Friday, July 3, 2015

Lots Of Turmeric Info... You're Welcome ;)

Good Turmeric Read…
Turmeric Dosage – How much should I take?
It’s a good idea to start gently and let your body adjust – 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric paste or powder, 3 times a day, is a great starting point.  Take note of how you feel and if it is giving any benefit.  Increase as you feel ready, but again just go gently – perhaps 1/2 teaspoon 3 times a day and so on.
Please note – this is not an exact dosage – it depends on the turmeric you have and also what you are trying to combat and your body.  You will have to be prepared to monitor and adjust.
Turmeric does not stay in the body past several hours (it varies according to individual – 6-8 hours approx) so you are better off having small doses often throughout the day.  Too large a dose of turmeric will not be utilised – what the body can’t use it will eliminate.
If you have any reaction that makes you uncomfortable, stop or reduce your dose and feel free to ask about it below. You can expect to go through a detox period which has no set time limit.  Some people have reported mild headaches, some sneeze, some fart or visit the loo, and less common is a skin rash.
If you are being treated for a specific chronic illness, please check with your doctor if it is beneficial for you to take turmeric.
The guide post to keep in mind is, if your doctor is happy for you to eat curries, then turmeric ‘should’ be acceptable for you as treatment.
Remember, treated as a food, turmeric – for the majority – is safe to eat every day for a lifetime.
Bottom line; Educate yourself and be responsible.
Additional comment by a TUG group member: “Following an accident it was essential I reduce swelling and inflammation, so I did take more than 100 grams of turmeric powder a day for the first 3 days, then 50 grams a day, then back to 4 to 6 teaspoons a day.”
Information on restrictions using curcumin in its pure form (as opposed to turmeric containing curcumin) can be found by clicking HERE and HERE (info about damage from high dose curcumin).
Ultimately, understanding how to maintain healthy gut flora, sustain a balanced defense and strong immune system is key to fighting disease and illness.
Turmeric can help as part of maintaining a healthy digestive tract and reducing inflammation which can lead to many other illnesses including a variety of cancers, arthritis, allergies, irritable bowel etc.
Here are 6 Good Reasons to add turmeric to you (or your animals) diet:
1. Skin Health
Can help in the treatment of inflammatory skin conditions and speed up wound healing.
2. Arthritis
Alleviates pain and movement constriction in arthritic humans, horses, dogs and cats.
3. Immunity
Builds up resistance to infection and speeds up curative effects of medicine, and noticeably shortens virus activity.
4. Cancer
Lots of evidence in published literature of positive effects of turmeric on various types of cancer cells.
5. Dementia
Decreases amyloid plaque (an abnormal protein) in human brains. Also works well in improving the activity level and socialisation in old dogs.
6. Liver Detoxifier
Increases the levels of glutathione (a major anti-oxidant and conjugating agent) in the liver which is used to detoxify and eliminate harmful compounds.
All the above benefits have been witnessed by Doug English and repeatedly backed up within the TUG Facebook group (of which there are close to 100,000 members)
Doug English also believes that Turmeric can be used to replace, or reduce the dose of hard drugs like Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) and cortisones.
This is the Number One Golden Paste (GP) recipe that has been tried and tested by thousands of TUG users across the globe.
This recipe may be used for humans as well as animals.
§  1/2 cup (125 mls/60gms) turmeric powder
§  1 cup water (250 mls) PLUS 1 cup water in reserve, if needed
§  1/3 cup (70 mls) cold pressed Olive or Coconut oil
§  1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper (7.5 mls/3gms)
Omit pepper if you cannot tolerate it. The absorption of turmeric will still be improved by cooking the paste AND by the inclusion of oil, BUT remember it will be less effective without the pepper.
Place turmeric and water in pan, stirring over gentle heat until you have a thick paste. This should take about 7 – 10 minutes and you may need to add additional water along the way.
Add the freshly ground pepper and oil AT THE END of cooking. Stir well (a whisk is ideal) to incorporate the oil and allow to cool.
The Golden Paste will keep for 2 weeks, refrigerated
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Tumeric has been used for over 2500 years in India, where it was most likely first used as a dye.
The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer's disease.
Here are 20 reasons to add turmeric to your diet:
1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.
7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.
16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.
17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.
18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form. It is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500mg capsules.
Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it's fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. My favorite way to use it is to add a pinch of it to egg salad. It adds a nice flavor and gives the egg salad a rich yellow hue.
Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.

