The Right Way To Use Turmeric To Boost Your Health

Have you noticed that knobby, funny-looking, little root piled high at the produce section of your market lately?  Nope, it's not fresh ginger. Not, some new exotic vegetable either.  It is turmeric root, and fresh turmeric root can brighten a dish with flavor as well its neon golden-yellow hue. And, oh yes - it can provide some major health benefits, too -- especially if you use it the correct way!

Easily bring your meals to new healthy heights with a sprinkle of fresh turmeric, a super spice, that helps wipe away inflammation.  Follow these easy cooking tips to make sure you are using it the correct way to boost your health. (TheHealthMindeed.com) #health
I have used powdered turmeric in many dishes and began using the fresh turmeric root this past winter when I spotted it at the market.  I had been primarily grating it over roasted vegetables and to make this delicious way to unwind, but I have been chopping it up in a few more things lately and thought I would share this simple salad dressing you may want to keep around for a quick and highly nutritious dish, too.

Without sounding . . . well, like some swaggering, know-it-all cook (which I am not, I assure you), this recipe is special - particularly in the sense that it opens the door wide to all those health benefits of curcumin - the main healthy ingredient in fresh turmeric. Of course, it does taste great, too! But, come see why you may want to use turmeric in your cooking this way -- the right way!

How to Cook With Fresh Turmeric To Reap The Health Benefits

Here are a few helpful tips before using fresh turmeric root in your cooking. The first two tips are the most crucial as it pertains to the best way to cook with it to reap the highest amount of nutrients:
  • Curcumin is the main active healthy nutrient in both fresh and dried turmeric, but it is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream.  However. studies show if consumed with black pepper, the absorption is increased - quite a bit. 
  • Curcumin is fat soluble, so it may be a good idea to consume it along with some healthy fat in the dish as well to absorb it best. 
  • Fresh turmeric, like fresh anything, has a brighter flavor than the dried. The dried is very healthful, too, but the fresh has not been heated or processed in any way.
  • Fresh turmeric can be rather expensive so freeze it like fresh ginger and pull it out when needed to grate or chop.
  • I typically do not peel it before using it because the roots are usually thin but, depending on how tender or mature it is, you may want to scrape off the peel before using it.

What Turmeric Can Do For Your Health

Chronic inflammation is a root of poor health. Probably due mostly to its anti-inflammatory action, turmeric is showing up on lots of studies as some potentially powerful stuff, but more extensive research needs to be conducted. Here are some reasons why you may want to start cooking with it a bit more in case all those studies are right:
  • The curcumin in turmeric may be able to prevent damages to blood vessels and the buildsup of plaque that can lead to heart attack,  stroke, and atherosclerosis.
  • Curcumin may provide an inexpensive and effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn's and ulcerative colitis.
  • Turmeric could aid with the treatment of Alzheimer's disease to aid in blocking the formation of plaque that contribute to the disease.
  • Turmeric's anti-inflammatory compounds could aid in decreasing arthritic symptoms.
  • Turmeric is being studied widely for the potential aid in some cancer treatment and prevention.

Make a big jar of this salad dressing tonight for a tasty and mega-nutritious dish your family will love. (TheHealthMinded.com) #health

Dress Your Salads With A Healthy Glow: Turmeric, Avocado Dressing

I typically do not share recipes often here as there are so many talented food bloggers out there that delight us with their creations!  But, this is so simple and you can make a big batch at a time and with the weather turning warmer and fresh, beautiful greens at the farmers' markets in abundance, salads are sure to be a staple at meal time now.

This recipe uses fressh turmeric "the right way" as it combines it with two healthy fats and freshly ground black pepper. Tap on the green links in the ingredient list for even more helpful information.

  • 1 1-inch piece (or thereabouts) peeled piece of fresh turmeric
  • 1/2 large or one small avocado (This is why the fat in avocado is so great.)
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon unpasteurized white miso (Check out this post on miso and its extraordinary cooking powers.)
  • 2 tablespoons unpasteurized apple cider vinegar or other favorite vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey (Learn why raw is the way to go!)
  • Several grinds of black pepper (See above why this is an important ingredient as black pepper improves the bioavailability of turmeric.)
  • ¼ teaspoon pink salt (Make the switch to pink salt and why here.)
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (another healthy fat!)
Now do this
  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. 
  • Taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Store in a glass jar in the fridge for a few days. 

Have you used the fresh turmeric? Please do share a favorite way you use turmeric (dried or fresh) in your cooking!

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Staying Youthful: Anti-Aging Habits to Adopt Now

The way I look at it . . . you really don't need an "anti-aging program" as creating a healthy lifestyle in and of itself is an anti-aging program!

Stay young and vibrant to live the active life you desire. Form these healthy habits now and you won't even need an "anti-aging program!" (TheHealthMinded.com) #health #antiaging

Staying young -- inside and out -- can help you live the active, full life most of us desire. It is not just about being wrinkle-free or displaying the tightest abs, but having the energy and vitality to being able to take advantage of all the opportunities that life offers. Although you can begin making adjustments at any time to improve and adopt healthy habits, starting as early as possible in your life can reap even bigger gains.

