detox with black pepper and turmeric
is your body's fight or flight response overworked and underpaid?
Every day we are exposed to innumerable stressors. Big or small, our bodies react to stress by releasing a bit of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. This release of stress hormones isn't an inherently bad thing, though. It's just that our society has adapted much faster than our body's physiological responses. This simply means our stress hormones are being released far more often than they should be.
imagine you're at risk of being attacked by a bear
Take your mind back to the time when we were all still cavemen and cavewomen. Odds were against us and we were often placed in some life threatening situations where we had to fight or run from a predator. In those situations we were going to need all the adrenaline and cortisol we could muster. That's because those are the hormones that get us feeling energized and ready to conquer whatever comes our way.
Let's fast forward a good ten thousand years. Imagine you're running late to a critical meeting that can't be rescheduled. Sounds pretty stressful, right? In this situation, your life isn't necessarily in danger but your body doesn't know that. As you worry if you'll make it or not, your body is going to start to secrete stress hormones as if a predator were endangering your life.
It might be hard to believe, but our body reacts to small stressors in a similar way to how it would react to much larger ones. That's why it's so important to supply our bodies with tools to manage the damaging effects of our evolutionary responses.
Common names: Black pepper
Latin name: Piper nigrum
we know what you're thinking... how does black pepper have anything to do with getting attacked by a bear?
Turns out, the staple spice black pepper can do more for your body than it does for your tastebuds. Within the shell of the peppercorn is an active compound known as piperine. The compound responsible for pepper's sharp, pungent aroma and flavors.
Along with its ability to enhance the flavors of your meal, black pepper enhances the bioavailability of turmeric by up to 4,000%.
This ability to increase bioavailability of turmeric is where it's true strength lies. It has also been shown to enhance cognitive function which could lead to improved attention and reasoning skills.
Another active compound found in black pepper is a terpene called beta-caryophyllene (BCP). BCP is one of the most notable terpenes discovered by scientists because unlike any other terpenes, it has the ability to bind and activate CB2 receptors located on immune cells throughout the body - the receptors shown to regulate inflammation. But if you're going to remember anything about black pepper, remember this:
black pepper is the perfect partner to turmeric, and together they are a true power couple.
Common names: Indian saffron
Latin name: Curcuma longa
our tried and true turmeric has so much to offer... it just needs a little push.
Another common spice with a long history, turmeric dates back over 4,000 years in medicinal use and religious ceremonies throughout Southeast Asia. It's the bright orange root of a flowering perennial, containing a golden spice that has soared in popularity within the natural health and wellness space over the last decade. But what exactly does it have to offer?
One trait specifically piquing the interest of researchers worldwide is turmeric’s significant levels of a compound known as curcumin.
Curcumin is a powerful supplement used by all levels of athletes seeking speedy recovery from exercise-related injuries.
Along with athletes, anyone can reap the benefits of curcumin's biological effects. In its ability to manage oxidation, exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness, curcumin has earned its stripes and enhanced the wellbeing of people from the common era to today. However, as we said, curcumin needs a little push to get going. It isn’t easily absorbed by the body and must be paired with piperine in order to perform at its optimal level.
While black pepper and turmeric each have their own health benefits, they work together seamlessly as any power couple should. By incorporating them into a daily routine with our full spectrum CBD oil tincture, you will be using spices to assist your body in the maintenance of everyday stressors, exercise-induced inflammation and oxidation.
Now, your body will be able to take on that bear, or that critical business meeting.
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