How to Ease and Prevent Menstrual Headaches

Headaches may seem like all you need is to take the occasional painkiller to keep it at bay, but when you have a monthly headache in correlation to your menstrual cycle, you may want to consider a less ‘band aid’ treatment in response to the underlying causes of a menstrual headache.

Like any headache, menstrual headaches can range in severity. From a minor dull ache to debilitating pain. Having them every time you have a period though can make women dread even the dull aches just for the sheer frequency.

With that said, there are preventive measures women can take to help ease and even prevent menstrual headaches. If you suffer from monthly migraines due to your period, or period pain in general, try these all natural and holistic lifestyle tips to help ease the pain or prevent them all together.

Time your turmeric
As we all know, headaches are caused by inflammation. Where menstrual headaches are concerned, this inflammation can be triggered by a drop or surge in hormones, depending on where in your cycle you tend to get your headaches. Usually, menstrual headaches come before, during or shortly after a period.

To help combat inflammation from sudden drops in hormones, take turmeric. As we all know, turmeric one of nature’s most potent anti-inflammatories. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory benefits and overall nutrient-dense profile make this golden root an ideal all-natural remedy to ease and even alleviate pain from hormonal imbalances.

Where headaches are concerned, taking 1 dose of turmeric is likely to not be enough when alleviating pain. The idea is to take turmeric frequently and consistently leading up to the days you usually have your headache to prevent the inflammation that causes it.

For example, if you usually get a headache during your period, try taking 2 tablespoons or 1000 mg of turmeric 5 days before your period and throughout the duration of your period. This should help ease and even prevent menstrual headaches and other various pains caused by inflammation such as cramps and depressive moods.

More Magnesium
Magnesium is a wonderful mineral to help ease the pain of menstrual headaches and can even prevent the headache from progressing in severity. Playing a key role in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, think energy production, protein synthesis, neurotransmitter regulation as well as helping to calm the nervous system, magnesium can be especially beneficial in reducing the severity of headaches and even preventing the altogether.

Like with turmeric, take magnesium at least 3 days before you usually have a headache and continue to do so until your period ends to help relax your body and support that many vital biochemical functions that require this mineral. Check in with your healthcare provider for a dosage best for you.

Stabilize Blood Sugar
If you’re on a calorie restriction diet, practice intermittent fasting, forget to eat when you’re hungry and suffer from menstrual migraines, these all could be linked. Forcing a calorie restriction diet or intermittent fasting in the face of being hungry could be the reason behind your menstrual migraines. Subjecting yourself to hunger, your body’s most primal signal that it needs nutrition, can leave you at a calorie deficit and making your body suffer from blood sugar imbalances as well as a nutrient deficit subjecting your body to a lack of vitamins and minerals it needs to function optimally, and yes that includes hormone balance.

Prioritize your body’s nutritional needs over following a diet. This isn’t a free-pass to gorge on whatever you want, but to reassess your eating habits. If you’re hungry, which usually comes with monthly cravings, give your body a healthy option and listen to what it needs. The idea is to give your body the extra nutrition it needs for a healthy cycle and to keep your blood sugar levels steady, which as we all know when they aren’t, headaches are likely to follow.

Eat Clean
Speaking of food and cravings, make sure that healthy snacks are at the ready for you, especially during the time when you know your cravings will crop up. Make a big batch of hummus, steam vegetables, wash fresh salad greens, stock up on fruits, grill lean meats. Focus on eating fresh whole foods so you can have them whenever you want as opposed to ordering fast food or grabbing the closest packet of instant ramen or bag of chips.

The idea behind eating clean, especially where menstrual headaches are concerned is to simply prevent more inflammation from unhealthy eating choices and opting instead for healthy and nutrient dense alternatives which will help your body cope with all the hormonal changes.

Support your hormone health and prevent headaches with the right nutrition. Give your body the nutrients it needs to function at its best with our Complete Multivitamin and ease pain by preventing inflammation with our potent Turmeric with Ginger for headache-free cycles.

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10 Overlooked Germy Places You Need to Keep Clean

With the growing concern and spread of the Coronavirus, watch out for these overlooked places that you commonly touch to help prevent spreading disease-causing germs onto yourself and others.

