Collagen Peptides: Not Just for Skin!
Most of us know collagen as a topical agent in skin creams and serums. It improves the quality and appearance of our skin. But collagen peptides, taken as a daily supplement, can enhance not only skin, hair, and nails, but also improve exercise recovery, fortify the gut lining, improve detoxification, and strengthen tendons, ligaments, and cartilage.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and lends structural integrity to the skin, the bones, tendons, ligaments, hair and nails. Dietary sources of collagen include bone marrow, organ meats, and the bones of small fish. Modern diets tend to lack a source of of this important nutrient. We also tend to lose collagen in the body as we age. Collagen is naturally high in glycine, proline, hydroxylproline, arginine, and glutamic acid, all of which relate to it beneficial properties. The peptides are hydrolyzed collagen fragments. Contrary to what you may have heard, they can be taken up in the gut intact1, and hence reach tissues where they are needed. Here are the top reasons to include these peptides in your supplement routine:
To Boost the Health and Appearance of Your Skin.
The skin has two layers, the epidermis, or outermost layer, and the dermis, the supporting layer underneath. The dermis provides structure, supplies blood to the epidermis, and delivers nutrients that help to rebuild and repair the skin. Stress, aging, sun exposure, alcohol, and lack of sleep all affect the integrity of the dermis. Studies have shown that collagen peptides can reach the skin and have a stimulatory effect on dermal metabolism.1 One study of a specific collagen peptide showed a noticeable reduction in skin dryness, wrinkles, and skin-fold depth, as well as an increase in skin density and firmness in 60 days. Adding hyaluronic acid to it can also improve hydration of the skin, increase elasticity, and reduce wrinkles.2
To Strengthen Your Bones, Joints, Tendons, and Ligaments.
A 24-week trial found that collagen peptides can potentially protect against joint degradation in athletes and improve measures of pain.3 Another study of older males with sarcopenia found significant improvement in fat free mas, fat mass, and sensory motor control over 12 weeks when collagen supplementation was combined with resistance training.4 Collagen peptides are naturally high in the amino acids glycine and arginine, which are good substrates for creatine. Creatine is important for energy recycling in the muscle. Studies are mixed on the benefit of collagen for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, but it is considered moderately effective for both.6 Anecdotally, I think collagen is amazing for healing from injury, strengthening all of the connective tissues, and to boosting tissue recovery in athletes.
To Heal the Gut.
The structural integrity of the gut is crucial to its proper function. The mucous membranes and underlying structure in the gut are the body’s first line of defense and support nutrient absorption. Just like our outer skin, our inner skin depends on collagen as a major structural protein. Degradation of the gut barrier is implicated in IBD, Crohn’s disease, food allergies, and many other inflammatory diseases. Collagen supports the structure of the gut and thus is important to its overall function. One study found that it may attenuate TNF-alpha induced barrier function in the gut, which is implicated in IBD.5
To Improve Sleep.
Collagen peptides are naturally high in glycine, which acts as a calming neurotransmitter. Glycine is also high in the cerebrospinal fluid, showing its importance to the nervous system. Due to its calming affects, it can improve anxiety and sleeplessness.
To Promote Detoxification.
Glycine is also a part of the body’s Phase II detoxification system. It binds to certain toxicants and makes them water soluble so that they can be excreted. It is one of three amino acids that compose glutathione, one of our body’s main detoxifying agents.
Collagen peptides are sourced from beef, pork, chicken or fish bones. You want to make sure that you choose a well-sourced brand using grass-fed, organic, or in the case of fish, wild-caught sources Collagen is well-tolerated and has no major side effects.6 We love the Vital Proteins bran. In my opinion, this one’s a no-brainer for anyone who wants to improve skin or gut health, athletes, and anyone who has suffered an injury.
- Schunck M, Zague V, Oesser S, Proksch E. Dietary Supplementation with Specific Collagen Peptides Has a Body Mass Index-Dependent Beneficial Effect on Cellulite Morphology. J Med Food. 2015;18(12):1340-1348. doi:10.1089/jmf.2015.0022.
- Borumand M, Sibilla S. Daily consumption of the collagen supplement Pure Gold Collagen®reduces visible signs of aging. Clin Interven Aging. 2014;9:1747-1758. doi:10.2147/CIA.S65939.
