10 Natural Ways to Prepare for Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Hi everyone! We all know the importance of keeping everything as natural as possible during the entire total knee replacement process. Here is a guest post written by a tkr patient, Tamara Lujan, a 27-year practitioner of herbal and holistic healing. Below find 10 natural ways to prepare for total knee replacement surgery.

Nine weeks ago, at age 53, I had total knee replacement surgery. Some health issues and past surgeries placed me at higher risk for infection, skin tissue breakdown & blood clots. I decided to use natural treatments, dietary changes and herbs, to help ensure an easier recovery; reduce the risks of infection and inflammation; and help prevent blood clots.

As a holistic health practitioner I want people to be proactive in their health and total knee replacement surgery is no exception. I personally started by researching doctors and hospitals, finding information on everything from a doctors success rates to hospital infection percentages. I also began working on having my body in the best possible health prior to surgery.

1. Eliminate alcohol – Alcohol increases the risks of complications and slows down the recovery process.

2. Water – Water boosts your immune system, flushes toxins and helps keep you regular. I recommended about 90 ounces a day for women and 120 ounces for men.

3. Turmeric Extract – Turmeric is a powerhouse for fighting inflammation. Turmeric extract is an easy way to get the dosage you need.

4. Nettle Leaf Infusion – Dried Nettle leaves are a wonderful source of nutrients and are high in essential minerals including iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Nettle infusion is a miracle working when it comes to inflammation. It has worked wonders on my fibromyalgia and arthritis. It is approved by the German Commission E for reducing inflammation.

5. Nettle Seed Extract – Fighting chronic pain is exhausting. Nettle seed helps build your energy in the short term. Take up to 1 week prior to surgery.

6. Shiitake Mushrooms – at least 2 x a week (great in Miso soup!). This mushroom helps prevent thrombosis. Discontinue using 2 weeks prior to surgery.

7. Seaweed – 2 x a week. I put this in my Miso, on salads or simply to snack on. Helps prevent inflammation. Discontinue using 2 weeks prior to surgery.

8. Homeopathic Arnica Montana 30x – Used to reduce bruising, swelling and joint pain. Discontinue use 1 week prior to surgery.

9. QUERCETIN with BROMELAIN – to help build immune system and for reducing inflammation. Speak with your doctor as to recommendation on use beyond 2 weeks prior to surgery.

10. Improve your muscles and body systems – Try yoga, massage and acupuncture. These can help limber you up, reduce inflammation, and keep the lymphatic and blood system flowing.

My knee surgery went great. Based on the damage to my knee and a pre-op ROM of just 68 degrees, everyone was very surprised at my recovery and that in just 7 weeks post-op, I was at a 100 degree ROM!

*Please let your doctor and pharmacist know of any herbal and supplements you are taking.

Author Bio:
Tamara Lujan is a holistic health practitioner and herbalist with over 27 years of experience. She believes in a holistic approach to healing, which includes using whole foods and herbs to help the body heal and perform at its best. Visit Tamara at Farmacology Organics.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physical conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

How To Naturally Improve Your Posture

Hello everyone. Slouching and other poor posture positions are becoming increasingly popular – especially when sitting in a chair all day, staring at a computer. I thought it would be worthy to share some insight about the importance posture plays in your overall health. You can use the below-mentioned techniques to naturally improve your posture. You do not have to spend a penny. Enjoy…

For some background – Poor posture places increased stress on joints, internal organs, and plays havoc on the spinal column. It can also negatively affect your balance. If you don’t believe me, tilt your upper body forward and start walking around.

In addition to increasing joint stress, poor posture results in improper spinal alignment which causes a number of health concerns. Health concerns include increased pain caused by pinched nerves, limited mobility and a number of other ailments that are not a lot of fun.

Hold in your stomach muscles. While going for walks, tighten your abdominal muscles so your navel goes toward your spinal column. Continue breathing normally and don’t stress out over it. It’s a natural process.

Your muscles like to be worked. Feel your spinal column straighten immediately. In fact, it’s hard…if not impossible…to slouch when your stomach (abdominal) muscles are tightened.

