Fighting inflammation with Turmeric

Fighting inflammation with Turmeric

Most people love a curry, but did you know that turmeric is one of the herbs that is known for it’s beneficial cancer reducing properties, as well as also having many other health benefits.

Turmeric contains curcumin, which is a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Curcumin has long been studied as a beneficial herb in cancer treatment, and been found to have an affect on cancer growth and development.

Studies have shown that it can

contribute to the death of cancerous cells

can reduce angiogenesis (which is the growth of new blood vessels in tumours)

can reduce metastasis (the spread of cancer)

In a 30-day study in 44 men with lesions in the colon that sometimes turn cancerous, 4 grams of curcumin per day reduced the number of lesions by 40%

Read more here

Curcumin is also known to be a substance that fights inflammation and is helpful in treating some other conditions like:

Heart disease

• Metabolic syndrome

Alzheimer’s disease

Various other degenerative conditions

Cumin and Curcumin

These two spices have similar-sounding names.  They also have many qualities in common and are used for flavours in different curry dishes.

They are valued largely for their ability to stimulate digestion, as well as for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Both herbs are known for their potential in fighting chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

The active ingredients in cumin seeds have an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effect.

If you suffer pain or inflammation that often triggers other conditions, by adding cumin to your diet, it may counter some of those effects.

Note*There are some people who should not take turmeric.

They include those with gallbladder problems, bleeding disorders, diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux disease, infertility, iron deficiency, liver disease, hormone-sensitive conditions and arrhythmia. Read more here

Everything in moderation – even moderation

There are some simple ways to increase your daily tumeric/curcumin intake:

  • Make a curry dish. Turmeric is a key ingredient in yellow curries. Try this delicious coconut and chicken curry
  • Make a rub to put on fish, chicken or beef before grilling – Mix powdered turmeric with ground cumin, ground ginger, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper, and then rub it on before grilling.
  • Add Turmeric to your eggs, omelette or scrambled eggs– it gives the dish some colour and a boost of flavour. More egg recipes here 
  • Add it to roasted vegatables before roasting – It can add an earthy, peppery flavour to your favourite roasted vegetables.
  • Make some “tumeric” milk. Warm a cup of milk in a saucepan with ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger. Simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat, strain, and stir in a tablespoon of honey.
  • Enjoy a cup of Turmeric tea- you can buy Turmeric tea bags of different varieties for joint and digestive support.
  • Or what about enjoying a spiced turmeric latte – try this recipe from Nadia Lim.

©2021 gentlelifehacks.com| Author| Kathryn

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Apple Cider Vinegar’s Mum

Apple Cider Vinegar with the "mother"

When fighting illness, it is common to search for products that promote healing.

One thing I searched for was a way of maintaining an alkaline body.

We were told that cancer does not like an alkaline environment.

Cancer cells apparently thrive in acidity (low pH), but not in alkalinity (high pH), so it made sense that a diet high in alkaline foods like fruits and vegetables was important to create an environment in the body that discourages cancer growth.

A product that was recommended to us during my hubsand’s illness was to buy apple cider vinegar and to use it daily.

Apple cider vinegar with the “mother”

Before you take it be careful though, as Apple cider vinegar needs to be consumed safely and apparently the only one worth taking is the one with the “mother” in it.

We were told that the mother simply meant strands of protein (which contain enzymes and beneficial bacteria) in what is known as organic apple cider vinegar which consists of cellulose and acetic acid, which in turn gives the vinegar a cloudy-like appearance.

It is apparently the mother that transforms the alcohol into vinegar together with the presence of oxygen.

Health benefits of apple cider vinegar with the mother

  • Reduces belly fat
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • May lower blood pressure and improve heart health
  • May help lower blood sugar levels
  • Could boost skin health
  • Can help kill harmful bacteria
  • Has a high content of healthy substances

Well I can tell you that my ears pricked up when I heard those words “reduce belly fat” but I cannot prove this is as a fact, because I was not as dillligent in taking it every day like my husband did.

Again, he seemed well in between chemotherapy rounds, and continued to praise its many qualities.

The health shop owner sold us a brand called “Bragg” organic apple cider vinegar with the mother in it. You can purchase it at supermarkets nowadays.

There are safety guidelines though that you should adhere to, because as with everything if you take anything in excess or the wrong way it can cause other issues.

