Best Superfoods For Spoonies: Chronic Illness Symptom Relief

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Living with a chronic illness is a struggle, all the more so when the illness is not physically evident. Some people assume you’re perfectly healthy when, in fact, seemingly mundane tasks are hard to fulfill.

People living with chronic illnesses (known casually as ‘spoonies’ in a term coined by lupus sufferer Christine Miserandino, who established the Spoon Theory to communicate an understanding of what her life is like) will draw upon medically prescribed treatments to help with their condition.

The Best Superfoods for Spoonies

They may also seek natural remedies, such as superfoods. These superfoods such as garlic, turmeric, ginger and salmon can provide much-welcome relief to symptoms of chronic illnesses.

Most of them contain anti-inflammatory ingredients which relieve pain and help to prevent cancer, while some are beneficial in terms of stabilizing cholesterol levels. Indeed, the consumption of salmon can even help to fight against feelings of depression. Depression is a hidden illness which can often be experienced by people suffering from other chronic illnesses.

The infographic below from Burning Nights identifies seven of the best superfoods for spoonies and deals specifically with five common hidden illnesses, highlighting the best and worst foods for those concerned.

A person living with a chronic illness is likely to grasp at any remedy which can relieve feelings of pain. Consequently, these superfoods could make their condition easier to endure.

Read below to find out more.

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Superfoods For Spoonies (courtesy Burning Nights)

I want to express a big thank you to Victoria Abbott-Fleming who is the founder of the chronic pain charity, Burning Nights, for sharing this excellent information and the visual featured above. Also, you can visit her website at Burning Nights.

The Takeaway

Eating superfoods such as ginger, turmeric, garlic, berries and grapes, olive oil, hot peppers and salmon can have amazing healing benefits for people with chronic illness. As a result, the best superfoods are an excellent substitute to pharmaceutical drugs for anyone who favors natural remedies and solutions to chronic pain.

Consequently, I can tell you from personal experience these superfoods really work!

Along with other healthy choices a few months ago I started taking turmeric curcumin daily. As a result, I’ve been able to stop taking two medications I was taking daily for chronic pain from chronic Lyme disease symptoms.

Please note, don’t ever stop taking medications without talking to your doctor first. 

Do you or someone you love have a chronic illness? Have you tried any of these superfoods? Please share your comments in the comment section below. I love hearing from you! 

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13 Curcumin And Turmeric Benefits: An Impressive Healing Spice

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Turmeric is a spice belonging to the ginger family. It is commonly used in Asian food, such as curry. The vibrant yellow-orange color and zesty flavor make a delicious and healthful addition to a variety of dishes.

Curcumin is a yellow chemical produced by the turmeric plant. It is loaded with antioxidants!

Many studies show that turmeric is more effective than many prescription drugs. And, because turmeric is all-natural, it comes without the bothersome side effects of prescriptions.

Turmeric is one of the most impressive nutritional dietary supplements available. So read on to learn what makes this spice so unique.

13 Curcumin And Turmeric Benefits

1. A Powerful Anti-Inflammatory

When our body experiences long-term inflammation it can lead to a host of diseases. In fact, it’s now believed that most Western chronic diseases involve ongoing inflammation. This includes cancer, metabolic disorders, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and many other diseases.

Amazingly, the curcumin in turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, as strong as effective as some pharmaceuticals without the side effects (1).

2. Can Help Prevent And Treat Cancer

Cancer is a horrible disease caused by out-of-control growth of abnormal cells.

Encouraging research studies show that curcumin may help prevent and treat different types of cancer. (2)

3. A Natural Painkiller

Results of a study in the European Journal of Pharmacology show that curcumin turns on the opioid systems in lab animals. This our body’s natural pain-killing response.

The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research recommends that burn victims be treated with all-natural curcumin instead of addictive opioids. This trend away from prescription opioids is a very good one if you ask me.

4. May Reverse Depression Symptoms

In one study, curcumin was shown to be as effective as prozac in treating patients with depression. (4) And, once again, without the side effects.

Evidence also suggests curcumin increases the brain’s serotonin and dopamine levels. (5, 6).

5. A Natural Treatment For Arthritis

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain, inflammation and stiffness in the joints.

