Use Turmeric to Spice Up Your Food and Boost Your Health!

While growing up, I remember my parents using this dark orange-yellowish powder that they would grab from the kitchen cupboard to stop my cuts and scrapes from bleeding. I remember thinking this powder was some magical fairy dust of some sort that could fix any problem under the sun. Little did I know that this magical powder was turmeric. However, this powder is not “just turmeric.” This powder is an antimicrobial, anti-cancer, Alzheimer’s preventing, obesity fighting, liver detoxifying, pain killer that might as well be called magical fairy dust because it is that amazing. Adding turmeric to your diet will not only make your food taste much better, but will make your body much healthier as well.

To this day, my parents believe turmeric is one of the best ingredients to add to any savory dish, and they are absolutely right. Turmeric consists of the rhizomes of a plant belonging to the ginger family. The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin. Turmeric was originally used as a dye in India over 2000 years ago and has only recently been proven to have potent medicinal effects when ingested or even applied topically. Since it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects, sprinkling turmeric on cuts can help disinfect them, quell the pain, and stop the bleeding. It can also help with psoriasis and other inflammatory skin diseases as well. Internally, turmeric can help with such problems as irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis since they are all essentially associated with inflammation. Turmeric also helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease by removing plaque deposits in the brain. For those of you trying to lose weight, turmeric has been shown to aid in weight loss by increasing fat metabolism. The most impressive effect of turmeric though has to be its ability to prevent tumor growth and metastasis, which is the spreading of localized cancer to other parts of the body. Whether it is prostate, breast, lung, or even skin cancer, turmeric has shown amazing results in inhibiting the growth of blood vessels for masses of abnormal cells to thrive on. Without any blood vessels to provide nutrients to these cancerous cells, they cannot grow let alone spread. For people who have already developed cancer, turmeric has been shown to slow  its progression, and even enhance the effects of chemotherapy.

For something that is so cheap, readily available and beneficial to your health, it would be a shame not to try this “magical powder.” Turmeric comes in both powder and pill form, so if you don’t like the taste, which is highly unlikely, you have another option. I like to sprinkle turmeric on my salad with some lemon because it is just as tasty as dressing without all the oil and calories. Turmeric can be found at almost any market or health food store and I promise, you will be happy you tried it. Thanks for reading, this has been your dose of Vitamin Jas.

Antiperspirants: Helpful or Harmful?

Sweating…it’s a natural thing. We all do it, some more than others, but it is a function that is equally important to all mammals in order to control body temperature. Antiperspirants were developed to help block sweat from being excreted by sweat glands whereas deodorants were created to mask the odor skin bacteria may produce when in contact with sweat. Deodorants were never really thought to pose much threat to our health; however, antiperspirants have been reported to cause serious illnesses such as breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Are these allegations true? Let’s discuss…

Many antiperspirants contain chemical substances such as aluminum and parabens, which have been thought to enter our body when applied to the underarm. Even though this may be true, the amount that is absorbed is so minuscule that it’s effect on the body is negligible. Aluminum salts do not work as antiperspirants by being absorbed in the body but by causing a chemical reaction with sweat to form a physical plug in the sweat duct. Even though traces of parabens and aluminum have been found in breast tumors, causation has never been proven. Some researchers have reported that aluminum compounds and parabens can cause tumor growth by mimicking the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells. However, there has never been any evidence to support this hypothesis. As for the correlation between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease, the assumption came about when high levels of aluminum deposits were found in Alzhemier’s patients in a study carried out in the early 1960’s. Since then, these findings have never been duplicated and there has never been any definitive evidence to show any link between the two. Lastly, some people believe that toxins exit our bodies through our sweat and that using an antiperspirant will trap those toxins in the body. This is completely false. As mentioned earlier, perspiration is a function used by the body for thermoregulation, not as a means to eliminate toxins. Toxins are mainly eliminated in our urine and feces through metabolism by the liver, not through our sweat.

So, go ahead…be sweat and odor free! Use your antiperspirant with a clear conscious and do not give in to the rumors that you may have read on the internet. Without scientific evidence, assumptions should never be treated as facts. Thanks for reading. This has been your dose of Vitamin Jas.