On Longevity and Healthy Aging #1

Healthy Aging, Healthy Living, longevity

​I am going to be doing a series of articles on longevity and healthy aging. If you have read everything I shared before this post and implemented it You have most likely started losing the weight already. The next logical step to focus on is how to live longer, and age healthier. We are all aging, one millisecond at a time.

If you ever go to St Augustine in Florida, be sure to check out the famous Fountain of Youth of Ponce de Leon. That would be an interesting trip down the history. But In this post I am talking about Longevity, and knowing fully well that so far every one has failed to find the panacea and fountain of youth.

But before we begin, Let me ask you, if you have been hanging around here for a while, have you taken action? If you still need help losing weight see below.


Want a recipe for my secret breakfast drink to get lean in 21 days? Learn more here –  Melt Away Every Last lb of Fat. Become Lean in as little as 21 days with This One Trick.


What causes aging?

Aging is a complicated process, caused by many factors. I try to simplify everything for the purpose of my understanding. And I have been looking for an easy answer to pin point that this one thing or gene or process causes aging. However, that is not the case. A series of small changes occur in your body causing the organs, and the body itself to deteriorate, and cause eventual death.

Well, the good news is that the world is becoming an increasingly safer place, in most parts of the world. As is evident from an increasing number of older people in developed countries. This study proves the point – Average Life expectancy has increased by 27 years in this past century alone.

While we have not found that fountain of youth yet, the next best thing you can do is whatever years you live on earth in this body, try to live healthier free from disabilities. Instead of having to take medicines every day, or living in the hospital on life support at the mercy of caregivers.

Enhanced Longevity Secrets of Blue Zones

On the Italian island of Sardinia, it is common for people to live over 100 years of age. According to longevity researcher Susan Pinker, it’s not a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders alive for so long. In this TED talk, she argues that it’s their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions that keep them living healthy over 100 years of age and beyond.

What are your thoughts are about this observation. Comment below and let me know.

I agree that relationships and human interactions are important. But Imagine having perfect relationships and interactions while eating Modern Processed foods out of microwavable boxes. Wonder what would that have done to the aging.

There are four other famous blue zones, beside Sardinia that have been widely studied and each study has attributed longevity to a wide variety of factors. For example, the miracle water of Hunza valley in Pakistan, or the antioxidant and nutrition rich Potatoes or Yams from Okinawa. More to come on these in the series, so stay tuned.

I want to achieve Longevity. What can I do?

Ok, aside from moving to Sardinia to hang around with people, or to Okinawa to eat their potatoes or drink the Hunza Water. I will give you a few different ideas to implement right away if you want to join this longevity and healthy aging movement with me. Let us start with the easy.

Stop Smoking, Skip Alcohol and Sugar.

This headline requires no explanation. Want to live longer? Do not Smoke. Drink Water instead of Alcohol. Cut out processed Sugar.

Eat your Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Start eating the recommended 2 servings of Salmon, Sardines or other Omega 3 Rich foods every week.

Based on this study, there is a correlation between omega-3 fatty acids and longevity and that a longer life span can be achieved with increased consumption of fish oils. I talk about fish in this post Low Fat. High Fat. Or The Right Fat | Eating Healthy and a few more How to use Sardines in a Recipe? and Easy Curry Fish: A Good Fish Curry Recipe. And don’t miss out on this one – What are some delicious foods for brain health?

What are some other foods I can eat for healthy aging?

Ok. Now we are talking. There is living longer, and then there is healthy aging, to make those long years count.

I a m going to leave it right here with some post suggestions. All of these post discuss eating these foods to boost your immunity and prevent all kinds of diseases. Have you tried any of these yet?

Health Benefits of Olives: Superfoods Snack #1

Health Benefits of Bay Leaves

Did you know eating Cruciferous Vegetables like Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts helps prevent Cancer?

Much ado about fasting.

