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5 Mind-Blowingly Delicious Turmeric Recipes

5 Mind-Blowingly Delicious Turmeric Recipes

Turmeric is a deep gold, pungent spice which lends its flavor and distinctive aroma to curries and other Southeast Asian dishes.  But it is so much more than just a way to add some zest to any dish. Turmeric was used as a medicine in Ayurveda, the Indian tradition of healing that goes back thousands of years in India and is thought to be the world’s oldest healthcare system. Today, it is one of the most-studied spices in modern medicine.  It’s active ingredient is curcumin. Curcumin is an incredibly strong anti-inflammatory and is good for treating osteoarthritis as well as a range of other diseases include cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis and other chronic inflammatory conditions. It also has antioxidant properties which have proven to be beneficial for conditions such as heart disease.What’s even better than that is that this spice is incredibly versatile — and not just in curries.  These amazing turmeric recipes below will give you an idea of just how many delicious ways you can get more of this healthy spice into your diet.

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Fresh Organic Apple Cider with Apples and Cinnamon

    Fire Cider

    Burn, baby, burn with this sweet, tangy red-hot cider that gets its fire from habanero peppers — and its amazing flavor and health benefits from the turmeric and other herbs and spices that go into its making. The great thing about this recipe is that you can drink it straight up, warm it up and add honey to make a tea or use it as a marinade, to sprinkle on vegetables or even in lemonade or a Bloody Mary! And at the first sign of a cold, if you take one to two tablespoons of this cider every 3-4 hours, the antiviral affects of the rosemary and other herbs can make you feel better sooner.

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      Curried Corn and Coconut Rice

      If you are looking for a great alternative to traditional side dishes for a BBQ or cookout, consider this summer dish made from fresh corn and served over coconut-infused brown rice for a fiber-rich, yummy treat. This recipe is a great example of Asian-Caribbean fusion cooking which takes the best of both worlds and blends them together in this dish. And the best thing? This recipe requires you to make a large batch of the seasoning and you can save the leftovers to experiment with on meats and other vegetables.

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        Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup

        If you are on a low-carb or Paleo diet but miss comfort foods like homemade potato soup, you might want to check this recipe out.  It has the same texture as a pureed potato soup with none of the nasty carbs and a ton of spicy flavor to warm you up even on a really cold fall day. Busy parents will also like this recipe since it is so healthy and so fast to put together.

        Grilled cauliflower steaks with herbs and spices
          Grilled cauliflower steaks with herbs and spices

          Cauliflower “Steaks” with Ginger, Turmeric and Cumin

          If you are looking for a great vegan meal or just a meatless alternative to a traditional cookout, this recipe is for you. Cauliflower “steaks” give a great, meaty texture while providing a load of fiber and important nutrients like sulphur and the blend of spices used perfectly complements like taste of the cauliflower itself.  Best of all, if served with quinoa, this meal is both vegetarian and high in protein.

          Persimmon with orange smoothie by fresh ingredients
            Persimmon with orange smoothie by fresh ingredients

            Sunshine Smoothie with Coconut, Clementine and Turmeric

            Want to zest up your morning or post-workout routine? Try this amazing fruity-spicy smoothie and see how good turmeric can be even in sweet foods like this one. This smoothie is incredibly healthy, with loads of vitamins A and C and lots of potassium to keep your energy levels high. And because it contains coconut water, it is also great to help your rehydrate even after strenuous exercise. As you can see from these recipes above, there are many delicious ways to get more turmeric in your diet — and start reaping the amazing health benefits this deep golden spice has to offer.

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            Last Updated on July 2, 2020

            Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

            Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

            There is very little in life as annoying or distracting as neck pain. Most people find that neck pain is temporary. What can you do if your neck pain seems chronic or if it comes and goes with no obvious source?

            Whether you have simply slept on your neck wrong or you are working late, hunched over a keyboard half the night, neck pain is, well, a pain in the neck!

            What most people are unaware of is that there are little known hacks that can help you find relief from neck pain fast and naturally. This means no pills or expensive exercise equipment to buy.

            How can you get relief from neck pain?

            There are several easy steps to follow to find the perfect hack for solving your neck pain fast and easy.

            How Did I End Up With This Pain in the Neck?

            Neck pain often has an I-was-looking-right-at-it source that we don’t recognize at first glance. Once you identify the source of the pain, you can take the best corrective measure, or several measures if need be!

            Ask yourself these questions to find a possible source:

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            • Do you spend much of the day sitting (desk job, typing, etc.)?
            • How old are your mattress and pillow?
            • How much exercise do you work into an average day?
            • How do you manage stress?
            • Have you been injured or in an accident (no matter how small) lately?

            Perhaps one last question to ask yourself might be, “Is my pain a regular occurrence, or is my neck pain something that has just cropped up?

            Once you know the answers to these questions, you can start searching for answers.

            Remedies for Neck Pain

            Once you know the source, try tapping into one (or several) of these solutions to start healing your neck pain now.

            1. Everyday Activities

            One of the important factors with neck pain will be your everyday activities. Other than an injury or accident, one of the largest factors for neck pain includes working overtime in an office and the stress that work entails[1].

            Due to the coronavirus, many people find themselves working from home, in kitchens, basements, using a barstool, and/or other equipment that was not designed for humans to spend hours on end, typing and looking at a computer screen.

