No matter how hard someone tries, they simply cannot entirely escape from the chemicals which are now an integral part of the world. They are simply too ubiquitous, showing up in food and water, in furnishings and clothing, even in the air we breathe. Some of these chemicals can build up slowly in our bodies and do damage to our long-term health. However, there are way to help protect against this chemical invasion, and turmeric is one of them.
Conditions Treated by Turmeric
This ancient Indian spice has been the subject of numerous studies and has long been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. So far, it has been shown that turmeric has been successful in treating or helping to improve a stunning 600 conditions, boosting over 170 physiological processes in the body which help improve the health and make it easier for the immune system to fight off disease. These diseases include some of the most prevalent in our society, like cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.
Protection against Chemicals
Because it is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory as well as being rich in other healthful compounds, turmeric is excellent for protecting the body against many different chemical compounds and toxins. This list includes, but is not limited to acetaminophen, alcohol, heavy metals like arsenic, lead and cadmium, nicotine, NSAID’s, and pesticides; in other words, some of the most common toxins found in our environment. In other words, it is a multi-purpose agent which can defend the body from attacks on a number of fronts.
Another way in which turmeric helps protect against chemical exposure is because it is one of nature’s best detoxifiers. It helps support and even improve liver function, making it easier for the liver to rid the body of many unwanted or harmful substances, such as those listed above. When the liver does its job more efficiently, more such toxins are removed and there is a less of a chance of an accumulation over time that can have serious consequences for the health. This is why it is so common to see turmeric listed in products that are marketed for those seeking a healthy detoxification program.
So while there is no way to completely guard against exposure to chemicals in the modern world, you can at least reduce that exposure as much as possible. Eat organic foods, filter your water, make sure you use natural cleaners and other household products – and include turmeric in your diet daily if possible. This pungent spice is not only extremely versatile and can be used in soups, curries, vegetable dishes, casseroles and even smoothies, it is one of the best natural protections you can have against the chemicals you are exposed to every day.
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