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Superfood Herbs- Turmeric

Health

Posted January 8, 2017

You’ve undoubtedly heard about the health craze around reducing inflammation in the body, detoxing, and decreasing your toxic load. At Planet Beach you will find services that do all of the above. From the red light therapy, meditation booth, hydration station, to the HOTWORX infrared sauna and more, these powerful treatments are at your fingertips. Through nutrition we have an incredible opportunity to assist and increase the benefits of the services offered by Planet Beach.

TURMERIC

First on the list is an ancient medicinal herb. You know it as turmeric. Here’s some fast facts to get you in the know: it contains curcumin, this polyphenol is identified as its primary active component. It exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities, which include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

Some additional benefits of turmeric:

  • Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, analgesic.
  • Boosts immunity.
  • Anti-carcinogenic.
  • Helps maintain cholesterol levels.
  • Promotes digestive health.
  • Liver detoxifier.
  • Regulates metabolism and weight management.
  • Lowers high blood pressure.
  • Memory and brain function.
  • Various skin conditions.
  • Neurological disorders.
  • Lowers Triglycerides

So how do we ensure that we are receiving the maximum nutritional benefit of turmeric?

By adding black pepper to turmeric or turmeric-spiced food, you are enhancing curcumin’s bioavailability (the ability of your body to use it to it’s maximum potential) by 1,000 times, due to black pepper’s hot property called piperine.

Piperine, the main alkaloid from black pepper has been shown to substantially increase the bioavailability of the nutrients in foods and supplements. As the quality of food declines and the costs of food and supplements continue to skyrocket, it is increasingly important to your health that the nutrients you consume are able to be used to maximum efficiency by your body.

Piperine inhibits several enzymes responsible for metabolizing nutritional substances, stimulates amino-acid transporters in the intestinal lining, inhibits removal of substances from cells so they continue to be available for use, and decreases the intestinal activity allowing more of the substances to enter the body in active form. The results of these actions are that substances reach, enter and remain within their target cells for longer periods of time than would normally be the case. Meaning, you will get the benefits of the curcumin for a longer period of time and in a more concentrated form in your body by utilizing piperine as the vehicle.

The reason we want to focus on anti-inflammatory foods is because disease begins with inflammation. When the body is spending too much time in an inflamed state, it can no longer optimally function. By decreasing inflammation you are freeing up your body to do all of it’s normal functions to keep you in your healthiest state!

Author:

Rachael Todd, Planet Beach Brand Ambassador

RACHAEL TODD

Rachael Todd joined the Planet Beach family as a Cover Model in 2015 and is our original HOTWORX Virtual Instructor. After being crowned Miss Florida 2009, Ms. Todd has successfully made a career for herself as a full time runway, advertising, and fitness model, as well as a corporate spokesperson for companies like Lexus, Disney, Samsung, Nike, and Loreal. She is also a certified health coach and yoga instructor, and appreciates the opportunity to help others increase their wellbeing, resilience, optimism, and motivation through Positive Psychology.

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