- Clark KL, Sebastianelli W, Flechsenhar KR, Aukermann DF, Meza F, Millard RL, et al. 24-week study on the use of collagen hydrolysate as a dietary supplement in athletes with activity-related joint pain. Curr Med Res Opin. 2008; 24(5): 1485-1496. doi: 10.1185/030079908X291967
- Zdzieblik D, Oesser S, Baumstark MW, Gollhofer A, König D. Collagen peptide supplementation in combination with resistance training improves body composition and increases muscle strength in elderly sarcopenic men: a randomised controlled trial. The British Journal of Nutrition. 2015;114(8):1237-1245. doi:10.1017/S0007114515002810.
- Chen Q, Chen O, Martins IM, Hou H, Ahao X, Blumberg JB, et al. Collagen pepteides ameliorate intestinal epithelial barrier dysfunction in immunostimulatroy Caco-2 cell monolayers via enhancing tight junctions. Food Funct. 2017; 8(3): 1144-1151. doi: 10.1039/c6fo01347c.
- Arthritis Research UK. http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/complementary-and-alternative-medicines/cam-report/complementary-medicines-for-rheumatoid-arthritis/collagen.aspx
Sport Shorts: Not Your Usual Sports Supplements
Sports Shorts: Not Your Usual Sports Supplements
Using a few simple sports supplements can make a huge difference in your enjoyment summer activities. Whether you are running, biking, canoeing, playing team sports, or are just a weekend warrior, we have solutions for you! Pick one or more to stay hydrated, retain energy and avoid pain.
Need Energy? It’s hard to find the energy for activity after a long week at work. If you’re stressed out and over-worked, or just participating in intense activity, try one of the adaptogenic herbs. They help the body react better to stress and provide an even, sustained energy. Try maca, rhodiola, ginseng, schizandra, or eleuthero. D-ribose is also a great energy booster.
Out of Breath? Lung capacity keeps some of us from enjoying a long bike ride or other activity unnecessarily. Studies have shown that Vitamin C, taken before exercise, can reduce the incidence of exercise-induced asthma or shortness of breath. (1) Cordyceps mushroom has long been used by Chinese athletes to increase performance and is also used to combat altitude sickness. Take it by itself or in combination with Chaga and Reishi mushrooms in a supplement called Breathe.
Want to Minimize Joint Pain? A collagen or gelatin supplement (think lazy man’s bone broth) is a great way to increase the strength of all your connective tissues—muscle, tendons, ligaments, and bone. It’s also great for your skin. The key is to get a well-sourced one that is from grass-fed animals. And we have the one for you. It is made by a local company too! Turmeric is another favorite for joint inflammation. Add it to your smoothie or take it as a pill to reduce inflammation. I also love T-Relief, which comes in pill, gel, or ointment form. It is a homeopathic combination remedy that has things for inflammation, swelling, muscle soreness, nerve pain, and healing of connective tissue. Great to have on hand for the average aches and pains that come with activity. I like to take some before and after more intense physical activity.
Dehydrated? Water is my beverage of choice for hydration. Gatorade and the like have too much junk in them (read SUGAR, colorants, and preservatives). However, plain water may not be enough at higher temps or with more vigorous exercise. Add an electrolyte powder to your water to boost its hydrating qualities and supply minerals that are depleted with exercise. We have a great one by Metagenics called Endura, or one by EmergenC.
Worried about stress fractures? A recent study in the Journal of Foot and Ankle surgery found that those with Vitamin D levels (25-hydroxyvitamin D) less than 40ng/ml had double the risk of stress fractures.(2) The study coincides with an earlier one done on female navy recruits. Whether you are a true athlete or just want to protect your bone health, Vitamin D supplementation is for you!
Sore muscles dragging you down? Arnica, taken internally or applied as a gel or cream, is a great sports aid to have on hand. Take it or apply it before exercise to prevent sore muscles. Sour cherry juice is also great for this purpose—it removes lactic acid from the muscles and uric acid from the joints. Magnesium gel applied topically is also great for relaxing muscles after a long day of activity, or take a soak in one of our bath salts.
In the sun all day? Protect your skin from burning with a natural sunscreen that has a physical block like zinc in it. Other ingredients should be healthy oils and antioxidants. We love Suntegrity—they have great regular, unscented, and even tinted options. We have some great facial sunscreens as well. Stay hydrated (see above) and if you tend toward sunstroke use a flower essence formula called Solaris by Australian Bush.
Need a convenient source of protein? In addition to the above sports supplements we also have some great protein powders that are really clean. One of our newest combines collagen and whey protein–a great combination for sports! We also have several great plant-based proteins. Add a greens powder for oxygenation and a great nutrient boost!
