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The Healing Powers of Turmeric

As our bodies age, reducing inflammation and preventing joint pain can be managed organically with some. With proper diet, exercise, and supplements, inflammation can be decreased.

Today I am going to share the healing powers of turmeric, a magical root that if taken regularly, can help with a variety of paint ailments: arthritis, joint pain, stomach pain, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhage, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, high cholesterol, skin inflammation, fatigue, headaches, colds, lung infections, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, kidney problems. Moreover, turmeric can also be used for skin pain, ringworm, sprains and swellings, soreness of the mouth, gum disease. Turmeric cannot get rid of these issues, but can help with the underlying problem, rather than taking something over the counter to put a band-aid over the issue.

Turmeric is a spice that comes from the root of the plant, which is commonly used in Indian and Asian food. The medicine within the turmeric is called curcumin, which is what makes the bold yellow color. Curcumin and the other chemical components of the root are beneficial in treating conditions that involve inflammation. If taken correctly, high doses are required to see results; which can be expensive. Pairing turmeric with black pepper can aid in the healing effects, according to research. Moreover, “The journal Oncogene published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that aspirin and ibuprofen are least effective, while curcumin, is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world.” Turmeric is also easier on the digestive track, liver, and stomach, which is a healthy alternative to ibuprofen.

Overall, keeping away from foods that aid inflammation will help improve the benefits of turmeric: sugar, gluten, saturated fats, trans fats, omega 6 fatty acids, refined carbohydrates, MSG, aspartame, and alcohol. Increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables you intake and making fish the main protein can aide in lowering inflammation.

Stages of Parkinson’s Disease

Here are the facts:

-Parkinson’s is the 14th leading cause of death in the US, and there is no cure.
-One million Americans suffer from the disease and ten million worldwide.
-Parkinson’s Disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease behind Alzheimer’s.
-Every year 60,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States.

Every individual is affected in different ways from Parkinson’s disease. Patterns, progression, intensity, and symptoms vary person to person. PD can hit a person very quickly, and sometimes it can take over 20 years on another. However, Parkinson’s Disease is defined by five stages. In 1967, Hoehn and Yahr was developed by two clinicians to generally describe symptoms progress of Parkinson’s. Additionally, Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), rates symptoms by mood, social interaction, mental functioning, and motor symptoms. It is extremely rare for childhood onset Parkinson’s disease, there is early onset PD that happens between age 30-40, and there is late onset, which is usually a fast degenerating disease.

Five Stages:
1. A person and their family will notice a change in walking, posture, and facial expressions. Tremors may also occur on one side of the body only.
2. Symptoms worsen, and tremors start to affect the whole body. Day to day tasks start to take longer, and some can no longer walk on their own.
3. Mid-stage; loss of balance, slowness of movements, falls all become more common. Dressing and eating on their own start to fade and more help is needed with activities of daily living.
4. Parkinson’s symptoms are progressing to most severe. Walking without assistance is no longer possible, a walker may be needed. A person can no longer live alone and needs full assistance.
5. Final and most debilitating stage of Parkinson’s Disease. Stiffness can make it harder to walk and stand. Full assistance, a wheel chair, and around the clock nursing care is needed. In addition, hallucinations and delusions, along with other non-motor symptoms will worsen.

HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training

HIIT has become popular in the exercise world, as it is done faster, creates a schedule to follow, and the results are proven! HIIT historically has been used with bodybuilders and athletes who need the intense weight training combined with cardio. HIIT is much more effective than normal cardio because of the intensity of the workout being higher. High Intensity Interval Training also helps increase your anaerobic and aerobic endurance while burning more fat than ever.

Anaerobic, means “without oxygen” which means that anaerobic exercise does not require oxygen to generate force. Movements in HIIT are fast which are short bursts of intense activity for the muscles which only last a brief duration of time (a few seconds to a minute). Anaerobic exercises include sprinting, high intensity weightlifting, and isometric holds. Aerobic means “involving or improving oxygen consumption by the body; enhancing circulatory and respiratory efficiency by improving how the body consumes oxygen. Aerobic exercise includes cycling, jogging, cardio, and running marathons.

High Intensity Interval Training helps reverse the aging process as it improves protein synthesis; creating lean muscle mass, improved insulin sensitivity, and increased strength. Rather than seeking a plastic surgeon or an intense diet to alter your body, think a trainer at your local gym, or CrossFit to show you how to properly work out with this style.

**It is NOT safe for you to try this at home on your own without the advice of a licensed medical professional.

10 Steps to Optimal Health

Part of aging successfully is healing your body through exercise and diet. As we age into our twenties, we find that it isn’t as easy to maintain a thin body as it once was. Our metabolism changes, our desires, likes, dislikes, are all changing as we age. Adjusting to that change can be hard. Am I eating too much sugar? Drinking too much coffee to stay awake at my full-time job? Am I spending enough time exercising, do I sweat enough and work hard enough when I do?

Each and every one of us is different. We could start a popular “diet” and find that it doesn’t work for us, but our friend lost 10 pounds. Who is to say that when we end that “diet” we won’t fall back into our unhealthy ways? Making a complete lifestyle change rather than a temporary diet is proven to be more successful, as it is permanent and you will change your diet as your body ages and responds to what it likes and dislikes. Emptying your pantry of Oreo’s, Doritos, and candy is a start. I am going to share “10 ways to optimal health” with you, and you can start there along with the advice of your primary care doctor, dietitian or nutritionist.

