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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 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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