Better Sports: Boosting Your Workout With Safe Sports Supplements
Whether you are a true athlete, a weekend warrior, or just trying to take off a few pounds, you want to get the most out of your workouts. A few simple supplements will greatly enhance this process. The recent controversy over BMPEA, an amphetamine-like substance found in some sports supplements, highlights the need for erring on the side of safety. If it’s on the internet and it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Our advice is to keep it simple. No need for complex muscle-building formulas, just good basic nutrition. Safe sports supplements fall under four main categories. Here are the four and what to look for in each:
- High quality, digestible protein
- Hydrators and electrolytes
- Joint, tendon, ligament and muscle care
High quality, digestible protein is key to building and maintaining muscle. Anti-aging experts identify the loss of muscle as the greatest overall contributor to aging. Many of us either do not get enough protein, or do not get enough highly digestible protein. The rule of thumb is to get .8-1.5 grams of protein per lb of body weight. You will want to be at the low end of the range if you are moderately active and at the high end if you have an intense workout program and intend to build muscle. So for a 175 lb man that is moderately active and wants to preserve muscle, that is 140 grams. And for a woman that is 130 pounds and moderately active their goal is 104 grams. I think very few women eat this much protein. If you are overweight, you should calculate the amount of protein you need based on a healthy weight for you.
Meats, eggs, fish and dairy products are great proteins, but conventionally raised animal products are very inflammatory to the body. These animals are fed GMO feed, i.e. mostly grains, and this is not their natural diet. They also contain steroids, antibiotics, and other hormones, which can wreak havoc on our body processes. Pasture-raised, organic, grass-fed, and humanely raised animal products provide good protein without all the chemicals. They also contain nutrients like CLA, from grass, that help with fat-burning.
Protein shakes and bars can be safe sports supplements. There is the added benefit of quick and easy preparation. There are many excellent vegan proteins available now and some of my favorites are the Sunwarrior Warrior Blend and Sprout Living’s Epic Plant-Based Protein. The Sunwarrior contains pea, cranberry and hemp proteins. Pea protein most closely mirrors muscle in terms of its amino acid profile and the hemp provides essential fatty acids. Sprout Living sprouts their proteins, making sure they are highly digestible and at the peak of their nutrition. They also add root vegetables like maca or lucuma that increase endurance and protect the body from stress.
A new product that I am really excited about is Metagenics’ Ultra Meal Advanced Protein shake. It specifically addresses sarcopenia, or clinically diagnosed muscle loss. That follows, of course, that it would help you to preserve muscle even if you don’t have this condition. It is high in the branched-chain amino acids that help to build muscle, and has a full compliment of other vitamins and minerals. It also tastes great! Metagenics’ protein bars are high quality bars that are great after a workout. You should have protein and carbs within 1 hour after a workout to ensure full recovery. Shakes and bars are very convenient, but all shakes and bars were not created equal. Look for a high quality protein source, a reasonable amount of sugar and carbs, and a lack of colorants and preservatives. If you prefer to take a pill you can opt for Amino Acid caps or Branched-Chain Amino Acids capsules.
Keeping the tissues oxygenated is key to muscle function. The best ways to keep tissues oxygenated are to 1) get enough breath and 2) have adequate iron. Endurance athletes like runners need to pay special attention to this. Tonic mushrooms are a great way to improve lung function and enhance the breath. Chinese athletes have long used supplements like cordyceps mushroom and chaga to enhance lung capacity. They are also a favorite of mountain climbers as they help with oxygenation at high altitudes. Cordychi, a combination of reishi and cordyceps mushroom, can support oxygenation by enhancing the breath. The addition of reishi to the cordyceps helps the body to react better to stress. A combination called Breathe that contains Chaga, Reishi, and Cordyceps is also very helpful. The addition of chaga adds antioxidant power to handle the normal free radicals produced by exercise. While it is possible for muscles to operate in an anaerobic, or oxygen-free environment, exercise in this kind of environment quickly fatigues the muscles. Vitamin C has also been found to be very helpful in preventing attacks in those with exercise-induced asthma.
Iron is an important part of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues. Runners and menstruating female athletes tend to be deficient in iron. That said, you should not supplement with iron unless you have had your blood tested and you have a deficiency. Some signs of iron deficiency are dark circles under the eyes and low energy. My favorite iron supplement is the Floravital liquid iron. It is essentially pre-digested and very bioavailable. If you prefer a pill, the Blood Builder by Megafood and Vitamin Code iron are also very good.