            If you find that your neck pain has occurred during the past few months due to a job change, or if you suddenly began working from home, your issue may be due to ergonomics. Invest in an adjustable office chair to help make your workspace more neck-friendly.

            2. Age of Mattress and Pillow

            The age of your mattress and pillow should also be considered. Pillows, on average, should be changed every 3 years, and a mattress every 7-10 years. No matter how good or comfortable you think these items are, the truth is that they are hurting your neck and back with a lack of support.

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            A good mattress is well worth the investment, and pillows are always on sale, as well as wallet-friendly. If you haven’t tried them, a water-filled pillow can be comfortable for many people.

            3. Exercise/Movement/Stretching

            It’s that old exercise question that no one wants to hear. This time around, it has been difficult for many people to get in good exercise since they have been housebound due to the quarantine. There are plenty of ways to get in some good, old-fashioned exercise.

            Stretching exercises are even more important than before since many people do not get enough movement while sitting at home. There are hundreds of at-home exercise, dance, and yoga videos that require little to no equipment, so even if you’re a beginner, give it a go.

            4. Stress and Stress Management

            Stress is a hidden danger that robs more people of health than even most doctors realize. While everyone has stress, not everyone recognizes it, nor do they have a means of managing it. Exercise is one of the best ways to release stress, with meditation and yoga being the best ways to manage and relieve stress. All of these will remove tightness in the muscles and relieve neck pain.

            5. Accident or Injury

            If you have been involved in an accident or injured yourself lately (falling down, or having something fall on you, for example) and your neck pain began after this incident, you should speak with your doctor about this as soon as possible.

            6. On-Going Problem or Sudden Occurrence

            Finally, if your neck pain is something that has occurred recently, it could simply be that you slept on it wrong or turned your neck too hard. That will make this a very temporary condition. You can try some easy stretches for pain relief .

            An on-going problem, however, might respond better to some other alternative methods, including:

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            • Slowly moving and stretching your neck. Do not move too quickly or too far. Roll your head from side to side, shoulder to shoulder, to the front and to the back.
            • Ice packs work well for some people, while heat works best for others.
            • Be aware of how you use your cell phone or tablet. If you keep your neck bent downward for too long to look at it, you can develop an annoying pain called text-neck or tech-neck. Take breaks and look up to stretch those neck muscles.
            • Long hours driving can also be hard on the neck. Look from side to side as far as you can, as well as up and down to prevent a stiff neck.

             

            Still Have Tight Neck Muscles? 3 Tips for Finding Relief

            When tight neck muscles are not responding to the typical heat, ice, or massage treatments, you might want to give the following a try:

            1. Gua Sha

            This is an ancient Chinese practice that might seem a bit odd, but it works for many people. In this practice, a trained individual uses a spoon or other object and makes short strokes down the neck. It is believed that poor blood circulation causes it to become stagnant, if you will, and blocks the positive energy needed for life, called qi.

            Fresh blood will indeed allow oxygen and nutrients to feed the tissues in a given area, and one study found that gua sha worked where traditional methods, such as heat therapy, did not[2].

            2. Swimming

            You probably know that swimming is a terrific low-impact exercise that works wonders for those with back and knee pain, but did you know that it also works well for neck pain and tight muscles? It helps if the water is tepid and not cold, but even just floating on your back can offer tremendous relief since most of the body weight is suspended by the buoyancy of water.

            3. Chiropractic Massage

            Not your typical day spa massage, chiropractic massage is performed under the guidance of a chiropractor. A trained massage therapist will still do the massage, but this time, the chiropractor will have discussed your neck pain and any problems you might be having with them. Many people have found real relief from neck pain through chiropractic massage.

            The Best Treatment for Neck Pain

            When you need to find relief from neck pain and nothing you have tried previously seems to give you more than a few minutes of relief, spending some time with a chiropractor often times can fix this issue, and it doesn’t often return if you follow a healthy lifestyle.

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            I’m certain that many of you are thinking about those awful videos with those loud cracking noises you’ve seen on social media, or you are recalling a news story which might have suggested that allowing a chiropractor anywhere near your neck might be a health hazard[3]. Nothing could be further from the truth.

            You should try the other suggestions in this article before you head off to the chiropractor, but when all else fails, don’t let neck pain nag you day in and day out. Take steps to make an appointment, and you will be surprised at the results.

            What Can a Chiropractor Do for Neck Pain?

            Many people mistakenly believe that the only technique a chiropractor will use is a neck adjustment. Chiropractors are trained in a variety of methods that are designed to help you find the pain relief you are seeking.

            A few of the methods a chiropractor might use include:

            • Cervical Manual Traction
            • Flexion-Distraction
            • Cervical Mobilization
            • Ultrasound
            • Cervical Drop Technique
            • Trigger Point Therapy

            There are many more options, but your chiropractor should explain to you which techniques s/he intends to use and why[4]

            The Bottom Line

            If neck pain wreaks havoc in your life regularly, the best way to stop it is to identify the source and attack it from that angle.

            Getting plenty of exercises, having a proper posture, and buying an office chair that provides plenty of support, as well as a regular stretching program, will keep your neck strong and flexible for many years to come.

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