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How Turmeric Can Prevent Disease, Relieve Pain and Reduce Inflammation

 

You probably know by now that turmeric is a culinary spice, a major ingredient in curry, and is a brightly colored relative to ginger root. Used widely in Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric gives mustard its vibrant yellow color. Curcumin is the particular constituent responsible for turmeric’s bright hue and potent anti-inflammatory properties.

Turmeric has been studied extensively and has been proven a safe and effective anti-inflammatory. In fact, respected ethnobotanist Dr. James Duke reviewed some 700 studies looking at turmeric benefits concluded that turmeric outperforms many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects.

If you’re relying on NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) pain relievers for inflammatory conditions such as arthritis or chronic joint pain, listen up: the FDA recently strengthened its warning for popular painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen and risk of heart attacks and stroke. If you are using these drugs regularly for pain relief, you may be at increased risk of heart attack and stroke, even if you’re not otherwise at risk, and even in the first few weeks of using the drugs. This is really scary.

Fortunately, nature has alternatives for you without the alarming side effects. Numerous preclinical studies have provided a solid basis for examining curcumin’s efficacy against many human diseases, and have I mentioned with virtually no side effects?! In fact, curcumin performs just as well as NSAID drugs for chronic pain relief in study after study (you can see a list of some of these studies here). In addition to pain relief, curcumin fights disease and improves your health!

Here’s a list of health benefits that turmeric provides

Anti-cancer: The high content of antioxidants helps protect the colon cells from free radicals that can cause damage to cellular DNA, which is a major benefit in the colon where cells turnover occur about every three days. Curcumin can assist the body with destroying mutated cancer cells, so that they cannot spread and cause more damage. It also helps to slow down tumor formation and prevents blood supply to cancer cells to stunt their growth.

Anti-inflammatory: The volatile oil part of turmeric has major anti-inflammatory properties. The more potent property of turmeric is the yellow or orange color, which is called curcumin. Unlike drugs/medications, curcumin has no toxic side effects such as ulcers, decreased white blood cell count or intestinal bleeding.

Cardiovascular health: The curcumin ingredient in turmeric can prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in the body; the oxidized cholesterol causes damage to blood vessels and builds up plaque that can cause heart attack or stroke. Preventing oxidation of cholesterol helps reduce the development of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. Turmeric is an excellent source of vitamin B6, which can keep homocysteine levels from increasing and directly damaging the blood vessel walls. High intake of vitamin B6 can reduce the risk of heart disease.

Immune system: Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties are useful for strengthening the immune system and is the first line of defence in the digestive system, to prevent bacterial or viral infections.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Curcumin can be an inexpensive and a successful treatment for inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Researchers believe that curcumin helps these diseases with the antioxidant activities it provides as well as the reservation of a major cellular inflammatory agent that reduces inflammation.

Liver function: Turmeric has the ability to improve the detoxification system by inducing the development of primary liver detoxification enzyme, glutathione S-transferase (GST) enzymes.

Rheumatoid arthritis: The curcumin in turmeric has powerful antioxidant effects that can neutralize free radicals, which move through the body and can cause damage to healthy cells. Free radicals are responsible for causing painful joint inflammation and can cause damage to the joints. Curcumin has been shown to be beneficial for improvements like shortened amount of morning stiffness, longer walking capability, and reduced joint swelling.

 

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10 Quick Tips For Eating Healthy

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by Michelle Nelson

Developing healthy eating habits isn’t as confusing or as restrictive as many people think.Take a few minutes to identify the habits you wish to change. Do you pack a wholesome lunch, only to be distracted by fast or junk food places around your work? Do you provide healthy lunches for your kids, but at the end of the day find them smashed in the bottom of their backpack? It is important to be realistic about yourself and your family’s likes and dislikes. It is unlikely that anyone can switch from hamburgers and French fries to tofu and whole grains in one day. Prepare foods that support your health, vitality, and optimum weight.

Here are 10 quick tips that can help you eat healthy on a budget.

1. Plan Your Meals
When it comes to saving money at the grocery store, planning is essential. Use one day each week to plan your meals for the upcoming week. Then, make a grocery list of what you need.

Also, make sure to scan your fridge and cabinets to see what you already have. There are usually a lot of foods hidden in the back that can be used.

Only plan to purchase what you know you’re going to use, so that you don’t end up throwing away a lot of what you buy.

2. Stick To Your Grocery List
Once you’ve planned your meals and made your grocery list, stick to it. It’s very easy to get sidetracked at the grocery store, which can lead to unintended, expensive purchases. As a general rule, try to shop the perimeter of the store first. This will make you more likely to fill your cart with whole foods.