Fasting is all the hype and mega trend in the health and diet community these days. But have you ever wondered why all of the ancient religions prescribed a variety of mandatory yearly fasting regimens? I am almost certain it was universally known that fasting will help you cleanse, purify and heal. And thus age much better and healthier. There is way too much scientific data as well as proof from the new Fasting converts, healing all kinds of metabolic diseases by fasting. This study tried to mimic the metabolism of the people that won the genetic lottery of healthy aging and longevity by means of nutrition, fasting and calorific restrictions.

Dom D’Agostino’s Diet – A Primer On Starving Cancer Cells through Fasting and Ketosis.

Longevity Escape Velocity

Paraphrasing Futurist Ray Kurzweil, “Longevity Escape Velocity” is defined as follows. The longer you live, there will be at a point where you have lived long enough that the technology is going to allow you to live for as long as you want.
At EatPlayFit, we may or may not be in the quest for longevity escape velocity yet, but we sure want to make the years count, and however many years you live, you live them as healthy as they can be without medicines, or having to depend on life support systems.


Reminder for self, write part #2 soon to discuss more on longevity-related food and lifestyle choices and technological advances related to aging. Stay tuned …

Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #103

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Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi – What about it?

Healthy Living, longevity, Weightloss

People ask me this all the time, What about Diet Coke? Diet Pepsi? Should I be able to lose weight if I drink diet <Insert Favorite Drink Name here>. I can not live without my Diet <Blah>. A look in the mirror or a self-reflection will tell you the answer. You do not need to pay me to answer that question for you. If you are unhappy with how you look and feel, you cannot keep doing what you always do. It is probably a time for a change.

I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.

Are “diet” drinks good for you?

Seen in big bold colorful writing on food labels on your diet coke and other foods in the box – No Sugar Added, Low Fat, No High Fructose Corn Syrup, Low Sugar, heart-healthy.. I can probably go on and on about the adjectives being freely used, but you get the point.

Today I want to call them out – the food and health Industry in USA

for their total, utter and complete “fortified” Bull$$$t,

You have been lied to for decades by food pyramids, politicians, and lobbyists because keeping you in the dark is good for the big Food, big Pharma, Hospitals, Doctors, Health Insurance, and even the diet food industry.

There is also diet alcohol available these days. SMH. Wait. Can I SMH in a blog post? Or is that a social media thing?

Only to find out that you put on more weight as the days go by and by the way you have no energy, you crash 2 hours after eating your diet food and have to go back for your next diet coke.

The Lies Food Industry Tells You.

A 2020 Study by NHANES determined that over 73% of US adults are overweight or obese. That should tell you who is benefitting from the lies perpetrated by the food industry.

I am making no friends by telling you to stop believing the lies of the Health (Read: Processed) food Industry. and I understand I am punching a hornet’s nest by saying this but I was never known for playing it safe so here goes:

They Lie.

They want to keep you stuck.

They don’t have your best interest at heart.

If you want to live a long and healthy life if you want to be able to live long enough to see your children and grandchildren….


Then here is the real truth

You have to break the addiction to Processed Food.

If you are sick, have diabetes, high cholesterol, a heart condition, or are overweight or obese.

It is not you, that is the Problem. It is the chemistry of the food that you eat.

Fix the nutrition first, and It becomes a no-brainer to lose weight.

May be you heard this here first. But I am positive others have said it before.

Ok. We get the point. What diet should I get on?

Really, no matter what diet you follow, you will be fine as long as you eat unprocessed food.

Processed food is everywhere. It is difficult to avoid. Pretty much everything is processed and modified but try as best as you can to read the ingredient label.


Want a recipe for my secret breakfast drink to get lean in 21 days? Learn more here –  Melt Away Every Last lb of Fat. Become Lean in as little as 21 days with This One Trick.


