After the assault on my liver, I realized that it now needed my protection. So I have embarked on a mission to consciously try to support it.
Like limiting my use of non-prescription drugs and my alcohol intake, moving more (exercise: isn’t that always the case?), staying hydrated, and eating healthier.
And I started adding Turmeric to my diet.
What is it?
You’ve likely heard about this: the new big thing in the long line of big things. It’s an herb that has been shown to affect inflammation as well as protect against heart disease among other things. Since inflammation is such a problem with MS I paid attention.
It turns out that not only is consuming turmeric one way to combat chronic inflammation, it also has been used in traditional medicine to tone the liver and may even have a “protective effect” on it.
Yay, two for one! So I’m trying to drink turmeric tea regularly and use the spice in cooking, for example.
Where to get
It is used in Indian cooking like yellow curries and is often found in mustards (Some food producers use curcumin, derived from turmeric, as a golden-yellow coloring additive for butter, cheese, canned beverages and other products. When looking for it on the nutrition label under ingredients, look for the name of E100.)
It can be found in the spice aisle of your local grocery store or ordered online from Amazon, for example.
We’ve been growing turmeric now for a couple of years. I can use it as tea by grating it into a tea ball and soaking in hot water with honey.
Experts suggest that where there’s turmeric, there should be black pepper. It increases the bioavailability of turmeric by 2000 percent!
Others have added a “good fat” like coconut oil to activate it.
Some recommendations I found online:
I just stirred up a tsp of tumeric and a tsp of coconut oil. Put a thick layer between two gingersnaps. Delicious!
I use in my coffee in the monrning. A pinch of turmeric, a pinch of cinnamon and little of black pepper. It tastes good and I have had no pains and no infections. I am going on 81 years old.
I use in coffee with spices, too, with some almond milk and stevia, Sometimes organic cocoa.
You can also add turmeric to sour cream or your favorite dips and serve it with fresh vegetables
Turmeric is especially complementary to egg dishes, such as egg salad, frittatas and omelets.
Make Turmeric bombs
Finally, I found a few other things that turmeric Can be good for: teeth whitening and arthritis pain
I’m really curious to know if turmeric and chocolate milk would go good together. I’ll keep you posted on that.
What I learned this week
- When you regularly hum you activate your parasympathetic system and tune your vagus nerve.
- Broccoli sprouts are tasty! (and broccoli itself is easy to grow…)
- The government doesn’t allow us to be taught money. See the research: Why the Rich are Getting Richer | Robert Kiyosaki | TEDxUCSD at 05:47 (sounds like conspiracy, I know…)
- Gulf War illness afflicts 1/3 of the soldiers who returned from that conflict, approx 250,000. Actual cause is still not known but could be related to exposure to the fumes after we blew up the Saran gas tipped bombs from underground bunkers in Iraq. NYT Diagnosis, s1: ep3