What do you recommend for chronic inflammation?
Q. Dear Terry, “What do you recommend for chronic inflammation? I’ve been reading a lot about how chronic inflammation can cause many diseases.” — Carl P., Norman, OK
A. Dear Carl, Inflammation is necessary for our survival, it is a natural physical response that is triggered when the body begins to repair damage or injuries. However, inflammation should be limited, with a definite beginning and end. It should not continue, day after day. On-going, chronic inflammation is destructive, not restorative.
When it comes to addressing chronic inflammation, I think diet is incredibly important. I would recommend restricting all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
I also think that when it comes to botanical support, curcumin combined with turmeric essential oil is the answer.
We know that almost all chronic diseases – from diabetes to heart disease to cancer to arthritis to Alzheimer’s disease – have something in common: unchecked, destructive inflammation. One of the reasons that curcumin works so well on such a wide range of diseases, like those listed above, is because it is such a powerful anti-inflammatory. Unlike synthetic drugs, which typically work against only a single inflammatory pathway, natural curcumin reduces inflammation through its effects on multiple inflammatory targets.
Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the curcumin you choose features excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil. I would take curcumin twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally