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Inflammation is a response by the body that occurs when harmful stimuli such as bacteria or toxic substances try to invade and can also be due to tissue injury. It also occurs due to chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and most importantly the food we eat.
Inflammation is used as a protective response that sets off the healing process in the body.
In acute situations such as an injury or minor illness, inflammation is a positive response. It allows for the body to mend itself as it should and sets off a cascade of events in the body known as the healing processes.
However, when inflammation occurs chronically due to a persistent infection or major injury, damage to healthy cells may start to happen.
Inflammation can be caused by a variety of infectious and non infectious factors as well as everyday lifestyle choices.
Some causes of inflammation include:
- Inflammatory foods
- Lack of exercise
- Autoimmune diseases
- Damage to tissues after an injury
- Microorganisms invading the cells in the body
- Exposure to toxic substances
As you can see, inflammation has many different causes and a lot of them have to do with the lifestyle we live.
Teas are created using a variety of different herbs and botanicals that have many healing properties. A lot of these herbs used have anti-inflammatory benefits that you may not even be aware of.
The mechanisms behind anti-inflammatory effects are complex, however often the process involves blocking molecules in the body. The molecules promote the inflammatory response and the attack of healthy cells in the body.
What kind of tea is anti-inflammatory?
Tea for inflammation is relatively easy to come by. It’s all dependent on the botanicals used to create the teas and the quality of ingredients used. Try to look for teas that are organic and made with no added sugars.
Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory tea that is commonly used for bloating and other digestive issues. It’s also incredibly powerful at reducing menstrual cramps by inhibiting a substance known as prostaglandins which are responsible for painful cramping and inflammation.
Chamomile tea has been found in research to reduce the release of the molecules that set off the inflammatory response.
Turmeric tea is one of the most popular anti-inflammatories available due to the widely known research on its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This is thanks to the main active component in turmeric known as curcumin. It’s commonly been used to reduce chronic pain, especially in the joints.
Cinnamon tea is a potent anti-inflammatory often recommended to those with diabetes or pre-diabetes as it has the ability to lower blood glucose levels. Its antioxidant compound cinnamaldehyde is primarily responsible for the anti-inflammatory response.
The list for anti-inflammatory teas could go on forever, but the ingredients above are the kinds that are widely available and well researched.
Julie Daniluk’s tips for anti-inflammatory tea
Julie recommends making your own tea to get stronger healing properties and to ensure top quality ingredients. She suggests picking between herbal or green teas for the best anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
In Julie’s Healing Inflammation program on the MasterHealth app, she goes into depth with a step by step guide on how you can make the most of your teas. Learn how to steep your own botanicals and how to make herbal decoctions.
The relationship between caffeine and inflammation is complicated based on the current research. It appears that in some individuals caffeine may reduce inflammation, while in others it may be the cause of inflammation.
Some studies have linked caffeine to a reduction in the inflammatory cytokine interleukin (IL)-1β which could be part of the reason why some individuals experience these anti-inflammatory benefits.
Caffeine has the ability to stimulate catecholamines which turns on the body’s stress response. In acute situations, this is a normal and healthy response, but when prolonged it may lead to chronic inflammation.
In more sensitive individuals and those with nervous system dysregulation it may be important to be more mindful of caffeine intake. Avoid caffeine beyond 12pm and stick to 1-2 cups of caffeinated beverages per day.
Does coffee cause inflammation
When looking at coffee as a specific driver of inflammation, it appears that it actually has anti-inflammatory properties.
Coffee seems to increase proteins that are involved in the protection of cells and has antioxidant and detoxifying properties that reduce inflammatory markers in the body.
Julie Daniluk’s take on coffee for inflammation
Coffee has lots of positive benefits for many individuals. It’s often a part of one’s morning rituals and may be the pick me up you need in the morning.
The important thing to remember is the quality of coffee you drink. Look for organic, fair trade coffees when shopping around. Coffee is one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world and although the coffee itself may not cause inflammation, the chemicals used definitely can.
One of Julie’s tips for reducing inflammation is to remove trigger foods from your diet. In some cases such as for people with inflammatory bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease, coffee may make digestion worse.
It’s important to be mindful of how coffee and caffeine impact you as an individual before coming to a final conclusion.
MasterHealth has worked closely with nutritionist Julie Daniluk to translate the above information into a daily program to help people “decrease inflammation”.
Get started now by clicking the following link to the Healing inflammation program on the MasterHealth website.