Here are some other ideas to help you get unprocessed foods:

  1. Buy Local: Local produce has longer to ripen naturally before it is picked. This means more nutrients for you!
  2. Eat REAL foods – Foods that are grown, not manufactured, processed, or modified and they do not contain unnecessary additives or preservatives to make it shelf-stable. Think fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes, lean meat, and fish. 
  3. Avoid the “Dirty Dozen”: This is the list put together by the Environmental Working Group that highlights the produce that has the highest pesticide residues than other produce items. 
  4. Eat Seasonal Produce: Seasonally fresh produce is picked when ripe and fully developed. This means the plant has also had more sun exposure and will have higher levels of antioxidants.
  5. Wash Your Produce: If you are unable to purchase organic produce, make sure to wash it well in order to remove harmful pesticides from the surfaces of the food. 

What if I cannot break my diet pepsi (diet coke) habit?

Eating unprocessed foods is a lifestyle choice. Once you notice the positive benefits, it will quickly become a habit! I get it. It is difficult swapping your diet coke and diet pepsi for water. But you can try it out. Not ready to give up all at once? Try it a few times. When you go to the refrigerator to get the next can of diet coke, get a bottle of water as well. Drink water first.


Is Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi good for weightloss?

Figure out, how can you make this habit tinier, smaller, atomic, more quantum?

Here is a way: Start by making just a few small changes. Choose fresh, raw, whole foods and get into the habit of keeping them readily available so you can snack on them at the next craving. 

Read more about Hydration Matters: Drink More Water.

Do different. Be different. Feel Good.



True Story – Heard around town at McEvil – I want a diet coke with my Quarter Pounder and Fries. Because I am watching what I eat.


Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #74.

Health Benefit of Walking, High Intensity Interval Training, HIIT, Martin Gibala, Five Minute Exercise, One Minute Exercise

No Time to Exercise? Learn about The 5-Minute Exercise here.

Fitness, Healthy Living, Lifestyle, longevity, Self Care, Weightloss

I learned about the 5-minute exercise from Martin Gibala’s book – The One-Minute Workout. Martin Gibala is a Ph.D and researcher in Exercise Science (kinesiology) at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON in Canada. Well, the gist of Martins’s multi-year long research is that, even if you have no time to exercise, there exists a cheat in the form of quantum bursts of high-intensity interval training, that you can actually sprinkle throughout your day. And reap the same health benefits, as with religiously exercising 5x a week in the gym.

​If you already do some form of exercise GREAT!! Skip ahead to read something else. This post is for people that believe that they have no time to exercise.

The others, with ‘no time to exercise’ excuse – Read on and be amazed!

You do not have to sweat and die training at the gyms. You do not have to run endless loops and swim a thousand laps to be fit. Not that there is no purpose for it. If you have the time, and access to the gym and a trainer definitely do that. However, if you are short of time, because of life – a project deadline, parenthood, sick child at home, or whatever, there exists a method that enables you to reap the same health benefits as hours of exercise in just minutes a day!

You do not have to fit your life around workout. You can fit your workout around life - sprinkling in the sprints here and there through out the course of the day. 
-Martin Gibala in The One Minute Workout

Oh! Yes. You do.

Do you have at least 5 minutes in a day? Yes. You do.

You want to lose weight, fast? Yes. You do.

But. You are so busy. You have no time to exercise. Oh. Yes. You do.

Well At least if you learn what is the “Minimum Effective Dose” of exercise you need to get lean, be healthier, fight aging, feel good, boost immunity, fight cancer, viruses, bacteria, and allergies. Would you do it?

Less than the time it takes you to check social media – you can do a few quantum bursts of exercise and beat heart disease, and diabetes, and Cancer. Would you make the 5 minutes for that?

Ok then. That’s settled. Now that we made the said 5-minutes of time. And beat the – but I have no time to exercise – excuse.

No Time to Exercise? Learn the 5 minute exercise.

The 5-minute exercise is a super simple method, that you can use even if you have no gym membership and no exercise equipment at home

How exactly do I do the 5-minute exercise?