Hydration is extremely important for working out. Water may be the single most critical nutrient for exercise. Since heat is produced with all forms of exercise, it must be dissipated through sweat. Without adequate hydration, you will not produce enough sweat to maintain proper body temperature. Muscle is also made up of 70% water, so water is ultra important to muscle function. The electrolyte minerals are also needed for muscle function. We lose electrolytes through sweat, with potassium experiencing the greatest depletion. Gatorade is still a favorite among the sports set but it won’t really do you any favors. At least one study has been done showing that sugar decreases testosterone production and a 20 oz Gatorade has 34 grams! That’s about 80-90% over what we would consider a reasonable amount. Gatorade also contains artificial colors, which have been connected with attention and other issues, and brominated vegetable oil (BVO), listed by the Center for Science in the Public interest as one of the top 7 things you want to avoid in food. BVO also may inhibit thyroid function, slowing down metabolism and therefore overall body function. Coconut water is an excellent hydrator and great for electrolyte replacement. I love the Harmless Harvest brand. Metagenics also makes a powdered supplement called Endura that is excellent for hydration and electrolyte replacement. Taking a mineral supplements with lots of water is also an option.
Joints and other connective tissue sometimes take a beating with sports and workouts so we want to share some tricks of the trade with you on this. Collagen is one of the main proteins in connective tissue so is excellent for joint building and repair. We have a powdered form that is from pasture-raised animals and mixes well in any liquid, yogurt, or shake. As a side benefit, it is also great for your skin and is an important part of the bone matrix. Inflammation in the joints can cause pain and inhibit movement. Turmeric and boswellia are two herbs that calm the inflammation associated with sore joints. We also have several combination formulas that will have anti-inflammatory herbs as well as joint building materials like collagen, glucosamine, and chondroitin.
For the occasional strain, sprain or bruise, T-Relief (the replacement for Traumeel) is my favorite. It combines homeopathic remedies that are good for inflammation, strains and sprains, healing connective tissue, supporting bone and more. The ultimate sports remedy! It can be found in tablet, liquid, or topical form. Arnica is mainly for bruising and inflammation, and is also great for injuries or soreness. For more serious injuries, there is Ligament Restore by Pure Encapsulations.
If you tend to get very sore muscles after activity, you may be producing too much lactic acid in the muscles. Make sure you are getting enough breath while you exercise (see above). Concentrated sour cherry juice and 100% unsweetened cranberry juice can be taken after a workout to help remove the lactic acid. Electrolytes will also replace some of the minerals necessary for muscle recovery.
So that’s it! There are simple steps you can take to get the most from your workouts that are safe and effective. No need to go for fancy muscle-building formulas that may have the potential to contain ingredients that are not on the label. Good basic nutrition, adequate breath, hydration, and care for the muscles and joints are all you really need.
Speedy Recovery: Healing From Injury, Surgery, or Other Trauma
This subject is near and dear to my heart after both a recent injury and surgery that affected my back, abdomen and nervous system. It was a true test of my knowledge of how to repair the body, my willingness to get the help I needed, and my patience (with which I am not that blessed)! I admit that I had moments that I thought I would never get better and had pain so severe that I had to use prescription painkillers. Given my natural aversion to drugs, this was a big deal for me! The good news is that I am feeling much better and nutrition and supplements were a crucial part of my healing process. After my own experience I want to pass on what I have learned. If you have experienced any trauma to the body, including surgery, an injury, or just prolonged stress that has affected your physical health, there is something here for you.
The most surprising part of this whole process has been all of the ancillary issues I had to deal with due to the surgery. First there was the pain in my throat from the trache tube—slippery elm lozenges got rid of that in a snap. Then there was the pain from the catheter—the perfect job for marshmallow root. For laparoscopic surgery they pump you full of CO2 gas. You can suffer the discomfort of that for a week or you can take fennel tincture to get rid of it in a couple days. The brain fog was the worst. I couldn’t call up words, forgot what I was saying mid-sentence, and was overall just dull-witted! Needless to say that was kind of frightening and was aggravated by the pain meds I had been on. No loss, though, because I was able to try PQQ, a nutrient from which three recent studies have shown positive effects on the brain. I used a combination of CoQ10 and PQQ with great results! It took about a month, but definitely got my marbles back!