In a study published in Phytotherapy Research in 2012, patients with rheumatoid arthritis were given curcumin. It was found to be more effective than an anti-inflammatory drug for treating their arthritis symptoms. (7)

6. May Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that destroys the memory. One feature of Alzheimer’s is the buildup of Amyloid plaques. Research shows curcumin can help wipe out these plaques. (8)

7. Lowers Heart Disease Risk

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Curcumin my lower the risk of heart disease.

Heart disease kills more people worldwide than any other disease.

There are many things that contribute to it, but curcumin may help reverse some of these processes. (9)

The endothelium is the lining of the blood vessels. It is essential in maintaining proper blood pressure and blood clotting. Studies show that curcumin can improve endothelial function, which is essential in preventing heart disease. (10)

8. A Powerful Antioxidant

Antioxidants protect our bodies from damage caused by free radicals. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that can counteract free radicals. (11)

Curcumin can also activate the body’s antioxidant-producing enzymes. (12)

9. Lower Blood Sugar And Reverse Diabetes

Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications published a study in 2009 out of Auburn University that found turmeric can help reverse Type 2 Diabetes.

Furthermore, the study noted that curcumin is 200 times more potent than Metformin (a leading diabetes medication) when it comes to initiating AMPK, which improves insulin sensitivity. (13)

10. Can Help Heal The Gut

Over time, taking prescription drugs can damage the stomach floral and intestinal lining causing a host of gastrointestinal issues.

A review of all the studies assessing curcumin’s ability to manage inflammatory bowel disease found many patients improved so dramatically by taking curcumin that they were able to stop taking prescription steroids they’d been taking prior. (14)

11. Regulates Cholesterol

A 2008 study published in the journal Drugs in R & D found that curcumin was as effective or more effective at treating symptoms of high cholesterol than Lipitor. (15)

12. Reduces Risk Of Childhood Leukemia

Children under 5 are more susceptible to leukemia. However, in Asian countries there is a lower incidence of leukemia, likely related to diet. For example, curry is a popular dish there and curry contains turmeric.

Research shows that consuming turmeric may reduce childhood leukemia (12).

13. May Increase Longevity

Because turmeric is rich in antioxidants and helps prevent and reverse many serious diseases, it may add years to your life (or life to your years).

Either way you look at it, turmeric and curcumin are great choices if you’re searching for an anti-aging supplement. So read on for info about how to get the most benefits from this amazing spice.

How To Use Turmeric

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Curcumin is used to flavor many dishes, including this vegetable curry.
  1. Add it to your food. Popular in curry dishes, it’s also a great way to spice up soups, eggs, meat and veggie dishes.
  2. Take it as a supplement. I recommend taking one with black pepper, which contains piperine. The piperine greatly enhances the absorption of the turmeric, like as much as 2000%. Here’s an example of a turmeric curcumin supplement with piperine.
  3. Drink turmeric tea. Here’s a simple recipe, courtesy of realsimple.com:

 Replace the water with coconut or almond milk if you prefer, and modify according to taste, adding spices such as cinnamon, ginger or cayenne and natural sweeteners.

  • 1-2 cups of boiling water
  • Add 1-2 teaspoon of ground or freshly-grated turmeric (preferably USDA certified organic to avoid contaminants and pesticides) to the boiling water. If too strong, use less turmeric. Simmer for about 10 minutes along with any additional spices. If using freshly-grated turmeric, simmer for a few minutes longer.
  • Strain the tea into a cup and add lemon, milk or honey to taste.

The Takeaway

In closing, turmeric has some awesome health benefits such as reversing diabetes and depression, preventing Alzheimer’s, cancer, childhood Leukemia, and managing cholesterol and pain just to name a few. It’s also easy to take as a supplement or use to flavor your food or beverages.

I hope you enjoyed reading about curcumin and turmeric benefits because it really is an amazing spice!

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Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup: The Ultimate Comfort Food!

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Are you sick of eating salads for lunch in an effort to be healthier this year?

Do you long for comfort food that not only nourishes your body, but also your soul?

Then you might want to try this Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup.

There’s not much I enjoy eating more than a bowl of piping hot soup, brimming with colorful veggies in a flavorful broth. Even people who don’t normally crave soup (like I do) reach for this nourishing comfort food, especially when it’s cold outside.

