to us but as this is a slow-moving cancer, we should just keep up with the natural solutions we are trying. We agreed.

My husband, Tom, read a lot online about the value of enzymes in the body. Then he went out and bought some apples, a papaya, and a pineapple. This morning I had a smoothie of fresh papaya, grapes (with the seeds), blueberries, yogurt, and grapejuice. I ate four papaya enzyme tablets, drank my smoothie, and took some acidophilus. One of the side effects of all of this fresh fruit (for me anyway) is yeast infections. I need the yogurt and acidophilus to fight the yeast (candida). This comes from my battle many years ago with recurring yeast infections. My female doctor at the time told me to purchase a book called “The Yeast Connection.” It was quite an eye-opener for me.

At lunch I had an apple and took my green tea extract and grapeseed extract. I bought them at the local health food store. They also help break down the proteins in the pancreas, according to what we have read online.

The apple produces something called pectin, an enzyme that, according to information online at Baseline of Health Foundation (jonbarrron.org), slows the spread of cancer.