Inflammation – The Not So Silent Killer, and How to Reduce It
Inflammation is literally a killer. Most of us think of inflammation as something that happens when a wound gets infected, or a joint hurts. This is true, but it’s like comparing an ice cube to an iceberg. Inflammation is a persistent and constant companion that nearly all humans live with every day, though they may not know it. There are ways to reduce it, though, and live a much healthier and happier life as a result.
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is a part of the body’s immune response,and part of the body’s attempt at self-protection in removing harmful stimuli. It helps to begin the healing process. Without inflammation, the body could not heal wounds or infections. If it’s so helpful, and we need it, why do we want to reduce it? Because inflammation doesn’t always stop when it should, and we end up with chronic inflammation, which can lead to all sorts of negative conditions, such as different types of cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, and other harmful disorders. Chronic inflammation is what we are worried about.
Reducing Chronic Inflammation
There are many differing types of chronic inflammation, including asthma, ulcers, rheumatoid arthritis, Chron’s disease, sinusitis, and others. There are many ways to reduce chronic inflammation, though they have their own side effects. Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen, and acetaminophen, are effective remedies in the short term, but over long termuse, they can cause ulcers, kidney damage, liver toxicity, and increase the risk of having a stroke or heart attack. Cortisol steroid hormones stop or slow a number of mechanisms involved in inflammation, though again, they can have unfortunate long-term effects. They can cause Cushing’s syndrome, high blood pressure, low blood potassium levels, potential connective tissue weakness, and pH level problems. Fortunately, there are more natural remedies that can help reduce chronic inflammation.
Turmeric is pretty much a wonder spice. In its powdered form, it is made from the Turmeric rhizome, (i.e. a continuously growing horizontal underground stem that puts out lateral shoots and adventitious roots at intervals) and taking a daily dose of it can help reduce inflammation. The curcumin in it is often more effective in reducing inflammation than prescription medication. Ginger also reduces inflammation and has been used for thousands of years for that purpose, the same as Turmeric. Because they do so in different ways, they are complimentary and more effective when taken together.
How Can I Benefit?
There are a number of ways to take Turmeric and Ginger, some more effective than others. When consuming them, you need to take about 1.4 mg/lb of weight, which usually ends up being between one and seven grams a day, split into three or four doses. This ends up being quite a bit to cook with or take orally as a powder though. Ginger is recommended to take no more than four grams daily, though again, this may be quite a bit for some people. It all matters how you wish to do things. For bio-absorption purposes, these amounts are the effective doses.
Is There an Easier Way?
Yes. Turmeric and Ginger are very biocompatible and complement each other very well. They also can have their respective bio-uptakes increased by up to two thousand percent with a compound called BioPerine. This high-quality extract of black pepper increases the bioavailability of both Turmeric and Ginger. Combined in a soft gelcap form, you can take just two capsules a day with a meal to get all the Turmeric and Ginger your body needs to seriously fight inflammation. There are no known long-term side effects of taking either of these wonder compounds, making them a much safer and healthier alternative than over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs or steroids.
Live a Better Life
One of the big problems we live with every day in inflammation of our digestive tracts. We get more inflammation there than we know about, and this can lead to all sorts of problems, including obesity, which is a gateway problem to a whole host of others. Reducing this inflammation, and perhaps taking probiotics as well to keep the flora of your digestive tract healthy and happy, will change the way you feel and help your body. Get back on track toward great health today, fight inflammation, and make sure you get that Turmeric and Ginger!