Try this maneuver next time you go walking, sitting for any length of time or even standing in line. Consciously make a point of doing it throughout the day- no matter what you are doing.

Pull your shoulders back. Instead of letting your shoulders slump, make a point of pulling them up and back so your chest is open. You will immediately find breathing easier, when done correctly.

Be proactive: Instead of letting your health decline to the point of needing a doctor’s visit, be proactive and check out your posture. This is especially true when you FIRST experience a tingling sensation in any extremity.

Poor posture may be the root of your concern. Do some stretches, take breaks, tighten your abs, sit up straight. It costs nothing, only an increased body awareness that helps develop healthy habits.

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

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Baking Soda To The Rescue

Hi everyone. We all know the importance of using natural products for solutions to a number of concerns. Well, baking soda has been around for longer than most of us have been alive.

Here are some all-natural ways to start using these time-tested, versatile wonder:

Chrome polisher.
* Place a couple teaspoons of baking soda into a small container.
* Add enough water to make a smoothable paste.
* Dip a clean cloth into the paste.
* Gently start using a circular motion to apply the paste.
* Let the paste dry.
* Polish (remove) with a clean, dry cloth.
* Instant shine without any chemicals!

Bug bites.
Warm weather brings with it a slew of insects. Insect bites can happen before you even realize it. Did you know that baking soda is an ideal product to reduce swelling, itchiness, and redness? It is extremely low cost, odorless, and easy to use.

Here’s what you do…
*Get a small container
*Put in about a teaspoon of baking soda.
*Add a small amount of water.
*Mix thoroughly until you get a thick paste consistency.
*Spread on the insect bite.
*Be sure to thoroughly cover the bite.
*Let dry for a few minutes.
*Put a bandaid on if you are planning on wearing clothing.

Store any leftover paste in an airtight container for future use.

I find this solution particularly beneficial since getting bit by a mosquito on my tkr leg. The itching was unbearable. This remedy was remarkably quick and convenient.

Coffee Pot or Carafe Internal Cleaning
* Handle those hard-to-clean carafes by sprinkling 1-2 teaspoons baking soda into them.
* Add enough water to fill the entire carafe
* Let sit for about 10 minutes
* Lightly swirl the water around for a few seconds.
* Pour out cleaning solution
* Rinse container thoroughly with water
* Dry thoroughly

All Types of Odors
Baking soda is a wonderful, odor-free odor killer.
* Lightly sprinkle some over your garbage bag.

* Put an open container into the back corner of your refrigerator. It keeps your refrigerator fresh smelling.

* Sprinkle some baking soda into your shoes to help remove moisture and odor.
Shake out any excess prior to wearing.

Laundry aide
* Have your laundry smelling like new by sprinkling some baking soda on top of the clothes prior to starting the wash cycle.

Teeth Whitener and/or Toothpaste
Forgot those expensive, chemically-enhanced dental whitening/cleaning agents. Baking soda has been used for these purposes since grandmother’s day.

* Mix some baking soda with a small amount of water to form a paste.
* Wet your toothbrush.
* Dip your toothbrush into the paste.
* Gently start brushing your teeth.
* Rinse your mouth and brush when done.
* Store any excess paste in an airtight container for next time.
* NOTE: This also works well for dentures.

These are just some suggestions I have used and found very helpful. They will save you tons of money at the store. Plus, they do not harm the atmosphere or your health.

Good luck!

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Guest Post: Holistic, Natural Ways of Keeping Healthy

Hi everyone. As you probably know, I am always on the lookout for quality information from outside sources to share with you – my valued readers. It seems I have found one in Jon Reyes, a freelance writer who enjoys sharing his passion about living a healthy, holistic life. The article is as follows:
Holistic, Natural Ways of Keeping Healthy

When we talk about holistic methods to being healthy, we mean taking a ‘whole body’ approach. Instead of focusing on just the physical side of things, for instance, all aspects are considered, such as mental and social health. Ideally, this will best help improve and maintain your quality of life.

