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8 Signs You Should Drink Turmeric Milk For Better Health

8 Signs You Should Drink Turmeric Milk For Better Health

Turmeric milk – also called golden milk or haldi ka doodh in its native India, is a beverage that has been drunk for its health benefits for thousands of years all over southeast Asia. Fortunately, people in the West are now beginning to discover this amazing drink that is not only delicious but can help with an array of health problems. Read on to find out more about the health benefits of golden milk.

1. You Suffer from Joint Pain and Stiffness

Rheumatoid or osteoarthritis and similar joint diseases affect millions of Americans of all ages and can seriously impact your ability to do housework, hold a job, run errands and do other things that need to be done in day-to-day life. But because of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric milk can help to reduce joint pain and stiffness and increase your mobility.

2. You Catch Colds and Flus Frequently

If you find yourself catching colds and flus frequently or constantly getting coughs or sniffles, chances are your immune system might not be as strong as it should be. But turmeric milk can help with this as well. Its antioxidant properties help your body to better fight off the bacteria and viruses that cause infections.

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3. You Have Regular Bouts of Indigestion

Stress, long hours and too much convenience food can make for frequent bouts of heartburn, GERD and other forms of indigestion, which can lead to chronic pain and discomfort and even do permanent damage to the digestive system over time. However, the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric can also help to settle and soothe an upset stomach naturally.

4. You Have Risk Factors for Heart Disease

High blood pressure and cholesterol levels and high levels of stress can set the stage for heart attacks or other forms of heart disease, which remains a leading killer not only in the US but around the world. Turmeric is great for heart health because of its blood-thinning properties (which reduce the risk of a heart attack) and because its antioxidant capacity reduces the risk of heart attacks.

5. You Suffer from Chronic Pain

Chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia make life difficult for people all over the world and can seriously impact their quality of life.  But turmeric has both anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and has even been called “natural aspirin” because of its affect on the body. It is a great natural alternative to prescription pain killers which can bring a whole array of side affects.

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6. You are at Risk for Cancer

Cancer is a worry for many people, particularly if they have risk factors for this disease such as a family history or a history of smoking or a poor diet and lack of exercise. However, cancer risk can be reduced by healthy lifestyle choices like weight loss, smoking cessation or the regular use of turmeric milk. Turmeric’s strong antioxidant properties protect the body’s cells from DNA changes that can eventually lead to this disease.

7. You Have Liver Disease

Liver disease – like cirrhosis – can affect the whole body since it is such as important organ, detoxifying the body and removing unwanted wastes as well as doing things like keeping blood sugar levels steady. Turmeric is well-known for being one of the best spices to support healthy liver function.

8. You Have Brittle Bones

As they get older, both men and women are at greater risk for osteoporosis, a disease which weakens your bones and puts you at a greater risk for fractures. However, because this drink is so high in calcium, it can help to keep your bones strong and prevent this disease from happening.

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How to Make Your Own Turmeric Milk

The good news is that making your own turmeric milk is easy to do – and you can probably make it with ingredients you already have around the home. While there are hundreds of variations of turmeric milk recipes, this one, taken from AllRecipes.com, is a great one to get you started.

Ingredients

1/4 tsp. turmeric
1/4 tsp. cardamom
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 pinch ground ginger
1 pinch ground cloves
1 pinch ground allspice
1 cup milk
3/4 tsp. honey
1/8 tsp. vanilla

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Whisk the spices into the cold milk until well-blended, then warm in a pan over medium heat until the desired temperature. Strain, add the honey and enjoy!

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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