There’s a lot you can do, but this simple remedy works a treat.
How I Came to Need a Natural Anti-Inflammatory
I wasn’t the sporties of teenagers, though I did, for a short while, join the high school cross-country team.
The name implies that we were hurtling across hill and dale, when in fact we were jogging around the neighbourhood.
Some of us at a glacial pace.
My knees would hurt sometimes when I ran, but since the term ‘anti-inflammatory’ hadn’t yet reached the southern suburbs of Johannesburg, my parents put it down to growing pains and moved on.
The pain disappeared when I went to college, right around the time I hung up my running shoes. Sometime in my early twenties the desire to run returned and yet again I found myself plagued by achey joints.
So much for growing pains.
In Which My Knees Are Sliced Open
I had yet to cotton onto the benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle, so rather than look for a non-invasive solution, I headed straight to my GP who sent me to an orthopaedic surgeon who had me on the operating table faster than I can eat a chocolate.
It wasn’t one of my best decisions. My knees never quite recovered from the shock of being sliced open by a scalpel-wielding maniac. For years they complained bitterly whenever I did anything more than a slow trundle.
In my pre-vegan days I’d toss back chondroitin supplements like peanuts. After transitioning to a plant-based diet I learnt that most of them contain shark cartilage and stopped using them.
I can’t even remember now if they worked or not, but as soon I found out what their key ingredient was I went on the hunt for a natural anti-inflammatory remedy.
Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods
- Green tea
- Olive oil
- Dark chocolate
Be sure to click through to Elly’s article to learn more about what causes inflamtion in the first place as well as why some foods are better for you than others.
It’s a super interesting read.
I’ve seen a significant improvement in my overall health since eating more plants and less junk. I absolutely believe that food is medicine, but sometimes a more direct fix is required in addition to improving one’s diet
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. —Hippocrates
What is the Best Natural Anti-Inflammatory?
I came across this juicy tip from Dr Mike Dow, author of The Brain Fog Fix. If you’re looking to reclaim your focus, memory, and joy and want to do so in just three weeks. then this is the book for you.
I have yet to read it, but if Mike’s anti-inflammatory fix is anything to go by, I think there’s an excellent chance it will more than deliver on its promises.
Dr Mike Dow’s Anti-Inflammatory Fix
I hope you’ve got your pen and paper handy, because this is one complicated recipe…
½ Teaspoon turmeric powder
½ Teaspoon ground black pepper
Mix both in a small amount of water and drink.
Mike says to do this once a day, but I did it morning and evening because my knees were pretty painful at the time.
The Results (So Far)
When I first tried this remedy in 2016 I noticed a phenomenal improvement after just two weeks. My runs were amazing and I had almost no pain.
When I did a quad stretch on on my right leg (historically, the worse one). I was able to pull my heel all the way to my butt without any discomfort.
Fast forward to 2021, my knees are better than ever. I eventually stopped taking Dr Mike’s anti-inflammatory remedy, so I can only imagine the reason for my mostly pain-free knees is my diet.
However, I’ve noticed some joint pain in my hands when I wake up, so I decided to break out the turmeric and black pepper and see what happens. I’m planning to try it morning and night for two weeks.
I’ll update the post with my fndings. In the meantime, if you suffer from arthritis or inflammation of the joints for whatever reason, I highly recommend you try this.
It’s cheap, uncomplicated and honestly, it doesn’t taste nearly as bad as you might think. Best of all, no sharks are harmed in the process.
Let me know in the comments if you give it a go, I’d love to hear what you think and whether you have any success with it.