Safety guidelines include:

  • Limiting your intake. Start with a smaller amount and gradually work up to a maximum of 2 tablespoons (30 mL) per day, depending on your personal tolerance.
  • You should minimize your teeth exposure to acetic acid. Always dilute the vinegar in water and try drinking it through a straw.
  • Rinse your mouth out with water after taking it.
  • To prevent further enamel damage, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.
  • Consider avoiding it if you have gastroparesis.
  • Be aware of allergies, even though they are thought to be rare from taking apple cider vinegar, Stop taking it immediately if you experience an allergic reaction and call your doctor.

Lastly, it was Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg (in the early 1900s), who suggested that cancer was caused by a high level of acidity and low oxygen in the body. He observed that cancer cells produced an acid called lactic acid as they grew.

Based on this finding, some people concluded that making blood less acidic helped to kill cancer cells. Read more here about how reducing acidity in the body (ie: alkalizing) could be beneficial while fighting cancer

When you focus on the good, the good gets better.

©2021 gentlelifehacks.com|e-propertymatters.com | women-in-realestate.com | Author Kathryn

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Worrying about things outside of our control is not helpful It is only with acceptance that there can be an absence of worry. This applies to most things in life. A virus has turned the world upside down. We cannot escape the media and understandably are feeling a...

Fighting to stay healthy

Shock medical diagnosis Hearing a shocking medical diagnosis is always going to be stressful. I know how I felt when we were told that my husband had only two months to live. Our world collapsed.  Shock made it difficult to breathe. What were we to do? How would we...

Turn bad news into good news

When it seems like the bad news keeps on coming Yesterday I had a much dreaded follow up appointment with the specialist. I was feeling slightly nervous, mainly because of recent experiences, and was certainly not jumping for joy, while I remembered the pain of my...

The Bad Landlord

What price should we put on good health? Am I right in thinking that if you are renting a property, and paying good money each week for the privilege one would expect to live in a healthy home? Landlords have been put on notice after the landlords of a damp, mould...

More rainbows please

Symbols of hope They say a rainbow is a symbol of hope. Rainbows are supposed to be a positive sign. They can bring a smile to the saddest person and lighten most people's moods. After my husband died I used to look out for them as I wondered about the belief in...

Crazy world house prices

Buying a home is not for the faint hearted in today's market During the Covid-19 pandemic there has been much said about the shocking increase in property prices around the world. Take Brisbane, Australia for instance- the median house price in September 21 has hit a...

Music soothes the soul

The importance of music Maddie ( aged 11) wrote.... "Music can make a huge difference in peoples lives. I find that music calms me down when I'm mad or when I'm sad. We all need music in our lives as it is important that we think about ourselves every once in awhile....

Tips for a healthier home

Keeping your home healthy is an ongoing process Sometimes we ignore the smaller issues that then become the bigger issues that cause us pain when we get sick or have to pay for extensive remedial work to alleviate further issues. Climate Change is a very real problem...

Healing with food

Living with an Auto immune disease is challenging I know this first hand, as even now, some days I feel like I have been run over and can barely lift my head off the pillow, then other days I am bouncing off the wall. I also suffer at times from waves of anxiety and...

Mindfulness – when the going gets tough

When times are tough When things get tough we often feel anxious and perhaps we might even have issues with sleeping at night. Every time we get stressed, a little part of our brain called the amygdala takes control. The amygdalae defines and regulates our emotions....

The lonely bee hotel

Help our environment with a Bee Hotel During lockdown, Maddie (11) told me that she thought that a good project would be to make a Bee Hotel for the garden. At the time, she was busy re-cycling old glass coffee jars into food storage containers, and we were discussing...

Fighting inflammation with Turmeric

Most people love a curry, but did you know that turmeric is one of the herbs that is known for it's beneficial cancer reducing properties, as well as also having many other health benefits. Turmeric contains curcumin, which is a substance with powerful...

Why children love and need pets

Maddie (11 years) and Lexie (8 years) are cousins in different countries, but since the rolling lockdowns,they talk daily over the internet. They can spend hours showing each other what they are doing every day, whether it is singing, dancing or aerobics, or playing...

Waste not…want not!

When we throw away our unused old clothing, we are creating greenhouse gases which in turn contributes to climate change. Clothing that ends up in landfills around the world is increasing at alarming levels. It is a very important factor in the lives of our children...

Lock down fatigue

Renovating a home is not for the faint hearted Take it from one who knows! But since the beginning of the Covid outbreak and the many" lock down's" around the world, it just became harder. You would think that one would have plenty of time in lock down to do all of...