1. Understand what you’re eating: read labels. Look for things such as added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, corn products, or unwanted chemicals. Processed food, even ‘organic’ foods in the frozen section will not provide proper nutrition. Think FRESH! Shop at your local farmer’s market, and purchase foods that are growing in that season. Purchase meat from your local butcher, ask what the animals are fed. Stay away from corn fed animals.
2. Eat a balanced diet: Eat proper proportions to your body’s needs. Eat from each food group as your doctor advises, and replace gluten noodles with healthier grains such as legumes, quinoa, or lentils.
3. Don’t skip breakfast: some people might believe that skipping breakfast will keep you thin. False! Eating in the morning will help boost your metabolism. Starting with hot lemon water prior to your food will give you added metabolism boost and it’s great for your blood stream.
4. Read the small print: again, read your labels! Read for portion sizes, saturated fat contents, and other nasty ingredients. Obey the portion sizes. As Americans, we tend to overeat as our portion sizes are too big for what our bodies need!
5. Keep active! Stay as active as you can. Keeping a food journal and an activity one can help motivate you and show you where your flaw may be.
6. Eat the right nutritious calories: avoid eating empty calories that just fill your tummy. Have good proteins, fiber, fats, and minerals that will give you a healthy energy boost in between meals.
7. Cook from scratch: eat with variety! Eat the rainbow! Have a wide range of veggies, lean meats, fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs, low fat dairy! When we eat out at restaurants, many times we have no idea where our food came from or what our calorie intake will be; be mindful.
8. Sleep well: get enough sleep for your body! 7-8 hours a night!
9. Eat variety: don’t eat the same thing for breakfast over and over again. Be mindful of the vitamins coming from what you eat, you can over-do it on the good ones too!
10. Drink more water! Always!

Memory Boosting Foods

Getting your primary vitamins from food rather than vitamins is key to a healthy diet, as the body absorbs whole foods better. As I mentioned in our last blog, eating cruciferous vegetables have been linked to lowering levels of cognitive decline in older age. Kale, spinach, beet greens, and turnip greens are all great brain boosters.

Garlic! Garlic is know for being a natural antibiotic, an immune booster, and anti-inflammatory. If you are feeling bold, eating raw garlic when you feel an illness coming on, it can really save your body from the illness. Adding fresh chopped garlic to a dish right before serving will also give you its benefits. Another antioxidant rich food are berries and dark-skinned fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and cherries.

Omega-3’s have been said to fight memory loss. Tuna, halibut, sardines, and mackerel are full of rich omega-3 fatty acids that are healthy for your body and your brain. I find that when I eat these fish, my energy levels, skin, and overall health feels best.

Legumes. Garbanzo Beans, black beans, lentils, kidney beans, are all densely packed with vitamins and minerals full of anti-inflammatory properties. A healthy snack to have is hummus, which is made from chick peas, tahini, lemon, and light salt and pepper.

Grains! Brown rice, steel cut oats, quinoa, teff and barley are healthy grains that aren’t highly processed and helps reduce blood sugar. Cooking these grains with bone broth or vegetable broth made from scratch can also help boost the taste! Make your own bone broth from a whole chicken or beef bones, add to a croc pot with water and let sit for 24 to 48 hours. Optimal health boost!

Nutrition Month

Memory loss can be a result of many factors: level of physical activity, lifestyle, genetics, and environmental reasons.
We have control over the diet we consume, and certain foods can help boost our memory and brain functions. The Mediterranean diet is one that research has shown will keep aging brains sharp, stimulate memory, alertness, and cognitive function. Over consuming these foods will not help, rather, adding certain foods into your daily rotation over time can help suppress memory loss. Although there is no guarantee these foods will boost your memory, adding them will support lifelong good health.
#1 : Vegetables. Coniferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, and dark leafy greens such as spinach or kale may help improve memory. A healthy alternative for lunch can be substituting your bread for collard greens or romaine lettuce instead of taco shells.
#2: Adequate amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Fatty fish, algae, and seafood will provide you with an adequate amount of omega-3 fatty acids. In particular: salmon, bluefin tuna, herring, and sardines will have some of the heaviest doses. Being mindful of not eating meat every day, and substituting fish for meat will help you maintain a healthy diet. Bake, grill or broil fish to keep the fish close to ‘as’-is”. Frying the fish is not healthy! If fish is not for you, be sure to intake omega-3 fatty acids through supplements such as microalgae supplements or fish oil.
#3: Cherries and Berries: dark berries, such as blackberries, cherries, and blueberries are rich in anthocyanins and other flavonoids that may boost memory function. Berries can easily be incorporated into yogurt, cereal, or oatmeal in your breakfast. Enjoying a handful for a mid-day snack is another healthy way to boost your metabolism. Plan this summer to pick your own blueberries and freeze them to enjoy for the year. It is an inexpensive way to get good quality, local, organic produce into your diet.
#4: Walnuts: Walnuts are a positive food to use for heart health and improve. Walnuts, almonds, and pistachios are great nuts to have on hand for snacking.