Inflammation can affect many conditions, including asthma, allergies, eczema and psoriasis. So what can we do to help reduce that inflammation in our bodies? There are loads of things that can help, including:
- Avoiding processed food
- Reducing alcohol intake
- Reducing anxiety and stress
- Getting regular exercise
- Taking a turmeric – curcumin supplement
- Wim Hoff treatment using cold water therapy
- Learning self care, relaxation and self love
And many many more things. It takes a lifetime of searching for all the little triggers that might cause one person inflammation and no two people are identical so it’s a personal journey to find your flare causes.
What is turmeric / curcumin?
Turmeric, and its active ingredient curcumin, may have anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant, and other benefits. Turmeric grows from a Rhizome and is a member of the spice family. It adds a light heat to food and a lovely orange colour too.
- Incorporate turmeric in your diet as much as you can
- Always include cracked black pepper along with the turmeric to aid absorption
- It can be used in cooking, baking and herbal teas
- It can benefit skin, gut and respiratory health
It’s a great addition to your daily diet and supplements. You may not want to eat turmeric with everything so supplements can help you get regular intake of curcumin.
A recipe for adding turmeric to your morning
You’ll need turmeric, black pepper, ground flax seed, ginger and garlic.
- Finely chop the garlic, turmeric and ginger as small as you can
- Add a pinch of black pepper
- Half a teaspoon of ground flax seed
- Swallow it down from a teaspoon
I found this really hard to do, but that’s how you could take it. I chose to mix it in boiling water and make a kind of herbal tea in quite a small mug. That way I could get it down. Or I mixed it up and made an oat pancake with it – pretty good too!
I can’t attest to any amazing healing or miraculous transformation but doing small things like this for your body regularly should help to slowly reduce inflammation.
This recipe was given to me by Katerina Glebova.
Where can I find curcumin supplements?
You can find turmeric and curcumin supplements in most health food stores but make sure you buy a good quality product. One reputable source can be found on the Buy Health website (US only). Use the button below to find out more:
In the UK you can buy Turmeric from Holland and Barrett. Solgar Turmeric is a brand I would recommend.
Do you take a turmeric supplement or eat it regularly? Do you think it helps? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Further reading on curcumin and turmeric
- 10 proven benefits of taking curcumin and turmeric
- The many health benefits of turmeric (and curcumin)