Bad sugar

There has been plenty of research done that tells us that a diet high in sugar is bad for our health. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, inflammation are just a few health risks associated with consuming too much sugar. Not...

Grab Positivity and hold on tight!

Trying to stay positive is not always easy. Most of us know at least one person who seems to always see the bright side of life. And it is also true to say that we all know someone who leaves us feeling drained or sad. After undergoing some worrying health issues, I...

Create a “laugh alot” garden for kids

Lock down must be incredibly hard on many people, but especially so if you are cooped up indoors with no space to play. Easy projects to keep the kids busy don’t always come to mind, but there are some that are clear winners. When my children were younger they loved...

Mask up and make a difference

Wear a mask .... save a life If somebody who was unknowingly infected with Covid-19 or the recent highly infectious Delta variant, and they sneezed within close proximity to you, the chances are you might get the virus, even if you are vaccinated. What are the chances...

The dark side of chocolate

I was talking to eleven year old Maddie who was eating chocolate over FaceTime the other day. Many countries are still in lockdown due to the Delta variant causing so much havoc. She sent me her research this morning for a blog she wanted to write, as obviously she...

Is stress making you gain weight?

Have you ever wondered why stress causes you to eat more? Stress can cause many unwanted things and we might not notice them all at first. Stress and your emotional, mental  and physical health If you are feeling irritated, or overwhelmed, and have a headache, with a...

Can you cure Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism doesn’t have to be permanent Sometimes finding out that you have an auto immune disease can not only be scary, but a relief to eventually find out why you feel so tired, and why you are putting on weight when you are actually eating less. Auto immune...

So what’s your horoscope say today?

Do you check out your daily horoscope? I wonder if there are others like me who will check out their horoscope every now and then, and if they don't like what they read, will find one that they like better? Are you also amazed that when you are reading all about your...

Get on your bike!

Riding a bike through retirement Who would have thought I would ever ride a bike again at my age? Not me that's for sure! My first bicycle was a second-hand Raleigh. Life in then "war torn" Rhodesia, with Sanctions, meant that we could not buy new things, so when I...

Can Pets improve our mental health?

A loyal friend Basil Brush was my beloved friend. He was a hairy, stocky, short little dog with bucked teeth, an underbite, and a tummy that scraped the steps if he could manage them. He had a deep bark for such a little dog and a very weak bladder, which...

The less you own, the less owns you

Do you ever feel like you are running from one task to another? Are you multi-tasking to get things done and constantly in catch-up mode, mobile phone in hand, and answering email after email, and then suddenly it is time to feed the family and catch up on laundry?...

Try something different

Simplicity is the highest form of complexity When we first went into lockdown, we decided to try ordering ready-made fresh food online. Our Millenial children had already tried My Food Bag and still love it, so we decided to give it a go too! Our findings From the...

Is Red wine good for you?

To have or to have not After a tough day, I often look forward to a relaxing glass of Pinot Noir. Recently though, after a health scare, my partner gave up alcohol almost entirely, apart from the odd glass of wine. So it made me think whether I was now tasked with the...

Is Goat’s cheese better for you than cow’s cheese?

Which is better? Goats cheese or cows cheese? I have always been wary of goats, mainly because I was attacked by one many years ago. The kind owner of the mean goat told me that "Pearl" was not attacking me but merely being friendly. I learnt how to jump a fence that...

Good, bad or ugly?

Have you ever wondered about which indoor plants are good and which are bad according to Feng Shui ? A friend of mine once remarked that her son’s new girlfriend had left an obnoxious plant by her front door called “mother- in-laws tongue” as a belated Christmas gift....

Stressed & Angry?

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90 % of how you cope with it. A sense of humour can be an amazing asset when it comes to dealing with stressful situations. It will improve your overall emotional and physical health and will help you to look at things in a...

Is coffee good for us?

There is nothing like the smell of freshly brewed coffee is there? So often we are told that coffee is not good for us, but we continue to drink it and enjoy the different varieties that are offered today. The choice is mind boggling! In fact, it is estimated that...

Kill unkindness with kindness

It doesn't cost anything to be kind By being "the rainbow" in somebody's stormy day is such a lovely way to think about being kind to others. Even a simple smile can go a long way. How often does a good mood do a U turn when your happy greeting is barely acknowledged...

Zoomers and creative writing

Children and creative writing Maddie (aged 11) loves creative writing and has sent me her reasoning as to why it is so good for children. Maddie is from a generation now referred to as "a Zoomer" - Generation Z I love that she is busy in the school holidays being so...

