There’s a reason we help people with their diet at Iron Fit in San Antonio, Texas. It’s a key factor to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. A healthy diet helps lower inflammation, which is one of the leading causes of many serious illnesses and conditions. Some foods and spices are anti-inflammatory. Turmeric is one example. Just sprinkling a little on your food each day won’t eliminate it completely but will aid in helping to get inflammation under control and help the body, rather than harm it.
Inflammation is necessary to fight off infection.
However, chronic inflammation can cause serious conditions. Heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, metabolic syndrome and diseases that are degenerative, like arthritis, all get worse when there’s chronic inflammation. Studies comparing the inflammation fighting properties of turmeric to pharmaceuticals show that it matches them but doesn’t have side effects. In fact, studies also found that the curcumin in turmeric slowed the inflammation and oxidative stress found in Alzheimer’s. It also aided in clearing the beta-amyloid that occurs in the brain when the patient has Alzheimer’s.
The curcumin in turmeric brings the healing benefits.
Curcumin is a phytochemical that appears naturally in turmeric. It’s the reason turmeric is effective as an inflammation fighter. It does many things besides reducing inflammation. It helps in depression, can boost recovery and even may help performance in the gym. Studies show that turmeric helped depression as much as Prozac and combining turmeric with Prozac for depression, boosted the effectiveness for both.
Liberal use of turmeric can add life to your years.
That’s right. You’ll feel younger and look better. Since it’s anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, it helps prevent free radicals to protect your cells from damage that can cause aging. Aging occurs from oxidation and free radicals going unchecked. Reducing inflammation can also help you move easier and that encourages being more active, which also improves your appearance and keeps you younger looking. By increasing anti-inflammatory and antioxidants in your diet, you can slow the damage of the years and look years younger.
- Only three percent of the weight of turmeric is curcumin, the active ingredient. So, it’s not the final answer if you’re simply sprinkling it on periodically. Consuming more anti-inflammatory foods and reducing those that cause inflammation, like sugar, is also important.
- If you’re adding curcumin in your diet to help reduce inflammation, use it in conjunction with black pepper to help the beneficial ingredients absorb better.
- Some great ways to use it is in soup. It gives a golden color to the mixture. Adding it to homemade egg noodles or rice dishes also improves their presentation. That golden color, however, stains. Make sure you have an apron to protect your clothing.
- Tuna, salmon, leafy greens, apples, beets, broccoli and blueberries are just a few of the other anti-inflammatory foods you can add to your diet. Foods with added sugar, trans fats, red and processed meat, refined carbohydrates and foods high in omega-6 cause inflammation.
For more information, contact us today at Iron Fit San Antonio