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Turmeric Supports Memory and Helps Prevent Dementia

Turmeric is what gives curry its yellow hue and tang. But it does a lot more than flavor the most popular Indian dish. Turmeric has numerous health benefits. More than 900 published research papers attest to the anti-cancer activity of curcumin, turmeric’s potent extract. And Diabetes Care, a journal of the American diabetes Association, published a study about curcumin’s ability to help pre-diabetic patients from developing full-blown diabetes.

Several studies have found a protective effect of curcumin in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and it’s no surprise. The senior population in rural Indian has one of the lowest rates of Alzheimer’s disease in the world, and scientists believe it is due to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric,1,2 and its ability to inhibit the buildup of amyloid plaque.3

A recent study done by researchers from the University of Melbourne indicated that curcumin might prevent or improve age-related cognitive decline, dementia and mood disorders. The study included 60 adults between 60 and 85 years old. An hour after taking a curcumin supplement (400 mg) the participants experienced a higher attention span and better memory when compared to the participants who took a placebo. After four weeks of taking the supplement, the curcumin group showed improvement in mood, memory, alertness and feelings of well-being. 4

How much to take? You can find dietary supplements in tablet and capsule form at health food stores with curcumin extracts in dosages of 400 to 600 mg. The general advice is to take one dose three times daily or as directed on the product.

How to get more turmeric into your diet?

  1. One way is to drink turmeric tea, which is popular among Okinawans, who are known for their longevity.
  • Bring four cups of water to a boil.
  • Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup, add honey and/or lemon to taste
  1. Sprinkle it on your food—turmeric is especially good added to braised greens. Saute onion in olive oil, add greens of your choice (kale, spinach, Swiss chard), and add 1 tsp of turmeric and a sprinkle of salt.
  2. Add turmeric to eggs, soups, potato pancakes, casseroles. You can’t go wrong, and you can’t overdose on turmeric.

Use as a cold, flu and congestion remedy

Turmeric has been used as a natural remedy for centuries to help prevent and cure respiratory illnesses. The next time you get a cold, try adding it to hot water with grated ginger and a teaspoon of honey. It will perk you up and possibly reduce the length of time you are sick. You might also discover that it enhances your memory. 5

References

  1. Chin D1, Huebbe P, Pallauf K, Rimbach G. Neuroprotective properties of curcumin in Alzheimer’s disease–merits and limitations. Curr Med Chem. 2013;20(32):3955-85.
  2. Nahar PP1, Slitt AL, Seeram NP. Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Novel Standardized Solid Lipid Curcumin Formulations. Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Novel Standardized Solid Lipid Curcumin Formulations.
  3. Endo H1, Nikaido Y1, Nakadate M1, Ise S1, Konno H2. Structure activity relationship study of curcumin analogues toward the amyloid-beta aggregation inhibitor. Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2014 Dec 15;24(24):5621-6. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2014.10.076. Epub 2014 Oct 30.
  4. Cox KH1, Pipingas A1, Scholey AB2. Investigation of the effects of solid lipid curcumin on cognition and mood in a healthy older population. Journal of Psychopharmacology 2014 Oct 2. pii: 0269881114552744..
  5. Supplements Aid, Noocube review: The Best Nootropic Supplement, 2017 – 2018

Weight loss: Reverse obesity, depression, low self-esteem in positive life hacks

And the sign flashed out its warning–obesity rates have reached the critical point. This isn’t a conspiracy theory–obesity is a Defcon 1 global health emergency, said the Guardian on Feb. 7. Health crusaders like Jamie Oliver are calling for more Draconian “ninja” strategies and less politically correct posturing to combat obesity. One of the guerrilla warfare approaches is the hotly debated sugar tax in Great Britain. Has it really come to that–taxing junk food to get people to quit eating so poorly? 70 percent of the world is overweight and 37 percent are obese to morbidly obese–so you be the judge.

Do you ever find it depressing to hear about the obesity epidemic? Is there any positive news on that front? Yes and here it is–obesity is treatable and reversible. Unlike cancer, the prognosis for obesity is terrific! Because sufferers can literally erase their own obesity-related health problems (and those are legion). How–well, at the risk of sounding like a broken record–with healthy dieting. Cleaning up eating habits is the only way to permanently lose weight. Exercise will get you fitter, but only healthy dieting (calorie counting, portion control, call it what you will) sheds fat. And healthy dieting has value-added perks. Along with losing weight, you lose other health problems, depression, exhaustion and low self-esteem. Weight loss can restore lost mojo and help you find confidence if you never had it. Here’s how to reverse obesity, depression, low self-esteem with positive life hacks.

Positive life hacks of safe healthy dieting. The keywords here are “healthy dieting” and “safe.” Crash or fad diets, where you eat only a few foods, buy special products or restrict entire food groups aren’t healthy. Lengthy fasting deprives you of necessary nutrients. You get shaky and crabby. Your body rebels and seeks to get what it needs. Very few people are at their best when they’re starved, jittery and run down, You can see positive, only negative. Extreme unsafe dieting actually causes depression, exhaustion and low self-esteem. I’m not at my best. Follow sensible safe diet tips like those recommended by Dr. Oz. Yes, Dr. Oz is a bit controversial, but for as a weight loss guru, he can’t be beat.