I would love to say that there is an herb or combination of herbs that will alleviate severe pain but if there is I don’t know about it. Before I had the surgery I was in so much pain that I had to take the pain meds. The goal, of course, is to use them as little as possible and get off of them as quickly as possible. The brain fog, damage to the stomach lining, and potential for addiction argue for using them wisely.
The Acute Phase
Immediately after trauma, the body responds with inflammation. The homeopathic remedy arnica, 200 CK or above, works really well to minimize inflammation and swelling at the time of the injury or surgery. I took arnica 200 ck the day before and the morning of my surgery, as well as for 4-5 days after. This works amazingly well for pain too. After my surgery, I only had to use the pain meds a couple of times. The only caution for this is if you are required to take Coumadin after your surgery (required in many hip replacements). There is some evidence that arnica can thin the blood so paring it with a blood thinner may cause additive effects. If the injury or surgery affects any area that is nerve-rich such as the back, the eyes, the hands or feet, then alternate the arnica with hypericum. Hypericum will assist in nerve healing. Healing of the nerves can also be accomplished with the B vitamins, particularly B12 and benfotiamine (B1). When bone is involved, use the cell salts Calc Phos, Calc Flor and Silica internally to heal the bone.
Proteolytic enzymes, taken between meals, are essential to quelling the inflammatory response. These enzymes, if taken with a meal, will be used to digest your food. If taken between meals, they will actually help your body “digest” inflammatory substances. These enzymes should be taken several times per day for 2-3 days after the initial trauma. I don’t recommend enzymes when the injury or surgery involves the digestive tract. The tract will need to be healed before the use of enzymes is advisable. Also, you may want to avoid these if you been on pain meds for a while. The idea is to use them instead of the pain meds, if possible. There are many herbs that quell inflammation including turmeric, boswellia, ginger, and cayenne pepper. Bioflavonoids can also reduce inflammation. These can be found separately or in combination formulas.
Vitamins A, C, & E are very important to healing tissue, including the skin. Sea buckthorn is high in these vitamins, and also adds the benefit of omega-7 for healing the internal and external “skin”. Add sea buckthorn for speedy healing of incisions and any damage done to tissue by surgical instruments. Vitamin E can help prevent excess scar tissue.
Quality protein is important when healing from an injury or surgery. Proteins are used for the manufacture of new tissue, repair of old tissue, making hormones and making the enzymes necessary for body processes. Whey protein powder is perfect for building muscle as it is high in the branched chain amino acids, which are used for this purpose. It also has immune-building benefits so can keep your immunity up while you are rehabilitating. There are also vegan proteins that contain soy, brown rice, hemp protein, cranberry protein, pea protein, or some combination of these that are good sources.
Omega-3s in the form of fish oil, a multivitamin, and a probiotic are base nutrients that will assist the body in repair. A multi will assure that you have a base level of nutrients like Vitamin D and zinc that help with healing. Omega-3s will help with cell renewal and repair, and probiotics will replace the good bacteria depleted by any antibiotics. They will also prevent illness while you recover. I personally did a healing shake every morning and here is the recipe:
- 2 scoops whey protein
- 1 oz sea buckthorn juice by Genesis
- 1/2 c. raspberries, cherries, beets or strawberries (good for blood building)
- 1 c. organic coconut water
- 5 large ice cubes
- 2 tsp Udo’s oil (for omega fats, optional if doing fish oil separately)
- 2 tsp powdered Vitamin C by Healthforce
- Handful of greens (spinach, arugula, or kale)
- ¼ avocado
- Local honey to taste
Add to a blender and blend away!
And last of all REST. Any injury or surgery is a trauma to the body and trying to “power through” will not do you any favors. You will do yourself more harm than good if you try to get up and about too soon. Putting pressure on the affected area will cause more swelling and inflammation and will use the energy that your body could devote to healing.
The Sub-Acute Phase
After 3 days it is time to move around a little more. Doing some movement will help the lymph system to clear toxins and get circulation flowing to the affected areas. Move in any way that you are able, even if it means just circling your hands and feet while laying down. Continue with anti-inflammatory herbs and arnica. For an injury where connective tissue is involved, take a supplement that supports the regeneration of that tissue. Several are available, but look for these ingredients: UC-II type collagen, amino acids proline, lysine, and glycine, vitamin C, MSM, manganese, turmeric, glucosamine and chondroitin, and silica.