Here is one way to do it. But feel free to change it up, depending on what your space, time, and mood allows you. ​​

STEP 1 – Warm up for 1 minute with light walking on the sidewalk or around the house or office.

STEP 2- For 20 seconds RUN at your maximum speed. Run like there is a BOA Constrictor chasing you.

STEP 3 – Slow down and walk at the normal pace for 1 minute.

STEP 4 – For 20 seconds, repeat the RUN at your maximum pace.

STEP 5 – Walk at the normal pace for 1 minute

STEP 6 – Pretty much alternate slow walking and super-fast running until your 5 minutes are done.

Lastly, Cool down by walking gently for about a minute, or until you reach back home or where ever you were going.

​That is it. You are done. That is the 5-Minute Exercise!! Get creative. If you have a treadmill, exercise bike, elliptical, or stepper at home feel free to use that and do the 20-second sprints at the maximum resistance and fastest speeds you can endure.

What is the best time to do the 5-minute exercise?

The best time to exercise is in a fasted state. Before breakfast is perfect. If you are always rushed in the mornings, you could actually fit in your 5-minute exercise routines before any of the meals.


Want a recipe for my secret breakfast drink to get lean in 21 days? Learn more here –  Melt Away Every Last lb of Fat. Become Lean in as little as 21 days with This One Trick.


What can I do if I cannot go out and have no exercise equipment at home?

If you are unable to go out and run and have no exercise equipment whatsoever, get creative and find steps in your home or neighborhood and just climb up and down the steps for your exercise. And make sure to the steps as fast as you can for your 20-second sprints.


If you like this post, you will like these as well: On Exercise | Diet, and Health and Easiest Way To Lose Weight- How to? What is?


I hope this information demystified the exercise for you and you are able to find the 30 seconds bursts of time sprinkled throughout your day to do the 5-minute exercise.


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Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #73.

Swiss Chard Recipe

Easy Swiss Chard Recipe – Superfood Chard with Cranberry, Ginger, Cumin and Cilantro.

Easy Low Carb Recipe, Fitness, Healthy Living, Healthy Recipes, Weight Loss Recipes, Weightloss

I created this Swiss Chard recipe after receiving my Viome superfoods list, which pretty much told me that everything I was eating was wrong. And I should eat a whole bunch of unknown foods instead. Viome tests for your gut bacteria from a tiny sample of poop and determines the kinds of food that will increase or support the good kinds of microorganisms inside your gut. I do not have any serious or debilitating underlying health conditions that I know of, but I still did the test to see what it finds out.

I developed this Swiss Chard Recipe for a contest in 2020, but it is time I bring it home to my own blog. This recipe indeed is a Superfood Powerhouse – Chard, Cranberry, Cilantro, Cumin, Turmeric.

Ingredients

  • Red and White Chard – 2 Large Bunches
  • Cranberry – Frozen (1/2 cup)
  • Garlic – 1 Tbsp, fresh minced.
  • Ginger – 1 Tbsp, fresh grated.
  • Cilantro – chopped for garnish.
  • Cumin – 1 tsp
  • Ghee – 2 Tbsp
  • Dried Red Chilies – 2 (optional)
  • Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt: to taste
  • Black Pepper: to taste

Method

  • Step 1. Wash and Chop Chard (I used Red and White Chard). Chop the stems and leaves separately to get even cooking. I chop the stems 1/2 inch size and leaves about 2-3 inches
  • Step 2. Chop Cilantro finely for garnish.
  • Step 3. In the Inner Pot of Instant Pot Add 2 Tbsp of Ghee.
  • Step 4. Add Cumin and Dried Red Chilly. Break them up if you want.
  • Step 5. Next Add the Cranberry, followed by garlic and ginger and thicker stem (chopped) of chard.
  • Step 6. Add the Chard Leaves, Salt, Black Pepper and Turmeric.
  • Step 7. Put the Inner Pot inside the Instant Pot. And Set the Instant Pot to Steam, More, 0 Minutes and Venting Position. This helps evaporate all of the water and get you good dry consistency.
  • Step 8. When the Instant Pot beeps, Wait for about 5 minutes and Open the Pot and Stir and mix everything well – so all of that tartness of cranberry and spices are all incorporated well.