First and foremost, it goes without saying you need to exercise, exercise, exercise! Health authorities recommend everyone participate in some kind of exercise, preferably a few times a week at varying intensities. Physical activity significantly benefits the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, muscular strength and flexibility. It also benefits your skeletal strength and movement. At its most basic, exercise keeps your heart beating, your lungs breathing, your muscles working, and your joints moving.

If this few times a week exercise commitment is not realistic, then lessen your sedentary time. Get off the couch. Stand behind the chair and do some leg lifts. Stand on your toes. Do some isometrics. Even if it’s just extended standing, or moving from room to room – do it. Start moving.

Recently, experts have bne toutingh the many benefits offered by yoga. Some of the noted benefits include: improved sleep, metabolic functioning, and immune system enhancement. This just names a few. Importantly, yoga significantly reduces levels of stress. It lowers your body’s level of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone responsible for the ‘fight or flight’ response. In addition to all of the above, yoga will noticeably iumprove your flexibility and range of motion.

Studies have shown that doing yoga as part of your total knee replacement recuperation significantly alleviates pain and stiffness in joints. Results start showing up in just a few weeks. Yoga can also speed up our recovery rate, providing you do not overdo the maneuvers. There is also plenty of evidence supporting the fact that pre-op (exercise before your operation) can help to reduce pain symptoms and reduce your length of stay in the hospital.

Saunas are fairly widespread, being commonly found in health & fitness centers. This seems to be rather contrary, considering you don’t really hear much about what they do, and why you should, or shouldn’t, use them. There are a few instances in which you shouldn’t be using a sauna; these are upon experiencing chest pains, or after suffering a recent cardiac event (like a heart attack).

Start using a sauna to help rid the body of toxins that may be present. Beneficial in itself as it eases the strain on organs like the kidneys and the liver. Also as a result of the detoxifying nature of saunas, those suffering from chemical addictions may experience relief of those symptoms.

Other sauna benefits include lowering blood pressure (of those with hypertension), easier breathing for asthma and bronchitis sufferers – as well as alleviation of tiredness and pain in people struggling with chronic fatigue and pain.

In terms of your mental wellbeing, there is a branch of psychology that has recently grown in popularity. It is known as mindfulness. Mindfulness is a state of mental awareness of the present moment. Mindfulness is achieved by concentrating on feelings, thoughts, and messages from the body that help keep you focused.

Studies show that mindfulness exercises can improve cognition, reduce levels of stress, relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression, while also enhancing your sleep quality. Let us not forget that this cognitive training will help you deal with everyday problems/concerns, as well as more difficult issues.

We’re sure it hasn’t escaped your attention that we have talked about sleep more than once. A lack of sleep, or a poor quality of sleep, has been heavily linked to poor mood, deterioration of memory, lapses in cognition, and a lowered metabolic rate. The lower your metabolic rate, the easier it is to gain weight.

These are just a few of the adverse health conditions that result from not getting the right amount, or right kind, of sleep. Fortunately, there are ways to easily remedy this. You can exercise (again), avoid too much caffeine or alcohol, and/or do some mindfulness exercises.

Finally, this is the point at which we move on to talking about the importance of diet and nutrition in keeping healthy. Even the most enjoyable of foods tend to negatively affect health if consumed too often. As with anything, moderation is key! Eating the right amount of the right kind of foods is important, since poor diets are linked to a wide variety of adverse health effects.

Poor diets are associated with increased rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, immune system deficiency – among others. You can employ some simple changeds to rectify any dietary deficiencies you may have. The first is making use of conscientious portion control. Second, slow your eating pace. And, finally, replace unhealthy snacks with more healthy counterparts.

With so many holistic, natural ways of keeping healthy – what are you waiting for? Get started today. The sooner you start, the better you will feel.

AUTHOR INFO: Thank you to Jon Reyes who wrote this article. Jon is a guest author from Clearwells and is a respected, expert voice in a plethora of health related subjects. He has over 10 years of writing experience under his belt.