The middle of the store often contains the most processed and unhealthy foods. If you find yourself in these aisles, look to the top or bottom of the shelves rather than straight ahead. The most expensive items are usually placed at eye level.

Additionally, there are now many great grocery list apps to help you shop. Some of them can even save favorite items or share lists between multiple shoppers. Using an app is also a great way to make sure you don’t forget your list at home.

3. Cook at Home
Cooking at home is much cheaper than eating out. Make it a habit to cook at home, rather than eating out at the last minute. Generally, you can feed an entire family of 4 for the same price as buying food for one or two people at a restaurant.

Some people find it best to cook for the entire week on the weekends, while others cook one meal at a time. By cooking yourself, you also gain the benefit of knowing exactly what is in your food.

4. Cook Large Portions and Use Your Leftovers
Cooking large meals can save you both time and money. Leftovers can be used for lunches, in other recipes or frozen in single-portion sizes to be enjoyed later on.

Leftovers usually make very good stews, stir-fries, salads and burritos. These types of food are especially great for people on a budget.

5. Don’t Shop When You’re Hungry
If you go to the grocery store hungry, you are more likely to stray from your grocery list and buy something on impulse.

When you’re hungry, you often crave foods that aren’t good for you or your budget. Try to grab a piece of fruit, yogurt or other healthy snack before you go to the store.

6. Buy Whole Foods
Some foods are way cheaper in less processed form. Whole grains, like brown rice and oats, are also cheaper per serving than most processed cereals.

The less processed foods are also often sold in larger quantities, and yield more servings per package. Whole foods are often less expensive than their processed counterparts. You can also buy them in larger quantities.

7. Stock up on Sales
If you have favorite products or staples that you use frequently, you should stock up on them when they’re on sale. If you’re sure that it’s something you’ll definitely use, you may as well stock up and save a little money.

Just make sure that it will last for a while and won’t expire in the meantime. It will not save you any money to buy something you’ll end up throwing out later on.

8. Shop For Produce That Is In Season
Local produce that is in season is generally cheaper. It is also usually at its peak in both nutrients and flavor. Produce that is not in season has often been transported halfway around the world to get to your store, which is not good for either the environment or your budget. Also, buy produce by the bag if you can. That is usually a lot cheaper than buying by the piece.

If you buy more than you need, you can freeze the rest or incorporate it into next week’s meal plans.

9. Buy in Bulk
Buying some foods in bulk quantities can save you a lot of money. Grains, such as brown rice, millet, barley and oats, are all available in bulk. They also keep for a long time, if you store them in airtight containers. This is also true for beans, lentils, some nuts and dried fruit.

These are all staple foods that are relatively inexpensive and can be used in a variety of healthy meals.

10. Pack Your Lunch
Eating out is very expensive, especially if done regularly. Packing your lunch, snacks, drinks and other meals is less expensive and way healthier than eating out.

If you have adapted to cooking large meals at home (see tip #4), you’ll always have a steady lunch to bring with you without any additional effort or cost. It does require some planning, but it should save you a lot of money at the end of the month.

 

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8 health-promoting veggies that can easily be regrown over and over again

by: David Gutierrez – Natural News

People who are new to gardening sometimes feel intimidated by the leap of faith required to grow plants from seed. Others find it daunting to save seeds from their plants, but dislike the idea of purchasing new seeds for the same crops year after year.

Fortunately, there are a great number of food plants that can easily be regrown by saving and replanting just a small portion of the plant after harvest.

Like all vegetables, the following eight plants need light, water, air and nutrients (typically in the form of soil). Though many will thrive best outside, they can all be grown indoors, given sufficient light (five to six hours per day, including in winter), and good drainage.

Super herbs

Some of the easiest and most rewarding plants to grow are green onions. Nearly the entire plant is edible – the leaves taste like chives and the bulbs taste like onions – and if you submerge the inedible roots in water they will resprout into a full plant! So you can just grow the same onion again and again, and meanwhile add plenty of vitamin C and the super-antioxidant quercetin to your diet.

Cilantro, also known as coriander, can sprout from even a single leaf submerged in water. Once the plant has formed roots, it should be transplanted. In addition to providing a distinctive flavor to your dishes, cilantro is also a potent antiseptic and antifungal, aids digestion and helps remove toxic metals from the body.

Basil will also sprout into a full plant from just a single leaf, as long as the stem is just under two inches long. Once the new plant has doubled in size, it should be transplanted. Basil has been shown to lower levels of stress hormones, detoxify the liver, improve respiratory function, lower blood sugar and improve circulation. It is rich in iron and a potent anti-inflammatory.

Perhaps the greatest of the herbs is garlic, a superfood among superfoods. Garlic produces edible leaves, but it is most prized for its pungent bulbs. A single one of these bulbs, if placed in water, will sprout into a full plant.

