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Toni Braxton Discusses How She Improves Her Quality of Life with Lupus on Coast Live

Toni Braxton has partnered up with Uncle Bud's to promote hemp oil for lupus inflammation. Learn about how it has helped her.

Toni Braxton Discusses How She Improves Her Quality of Life with Lupus on Coast Live

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In 2008, Singer Toni Braxton collapsed as she was performing on stage in Las Vegas. She was rushed to the emergency room where doctors originally thought she had suffered from a heart attack, however, tests revealed that the microvalves and small blood vessels in her heart were not receiving enough oxygen. After this, she underwent further tests and blood work, which later led to a diagnosis of lupus.

Lupus is a lifelong, incurable disease where the immune system attacks healthy tissues. Almost 1.5 million Americans, mainly women, have lupus and it can cause rashes, joint pain, and inflammation of the heart, lungs and other organs. Some of those with lupus, Braxton notes, have lupus symptoms that affect the skin and scalp, but for her, it was all internal. Lupus as attacked her heart and there is little doctors can do about it.

Toni Braxton has learned to manage her lupus with medication, lifestyle changes, and heart-healthy habits. She uses a metabolism-revving diet not to lose weight, but to help her make better food choices. Braxton exercises daily and does gentle workouts like walking on the treadmill or around her neighborhood. She knows her limits, and she avoids overdoing the exercises.

There are times when Braxton experiences lupus flare-ups or the symptoms return with a vengeance. In December of 2012, Toni was hospitalized with a lupus flare-up up that caused blood clots.  The crisis challenged her health and almost ended her career.

“The doctors said performing wasn’t something I should do,” Braxton reveals. Retirement was not an option for her, and she became depressed.

As Braxton struggled with lupus and dark depression, her friends and family had an intervention for her. They said, “We’ve got to get her out of this phase.” Braxton discloses that she was scared about her health problems, but her support system was determined to help her live a full and productive life. They gave her back her enthusiasm.

Toni’s Solution: Partnering with "Uncle Bud"

Toni struggles with lupus every day, and it is not easy. The Grammy Award-winning singer told interviewers that maintaining her schedule and keeping up with lupus isn’t always possible.

 “Some days I can’t balance it all. I just have to lay in bed,” she said. “Pretty much when you have lupus you feel like you have the flu every day. But some days you get through relax in bed today. I kind of take it easy.”

Work is particularly challenging when trying to manage lupus, but Toni uses her audience appeal to help her get through a performance. She asks her fans to sing her songs when she is performing. “They help out a little bit without realizing it,” she exclaims.

Toni fights through her lupus when she performs, but she has never let her condition cause her to cancel a show. “I’ve never done that. Even if I can’t perform, I still figure it out,” she said. “Sometimes I look back [at] that evening [and] I go, ‘How did I get through that?’”

To fight her pain, Toni tried different solutions before landing on Uncle Bud’s natural, hemp infused products. Toni Braxton is now the brand partner for Uncle Bud's. She believes in the product and uses temp-healthy products for pain relief, skin and personal care. Uncle Bud’s is safe and utilizes the brand’s proprietary formulation called CANATREX™. Uncle Bud’s products are very great for both men and women.

What Is Uncle Bud’s?

Uncle Bud’s was co-created by Garrett Greller, who suffered from arthritis in his knees, hips, back, and ankles for years. He spent thousands of dollars on over-the-counter and prescribed medications that had an unpleasant side effect or didn’t work.

Greller didn’t want to be in pain forever, so he began a search for a natural -based solution that provided relief. He discovered that hemp oil is a natural pain-relieving remedy for joint pain, muscle pain, and arthritis. Greller’s products are FDA-approved, and many pain sufferers use and love his Uncle Bud’s Topical Pain Reliever. Greller’s company, Uncle Bud’s, has now expanded into six products steeped with hemp oil.

Toni Braxton battles lupus by making healthy lifestyle choices and relieving her pain with Uncle Bud’s alongside safe, over-the-counter medication.

 “Lupus is a part of who I am, but I’m not going to let it define my life,” explains Braxton. “I’ve had to make changes, of course, but I still want to perform and do what I love. Healthy alterations to my lifestyle, including using safe, natural pain-relief products like Uncle Bud’s, make this possible without debilitating side effects.”

Every product with Uncle Bud’s name on it is infused with antioxidant-rich hemp oil and vitamins. The products provide help for aches and skin conditions that affect active people – even seniors.

Uncle Bud’s products include:

  • Uncle Bud’s Topical Pain Reliever. Rub in this fast-acting pain reliever that penetrates deep to relieve aches and pains. Uncle Bud claims that his topical pain reliever is better than any other over-the-counter pain relief product on the market.
  • Uncle Bud’s Hand & Foot Cream. This fast-absorbing cream is formulated with moisturizers to help restore dry, flaky skin on hands and feet.
  • Uncle Bud’s Bodywash is coconut-scented and made with antioxidants, plus it has refreshing, cleansing and restoring ingredients that leave your skin hydrated and glowing.
  • Uncle Bud’s Sunburn Soother takes away the discomfort and pain from sunburn, insect bites, and overall dry skin. Uncle Bud’s Sunburn Soother is cooling and is a blend of hemp oil and aloe vera.
  • Uncle Bud’s Massage & Body Oil relieves aches and pains. It is a fast-absorbing, coconut-scented oil.
  • Uncle Bud’s Belize Seaweed Detoxifying Mask will moisturize your skin with agave-scented facial mask formulated with antioxidants and seaweed. It leave you

What Is Hemp Oil and How Do You Use It?

Hemp oil is a type of vegetable oil and a blend of cannabinoids that is emollient and nutritious. It relieves aching areas and lowers inflammation by absorbing rapidly. Hemp oil calms the nerves that communicate pain to your brain. The oil interacts with the endocannabinoid system and provides protection against inflammation and calms pain through an anti-inflammatory process. The amazing healing properties in hemp is due to the CBD compound.

You can use hemp oil for pain relief with few, if any, side effects but beware of using the oil in large amounts, or you may experience:

Read the label on hemp oil products for the recommended dosage. Only use hemp oil or hemp oil products for the prescribed duration to relieve pain and inflammation. Also, always make sure to consult your doctor before using hemp oil.

Hemp oils provide a fast healing process when applied to a warm area. Warmth leads to deeper penetration into aching muscles. The oil can also be mixed with essential oils to help soothe away the pain.

In a nutshell, the benefits of hemp oil for treating chronic pain include:

  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Muscle relaxant.
  • Helps with sleeping patterns.
  • Reduces anxiety.
  • Works on lowering depression.
  • Takes away the "touch" fear.
  • Reduces PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder).
  • Non-psychotropic.
  • Easy to use.

Cannabis is one of the oldest, domesticated crops and has been used for centuries in industrial and medical fields. The sturdy plants are grown to make a variety of foods, oils, textiles, and ropes. Plants were bred from other plants with similar properties, and this led to a type of cannabis called hemp.

Don’t worry. The THC content, or the cannabinoids that cause the high in marijuana, is not present in hemp.