Serving Suggestions:

  • I make a vegetable Omelet with this. Crack open 3 eggs, mix steamed chard and make the Omelet.
  • Eat with a side of Garbanzo beans.
  • Eat as a wrap in buckwheat pancake.
  • You can also garnish with Sunflower seeds for crunch.
  • Eat with a side of grilled chicken, shrimp, roasted lamb or any other meats, if that is your protein of choice.

Variations for this Swiss Chard Recipe:

You can also add pitted olives and canned asparagus as well to this recipe in the end.

Also Swiss Chard, Red, White, Orange, Rainbow – Any Chard goes for this recipe. It is all good for you.

You can add Radicchio to this Swiss Chard Recipe. It is difficult to eat radicchio by itself because of bitterness. Cooking pretty much eliminates the bitterness of Radicchio. So it is a win-win.

Here is a Prep Tip for Radicchio

Make sure you soak radicchio in cold water for about 30min – 1 hour before using it in a recipe. Radicchio is another anti-inflammatory food, that you should eat regularly if you are managing any kind of chronic pain.


Why are Chard, Radicchio, Cranberry and Asparagus called Superfoods?

They may or may not be superfoods for you. This is from my personalized Viome recommendations. Viome Gut and Health Intelligence tests provide personalized nutritional recommendations to help address the root cause of inflammation, biological aging, and chronic disease. No affiliations, I am just a customer and believer in their science. Viome recommendations of an entire list of anti-inflammatory ingredients were right on, considering the constant pain I battle with as a result of Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis. – Story for another day! You can Learn more about Viome here

Chard as a Superfood

Chard contains kaempferol which is a flavonoid. Kaempferol is a flavonoid released following microbial metabolism. Kaempferol balances your microbiome, encourages growth beneficial to Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species, and inhibits the growth of harmful or pathogenic bacteria. Studies indicate that kaempferol decreases inflammation and benefits many biological systems including the gastrointestinal, hormonal, neurological, ocular and immune systems.

Cilantro and Cranberry as Superfoods


Cilantro and Cranberries contain flavonoids which are a class of polyphenols. Polyphenols are a complex group of many compounds released following microbial metabolism. Polyphenols balance your microbiome, encourage the growth of beneficial Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species and inhibit the growth of harmful or pathogenic bacteria. Research shows that polyphenols decrease inflammation and benefit many biological systems including the gastrointestinal, hormonal, neurological, ocular, and immune systems.

Cranberries and Chard also improve your Intestinal Barrier Health microbiome score.

If you like this recipe, you will also like these.

Health Benefits of Olives: Superfoods Snack #1

Immune Boosting Properties of Black Cumin Seeds. Superfood Spice #2

Chicken Guava Waldorf Salad | Healthy Recipes



What are some Superfoods that you know of? I would love to hear from you and add them to my diet.


Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #72.

health benefits of spinach

Health Benefits of Spinach

Healthy Living, longevity

Are you intrigued by the health benefits of Spinach? Every Social Media Influencer and their fans are drinking these green smoothies. And adding Spinach to their salads and Tortillas. The dehydrated Spinach powders promising protein and iron punch and strength like Popeye the Sailor, ready to be added to bread, muffins, and smoothies.

I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.

Why should I include Spinach in my Food?

