When trauma occurs to our bodies (sprained ankle, bumps, bruises) we can visibly see the inflammatory reaction (redness, swelling etcâ€¦). This is the bodyâ€™s way of activating the immune response, to help heal the traumatized area. This same response occurs inside our bodies during times of imbalance.
Chronic inflammation (internally) can result from various causes, but is also common when diets are high in sugar, alcohol and other acidic forming foods. In addition, when our health, nutrition and balance is lacking over a long period of time, inflammation of our stomach, bowels or other organs can begin to create more chronic conditions. Unfortunately, at this advanced point of inflammation is when many Americans finally tune into their health.
There are many anti-inflammatory foods you can consume daily. Turmeric is a bright, yellow spice and has been a powerful natural medicine used in China and India for centuries. One of its primary uses has been as an anti-inflammatory agent to soothe a variety of conditions. It is the potent agent found in turmeric, called curcumin that is the primary reason for its powerful medicinal uses.
Turmeric has been found to be an effective treatment for IBS, Crohnâ€™s and ulcerative colitis, to reduce joint swellingâ€¨ and even lower cholesterolâ€¨ levels. You can cook with the actual Turmeric root and/or take a whole-foods based turmeric powder supplement, daily.
Crazy but true: In numerous studies, curcuminâ€™s anti-inflammatory effects have been shown to be comparable to many potent anti-inflammatory drugs (like hydrocortisone!) as well as other over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pills. However, unlike these drugs that can have toxic effects (ulcer formation, decreased white blood cell count, intestinal bleeding), turmeric produces none of this toxicity. Common sense disclaimer is to check with your doctor before altering any of your medications, but adding some turmeric spice into your cooking can add a benefit to your health, and your pallet!