Am I really that crazy wanting to drink a powdered grassy looking substance that tastes much like what I remember when I accidentally drank muddy water when we swam in the murky ponds near our house? I feel like shit and have a headache that could probably bring a horse to its knees. I really need to do something quick before I lose my mind.
One could think it’s crazy, right? And one might think you’d be really tuned in to your body knowing exactly what it takes to feel better.
I’ve been on this recent food binge eating foods I KNOW will make me sick. And yet….I freely did just that.
I have three autoimmune diseases that I’ve managed to keep in check for many years now. Until this last week that is……
Over the last week I consumed foods I haven’t in years. And ones I’d add only periodically, I ate in a period of three days! And then to add insult to injury, I decided I had to have potato salad for some reason, consuming a huge amount of a store bought variety no less all this last weekend.
OMG, I feel like shit! Sorry, there’s no other word that can effectively describe how bad I feel.
I have a headache that like I said, would bring a horse to its knees. And like me, would probably be pleading with God to make it stop.
And today, after trying several anti-inflammatory options like bone broth, celery juice and drinking water till I’m blue in the face, I think I finally arrived at my cure.
What was the miracle cure?? Matcha tea (thank God I had some on hand.)
Working almost instantly to eradicate the headache I’ve had, all I could do was look up and thank God for hearing my pleas to make the pain stop.
Why on earth would a green powder work to make me feel better??
And why would potato salad and other foods make me feel so sick?
Matcha’s claim to fame; from MS (Multiple Sclerosis) to Arthritis and all other Autoimmune Diseases, Matcha tea delivers a MEGA dose of inflammation fighting vitamins and catechins (EGCG) in every serving.
I suffer from three Autoimmune diseases (Thyroid, IBS-most likely Crohn’s by now, and Endometriosis) making it impossible for me to eat a normal SAD (standard American) diet. That diet is part of why I have these issues in the first place.
Autoimmune disease is an epidemic in our society right now, affecting an estimated 50 million Americans. The reason why I specialize in fighting inflammation and autoimmune disease in my holistic practice.
Compared to the 12 million suffering from cancer, you can see how there’s a need to address this disease.
Actually, there are 140 known autoimmune diseases to date. What type of autoimmune disease you may get is greatly determined by your lifestyle and diet.
Genetic predisposition only accounts for approximately 30% of your risk in developing an autoimmune disease. While the other 70% comes from infection, environmental triggers and just plain bad luck. Your diet and your lifestyle plays the largest role in this percentage on whether you will be one of the people who suffer one of the now known 140 diseases. With another 20 or so suspected to be autoimmune in nature such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimers Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. In fact, experts are increasingly recognizing that certain dietary factors are key contributors to autoimmune disease, placing these autoimmune conditions in the same class of diet and lifestyle diseases like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. The research is actually starting to show autoimmune disease is directly linked to our food choices and how you decide to live your life.
Excessive inflammation is a main culprit of all autoimmune diseases and is largely responsible for the symptoms common to most autoimmune conditions such as pain (stomach and joints), fatigue and poor quality sleep. Along with other symptoms considered normal behavior in our society today, such as bloating burping and farting, GERD or acid reflux, headaches/migraines, achy muscles, swelling and redness, low-grade fever, trouble concentrating, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, hair loss, and skin rashes to name a few.
That means autoimmune disease is incredibly common. You may not even realize that your health problems are autoimmune related.
Other common examples of autoimmune conditions are psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, celiacs, lupus and COPD.
There is no known cure for any autoimmune disease at this time. The only thing that has made a huge improvement living with these diseases in remission is the AIP (autoimmune protocol) advanced healing diet I specialize in.
I’ve been a practicing CNHP (certified natural health professional) for over ten years and recently became an AIPCC (autoimmune certified coach.) In my work as a health coach, I’ve been specializing in fighting inflammation and autoimmune disease for some time now with myself and my clients.
I knew better than to eat most of what I consumed over this last week and weekend. I know without a doubt certain foods, especially those containing gluten and nightshades vegetables like potatoes, will cause a huge amount of inflammation in my body making me feel as bad as I do. Why…..because these foods signal to the immune system to attack the body. Yes, that’s right….your own immune system makes you feel like shit!
Potatoes along with other nightshade vegetables such as egg plant, tomatoes, tomatillo, Goji berries, pimentos even tobacco and strawberries are all considered foods that cause havoc to the body. Maybe not to a person with a “normal” (if there is such a person these days) digestive system, but to a person with autoimmune disease, these foods can be deadly. Inciting a natural attack to the body.
