What if there was a "magical" pill that could cure most of the diseases that are plaguing us today?  Well, there is a supplement that has been used for thousands of years in many areas across Asia to PREVENT many of the diseases that are so widespread today in America.  The supplement is called Turmeric extract, with its main active ingredient, Curcumin!

The main reason this supplement is so effective at fighting disease is because it is HIGHLY anti-inflammatory. As I have mentioned before, inflammation is the root cause of so many diseases, such as cancer, Alzheimer's, heart disease, skin disorders, and arthritis.

I discovered the benefits of Turmeric when I was suffering from Arthritis pain symptoms in my lower back.  My uncle mentioned this supplement to me during the holidays in 2014 that he found really helped one of his friends with pain.  Turmeric has been found to be just as effective as anti-inflammatory drugs, but with no drug-induced side effects.

However, my primary introduction to Turmeric was through my son.  He had recently started suffering from severe cystic acne primarily on his face and back.  Therefore, being my son, he began searching for a holistic approach to acne, and he stumbled across Turmeric online as a quick and long term fix to Cysts. He is able to take a few at night if he feels the start of a cyst, and it will dramatically reduce any swelling on the cyst by morning.  He also takes a couple of the supplements in the morning as a preventative to new cysts and this has really helped manage his symptoms!

We were so impressed with the alleviation of our symptoms that we researched other benefits Turmeric provides, such as:

1.  Turmeric dramatically increases the antioxidant capability in the body, which fights many cancers and diseases.

2.  Studies show it can be just as effective as anti-depressants in fighting depression.

3.  Turmeric boosts levels of brain hormones which increases growth of brain neurons and fights brain diseases.

4.  It improves insulin sensitivity for diabetes management.

5.  Turmeric is wonderful for pain management due to its anti-inflammatory benefits.

For our family, this is one supplement we will NOT be without. Luckily, it is not expensive and can be found at this link:

It is important to note that turmeric is best taken with a black pepper extract for ultimate absorption and effectiveness in the body.

Friday, 27 November 2015 04:44

TIP: #15: I May be a Little Nutty :)

I LOVE eating foods that are tasty and nutritious and filling at the same time!  That is why I eat NUTS and SEEDS everyday!  

Even though nuts are high in fat, they do NOT make me fat!  In fact, this is the first time in my life that my weight has been kept under control easily!  And, I attribute much of that to the nuts and seeds that I consume daily!

One of the biggest reasons that they help to control weight is that they are filling.  The amount of fat and fiber and protein in them is what keeps me full longer and that helps to prevent blood sugar highs and cravings (more ammunition to help ward off the dreaded Diabetes)!

On the skin and beauty side, nuts have tons of vitamin and minerals and antioxidants that keep skin supple and wrinkle-free. The healthy fat that they contain also contribute to skin health!

Here are a few of the ones I eat most often and some of their health benefits:

WALNUTS:  Loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids that are very beneficial to brain and heart health (Have you ever noticed that a walnut kind of looks like a brain :)

ALMONDS:  Loaded with Fiber and the antioxidant Vitamin E for fighting cancer.

BRAZILIAN NUTS:  Lots of Selenium which is a powerful antioxidant!

CASHEWS:  Full of Iron and Zinc which help immunity!

PECANS:  Lots of Oleic Acid which studies have found fight Breast Cancer.

PUMPKIN SEEDS:  Loads of Magnesium and Plant Phytosterols known to fight Prostate Cancer.

So, next time you feel like reaching for the chip bag, why not grab a handful of nuts and seeds instead and be a little "nutty" for the day :)?

 

Saturday, 21 November 2015 04:41

TIP #14: Drink it with the Mother!

You know something works when your college freshman asks if you can buy him some for his dorm room!  When my son started college, we shopped for all his dorm essentials.  But, he was the one that added APPLE CIDER VINEGAR to our shopping list!

He told me it definitely helps him when he starts to feel a cold and sore throat coming on.  We always had our kids gargle with a couple of tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and six ounces of warm water the instant they felt sick.  It is a health remedy I learned from my Mom for getting rid of sore throats quick and it really helps!

But what I love about Apple Cider Vinegar is that it is good for so many other health issues, too.  I like to drink a tablespoon with a glass of water daily as it helps with my digestion.  It is very good for gall bladder health and breaking up gallstones!

One of the biggest benefits that studies show for ingesting Apple Cider Vinegar is that it helps lower blood sugar to stave off diabetes.  This is a HUGE benefit as so many people struggle with pre-diabetes and diabetes these days!

The Apple Cider Vinegar that is the best one to buy is the Bragg's Organic Unfiltered "With the Mother".  The "Mother" is loaded with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to fight infections.

Finally, I love drinking Apple Cider Vinegar because it has been shown to help with weight management and energy.  If you drink a couple of teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar, just be sure to dilute it in a glass of water before drinking it and rinse your mouth afterwards. It is very acidic and can damage the enamel on your teeth if left on them.

If you are interested in learning more about the MANY benefits and uses of Apple Cider Vinegar, here is a wonderful article about it: Link

 

Thursday, 05 November 2015 17:28

TIP #10: Got to Love those Grapes

Recently, when my husband and I were coming home from running errands, we noticed a new nursing/Alzheimer's care facility being built nearby.  I commented to my husband that this was the fourth one I had seen in recent months being built within five miles of us.  

 My husband and I realized that the reason so many of these facilities are being built is due to the fact that they are expecting HUGE numbers of people in America to need this type of assistance in the future.  Aside from the staggering cost of these homes is the staggering statistic that more than 13.8 million Americans will be affected by Alzheimer's Disease by 2050 according to the Alzheimer's Organization.  That is nearly TRIPLE the patients that have the disease right now in 2015!

If you are like us, the thought of living our later years in a nursing home or worse, contracting Alzheimer's disease, scares us thoroughly! That is why we find doing all of the things that the experts suggest to prevent the disease is so important. Among some of the tips are the following: 

1.  Eat a healthy diet filled with antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits, like the Paleo Diet!

2.  Keep your blood sugar at a healthy level, preventing diabetes.

3.  Exercise regularly.

4.  Keep your mind active.

5.  Enjoy an active social life.

Along with these items, I was really excited to learn about a recent study of an antioxidant supplement that my husband and I take daily.  It is called RESVERATROL, and it is found in foods such as red grapes, red wine, cocoa in dark chocolate, and blueberries.  

Here is what the CNN article said about the study on Resveratrol supplementation on Alzheimer's patients:

"The study is encouraging enough that we should certainly go ahead and do a [larger] clinical trial because we showed that it is safe and does have significant effects on Alzheimer's biomarkers," said Dr. R. Scott Turner, professor of neurology at Georgetown University Medical Center and lead investigator of the study..." 

Aside from the promising studies on Alzheimer's Disease, Resveratrol has been shown to help cardiovascular health, cancer prevention, lower inflammation and it is often referred to as the "fountain of youth" (we all can appreciate that)!

My father has been taking a Resveratrol supplement for many years and is still leading an active life of acting and travel.  My mother loves red wine and is also still leading an active life of exercise and travel!  All of these reasons are good enough for my husband and I to love taking this wonderful supplement and eating foods rich in Resveratrol. 

The one that we have been taking is found can be found here

Finally, please note that it is important to take a Resveratrol Supplement that is made from Muscadine grape skins and seeds, as they carry a high amount of Resveratrol.

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