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Answer for Lori
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dream69 - March 26

ALVITA teas, you can buy it at the vitamin shoppe. http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/

 

JJ1 - March 26

I mentioned in another thread (where Lori asked her question) that I finally found ginger tea in my local grocer. It was on the health food aisle and I had previously only looked on the coffee/tea aisle. I am drinking my first cup now! I bought a brand called Yogi Tea. They didn't carry Alvita. Will let you know how it works. I have a lot of digestive problems and it is supposed to help with that. We will see.....

 

JJ1 - March 26

Dream - How long after starting to drink Ginger Tea did you start to feel the benefits?

 

Iinda - March 27

Thanks for the tip I may give it a try.

 

Iori - March 27

thanks for getting back to me dream69. i already order from vitamin shoppe so next time i place one, i will get some.

 

dream69 - March 27

The effect is immediate if and only if you take it one hour before you go to bed.

 

dream69 - March 27

The tea also works better with a low carb, high protein diet. Fibromylagia patients suffer from hypoglycemia, elevated cholesterol, and elevated triglycerides. The high protein diet along with the tea will reset your metabolism and bring your triglycerides, cholesterol, and glucose to normal levels. Once you start eating carbs again try to avoid eating carbs with high protein or fat sources. Our body was not designed to digest, absorb and metabolize both carbs and protein simultaneously. High fiber will reduce the digestion and absorption of protein in your diet. Fats and protein can be combined in a meal without a problem. High fiber and simple carbs can be combined also in a meal. Avoid anything that has been refined or highly processed.

 

JJ1 - March 27

Can you explain why the effect is immediate only if you drink the tea one hour before bedtime? That doesn't make much sense to me. I drank it approximately two hours prior to bed and had another cup midmorning today. Not noticing anything different yet. Also, how much do you drink a day -- just the one cup 1 hour before bed?

 

dream69 - March 27

When I started drinking the tea I noticed the tingling and the deep burning pain vanished within 30 minutes. My gastritis and acid reflux was also controlled. The muscle pain is not relieved during the day unless you drink it before you go to sleep. Sleep is the answer to relieving the cramping, muscle spasms and the pain. The tea taken before you go to bed somehow lets you sleep through the night without the need of sleeping aids. One hour or 2 may not make much of difference. The Ginger tea will help relieve most of your neurological symptoms such as tingling, burning, twitching, and pain. The other symptoms that are significantly reduced are the following: heart palpitations, anxiety attacks, night sweats, gastritis and acid reflux. The tender points, which feel like you have been bruised, are not relived at all. The fatigue is not relieved either. The morning stiffness is significantly reduced. I only recommend ALVITA because that is the only brand of tea I have tried. What effects are you looking for JJ1?

 

JJ1 - March 28

Day three of ginger tea and I don't feel any significant difference yet. Day 1 I had one cup of tea about two hours before bed, day 2 I had a cup mid-morning and another about an hour before bed, and day 3, today, I am having a cup right now, about an hour before bed. My gastric problems are the same. My pains are the same, but I wasn't in too much pain anyway when I started (just some pain in my feet and hands). The only thing that may be a little different is that I feel like I am sleeping better, but I can have periods when I am sleeping decently if I am not stressed. The amitriptyline has always helped me get to a deep sleep but it has not helped me fall asleep. For the last few nights, I feel like I dropped off to sleep more easily and fell back to sleep more quickly when awakened. My morning stiffness still seems about the same, too. .......... My main problems are fibro fog/fatigue which you say the tea won't help :-( acid reflux, and gastric problems. I was mostly anticipating help with gastric problems based on the claims on the outside of the tea box and if I could fix any one symptom of my fibromyalgia and keep the others, it would be the fibrofog. Dream --- How much tea do you drink? If you stop drinking tea for a day or so do your symptoms return?

 

Imelda - March 28

What a bunch of bunk!

