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Understanding & Fighting Inflammation Naturally

What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is a defense mechanism in the body. The immune system recognizes damaged cells, irritants, and pathogens, and it begins the healing process. When something harmful or irritating affects a part of our body, there is a biological response to try to remove it.

This inflammatory response is generally referred to as acute inflammation and although the symptoms can be uncomfortable, it is a sign that the body is trying to heal itself.


Good Inflammation
vs.
Bad Inflammation

Often, acute inflammation is perceived as “good,” because it is the body’s attempt to heal itself after an injury, and chronic inflammation as “bad” but it has been said that this is not a very useful distinction. Whether acute or chronic, inflammation is the body’s natural response to a problem, therefore, when chronic inflammation is present, a look in one’s lifestyle should be performed to ascertain the possible cause.


What is Acute Inflammation?

Acute inflammation may present itself as;

  • Pain: The inflamed area is likely to be painful, especially during and after touching. Chemicals that stimulate nerve endings are released, making the area more sensitive.
  • Redness: This occurs because the capillaries in the area are filled with more blood than usual.
  • Immobility: There may be some loss of function in the region of the inflammation.
  • Swelling: This is caused by a build-up of fluid.
  • Heat: More blood flows to the affected area, and this makes it feel warm to the touch.

These five acute inflammation signs only apply to inflammations of the skin. If inflammation occurs deep inside the body, such as in an internal organ, only some of the signs may be noticeable.

Acute inflammation is actually beneficial in the way the body heals itself, however, there is a secondary form of inflammation, known as chronic inflammation.


What is Chronic Inflammation?

Chronic inflammation is not part of the body’s natural healing process, it is a condition where dilated blood vessels and a hyped up immune system become the new norm. The human body is not designed to cope with this unfocused immune activity and research suggests that it may be a causative effect of many diseases and may even accelerate the ageing process in the average person.

Symptoms of chronic inflammation may present as the following symptoms;

  • Fatigue
  • Mouth sores
  • Chest pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Joint pain

Studies have suggested that chronic inflammation may be caused by factors such as; excess weight, poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, smoking, pollution, poor oral health, and excessive alcohol consumption.



Effects of Chronic Inflammation

Many studies are being conducted to understand the implications of chronic inflammation on the body, it is currently believed to affect the below;

Heart
Chronic inflammation has been linked to cardiovascular diseases. Although it is not proven that inflammation causes cardiovascular disease, inflammation is common for heart disease and stroke patients.

Diabetes
Chronic inflammation has been shown to affect insulin signalling, resulting in increased insulin resistance and spiked blood sugar. The spikes trigger white blood cells to attack, and inflammation continues.

Lungs
Chronic inflammation in the lungs is a factor in many problems, such as asthma. When lungs are inflamed, fluid can accumulate, and the airways can narrow, making breathing difficult.

Bones
Chronic inflammation has shown to be associated with increased bone loss and lack of bone growth. Furthermore, inflammation in the gut can decrease the absorption of nutrients that are important to bone health, like calcium and vitamin D.

Mental Health
A 2015 study found that people with depression had 30% more brain inflammation than those who were not depressed. Furthermore, inflammation has been linked to symptoms of depression, including feeling down, loss of appetite and sleep problems.


How to Reduce and Fight Inflammation Naturally

Food
There are many foods that have shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and with the rise in natural remedies, alternative therapies and eating for healthy diets, it is no surprise that more studies are being conducted on foods with healing properties.

The below foods have shown to possess high levels of anti-inflammatory properties;

  • Tomatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Fruit – Strawberries, Blueberries, Oranges
  • Nuts – Almonds, Walnut
  • Leafy Greens – Spinach, Kale
  • Fatty Fish – Salmon, Tuna, Sardines
  • Whole Grains – Brown Rice, Quinoa
  • Herbs & Spices – Turmeric, Cinnamon, Cloves

Eating an anti-inflammatory diet also means staying away from foods that can promote inflammation. It’s best to minimize the amount of foods you eat that are high in saturated and trans fats, such as red meats, dairy products and foods containing partially hydrogenated oils

Although diet plays a large role in inflammation, other factors such as stress, vitamin deficiency and lack of exercise have also shown to increase inflammation.


Natural Supplements
Thanks to a higher number of studies being conducted on natural supplements, medical professionals are recommending them as an alternative to prescription and pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories due to there being a lower risk of negative interactions.

