Turmeric is also known as the ‘golden spice’ among many other names because of its color. It lives up to this title due to its amazing health benefits. Turmeric has been used for at least over 4000 years as a spice and medicine.
Although we may not know it, according to some historians Turmeric is said to have been the ‘gold’ that was brought to baby Jesus by the wise men, and references to it in ancient medicine goes even further back than that.
Turmeric is so powerful because of the wealth of beneficial compounds that are present within it. It has antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, antioxidant, antimutagenic, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in many healthy nutrients such as iron, dietary fiber, niacin, magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, protein, calcium, copper, and zinc.
- Prevents cancer
In studies it has been shown that turmeric can help prevent prostate cancer and against radiation-induced tumors. It has also been shown to actually prevent growth of tumor cells like T-cell leukemia, colon cancer and breast cancer.
- Treats depression
The active ingredient in turmeric, circumin is full of antioxidants, which are clinically proven to be an effective anti-depressant.
- Relieves arthritis
Because of its excellent anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is great for treating rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and general joint pain.
- Boosts the immunity
Turmeric contains lipopolysaccharide which has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effects which helps strengthen the immune system. Taken on a regular basis, turmeric will ensure you don’t catch as many colds or viruses.
- Heals wounds
Turmeric has strong antiseptic and antiviral properties, meaning it is effective at treating wounds, burns and other skin conditions such as psoriasis.
- Maintains healthy heart
Turmeric is great for maintaining a healthy heart as it breaks down fat and cholesterol which can lead to heart diseases.
- Maintains the ideal weight
Turmeric can help you maintain a healthy weight as it breaks down bile which is main component in dietary fat. Also, it’s delicious and unique flavor gives life to vegetable-based meals that will help you feel fuller without reaching for bad foods.
- Prevents Alzheimer’s disease
Turmeric has properties which are essential to healthy blood and oxygen flow in the body. Alzheimer is caused by a buildup of proteins in the brain, which could be helped by keeping blood flow in the brain at a healthy level.
- Protects the liver
Turmeric is full of enzymes which detoxify the body. Give your liver a boost by introducing turmeric to help it function at its best.
How to get prepare turmeric to reap its health benefits
- 1 cup hot water
- ½ tsp fresh grated turmeric
- dash of black pepper
- raw honey to taste
- squeeze of lime (makes turmeric more bioavailable)
Heat up the water until it boils. Add turmeric and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the water from the stove and strain the tea. Add the remaining ingredients. Let it sit for 10 minutes then serve.
- ½ lemon
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder or ½ inch turmeric root
- sea salt
Juice the lemon and turmeric, spice it with a pinch of salt, pour it in a glass and drink it. If you don’t have a juicer you can use fresh lemon, squeeze it and add turmeric powder and salt in it.
Add some turmeric on your traditional eggs in the morning.
- 1 knuckle chopped/grated turmeric
- 4 cups veggie or organic bone broth
Heat up some water until it boils. Add both turmeric and broth and simmer for 15 minutes, strain chunks out, add some black pepper and enjoy in the new flavor of your soup.
Add some turmeric in your favourite smoothie or try this recipe:
*1 tsp turmeric powder/fresh turmeric
*½ coconut or almond milk
*1 tsp hemp seed hearts
*1 ½ cups frozen pineapple or mango
*1 tsp maca root
*2 tbsp coconut flakes
*dash of black pepper
Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
If you are in a hurry you can simply mix some warm milk with 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder. If you have some time to spare then try the recipe below.
- 1 tsp turmeric powder/fresh grated
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ tsp ginger powder/fresh grated
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- dash of cardamom
- dash of clove
- dash of cinnamon
- 1 cup coconut or almond milk
- 2 tsp raw honey
Put all ingredients in a pot and simmer them for 1 min. Pour in a cup and enjoy.
- 1 gallon Filtered or Spring Water
- 1 cup of fresh Turmeric or ⅓ cup dried whole root
- 1 cup organic sugar or rapadure
- 1 cup of fresh Ginger
- ½ cup Water Kefir Grains
- First you need to peel the ginger and turmeric and roughly chop.
- Then pour the water into a pan, put it on the stove and bring to a boil.
- Put the ginger and turmeric into the pot.
- Lover the temperature, cover the pot and cook for an hour.
- When is done move to the refrigerator to cool.
- When it cools, strain out the ginger and the turmeric.
- Then pour the liquid into a large one gallon glass jar.
- Then add the sugar or rapadura and mix up until it is dissolved.
- Lastly add the water kefir grains.
- Cover the glass with a dish towel and let it sit for 3-5 days.
- Try it- if it tastes tangy, a bit sour and is fizzy then it’s done.
- Keep it in the refrigerator and enjoy it whenever you want.
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Man Hospitalized After Sniffing His Own Smelly Socks
A 37 year old man has been hospitalized after sniffing his own socks for a little too long. The man who has been identified only as Peng from Zhangzhou, southeast China started having chest pains and decided to head to the hospital.