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Ways to Naturally Relieve Scoliosis Discomfort

Hi my favorite readers! Having lived with scoliosis (curvature of the spine) for over 35 years, I have found there are a number of ways to naturally ease the discomfort level without taking prescription pain killers. Hopefully, you will find some of these useful for your situation. They range from physical activity, stretching, to meditation.

Physical activity.
Any activity that involves excessive jostling of the spinal column is a no go. Any activity that involves excessive pressure or stress on my spinal column does not work well with me. Hence, no jet skiing. I found that out the hard way. That activity involves way too much vertical spinal movement with hard landings for me to be comfortable. The same can be said about horseback riding.

* Swimming is an excellent physical activity to engage in to ease scoliosis discomfort. The water’s natural buoyancy supports body weight, taking pressure off the spinal column and joints. Some of my favorite exercises include:
· lifting my knee to my chest,
· holding onto the pool side while pulling my legs in, and
· simply using the water as a resistance against my legs.

* Stationary rowing is another good physical activity to engage in since it strengthens my back and upper body muscles. Movable rowing allows me to stretch my back, which helps my scoliosis. The same goes for snowshoeing.

* Stationary bicycling helps my lower back and scoliosis. I feel the stretch in my glutes and lower back. It’s not fun, but it works.

* As far as calisthenics go, I sometimes use ankle weights. I simply lay flat and do leg lifts. My leg lifts are to the side and straight up. I can feel my lower back muscles working. I know that helps my scoliosis. This exercise is also marvelous when done standing up in the water.

Stretching is fantastic for improving flexibility, hindering muscle stiffness and reducing pain. This provides an immeasurable benefit. Some of the stretching exercises that work will for me are the following:

* Lay on my back and lift my legs to my chest. I grab my knees and pull them forward until I feel the stretch in my lower back. This feels remarkably wonderful.
Laying on my side and bringing my leg forward to my chest. Again, I do this until I feel my lower back stretch.

* Lay on my back, and put my arms out sideways at shoulder length. I grab onto something to use as a foundation (like table legs, or bed sides). Then, I bring my knees to my chest. I then rock my legs side to side by holding my upper torso still. I do this until I feel a strong stretch as my lower back loosens up. Sometimes, for an extra stretch, I straighten my legs while on one side. This works great in easing any scoliosis discomfort. In fact, this is my personal favorite.

* Tai Chai provides me with a variety of stretching positions to ease my scoliosis discomfort. One particular movement involves clasping both hands and moving them overhead. Then, turn the upper torso to the right, bend to the right, and hold for a few seconds. Move back to center, and then turn to the left. The lower back stretch is wonderful from this movement.

* Another Tai Chi movement involves simply holding a ‘pretend’ ball in front of me- one hand above the other. Then, I bend to the waist level. The next movement involves keeping the bend while moving it to the right side. Same goes for the left. This move can also be done with an exercise ball. Tai Chai is a simple, yet powerful way to stretch out muscles.

* Speaking of exercise balls, these are fantastic for all-body stretches. I find that laying face down and then face up on one does wonders for alleviating my scoliosis discomfort. Laying face up with the ball across the center portion of my spine works equally as well. The stretch can be enhanced by raising arms overhead.

* Doing a simple toe-touching maneuver helps. By slightly bending my knees, I can slowly bend forward until my palms reach the floor. Holding this position until I feel my back muscles loosen greatly helps.

Finally, meditating every day for a bit is a great way to calm the mind while also loosening the muscles.

This article only contains suggestions based on my personal experience in alleviating my scoliosis discomfort. They may not work for you. I will not be held responsible for any negative consequences resulting from someone following my suggestions.

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing. She holds an advanced university degree in business administration.

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Natural Home Cleaners & A TKR

Hi everyone! Awhile ago, I wrote a blog post about natural ingredients to use for household cleaning purposes and it went over well. It is important to maintain a clean environment while recuperating from a tkr (or anytime, for that matter). So….

I found this helpful article on www.kashi.com and thought I’d pass it along. The more natural cleaners you can use, the better your home environment and overall health will be.

