While The Inflamed Mind does not itself delve into solutions to inflammation, what I find produces results in my clinic are nutrition measures including reducing pro-inflammatory foods such as ultra-processed foods and refined sugar from the diet and increasing fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes. Not everyone seems to drink enough water, and little extra water every day can also help. I check vitamin D levels as well as the patient’s iron stores (called ferritin). I may also carry out stool, urine or blood testing to see if any infection could be causing the inflammation. I often add in gut health support such as probiotics and fermented foods, such as yoghurt and kefir. Omega 3, found in oily fish, is important for keeping inflammation under control and so I encourage eating oily fish 3-4 times a week; and may suggest supplementing with a fish oil until the inflammation is better controlled. Anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric and ginger are also useful, and these are easily added to food and drinks.
Married 25 yrs with 2 girls ages 16, 12. I met my husband when I was 24 and very insecure. I am a highschool dropout and he was on his way to law school so I believed his word was gospel since HE was educated. he had no interest in my life so I gave up my interests and most of my friends. I stayed home for 15 years to raise the kids and just recently found a job that pays very little with no benefits. My lack of degree and unemployment for 15 years made it difficult to find even this menial job. I’m afraid to divorce because I am unable to support myself and his salary isn’t enough to support 2 households. Feeling trapped and alone.
Depression is often accompanied by a variety of physical symptoms. One of the most powerful physical changes accompanying depression is impaired sleep. Usually this involves an inability to get enough sleep because the person has difficulty falling asleep, repeatedly wakes during the night, or awakens much too early. Sometimes the person sleeps too much or experiences fatigue so pervasive that they can never seem to get enough sleep. When the person does not awake feeling refreshed and rested, it becomes harder to face the day. Depressed people may lack energy and feel exhausted by everyday activities. They may have trouble focusing on tasks and staying alert. This is a particular problem for those who work long hours or alternating shifts.