So this detox vegetable soup is perfect to eat anytime. And, best of all, it’s loaded with colorful, antioxidant-rich veggies.

It even has one of my favorite healthful ingredients, apple cider vinegar. But you’ll never even know it’s there. It’ll be our little secret. 😉

You can add beans, shredded chicken or beef if you want a powerful protein boost. Or, just eat some beef jerky or, my personal favorite, a big blob of nut butter. However, even though I’m a meat-lover, I find this soup to be hearty and sustaining all on its own. So you may not find it necessary to add an extra protein source.

Just call it your meatless main dish.

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Max approves of Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup.

Also, feel free to add extra veggies. If you have some leftover vegetables in the fridge, throw them in too. Make it your own!

The more, the merrier!

Also, I like to make this in my Crock Pot. But, you can also make it in a stock pot on the stove top. It turns out great either way.

Please note that the broccoli should be added towards the last 30 minutes of cooking time to prevent over cooking.

Nobody likes soggy broccoli. Unless you do, in which case you can add your broccoli sooner.

As you can see, this isn’t rocket science friends. It’s based on your personal preference.

I tend to like my veggies more crisp tender. But if you prefer mushy, then go for it!

Just keep in mind that the longer the veggies cook, the more the nutrients seep out.

But I figure if we’re comparing eating smushy, mushy veggies to eating no veggies, the mushies are gonna win every time

So, here we go with the recipe. I hope you enjoy it!

Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup: Lori Geurin

Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup: Lori Geurin

Ingredients

  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 to 4 cups red or green cabbage, sliced thin
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup green beans, fresh or frozen
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper, optional
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
  • fresh baby spinach, optional

Instructions

  1. Clean, peel and slice all the vegetables.
  2. Add all ingredients, except the broccoli florets and baby spinach, to the crock pot or large stock pot.
  3. If using a crock pot, cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.
  4. Add the broccoli florets during the last 30 minutes of cooking time and cook until crisp tender or to your liking.
  5. Serve the soup over a generous bed of fresh baby spinach. The spinach will wilt when you pour the soup on top of it.
  6. Feel free to add chicken, beef or beans to the soup for a healthy serving of protein.
  7. Enjoy!
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The Takeaway

This Detox Vegetable Soup is full of fiber, antioxidants and deliciousness! It will fulfill your veggie requirements for the day (if you eat as much as I do), and help flush toxins out of your body.

Do you love soup? What other comfort foods do you like?

Please leave your comments below and get the conversation started. I love hearing from you and do my best to respond to all of your comments. Thanks friends!

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5 Good Reasons To Drink Coffee Every Day For Better Health


By contributing author– Rudy Caretti (biography below)

“So, you love coffee? You are not the only one. Fortunately, an everyday dose of coffee in the right quantity is attributed to various health benefits.

5 Reasons To Drink Coffee Every Day

1. Coffee helps you perform better during workouts.

You may already know, but most supplements taken by athletes contain coffee extracts such as caffeine. There is a scientific reason behind this. Caffeine has several effects on the human system that causes one to do better during physical activity. When taken 30 minutes before any physical activity, black coffee promotes the release of endorphins. These hormones are responsible for our happy moods and adrenaline. These two hormones cause the body to respond positively to any training, leading to better results.

Besides, caffeine alters the way the nervous system responds to pain. This causes the body to endure more strenuous reasons to drink coffeesituations. In this case, your muscles will tolerate longer sessions of intensive endurance- and strength-building exercises.

In a nutshell, caffeine can propel one to train harder, thus improving their results. No wonder scientific research has found coffee can improve athletic performance by about 11-12%.

2. It is loaded with minerals and antioxidants.

The red berry is one food substance packed with many essential nutrients. If you prepare your cup rightly, you are sure to ingest these into your body.

Also, some of the nutrients obtained by drinking coffee include:

  • potassium
  • magnesium
  • niacin
  • riboflavin
  • pantothenic acid

Coffee also contains more antioxidants than a single serving of fruits and vegetables combined.

3. Coffee can keep diseases at bay.

Research shows coffee can help keep dangerous diseases away. Some of these diseases have claimed the lives of many people. Others do not have any known cure. Luckily, one can lower their chances of contracting such ailments by drinking coffee. Some of the said ailments are listed below.

