Inflammation is indeed a crucial part of our immune reaction to serious health threats, but once it happens out of context, it’s actually more harmful than beneficial.
Chronic Disease and Inflammation
According to a research, unchecked inflammation in our body is related to even the initial stages of the development of various diseases. The root cause of inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis is an inappropriate inflammation.
Addressing the inflammation through lifestyle and diet changes, is the key to decreasing the number of people who suffer from chronic diseases. As T. Edwards explains in a scientific publication in 2005, there are enough information available to people to make the required changes in their life, in order to dramatically affect the inflammatory process, as well as to expand their lifespan, and to improve their health, without relying on the disappointing medical system nowadays.
How to Fight Inflammation
Diet is the greatest inflammation factor that we can control. There are many foods that can cause dangerous and unnecessary inflammation, but there are other food types which have been shown to provide the opposite effect, such as the turmeric.
Benefits from Turmeric
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric has been used in the ancient Chinese and Ayurveric medicine. The same reason brought it to the western culture as well. According to a 2011 study, which tested the effects of turmeric on arthritis in rats, it has shown to increase the anti-inflammatory cytokines production and reduce the inflammatory cytokines production in our body. Moreover, these researchers made a comparison between turmeric and ginger, and discovered that turmeric possesses better anti-inflammatory properties than ginger.
Furthermore, turmeric is used to improve the health of our digestive system. It can aid in the treatment of ulcers, Crohn’s disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. This food possesses potent anti-oxidants so it helps in the prevention of cancer. According to one study which involved 3 types of turmeric root, showed that it can reduce colon, breast, melanoma cancer, and leukemia.
Benefits from Black Pepper
Combining turmeric with black pepper will definitely increase its effects. Piperine is the substance of black pepper which increases their bio-availability, the absorption of turmeric in the body, by incredible 2000%. Black pepper possesses the ability to fight oxidation in the body even on its own, as well as to support healthy digestion.
Benefits from Tomato
The lycopene in tomatoes is responsible for their vivid red color, and also for their potent anti-oxidant properties. The abundance of lycopene lowers the risk of cancer, as well as protects from heart disease as it reduces the levels of cholesterol in our body and maintains the low blood pressure. Cooked tomatoes increase the bio-availability of lycopene more than raw tomatoes.
Recipe of Tomato, Turmeric, and Black Pepper Soup
This delicious and colorful vegan friendly soup includes all the potent properties of these 3 incredible foods. The best part is that its preparation requires not more than 15 minutes.
- 2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 1 can diced tomatoes without drainihng the sauce
- ¾ cup of cherry tomatoes, rinsed and cut in halves
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
- 1 minced onion
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- ½ cup of low-sodium vegetable stock
- 1 teaspoon of dried basil
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Fry garlic and onion in coconut oil for 1 minute on a medium heat. Then, add the cherry tomatoes and turmeric. Cook until you notice the tomatoes are soft.
Add stock, basil, canned tomatoes, and ACV. Bring the mixture to boil on a medium-high heat, and then cover it and allow it to simmer for five minutes on a low heat.
Using a blender or a hand mixer, blend it until creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.