Sarah Gall is 63 years old, lives in Rochdale, Lancashire with her husband Alan and she has four grown-up children. Alan and Sarah met in the ice-skating club at Salford University. Alan graduated in Chemical Engineering and Sarah finished with a BSc (Hons.) in Biochemistry and stayed at home with the children when they were growing up.
Sarah’s mother tragically died of cervical cancer when Sarah was only one year old and she seems to have an in-built desire to conquer disease!
Here Sarah shares how diet has played a major role in her recovery from depression, and arthritis.
Twelve years ago I suffered severely with arthritis in my spine. I was unable to tolerate my doctor’s prescribed medication and resorted to following a drug free, self help approach.This involved drastically changing my diet to avoid certain acidic foods, cooking foods from scratch, so I knew exactly what I was eating, taking a mixture of cider vinegar and honey regularly, having Epsom Salt baths, taking vitamin and mineral supplements and exercising regularly.After just a week my depression lifted and I felt much more energised to exercise and I’ve never looked back since. My general health has vastly improved, I’m rarely ill now, my memory has dramatically improved and the arthritis hasn’t returned.
This approach is like a rather elaborate, 5-pronged de-tox:
1. CIDER VINEGAR and HONEY 3 X a day, after a meal.
2. 1 tsp organic BLACK-STRAP MOLASSES after every meal (full of iron and minerals to stop you feeling run-down and depressed as arthritis ‘takes it out of you’) and DAILY VITAMIN and MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS
3. EPSOM SALT baths (draws things out through the pores of your skin)
4. AVOIDING CERTAIN ACIDIC FOODS (anything containing citric acid, like tomatoes and citrus fruits and some other foods)
5. Get EXERCISING (to keep your joints moving, so arthritis can’t settle into them)
Each prong is equally important. Best to do all 5 for most effective results.
As with other de-tox methods you may find that things get worse before they get better. This is a normal reaction and shows that it’s working beneficially. I found that the flare-ups started to decrease in severity and became less and less frequent. Nowadays they rarely occur and are extremely mild in nature. I’ve learned not to panic, I just try and take things easy, keep on with the diet and remedy and the symptoms subside in a few days.
The body normally regulates it’s pH balance, but if it’s subjected to so much acid that excretion mechanisms fail to regulate it then it is secreted into the bloodstream which deposits it into the synovial fluids in joints. This causes pain.Leads to lack of energy, fatigue, depression, impaired immune system, flu-like pain and itchy rashes.
“From my own experience the acid-free approach can clear arthritis and prevent it’s return (I was lucky to start on the regime before arthritic damage had occurred to my joints), clear bouts of bronchitis, dramatically reduce migraine occurrence, calm you right down, help you to gradually reduce weight (before I was a size 20/22 but now twelve years on I am a size 14/16), noticeably improve memory, increase energy- levels, clear depression, improve sleep, improve digestion, keeps things moving inside (prevents constipation), noticeably improve hair and teeth condition, increase resistance to disease (I’m now rarely ill),reduce likelihood of muscle-strain, back-pain etc. (increased exercise results in increased muscle-tone and strength)”
I still can’t believe how quickly my spirits lifted after following the diet and taking various mineral and vitamin supplements that they suggested in the book.
Apparently arthritis can ‘take it out of you’ and this makes you feel run down,depressed and lethargic. I had to avoid certain acidic foods and drinks,for example fruit and foods containing citric acid and I only drink very weak tea and coffee.
Our modern day diets are so acidic that it builds up acid levels in our bodies, so much so that our health is badly affected and this leads to all kinds of illnesses. Taking cider vinegar and honey regularly helps to decrease acid levels, apparently and also taking Epsom Salt baths.
Trying to avoid stressful situations really helps as does increasing regular exercise. I try and go out for walks in the middle of the day before lunch in order to benefit most from any sunlight.
I feel SO much calmer now and my memory has also vastly improved.
I’ve written three booklets about my recovery to try and encourage other suffers to try this approach,’One Advance Against Arthritis’ which details my recovery, ‘Glorious Food for Arthritis Recovery’, my favourite home-cooking recipes and ‘Detox, Diet and Defeat your Arthritis’ which is an update on my first booklet and includes my latest health findings.
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