Sunday, May 20, 2012
You know I'm always up for a laugh. I hope you have a gluten-free funny bone in your body!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
When I was in high school I did a report on facial isometric exercises for health class. I did it for years but that waned the more tired I got, the older I got. Same with keggels - lol. Well, if you're in OK you might find these RESISTANCE exercises help you get on with starting an exercise program: the sign in the window says, "The Un-Gym, where the unfit get fit." And that's where I was at. I met a few women who were using it as gentle exercise because they had rheumatoid arthritis and/or fibromyalgia, like me. I tried it w/a groupon for $29 for the month. I think it's $54/month otherwise. Kinda pricey if you compare to a gym membership which around here you can find for $20/month; but the passiveness of it, the environment was friendly, the hours amenable, so I tried. Their music was annoying so I used my iTouch headset on loud to cover it up (the station repeated songs and it drove me nuts)!
These two machines were my least favorite, because I had to work harder - duh.
The abdominal one I learned from another woman to push it up a notch and do circular knee bend rotation sit-ups. I was also on the 7-minute machine side of the room, not the 4-minute side, and sometimes I'd do double sessions on a machine. On their site it says, "It is the best equipment for reducing abdominal fat." Well, I didn't think it was possible to spot reduce...
Measurement changes - they "measure" they don't weigh. I'm not noting the ones that stayed the same:
Upper Chest - Less .75 inches
Waist - Less 1.5 inches
Abs - Less 1 inch
Hips - Less 1.5 inches
Total loss = 4.75 inches
I also lost 11 lbs from Apr 16-May16 - which was a difficult personal time for me, and I wasn't eating as I usually do either. I'm finally back at my low weight before the holiday gain. THAT only took 5 months?!! Again: close to 170-ville - yay!
It was a great introduction to the fitness world though, and I appreciated the opportunity. :)
I am still a bit dizzy/disoriented but nothing like that original episode. I talked with an ENT dr friend who asked me a bunch of questions making sure I didn't have a stroke (suggested I get an MRI to be sure) ... yikes. I'll make an appt at the office for an Epley Maneuver, which ironically I'd learned about through my YouTube adventures a long time ago. Thanks to you all for prodding me to do something about it. Kiss Kiss. (Ironically, low-histamine diet is supposed to HELP people with Meniere's Disease ... I don't know what to say about that other than I likely DON'T have Meniere's.)
I upped my estrogen cream during the past month and got rid of worse hot flashes than I ever had.
Dr. Mercola is talking about the grocery store who took out the Kashi now (see my Kashi Queen blog entry)! bit.ly/K0d6ET
I've joggled three days in a row an avg of 5 miles each day, which is unheard of in my fibro-world. I'm not in pain. I don't want to give up within the first mile. I just put on my iTouch headset to one song whose beat I can joggle to, and do it. Just did it I tell ya, like a healthy person would.
Hallelujah low-histamine!! I will post later some of my favorite sources of information on that for others who may be interested in lessening their pain/migraines/FIBROMAYLGIA. As I've said for years on my SP page, FOODS HAVE CHEMICALS! It took me 2200 long days to figure out which ones were bothering me... I feel very fortunate to walk and live pain free even AFTER EXERCISE, and find myself sometimes emotionally overwhelmed that I wasn't able to do this sooner in my life. My hope is that this information will help others.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
So right after I wrote my last blog I promptly went out on my back porch and wretched up a bit of empty gut liquids. I'd actually eaten at Pei Wei some boiled chicken and steamed broccoli for a late Mother's Day meal from Dd (around 8pm). It's not like I went to bed with an empty stomach is my point. However, I've not been eating enough I know that. My bad. I'm in a weird emotional place, and this, too, shall pass, but look what was in my email inbox the following day: drbenkim.com/often-overlooked-cause-
I was starving when I threw up. I then went to the kitchen and nothing was appetizing because I was nauseous, too. I settled on some jicama chunks and took the dog out for his walk. I made it to the drainage ditch in time to throw that up. A neighbor happened to be walking by (how nice), and worried I was having symptoms of a heart attack. No, my heart feels great, but ... gosh, could I be preggers?! I thought menopause was a time of relaxation in that regard? I barely made it into the store without boofing up in my hands then into the garbage can trying to find a bag to carry .. which I promptly boofed into once again! WTH? Oh dear. Pregnancy test: negative. Phew. Can you imagine that right now? That would be wild.