  • Parkinson’s disease: According to Mayo Clinic, “Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually.” A 2002 report published in the Annals of Neurology showed those who drank java daily lowered their chances of suffering from Parkinson’s by 32% and 60%. This finding was unique to those who enjoyed caffeinated coffee only.
  • Diabetes II: A study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers looked at information collected over 4 years on people with diabetes II and some without. The study was divided into 3 sections. The researchers were interested in finding the relationship between type 2 diabetes and the kind of diet the study subjects were eating. The results showed that among the 7,269 subjects, the people who took at least one cup of coffee each day for those 4 years decreased their chances of developing diabetes II by 11%.
  • Cardiovascular diseases: Contrary to the popular belief that caffeine in coffee can lead to high blood pressure and consequently endanger your heart, research has shown the effect is dismal. Regular intake will not only cause the blood pressure risk to disappear, but also lower your chance of developing heart disease by 20%. This finding was upheld by a Korean study published in 2014. The study found that taking coffee in moderate amounts reduces one’s disposition to coronary artery calcium (CAC). CAC is a key indicator of possible cardiovascular disease.

With the burden of such ailments off your shoulders, you are likely to lead a long, healthy and happier life. No wonder, another benefit you could be enjoying by simply sipping your cup of Joe is the possibility to live longer.

4. It makes your skin and hair blossom.

As mentioned earlier, coffee is packed with many antioxidants and minerals which could help keep your skin healthier and glowing. When the body is getting rid of various toxins successfully, one part that is likely to blemish is your skin. Also, the vitamins and minerals cause your hair to grow faster. Also, did you know you can treat your hair with a cool brew of a strong pot of coffee to make it shiny, stronger and healthier?

reasons to drink coffee5. Coffee improves your mental health.

Good mental health is a result of a combination of several factors. However, the most important one is happiness. Most benefits of coffee discussed above work together to make you a happier person. In this regard, you are likely to enjoy better mental health. There are other ways, however, coffee could be good for your mental well-being.

Based on a 2011 Harvard study, people who enjoyed at least 4 cups of coffee daily lowered the risk of falling into depression by 20%. Depression is one of the many mental disorders that can deprive one the joy of leading a fulfilling life.

The Takeaway

In conclusion, coffee is a delicious beverage many of us enjoy each and every day. There are many reasons to drink coffee including health benefits for our skin, hair, mental health and disease prevention.

For more about coffee, you might like you check out: reasons to drink coffee


Author, Rudy Caretti, has more than 15 years of experience in the coffee industry, a passion that started in Italy within the family business and brought him to found Gimoka Coffee UK and G Coffee Pod with a group of friends, who share the same passion.

Since he roasted his first batch of coffee seeds as a teenager, he was fascinated by the many ways it can be processed to get the many distinctive flavors we all love.

As a coffee connoisseur, Rudy has always been aware of the vital role coffee plays in people’s social life. And he is especially active through the company’s social media and blog. He loves sharing his knowledge with readers around the world, writing and posting articles that range from the coffee brewing techniques to raising awareness of the importance of responsible production to help protect the rights of farmers and protect the environment.

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9 Impressive Health Benefits of Coffee

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Coffee is incredibly healthy. Research has recently found coffee has impressive health benefits such as helping prevent diabetes and improve liver and brain health.

It’s the second most consumed beverage in the world, after water. And did you know that 54% of Americans report drinking coffee every day (1)?

Personally, I’m not a morning person, but the robust scent of coffee brewing helps me (and several members of our family of six) wake up each morning.

The delightful experience of drinking coffee brings with it the promise of each new day. Who can relate? 🙂

Coffee is extremely high in antioxidants, which can help protect against aging, oxidative stress and many diseases, such as cancer.

Nutrition Information About Coffee

One cup of coffee has about:

  • 2 – 5 calories
  • 0 sugar
  • 10 mg magnesium
  • 0 carbs
  • 124 mg potassium
  • 0 fat
  • 11% of the RDA of Vitamin B2
  • 6% of the RDA of Vitamin B6

The amount of caffeine in coffee varies, depending on the type of bean used and the manufacturer.

Health Benefits of Coffee

1. Coffee Is High In Antioxidants

According to research, coffee provides more antioxidants in American diets than even fruits and vegetables (2).

