Day 7: Spice it up! #healthiermechallenge

It’s day 7 of the #healthiermechallenge . How are you feeling folks?

Today is all about herbs and spices with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties . These herbs and spices pack a bunch of health benefits, some of which has been proven while some is still undergoing extensive research.

We’re talking mainly turmeric and ginger as today’s task is either having a ginger infusion  or “turmeric yogurt”.

For the ginger infusion, boil a 1 to 2 inch piece of fresh ginger in water and have it after lunch/dinner or as part of your sleep ritual. You can substitute green tea if you want or add the ginger to your tea.

For the “turmeric yogurt”, mix a teaspoon of turmeric with a few grinds of black pepper in yogurt with some olive oil. The black pepper and oil mainly enhance the absorption of turmeric; therefore, increasing its efficiency. The yogurt acts as a medium as the mixture by itself is pretty unpalatable (at least to me).

Turmeric (also known as curcuma, 3e’deh safra in arabic) is mostly known for being a main spice in curry powder and the main “coloring agent” in the Lebanese dessert “sfouf”. It has been the subject of much research due to its active ingredient, curcumin. Curcumin, which gives it its intense color has shown some promising results in the field of cancer prevention, and slowing down progression of Alzheimer’s disease. It has also been studied for its anti-inflammatory properties in cases such as rheumatoid arthritis. It has also been used for bloating, stomach pains, and inflammatory skin conditions. Even though more research is needed, it won’t hurt if we consumed more of this spice.

Ginger also seems to have a soothing effect on the joints. Gingerol, the potent anti-inflammatory compound found in ginger, appears to reduce the pain, and improve the mobility, of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. Ginger has also been shown to be a safe remedy for motion sickness and for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Although I must say, having had a tough pregnancy myself, ginger was slightly efficient with nausea the first couple of times I drank it. I don’t know if it would have been beneficial afterwards but I could no longer tolerate its smell.

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So this is it guys. I hope you enjoyed the challenge and the daily tasks. Thank you to all those who participated and shared their pictures. Thank you all for reading!

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