Feeling like a sad bear?

Seasonal affective disorder Sometimes when the days seem dull and the sun forgets to shine for days on end, we can suffer from something called SAD (Seasonal affective disorder). This depressive disorder is linked to the seasons of the year and is more common in...

Greens are good says Maddie

Spinach and Kale are 2 vegetables that are nutrient rich with loads of antioxidants, vitamins, calcium, iron and more. Maddie ( my eleven year old granddaughter) is on school holidays at the moment and has sent me a recipe that she has found for a healthy lifestyle....

Oranges to stay healthy

School holidays have arrived again and there are kids still in lock down in some countries. Maddie, my 11 year old granddaughter has sent me a good healthy recipe for a tasty orange drink. Maddie's healthy Vitamin C drink Recipe Get 6 -8 oranges ( or however many you...

Baby Baby good for you?

Here is a great little tip from Sandy, in Christchurch, NZ, who was advised by her surgeon to use baby shampoo as a make up remover on her eyelids after having surgery. Unlike many expensive products these days that are sold to remove makeup, like Clinque or Lancome,...

Maddie’s raw egg shake

Eleven year old Maddie sent me this quick and easy recipe. She called it a "high in protein" tasty drink. It is refreshing to see somebody so young taking an interest in healing foods. Maddie's simple recipe Use a Blender or Quick shaker Take a cup of milk One banana...

Home and income… really ?

Home and Income Many people these days are looking for ways to reduce their mortgage. What better way than to have a property that can be split into two seperate dwellings. Of course, they have to comply with the building regulations and various council rules and...

Befriend the little birds

A simple life hack from Pat... Here is a life hack or handy tip from my childhood friend, Pat Barber who lives in Maryland, USA. How to keep ants from invading Hummingbird feeders. Hang the feeder on a pole and apply a 3/4 inch collar of Vaseline near the bottom of...

Mokopuna

A drawing by Maddie ( age 11)

Spirulina for smoothies

When my husband was undergoing chemotherapy, one of the super foods that he was recommended to use daily was Spirulina. During his cancer journey, our favourite shops soon became the pharmacies and the many health food shops, while we searched for ways of limiting the...

Cancer and Bicarb of soda

When my husband was diagnosed with cancer we were told that bicarbonate of soda was something we should investigate and get into the habit of using daily. We wanted to try every possible avenue in order to keep him healthy while he underwent the invasive chemotherapy...

Do you miss the world?

Covid-19 has made it a long 16 months so far. Just when it seems things are getting better, there is another outbreak. Like many people, I have decided to wait and get vaccinated before travelling overseas, even though I miss my family so much. Having an auto immune...

Lemons

When my husband was battling cancer, lemons were one fruit that really helped. We used lemon zest in our salads, lemon juice in his smoothies and teas. Lemons are known to have an alkalising effect in the body. While they are acidic, to begin with, they also are...

Buyer’s remorse

So often when we purchase something we have a feeling of remorse soon after. This is no different when you purchase a house, in fact, the remorse and be much worse. Experienced real estate negotiators are keen to get the deal done that day for this reason. They will...

Smart gadgets

Renovating a home is not for the faint hearted Take it from one who knows! Smart wiring, or smart homes are often talked about and the digital natives amongst us know all the tricks. Just listening to some of the things required in our new smart home made my head...

Messy house or hoarder?

Sometimes it is hard to differentiate between hoarding and extreme clutter. Many times in my real estate career, I have come across people who do not see the clutter when they come to sell their homes. It is rude to point it out to them, and sometimes difficult to be...

Houses built from hemp

Some interesting ways of building homes over the years have included products such as Hemp. It has apparently been used globally as a natural building product for thousands of years. Recently a Western Australian couple hand built their three-bedroom home on a...

Beneficial herbs

The goodness that herbs provide to our diets is often ignored  by many of us in this busy world of ours. If we can improve our lifestyle by growing a little herb garden, then isn't it something worth considering ? You don't need a lot of space to create your own...

10 warning signs to look out for when buying a house

Renovating is not always easy. Even the the tasks that look like they could be simple can turn out to me a mission to finish! Have you ever found a few cracked tiles in the kitchen and thought about replacing them? It is okay if you have spare matching tiles, but what...

A wise old donkey

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He...

Are you a hoarder?

Are you a hoarder? They say you should always "declutter" when selling your home? When I was selling my own home after the death of my husband, I wondered if I was a hoarder! They say that hoarding is often a coping mechanism. Apparently if we are bereaved , or...