7 Steps to Heal Issues with Raynaud’s Disease


Raynaud’s disease is a condition that not many doctors and scientists understand yet. Some researchers even call it a phenomenon because it is difficult to track and trace. It’s typically not a life-threatening disease but the symptoms can cause pain and discomfort. 

What is Raynaud’s?

Raynaud’s disease is an autoimmune condition affecting the blood vessels in the fingers and toes. This disease is characterized by episodes of vasospasms. A Vasospasm is when blood vessels are constricted and blood flow is restricted, usually to the fingers and toes. In rare cases, Raynaud’s can affect the nose, ears, nipples, or lips. Vasospasms typically occur when a person is feeling emotional stress or exposed to something cold or cold weather. The affected area may numb and turn white or blue when circulation is lost. When circulation returns, the affected area will turn red. Unfortunately, the process of rewarming is often painful. 

There are two types of Raynaud’s, primary and secondary. Primary Raynaud’s is the less severe version but there is no known cause of this type. Researchers describe it as occurring on its own with no known reason. Secondary Raynaud’s is typically a symptom of another autoimmune condition such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, or Sjogren’s syndrome.

Symptoms, Causes, and risk factors for Raynaud’s 

Raynaud attacks can last anywhere from less than a minute to hours and they can affect just one finger or toe or all of them. If you have primary Raynaud’s, you may find that the same fingers or toes on each side of your body are affected at the same time. If you have secondary Raynaud’s, you may have symptoms on one or both sides of your body. 

Along with vasospasms and discolored fingers or toes, other symptoms of Raynaud’s includes:

  • Muscle pain
  • Feelings of cold and numbness, loss of sensation in affected areas
  • Redness, tingling, throbbing, or burning 
  • Skin sores or gangrene in severe Raynaud’s 
  • Low circulation
  • Drops in body temperature 

People with primary Raynaud’s usually feel a drop in body temperature in the affected region, but little pain. Those who have secondary Raynaud’s often experience severe pain, numbness, and tingling in the fingers or toes. The rewarming process begins after your circulation improves, but your fingers and toes may not feel warm for 15 minutes or more after circulation is restored.

Causes and risk factors of secondary Raynaud’s disease include:

  • Certain medications such as beta-blockers, blood pressure medications, migraine medications, cancer medications, birth control pills, and cold and cough syrup. These types of medications have substances that can slow your heart rate and reduce or restrict blood flow in some manner. 
  • Smoking. The nicotine increases a person’s risk of Raynaud’s. The act of smoking also creates plaque in the blood vessels.
  • Poor diet. Poor food choices can also contribute to plaque in your arteries and restricts your blood flow. 
  • Gut inflammation. When your gut is inflamed or has more bad bacteria than good bacteria, it can cause plaque buildup and restrict blood flow. 
  • Stress. Unmanaged stress can cause negative stress responses which affect our heart rate, blood pressure, and blood flow. 
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome or actions that cause nerve damage to nerves that control arteries linked to the hands and feet.

Natural Steps to Heal Raynaud’s 

Medical treatment of both primary and secondary Raynaud includes lifestyle changes, medicines, shots, and in severe rare cases, surgery to reduce attacks. Drug and medicine treatments include calcium channel blockers, alpha-blockers, skin creams, or ACE inhibitors. However, these drugs can also restrict blood flow. Here are some natural lifestyle changes that you can make in order to heal or lessen the severity of your Raynaud’s.

Electrolytes 

With conditions like Raynaud’s, it is not unusual for a person’s potassium to sodium balance to be altered. In order to restore your potassium sodium balance, it’s important to get more electrolytes through healthy sea salt. You can also get more potassium through dark leafy greens. Livingood Daily Energyze is an easy and convenient way to restore electrolytes, potassium, and sodium that the body needs. 

B Vitamins 

B vitamins like B3 are going to help the nerves that constrict and expand the vessels. The Livingood Daily Multi-Vitamin and Livingood Daily Collagen + Multi are formulated with methylated B vitamins so that your body doesn’t have to work to convert them.

Gut Reset

A leaky or inflamed gut affects every single organ in your body, including your heart, arteries, and blood vessels. The environment of your gut has to be addressed. The gut reset in the Livingood Daily Lifestyle is a 21-day Protocol that will help to get microbes, metals, and toxic things that could be restricting your blood flow out of your body for better functioning and blood flow. 

Temperature

To prevent vasospasm, it’s important to protect your body temperature especially if you live in a colder region. Use synthetic heat like saunas or steam showers. Exercise or rebounding is also a great way to raise your body temperature while also reducing inflammation. 

Manage Stress 

Stress causes blood constriction and makes Raynaud’s worse. You can start with your sleep to help reduce stress since poor sleeping habits are a major cause of reduced blood flow. Breathing exercises and adaptogenic herbs such as ashwagandha and Rhodiola will also help your body manage its response to stress. The Livingood Daily De-Stress supplement is a great way to get in herbs that can help you create more positive responses to stress and improve sleeplessness. 

Reduce Inflammation 

Removing foods that inflame your body is a major way to support any type of health condition, especially Raynaud’s. Avoiding foods like sugar, processed packaged foods, rancid oils, and white flour will greatly decrease inflammation. The Make Food Simple book provides simple and easy recipes to help you maintain an anti-inflammatory approach to eating.

Avoid Drugs

Lastly, avoid blood-restricting drugs such as beta-blockers, estrogen drugs, birth control meds, migraine meds, and cold/cough medicines. They all restrict blood flow in some manner and can trigger Raynaud’s. Luckily, reducing inflammation, managing your stress, and exercising will help you to avoid these drugs!

Summary

Raynaud’s can be a difficult condition, with attacks occurring with the change of weather or emotional state but with lifestyle changes that reduce inflammation and increase blood flow and taking measures to protect your body temperature, it is a condition that can be healed!

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