As we enter into yet another holiday season (Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!), our diets inevitably become deluged with not so healthy choices. But let's face it, it's just two months of "junking out"! For some, it may be the onslaught of sweets and other highly inflammatory carbohydrates. For me, and my family, it's the processed meats and cheeses, seafood and pasta dishes. BUT, we usually consider this the exception, rather than the routine of daily consumption. Nevertheless, these foods can increase the signals of pain to our brains and leave us suffering miserably. My general habit is to increase greens and fiber whenever possible when I dine on less than optimal calories; this helps to raise the body's pH level and thus reduce inflammation.
"A second compound, honokiol, extracted from the Magnolia tree, operates in the central nervous system to affect how our brains perceive pain."
The results that you encounter may be better than what you are experiencing with some of the pain medications that you are taking, without the side effects. As always, be sure to consult with any doctors who have prescribed you medication of any kind to be sure that there are no contraindications!
Thank you each for your words of encouragement, kind gestures and prayers over the past year. Twelve months ago, I never would have dreamed that such a drastic change in life would occur! My admonishment to those I've engaged in conversation about sickness and loss is to make sure you treat your spouse everyday as if it might be your last, and, if you've been planning a bucket list, take care of it now, a little at a time, so that there will be fewer regrets. I can honestly confess that my regrets are few, but being an OCD, family oriented individual, I certainly wish there were none!
Again, Have a Happy and Thankful Thanksgiving, as well as a Merry Christmas!
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