Goji Berries for Chronic Illness

I’ve written a bit before about my son, Gabe, and his health issues.Ā  One aspect we deal with is the ups and downs that occur with his health.Ā  He has allergies and a very sensitive immune system.Ā  Allergens seem to have a massive systemic affect on him and of course, his skin problems.Ā  He had been doing really, really well this summer but I wasĀ dreadingĀ this time of year because it has always been very hard on him.Ā  Here, in Minnesota, the ragweed gets really bad through late August and September.Ā  The ragweed affects him terribly.Ā  So much that we have to shut up the house and run two big air purifiers 24/7.

As August stretched on and Gabe continued to go downhill, it dawned on us that he was in no shape to go to school.Ā  The allergens triggered a big flare with his skin.Ā  Areas that had been healed for a long time became red and flakey and painful again.Ā  He deals with a lot of pain every day to the point that we have little bottles of children’s ibuprofen stashed around the house. Ā Image may contain: 1 person

I signed him up for an online school, because I was not about the make him suffer through another school year.Ā  Last year was pretty bad.Ā  He spent so many days quietly suffering while trying to be a “normal kid”.Ā  He had something crazy like 47 absences.Ā  This year we are going to give him the break that he needs.Ā  I’m his learning coach and his caregiver so I won’t have as much time to blog.

But I absolutely will continue to research all things health and natural wellness.Ā  In an attempt to help my son (and myself!) and whoever happens across my blog.

What has been helping Gabe the most lately has been…*drumroll*ā€¦ goji berry powder!Ā  I got mineĀ here.Ā Ā I actually bought it back in February but didn’t do much with it.Ā  I was keto with a vengeance and once I realized it had carbs, it gotĀ shelved. Ā I was organizing my kitchen cupboards awhile back and rediscovered it and figured I should give it another shot.Ā  I started making “recovery drinks” or post workout drinks with coffee, ice, collagen powder, a heaping tablespoon goji powder, a tablespoon of raw cocoa, pyure sweetener and a bit of milk.Ā 20180913_1401202792594796765434391.jpg The shake isĀ so good.Ā  Not only does it taste amazing but it’s jam-packed with antioxidants. and a bit of protein from the collagen.Ā  I noticed I felt really amazing after drinking it and was experiencing less soreness after workouts.

So yesterday, when Gabe was just dragging and too tired to even do school work, I decided to whip up a fruit smoothie with a secret scoop of goji powder included.Ā  He sucked down his smoothie (goji, while not super tasty on it’s own, blends really well with other flavors) and wasĀ bouncing off the walls for hours. Ā It was really wonderful to see him happy and full of energy again.Ā  He’s had a really rough month.Ā  He got all his work done and even some extra stuff.

It’s definitely something I’ll incorporate into his regular routine.Ā  I’m also going to look into Indian Gooseberry, or “Amla” because it is like Goji berry onĀ steroids. Ā 

Here is some moreĀ more info on the amazing health promoting effects of goji berries.Ā  You can add it to coffee, yogurt, smoothies.Ā  I even used it as the “flour” in some dark chocolate brownies.Ā  They wereĀ amazing and had a flavor like the brookside acai chocolates but richer and more complex.Ā  Maybe I’ll post a recipe in the future šŸ˜‰