Last month I tried out the anti-inflammatory diet and really liked what it did for me. In the research to achieve that it said to try out different spices, which I didn’t get around to trying. One of those spices was turmeric and I have heard great things about it. So, this last month I tried having turmeric every day to see if and how it would help me.
Don’t forget to check out my video below!
The reason I am trying this is to see if it would help/cure my costochondritis. Costochondritis is the inflammation of the rib cage and, once it happens the first time, it is incredibly difficult to cure as a simple cough, having a fizzy drink, or, in my case, eating lactose can re-inflame it. So it is an on-going problem from which I have been suffering on and off for the last couple of years now.
Before trying the turmeric, I was taking all kinds of medicine and different combinations of medicine to try and easy the problem, including paracetamol, ibuprofen, paracetamol and ibuprofen together, gaviscon and deflatine to ease the pain. I am also prescribed co-codamol by the doctor for when it is severe. I find having to take all this medicine ridiculous and I am desperate to stop taking tablets as it just simply cannot be doing my body any good.
As above, recently I was looking at anti-inflammatory diet cures online (to see how that went check out my blog post, link here and my video, link here) and found reference to using turmeric. I then went on-line and found it for sale in bulk on Amazon.
I tried it for a month by adding it to my daily hot-chocolate drinks, which I had three/four times a day, (same as you would be allowed to have paracetamol and ibuprofen). You can add it to food if you prefer, but I found it just as easy to add it to my hot chocolates. I found you could vary the amount you put in until the taste was not that obvious, though, frankly, I soon became accustomed to it.
I find it keeps the pain at bay. If I lift something too heavy or don’t take care, the condition rears its ugly head, but, by having the turmeric every day, an attack is not as severe as it was. At its worst, the pain would leave me only being able to shuffle when walking to reduce the ‘shock-waves’ (that walking would cause) from hurting with every step, but with the turmeric, this has become easier. So, it keeps the pain stable, but doesn’t remove it altogether.
I believe the turmeric also reduces attacks of costochondritis. I have recently lifted some things that I realised afterwards were too heavy, but the pain did not come back as I expected it to and, if the only difference is taking the turmeric, then the turmeric must be helping control this!
Yes, I would recommend trying it as an alternative to pain killers, but if you do try it I suggest you do so for a period of at least a month or two to give the turmeric time to work.
It’s not medication, so I believe it is much better for you in the long run.
Also, I am incredibly sensitive to most things but found I have had no side effects from taking it. However, if you try it and there are side effects for you, stop immediately.
The Cost Aspect:
The cost on Amazon for 500 grams is £10.99, which is much cheaper than buying it in small doses from local shops and I will leave a link below for your ease should you wish to try it.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog post, let me know what you thought of it! Let me know in the comments of anything you think I should try to reduce costochondritis or health all round. Also, let me know in the comments of any health and fitness challenges you think I should try out in the comments below!
Remember be brave, be happy, be kind, be you!
See you next time…