Recipe: Gold Wellness Drink & Broth of Life Soup
I jinxed myself. On Friday, while my boyfriend and I were getting our community acupuncture treatments from the very wonderful local acupuncturist Eric Kerr, I said, "We're so lucky; we never get colds or anything!" Yep, famous last words. So Saturday, I wake up with runny nose, fuzzy head and a bit of the aches. You'd have thought I would've learned my lesson, but when I said to my friend at brunch on Saturday, "it'll probably be gone by tomorrow", you can imagine: it only got worse the next day. Fast forward to today (three full days of sickness later) and I'm feeling much better, thank goodness. 

Being my pitta-self, I didn't just drink a little tea and hope for the best. I went after this cold with the full arsenal of my holistic cold-fighting wisdom. I've had:
*ocean-fulls of turmeric, ginger & honey tea. 
*broths of all kinds (except chicken, doh)
*vitamin C galore
*chinese herbs
*ayurvedic herbs
*more tea
*some aloe
*Umcka (not even sure what this stuff does, but it seems pretty good)
*hot baths with epsom salts, lavender & peppermint
*White flower oil (I practically bathed in it on Sunday)
*a neti pot amost becoming my fifth appendage
*yoga postures like baddha konasana with my king size pillow behind my back
*acupressure points (genius for my headache)
and the hardest to fit in: 
Yes, I took the entire day off yesterday and stayed home, mostly in bed. 
I was unproductive (almost completely) and it was a challenge. 

What I keep coming back to is this:
"What is this cold trying to teach me?"
I don't think it was telling me to clean up my diet-- that seemed pretty good. 
Or to exercise more or differently- that's all well. 
I think what it was yelling at me was...
"Dang, girl!!! Get some rest!!"
Probably close to three weeks without a day off: not a recipe for health, especially during the change of season, even if I do absolutely love my work. 

So I am resting. Trying to take it easy and not take on more than is reasonable with a not-quite-super-human amount of energy. 
It's been on my to-do list to carve out time for a regular day off away from emails and my phone, but it had never seemed to reach the top of the list. Now, it's there: right at the top...with a little note next to it ("or else!") ;) 
If you haven't had a day off in weeks, learn from my misfortune: get some rest and turn off your phone. You'll thank me when you're not up to your elbows in kleenex. 

Here are two of the recipes that let me survive my day of sickness that I just couldn't take off...

Gold Wellness Drink 
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 a lemon, chopped in half
1+ tsp fresh grated ginger
1 pint hot water 
...once tea is cool enough to drink, add:
1 teaspoon + honey
(if just making a cup, halve this recipe)

Broth of Life Soup
6 stalks celery
1 bunch swiss chard
2 beets + greens
3 carrots
1 bunch of fresh parsley
1 bunch of fresh thyme 
2 inches of fresh ginger, sliced
5 large cloves of garlic 
small piece of kombu
water to cover
--simmer above ingredients covered for 2 hours--
strain & save. Drink as you like to keep you breathing. (Honestly, it's great for congestion)
For a meal if you have the appetite, cook 1/4 c of basmati rice in 3 cups broth. 
If you've had too much ginger tea and you're starting to overheat, top your broth with chopped cilantro. 

Make our illnesses be our greatest teachers-- and may we not forget their lessons!
To a winter of wellness!

No comments:

Post a Comment