Turmeric benefits for Lupus

Friday, October 30, 2015

I would like to start off by saying that this is NOT a sponsored post.  Temple Turmeric did not give me these drinks or pay me to say anything in this post. A sweet friend of mine recently recommended that I try Temple Turmeric drinks.  She told me that they have anti-inflammatory capabilities.  I am always skeptical when people suggest a drink or a supplement to help with Lupus.   I also worry about drug interactions.  A few weeks after her and I spoke, I saw the drink in the supermarket and decided to ask my doctor about it.  She gave me the clear to try it, so I did.  I can't say these drinks taste fabulous.  The first sip is actually really difficult, it's a little spicy...but by the last sip I was craving more!  The ingredients are simple, what's listed on the front is what's in the drink.

I did some reading about Turmeric and it's benefits for Lupus.  I was concerned that it might boost the immune system, which we all know is NOT what we want.  What I read says that curcumin, which is thing in the turmeric that's important (don't you love my accurate description ;)) says that it actually regulates the immune system versus boosting it.  Here's what I read:

A new study has demonstrated a powerful regulatory mechanism by which curcumin returns the malfunctioning immune system of lupus to normal. The study likely has widespread implications for many autoimmune problems which share the common mechanism of immune system inefficiency causing health problems.
Lupus is a problem wherein the immune system attacks red blood cells when their nucleus is exposed during recycling processes in the spleen. This causes red blood cells to stick together with immune components, forming a sticky mess that behaves like Velcro floating around in the circulation. This sticky complex clogs and damages the kidneys, one of the major side effects of lupus.
The animal study showed that curcumin calmed down excessive immune activity and promoted better kidney health (protein levels inappropriately leaking into the urine, reflected of kidney damage, declined). It reduced the number of sticky complexes and prevented inflammation in the kidneys. Of specific interest is that the researchers were able to prove that curcumin was exerting its benefits by restoring the healthy function of T regulatory cells. In others words, curcumin was commanding the immune system to behave in a normal manner.
Since T regulatory cells are misbehaving as a common feature of most autoimmune problems, this finding likely has significant implications for a variety of health problems. Western medicine relies on strategies to poison immune cells in the hopes of calming down excess activity. A far superior strategy is to try to return the immune system to normal function. This study supports the idea that curcumin could be used as nutritional support to help promote immune system efficiency. 
Obviously I am not a doctor or a medical professional, I'm just a lupus patient trying to find ways to stay as healthy as possible.  So please talk to your doctor before you try anything new, even just a drink like this.  
I'm going to give Temple Turmeric drinks a try, and have one a day to see if it helps at all.  The reason I'm trying the drinks over the pills is because by drinking it with the other symphonic adaptogens like pepper and ginger help your body absorb the benefits of curcumin/turmeric even better.  
Have you tried turmeric for Lupus?  If so, do you think it's helped?

Choose Happiness!!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I know you've heard the saying "mind over matter"....well, with Lupus, it's easy to get discouraged when our bodies hurt so much!  I am not saying we can wish away Lupus...we can't, of course.  But I do think that when we make an effort to wake up each day and thank God for giving us more days, we can find ways to enjoy those days!  

This past weekend we headed up to Canada to visit our family.  It was so nice to see everyone and celebrate Alec's Grandma's 75th birthday!  We had so much fun and seeing everyone loving on our cutie pie was so heartwarming! His older cousins adore playing with him, and it's super cute! We also got to try out our new backpack carrier by hiking in Gatineau Park, which is SO stunningly gorgeous!  This is one of the photos I took...
That view! I could have stayed there all day...it was that pretty! 

We also got to go pumpkin picking, visited the Canadian History Museum (Alec loved the kids room! and I think Mommy & Daddy had just as much fun in there as A did! ;)) We were so lucky to be there with Brent's mom who is so knowledgeable and was able to teach me about the exhibits at the museum.  I love learning new things! 

I hope you're all able to find joys in each day, have the physical strength to go outside for even a few minutes each day and soak up the gorgeous fall weather.  God is good! 

