D, by MwsR
Distracted, so much these days
Things in my mind often replay
So much was lost and so few have stayed
I am sure others have felt this way.
The moments are fleeting
Moments are so much more to me now.
I fully want to live my best life, somehow.
Letting go of bitterness, harbored feelings
Nothing is worth missing out on inner peace
It gives clarity when we release
The pinned up frustrations, the anger, and the strife
These are things that won’t benefit your life
We cannot control things, nor can we predict with certainty
Only God can, we need only focus on his eternity.
When we replay thoughts when things in my revolve around
Remember that they are lessons and trials that we’ve found
Onward and forward, anticipating the future of better
Keeping hold of those things that really matter.
I ponder on things each day
Making a resolution to this life that I will stay
Things will be better another day
I see that nothing stays the same,
Nothing really can,
If we are to learn or flourish.
Some of our greatest battles are fought in our minds
Please don’t walk this world being blind
Stop and seek,
Give and stay meek!
“…lean not unto your own understandings, but in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.”Proverbs 3:5-6
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― George Bernard Shaw
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Imagine if you will
A place where time actually stood still.
A time where all that mattered was gone.
Not saying I had not a home
But a moment to reflect
Time for my soul to recollect
All that had perspired accumulated
Gathered in a sort of moments re-united.
I search no more,
Not in the frozen time warp
I only saw things in perspective
Saw the things around me that I collected
Even people and places and thoughts in no certain order
I would actually say, that mimicked a mental sort of disorder.
But time was on my side
I had no more secrets to hide
I actually felt one with my life
Saw my journey without feeling life’s knife
I paused, as if time was not still
Only to make sure I was not “ill”
And in another instance time resumed
I felt all disoriented and full of gloom
I liked imagining time at a standstill
Just to allow me to reflect as if looking through a windowsill.
If only, I thought, it could be
Then life would had been more special to me
Than cumbersome and such
But if I honest, that would be asking too much.
1. Focus on your diet.
Taming chronic inflammation starts with what you put on the end of your fork. In other words, your best defense to fight inflammation starts with your very next meal or snack. Researchers find that a pro-inflammatory diet significantly increases weight gain and your risk for being overweight or obesity.
The best way to shift that balance is to eat fewer inflammatory foods and much more anti-inflammatory food. The latter include wild-caught fish, loads of nonstarchy vegetables, low-sugar fruit like berries and avocado, raw nuts and seeds, and cultured and fermented foods. Stop and consider, for instance, that our ancestors ate nearly an equal ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids—whereas today we are eating 20 times (sometimes higher) of inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids. We’re eating fewer anti-inflammatory foods, but the inflammatory ones we consume (sometimes from not-so-obvious sources like almond milk or factory-raised eggs) can crowd out the healthy ones.
Take soybean oil, prevalent in pretty much any restaurant you eat, which can decrease the amounts of the anti-inflammatory fatty acids EPA and DHA. Even if you’re avoiding the usual suspects like sugar, gluten, and other high-sensitivity foods I often talk about, inflammatory foods can be slipping into your diet. Grain-fed meats, vegetable oils, roasted nuts and seeds, and pretty much any processed food in your grocery store fuels inflammation.
2. Heal your gut.
You cannot fix inflammation without fixing the gut. When your gut lining is disturbed, it cannot absorb nutrients optimally and inflammation develops. Eventually problems like leaky gut lead to food sensitivities and even autoimmune disease.
A downward spiral occurs as gut inflammation becomes systemic (or full-body) inflammation, creating pain, headaches, and other symptoms that you might never suspect originated in your gut.
Healing gut inflammation requires time and patience. The right protocol eliminates food sensitivities, incorporates plenty of anti-inflammatory foods, and includes gut-supporting nutrients like L-glutamine, probiotics, and prebiotics. Here’s a three-day plan to get you started.
3. Get the right nutrients.
If you’re not eating an anti-inflammatory diet and incorporating other lifestyle strategies delineated here, taking supplements that can lower inflammation won’t help much.
But combined with the right diet, supplements can help tame inflammation. Among the favorites I use in my practice daily are:
- Curcumin: Turmeric is that beautiful yellow-orange spice, but its main claim to fame is curcumin, which provides anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and gut-healing benefits. Sprinkle organic turmeric powder onto all your food, but to get the full anti-inflammatory benefits, consider a concentrated curcumin supplement.
- Fish oil: The two main, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), are important anti-inflammatory promoters in the body that are often deficient in the American diet. Studies have shown that these omega-3s help reduce inflammation in the gut and elsewhere. Make sure you source the right type. I only recommend practitioner-grade supplements.
