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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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