Now of course turmeric is not a drug. However, let’s look at how the body loves and uses turmeric and the many benefits of this amazing natural herb which many tout as liquid gold.
So, what is Turmeric?
Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. This herb contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties. It is used in many different supplements and products either as a standalone supplement or mixed with other powerful herbs and spices like cayenne, for example.
Turmeric is known to improve digestion, relieve gas and bloating, cleanse and strengthen the liver and gallbladder, relieve arthritis, reduce depression, skin healing, treat and prevent sinus or ear infections, heartburn, headaches. Turmeric is classified as having medicinal properties. One of the main ingredients derived from it is called Curcumin. This ingredient is most active in Turmeric and has very powerful anti-inflammatory effects while being a great anti-oxidant.
Inflammation in the body can be good and bad. Having short-term inflammation is good because it helps the body protect itself from harmful bacteria and repairing the body when damage is inflicted. However, inflammation for a long period of time is something to be very careful of. Chronic inflammation plays a large role in the body. The body is susceptible to all sorts of disease including cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.
How does the body get inflamed?
Every day we expose our bodies to a number of harmful conditions either intentionally or not. Having a poor diet, stress of any kind, lack of exercise, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption or pollution from the air we breathe can all lead to the body being inflamed. Being mindful of what you put your body through will ultimately help you take the next step to a better lifestyle and healthy living.
There are so many different components to life and most of the time we don’t have it all together. If you know you have poor eating habits or don’t exercise enough, you can make changes. Making these shifts to eat better and add exercise into your daily routine will take time and consistent effort on your part to fit into your life. For most people, it takes a lot of mental and physical energy to schedule going to the gym or take the time to make healthy choices for the grocery list because of how hectic life is. When it comes to health, there should for no excuse of why you aren’t eventually getting these things into place. Put aside the time to put you and your family first for the best, healthy choices. By doing so, your body thanks you at the end of the day instead of having health complications and paying later at the doctor’s office and pharmacy.
The easiest way to get started with this is by taking baby steps. Conquer small portions of what you want to accomplish one step or goal at a time. Whether it is reducing the stress in your life, adding exercise, or quit smoking, make little, healthy choices every day. Making it small will help you remember easier and the more consistent you are the easier it will be to make it a habit.
If you know inflammation is a problem and you would like to incorporate something beneficial into your life as a “baby step,” Turmeric is great first step to take.
Who shouldn’t take it:
WebMD: Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with TURMERIC. Turmeric might slow blood clotting. Taking turmeric along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Some medications that slow blood clotting include:
- clopidogrel (Plavix),
- diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others),
- ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others),
- naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others),
- dalteparin (Fragmin),
- enoxaparin (Lovenox),
- warfarin (Coumadin),
- and others.
Capsule form – recommended product Turmeric 3D: https://epigeneticlabs.com/t3d/
Great homemade tea recipe with other nice info on turmeric.
Feature image via The Guardian Nigeria