Or I had some weird inner ear thingie per Morticia - lol. Or I had a flu, I dunno. I'd say I got glutened at Pei Wei, but the manager sure was insistent to get me a new pot to boil my chicken, AND my head was spinning the day before. I still have residual head spinning right now, though it has lessened. I had no temperature/fever.
I thought it was interesting I got that Dr. Kim article around this time. I couldn't help but think maybe it's related. Note to self: try to eat more. Never thought I'd write that.
Monday, May 14, 2012
On the exercise tolerance front here's encouraging news:
1. I walked the dog the usual 1-1.5 miles on Saturday.
2. Then I joggled 52 minutes at a 16.5min/mi pace straight through, no walking another 3 or so miles.
3. Then I went to robotics exercise for an hour. I'll be posting before-after measurements in a week or so, which will be the month mark to see how that went. It's very passive exercise so I'm not expecting much, but would be pleasantly surprised if something came of it.
4. I've been gardening something fierce the past week.
The day after joggling I usually feel sore and stiff a bit, but it's more a build up to "DOMS Day" or the 'second' day after using my gams full throttle. That's when I seize up for 3-5 days (gardening/bending usually throws me off a week, too, so add in joggling and you can feel my trepidation waiting for the pain on DOMS Day" - or "Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness")...
Well, drum roll please: I feel pretty darned NORMAL!!!!
Stop. I'm getting misty. Dare I say it: bye-bye fibro legs, the bain of my existance? Time will tell.
(I'm also feeling dizzy the past two days, which I don't know what to make of ... fbg was 72 this a.m. but it's been 45 before and I never felt dizzy :P).
Garden de jour:
(neighbor's ripped up driveway now repurposed as my anti-mud trail to the back yard - sweet deal - pd for labor only.)
Saturday, May 12, 2012
It's a biogenic amine - it has an affect on our body and has an amino acid component to it. Most all food has some amine/protein component to it (even butter fat as I learned from my Cyrex test). Important for regulating the immune system. In fact, it's theorized that disregulation of the gut lining, i.e. leaky gut by histamine sets one up for other intolerances. Have vertigo/Meniere's? Asthma? IBS? Migraines? Rosacea? High blood pressure? Arrhythmias? Sinusitis? Insomnia? Red face/flushing w/exercise or drinking alcohol? Stomach aches? Nausea? Eczema? Hives/urticaria? Body temperature disregulation?
A food allergy is not a food intolerance. Lactose intolerance is because a person lacks an enzyme or is deficient in the enzyme lactase, and it's limited to the GI tract. Fructose intolerance is limited to GI tract. Histamine can work in the GI tract and in ANY tissue in your body so there is much more histamine and the repercussions are huge re: health symptoms.
When they say histamine receptors are in any tissue, they're talking about Histamine 1, Histamine 2 or H1, H2, H3 and H4.
H1 Receptors: found in smooth muscles, on vascular endothelial cells, in the heart, and central nervous system tissue. Causes vasodilation, bronchoconstriction, smooth muscle activation, and separation of endothelial cells (hives/bleeding from pores), and pain and itching due to insect stings; the primary receptor involved in allergic rhinitis and motion sickness. Role in INFLAMMATION: "The production of prostaglandin E2 synthase induces the release of histamine from neurons, CAUSING SYSTEMIC VASODILATION, along with INCREASED CELL PERMEABILITY due to its action on H1 receptors." Neurophysiology: INVOLVED IN THE SLEEP-WAKE CYCLE.
