November 8, 2011

Colder and Colder...

Just a quick reminder from New York...where it is getting colder and remember a few things if you have Lupus.

1) The sun is still strong watch for discoid lupus flares, and regular Lupus flares from sun exposure. Protect yourself with clothes rather than sunscreen (too many yucky chemicals in most sunscreens that can all be absorbed into your pores- if you do choose to use sunscreen choose wisely)

2) Wear gloves or mittens (ski gloves/mittens are best)  especially if you have Raynaud's Syndrome

3) Wear heavy lined comfy boots like Uggs type, Minnetonka type (buy off brand if you don't have money for the name brands) Pick good insulated shoes too and get nice thick socks or layer socks. I don't know the brand but I found socks that look like wool but are softer, and they are pretty thick... and I love them, I'll try to get the name if I see them again.

4) Wear natural material clothes, coats, cotton and wool (leather/animal hides if you are OK with that, some people feel better about buying animal products if they shop the second hand thrift stored for this because they are not adding to the population of animals losing their lives for their warmth) rather than polyester and other "fake" man-made fabrics. These fabric create static electicity and have chemicals that can be absorbed into your pores and breathed in also.

5) If your hands get Raynaud's symptoms, lose blood flow, use luke warm water/ air to warm them don't use extra hot water/ air, this can shock your body too much

6) Have warmer foods whether you eat raw or cooked foods(raw foods can be warmed in a dehydrator or from the friction of a blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtek. These blenders have a soup setting to warm foods gently. You just need the foods to be 105-115 degrees and it will feel warm to you and warming to your body which is at 98.6 - or lower with thyroid issues) Cooked foods folks try soups, stews, teas cooked veggies, etc.

7) Use warmer spices, cinnamon, ginger, garlic these stimulate blood flow and circulation for more warming spices click below

8) Eat root veggies/seasonal foods, winter foods like carrots, squash, pumpkin, onions, etc Click below for more ideas on winter seasonal produce

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