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Turmeric is one of the most popular natural anti-inflammatories and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine because of the combination of nutrients it possesses and their many benefits.

The curcuminoids found within Turmeric are the key inflammation fighting compound And have shown to block inflammatory cytokines and enzymes, including cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), the target of celecoxib (Celebrex).

What many people don’t realise, is that Turmeric is also jam-packed with over 15 other nutrients that are extremely beneficial for our bodies and aid in reducing the effects of inflammation.


Below we have listed these other key nutrients found naturally within the Turmeric root and how they assist our bodily functions.


Nutrients Found in Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

  • Folate (Vitamin B9) is important because it plays a role in DNA synthesis and repair. It encourages cell and tissue growth.
  • Niacin (Vitamin B3) can improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risks. Maintains skin health, supports brain function and helps joint mobility.
  • Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) plays a part in such major functions such as movement, memory, energy expenditure and blood flow.
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) plays a major role in energy production.
  • Vitamin A plays a vital role in bone growth, reproduction and immune system health as well as being essential for eye and vision health.
  • Vitamin C is necessary for the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues. It’s involved in many body functions, including the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.
  • Vitamin E works to block free radicals from the body, which play a large part in the aging process.
  • Vitamin K regulates normal blood clotting as well as transports calcium throughout the body to support bone health.
  • Potassium is used to treat high blood pressure and preventing stroke.
  • Calcium builds and maintains strong bones as well as maintain healthy muscle and nerve function.
  • Copper makes red blood cells and keeps nerve cells and your immune system healthy.
  • Iron is an important component of haemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to transport it throughout your body.
  • Magnesium is crucial to nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, energy production, nutrient metabolism and bone and cell formation.
  • Manganese aids in the formation of connective tissue, production of sex hormones and aids in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation.
  • Phosphorus is another important nutrient that helps build strong bones and teeth.
  • Zinc is needed for the proper growth and maintenance of the human body. It is needed for immune function, wound healing, blood clotting, thyroid function.

Turmeric Nutritional Panel

Below you will see an analysis of the nutrients found within Turmeric. Everything from your daily % value to your vitamins and minerals, to your fats and proteins.


As with most things in life, it is about finding the balance to holistically heal your body and feel the best you possibly can.


Inflammation Fighting Products

This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Results may vary from individual to individual.

The Big Brain Blog

Our brain works throughout our life to control our body’s functions and helps us understand and interact with the world around us. Maintaining a healthy brain will help your mind stay clear and active, so that you can continue to work, rest and play.

Think of your brain as being on a pedestal, your role is to guard this most precious asset by making sure it is well nourished with good nutrition choices while enjoying the benefits of physical exercise and mental challenges.

Lifestyle has a profound impact on your brain health. What you eat and drink, how much you exercise, how well you sleep, the way you socialize, and how you manage stress are all critically important to your brain health.

‘The changes that we need to make to keep our brains healthy are already proven to be good for the heart and overall health, so it’s common sense for us all to try to build them into our lives.’

Research

There’s increasing evidence that the choices we make in life can have significant impacts on the health of our minds and our bodies as we grow older. Suffering from mild cognitive impairment, stroke or other forms of dementia is not just a matter of genetics or bad luck. Researchers have discovered that it’s possible to improve brain health and reduce the risk of age-related cognitive decline by making lifestyle changes.

Regular physical exercise, cutting bad habits like cigarettes and alcohol, eating a balanced diet and staying socially active can all boost brain health.

Statistically, a healthy lifestyle will not just reduce your risk of brain issues, it will also protect against other serious conditions like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

How the Brain Changes

The brain changes throughout life, adapting to things we have learned and experienced. In a healthy brain, new connections continually develop and broken ones are repaired. As we get older, particularly from middle age onward, changes can start to happen within the brain so that there’s a gradual decrease in mental capabilities. This is known as age-related cognitive decline, and it typically results in people becoming more forgetful and less mentally sharp.

Although, brain health is important at every age, it becomes more imperative as we grow older. Mental decline is one of the most frightening aspects of aging, but it is not inevitable, by working to improve brain health you can help maintain your memory, understanding, communication and quality of life.

Mild Cognitive Impairment

Mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, is a condition in which you may have some minor changes in your ability to think clearly and remember things.

