Turmeric and Lemon Morning Shocker

You may have heard that warm lemon water will get those pipes working in the morning and optimize your health. You may even drink warm lemon water with Himalayan salt, or warm lemon water with honey in the morning. However, have you heard of warm lemon water combined with honey, cinnamon, and the most essential ingredient to this morning elixir, turmeric? If you have yet to try this one, you may be missing out on an excellent way to begin your day. All-natural lemon and turmeric are especially powerful ingredients that boast a wealth of beneficial properties.
The Turmeric and Lemon Morning Elixir

1 serving

Prep Time- 5 minutes

Cook Time- no cooking
Ingredients

What you’ll need…

1/2 of a lemon, squeezed for juice

1/4 – 1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp honey

1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

1 cup warm water, and/or coconut milk (the coconut milk adds healthy fats, and helps absorption of turmeric)
How to make it…
Mix the lemon juice, turmeric and honey into your cup of warm water or milk. You will want to stir these ingredients well. Add cinnamon on top and continue to stir your morning elixir as you drink it — this will ensure that the turmeric does not settle at the bottom of your cup.
Turmeric with its main active ingredient, curcumin, may be that one healthy addition to your morning routine you’ve been looking for, and can help you fight inflammation in your body. I enjoy this elixir nearly every morning with fruit, which adds a sweet, delicious twist.
What healthy alternatives get your morning off to a perfect start?

Lemons offer a tasty, tart flavor with many health-promoting properties. According to a study published in the Chemistry Central Journal (2015), lemons possess a treasure trove of natural metabolites. The study authors state, “Citrus fruits exhibit plentiful bioactivities including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antimicrobial and anti-allergy activities, as well as cardiovascular effect, neuroprotective effect, hepatoprotective effect, obesity control, etc.” Lemons are indeed a healthy ingredient to enjoy at the beginning of the day. However, when you couple lemon with turmeric, your health and wellness benefits increase significantly.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a yellow-orange spice that is part of the ginger family. Native to tropical South Asia, turmeric is well known in traditional Asian medicine and cuisine. More recently, its health benefits have been recognized in Western medicine. According to a study published in the Journal of Nephropathology (2012), “Turmeric, a neglected Asian traditional drug might reemerge as remedy and/or preventive tool for various illnesses including different type of cancers, obesity, type-2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, CKD [chronic kidney disease] and ESRD [end stage renal disease], which are steadily increasing globally, claiming many lives and tremendous amount of resources worldwide.”

One active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been the focus of several academic studies.
Curcumin may alleviate inflammation: According to research from the Department of Stomatology at the University of California, San Francisco, curcumin possesses anti-inflammatory properties. The research, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2004), found that curcumin, “may exert its anti-inflammatory activity by inhibition of a number of different molecules that play a role in inflammation.”

Curcumin’s anticancer potential: Curcumin may play a vital role in cancer prevention, according to a study published in BioMed Research International (2014). Previous research has highlighted curcumin’s antioxidant, antibacterial and antitumor properties, according to the study, which concluded, “Curcumin, a vital constituent of the spice turmeric, is an alternative approach in the prevention of cancer.”
Therapeutic applications of curcumin: According to a review study published in the AAPS Journal (2013), “curcumin has shown therapeutic potential against a number of human diseases,” including multiple types of cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, peptic ulcers, psoriasis, H. pylori infection, Alzheimer’s disease, acute coronary syndrome, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and respiratory tract infections.

Try it…. 
JaxAllenFitness 

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Day 11 – New Year New You – Are you ready for week 2? SALT

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If you’re like many of my clients, even though January 1st fell on a Wednesday, they started their healthy resolutions on Monday the 6th!

As we all know, diets and fitness plans must ONLY start on a Monday!
In either case you will probably be heading out for supplies this weekend. The weather is due to get colder next week so any plans to live on salad leaves and fresh air will lead you to cheating and failure.

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So, think about hearty soups, great for hiding tons of healthy veg, if you don’t cook – buy them! In the UK we have many, delicious options healthy, hearty and tasty. When you look at labels be aware of the ingredients, check for salt content – cheaper soups often have too much.
I would prefer everyone to have the time and confidence to make soups from scratch, but I know, in reality, processed foods – even if they are additive free – will sometimes creep into your food basket. I have an post about salt at http://www.superseniorssolutionsuk.com if you want to get a different perspective than the one you read in the popular press. The standard advice is available at NHS Choices salt the facts.

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Use nutrition labels on food packaging to help you cut down on salt:
high is more than 1.5g salt per 100g (or 0.6g sodium)
low is 0.3g salt or less per 100g (or 0.1g sodium)

I believe that if you have a clean diet, avoid adding salt yourself, and very rarely eat processed foods – buying good quality, fresh made soups and sauces or dressings and marinades will not effect your overall health as long you have a good balance of fresh or fresh frozen veggies and fruits, lean free range proteins and avoid stodgy, starchy, nutrient sparse foods like grains you will stay on track!

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Foods that can be high in salt

In the following foods, the salt content can vary widely between different brands or varieties. That means you can cut down on salt by comparing brands and choosing the one that is lower in salt. Nutrition labels can help you do this.
These foods include:
bread products such as crumpets, bagels and ciabatta
pasta sauces
crisps
pizza
ready meals
soup
sandwiches
sausages
tomato ketchup, mayonnaise and other sauces
breakfast cereals

How much salt for adults?

Adults should eat no more than 6g of salt a day – that’s around one full teaspoon. Children should eat less.

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So, use your Amazon gift certificate for a Soup, Casserole and Stew cook book. Perhaps, treat yourself to a Soup maker or Slow cooker. Head off to green grocers and stock up on soup and stew packs! Squash and other root veg are filling and nutritious. You won’t have to worry about calorie counting and you will be satisfied, warm and full.

Today I’m getting a slow cooker as they’re in the Sales. Can’t wait for tonight’s scrumptious recipe.

Tomorrow I’ll discuss another topic which is our basic food list for success, especially when you’re training hard!

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Jax x