Boston Lupus Walk! October 24th 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hi Everyone!  Please join me in the Lupus Foundation of America's 2015 Boston Lupus Walk!

It's a family-friendly, non-competitive walk to raise money to research and hopefully cure Lupus!

Please join us! You can donate to my page here and if you'd like to walk with us, please email me.

Let's raise lots of money and find a cure for this terrible disease!

Finding Balance

Thursday, August 13, 2015

One thing that I struggle with is finding balance.   It's true that life is one big balancing act.  When you have a chronic illness like Lupus, finding balance can be even harder.  As a mom, I love spending as much time each day playing with my son as possible.  I also work as a real estate broker, which is time consuming too.  Add in finding quality time with Brent, keeping a clean house, staying on top of paperwork, etc and there is very little time left to remember to take proper care of myself.  When you have an illness like Lupus, finding balance and taking care of yourself just simply cannot come last.  In reality, it should come first.  My stomach turns at that thought!  My son and Brent come first in my life.  However, I am reminded that if I don't put my health first, then I cannot enjoy my time with them!   It is a constant struggle, both physically and mentally.  Chasing after a 1 year old boy with tons of energy is tiring for sure!  However, it's also extremely rewarding!  
I love this article from Molly's Fund, 10 Tips for Parents Living with Chronic Disease.  I've found many of the tips to be very useful!   But let's all be honest...it's HARD to actually put all of these tips into the day to day rotation.  Change is hard.  Changing habits are hard.   I am working on small changes.  

Listen, I think it's okay to admit that you need to do better.  I do.  I also think it's okay to admit that change won't come overnight.  Finding balance is a process.  Here are the top 3 things I'm working on right now to help balance my life and my health...

1.  Accept help!  Accepting help is hard for me.  I like being the one who cleans the house, cooks the meals, manages our son's day to day life, runs my business, etc.  I have recently decided to accept a small amount of help with each of these items.  At work I've started having other agents in my office handle some of my showings, which frees up some time in the day.  I also have a wonderful man who helps me out SO much at home, and that is truly a blessing.  We cook dinner together, and that's a great way for us to also spend quality time together!  And at the end of the day he gives our son a bath so that I can take some time to do a workout video, which helps me get in better shape which also helps my health.  Having help has been huge!

2.  Eat healthy!  I don't believe that any one specific diet helps Lupus.   People will tell you "eat this or don't eat that", but what I personally find helps is eating a healthy balanced (key work being balanced!) diet.  Life is short, I still love ice cream and that's okay...but I eat a balanced diet and try to make healthy choices.  What you put in your body affects how you feel.  With chronic illness like Lupus, that is SO important.

3. Exercise! I love love love putting my son in the stroller and going for long walks.  He likes it, and I like it too!  It gives me the opportunity to stretch my body, get my heart rate up, and is just so good for both of us.  Before having our son, I used to jog or run, and I hope to get back to that level of fitness someday, but for right now walking is just fine and helps a lot!  Getting some exercise each day will help you mentally, as well as physically.  It also provides some time away from your phone, computer, TV, and other stressors.  

With Lupus, I find taking life day by day is really the biggest challenge but also the biggest help!  Don't worry about a year from now, 10 years from now, or even tomorrow.  Today is the only day we know for certain that we have (and even then, we never know!), so make good choices today and take everything in life as it comes.  Finding balance starts by shifting perspective. 
And, worst case, if you have a bad day, there's always tomorrow!

My Lupus Team: The Social Network for Lupus Patients!

Monday, June 1, 2015

I am so honored that MyLupusTeam.com featured one of my blog posts on their site!  Check that out here!

If you have Lupus, definitely sign up for an account at www.MyLupusTeam.com where you'll be able to chat with other people who are also fighting lupus.  It's a hard disease and the more people you know who you can share your experience with, the more people you'll help and the more help you'll receive in return!

And if you join, please add me to your team!

A big thanks to everyone at My Lupus Team for featuring my blog post! :)