nature’s pharmacy.

RX

When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.

When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.

-Ayurvedic Proverb

I received some feedback regarding the anti-inflammatory plan to treat alopecia. Some autoimmune diets are extremely strict. In addition to eliminating dairy and gluten: alcohol, beans/legumes, coffee, eggs, fungi, high glycemic fruits (bananas, mango, pineapple, watermelon), grains (amaranth, barley, buckwheat, bulgur, corn, couscous, kamut, millet, oats, quinoa, rice, rye, spelt, wheat, wheat germ), nightshades (eggplant, paprika, peppers, potatoes, tomatillos, tomatoes), nuts/seeds and soy. Wow. For now, dairy and gluten are the two that I can handle eliminating. I think it’s a good start?!

Haven’t tried any of these yet, but recommendations from trusted friends;) :

health-bent.com

againstallgrain.com/category/scd-recipes/

nomnompaleo.com/recipeindex

paleomg.com

hunter-gatherer.com

molly

Molly Vazquez’s inspirational success story about how she healed her alopecia totalis simply with nutrition: alopeciaandwellness.com

With the hope of treating my alopecia areata from the inside out, (along with meals of organic veggies, fruit, meat/fish), I’ve been making sure to consume these daily:

  • Prenatal vitamin, (which contains the recommended vitamins/minerals for alopecia: folic acid, biotin, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, iron, copper, zinc)
  • Avocado
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Chia/Flax Seeds
  • Coconut Oil
  • Green Tea
  • Kombucha
  • Turmeric
  • Walnuts
  • 64 oz water

I’d love to hear additional suggestions!

superfood

P.S. ‘Alopecia isn’t life-threatening, but it’s life-changing.’ I’ve been coming across this a lot on alopecia-related websites and I see it as a comforting reminder. Yes, it is definitely life-changing… I suddenly have a half-bald half-shaved head, but otherwise I’m healthy and I am so grateful it is a disease that is not life-threatening. Today I shared my struggles with alopecia with a new friend and learned that she lost her hair while battling cancer eight years ago. Definitely humbling and puts all of this into perspective. My son and her twin boys are the same age and I feel we’ll be lifelong friends. As I stated in my first post, I am very thankful for the love and support from my fiance, family, friends – old and new! If you follow this, I hope you feel you have a new friend in me. As isolating as this condition sometimes makes you feel, you are not alone. Take care!

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4 responses to “nature’s pharmacy.

  1. Having a background in Ayurveda, I cannot say enough about what you eat, you become; how you see/treat the world, you become…I struggled with a sluggish feeling for so many years and only after I discovered ayurveda and eliminated gluten and dairy from my diet did I truly feel better. And then I had kids. Taking care of myself fell to the back of the line as it usually does when you have a baby and/or a toddler as well. The thing that became clear to me with the second kid was that it doesn’t take all that much to make sure these babies stay alive – I mean, they need some milk, some mashed up food and sleep. Cuddles and attention are good too but it’s not too hard to stare at a beautiful little kiddo so I think cuddles and attention are sort of in the bag. So why was/is it so hard to take care of myself? Turns out, I am one of those people that cannot multi-task as well as she is supposed to (hmm, sound familiar anyone?!). I cannot do yoga in a mindful manner while a 6 month old is banging on the table with his spoon, nor can I prepare grain/gluten-free pancakes and snacks when all I want to do is snuggle with a 2 year old. It’s a full-on family affair. I needed help. So we moved. We now live down the driveway from my parents and my husband works from home. And the funny thing is, in this ultimately ideal setting, it is STILL hard for me to find the time to take care of myself, but I am vastly improving. What does this have to do with ayurveda? I don’t know. But after four years of growing and nurturing babies (I only have two, I know it sounds like I have 10 by the way I am going on and on) I am starting to notice I feel sluggish again and I find it extremely hard to fall asleep. We try to keep a gluten-free environment in the house and kind of do whatever outside the home (who wants to be that person who can’t eat pizza out with friends? I WAS that person for many years and it’s not that bad but still…) and it turns out that isn’t enough. Not for me, I need to be a little more strict. I AM incorporating some daily morning and evening routines that seem to be helping my body acknowledge the time of day better and what to expect next. For example, in the AM – oil pulling right out of bed, brush teeth, wash face, yoga stretches, dry brushing, a short walk, warm water with lemon and finally breakfast. In the PM, yoga stretches, wash face/teeth, face massage, foot massage with oil. Simple things, yes, but major things too, I started a few months ago adding one to each time of day and hopefully in another few months I will be doing all of them every day. I have been reading a little about Paleo diets lately too and while I hate to eliminate so much from one’s diet, some of it makes sense. But every body is different, like ayurveda states, and it takes time to fins the right mix for you. It kills me to have to refuse fresh goat cheese from a farm down the street and brie with sandwiches…but most likely when I get my body back to balance I will be able to partake in these treasures sparingly and lovingly. It’s an interesting ride to just try a very restricted diet for 30-45 days to see how you feel, ,then add some things back in gradually to see how they make you feel. But this isn’t easy. I used to do a cleanse every spring, but man, I cannot seem to wrap my head around preparing separate kids meals and adult cleansing meals – that seems like so much work. So it’s a work in progress. It’s not easy. And living in a culture where lucky charms is advertised as an actual option to eat when you first wake up is a daunting place to try and eat. ok this is officially the longest comment ever. More to come.

  2. a.

    Thank you so much for sharing!!!
    I love your daily rituals. As you said, simple things, but so important.

    • dana

      another aspect of the daily rituals, which dawned on me the other day, is that is it MY time. it is something i do for myself and no one else. I spend the majority of the day caring for other people and this is a daily reminder that I matter too. It something that my body can count on and after a while my kids learned that i do it every day and they know to expect it too. They have started copying my yoga moves too which is fun.

  3. Anjelica

    Hi. I’m 13 years old and I also have alopecia areata so I know exactly what you went through, but I have some treatment questions and was wondering if there is any possible way that I’d be able to contact you by email or something? My name is Anjelica and I’ve had alopecia for about 4 weeks now. I had one little spot 3 years ago that grew back but no shedding, now my whole head is covered in patches and I’m shedding like crazy! 😦 it got so bad I had to get a wig just like you. But again is there a way I can email you so we could talk about it?

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