On arrival he was immediately admitted as an emergency case and the doctor ordered an X-ray to determine the cause of his pain as well as the cause of a cough that he had developed.
Peng was diagnosed with a fungal infection of the lungs, and had to stay put in hospital for treatment, while doctors determined the pretty unusual cause.
After taking an oral history from Peng, the doctors discovered that his condition was most likely caused by his habit of smelling his socks after he’d been wearing them.
A fungal infection he had developed on his feet was transferred into his lungs when he sniffed his socks, inhaling some of the fungal spores as he did so.
A local newspaper, Fujian Daily,reported that Peng had revealed to the doctors that he had become “addicted” to smelling the socks he’d worn during the day.
This regular and prolonged deep sniffs of his own socks most likely allowed the fungal spores to spread into his lungs, where they developed into a fungal infection.
Speaking to the Fujian Daily, Dr Mai Zhuanying at the Zhangzhou No. 909 Hospital said, “The infection could also be attributed to the patient’s lack of rest at home as he had been looking after his child, leading to a weaker immune system.”
Peng has been kept in hospital for treatment, and doctors say that he is expected to make a full recovery.
Before you panic and rush to the hospital to tell doctors about that time you sniffed your socks to check if they were clean, this is unlikely to happen to you. A quick sniff probably won’t cause you to be hospitalized, just don’t make it a habit!
3 Activities That Can Help You Manage Arthritis Pain
Arthritis can cause substantial joint pain. Thus, patients with this condition often struggle to stay active. That’s understandable. It’s difficult to move around when your joints ache. However, if you have arthritis, it is actually very important to exercise regularly. Some experts even consider exercise to be the most effective arthritis treatment that doesn’t require patients to take drugs.
That said, you shouldn’t jump straight into a new fitness routine if you have arthritis. It may not be safe to perform certain exercises. Use direct access to physical therapy to coordinate with an expert that can help to develop a workout plan that fits your needs and abilities.
The types of activities they recommend will vary on a case-by-case basis. In general, though, the exercises will belong to one of the following categories:
Aerobic exercise is good for everyone because it promotes cardiovascular health. It’s particularly important for arthritic patients because it also promotes weight loss.
When you lose weight, the amount of stress your joints are under reduces. Staying active and adhering to a fitness plan will help you not only achieve a healthy weight, but also maintain it.
Range-of-motion exercises typically involve simple movements designed to help reduce joint stiffness. An example would be rolling your shoulders backwards repeatedly. These exercises are ideal for patients with limited mobility because they can be performed easily and anywhere.
Your muscles protect your joints. Thus, it’s very important for people with arthritis to focus on exercises that strengthen muscles.
This usually involves some form of resistance exercise, such as lifting weights or doing push-ups. Again, you shouldn’t attempt such a routine on your own without speaking with your doctor and a professional first. Lifting weights is dangerous for anyone without the proper experience and information. By coordinating with a professional, you’ll avoid injuring yourself.
You should also stick to a low-impact activities that are easier on your joints. For instance, walking or jogging is a lot better for an arthritic person than sprinting through rocky terrain.
Applying heat to your joints before working out can also help prevent stiffness later. Apply cold packs to your joints after exercising to reduce inflammation. Of course, you should also stop working out if you feel yourself getting too tired or experiencing too much pain.
That’s less likely to happen if you develop a fitness plan with expert help first. Again, exercise offers major benefits to arthritic people. You’ll get the most benefits when you work out safely.
Young Girls Who Met In Hospital Reunite For “Survivors” Photo-shoot
Two years after beating cancer, four young girls reunited for a celebratory photoshoot, and the pictures are all sorts of incredible. McKinley, Chloe, Ava, and Lauren, were all diagnosed with cancer and were treated at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.
The little girls all had different types of cancer, but they all met when being treated in the same ward. The four instantly became very close friends and spent as much time with each other as they could while going through treatments.
Lauren’s mom, Shawna Glynn, said, “She’s three years old and doesn’t have any hair, but all her friends in the hospital look the same way. So it kind of gave her some normality.”
“It was just always a breath of fresh air to see a familiar face, and to know that she wasn’t alone in there.” Another mom added.
The girls’ close relationship also helped their parents cope a little better, dealing with such a trying period in not just their kids’ lives, but theirs as well.
“From the standpoint of a mom, too, having other moms to relate to has been phenomenal. Just to have other people going through it at the same time as us.” Karen Moore, McKinley’s mom said.
“It gives me chills, it makes me want to cry. I mean, I love these kids as if they were my own, for sure. They’re awesome.” Paige Ward, a nurse at Johns Hopkins who took care of all the girls explained.
They may be just little girls, but the hurdles they have been able to overcome at such tender ages are incredibly amazing. What’s even more special about their story, is the beautiful friendship they have all been able to build while fighting such tough battles.
The girls have all beaten cancer, with Lauren finishing her treatment not too long ago and set to start kindergarten soon. The girls are also happy that they now have their long hair back as well and are planning to have their reunions every year.
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