H2 Receptors: Increases intracellular calcium concentrations and releases calcium from intracellular stores. It stimulates gastric acid secretion and regulates gastro motility and intestinal secretion; also thought to be involved in regulating cell growth and differentiation. Involved in gastric parietal cells, vascular smooth muscle, neutrophils, central nervous system, heart, uterus. Physiological responses: stimulation of gastric acid secretion [hence H2 antagonists/histamine blockers like Tagament, Pepcid, Zantac], smooth muscle relaxation (H2 receptor agonist used for asthma, COPD), inhibit antibody synthesis, T-cell proliferation and cytokine production, and vasodilation (smooth muscle relaxation leads to vasodilation).
H3 Receptors: Inhibits release of some neurotransmitters incl but not limited to dopamine, GABA, acetylcholine, noradrenadline and serotonin. Leads to inhibition of the formation of cAMP [I don't know what cAMP is ... later on that].
H4 Receptors: Found mostly in bone marrow and white blood cells. Also expressed in the colon, liver, lung, sm intestine, spleen, testes, thymus, tonsils, and trachea. They mediate Chemotaxis and Calcium Mobilization of Mast Cells.
- heat tolerance: (H1 receptors contribute to increased blood flow during heat stress).
- sleep: histaminergic cells have the most 'wakeful' firing pattern. They fire rapidly during waking, and completely stop firing during sleep. They're found in the hypothalamus and from there project throughout the brain to the cortex to the forebrain. Antihistamines (which block H1 receptors) improve sleep. "...destruction of histamine releasing neurons, or inhibition of histamine synthesis leads to an inability to maintain vigilance. Finally, H3 receptor antagonists (which stimulate histamine release) increase wakefulness."
- sex: released during arousal. Can be facilitated by folic acid/folate and niacin, which will increase histamine release. However, men with too much histamine may prematurely release.
- allergies: histamine is involved in many allergic reactions. Antigens attached to mast cells triggers histamine release and other pro-inflammatory substances. They typically have an adrenal component. Cortisol is a strong anti-inflammatory. If you have no cortisol to counterbalance the histamine release you experience inflammatory reactions and/or symptoms of allergies. "A vicious circle occurs w/adrenal fatigue and the tendency to allergies. The more histamine released the harder the adrenals have to work to produce more cortisol, thereby the more fatigued the adrenals become, which increases allergic inflammation..." - Adrenal Fatigue: the 21st Century Stress Syndrome by Dr. James Wilson.
Digestive enzyme amylase is a natural IgG histamine blocker which stabilizes mast cells and basophils that release histamine. Excessive carbs will chronically deplete amylase which increases histamine-related health problems like allergen reactions and sinus headaches. Use plant-based enzymes w/meals and reduce carbs. Chronic carbs create stress which exhausts the adrenals and immune system. Enzymes break down allergens. If you have inadequate enzyme reserves, histamine is released.
"When we eat carbs, a sm amount of digestion takes place as we chew through the actions of the enzyme amylase, which is in saliva. However, in the stomach, food is bathed in hydrochloric acid, which inhibits starch digestion until food exits the stomach and enters the small intestine. Most complex carbohydrate digestion takes place in the duodenum, which is the section of the small intestine which adjoins the stomach. Here another key enzyme called alpha-amylase, joins with hydrochloric acid to breakdown the exceptionally long starch molecule into its component parts: first into sugars called dextrins, and then into glucose.
Reduction in amylase levels is associated with insulin resistence and glucose intolerance. Insulin plays a major role in the control of pancreatic amylase biosynthesis. The development of severe insulin resistance (hyperinsulinaemia) is associated with impairment of amylase-gene expression and reduction in glucose metabolism. To decrease insulin resistance, one group of adult obese rats was treated with Ciglitazone for 4 weeks. By lowering plasma insulin concentration researchers achieved normalization of glucose metabolism and a marked increase of both amylase content of pancreatic tissue and amylase mRNA.
Pancreatic enzymes are released in response to histamine, as a protective measure against ingestion of allergens and pathogens. If a prolonged awakening includes periodic release of histamine during the alarm/activation phases, this could lead to the overworking and depletion of the pancreas. Thus the exhaustion phase would include a reduction in digestive fire and assimilation, coupled with vulnerability of the GI Tract to allergens and pathogens. " (from bit.ly/JlxUKl )
I'm going out for my walk.
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