These Anti Inflammatory Turmeric Smoothie Cubes are intended for those fighting problematic inflammation and pain. They are made with plant-based ingredients that contain naturally occurring anti-inflammatory compounds, vitamins, and minerals. Read more below for an explanation of inflammation and how to fight it when needed.
What is inflammation?
Inflammation is a buzzword these days, but what is inflammation exactly? In reaction to a stimulus, the body’s normal and healthy response is inflammation. The inflammation may take the form of a skin rash, sore or swollen joints, redness, tenderness, fatigue, and an increased susceptibility to illness.
Inflammation-causing stimuli includes allergens in the external environment whether touched, inhaled, or consumed. The body recognizes the allergen(s) as an invader and responds accordingly. Other stimuli come from physical damage such as a burn, cut, or bruise. Autoimmune diseases result in inflammation caused when the body doesn’t recognize itself and treats the body as it would an invader.
Not all inflammation is bad – it’s actually a good thing our bodies elicit inflammatory responses because that’s how the body heals itself. It’s when there is an excessive response where the inflammation gets out of hand and causes issues of its own.
The body’s mechanism for fighting off an invader is to increase blood flow which brings red and white blood cells to the site, wherever it might be, and there is a release of histamine.
Histamine is a compound cells release in response to an injury or in an allergic reaction. It causes contractions of the smooth muscles and capillary dilation – i.e. redness, swelling, itching, and more.
When you have an allergic reaction such as red and itchy eyes or a skin rash after a bug bite or exposure to an allergen or something you ate, a dose of antihistamines such as diphenhydramine hydrochloride (or commonly known by the brand name of Benadryl), doxylamine succinate, or others are given to reduce the body’s inflammatory, or histamine response.