Paula Abdul, the choreographer, singer and former American Idol judge, rose to fame over 30 years ago. However, along with her many successes, she was secretly struggling with a chronic pain condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD) that first began with a cheerleading accident she experienced in her teens. This painful condition manifests as unexplained intense pain caused by damaged nerves, placing the body in a state of constant inflammation. It took years of surgeries and other treatments before Paula was properly diagnosed with RSD. For more on RSD, click here.
In general, everyone can benefit by decreasing inflammation, which is tied to many diseases more common than RSD, such as diabetes, irritable bowel disease, arthritis and cancer.
Here are some ways to control inflammation in your body:
- Take omega-3 fatty acids.
- Eliminate or, at least, cut down on alcohol, nicotine and caffeine.
- Try to adhere mainly to a plant-based diet.
- Replace refined sugar with healthy sugar substitutes, such as stevia.
- Increase your vitamin B12 intake with a supplement or B12-rich foods, such as poultry, seafood and eggs.
In coping with her illness, as well as staying on top of her game as a performer, Paula has learned a lot about diet, supplements and health. Now, she wants to help other women look and feel their best. Here are some of her top beauty and health secrets.
Paula Abdul’s Favorite Age-Defying Secrets
Paula’s Comforting Green Drink
Drink this soothing, nutrient-dense beverage every morning or whenever you want a healthy snack. It will fill you up and help reduce inflammation.