While Popeye’s love of Spinach for his Iron biceps has been debunked many times, Spinach is still my top superfood for a vegan protein, Carotene, and Vitamin C, with low-calorie density. Unhealthy processed foods have been responsible for increased cardiovascular diseases, poorer quality of life, pain, and inflammation. Eat your colors, they say. And for a good reason. Colorful foods contain micronutrients that indeed give them superpowers. According to this study, certain nutrients found in spinach inactivate the dietary carcinogens. Spinach is also rich in antioxidants and polyphenols. This study suggests that eating foods rich in anti-oxidants helps prevent the early onset of aging-related diseases. Particularly, antioxidants in spinach prevented high cholesterol as well.


Want a recipe for my secret breakfast drink to get lean in 21 days? Learn more here –  Melt Away Every Last lb of Fat. Become Lean in as little as 21 days with This One Trick.


Iron Content in Spinach needs a Special mention

According to this study, the high iron content of spinach is beneficial in the treatment of Anemia. Spinach contains 4–6 mg of Iron per 100 g dry weight.

But I heard somewhere, that eating too much Spinach is harmful.

Eat spinach in moderation.

Spinach has higher nitrate content as well as high oxalic acid.  Oxalic acid is an anti-nutrient for human beings and excessive consumption of oxalate-rich foods inhibits mineral absorption or creates calcium oxalate. Calcium Oxalate may cause digestive issues and increase the risk of kidney stones.

I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.

Nutritional Benefits of Spinach

Again, eat anything in moderation. I eat once a week or sometimes not at all. But I make sure I do eat some. Add a handful here and there in a smoothie or a salad. Because Spinach is a rich source of fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, B6, B2 and also magnesium, manganese, iron, calcium, potassium, copper, phosphorous, zinc, selenium, folate, betaine, folic acid, protein, niacin, omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids beta-carotene and lutein, and bioflavonoid quercetin with many other flavonoids. Whoa, whoa, whoa

Health Benefits of Spinach for Improved Vision

Carotene usually occurs in orange and yellow-colored fruits and vegetables. However, the chlorophyll content of spinach is so high, that it masks the orange color of Carotene. According to this study, Spinach, Carrots, and Blueberries are your vision superfoods.

P.S. While we are on topic of Blueberries, they are an important food for your brain and longevity as well.

Obesity and Type 2 diabetes

Spinach has low calories. No fat and No Sugar and hence is a suitable food for obese and diabetic people. It is also a good source of chlorophyll, which is known to aid in digestion.

What are some ways I can eat Spinach?

Did you see the post yesterday about Spinach Recipes – Green Curry Sauce, This sauce makes a delicious chicken saagwala or Chicken in Green Sauce. You can also make palak paneer or Cottage Cheese Cubes in Green Sauce using this recipe.

And of course, do not forget what the social media influencers drink – oh the smoothies. Recipe here is much better – Energizing Morning Smoothie and A Healthy Valentines Day Breakfast.

Use spinach in this brain power salad – How to use Sardines in a Recipe?


Well – If you are intrigued by longevity, good health and want to lose weight while eating some delicious foods (and not bland salads and crazy exercises) then book a call below to find out if we can work together.



Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #68.

Health benefits of Spirulina

Health Benefits of Spirulina

Healthy Living, longevity

The many health benefits of Spirulina keep showing up with every new supplement I see in my newsfeed. Ever since NASA used Spirulina as a dietary supplement for astronauts, it also makes great content for an ad – The health food for the future! (insert seaweed music!) Ancient civilizations like Aztecs have been using Spirulina for thousands of years. And as luck would have it, in modern times – I have some sitting in the back of my refrigerator and I decided to use it up, which is what inspired the writing of this article in the first place.


Want a recipe for my secret breakfast drink to get lean in 21 days? Learn more here –  Melt Away Every Last lb of Fat. Become Lean in as little as 21 days with This One Trick.


What is this Spirulina?

Spirulina is a blue-green colored Algae. It got this name because, when you look at it under microscope, it looks like spirals or helix. Hence then name – Spirulina.

