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Reducing Inflammation with Spices

We all experience inflammation and discomfort throughout our lives. Some people experience chronic inflammation which is linked to conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease. One way to help manage inflammation is through reducing the amount of processed foods, dairy and gluten in your diet. In addition to removing inflammatory foods, there are several spices to consider incorporating in your diet for their anti-inflammatory properties and to aid in digestion.

Turmeric: In recent years, there has been an increased spotlight on turmeric. Curcumin, a strong anti-oxidant, is a component of turmeric and is a powerful spice to help with inflammation. It has been used for a long time in Chinese medicine as a healing agent.

Ginger: Ginger has numerous therapeutic properties and is a strong anti-inflammatory and is known to help reduce inflammation and digestive discomfort. Studies have shown a reduction in pain levels and improvements in mobility for individuals with arthritis when consuming ginger regularly.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon has a number of anti-oxidants as well, and is one of the most versatile spices. It can be incorporated easily into meals, tea or smoothies.

Sage: In addition to decreasing inflammation throughout the body, sage is known to improve brain function, boost the immune system, regulate digestion, alleviate skin conditions and slow the onset of cognitive disorders.

Discuss incorporating herbs in your diet with your health care team. There are many spices, and most provide many health benefits. There are health professionals that are trained in herbal medicine and would be great to talk with if you are looking to learn more about the benefits of herbs and spices.

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