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8 Amazing Health Benefits Of Having Turmeric Every Day

8 Amazing Health Benefits Of Having Turmeric Every Day

Turmeric is a tuber in the ginger family with a vibrant golden hue and a mild, earthy taste.  It’s a standard ingredient in Indian cuisine as a major component of curry, and is even used in American foods, like mustard, thanks to its bright coloring. The subtly warming flavor of turmeric lends itself nicely to many types of dishes and can add a vivacious glow to any plate.

Fortunately, this vivacity brings lots of health benefits when enjoying it with your daily meals. Here are 8 amazing health benefits of turmeric.

1. Soothes Inflammation

When the body is working to combat something, be it a virus, mild infection, or something more serious, inflammation occurs. Inflammation can be uncomfortable and can make you feel ill all over. There’s even research to suggest that there could be a link between inflammation and depression.

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Turmeric can help to alleviate this and has even been given to surgery patients to bring down the inflammation that occurs as a result of the operation.

2. Fights Signs of Aging

The powerful antioxidant agents in turmeric can help curb the progression of UV and other environmental damage to the skin, which speeds up the appearance of the aging process. So essentially, adding a little gold powder to your menu is sort of like like sipping from the fountain of youth.

3. Helps Prevent Cancer

Anti-carcinogenic properties of turmeric makes it a cancer fighter. Curcumin, one of the active ingredients in turmeric, has been shown in studies to both prevent cancer cell growth and kill existing cancer cells. Particular cancers that seem to respond to curcumin are breast, bowel, stomach and skin cancers.

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Of course, while enjoying turmeric as a preventative measure and eating it if you’re already battling cancer is probably a great idea, it’s not suggested that you ignore all other treatment methods. Talk to your doctor about adding turmeric to your anti-cancer regimen.

4. Protects Against Neurodegenerative Diseases

Curcumin again plays a role here through decreasing the degradation of neurons and fighting inflammation and free radicals, among other things.

What this means is diseases that affect the neurological systems such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s, can be curtailed and even combated through eating more of this wonderful herb!

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5. Fights Bacterial Infections

Turmeric also contains antimicrobial components, which can mean it will help you combat a cold, or fight off a more serious bacterial infection. It also boosts the immune system, which gives your body even more of a fighting chance to take care of any foreign invaders.

6. Supports the Reproductive System

Turmeric alleviates inflammatory conditions including autoimmune fertility health conditions like PCOS, endometriosis, uterine fibroids and others.

Through its many healthy qualities including anti-oxidization of the body, it also protects and supports the liver. A healthy liver is essential for normal hormone regulation, which means reproductive stability.

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7. Modulates the Immune System

Along similar lines, it also could help prevent and cure immune deficiencies and ease autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and MS.

Again, any time you’re battling serious illness, it’s always best to discuss the possibilities with your doctor, but look into the potential of this wonder-herb as part of your management routine.

8. Helps You Lose Weight

Curcumin actually blocks fat storage, so you can use it to help you slim down or maintain your weight! Of course there is no magic pill. You won’t be able to eat mounds of fatty, sugary foods and hope to offset it with a sprinkling of turmeric, but by eating sensibly and adding turmeric to your diet, you’ll have a leg up on weight loss and health over all.

There are lots of great benefits of turmeric, and lots of great ways to enjoy it. Add the dried powder to sauces, dips and spreads, or just sprinkle a little over stir fries. If you can get a hold of the raw form, it can be juiced with fruits and veggies for an extra health kick.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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