What is Algae? You may ask. Algae is a fascinating plant that grows in water. It just has the green chlorophyll and no roots, stems, fruits or flowers. Water Plant = Sea Weed. Another day I need to write about the other seaweed – Nori, Wakame, and Seaweed Salad ala Japanese restaurants.

What are some health benefits of Spirulina?

According to this study, Spirulina has the highest protein content of all plant-based proteins, and is easily digestible, and is alkaline in nature. Most animal proteins are acidic. Spirulina boosts immunity as well as helps treat aches and pains because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

Spirulina Nutrition

Spirulina has up to 70% protein and Vitamins B12 and provitamin A (Or Beta-carotenes), and iron. It is also rich in phenolic acids, Vitamin E, and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is beneficial in the treatments of skin conditions. such as psoriasis and eczema. 

I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.

But is Spirulina safe to eat?

Spirulina has no known side effects, and hey it is a seaweed so it does grow like a weed in the right environmental conditions. Also Like I stated above, it is easily digested as well.

Fatigue? Beat that Mid Day Slump

If you suffer from low energy and mid-morning or mid-day slumps. And even a high dosage of caffeine and sugar does not cut it for you. You definitely need to try out a Spirulina supplement or add it to your smoothie. The GLA gets absorbed in the body immediately (without the sugar high) and gives you an immediate release of energy. Like Yogurt, Spirulina also helps release healthy gut bacteria in the body.

I might try to cure my caffeine addiction by replacing my Chai tea with Spirulina and post an update another time.

Other health benefits

This same study also goes on to describe that Spirulina boosts immunity against allergies as well as a variety of viruses. Spirulina is also beneficial against bad cholesterol and diabetes. It also has anti-cancer effects. A combination of Spirulina and Zinc was found effective in reversing the effects of chronic arsenic poisoning.

How do you make Spirulina as part of my daily diet?

Hawaiian Spirulina in a Smoothie

If you are into pills and supplements you can get one such as this Hawaiian Spirulina tablets or really whichever one you fancy from the health food section of the store of your choice. I just sprinkle this Hawaiian Spirulina Powder over my smoothie, or a protein shake I am trying to finish because I have some leftover orgain in the house. I have not been super regular at taking this but maybe I should, knowing how beneficial it is!

Oh if you want to add Spirulina to your smoothie, you would like to read this post – Energizing Morning Smoothie.


Well – If you are intrigued by longevity, good health and want to lose weight while eating some delicious foods (and not bland salads and crazy exercises) then book a call below to find out if we can work together.


And for your tiny dose of fun today, Enjoy these wise words straight from the bikini bottom. “SEAWEED = 50% Sea + 50% Weed”. #seaweed


Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #62.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Benefits of Turmeric and Pepper in Fighting Diseases

Healthy Living, longevity, Weightloss

Search for Turmeric on the internet, and all you find is Anti Inflammatory, Anti Cancer, Anti Aging, Anti Alzheimers, Anti Dementia, Anti Depression, Anti Arthritis ..and very much so for all the right reasons. Read on to learn more about the Health Benefits of Turmeric and Pepper in fighting diseases and inflammation. Mainly Turmeric, but you will soon find out eating Turmeric by itself does not make a difference. You have to be adding Black Pepper along with Turmeric in your food in order to actually absorb the healthy compounds in Turmeric into your body.

If you reading any recipe around here, It is always loaded with Benefits of Turmeric and Black Pepper along with a selection of other spices. I will talk about other spices, another day. But the Turmeric deserves a whole entire post on its own.

I am not even entirely sure how much of the claimed health benefits are true, but given the popularity of Turmeric and the way it is marketed these days in the supplement form in tablets and capsules. I bet we have a winner here! Hey, Dr. Google said so.

“Natural” Health supplements are not held to the same high standards as a drug or vaccine. So anyone can put Turmeric and Pepper in a capsule and start selling them as the next wonderdrug.

I would not recommend buying Turmeric and Pepper in the Supplement form, nor sprinkling it up on your Salads raw either.