In MCI, memory lapses may be worse than a healthy person of the same age may experience, but are not bad enough to affect daily life. For example, many healthy people may forget the occasional word or struggle to remember directions. However, being unable to remember the names of people close to you or getting lost in a familiar location is not normal.

MCI is a common problem, with up to one in five people over 65 estimated to be affected. It is not a form of dementia, but research suggests that people with mild cognitive impairment are more likely to develop dementia in the future.

The good news is that by improving brain health, it’s possible to decrease the risk of developing MCI, and to prevent an existing impairment progressing to become dementia.

Dementia

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease aren’t the same. Dementia is an overall term used to describe symptoms that impact memory, performance of daily activities, and communication abilities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia.

Dementia is the term used to describe a specific set of symptoms related to mental function.

These include;

  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulties with thinking and solving problems
  •  Impaired communication and
  • Disturbed changes

Dementia is progressive, meaning that symptoms can be very mild in the early days, but they gradually increase until they can affect an individual’s ability to live safely and independently.

Dementia is common, particularly in the elderly. It is estimated to affect around one in three people over the age of 65.

The environment and our genes contribute to each individual’s chance of developing the condition but research suggests that lifestyle is responsible for more than 75% of the brain damage associated with the disease.

By adopting healthy habits, you can increase your brain health and reduce your risk of dementia in the future.

8 Healthy Life Habits
for Brain Health

Live an Active Life 
Regular exercise, such as lawn bowls for seniors can increase the network of blood vessels that supply the part of the brain responsible for thought. Exercise also helps you stay fit, protects against diabetes and lowers blood pressure so it can protect your brain in a number of different ways.

Stay Social
Friends and family can be good for your brain health. People with strong social connections tend to have lower blood pressure, a decreased risk of dementia, and a longer life expectancy. Studies suggest that hearing loss, and the isolation associated with it, can be a significant contributor to cognitive decline.  

Control Chronic Conditions 
High blood pressure, diabetes, chronic inflammation and high cholesterol can impair your brain health. Have regular health checks to screen for any problems and ensure any medication keeps these conditions under control.

Eat Well
A balanced diet can nourish your mind and your body. Choose fresh, natural produce with lower levels of sugar, processed foods and saturated fats. Fruit, vegetables, lean protein and healthy oils from olives, fish, nuts and avocados will help protect the brain.

Brain Training
Keeping the brain active is an important aspect of brain health. Challenging mental activities stimulate the formation of new nerve cells connections and may encourage new cell generation. Try crosswords, puzzles, crafts and books to keep your mind alert and ready for anything.

Get Quality Sleep
Sleep is a chance for our bodies to rest and repair the damage inflicted by daily life. It can be difficult to concentrate and function when we’re sleep deprived, with most adults needing between seven and nine hours to perform at their cognitive peak.  

Give Up Smoking
Smoking increases your risk of heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. In research, people who smoked between ten and twenty cigarettes a day had a 44 percent greater risk of getting dementia. Giving up cigarettes is difficult, but it can really help your brain stay sharp and healthy.  

Enjoy Alcohol in Moderation
Too much alcohol can increase the risk of dementia, but a little of what you fancy may actually do you good. Moderate levels of alcohol, under the government recommendation of 14 units a week, may help prevent memory loss.

Turmeric for the Brain

Studies have shown that turmeric has brain protective properties, reduces inflammation, and promotes antioxidant defence. It also regulates neurotransmitters and vital protein levels that support brain health. Turmeric may attenuates anxiety and stress as well as improve the efficiency of some antidepressants, as well as ameliorates sleep deprivation and protects cognition and memory.

Reducing Inflammation

Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties have been widely studied and linked to an increase in brain function and neuron activity. Turmeric has also shown promise to reduce the symptoms of serious brain ailments as there is now compelling evidence that chronic inflammation may be a causative factor in depression, Alzheimer, and Parkinson’s. It is agreed, however, that more studies are needed regarding the long-term interactions of Turmeric and these serious brain disorders.

Antioxidant Defence

Turmeric has shown to help relieve symptoms of brain fog by combating oxidative stress and providing cleaner connections for brain cells. This is because the curcuminoids found in Turmeric increase the bioavailability of DHA, which is an omega-3 fatty acid.

