Bouncing back from surgery

I have been quite fortunate for most of my life to avoid surgery. There are only two exceptions: Emergency c-section at BC Women’s Hospital in Vancouver in November of 2016 and gum replacement surgery in September of 2019. In both cases, the outcomes were positive. And in both, I believe they were successful because of a combination of nutrition, natural supplementation and an active lifestyle.

The second of my two surgeries came less than a year ago. It involved the dreaded anticipation of gum surgery, which I was having performed on me for the first time. It was a bigger deal for me than most simply because I had so little experience with surgery. Outside of the c-section three years before, I have never had any other form of surgery. No broken bones. No cartilage or tendon damage. No removal of my appendix nor any issues with my tonsils.

Being in tune with my own healing process

In the days before the dental surgery, I was prepared for how uncomfortable it would be and told to expect to look like a chipmunk – with full-blown swelling — afterwards. Needless to say, I wasn’t looking forward to it – I was stressed! The upside was that I was entirely focused on taking care of myself and in tune with my own healing process.

This time, I faithfully took PURICA Recovery 3.0 – the “next generation” of PURICA Recovery – in the days following my surgery and literally felt the results. Not only did it noticeably mitigate the pain, making the discomfort much less than I had anticipated, but it was also a much faster recovery than projected. On my next check-up, the dentist was impressed with my healing, claiming that it was much quicker than most.

In the holistic world of wellness, I resist pointing to any one single factor as THE reason for something. There’s no doubt that my overall nutrition was good and as an active living person, I was helped by going into the gum replacement surgery in decent shape and with a good hiking routine and gym regimen behind me.  Yet there is also no question in my mind that natural supplementation made such a huge difference for me.

Stress relief as the key to wellness

My RHN training, combined with my time at PURICA, has taught me that stress relief, healing damage and relieving inflammation are among the keys to health and wellness. All three are achieved by PURICA Recovery 3.0. It works on the strength of organic chaga and ashwagandha (Sensoril®) and the powerful antioxidant Curcumin 30% BDMC, which provides 30 times the 1% found in most regular Curcumin extracts.

I now know first-hand the benefits of targeting the stress response. PURICA Recovery 3.0 delivers more than just fast pain and inflammation relief, but actual healing. It works by combating inflammation and supporting joint health by reducing cortisol and c-reactive protein levels, both of which are typically triggered by stress. With Curcumin 30% BDMC as one of its signature ingredients, PURICA Recovery 3.0 has been shown to provide rapid relief from pain and inflammation.

It works in three principal ways, by providing stress relief (anti-stress), healing damage at the cellular level (anti-catabolic) and by delivering rapid relief of inflammation (anti-inflammatory). While regular curcumin only inhibits Nuclear Factor Kappa-B, PURICA Recovery 3.0 comprehensively combats inflammation from two target protein markers; MSK1 (mitogen-and stress-activated protein kinase 1) and KF-KB. PURICA Recovery 3.0 also helps control electrolyte balance, sleeplessness, irritability, and lack of concentration. It’s a simple but important reminder that sleep and rest support the body’s natural recovery and repair functions.

I’m of course only one of the many case studies and testimonials supporting the efficacy of PURICA Recovery 3.0 and how it brings together Curcumin 30% BDMC, the medicinal mushroom chaga, the ayurvedic herb ashwagandha, magnesium, vitamin C and some of the other ingredients found in the original PURICA Recovery Extra Strength. Yet the rapid recovery from my gum surgery in 2019 only underlines the importance of nutrition, exercise…and natural supplementation. Whether or not I have more surgeries in my future, I will remain committed to achieving that natural balance by giving myself every opportunity to mitigate the stress that is part of life.

Tawnya Ritco, R.H.N., is Director of Education for PURICA and promotes natural health education and finds inspiration in the connection between nutrition, lifestyle, and vitality.

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