Turmeric used as a “Spice” in Food Preparation.

As a rule of thumb, If you cook any food that is savory, while you put Salt and Pepper to it. Add the Turmeric as well. That should set you for a long, healthy, and pain and inflammation free life! The only other thing you need to remember is to always use Black Pepper and Turmeric together benefits, as Pepper increases the absorption of Turmeric in your body. Read the science here.

Start with adding it to your Omelette or Soups and Stews, to begin with, to know the benefits of Turmeric and pepper. About a tsp is enough for 4-6 servings. Try this Thai Soup recipe or this Lentil Soup or my absolute favorite Okra Stir Fry recipe.


Turmeric as a Beauty Ritual – Face/Body Mask

I do not personally use this, because I have no time. But if you have time, or if you can make time and find the ingredients, make “Ubtan” – Fresh Turmeric root paste is also applied as a full-body mask (or a face mask when you are in rush) mixed along with chickpea flour, sandalwood powder, and Rosewater. I have probably done this once, ok maybe twice in my life.


What gives Turmeric its Super Powers?

Turmeric contains a compound called Curcumin. Curcumin is what gives Turmeric its exciting and powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin is a polyphenol.

Polyphenol is a fancy name for micronutrients that naturally occur in plants. Your body needs these in smaller quantities (hence “micro” in the name).

I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.

This Study pretty much sums up all of the superpowers of Turmeric. But here they are listing for anyone that needs any more convincing.

Benefits of Turmeric and Pepper

  • Anti Oxidant
  • Anti Inflammatory – Inflammation has been identified to be a contributing factor to various modern diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cerebral injury, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, cancer, allergy, asthma, bronchitis, colitis, arthritis, renal ischemia, psoriasis, diabetes, obesity, depression, fatigue – to name a few. Curcumin present in Turmeric is known to suppress inflammation through multiple mechanisms, hence it is effective against these diseases.
  • Prevents Arthritis: Arthritis is a chronic joint condition that causes severely decreased quality of life by limiting mobility due to extreme joint pain. Besides being anti-inflammatory, Turmeric is also an analgesic (reduces pain) that helps manage arthritis pain. The study above shows that 8-12 weeks of consuming Turmeric helped reduce the arthritis symptoms in subjects.
  • Metabolic Syndrome – Several common diseases related to Obesity, Diabetes, Elevated Bad Cholesterol. And Low Good Cholesterol are also caused by Inflammation. Curcumin in Turmeric improves insulin sensitivity, helps reduce blood pressure, and elevate good cholesterol. Indirectly one of the factors contributing to Obesity is also low-grade inflammation. Consuming Turmeric regularly in your diet reduces inflammation and is helpful if you are trying to eat healthy in general to lose weight.
  • Anti Cancer – A separate elaborate study confirmed that Curcumin in Turmeric has anticancer effects. The study can be found here.
  • Finally, Turmeric also helps manage exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness. Thus enhancing recovery and subsequent performance of inactive people. In addition, a relatively low dose can provide health benefits for people that do not have diagnosed health conditions.

Recommendations

Again, I would not recommend adding a Turmeric Supplementation in the form of a pill. But definitely try to cook your stir fry, chili, soups. And marinate meats with Turmeric, Pepper (and other spices). And try to remain healthy and live a little longer for those you love and care about!


I am sure, most of you reading this, have either ordered the fancy-schmancy Golden Milk Latte at a coffee shop or watched a celebrity influencer drink it up on their social media. I say, Hype, Much. Stick to eating Turmeric with food. DRINK ONLY WATER!

Oh that famous, Golden Milk. Picture by Sarah Gualtieri on Unsplash


Can not finish without a joke.

When I do the gardening, I alphabetise my herbs, people often ask how I find the time.

I respond with “Easy, (Time) Thyme is right between the Tarragon and Turmeric”

~As usual Source unknown. I just hope it brought you a smile!


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