This fatty acid is essential to maintaining your brain’s regular health and provides energy for problem-solving neural connections. Some studies have even shown that Turmeric doesn’t just increase the bioavailability of DHA, but even boosts the levels of the fatty acid in your brain, helping neural connections thrive.

Regulates Proteins

Turmeric has shown to prevent the aggregation of proteins within the brain and maintain the number of TH-positive cells, levels of dopamine and glutathione protecting against oxidative stress, protein oxidation and mitochondrial dysfunction. Research also suggests that Turmeric can stimulate brain-cell creating proteins such as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).

Reduces Anxiety & Stress

The curcuminoids in Turmeric possess anxiolytic properties which have been hypothesised to be used as an anti-stress agent. Turmeric also raises the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain, two neurotransmitters responsible for feelings of happiness, curbing depression, and anxiety, and increasing overall emotional well-being.

Protects Cognition & Memory

Scientists believe that curcumin, the active compound of Turmeric can improve cognitive function. In several research studies, Turmeric has demonstrated to improve working memory and attention span in older adults, as well as improved energy levels, calmness, and contentedness.


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This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Results may vary from individual to individual.

Everything You Need To Know About Magnesium

History of Magnesium

Magnesium makes up 2 percent of the Earth’s crust, but you won’t see this silvery, light metal in nature. This versatile element occurs naturally only in combination with other elements, such as carbon, calcium and oxygen.

Magnesium wasn’t purified until 1808, when Cornish chemist Sir Humphry Davy, who created a small amount by running an electrical current through magnesium oxide, according to the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 1831, French chemist Antoine Bussy was the first to create a significant amount of pure magnesium, according to the RSC.

As a metal, magnesium can be mixed with other metals, particularly aluminium, for use in making car bodies, drink cans and other items that need to be light and strong. Magnesium is flammable, so one of its main uses is for flares and fireworks. During World War II, the element was even used to make incendiary bombs.


WHO KNEW?

The word “magnesium” comes from the name of the Greek region Magnesia, where compounds of this element occur naturally.

Milk of Magnesia, which works as a laxative and to treat indigestion, is a compound of magnesium, hydrogen and oxygen molecules.

Another home remedy owed to magnesium? Epsom salts, otherwise known as magnesium sulphate. The name “Epsom” comes from a spring in England where the salts occur naturally.

Magnesium is vital for the proper functioning of hundreds of enzymes.

Consuming adequate magnesium might help reduce premenstrual symptoms.

Magnesium supplements can interact with different drugs, so it is best to check with a doctor before taking them.


Magnesium within the Body

An abundant element on our planet, magnesium is also present in every organ in the human body. In fact, it is considered a vital mineral for over 300 biochemical reactions in our body, that regulate our health and wellness. Magnesium is crucial to nerve transmission, blood coagulation, energy production, the metabolism of food and synthesis of fatty acids and proteins.

Sadly, many of us simply don’t get enough magnesium in our bodies to the point that we unknowingly suffer from a magnesium deficiency.

Many of the symptoms of low magnesium are not unique to magnesium deficiency, making it difficult to diagnose with 100% accuracy. Thus quite often low magnesium levels go completely unrecognized… and untreated.

Yet chronic low intake of magnesium is not only extremely common but linked to several disease states, indicating the importance of considering both overt physical symptoms and the presence of other diseases and conditions when considering magnesium status.

The symptoms of a magnesium deficit fall into two broad categories – the physical symptoms of overt deficiency and the spectrum of disease states linked to low magnesium levels.


Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms

Classic “Clinical” Symptoms.
These physical signs of magnesium deficiency are clearly related to both its physiological role and its significant impact on the healthy balance of minerals such as calcium and potassium.

 “Sub-clinical” or “Latent” Symptoms.
These symptoms are present but concealed by an inability to distinguish their signs from other disease states.

  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • ADHD
  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Sleep problems
  • Migraine
  • Cluster headaches
  • Osteoporosis
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Chest pain (angina)
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis
  • Hypertension
  • Type II diabetes
  • Asthma

Becoming Magnesium Deficient

In our current era of fast-food, excessive salt and sugar, additives, preservatives, and chemical-based fertilizer, pesticides, and crop enhancers, now more than ever, what we consume has lasting effects on our bodies and health. Studies have shown that 1/3 adults aren’t getting their recommended daily magnesium through their diet.