A B-complex will assist in the digestion of food and make sure you have adequate energy reserves to do the work of healing. It will help repair any nerves that were damaged in the injury or surgery. It also helps the body recover from the stress of the trauma and any worry you have about not being able to perform your regular duties. Continue the multi, the omega-3, and the probiotics. This basic nutrition will ensure that the body has a base level of all the nutrients you need to get better.
If you can get out of the house I highly recommend doing acupuncture, reiki, or other energy treatment. These treatments can help the body get back into balance, which is crucial to overall healing. If you have a chiropractor that uses kinesiology, electronic stimulation, or other non-invasive method that is helpful too. Don’t consider these things a luxury. Proper healing from injury or surgery prevents re-injury, excessive scar tissue, and ultimately, expensive medical bills down the road. I ran into a friend the other day that is having a second abdominal surgery because the scar tissue from the first surgery has wrapped around her intestines, causing a narrowing and the need for more surgery. If it’s not covered by your insurance do it anyway. You are worth it!
Once you are back to work, make sure you get adequate rest in the evening. It’s amazing what your kids can and will do when you really need them to help out (this includes your husband too). It is tempting to overdo, considering all of the things that are left undone while you are convalescing. Resist the temptation!
Maintenance and Well Care
After 2-3 weeks of doing the above you should feel quite good. At this time, you will probably be allowed to get back into the water. Since water is the nurturing element it is amazing for healing. The single most helpful thing I did to calm my nervous system and allow me to move without pain was to go in a warm water therapy pool. Evanston Athletic Club , the “Y”, the Park Center in Glenview and Galter Life Center on the north side of the city all have one. These pools are heated to 102 degrees, so will keep the muscles relaxed. At first all I could do was float and do very gentle movements, but within a couple weeks I could exercise in the water. The water supports you so that you can do what you could never dream of doing on land. If there was some emotional trauma associated with your accident/injury, then you might want to check out a therapy called Watsu. A practitioner does guided movements with you in the water and it is very nurturing and calming. If you can’t get out to a warm water pool then take a bath. Just relaxing in the tub will do wonders for your healing.
When we are injured or have surgery we tend to compensate with body movements that avoid pain to the affected area. This puts the musculoskeletal system out of balance. A chiropractor can be very helpful in re-balancing these compensations so that we don’t continue to use muscles in an unnatural way, potentially causing re-injury down the road. In my own case, I had been compensating for a long period of time due to two past injuries. In addition to chiropractic work I had to retrain my core, which I am still working on as we speak. It involved doing micro-movements called somatics. Basically, you have to re-teach the brain the correct movement. Make sure you work with someone that has an excellent knowledge of the muscle structure, compensating patterns that are common after certain injuries, and ways to retrain the body that prevent you from “cheating” and repeating the incorrect movements. I highly recommend Cindy at Fitness Defined. After just 3 weeks I have made so much progress.
Do any kind of exercise that your injury allows—walking, yoga, bike riding or swimming. Start slow and be okay with the fact that it may take months to get back to what you could do before. Heaven Meets Earth and One 2 One Yoga do restorative yoga with very gentle, supported movements. This is great for stress relief and giving the body some movement without stress on the joints. David from One 2 One has a great knowledge of the muscles and has been very helpful to me. I believe they will also come to your home.
Continue with the basic nutrition and focus on joint repair, reducing scar tissue, and any leftover inflammation. I found that once I began exercising more that the tissue in the area of the surgery would get inflamed and very hard. Homeopathic silica is useful for breaking up scar tissue. Topically, I used arnica and Traumeel on the affected area. Traumeel has homeopathic remedies for connective tissue, swelling and inflammation, and even bone. I also used anti-inflammatory herbs and nutrients like ginger, turmeric, boswellia, quercetin, and cayenne. Ginger is a personal favorite because it also promotes circulation, prevents colds & flu, and aids in digestion. It is a great add to a smoothie as well.
Once you are feeling really well think about doing a detoxification program. These programs last 10-21 days and are important for cleaning out all of the toxins in the body that can occur with injury and/or surgery. The body naturally produces free radicals and other toxic chemicals as we heal and we also want to remove any prescription drugs left in the system. By improving the functioning of the liver, we can ensure a full return to health. If you have specific questions, or would like to have a plan in place for an upcoming surgery, I do individual consultations with clients. I am especially adept at helping with trauma to the back and abdominal area. If you just have simple questions you are welcome to talk with me in the store as well. Good luck for a speedy recovery!
Lynn Bednar, CNC – (847) 864-1600