Inflammation develops anywhere in the body (spots of pain, sinusitis, recurring colds, IBS, etc.) or all over the body (skin rash, psoriasis, mucous membranes, the whole digestive tract, the respiratory tract, sore muscles all over the body, painful joints, fibromyalgia, lupus, chronic fatigue, poor immunity, even brain issues such as depression).
Inflammation rises with stress, as we produce more cortisol (the adrenal hormone), which is toxic to the brain, the immune system, and the whole body.
Many of us live with chronic stress and high cortisol levels.
Stress is not only about pressures at work, worries in the Nightly News, financial anxiety, strife in relationships, and “exterior” stuff.
Stress is also about interior stuff, all the ways that we are not following our heart, all the ways that we feel inner conflict and unhappiness.
To drop stress and inflammation, we address our whole body-mind-spirit.
The Body needs:
+ movement: moderate steady exercise (normalizes cortisol and more)
+ anti-inflammatory foods (see below),
+ balanced minerals (most of us need more magnesium, potassium, zinc),
+ restorative sleep
The Mind needs:
+ time for relaxation,
+ meditation and balance.
The Spirit needs to
+ let go of disturbing illusions,
+ bask in the safety of its eternal nature (meditation),
+ follow its unique path,
+ follow the compass of your enjoyment,
+ do what you love and love what you do.
If you are living with inflammation or even with a bad cold, you’ll notice how some foods backfire and make you feel worse. That would be sweets, refined carbs, snack carbs, sodas, sweet drinks, highly processed foods like hot dogs and sausages, saturated fats, high-fat dairy, and greasy foods.
Quit all sugar and junk foods, and pour on the veggies. See what happens.
- Studies show we can curb inflammation by eating more leafy greens, salads, kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, bright berries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, avocados, peppers, tomatoes, olive oil.
- Whole grains, fiber, and beans help reduce inflammation. The flora of your microbiome require fiber to thrive and give you a stronger immune system.
- At least twice a week eat anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like salmon and tuna, also found in flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, avocados.
- All vegetables are anti-inflammatory, so boost your vegetable intake.
- Every day take advantage of the strongest anti-inflammatory foods such as garlic, ginger, curcumin, turmeric, capsaicin (in chili peppers), flax, almonds, apples (high in pectin). (Yup, an apple a day . . .)
These fantastic foods help you feel better, but don’t lose sight of the long-lasting benefits of balancing your mind and spirit.
Even a one-minute daily habit of mindfulness meditation will uplift your outlook and reduce your stress.
Get outside and move – “Make movement your medicine,” says my friend Stacey LaPlante, who teaches Foundation Training, the core work I love.
Tell us, what has improved your health?
How do you like to drop your inflammation?
Diane does Biofield Tuning, Chakra Repair and Balancing, energy healing, health coaching, and gives you practical ways to lift your wellbeing. Make a appointment in Phoenix or Fountain Hills. Inquire about our healing class, Tuesday evenings in Phoenix, and free meditation classes on Mondays in Fountain Hills.
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