Magnesium depletion in healthy individuals can be caused by:

  • Low magnesium diets, processed foods and sodas
  • Water filtration and chemicalising
  • Calcium supplements
  • Prescription and over the counter medications

Some conditions can increase vulnerability to deficiency, including:

  • Alcohol and other addictions
  • Aging, illness and stress
  • Digestive and Genetic disorders

Magnesium Rich Foods

Magnesium-rich foods include whole grains, leafy greens, nuts and seeds. Foods like these were once common in diets around the world, but an increase in both food processing and the availability of enticing convenience foods with added fats and sugars has had its impact. Whole and unrefined foods high in magnesium are becoming increasingly rare in the modern diet.

  • Green leafy vegetables (e.g. spinach and kale)
  • Fruit (figs, avocado, banana and raspberries)
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Legumes (black beans, chickpeas and kidney beans)
  • Vegetables (peas, broccoli, cabbage, green beans, artichokes, asparagus, brussels sprouts)
  • Seafood (salmon, mackerel, tuna)
  • Whole grains (brown rice and oats)
  • Raw cacao
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Tofu
  • Baked beans
  • Chlorella powder

Health Benefits of Magnesium

Magnesium has many benefits throughout all the body’s critical functions. From nerves to cells to muscles, magnesium is hard at work regulating and promoting proper function.

Helps Increase Energy

Magnesium is used to create “energy” in your body by activating adenosine triphosphate, also known as ATP. This means that without enough magnesium, you may not have the energy you need and could suffer from fatigue more easily.

Calms Nerves and Anxiety

Magnesium is vital for GABA function, an inhibitory neurotransmitter that produces “happy hormones” like serotonin. Certain hormones regulated by magnesium are crucial for calming the brain and promoting relaxation, which is one reason a magnesium deficiency may lead to sleeplessness or insomnia.

Treats Insomnia and Helps You Fall Asleep

To fall asleep and stay asleep, your body and brain need to relax.  On a chemical level, magnesium aids this process by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, the system responsible for getting you calm and relaxed. Our circadian rhythms shift, especially as we age because of our decreased nutrient consumption and a lower nutrient absorption, which puts many of us at risk for insomnia.

Helps with Digestion by Relieving Constipation

Magnesium has shown to help relax muscles within the digestive tract, including the intestinal wall, which controls your ability to go to the bathroom. Because magnesium helps neutralize stomach acid and moves stool through the intestines, taking magnesium supplements is a natural way to help you poop! Keep in mind, however, that if you experience a laxative effect when taking magnesium supplements, you may be taking too high of a dose. Taking the proper dose of magnesium should help you go to the bathroom easily on a normal schedule but shouldn’t cause discomfort or diarrhea.

Relieves Muscle Aches and Spasms

Magnesium has an important role in neuromuscular signals and muscle contractions. When our bodies don’t acquire enough magnesium, our muscles can go into spasms (eg. Restless Leg Syndrome). Magnesium helps muscles relax and contract. Additionally, magnesium balances calcium within the body, which is important because overly high doses of calcium, usually from supplements, can cause problems associated with muscle control, including controlling the heart.

Regulates Levels of Calcium, Potassium, and Sodium

Together with other electrolytes, magnesium regulates diverse biochemical reactions in the body. Magnesium plays a role in the active transport of calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes. This makes magnesium vital to nerve impulse conductions, muscle contractions and normal heart rhythms.

Important for Heart Health

Magnesium has been shown to be very important for heart health. The highest amount of magnesium within the whole body is in the heart, specifically within the heart’s left ventricle. Magnesium works with calcium to support proper blood pressure levels and prevent hypertension.

Prevents Migraine Headaches

Because magnesium is involved in neurotransmitter function and blood circulation, it can help control migraine headache pain by releasing pain-reducing hormones and reducing vasoconstriction, or constriction of the blood vessels that raises blood pressure. Several studies show that when sufferers of migraines supplement with magnesium, their symptoms improve.

Helps Prevent Osteoporosis

Magnesium is needed for the proper bone formation and influences the activities of osteoblasts and osteoclasts that build healthy bone density.


Taking Magnesium Supplements

There are a variety of supplements on the market for increasing your magnesium levels. We’re going to look at the difference between oral magnesium (taken by mouth) and topical magnesium (applied to the skin). Both oral and topical magnesium can increase your body’s magnesium levels, but rates of absorption and potential side-effects can vary.

