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Tea & Health "Tail-end of Summer" Newsletter v. 9.15.23
Embrace the Season with Tea - Your Secret Weapon Against Seasonal Auto-Immune Flare-Ups
Dear Friends in our Light of Day Organics Community,
We are approaching the end of another beautiful summer season here in Northern Michigan, officially on Sept. 23rd with the fall equinox. As the seasons change, so do the demands on our bodies. For those of us with auto-immune conditions, this transition can be especially challenging. But fear not! We have a secret weapon to share with you today - the incredible power of tea as a part of your holistic self care and flare prevention plan!
Understanding Auto-Immune Flare-Ups An autoimmune flare-up, also known as an autoimmune exacerbation or autoimmune flare, refers to a sudden and often intense worsening of symptoms in individuals with autoimmune diseases. They are common during changes in the seasons, and the recent rains and cooler temps have prompted many customers to reach out over the past couple of weeks to inquire about what they can do to support themselves by using ingredients found in many of our products. I thought this might be an efficient way to address these concerns to many suffering with these seasonal issues. Hope this finds you if you need this information or if you know someone who does.
Autoimmune diseases occur when the body's immune system is in overdrive, causing systemic inflammation in the body. Some common autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, and psoriasis, among others. During an autoimmune flare-up, the immune system becomes overactive, leading to an increased production of antibodies and inflammation. This heightened immune response can result in a range of symptoms and complications that are characteristic of the specific autoimmune disease. These symptoms can vary widely depending on the disease but may include pain, swelling, fatigue, joint stiffness, skin rashes, gastrointestinal problems, and neurological symptoms. Several factors can trigger autoimmune flare-ups, including but not limited to:
Stress: Emotional or physical stress can exacerbate autoimmune symptoms by triggering the release of stress hormones, which can affect the immune system and cause damage to affected organs and tissues.
Changes of season/Environmental factors: Exposure to certain environmental triggers, such as changes in temperature, atmospheric pressure, celestial patterns, allergens or pollutants, as examples- can exacerbate autoimmune symptoms.
Infections: Viral or bacterial infections can stimulate the immune system and worsen autoimmune symptoms.
Hormonal changes: Fluctuations in hormones, such as those that occur during menstruation or pregnancy, can impact the immune response and trigger flare-ups in some autoimmune diseases.
Medications & supplements: Changes in medication or supplement, including starting or stopping a treatment, can sometimes lead to autoimmune flare-ups.
Managing autoimmune flare-ups typically involves working closely with a healthcare provider to develop a treatment plan that may include tea, herbs, supplements, and medications to reduce inflammation and suppress the immune response, as well as lifestyle modifications, such as extra TLC (Tender-Loving-Care) to minimize triggers and improve overall health. The goal is to alleviate symptoms, reduce inflammation and pain, and preventing further damage to affected organs and tissues. Autoimmune diseases are usually chronic conditions, and flare-ups can occur periodically, so ongoing management and monitoring are essential for individuals with these conditions.
The Healing Power of a Holistic Lifestyle which includes Tea It's important to keep reinforcing that managing autoimmune conditions, including preventing serious seasonal flares, may require medical supervision and treatment prescribed by a licensed healthcare professional. While certain teas and herbal remedies have many potential benefits for immune system support and inflammation reduction, they should not be considered a replacement for advice and treatment from your healthcare provider, so please consult with them before incorporating any new remedies into your healthcare routine. Remember that individual responses to teas and potent herbal remedies can vary widely , and what works for one person may not work for another. Additionally, some herbal remedies can interact with medications or exacerbate autoimmune conditions, so it's crucial to consult with a healthcare provider who is familiar with your specific health needs and conditions before incorporating any new remedies into your routine. That being said, below are some botanical ingredients that are commonly associated with immune support and anti-inflammatory properties:
Ginger : Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may help with reducing inflammation in the body. This ingredients is found in our Lemony-Ginger Sunshine, In the Mood?, Honu Chai, Tulsi Citrus Soother
Turmeric: Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound with potent anti-inflammatory effects. Some people find turmeric tea beneficial for managing inflammation. This ingredient can be found in our Tu-Matcha capsules.
Green Tea: Green tea is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory properties. It's also known to support overall health. We have many, many products containing White and Green tea (Camellia sinensis, proper).
Chamomile: Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and calming properties that can help with reducing stress, which may in turn support the immune system. This ingredient is for sale individually, and can also be found in our Be Still, Will's Remedy, and Madagascar Vanilla Rooibos
Peppermint: Peppermint tea can have a soothing effect on the digestive system, which can indirectly support overall well-being. This ingredient is for sale individually and can also be found in our Be Still, Minty-green gunpowder Pearls, Cherry Mint Tea, Cacao Mint, Leelanau Licorice
Licorice Root: Licorice root is sweet, soothing, and is often used for its potential anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating effects. This ingredient can be found in or Leelanau Licorice Tea.
