I don’t know why but I am plagued with horrible migraines. My friends joke that I am being punished for something I did in a previous life. I do everything you are supposed to do: I avoid bright lights. I don’t drink red wine or eat aged cheddar cheese. I get plenty of sleep. I exercise. I do everything in my power to prevent them, but they still get me at least once a month, if not more often.
I recently learned about the prickly pear cactus and its seemingly magical qualities that make it an all-natural wonder remedy. It seems that along with being chock full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, it has another important benefit to the body; which might be the most important one. It acts as an anti-inflammatory. From what we are learning the past decade, inflammation may be the cause of everything from eczema to cancer.
The Nopal Cactus (prickly pear) is made into a tasty juice called Nopalea Juice that makes it easy to garner the health benefits of the Opuntia cactus without having to hunt it down at the market, remove its spines and cook it.
However, what I’m wondering is the connection between the juice and migraine relief. I have not yet tried it, but it seems to make perfect sense to me, because isn’t a migraine really just an inflammation of the blood vessels in the brain?
From what I understand, the headache you get from a migraine is a symptom. The pain is caused by the blood vessels in the brain expanding. The inflammation of the tissue around the brain is what makes the pain even worse.
Therefore, if you can relieve the inflammation, you are going to relieve at least some, if not all of the pain of a migraine headache. At least that is my reasoning. I think Nopalea Juice is definitely something worth trying.
It is all natural. The Nopales Cactus has been eaten as a food and used for medicinal properties since the time of the Aztecs. Only recently, as attested to in a Time magazine article, doctors have discovered the link between inflammation and disease. You see inflammation is the body’s response to germs. According to the Time article, inflammation is the body’s first line of defense. When you get a cut, inflammation is the body’s response to the bacteria trying to get in your body. The area is swarmed with white blood cells fighting infection. Apparently, when plaque in arteries builds up, the body responds in the exact same way, but the plaque can burst, which can lead to a heart attack.
Therefore, inflammation is the silent killer we are just discovering. The body responds to allergies and asthma with inflammation as well. Inflammation is the response to so many different medical issues. By ingesting a substance to reduce inflammation, we can prevent some of the symptoms of allergies, without taking away the body’s natural response and fight against them. Therefore, we get the benefits without the symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions
whats better to do when having swollen ankles/feet?
im not pregnant i am 16 and i have swollen feet and ankles. i went to the doctor a few months ago and got tested for everything and it came back normal so we still dont know whats wrong with them but anyways i am wondering when i soak them should i soak them in warm water or cold because i heard icing them helps the swolleness but my friend said warm water is better for them but i thought it would get more swollen with warm! im confused so someone please tell me what is right and what isnt! i really dont wanna make them any worse than they already are! where my arch is in my foot is very swollen in that tender area! :/ someone help mee please thank you
Pearl L: Im going to another doctor fyi. &&You didnt answer my question at all!
To everyone; YES IM GOING TO SEE A DOCTOR AGAIN! BUT THAT WASNT MY QUESTION! MY QUESTION IS SHOULD I SOAK THEM IN COLD OR WARM WATER???? UGHH
Epsom Salts (found at grocery store or drug store, Target or Wallmart) with warm water as a foot soak.
Elevation of feet as much as possible
Low sodium diet, salt retains fluid in the body, no chips, pretzels, salty fries, nuts, can soups, bacon, sausage, hot dogs, processed meats, prepackaged frozen dinners high in sodium, added table salt. 2gm total sodium daily, look at labels.
They also sell elastic stockings to help with circulation and fluid in legs, also call anti-embolic stockings.
If your swelling is severe, where you have trouble from time to time in putting your shoes on..when you go back and see your doctor or another doctor ask for a mild diuretic, water pill like HCTZ to use as needed when the swelling is more severe, like perhaps when you've been on your feet alot or when premenstrual or maybe splurged on the sodium and had 2 hot dogs and popcorn at the movies. Most important is WATCH THE SALT INTAKE.
I did answer your question...10pt please =}
Swollen ankles and feet?
I will be 36 weeks pregnant tomorrow and for the last week my ankles/feet have been swollen. They used to swell up only on hot days, but now it is all the time. I can only fit into 1 pair of shoes, very very loosely tied. The inside of each ankle is tender to the touch, or if I move my feet around in a circle. It feels like the inside of the ankle is sprained or bruised but it's just from the swelling. Is there anything that helped you ladies deal with ankle/foot swelling and pain? I drink a lot of water already (at least 64oz a day), keep my feet up at night and at work, and try and cut down on the sodium.
Yes, to answer one of the responders my blood pressure is completely normal.