- Probiotics: These healthy microorganisms support optimal gut-flora balance, but evidence shows they can also reduce inflammation. It’s always best to source a high-potency probiotic from a reputable company that focuses on gut health. Read my guide to choosing probiotics here.
Many of the over 80,000 chemicals we are exposed to daily have not been tested for human safety. They are everywhere: in our furniture as fire retardants, in cosmetics as heavy metals, in our household cleaners as emulsifiers, and in our food as preservatives. These toxins create all sorts of problems. They disrupt our hormonal balance, keep our immune system revved up, and increase our risk for diseases including cancer and autoimmune disease. Chronic inflammation plays a role in all of these problems.
Just like we are all inflamed, we are all toxic. To reduce that toxic load, you’ll want to minimize the toxins you’re exposed to daily that are under your control.
That might mean becoming more mindful about what cosmetics you use, what household cleaners you keep around, and what skin products you spread on your body, as well as drinking clean, filtered water, eating mostly organic plant foods, and if you are a meat eater, mainly consuming clean protein sources like pasture-raised meats.
You’ll also want to eat plenty of detoxifying foods, including leafy and cruciferous greens, along with spices like turmeric. Once or twice a year, consider working with a professional to incorporate a plan that provides your cells the nutrients they require to optimize detoxification. And a gut cleanse is a great way to clean out the pipes and dump some of those accumulated toxins.
5. Move your body.
Research shows that regular exercise protects against chronic low-grade systemic inflammation present in diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. I like to use the word “movement” as opposed to “exercise” because movement encompasses a broader array of activities.
Yours might include yoga, brisk walking, or weight resistance exercises. Research shows high-intensity interval training, which is fast and effective, can reduce the inflammation that contributes to disease like cancer. But remember this—if you’re a CrossFitter or do any high-intensity exercise, then stock up on the anti-inflammatory nutrients I mentioned above. Moderate exercise reduces inflammation, but extreme exercise (like marathon training and Tough Mudders) will increase inflammation.
The important thing is that you do something that challenges your body without abusing its limits.
6. Manage your stress.
Stress is a major and underestimated factor that affects inflammation, even when all other lifestyle behaviors (like diet and exercise) are on point.
Stress increases inflammation, regardless of how good you’re being with your diet. It activates the fight-or-flight response that makes you feel like you’re under attack when you’re not. It can lead to elevated blood pressure, palpitations, and reduced blood flow to the intestines, resulting in poor digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
Some of my patients live under and handle such elevated levels of stress on a daily basis they consider it normal. They have become desensitized to the thought of stress, but their bodies have not been desensitized to the ravages of stress. Essentially, they’ve ceased to notice what a huge impact stress has on their lives. I often point out to my patients how full their plates are and how even if the load they carry (between work and social life) feels “normal,” it shouldn’t be their “normal.”
Forty percent of Americans get less than the seven hours of recommended sleep per night. When compared to the amount of sleep Americans got in 1942, we are getting one hour less per night. That’s outstanding considering modern technology should be making our lives easier, not harder. The problem is the health ramifications of sleep deprivation.
Studies support what I see regularly in my practice: Sleep deprivation can trigger or exacerbate inflammation. Multiple mechanisms are at work here. Sleep loss adversely alters the body’s inflammatory markers, but then you are more prone to make unwise food choices, fuel up on caffeine to get through the morning, and feel more stressed throughout your day with less sleep. Keeping inflammation under control requires eight to nine hours of solid, uninterrupted sleep every night.
Sleep hygiene is important. At least one hour before bedtime, shut down your electronics, block out sleep-disrupting blue light by putting on your blue-spectrum-blocking glasses, dim the lights, and pull up a good book to read (on paper).
Frozen in time>
Thawing from the lies
Happy in memories>
Sad in the truth
Alone in this journey>
Together in the pain
Wallowing in yesterdays>
Letting go for more tomorrows.
Beautiful memories still flow through the brain,
Moments in my mind building like the steam from a train.
I have a few special moments in time
When I keep forever inside my mind.
Things come, as they often do
Feelings so scarce sometimes,
You find it hard almost to hard to believe
Especially when it is your heart on the edge.
Feeling no sense of satisfaction
Wandering around like a little lost dog
Clinging to what is left, often nothing, but still feeling a loss
With forever inside your mind it can still remain
Constantly changing, but still somehow the very same.
It is hard to define what isn’t written in stone
One must interpret for their self and acquire a talent for being bold
Forever can simply be a moment or a lot of years,
There is no exact time-table for listening ears.
I believe forever starts in the heart
Ever moving and ever to expand
Waiting for that final moment you know in your heart of hearts,
Forever it’s okay to land.