Supporting yourself during an autoimmune flare triggered by seasonal changes involves a combination of self-care strategies, lifestyle adjustments, and potentially medical interventions. Here are some additional steps to consider...
Consider adopting an anti-inflammatory diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Avoid or limit processed foods, sugary beverages, and excessive amounts of caffeine or alcohol.
Some supplements like Tea, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and probiotics like Kombucha, may help support your immune system and reduce inflammation. Again, consult your doctor before taking any new supplements.
Stay informed. Keep up to date with the latest research and treatment options for your specific autoimmune condition. This knowledge can empower you to make informed decisions about your healthcare.
Support Network. Lean on friends and family for emotional support during flares. Consider joining a support group or seeking therapy to help cope with the challenges of living with an autoimmune condition.
Rest and Pace yourself. Don't push yourself too hard. Listen to your body and rest when needed. Learn to manage your energy levels throughout the day.
UV protection/ photosensitivity. If you have photosensitive autoimmune conditions like lupus, protect yourself from excessive sun exposure with sunscreen, protective clothing, and sunglasses.
Temperature Control. Extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, can trigger autoimmune flares. Dress appropriately for the season, and use heating or cooling methods to maintain a comfortable environment.
Avoid triggers. Identify and avoid triggers that worsen your symptoms. This might include specific foods, environmental allergens, or stressors.
Stay well-hydrated, as dehydration can exacerbate symptoms and contribute to inflammation.
Physical activity. Engage in gentle, low-impact exercises as recommended by your healthcare provider. Exercise can help improve mood and reduce inflammation.
Sleep. Prioritize adequate sleep, especially during this time of year to help your body recover and regulate the immune system.
Mindfulness and Relaxation. Take initiative to practice stress-reduction techniques such as mindfulness meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, or progressive muscle relaxation. A little goes a long way.
Again, keep your healthcare provider informed about any changes in your symptoms or overall health. Flares can get under control and quieted down more quickly when identified during regular check-ups to help monitor your condition and make necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. They can help determine the severity of the flare, recommend appropriate treatments, and monitor your condition. You may need to make adjustments to regular medications or add additional supplements or medications to manage symptoms such as inflammation and pain.
My story... Many of you have heard my personal story of recovery and ongoing management of the auto-immune diseases I was diagnosed with during my last year of nursing school in 1992, and how my recovery included the holistic concepts I share on our website and during Tea Wellness Classes. This colorful journey back to wellness inspired me to start this company 20 years ago. My daily staples are Matcha 1 gram twice per day (morning and after lunch), Leelanau Licorice and Golden Tip Tea. I also drink a pot of our Right as Rain tisane this time of year when I tend to flare as the weather changes.
Do YOU have a favorite Light of Day Organics "go-to" tea that is part of your daily routine? Or one that you reach for relief when you're feeling poorly? We'd sincerely love it if you would please share that experience with us or with other customers by taking a minute to write a review. It helps new customers have the confidence to purchase that first time. Remember to please steep your teas as instructed on the tin label for maximal enjoyment and to maximize their potential benefits.
Please Stay Connected with us... As we transition into a new season, remember that a cup of tea can be more than just a comforting beverage; it can be your ally in maintaining balance and managing auto-immune conditions. Light of Day Organics is here to support you on this journey to wellness.
Here is a link to our website and to SHOP. Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and learn how to care for yourself better! We appreciate you so very much and desire for you to thrive in all ways! The world needs you to do your thing; to answer your call to service. Thank you again for being a part of our tea-loving community. Together, we can savor the goodness of tea and enjoy the beauty of every season.
MEDICAL DISCLAIMER The information contained in this website or in any of our literature is not presented as medical advice, nor should it be used as a substitute with a qualified and licensed physician. Although much of the information can be found in sources cited in the Tea Association of America’s brochures, on the U.S Dept. of Agriculture’s website, and in many cited independent studies, much of the investigation related to Tea and Tisanes has, unfortunately, not been thoroughly evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration to date. Our products are not designed to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent any specific diseases, and therefore any information contained herein is not to be read as a specific remedy or intended to guarantee any specific result. We are not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of our products or any of the suggestions or procedures discussed within. If you have specific food allergies or aversions, please note all ingredients contained in each of our organic and gluten free products. As noted above, all matters pertaining to your health and well-being should be discussed with your licensed medical physician or healthcare provider. Thank you.