TURMERIC AND ARTHRITIS… WHAT ARTHRITIS?
There’s usually a ‘good’ side to anything and a ‘bad’ side to it too. That’s one of the neat complexities in life. And also, when it becomes imbalanced, a “good” thing usually starts getting not-so-good.
You know the saying: ”too much of a good thing”? Well, the same is true for our physical bodies! We know that too much sugar will make us gain weight and not feel good. Why? Because when we overdo it, there’s too much of it for our bodies to process at one time and it becomes toxic to our systems. (Not to mention that it’s not good for us to begin with!)
HOW DOES ARTHRITIS BEGIN SMOLDERING?
Whenever our bodies are in distress, our immune systems respond by sending out increased amounts of blood and other nutrients to fix the problem. Inflammation is the natural response from our immune system to anything that comes into our bodies that doesn't belong there; or at least that our immune system doesn't think belongs there.
This normal immune response is what keeps us healthy and helps us recover from injuries and illnesses. It’s a little like having our own natural pharmacy right inside! We wouldn’t be able to heal from the simple cold or even a small cut without this inflammation shooting out like a firehose, and coming in to do its job in the healing process. You can easily see it around a wound or affected joint in the redness and swelling around the painful area.
Too much of a good thing…
As with anything, imbalances can occur, especially in our health. When our immune system is out of balance the amount of inflammation in our bodies increase; and this can seriously affect our health in a negative way.
Once inflammation gets out of control it can attach to a specific joint or area of the body or it can spread throughout the entire system. There are a variety of causes that result in an imbalanced immune system; leaving one with pain and excessive inflammation. The main ones are:
- Diet: processed foods, sugar, refined flours, and too much food
- Lack of exercise
- Chronic infections
- Repeated injuries
- Environmental allergens
There are also a number of diseases that are specifically caused by an overactive immune system, resulting in chronic inflammation that is usually quite painful. These illnesses are called autoimmune diseases. There is no established cause for autoimmune diseases, as of yet. The general belief is that certain environmental factors simply serve to trigger a genetically predisposed reaction from an individual to the trigger.
ARTHRITIS: THE BONFIRE
The word Arthritis means “inflammation of the joints”, and it can literally feel like a fire burning inside of your joints. In fact, there is often heat associated with redness and pain in the effected joints for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
*Interestingly, any disease that ends with “itis” is called an autoimmune disease, and it results in painful inflammation spread throughout the entire system, or specifically localized to one or several joints. (Ex: Arthritis, Tendonitis, Iritis, Colitis...)
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of Arthritis and it comes from a decline of calcium in bones; resulting in shrinking bones that become brittle and can break much easier. It occurs most often in women age 60 and older.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is the most debilitating type of arthritis and its damage is not limited to just joints; but can spread throughout the entire system. It affects children and adults. In the United States over 1 million adults have some form of Rheumatoid Arthritis. It affects women 3 times more than men. Almost 300,000 children under the age of 18 have been diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Unfortunately, there is still no cure for Arthritis. Symptoms are managed according to the degree of their severity with traditional oral or intravenous medications. While these medications do reduce symptoms and help to control the disease, they come with a lot of side effects that cause even more imbalances throughout the body after prolonged use.
So while one fire is being put out, several others are actually starting up in other areas.
TIME FOR TURMERIC: THE FIRE CHIEF OF HERBS
Turmeric is not only one of the most effective herbs for reducing inflammation and pain; it accomplishes this task with virtually no side effects! Equipping your immune system with Turmeric is like calling in the Fire Chief and the entire team of Firefighters to get your burning pain under control and closer to being extinguished!
Many scientific studies have successfully proven the incredibly healing effects that Turmeric and its anti-inflammatory ingredient Curcumin have on the pain and inflammation caused by Arthritis.
The results from some of these studies show that:
Bioflavable forms of Curcumin had a greater effect in reducing pain and inflammation in the joints of R.A. patients than traditional medications did. There was a greater decrease in the amount of destruction to affected joints in those taking Curcumin, than there was for those who were taking prescription medications. Patients taking Curcumin instead of Ibuprofen for knee pain due to Osteoarthritis reported a larger decrease in pain walking long distances or up and down stairs, compared to those that took Ibuprofen. There was less residual damage in other areas of the body and organs for those patients that took Curcumin than there was for those taking Ibuprofen, in Osteoarthritis patients.
Even before we had access to scientific evidence proving the firefighting properties of Turmeric, we knew just from history and stories, that some cultures have been using Turmeric successfully for thousands of years to treat any manner of health issues...long before these diseases had names or had been studied formally.
HOW CAN YOU ADD TURMERIC INTO YOUR DIET, TO COMBAT ARTHRITIS?
It is easy to add in this wonderful healing herb to your diet and you’re in for a treat if you haven’t yet discovered this golden jewel! Many people cook with it by sprinkling it into vegetable dishes, salads, on top of Avocados or grilled corn, into curry dishes, omelets…really, almost anything!
Creating specialty beverages is one of the best ways to add Turmeric to your nutritional firewall. With the right mixture of key ingredients teamed with your Turmeric, you can make up some tasty and potent hot or cold teas, lattes and smoothies.
We invite you to visit Taka Turmeric, to explore our own specialty beverages! Each one is fueled with organic Turmeric and other natural herbs and spices that were specifically formulated for optimum absorption ~ and they were mixed with love! Click our online tea shop for your delicious, 100% organic, ethically sourced, sugar-free, vegan teas and blends.
Yours, in loving health
The Taka Tea(m)