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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 June 20, 2019

            Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

            Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

            There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

            More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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            Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

            You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

            During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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            Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

            Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

            The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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            This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

            Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

            The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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            This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

            This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

            Conclusion

            While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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