Nine Healthy Habits For Anti-Aging

I have nine categories of anti-aging (or in this case, adopting healthy habits) with loads of links to posts with more details for you to explore, too.  Poke around and tap on the green links to see where you might want to improve or get inspired to make a change.


Could Banking Your Stem Cells Save Your Life?

I want to tell you about a new banking system I heard of recently and before you hit the snooze button, please give me a minute as this has nothing to with your savings account and everything to do with saving your life: banking your stem cells. Those stem cells, as it turns out, could perhaps one day provide a miraculous medical treatment to regenerate an organ for you, strengthen your immune system or even treat your disease. I'd call that a savings you might want to bank on or at the very least . . . learn more about!

The stem cells that you bank today could treat you rpossible future diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, debilitating injury, and more. Learn how this simple technique could possibly save your or a family member's life. (TheHealthMinded.com) #health

Banking stem cells is a relatively new option albeit an expensive one (always a catch!), but may be considered quite mainstream in the future (hopefully bringing the cost down). Stem cells have been used to treat many diseases already and have been used in thousands of medical procedures, too. Scientists are hoping stem cells that you bank now could be multiplied in a test tube later and used to treat diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, spinal cord injuries, heart failure, stroke, and many other conditions. All that from tiny little cells.

10 Stem Cell Facts & How Banking Them Can Help You

You can familiarize yourself with some of the very basics of those stem cells below as well as learn how it might matter if you bank them for yourself and your family. Make sure to click on the many links to more in-depth information on this fascinating and potentially life saving process.


Using Miso To Make Your Cooking Extraordinary

I have been experimenting with miso lately as an ingredient to add that "je ne sais quoi" to some of my dishes. The Japanese might be rather annoyed that I used a French description for their salty-savory and a tad sweet condiment, but I am merely trying to get across that it just adds that little something extra to even the most ordinary dishes.  So, I must ask for forgiveness in using that French expression and instead give a bow of gratitude to the Japanenese for sharing it with us!

Try miso to make your cooking come alive. Find out why it is healthy and try some of these recipes to use it. (TheHealthMinded.com) #cooking

(By the way -- yes, miso is primarily a Japanese condiment; but it originally came from China. The Chinese turned to fermentation to preserve soybeans and then the Japanese greatly improved upon the idea.)

Why Miso Is Good For Your Health

Miso is a great flavor enhancer but that is not all. Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider using miso for your health, too:
  • Depending on the type of miso, it can provide a wide variety of phytonutrients to help with inflammation.
  • Miso has probiotic properties to support the body's digestive and immune systems as well as the absorption of nutrients.


7 Magical Extras To Add To Your First Aid Kit

Here are 7 items to add to your first aid kit that you may not already have to take all the pain and tears away! (The Health-Minded.com) #health

With warmer weather approaching, the sun shining and more time outside (hallelujah!), you and your family probably will be reaching for some items that have been stored away the last few months: sunscreen, your tennis racket, golf clubs, picnic baskets, gardening gloves perhaps? But, with that additional time outside, dare I say, you may be reaching for that first aid kit more often, too.  Scrapes, bug bites and stings, sore muscles and a bruise here and there may call for some help.

What to Add To Your First Aid Kit To Perform A Little Magic

Besides the array of bandages, ointments, tweezers, etc. that most first aid kits contain (and here is the anatomy of what a family first aid kit should look like), I have added a few extras to mine over the years that you may want to think about including, too:

1.  Hands down, this type of bandaid was a miracle in a box for me. I insist you get some of these hydrocolloid bandages and make your life simpler and a whole lot less painful. It took a very bad situation for me and wiped it away with speedy and scar-free healing. You put it on and leave it for days right through showering and bathing. No ouchy removals and re-dressings! Read all about my experience with it here.


How To Tell If It is a Migraine Headache & New Remedies To Treat Them

Not all headaches are the same! How to know if your headache is a migraine and new ways to cure them. (TheHealthMinded.com) #health

Of all the things I could have done that evening, I actually chose to attend a lecture on migraines. An unusual choice to spend my evening, perhaps. But, if you have ever experienced a migraine (and read on to make sure that is what it really is), you would understand why I would spend my time doing so. Most migraine suffers would want to do anything, and I mean anything, to exit it from your day (or days as they can last for days!). Not only do I suffer an occasional one (and they last for days), but I have people in my life that suffer rather frequently from them.  So, a lecture on migraines? You bet!

I primarily wanted to attend to see if there was any new research on methods to help.  I discovered there is. So, please, if you or someone you care about deals with migraine headaches and the debilitating effect they can have on your life, please read on.

Is This Really A Migraine Headache or Something Else?

