Inflammation Is Holding You Back
Everyone suffers from some degree of inflammation. Everyone. As we covered in the previous article on the inflammatory ramifications of improper Omega 3 to 6 balance, unmanaged inflammation can have severe effects on your energy levels, body composition, cognitive performance and overall well being.
In short, inflammation is keeping you from being as awesome as you could be.
Reducing inflammation as much as possible should be a top priority in any diet or lifestyle system sincerely aiming for optimal performance and vibrant health.
Inflammation is a ubiquitous process in the body. It's evolutionary purpose was primarily to protect damaged tissues against further injury. In our modern world, however, inflammatory pathways are constantly over-stimulated by environmental toxins, poor diet and stress. The result if that low-to-moderate chronic inflammation is as common as having 10 fingers.
What You Can Do
1. Remove pro-inflammatory foods from the diet. The fastest and most powerful strategy for doing this is to actively reduce Omega 6 fatty acids in your diet and supplement with Omega 3's to bring the two into balance in the body. This is covered in depth in Synchro Life Design #3.
Removing oxidative toxins and food allergens from the diet is also essential for reducing inflammation. I cover this in more depth in this article.
2. Add antioxidant-rich foods to your diet wherever possible. Anti-oxidants catch inflammation before it happens by neutralizing inflammation-casing free-radicals in the body before they cause damage to cells.
It's the exceptional levels of antioxidants that make Synchro Genesis one of the most powerful inflammation-reducing foods on the planet. The organic, wild-harvested raw cacao and acai we source for Synchro Genesis are the planet's #1 and #2 food sources of antioxidants (one serving of Genesis has more antioxidants than FOUR CUPS of blueberries).
3. Add actively inflammation-reducing foods to your diet. These foods actively stop the body from producing chemicals that initiate the inflammatory process. This is essentially the same mechanism used by aspirin, ibuprofen and other over-the-counter pain medications (collectively referred to as NSAID's or Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs).
Fortunately, using foods for this purpose rather than drugs gives a comparable anti-inflammatory effect without the continual low-level toxicity and side effects you'd experience if using NSAID's on a daily basis. Which brings us to turmeric, easily the best natural inflammation blocker we have available to us.
Turmeric: Nature's Anti-Inflammatory Powerhouse
The anti-inflammatory power of turmeric comes from one compound in particular called curcumin. The list of benefits from consuming curcumin is impressive.
Studies have shown curcumin to have anti-tumor and anti-oxidant activity in addition to its powerful anti-inflammatory effects. The anti-inflammatory action of curcumin comes from it's ability to inhibit the body's production of pro-inflammatory signaling compounds called eicosanoids.
Using turmeric to slow the body's production of eicosanoids brings their levels in the body back to normal levels and as a result, chronic systemic inflammation in the body decreases significantly.
Raw Turmeric or Powdered?
Perhaps the only real drawback to using turmeric on a daily basis is that it can be fairly complicated to deal with. Neither raw turmeric root nor turmeric powder are particularly convenient, particularly if you want to take large doses.
In powdered or raw root form, turmeric is also very poorly absorbed by the body - so to get truly effective doses of turmeric in your system, extracts are a much better choice.
Turmeric extracts simplify the process tremendously, but many fail to address the problem of poor absorbtion. Others contain only one of the beneficial compounds found in whole turmeric root, which means you miss a lot of the potential benefits that can be delivered by turmeric.
This frustrating lack of good turmeric options led us to develop Synchro Gold, our cutting-edge liposomal turmeric elixir.
Synchro Gold uses a full-spectrum extract of turmeric root, so it contains the complete set of beneficial compounds (not just one or two as with 98% of turmeric products on the market).
We use two innovative nutrient delivery systems - liposomal delivery and black pepper fruit extract - to allow the body to absorb levels of turmeric alkaloids miles better than what any other turmeric product can offer.
(To learn more about Synchro Gold...start here)