Antioxidants reduce inflammation in the body. And, because inflammation leads to all sorts of diseases and conditions, this is a very good thing for coffee drinkers!

The polyphenols found in coffee may also help prevent oxidative stress and raise the body’s immune function.

The strong antioxidants, caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid found in coffee, help fight free radical damage.

2. Coffee May Reduce The Risk Of Some Types Of Cancer

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, but drinking coffee may help prevent it.

In fact, research has shown coffee drinkers have up to a 40% reduced risk of liver cancer (3) (4).

Colorectal cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death worldwide (5). In a large study of 489,706 people, drinking 4-5 cups of coffee a day reduced the risk of colorectal cancer by 15% (6).

3. Coffee May Improve Brain Function And Give You More Energy

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Drinking coffee can give you more energy!

The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant, which can help you be more alert and diminish fatigue (7).

Coffee has also be shown to help reduce your risk, or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in older adults (8).

In other research coffee was shown to protect against Parkinson’s disease (9). Also, patients with Parkinson’s were shown to have an overall improvement of symptoms when they drank coffee regularly.

4. Coffee Can Boost Your Metabolism

The caffeine in coffee was shown to boost the metabolism 3-11% (10).  Most supplements designed to burn fat contain caffeine.

Another study showed caffeine can boost the burning of fat by as much as 29% in people who are lean, and 10% in people who are obese (11). That’s pretty impressive!

If you add coconut oil to your coffee you might able to boost your fat burn even more.

(For more about natural ways to burn fat, please check out 8 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar.)

5. Coffee Could Lower Your Risk Of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

About 300 million people worldwide have Type 2 Diabetes, and those numbers continue to increase.

Research suggests drinking coffee (six cups or more per day) could lower the risk of Type 2 Diabetes (12).

Another study showed that people who drink four or more cups of coffee per day could reduce their risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 50% (13)!

If you’re drinking this much coffee, just make sure to drink plenty of water to counteract the diuretic effects of coffee.

6. Coffee Can Help Protect Your Liver

The liver is the largest organ (and gland) in your body. It’s responsible for more than 500 important roles in the body. It removes toxins and produces chemicals which help with digestion.

And, a fun fact about the liver is that it is the only organ in the body that is able to regenerate! Pretty cool, huh?

Cirrhosis of the liver happens when healthy liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue. This is caused by alcohol or viral hepatitis B and C (14).

People who drink 4 or more cups of coffee per day have up to an 80% reduction in their risk for cirrhosis of the liver, or alcoholic liver disease (15).

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Coffee can boost your mood and help you feel happier.

7. Coffee Can Help You Feel Happier

Depression is an illness that affects the brain chemistry. Depression has a variety of symptoms such as insomnia, feeling hopeless or worthless, feeling persistently sad or irritable and having trouble concentrating.

Coffee is a mild anti-depressant because it aids in the production of neurotransmitters, like seratonin and dopamine.

A Harvard study showed drinking 2-4 cups of coffee per day could reduce the risk of suicide by 50% (16).

8. Coffee Boosts Your Athletic Performance And Endurance

Coffee is a performance enhancer.

Many athletes know drinking a cup of coffee before athletic training or an event can boost their endurance and performance.

Caffeine increases the levels of Adrenaline in the blood (17).  This “fight or flight” hormone primes the body for intense exertion.

In fact, caffeine can boost athletic performance by about 11-12% (18).

9. Coffee Can Improve Heart Health And Reduce The Risk Of Strokes

Consuming coffee regularly is associated with reduced mortality for all causes, including cardiovascular disease (19).

In addition, coffee was shown to reduce the rate of heart problems and stroke (20) (21).

If you like to grind your own coffee beans you might want to try this delicious Lavazza Super Crema Espresso – Whole Bean Coffee.

Or if you prefer ground coffee

The Takeaway

Despite any bad press you may have heard about coffee, it actually healthy and chock full of antioxidants.

Regularly drinking coffee can help with athletic performance, boost your metabolism, protecting against cancer, strokes, heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver.

All in all, coffee is pretty awesome, don’t you think?

Drink coffee. Be well!

You might like to try My Healthy Coffee Drink (With Coconut Oil) Recipe.

Can you think of more health benefits of coffee you would add to the list? Please leave your comments or questions below. I’d love to connect with you!

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