Which is Better?
With several forms of magnesium available, there’s something for everyone! You may even use topical magnesium in combination with oral supplements to provide an extra boost of magnesium.

In fact, topical and oral magnesium both offer great benefits, so it’s hard to say whether one is ultimately better than the other. What this really comes down to is personal preference.

It is important to consider how much magnesium you need, how often you must take the supplement, which option you are more likely to stick with and which one you feel benefits you the most overall.


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Be sure to speak with your healthcare professional before taking any magnesium supplements and follow directions appropriately. If you suffer from any side effects, it is best to discontinue supplement use until you consult with your doctor.

This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Results may vary from individual to individual.

10 Easy Ways to Use Turmeric Paste

So you have made your golden paste now you are thinking how to use it.  It’s just to add to dogs dinner right?  No, there are many ways incorporate golden paste in to your daily diet.

#1. Honey


If you find the paste a little hard on the pallet, you can sweeten it up simply by adding some honey. 


#2. Warm Milk


Golden milk/turmeric milk is one of the most popular ways to take turmeric in the daily diet. Turmeric milk is extremely popular in Asian countries. You just need to add some turmeric paste in your warm milk and drink it. That’s all! Warm milk at night helps in inducing sleep apart from its usual benefits to bones etc.


#3. Salads

You can make a really tasty salad dressing, but adding a bit of oil to your paste until it is runny enough to pour over your salad. 


#5. Curries

This one is also quite obvious. Our favourite recipe is Curried Sausages made with turmeric powder instead of the traditional curry powder.  You can use a lot more turmeric as well, so is a really good recipe for good turmeric consumption.  


#4. Smoothies

There is no rocket science in this one.  Just add a teaspoon to your smoothie.  A turmeric and banana smoothies tastes a lot better than it sounds, I promise.


#6. Rice

Many of us have rice in meals or otherwise. Turmeric paste can easily be added to the rice. You can add after you have cooked the rice and it is still warm and moist (enables smooth distribution of paste everywhere).


#7. Lemon Energy Balls

These are a great snack idea packed with superfood goodness. See recipe here: Lemon Energy Balls.


#8. Tea

Another great way to have turmeric paste. You can add turmeric paste to warm cup of water, add honey and your quick turmeric tea is ready. (Note you may wish to strain it couple of times first as it may be a bit grainy)


#9. Soups

This is the best! It can change the flavour a little or lot, it up do you.  Simply stir in as little or as much as you want to your own liking. Our favourite is this Turmeric & Chicken Soup.


#10. Take it as is

You can simply spoon it out of the bowl if you like.  One very popular way, especially if you are like teaspoon to 1 tablespoon daily. 


As you can see, without too much over thinking, using turmeric paste is really quite easy. We have lots of other recipes on our site too that you will love.  Click Here!

Understanding & Reducing Toxicity

Understanding and Reducing Toxicity.

Our body’s work hard to keep us healthy but every day factors such as diet, stress and medicines can throw off the delicate balance needed to keep everything working as it should.

The build up of toxins within the body can cause both short term and long term health issues. We’ve put together a list of the seven most common causes and signs of toxicity build up and ways you can counteract them.

1. Poor Diet
In our current era of fast-food, excessive salt and sugar, additives, preservatives, and chemical-based fertilizer, pesticides, and crop enhancers, what we consume has lasting effects on our body.

Solution: When possible eat organic produce, ensure you’re consuming foods high in dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Herbs and spices are also great in aiding in detoxification. ‘Let food be thy medicine’.

2. Lack of Water
Second only to oxygen, in order of importance to sustain life, the amount of water we consume has huge effects on our body’s ability to function. Water is need for digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. If we don’t drink enough water these functions become sluggish, thus allowing toxins to build up.

Solution: Drink more water, if possible 2L per day is ideal, more if you’re exercising or have a manual job.

3. Stress
Stress is a toxin, especially when chronic. Our body cannot differentiate between emotional and physical stress, and reacts similarly to both, by producing generous amounts of the stress hormone cortisol.

Solution: There are many ways people find stress relief. Whether it’s going for a walk, doing yoga, meditating, swimming, having a bath or reading. Find something that helps you stay grounded and brings you calm.

4. Antibiotics
Despite their benefits in fighting certain bacterial infections, antibiotics have a damaging effect on our gut health. Their prescribed purpose is to eliminate unhealthy bacteria in the body, unfortunately they can’t distinguish between bad and good bacteria.

