Chronic Inflammation And What To Do About It
You’ve probably heard about chronic inflammation many times and wondered what it really means. We've set out to demystify chronic inflammation and explain what you can do about it.
What is inflammation, really? Inflammation is our body’s immune response to heal itself after an injury, defend itself against viruses and bacteria, and repair damaged tissue in the body.
There are two types of inflammation: Acute – when you scratch your knee falling of a bike; and Chronic – long-term inflammation that occurs due to wear and tear conditions.
Acute inflammation is a normal, healthy bodily function. Chronic inflammation is not.
Invisible, Yet Dangerous Inflammation is recognized as a major contributor to multiple diseases, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), celiac disease, myocardial infarction, stroke, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome .
Consider the vast array of autoimmune disorders – your immune system mistakenly initiates an inflammatory response even though there's no apparent inflammation to fight off .
This includes conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and polymyalgia rheumatica - an inflammatory disorder that causes stiffness of muscles and joints.
Chronic inflammation is invisible to the eye, so here is what you can do right now.
Lifestyle Is Key The food you eat is a very important aspect of normalizing inflammation in the body. There is strong evidence that nutrition plays a key role in keeping normal levels of inflammation in the body . Anti-inflammatory diet is your friend.
Add anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric and ginger to your daily regimen. Curcumin – an active ingredient in turmeric – helps reduce inflammation in the body and protects the liver against liver fibrosis . Turmeric and ginger contain anti-inflammatory compounds that help normalize inflammatory response. Studies suggest adding herbs like devil's claw is effective in the short-term treatment of osteoarthritic pain. It's used extensively in Europe as an anti-inflammatory agent . Devil’s claw is known to reduce joint pain and help increase mobility.
You can get these herbs and spices in several forms. Try pure Organic Turmeric Powder, or for a more powerful anti-inflammatory blend try Golden Milk Super Blend. This delicious blend contains turmeric, ginger, cardamom, boswellia, cinnamon, black pepper, maca and goji berry.
Try our recipe Golden Milk Pumpkin Spice Latte to experience its benefits!
If you prefer supplements we offer Turmeric & Super Herb Capsules, which contain turmeric, ginger, boswellia, willow bark, devil’s claw and alpha-lipoic acid.
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