In mid-May I began inhaling Benchmark Thyme essential oil in my nebulizer. For two and a half weeks I inhaled 3 drops of the oil mixed with 3mL of normal saline and nebulized it twice a day. By the end of this 2.5 week trial period I noticed a significant improvement in my lung and overall health. Of the oils I have used so far, Benchmark Thyme (BT) is probably my single favorite. In the two weeks before starting BT I was inhaling a combo of eucalyptus and tea tree oils. Although these oils kept me from declining back to pre-essential oil levels, when I began using thyme I could notice a difference. My main lung bug is MRSA, and since BT is specifically formulated to target MRSA infections, I believe this is why it has been so effective for me.
I've been looking for a simple Scandishake alternative for a while now. As you know, the Scandishake (the ubiquitous CF weight gain shake) is full of toxic substances like sugar (sucrose), corn syrup solids, hydrogenated vegetable oils, denatured milk compounds, artificial flavors, and preservatives. If you don't have trouble digesting your food already, drinking a Scandishake will ensure than your GI tract is inflamed and unhappy!
So what we need is an all-natural, whole foods alternative that matches the Scandishake (and other weight gain shakes) in its caloric content, fat content, and protein content. In the past I've focused on creating fat-heavy, high-calorie green smoothies based on fatty nuts like macadamias. But they are kind of hard to digest, they are a meal in and of themselves, and affordable macadamias are hard to find. Plus, they are not very high in protein, and I wanted to create a high-calorie shake that would double as a protein shake as a post-workout option. So I came up with this delicious concoction.
Mica is a clinical herbalist specializing in cystic fibrosis, severe respiratory diseases, nutrition and digestion, diabetes and blood sugar disregulation, immune disregulation, and much more. Through their own personal experiences with chronic illness, they are passionate about empowering people to take charge of their own health with natural, holistic, and integrative approaches. Please ask questions or share what's worked for you!
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