Top 3 ways to reduce pain and inflammation
Did you wake up this morning feeling stiff? Do you have sore muscles? Are you overweight?
We all have our moments of excess, whether it’s with alcohol, fried food, coffee or sugar, but these inflammatory foods may be contributing to our weight gain, high blood pressure and stiff joints.
There are lots of ways that we can help combat this process in the body besides exercise and cutting out the foods that encourage it, but these are my top 5 things you can include on a regular basis while you gradually change your lifestyle.
1. Eat More Curries!
Curry powder contains turmeric, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It’s been used traditionally in Chinese and Indian systems of medicine to treat many conditions and clinical studies have shown its active ingredient curcumin to be comparable to potent drugs such as hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone as well as over the counter anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen. Unlike drugs, which are associated with side effects such as ulcer formation, intestinal bleeding and decreased white blood cell count, curcumin produces no toxicity. Other studies also show effectiveness in rheumatoid arthritis and it’s anti-oxidant capabilities enable it to protect against cancer from DNA damage.
This spice has long been recognised a benefitting the digestive system and research is now demonstrating it. Research in animals indicates that cumin may stimulate the secretion of pancreatic enzymes, important for proper digestion and the absorption of nutrients.
Another cancer-protective food, cumin was shown to protect laboratory animals from developing stomach or liver tumours, which may be due to it’s free-radical scavenging abilities. Cumin is also found in curry powders, but can be added to meat and vegetarian dishes or drunk in tea. Boil 2 teaspoons of seeds in 2 cups of water and allow to steep for 8-10 minutes before drinking.
3. Drink Ginger tea
Whether it’s raw, cooked or drunk in tea, ginger has been used effectively for gastrointestinal issues for centuries. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative, a substance that promotes the elimination of intestinal wind, and a spasmolytic, a substance that relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract. It’s active ingredient gingerol and other active ingredients also help with nausea. This is useful if you had a little too much to drink the night before, but is most effective with motion sickness. Like turmeric, ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and has been effective in reducing the pain and swelling of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis as well as muscular discomfort.