Positive life hacks–Fat-titude Adjustment. So crash dieting is a positivity killer, but so is being obese. You feel weak, out of control and ashamed You start copping a fat-titude. Negative self-image and low self-esteem say that because you are fat, you are also by default, useless. A fat-titude is defeatist. So, change your mind and teach it to practice skinny-think. Instead of moping about being fat and complaining that you can’t lose (something everyone who’s been overweight does), challenge yourself to get thin. Remind yourself of the success you’ve had in other areas–school, work, parenting, relationships. You don’t feel successful at anything? Well, that’s fat-titude talking. Use the Al-Anon slogan and fake it till you make it. Work at losing weight and as you do, you’ll begin to see you what a wonderful person you really are. Nothing succeeds like success, especially in weight loss. From the downward spiral of obesity, you’ll begin to spiral upward to feel more attractive, confident, positive and proud of yourself for having the gumption to lose.

Positive life hacks–go shopping! Clothes shopping is a dreaded chore when you’re overweight. Nothing fits, except frumpy and dumpy plus-size. It’s like garment designers don’t even try with plus-size. Anything will do for the fat person they seem to think. And it’s especially sad for obese teens who want dress fashionably. Talk about a kick to the confidence. And don’t even get started on the misery that comes from trying on sizes that once fit and are now too tight. You grab the blah and ugly, not caring how it looks or fits. Shopping when fat is a one-way trip, no stops or changes, on the depression merry-go-round. But after losing weight shopping is fun again. Retail therapy is the perfect non-food reward for weight loss. Now you can shop misses and juniors and get more fashionable styles. You can shop where your teens shop and actually find clothes that fit! Granted, adults may not want to wear teeny-bopper fashions. But it feels good to know you can! Oh, and don’t wait till you’ve lost all the weight to buy new clothes. There’s is no reward so sweet as to be able to put away those new clothes because they are now too big!

Grace returns after positive life hacks. Have you always been uncoordinated? (Author raises hand!) Gaining weight doesn’t help. It makes you clumsy and tired. Your posture suffers. You try to hide fat by sitting and standing in awkward positions. You look uncomfortable and self-conscious. But after losing weight, oh frabjous day, you’re more graceful. You may never be Dame Margot Fonteyn, but at least you can walk without stumbling. You can hold your head proud, instead of slouching in shame. (Actually, you should do that even if you are overweight. It’s nothing to be ashamed of! The best confidence booster is accept yourself, love yourself as you are and aim to be the best you can be. Then you’ll have the confidence and motivation to lose weight.

Healthy is Happy. If people who lose weight seem to glow on the outside, it’s because they’re cleaner on the inside. Obesity brought many health problems–high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, liver swelling, back pain, breathing problems. Clean the junk from your diet. Try antioxidant acai, apple cider and raspberry ketones. Take omega supplements to burn bad fat with good. Use green tea as a system cleansing metabolism booster. Just about any obesity-related health issue is reversible with healthy dieting. You’ll still struggle with some health problems–they’re part of life. But by fixing what you can, feel stronger and better able to cope with them. Want to kick that depression and low self-esteem in the butt and put some spring in your step? Shed those extra pounds (if you have them). You’ll be glad you did! Your body will bless you with a happier, healthier you.

 

Double exercise sessions for increased weight loss

Throughout our lives, we can get stressed from the rigors of work and family obligations. Many people are involved with so many different activities in a day it is a wonder any one can find time to get any exercise in. It is during these stressful times, we may find ourselves eating more and exercising less, which could lead to unexpected weight gain BeachBody. I have experienced this weight gain syndrome many times despite my dedication to exercise. Now there are things that can be done if your body weight is suddenly increasing.

The simplest thing to do is to look at your current diet and see where you can cut back on reducing your caloric intake. For example if you are eating bread more than twice a day, reduce this to once a day. Some people are not aware of this but you can make a sandwich using lettuce or romaine leaves. Simply make this switch from a bread sandwich to a lettuce can reduce your calorie intake by at least 10 to 20 percent throughout the week. Also look at your sugar intake; many processed foods contain added sugar such as crackers, chips, sauces, juices and even milk. Try and cut back on your sugar intake and eat more fruits but do not over indulge. A banana for example is a very health fruit to eat but, ingesting too many in a day at 100 calories each can derail your diet. I recommend keeping a food diary to keep track of what you are eating. Now while I recommend cutting back on your caloric intake, I will also suggest doubling up on your workouts.

Yes, I do know that for most people working out once a day can be difficult chore as it is but sometimes more is better especially when you are dealing with increased weight gain. I will share with you a secret, I am in between careers right at this moment and I started to gain weight. Last week I put myself on a double workout session; I jog in the morning for an hour and in the evening I perform a kind of aerobic exercise for 40 minutes or more. I can tell you that working out twice a day can help you lose weight quicker. Now along with a reduced calorie intake and my double work out sessions I am finally getting back to my ideal weight which is about 202. Yes these increase workout sessions can beneficial if you are dedicated to the challenge and of course you get enough rest in between, HuffingtonPost. Ideally you would work out in the morning and then in the evening for your second session. Now you don’t have to work out for almost 2 hours, instead break it up into 2 thirty minute sessions for maximum benefit. For people not wishing to be workout warriors but want to get in better physical shape, a double work session could be as simple as a 30 minute walk in the morning followed by a light 20 minute weight session. Indeed double workout session can be beneficial to help you lose more weight if it done properly with consistency. For more information please contact me.