The highest my blood pressure has been during my pregnancy is 128/78. But it was lower at the appointment following that reading. So it is not going up.
During pregnancy, the body produces approximately 50% more blood and body fluids to meet the needs of the developing baby. Swelling is a normal part of pregnancy that is caused by this additional blood and fluid. Normal swelling, which is also called edema, is experienced in the hands, face, legs, ankles, and feet.
This extra retention of fluid is needed to soften the body, which enables it to expand as the baby develops. Extra fluid also helps prepare the pelvic joints and tissues to open to allow the baby to be born. The extra fluids account for approximately 25% of the weight women gain during pregnancy.
Swelling may be experienced at any point during pregnancy, but it tends to be noticed around the fifth month and can increase while you are in the third trimester. The following factors may also affect swelling:
Standing for long periods of time
"Long" days of activity
Diet low in potassium
High level of caffeine consumption
High level of sodium intake
Slight swelling is expected during pregnancy; however, if you experience sudden swelling in your hands and your face, it could be a sign of preeclampsia. It is important to contact your health care provider about any sudden swelling.
Swelling may be reduced by eating foods that are high in potassium, such as bananas, and by avoiding caffeine. Here are some other helpful hints to manage swelling during your pregnancy:
Avoid standing for long periods
Minimize outdoor time when it is hot
Rest with your feet elevated
Wear comfortable shoes, avoiding high heels if possible
Wear supportive tights or stockings
Avoid clothes that are tight around your wrists or ankles
Rest or swim in a pool
Use cold compresses on swollen areas
Drink water, which helps flush the body and reduce water retention
Minimize sodium (salt) intake and avoid adding additional salt to meals
you think its bad now. my ankles swelled up so bad my first day home from the hospital... they looked like elephant ankles and i only weigh 140 lol. if it gets really bad, contact your doctor right away.
Swollen ankles/feet from jogging?
I just recently started jogging about a mile daily and experienced some soreness in my feet, ankles and leg muscles, which didn’t surprise me at all and was no big deal. Before this I wasn’t very active at all. Also, I jog on an asphalt track, not a rubberized one. My sneakers are not super high-end but they are not terrible.
I also have noticed recently that my ankles and tops of my feet are a bit “puffy” or swollen although that original soreness in my muscles and joints is not really there anymore.
Does anyone know if puffy ankles and feet could be a result of my recent jogging and/or have you experienced anything like this yourself as a result of exercising? I’m wondering if maybe my shoes are tied too tight? or if it’s just a reaction of the high impact pounding on asphalt?
Serious answers only please. Please don’t waste your time (and mine) being sarcastic.
swollen ankles/feet can be a sign of water retention. best to have them looked at.
Is swollen ankles and feet part of menopause?
I have them and my calves hurt to the touch,also aches and pains i'm 51 and going though the change of life any good advise out their..Thank You
You are heading for heart failure.
This is no joke.
I am not talking of a heart attack. I am talking of heart failure where the heart fails to deliver adequate blood the the extremities and that in turn causes a lack of oxygen which causes the swelling.
This is usually associated with incorrect blood pressure.
You should and must see a doctor before the strain on your heart does actual damage to it.
Just got diagnosed with lyme, what can I do about these horribly swollen ankles and feet?
Just got a really itchy rash and I am very swollen. Thank you!!
There are a number of different approaches that you can take. I assume you are on antibiotics, if you were diagnosed. This is a good first step.
Then I'd recommend going to www.lymebook.com and picking up a copy of
"the top 10 lyme disease treatments". This will give a really good overview of what others have found most helpful.
You'll want to do a good bit of research on treatments, diet, detoxing, and other considerations.
With all that said, I'd do the following:
1) drink quality water with lemon throughout the day
2) take hot baths with epsom salts
3) take liquid minerals
4) take high quality vitamins
5) make sure you are digesting/eliminating correctly to get toxins out.
6) eat high quality foods.
7) consider tumeric, fish oil, etc for inflammation.
8) consider activated charcoal, chlorella, spirulina for helping remove toxins.
Postpartum: Why are my feet and ankles swollen?
I had my son on Wednesday and then a tubal ligation on Thursday. I came home Friday afternoon and by evening time, my ankles and feet had swollen. Is this normal? The swelling seems worse than when I was pregnant and I'm having a hard time getting it to go away. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I also had swelling in my ankles and feet after giving birth. Sandles were the only thing I could wear. It wasn't due to pre-eclampsia for me though. Your body has all that retained fluid still and it may take up to a week or two to go away. Even though it's not the most comfortable thing rest assured it will go away. One of the wonderful things attached to giving birth.