Robert Louis Stevenson once said, ‘So long as we love, we serve”.
Are you suffering from inflammation, bloating or constipation? You are? Great – this article gives you 3 super foods that reduce inflammation. It’s about the health benefits of ginger, turmeric and cinnamon.
The 3 Super Foods That Reduce Inflammation
Our bodies get exposed to many compounds and substances that cause more damage than good on a daily basis. Most of them come from food and water but there are other sources that we can’t control that much, like the air.
That’s why you’d want to alleviate that by improving your body’s ability to heal itself.
The foundation should be an anti-inflammatory ketogenic diet that includes fresh vegetables and unprocessed animal products. But you can also use these specific seasoning that have a much more powerful effect.
The first of these foods is ginger. Ginger root has been used by the Chinese and other nations for thousands of years.
There are many medicinal compounds in ginger but the most effective one come from gingerols. They’re highly potent antioxidants that are anti-inflammatory.
Here are the health benefits of ginger:
- Improves digestion and nausea
- Removes constipation and gastrointestinal stress
- Ginger consumption reduces stroke and heart disease
- Helps to absorb nutrients
- Fight fungal and bacterial infections
- Reduces inflammation and pain
- Inhibits cancer cell growth
- Improves diabetes symptoms
- Lowers cholesterol and arthritis
You can use ginger in many ways
- Slice it raw and add to your meals
- Brew some ginger tea with it
- Use powdered ginger on your food and salads
- Use ginger essential oils
The second ingredient is Turmeric.
Curcumin or turmeric is the most common spice in curry and other Indian foods.
It’s one of the most potent anti-disease herbs in the world with great medicinal and anti-inflammatory benefits.
In addition to the same benefits as ginger, turmeric can also
- Improve skin conditions
- Fix irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Reduce your weight
When ginger might have a bit bitter and intense taste, then turmeric is deliciously spicy and savory. You can add it to all main courses and it can be used to create your own healthy sauces as well.
Bonus Tip: To increase the amount of curcumin your body absorbs, you have to consume it with black pepper.
Black pepper contains a compound called piperine that slows down the liver from metabolizing the curcumin too quickly and excreting it through urine.
Piperine has also been shown to improve the bioavailability of other nutrients in both food and supplements, like selenium, B-vitamins, and beta-carotene.
The third ingredient that brings together this Trifecta of anti-inflammation is cinnamon.
It combines both the sweet and spicy taste creating an amazing and unique flavor. But the health benefits of cinnamon are also quite profound.
Cinnamon actually ranks as one of the most protective antioxidants in the world [i].
- Cinnamon has a ton of polyphenols and flavonoids that fight oxidative stress and reduce symptoms of many diseases
- Cinnamon is particularly great at regulating blood sugar and improving insulin sensitivity
- It protects against cognitive decline and protects the brain
- Fights infections and viruses
- Its anti-bacterial properties allow it to be used as a natural food preservative
Because of its distinct taste, cinnamon can be used for both main courses as well as desserts. Even coffee or bone broth.
I usually consume 1 tsp of cinnamon before all my meals to maintain lower blood sugar levels. Adding it to your bacon or salad or even eggswill create a much better blood sugar response that’s going to help you burn more fat and maintain high levels of energy.
The Ginger, Turmeric and Cinnamon Trifecta
Now, you can use these 3 ingredients to reduce inflammation if you consume them daily.
However, I’m going to share with you a recipe that’ll immediately alleviate constipation, boost fat burning and gives you energy. NO CAFFEINE JUST SPICE!
- 1 glass of hot water
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 half of lemon squeezed in the water
- 1 tsp of ginger, turmeric and cinnamon each
- 1 tsp cayenne and black pepper (optional)
- ½ tsp of baking soda to promote the alkalinity and pH balance of your gut
Drink this to reduce inflammation, relieve bloating or to simply clean your intestines.
However, there’s the thing that to gain all the benefits of ginger and turmeric, you should consume them together with some fat because they are fat-soluble compounds.
To fix that, you can add 1 tsp of MCT oil to this drink OR you can just dash these spices on your eggs and salads. Both work as long as you consume some of them daily with some source of healthy fats.
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