Natural Home Cleaning
Everyone loves a clean, sparkling, fresh-smelling home. But when you look at your shiny bathtub after a good scrub, it’s possible — depending on what type of cleaner you use — that you are inhaling harmful pollutants left over from that scrubbing agent. Studies by the Environmental Protection Agency have shown that levels of pollutants inside the home are easily two to five times higher than levels outdoors. Many home cleaning products greatly contribute to lowering air quality in the home. They can also leave compounds floating in the indoor air long after your cleaning spree has ended.

Conventional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can also be harmful to the environment. When you clean your kitchen sink and rinse that harsh solvent down the drain, where does it go? Choosing environmentally friendly alternatives not only keeps your home a healthy place for your family, but it also helps the earth.

Easy alternatives
Buying eco-friendly home cleaning products is one way to solve these problems. Another idea is to use kitchen items already in your cupboards for home cleaning. There are an astonishing number of simple, easy, and affordable ways that basic home ingredients like baking soda, lemon, vinegar, and essential oils can be used to clean, disinfect, and deodorize your home.

Baking soda. It’ a natural cleanser, deodorizer, and scrubbing agent.
Liquid soap. Mix a concentrated, eco-friendly liquid soap with other ingredients to form homemade cleaners.
Vinegar. Use it to remove grease, wax, dirt, and mildew. White distilled vinegar is usually better because cider vinegar can stain some surfaces.
Isopropyl alcohol. Pour a little on a cotton ball or paper towel to disinfect doorknobs, telephones, countertops, or any other surface (aside from wood, which it dries out).
Essential oils. Tea tree, eucalyptus, and lavender oils can all disinfect as well as add a pleasant smell to your homemade cleaners.
Lemon juice. A cleaning agent on its own, it can also add a nice, clean smell to your homemade cleaners.

The recipes
All-purpose mildly abrasive cleanser. Baking soda, liquid soap, and an essential oil of your choice — tea tree, eucalyptus, or lavender —are a great team because of their disinfecting properties and combined scent. Use a generous amount of baking soda and mix in the liquid soap until you have a smooth pastelike consistency. Add a few drops of the essential oil and scrub away at your bathtub, sink, or toilet. If mold or mildew is present pretreat the area with hydrogen peroxide, and if there is grease use vinegar.

Nontoxic furniture polish. A combination of oil and vinegar works to extract dirt from furniture as well as moisturize and protect wood. Olive oil and jojoba oil are good choices, and white distilled vinegar is best because apple cider vinegar can stain. A ratio of 1 part oil to 2 parts vinegar will work, and can be adjusted depending on the finish of the wood.

Chemical-free oven cleaner. Who wants to put a rough chemical solvent in the same oven in which they will later bake food? A great alternative to conventional oven cleaners is baking soda and water. Cover the bottom of the oven with baking soda and then spray with water. Leave the mixture overnight and then spoon it out in the morning. It’s that simple! Add a little lemon to the water for a fresh scent.

Natural Way to Lessen Joint Pain

Natural remedies are the way to go for handling a variety of health ailments, including lowering the level of arthritis pain throughout our body. Here’s some information that I find pertinent, have tried and wanted to share with you:

Arthritis patients may take daily (morning and night) one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and one-half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain. Within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

Try it, you may like it!

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Allergy Homeopathic Remedy

Here’s another homeopathic remedy that was recently recommended to me. I love cats and was around one for awhile recently. Only after spending some time with the friendly feline did I remember my cat allergy. Actually, my swollen eyes and other symptoms reminded me. 😕 Upon mentioning it to a friend, this remedy was recommended. I tried it, and it works great. So, I thought I’d share it with everyone…

For allergies….
1 teaspoon baking sode
8 ounces water

Mix ingredients together and drink up to four times daily. I have also reduced portions and combined 1/2 t with 4oz water and obtained great results. Concoction also took care of a headache, which was an unexpected surprise.

Enjoy! And remember….if this doesn’t work for you and you get sick….you’re using this remedy at your own risk, not mine..

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