Solution: If you’re on a course of antibiotics its recommended to also be taking a probiotic. Probiotics help balance our intestinal flora thus ensuring the intestines and immune system are working as they should.

5. Excess Fat & Lack of Exercise
Our body’s intelligence believes that the solution to pollution is dilution, and since most toxins are fat soluble, it tries to dilute the blood content of these by pushing them into the fat cells.

Solution: Exercising regularly helps gently release toxins through the skin via sweat. The increase in heart rate, body temperature and deep breathing also aids in moving and releasing toxins. With less body fat, there is less places for your body to ‘hide’ toxins.

6. Lack of Quality Sleep
The body uses sleep to repair, rebuild and restore itself. In essence, our body’s use the sleeping hours to cleanse and detoxify, and to build strength and immunity. If we’re not sleeping enough, every single one of our bodily functions becomes sluggish which in turn, allows toxins to build up.

Solution : Some recommended steps to improve your sleep patterns including; sticking to a sleep schedule, develop a relaxing bedtime routine, switching off the electronics (phone, tablet, television), including a Magnesium supplement into your routine, and avoiding daytime naps longer than 20 minutes.

7. Constipation
In short, the colon is your body’s sewage system. If the sewage system backs up, toxins become trapped.

Solution: All of the above solutions can aid in reducing constipation. If not, consult a healthcare professional as this may be a sign of a more serious health issue.

Please note: This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Results may vary from individual to individual.

Fighting Free Radicals

I’m sure you’ve heard of free radicals, yet, you may not know what exactly they are, what they do and how to fight them.

Free Radical
noun
CHEMISTRY
plural noun: free radicals

  1. an uncharged molecule (typically highly reactive and short-lived) having an unpaired valency electron.
Oxidative Stress Diagram. Vector illustration flat design

They are unstable fragments of molecules naturally created by our body to protect itself against viruses and bacteria or as a result of some metabolic processes. However, external factors such as stress, unhealthy eating habits, pollution, chemicals, preservatives and radiation contribute to an increased production thus throwing out the natural balance within your body.

Basically, free radicals throw your body ‘out-of-whack’.

Here are thirteen ways that may help reduce the production of free radicals and reduce the damage they cause.

1. Avoid foods rich in refined carbohydrates and sugars.

2. Limit processed foods that contain synthetic preservatives.

3. Limit foods high in iron as they are vulnerable to oxidation.

4. Don’t reuse cooking fats and oils. Heating fats and oils during cooking oxidizes them, generating free radicals which seep into our foods.

5. Limit alcohol. Alcoholic drinks not only are high in calories but also can produce free radicals in the body.

6. Eat foods rich in anti-oxidants, chemicals that inhibit the oxidation of molecules by neutralizing free radicals, thereby stopping them from causing cellular damage. Anti-oxidants are found in a variety of plants in the form of vitamins A, C and E, selenium and certain phytonutrients and polyphenols.

7. Look for foods with β-carotene, lycopene and lutein, including broccoli flowers, alfalfa sprouts, Brussels sprouts, carrots, collard greens, corn, mango and tomatoes.

8. Consider fruit for dessert. Apples, cherries, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, pawpaw, red grapes, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries are all high in free radical fighting anti-oxidants.

9. Grab some nuts and other foods rich in vitamin E, such as sweet potatoes.

10. Plant metabolites called flavonoids also demonstrate anti-oxidant functions. Some versatile anti-oxidant-rich flavonoids include eggplant, pears, red wine, citrus fruits, berries, legumes, soybeans, hemp and chai seeds, tofu and miso.

11. Enjoy anti-oxidant superfoods, those with high levels of more than one vitamin. These are prunes, blueberries, cranberries, figs, oranges, pomegranates, red capsicum, beetroot, kale, spinach, and dark chocolate.

12. Spice it up. Many spices have extremely high anti-oxidant properties and can be added into your meals of taken as supplements. These include ginger, grape seed extract, ginkgo, and turmeric.

13. Take time for tea. When the evening comes to an end, you can revel in a gentle and soothing cup of warm green tea and be comforted in knowing that the polyphenols in your brew also combat oxidation.

Products Rich in Anti-Oxidants

Please note: This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Results may vary from individual to individual.

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