Turmeric: Can It Change Your Life?

From osteoarthritis to depression, cancer to Alzheimer’s, this natural herb is a very effective treatment for these diseases, and so much more. The benefits of this herb are so numerous, and unlike many other herbs, this is a very fast-acting herbal benefit for the body.

Turmeric is an orange colored herb that is frequently used in curry, and other recipes containing Curry spices. This herb is underutilized for the powerful health benefits it contains. Turmeric comes from the Curcumin plant, and is a cousin to the commonly known ginger root. Turmeric is often used in Ayurvedic medicine to help the body on an overall level.

Some health benefits you may find surprising about Turmeric are:

Easing ear infection: Many people looking for holistic remedies for ear infection use mixtures of garlic and tea tree oil. Many add Turmeric to that mix for it’s helpful healing ingredients as well.

Tumor shrinking: With high enough doses, many people find that the size of tumors in their body will dramatically shrink, and in many cases disappear completely, leaving the healthy cells undamaged.

Osteoarthritis: Turmeric is wonderful for easing the pain of achy joints attributed to Osteoarthritis. 1500mgs a day is suggested to help ease the inflammation within the joints.

Treating sprains/strains: In Ayurvedic medicine, a paste is often made to treat strains and sprains of the body. This paste usually includes lime, salt (Epsom salt is ok too), and Turmeric.

Depression/Anxiety: *Researchers with the Department of Pharmacology of Government Medical College in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India performed a study comparing the effects of turmeric (curcumin) and Prozac (fluoxetine). The randomized and controlled clinical study determined turmeric was as effective as Prozac in treating major depressive disorder. Turmeric treatment was also absent of dangerous side effects often found in Prozac use.

Irritable/Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome: Scientists are still unsure exactly what it is about this powerful herb that helps with IBS. What they are sure of, however, is the fact that it has proven results with patients of IBS.

Heart Disease: Turmeric helps rebuild blood vessel walls, which in turn help improve the stress on the heart, decreasing the risk/damage of heart disease.

Antioxidant: Turmeric works as an antioxidant for the cells, fighting free radicals in the body, and helping to maintain healthy cells.

There are so many more wonderful benefits to this powerful herb. This should be a staple in everyone’s diet, even for those who have no health conditions. The simple benefit of this herb can make a world of a difference.

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Introducing Our New Guest Contributor-Reina Smiley

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Reina Smiley is our newest guest contributor specializing in the areas of health & wellness.  Reina is a Sexy Mom who Rocks!

Reina’s definition of a Sexy Mom who Rocks:

“A sexy mom who rocks is a mom who’s bold enough to be the best version of herself, yet live beyond the title of being an amazing mother.  She is confident and revels in the strength it takes to be a mom.  She wears several hats, and can do it all with love and fierceness.”

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Diabetes Saved My Life

He started showing symptoms that seemed like he’d caught the flu.  Over the course of 2 weeks, he started showing symptoms of dehydration and exhaustion.  He was sleeping constantly.  He was drinking water by the gallon and yet it still wasn’t enough.  Then he started losing his sight.  I made the doctor’s appointment, and shortly before, he couldn’t even move.  I told him it was either go to the doctor, or I call 911.

It was at that appointment we learned he had Diabetes.  His sugar was so high the doctor’s machine could no longer register any numbers.  We were sent to the emergency room.  After bags of Insulin IVs, shots of Insulin, and Saline to try and flush the body, he still was in a dangerous place.  His sugar was still at 675.  The doctors worried that he would go into a diabetic coma.  I worried that I was about to lose my husband, and the father to our two children.

This ordeal started a couple of months ago.  Since then it has been a long road to changing his lifestyle habits.  For years I told him about eating healthier.  It wasn’t much more to him than a wife fussing.  As invincible as he thought he was, the reality of this new diagnosis hit home for him.  It was him having to face the reality that he was not invincible like he thought.  It meant him having to wake up to Insulin shots in the stomach, finger pricks 4 times a day, multiple prescription medications, having to watch and analyze everything he eats or drinks for every meal.

His eyesight has restored quite a bit, and with a major change in diet, his sugar has come down to normal range. He’s also changed his diet and lost 100 pounds in less than a year. What he didn’t realize was the choices he was making when it came to his diet was actually a slow suicide.  It would’ve deprived me of my husband, and deprived our children of their dad.  This is his second chance.  Not everyone gets that chance.  He’s decided to make the best of this second chance at life.

He’ll be able to see our children grow up and graduate, and get married and have children.  He’ll be able to have that option when it could’ve gone another way.  Diabetes truly saved his life.

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The Health Benefits of Spirulina

The health benefits of Spirulina are so numerous for the body that it should become a staple in everyone’s diet for overall health. In this article I will familiarize you with just some of the benefits of this superfood.

Spirulina is actually a cyanobacteria. Before you get concerned, it’s not one of the bacteria that gets you sick, but it is classified as bacteria because the genetic material is not organized in a membrane-bound nucleus. Unlike other bacteria, they have chlorophyll and use the sun as an energy source, in the way plants and algae do.

Spirulina is one of the most nutritious and concentrated food sources on the planet. On average, meat holds only 27 percent protein, but spirulina is consistently measured at 65 percent protein, at least. This is a great benefit for those who are vegetarian or vegan, and are looking for protein rich foods.

Spirulina is also rich in chlorophyll, which is proven to be another superfood that delivers many health benefits. This food is also a great source of anti-inflammatories, important for anyone with health conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, lupus, etc.

It is even being used to control blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as helping to aid in the treatment for HIV-positive patients. While it does not cure HIV, it boosts the immune system, which is a weakness for HIV-positive people.

Many also use spirulina for its fat-burning properties. During workouts, spirulina acts as a fat burner and can aid in weight loss and toning of the body.

For anyone with a compromised immune system, or for that extra boost during cold and flu season, this is definitely needed!

During pregnancy is another time when the immune system drops and spirulina can be extremely beneficial. It is a mineral that’s safe for ingestion during pregnancy, and can actually help the growing baby. It also boosts the iron levels, and does not cause constipation like iron tablets often do.

Menstruating women can also benefit from this iron-rich super food if they struggle with anemia. It is also safe for children, and measures high rates of natural calcium, which is great for children’s growing bodies, as well as adult bodies.

The elderly population finds health benefits from this super food, as well. It helps the bones stay strong and not break or fracture as they reach the common onset age of osteoporosis.

A very important use of spirulina is to eradicate heavy metal toxins from their bodies. Spirulina binds to these heavy metals, and pushes them from the body. This is also very good for cancer patients, or those who have undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Spirulina can help restore those damaged cells from the treatment.

For the many benefits spirulina is shown to have, it should become part of everyone’s daily regimen. While it may have an unpleasant smell to it, there really is not much of a taste. It blends well with smoothies and can even be sprinkled into food. So pick up some spirulina today and enjoy!

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