Garlic is a potent immune booster and one of the broadest spectrum antimicrobial agents known. It has been shown to help prevent cancer and even shrink some cancerous tumors.

Perpetually growing veggies

You’ve heard that potatoes can be regrown from their eyes, but these veggies make that process look downright difficult!

You can regrow bok choy – which is an anti-inflammatory, lowers blood pressure and prevents cancer – by placing the roots in water. Transplant after one to two weeks and harvest again when it reaches full size.

Romaine lettuce needs a little more mass to grow back; save half the plant and place in water. It can be transplanted as soon as the leaves start growing back. You can pick and eat lettuce leaves as the plant grows, adding a rich source of vitamin C to your diet.

Carrots are famous for being rich in beta-carotenes that produce vitamin A, but did you know that beta-carotenes also have cancer-fighting properties? Best of all, carrots are incredibly easy to grow: Just save the top part that you are already cutting off and submerge it in water. Watch the roots and leaves grow almost at once!

You can use a similar trick with celery, submerging the base that is typically cut off and discarded. The celery can be replanted as soon as leaves appear in the center of the plant. While it may have a reputation as having limited nutrient content, celery is actually very rich in micronutrients. It has a long history of use as a medicinal plant, and contains plant compounds that have been shown to boost immune function and stop the growth of cancer cells.

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More Reasons To Eat Ginger for Good Health

Ginger is an ancient wonder spice and is given the status of a “natural medicine chest” in ancient Ayurvedic medicine. That’s because this wonder spice has time-tested, digestion-friendly properties, in addition to its numerous other health benefits.

If you want to improve your health, lose weight, fight inflammation, and maintain your brain performance, then you may want to always use ginger in all your foods. Here is a look at some of the best reasons for using more ginger.

  1. Natural Decongestant

You can use ginger as a natural decongestant. This could help you deal with common cold, sinusitis, and any other illness that causes congestion. Ginger contains anti-histamines that will help break up mucus, relieve headaches, sore throats, and other symptoms related to the cold or flu.

  1. Improve Digestion

Ginger can improve your digestion and digestive health. It increases the amount of digestive acid in your stomach, promotes better gastric motility and boosts your metabolism. If you have been suffering from digestive issues, try consuming more ginger.

  1.  Prevent Flatulence

You may think that spicy ginger would irritate the stomach, but ginger is in fact a soothing herb. It is an anti-flatulence that is used to reduce gas, bloating and flatulence. If you fight gas or flatulence often, try adding fresh ginger to your meals or have an after-dinner cup of ginger tea.

  1.  Fight Inflammation

One of the greatest benefits of ginger is that it can help fight inflammation. If you have arthritis or an condition that causes inflammation, then you should include more ginger in your diet. These benefits actually work quickly, so you may notice a reduction in your inflammation within a few hours.

  1.  Prevent Heartburn

If you regularly have to deal with acid reflux, consume more ginger. Ginger helps with digestion and reduce the symptoms of acid reflux, or heartburn. In fact, many people find that ginger is more effective than most acid reflux medications.

  1.  Prevent Nausea

Use more ginger to deal with motion sickness, morning sickness related to pregnancy, and general nausea. Ginger may even help reduce nausea related to chemotherapy.

  1.  Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

There is growing evidence that consuming ginger on a regular basis can help prevent the development or the spread of Alzheimer’s Disease and reduce brain deterioration. When digestive health (our second brain) is healthy, our brain is healthy.

  1.  Maintain Blood Sugar Levels

If you have diabetes, consuming ginger could help you maintain low blood sugar levels. Ginger has anti-diabetic properties that can help prevent spikes in blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol levels, and lower high blood pressure.

  1.  Promote Weight Loss

Ginger can provide you with a boost of energy, improve your metabolism, and help you lose weight. In fact, almost all of the benefits listed could help you with your weight loss goals.

  1. Improve Absorption Of Nutrients

The final benefit in this list is the ability of ginger to improve the absorption of nutrients in other foods. By including more ginger in your diet, you can receive more vitamins and minerals from the foods that you eat. Ginger activates enzymes that promote the absorption of nutrients.

 

Deciding How Much Ginger to Use

 Now that you know why you should use more ginger, how much ginger should you use? You may not have to keep track of exactly how much ginger you use each day, but many people claim that including at least 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger in their meals and tea each day can help them get over the common cold or other illnesses.

Ginger is incredibly beneficial, affordable, and readily available. You have no reason to avoid ginger, unless you are allergic to it. So if you want to promote better health, grab some fresh ginger root and start adding it to your foods and juices.