 

skidoo - March 28

Well, Imelda, that is EXACTLY what I think about the F&F centers. No one going there will answer my questions about cost. I wonder why.....hmmmm. No one seems to have been cured by the F&F centers.... why is that? Cuz when you are cured there is no reason to keep giving them dinero. I would rather spend $3.00 on bunk over thousands of $'s on bunk.

 

JJ1 - March 29

The one thing I thought the ginger root tea may be helping (falling asleep at night) did not work last night. I was up until 4 am. It is a pretty tasty tea, has a zing to it, so I will keep on drinking it, but it has brought no immediate improvements in any of my fibromyalgia symptoms. Dream69, I would still like to know how much you drink per day.

 

dream69 - March 29

First of all JJ1 my fibromyalgia symptoms were from vitamin B6 toxicity. The others in my family, which have familial fibromyalgia, have reported that the tea helps them sleep and has reduced their gastric problems over time and the tingling and numbness has also been significantly reduced. One tea a night that is all I drank. I stopped taking the tea about 2 weeks ago. Some of my symptoms have returned but my vitamin B6 levels are decreasing along with my symptoms. My diet was carefully designed to speed up the reduction of vitamin B6 but not deplete it completely. High protein diets rapidly reduce vitamin B6 levels and cardio does also. High carb diets promote retention of B vitamins. Liver problems also affect the processing of the B vitamins. JJ1 drink the brand of tea I recommended and relax, don’t over analyze your symptoms. You are creating extra stress on yourself. Question, when are your gastric problems worse? My problems were at night. If the tea doesn’t help you with all of your problems at least it is helping you sleep which is the key to reducing your symptoms over time. As I mentioned before, the tea is not a cure but it helps you reduce your symptoms. I highly recommend you to change your diet to a high protein diet. GERD has been shown by several studies to be significantly reduced by a high protein diet (Meat diet).

 

dream69 - March 29

Obese patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may experience resolution of symptoms utilizing a very low-carbohydrate diet. The mechanism of this improvement is unknown. This studied aimed to prospectively assess changes in distal esophageal acid exposure and GERD symptoms among obese adults initiating a very low-carbohydrate diet. We studied obese individuals with GERD initiating a diet containing less than 20 g/day of carbohydrates. Symptom severity was assessed using the GERD Symptom Assessment Scale--Distress Subscale (GSAS-ds). Participants underwent 24-hr esophageal pH probe testing and initiated the diet upon its completion. Within 6 days, a second pH probe test was performed. Outcomes included changes in the Johnson-DeMeester score, percentage total time with a pH<4 in the distal esophagus, and GSAS-ds scores. Eight participants were enrolled. Mean Johnson-DeMeester score decreased from 34.7 to 14.0 (P=0.023). Percentage time with pH<4 decreased from 5.1% to 2.5% (P=0.022). Mean GSAS-ds score decreased from 1.28 to 0.72 (P=0.0004). These data suggest that a very low-carbohydrate diet in obese individuals with GERD significantly reduces distal esophageal acid exposure and improves symptoms.

 

JJ1 - March 29

I think I am overweight but I am far from "obese". As a matter of fact, at 5'9" tall and 160 lbs. I am within (at the upper end) of what is considered an ideal weight for my height. I think because I have said I like to eat carbs and have complained about weight in my tummy you are picturing me as obese. While I do like carbs I am not stuffing myself on potato chips and ice cream every minute. I have a sweet tooth, but my carbs include whole grains, fruits and starchy beans. I could never stick with an atkins diet that eliminates these foods. So hope that gives you a better picture of me.

 

JJ1 - March 29

I am writing multiple replies to your post to keep one from being too long. Regarding my GERD -- it cannot be cured by diet. It is due to a hiatal hernia that can only be cured by surgery. If I am not on medication, diet can effect the severity, but it does not go away and it bothers me day and night regardless of what I eat. That is why I must take Nexium or other similar medication. My other gastric problems are bloating and gas, irritable bowel syndrome and my stomach is always gurgling and making strange noise. At night it can cramp and be painful and I must use a heating pad to relieve the pain. My three nights of ginger tea have not alleviated any of this.

 

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