The problem when it comes to nightshades are the natural pesticides found within each plant. These are called glycoalkaloids. And much like lectins, they’re a plant’s first line of defense against bugs, viruses, bacteria, animals, and even humans.
In some cases, glycoalkaloids might cause digestive issues like vomiting, diarrhea, and severe abdominal pain. I for one, can attest to the abdominal pain along with feeling like I was going to throw up and the headache!! Holy WOW…did I feel terrible.
Nightshades are quickly gaining a reputation for being problematic for these certain health tendencies, such as inflammation autoimmune diseases and diabetes.
And it just so happens that the two glycoalkaloids made in potatoes, alpha-solanine and alpha-chaconine are the worst! They happen to be the most toxic.
Some of the scientifically supported reasons to avoid solanines is they’ve been found to kill cells in the intestines, increase gut inflammation as well as contribute to “leaky gut.” And these toxic creations are the most popular food in western society. Go figure!
To the potatoes defense, gluten foods can cause the same symptoms when dealing with certain autoimmune diseases of which all thyroid conditions should avoid gluten foods at all cost. Well everyone should. Another topic altogether. It just so happens, I consumed a whole host of gluten foods. I ATE BREAD!! I must have decided I needed a real wakeup call to keep me on my health regime and to remain there no matter what! After all, we are nearing the summer activities where food plays a major role in having fun! You certainly don’t want to stand out as being someone different now do we?? I just wanted to fit in and not be such a pain when we were eating out. I was not a “normal” eater before….and I’m certainly very aware of it again!
I was desperate needing a quick fix to fight this inflammation and pain going on in my body. Matcha tea to the rescue.
Matcha (a concentrated form of green tea made from the entire tea leaf, whereas with green tea, you are consuming only the tea water) has normal inflammation fighting properties. Of course there are more foods that fight inflammation like turmeric, enzymes, bone broths, ginger, juicing and more. But not every food works all the time or is for everyone. So when you’re suffering it’s good to have variety in your arsenal. Or better yet….don’t eat the foods known to cause these attacks in the first place.
“Three cups of green tea a day decreases breast cancer risk by half” ~Dr. Kristi Pado Funk. Pink Lotus Breast Center, Beverly Hills. Of which a lot of cancers are now thought to be autoimmune in origin.
Green tea in its “leaf form,” not as Matcha, consumed as one cup daily has been indicated to reduce your chances of getting Alzheimers by 83%.
The normal EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) in green tea is an anti-oxidant polyphenol. It has health benefits as a nutritional supplement for cancer, atherosclerosis, blood sugar control, HPV virus infection, and neurodegenerative diseases. Its anti-oxidant action protects cells from lipid per-oxidation and DNA damage induced by reactive free radicals. Inflammation caused by foods chemical and toxic exposure, creates these damaging reactive free radicals in the first place.
EGCG may have health benefits as a nutritional supplement for cancer, heart disease, certain viral infections, and neurodegenerative conditions, and perhaps weight loss, because of how it stabilizes the blood sugar levels. And let’s not stop there. By stabilizing blood sugar another direct effect is balancing the adrenal glands helping to control damaging cortisol levels. Ladies, this means no more fat stomachs.
If you are overweight or considered obese, Matcha tea may help lower your blood sugar, fight fat, and protect your heart liver and kidneys with its powerful antioxidants. Matcha is sugar free and unlike fruit juices, will not cause a spike in blood sugar or insulin.
Depression and low energy is highly prevalent these days, (no doubt partly due to the SAD diet) and can increase the risk of medical illnesses, worsen the outcome of other medical illnesses, and may increase mortality. A study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that drinking frequent cups of green tea a day is linked to a lower incidence of depressive symptoms. More over, L-theanine is the most prevalent amino acids in Matcha, and is known to have a calming effect on the mind and body increasing serotonin, dopamine, GABA, and glycine levels in the brain. 🙂
It’s wonderful that God has given us such a great “natural go to” option to reduce disease causing inflammation in the first place. I am grateful I had some on hand. But Matcha and regular green tea, or any other one prospect should never take the place of eating good nutrient dense foods in the first place. If you’re suspect of this….take my word for it. It’s just not worth the pain!
Many blessings to healthy eating, fun and relaxation this spring and summer.