 

 

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7 ‘Healthy’ Habits That Are Making You Fat

Habits that's Making You FatThere are many different myths that people follow, when trying to lose weight, that could lead to weight gain. When you try to watch what you eat and follow healthy eating habits, it is important that you find honest advice backed by medical research.

The following eight weight loss habits are actually myths that could backfire and cause you to gain weight. Before starting a new diet or changing your eating habits, look over these common weight loss myths.

  1. Counting Calories

Cutting calories is not always the best option for losing weight. Obviously, if you eat a lot of food, you are going to have trouble losing weight, so cutting calories can have some benefits; however, this should not be the focus of your diet. Just because you are counting calories does not mean that you can eat whatever you want.

Many people run into the problem, when counting calories, of filling their calories with junk food. Energy bars or granola bars sold with “low-calories” most often are not helpful as they are processed foods. Instead of focusing on the calories, you should focus on the food. Look for healthier options, instead of worrying so much about calories.

Tip: ALL fruits and vegetables have very low calories, and they are healthy too. Eat as much as you want!

  1. Eating Low Fat Foods

Don’t be tricked into thinking that a food with “low fat” on its label is better or will help you to lose weight. Many “low-fat”, “reduced fat”, and “fat-free” foods are really not what they claim to be.A recent study found that 10% of diet foods contain the same or more calories than the regular stuff, and that 40% had more sugar.

When food companies remove fat from their products, they will have to use more sugar, salt, and artificial additives to make the food taste better. These additives are really more harmful than fat itself.

A research also showed that a “low-fat” nutrition label leads all consumers, especially those who are overweight, to overeat. This certainly will defeat the purpose of your wanting to eat healthy and lose weight.

  1. Eating A High-Protein Diet

If you’re eating a high-protein diet that you think will help you to lose weight, eating a meaty meal is not desirable in late evening as your digestive system slows down in the evening.

The wrong foods that you eat at a late hour will not be used up as fuel, thus will be stored away as fats that you will find difficult to lose.

Try avoiding these types of food and realize how light you will feel the next morning.

  1. Avoiding Carbohydrates

The low-carb diets have become a popular way to try to lose weight. While some low-carb diets may be useful for dropping a few pounds, studies suggest that they can be bad for your health —in the long run.

A very low carb diet can lead to an imbalanced gut flora. When you avoid carbs, you’re also avoiding important prebiotics (i.e. food for your gut flora) like soluble fiber and resistant starch. These prebiotics are essential for promoting the growth of beneficial gut flora. Without them, your beneficial flora can’t produce as much gut-healing substances, and your microbiome composition may even shift in an undesirable direction.

You’re only as healthy as your gut is: an unhealthy gut contributes to everything from obesity and diabetes, to digestive illness, to autoimmune disease, to skin disorders and various other diseases. Opt for the healthy carbohydrates that you get from fruits and vegetables.

  1. Salad is Healthy

Salad is not always healthy—IF you add salad dressings full of unhealthy fat and fried or processed meats, then a green salad can quickly become an unhealthy meal.

If you want to eat a healthy salad, skip mayonnaise, thousand islands and the like. Make your own healthy dressing with balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar, with some extra virgin oil and a tinge of honey if you like. Focus on including healthy ingredients—dark, leafy greens and other fresh ingredients, such as fruit.

  1. Avoiding Fat

Fat is often thought of as something that you need to avoid. What many people do not realize is that there is healthy fat and unhealthy fat. Actually, fat should comprise at least 20 percent of your daily calories.

Unhealthy fats to avoid are foods

  • Vegetable cooking oil
  • Hydrogenated fats (read the labels)
  • Transfats
    Fried foods (French fries, doughnuts, deep-fried fast foods)
  • Margarine (avoid at all cost!)
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Baked goods (cookies, cakes, pastries)
  • Processed snack foods (crackers, microwave popcorn)

Healthy fats to include that will actually help with your weight loss:

  • Saturated fats
  • Coconut oil (for cooking)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (not for cooking)
  • Avocado
  • Shea butter
  • Fatty fish
  • Nuts and seeds

 

  1. Working Out While Hungry

Some people believe that skipping a meal before a workout can help them burn more fat. The thought process behind this is that if you deprive your body of fuel before the workout, you will be able to burn more calories. Unfortunately, this is not a good idea. Your body needs fuel, for you to get more out of your workout.

A glass of green juice may also keep you feeling full and provide you the energy you need for your workout that will continue to burn fats even while you’re sleeping.

If you have had trouble losing weight, before you start a new diet, you should make sure that you are not following any of these weight loss myths. There is no shortcut to losing weight. If you want to drop a few pounds, you need to focus on eating healthy foods.

You do not need to completely change your diet to start losing weight. Combine some moderate exercise with a healthy meal plan.

 

 

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