I am so excited to share this info with you all. I have been doing tons of research on disease, inflammation and the like. I know that pain in the body is due to inflammation. Inflammation can be internal or external. I have both. I have pitting edema and it usually shows itself in my feet and ankles. You can tell if it is pitting edema if your fingerprints remain imprinted in the swollen area for a while after being pressed. This condition is caused by water retention in the body. After I mentioned it in a birthday video a year ago I got a few people contact me about it, desperate for a cure. I didn’t know much about it then except that I read that it is caused by a problem with your kidney, liver or heart. Yikes! That was enough to scare the heck out of me. Doctors said my liver wasn’t damaged (I had it checked first because I had a long history of alcoholism), they also gave my kidneys a clean bill of health. Go figure. I didn’t get my heart checked but I assumed that must be the culprit. Since I have learned a little bit more about this condition (by experimenting on myself) I will do a short Edema Remedy Series adding new remedies that may come up over time. It is always amazing to me how simple some solutions can be. So….. is turmeric a cure for edema? Hear me out and decide.
Now yesterday I was stressed out trying to get my hair right for new headshots. I had a little bit of a headache that I was trying to deal with, without using any over the counter pain relievers. I was not winning the battle. After the photo shoot I went out to dinner and had some seafood (Good) and some bread (bad). I have read how gluten and other additives in grain based foods cause disease and inflammation. Since this is the holiday season, I have to admit I have been going overboard with grain and it is definitely taking its toll on me. I have found out some useful information about grain regarding my edema issues and I am going to be sharing that with you all pretty soon.
My recent over consumption of all things sugar and grain has caused my ankles to stay in swollen mode and yesterday the pain in the back of my eye grew unbearable. I ate, because my boyfriend was convinced it was a hunger headache made worse by my worrying about my hair. I slept because sometimes that works for me but I still had that headache before I had to go to work and I was now nauseous. I have read that turmeric is good at getting rid of inflammation. I explained to my boyfriend that I thought I had some sort of inflammation due to edema in my head or eye area. (I just recently found out you can have edema in most parts of the body and not just in your limbs). He is often underwhelmed towards my excitement with figuring out home remedies. Anyway, I took some mineral multivitamin, grape seed extract and of course my curcumin. (Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric that is responsible for the ease of inflammation.) When taking turmeric for anti-inflammation purposes you need a higher dosage than you would get when eating it in food. The extract is a stronger more suitable form for this reason. It is best to get it with Peperine/Bioperine (black pepper) for maximum absorption (also remember to add pepper when cooking with turmeric. This formulation from Vitacost already has the perfect dosage of curcumin and peperine. Get it here-> Buy Turmeric w/ Peperine I decided that I would take 2 of my supplements. (By the way this is the Turmeric that I used.
My bf brought me a big cup of tea and I drank that. I sat at work and my eye started watering uncontrollably. It was really making me angry and the area around my eye felt raw from me wiping the tears. As soon as the tears stopped, so had the pain. What? I looked online and googled “pain behind the eye and nausea”. I read something that explained that that means I could have brain edema or basically water swelling in the brain. That swelling puts pressure on the optic nerve and causes the pain and nausea. Within an hour or two of taking the turmeric/curcumin supplements my nausea started to go away as my eyes continued to drain the water that had been trapped behind it. So Turmeric heals edema? I wouldn’t go as far as to say that, but I will say Turmeric is great at reducing inflammation caused by edema and perhaps other factors. There are studies attesting to its anti-inflammatory properties, so it is definitely worth trying right? Now, I don’t know if my brain was, in fact, swollen, but I know I have edema issues that I have greatly exacerbated by eating foods that cause it, and after taking the pills my eye let out a lot of water and then stopped hurting. That’s enough for me. Feel free to try this remedy yourself when you feel random pains and especially for edema. It is better for you than any medicine because it is good for you and helpful as a liver detoxifier. Be well F.U.N. friends.
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Side Note: It is of interest to note that my ankle swelling didn’t go down as quickly (it was greatly reduced by the next morning though), but I really have been going overboard with the sweets and grains and I have a remedy for this that has been working for me for months now. I’ll share it in due time.
I am not a doctor and this information have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. This information is anecdotal and not intended to take the place of medical care from a AMA certified doctor. Please seek the help of a physician in the event of a medical problem or emergency.