I recently was listening to NPR one day in the car, and happened to hear an interview of a researcher and professor of psychiatry at the University of Cambridge, Edward Bullmore, talk about his recent book, “The Inflamed Mind: A Radical New Approach to Depression.” I was immediately taken in by his story and research. I’ve ordered his book and have it sitting on my desk to read.
What I was immediately taken by, however, was the idea that inflammation can be the root cause of so many types of issues in our bodies - not just pain, not just weight gain, but also psychosis! This hit me like a ton of bricks. I have a bad knee - I injured it well over 2 decades ago, I’ve had reconstructive surgery on it, and I live with it. But I know when the weather changes. I know when I haven’t had enough water to drink. I know when I’ve had too many carbohydrates to eat. My knee tells me.
What I started paying attention to after this NPR broadcast, was my mood. Was I irritable? Was I happy? Was I being loving with my children and husband, or was I snapping at them for little things? My 7 year old son is reading a book series called “TOAST” - the Theory Of All Small Things - so I’ve had the “little things” on my mind a lot recently. I am by no means a medical professional - so this is all based on my own observations.
But, what I began to realize was that when I am eating my best, drinking plenty of water, and working out regularly, my mood was much better. SHOCKER! Not really. This goes without saying. What I found was taking my mood to the next level in terms of being a much happier person, was when I was doing the “Skinny Jean Challenge” for 2 weeks. I. Felt. Amazing. I had energy. I had a clear, focused head. I had stamina in my workouts. I had motivation to accomplish a lot of items on my never-ending to-do list. I was bubbly and happy. I am already a smiler, but I was really smiling! My hormones were stable. My cycle was better. I. Felt. Good!
So. Looking at what I was taking for this Skinny Jean Challenge: Yarrow / Pom, Frankincense, Turmeric, Black Pepper, and Pink Pepper, along with DoTERRA’s Lifelong Vitality Supplements and Mito 2 Max. These oils and supplements have a lot of different properties and benefits, but what was overwhelmingly consistent is their ability to reduce inflammation and balance hormones. The side effect was also great, I won’t lie. I lost 8 pounds. BONUS!!
But what does this have to do with Edward Bullmore’s “The Inflamed Mind”? The answer is Everything! The more research is done on inflammation, the more we are understanding the root causes of it and how it effects our bodies. I stumbled on a fantastic side-effect in this Skinny Jean Challenge - a reduction in inflammation. Next time I do the challenge, I would love to actually get some measurable stats in terms of inflammation markers in my body and how they change during the challenge. In Bullmore’s NPR interview, he said if you are looking to reduce inflammation in your body, he wouldn’t rush out to the nearest doctor and get a prescription, or start taking Ibuprofen around the clock, because you never know about the side effects of these prescription drugs - either positive OR negative. But, what he would recommend is looking at ways of reducing inflammation on a regular basis.
For me, this means continuing to eat well, drink more water (yes, with a drop or two of my essential oils in my water), and exercise regularly. I do this already. The next step for me, then, in keeping the inflammation low in my body, is making sure I take certain essential oils internally each day (ONLY CPTG DoTERRA Essential Oils). I won’t be doing the Skinny Jean Challenge non-stop because I don’t want to overload my liver, but I will be continuing to take a couple of these oils internally each day. In a short-term challenge, I stumbled on some unexpected results, and I’m excited for what this could mean for my long-term physical and mental health. I will be reading Bullmore’s book very soon to learn more about his research, but in the meantime, I’ll be using my oils to keep the inflammation down, and my mood up.
P.S. I’d love to talk with you about what oils I am taking internally. Message me - let’s talk!