The term migraine can be thrown around loosely to describe a bad headache, but there are particular characteristics that distinguish a migraine from other types of headaches. The International Headache Society (yes, it actually exists!) lists these criteria for your headaches to be considered a migraine:
  1. You have had at least five headaches.
  2. The headaches last greater than four hours.
  3. The head pain is accompanied by nausea/vomiting or photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  4. Each of the headaches has at least two of the following characteristics:


Health Plans/April: How to Easily DeClutter Your Living Space & Keep It Clutter-Free - Part 2

Keep your place a happy, clutter-free space! Try these tips to keep your home lighter and brighter. (The Health-Minded.com) #organization

This is a part of a monthly column, Health Plans, to help you become an organized ninja when it comes to your health.  I write once a month on a different area of your life to help you get and stay organized for your best health. Please check out other months' plans, too, (here) and come along with us to become your organized healthy self.
This post is Part 2 of How to Easily Make Your Living Space Clutter-Free and Keep It That Way. You may want to tap the green link for Part 1, How to Easily DeClutter Your Living Space and Keep It That Way, and find out exactly, step-by-step, how to declutter your space painlessly.  This post covers how to keep it stress and clutter-free!

Is clutter now a fuzzy memory at your place? Feeling lighter, less stressed? How about more organized and productive? I say, "High-five!"

I do hope my strategy in How to Easily DeClutter Your Living Space and Keep It That Way, Part 1 paid off and got you and your place where you want to be. So, allow me to go a step further and help a bit more. Let's do our best to keep you out of the land of stuff and more in the zone of clutter and stress-free. Come along and find out just how to go about that and keep your space a happy place.

Keep your place a happy, clutter-free space! Try these tips to keep your home lighter and brighter. (The Health-Minded.com) #organization

12 Top Strategies For Keeping Your Space Clutter and Stress-Free

I have listed several strategies here that you may want to implement to keep your place free of unnecessary items that tend to wander in your life and create a mess and clog your mind and spirit.  I hope you can read them all, but if time is of the essence and you can only read one or two, please don't skip tip numbers 1 and 2.  I promise, it can make a big difference in your life and at the very least -- certainly, in your bank account:

1.  Staying clutter free actually starts when you are not even home. Yes, that is right. It begins when you are out running errands and shopping.  Those shopping trips can really kill all your hard work to declutter your space by bringing new clutter right through the door. So, please, think hard, and think hard again if what you are about to purchase is really needed.  Will it change your life or make it easier? Will it take up space and require lots of care?  Just think about it in that way. You may save yourself a big hassle while keeping your wallet a bit heavier with cash.


Health Plans/April: How To Easily Make Your Living Space Clutter-Free & Keep It That Way - Part 1

Make your home a happy space! How to easily declutter your living space & keep it clutter-free! Part 1 (The Health-Minded.com) #organization

This is a part of a monthly column, Health Plans, to help you become an organized ninja when it comes to your health.  I write once a month on a different area of your life to help you get and stay organized for your best health. Please check out other months' plans, too, (here) and come along with us to become your organized healthy self.
This post is Part 1 of How to Easily Make Your Living Space Clutter-Free and Keep It That Way. Be sure to check out Part 2, which provides 12 easy ways to keep it a happy, productive space, clutter and and stress-free.

See a cluttered living space? A good chance a cluttered, stressed out mind is there, too. Too much clutter can create the type of low grade stress that drains you of energy, focus and drive. It can be overwhelming to walk into a room piled with stuff and even sitting among all of it can bring you down. But being organized is not about having bragging rights to perfectly color coordinated files or alphabetized pantry items, but all about having more time for yourself and your family while enabling you to live a more balanced, healthy life.

I hope you have been able to start creating a living space that is more an expression of you and your lifestyle with my tips from February's Health Plan: How to Design Your Space To Improve Your Mood, Your Health.  But, another important step to making sure that space of yours is the healthiest refuge for you is to get rid of all the stuff that doesn't serve a purpose, isn't a reflection of you or your lifestyle, or maybe even adds stress to your day! So, let's devote a bit of time to making a stress-free space, narrowing down what you need, what you don't and then creating an easy plan to keep it that way.

Why DeClutterng Your Space Can Lead To A Healthier Life

If you are not convinced that those piles of clothes on the floor, mail spewed on the entryway table and unfinished projects on your kitchen counter affect your mood, your health, here are some reasons to consider taking a bit of time each week to clear away the clutter:


Health News: The Latest Skinny (March 2015)

Learn the latest health news, medical studies and interesting cooking tips that could affect you and your family. (The Health-Minded.com) #health #news

Time for this month's Health News: Get the Skinny. Come along to check out how this month's round-up of the latest health news can help you, a friend, family member, colleague . . .  or anyone
you care about . . . lead a healthier life!

Links For Your Health

Give a tap on the bold green link to take you to some fascinating medical research, interesting cooking tips and food choices as well as other healthy bits:

1.  All apples (please keep 'em organic, if possible) make a great healthy choice! But, reach for the green apples if weight gain is a concern, according to this study.

2.  This could have a significant impact!  Medical research may be possible with a simple tap and click!  What a genius use of an app.
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