1. The remote control:


The remote control may seemingly be innocent, but with frequent use and being touched by so many hands (especially if you have guests over) be vigilant in wiping down this commonly held item with alcohol. If being held frequently isn’t enough, the remote control also tends to be wedged in between couch cushions or even on the floor where bacteria can thrive.

2. Your cellphone:


Your mobile phone can be the common culprit for carrying germs and potentially disease. Clean your phone regularly as you would with washing your hands. Whatever your hands touch, your cellphone likely does too. This is doubly important as the common tendency is to rest your cellphone on public surfaces such as restroom counters, restaurant tables etc.

3. Your laptop:


If you’re the office type or work from your laptop or computer, mind the cleanliness of your keyboard. It’s most likely covered in germs as it’s accumulated throughout the long hours you spend on it. Keep germs and disease at bay by taking the extra precaution to wipe down your keyboard regularly with alcohol. This is especially true if you like to work in public places such as cafes where you rest your laptop on a table.

4. Door knobs and entryways:


If you employ a no-shoes rule in your home, good! Removing shoes at home helps to prevent the spread of countless germs like e-coli that you may have picked up while walking on the street. Make the most of this good habit by keeping door knobs clean and sterilized regularly as well. Also, entryways where you remove your shoes, should be kept extra clean as well.

5. Kitchen Sponge:


Did you know that the very sponge you use to wash your dishes is likely one of the dirtiest things in your home? This is hardly a surprise as it’s wet, is exposed to food scraps and is highly absorbent. Be diligent with replacing your kitchen sponge to prevent literally rubbing disease into your home.

6. Your hand towel:


It’s quite unsettling to think that your hand towel, which ideally dries already clean hands has the potential to house salmonella and fecal bacteria. Keep things clean and avoid contracting disease from your own home by regularly replacing your hand towels. A simple way to tell is by smelling your hand towel. If it doesn’t smell clean, then replace it. Obviously!

7. Your grocery cart:


It’s no surprise that the handle of your grocery cart can host all kinds of germs and bacteria. Take a moment to wipe down the handle with alcohol or immediately wash your hands after using it to prevent the spread of bacteria. With the current spread of Coronavirus as well, we recommend skipping placing your child in the cart as well.

8. Your handbag and wallet:


The usual tendency with handbags and wallets is to set them on surfaces close to us. Whether this is at a table at a restaurant, on the bathroom counter as we wash our hands, on a chair during a meeting etc, the point is your bag and wallet tend to get as much exposure to germs from public places as you do. Keep in mind, where you go, your bad and wallet do too, so be vigilant in keeping them clean.

9. Your bed and sofa:


Your bed may be in the safety of your home, but it’s often an overlooked place to hold germs especially when you sit or lie down on your bed after a day out. Think of all the places you’ve sat on and walked through, germs could easily accumulate on your clothes which can also transfer to your bed and sofa. Keep things clean and err on the side of caution by regularly cleaning your sofa and using your bed when you’re clean and with a fresh change of clothes.

10. The ATM machine:


Think of all the countless hands that have touched the ATM machine buttons. Microbes, bacteria, and even viruses could easily be transmitted from the ATM machine to you, not to mention the money being dispensed that have been through countless hands as well. Wash or sanitize your hands immediately after using the ATM machine.

Regardless of the Coronavirus, keeping your immunity strong should be a top priority as the world is full of disease causing germs, no matter how vigilant you are at keeping things clean. Incorporate quality supplements into your diet to better protect yourself. Supplements like Turmeric, Probiotics, and a quality Multivitamin can make all the difference in how well your immunity responds to your inevitable exposure to germs.

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Healthy Home Habits While in Isolation

With the rapid spread of the coronavirus throughout the world, our frontlines working tirelessly to treat those who have caught it, our best help on an individual basis that can have an impact is to stay home.

The coronavirus has brought on all kinds of difficulty in our lives, and although it’s not something to complain about, staying home on quarantine does have its challenges. Here, we have some healthy home habits that you can implement, whether you’re quarantined in self-isolation or with a few of your loved ones to help keep this highly contagious virus at bay.

1. Clean frequently
If you don’t already do this, now is the time to frequently clean and disinfect surfaces. Think wiping down kitchen counters with every use, cleaning every eating surface such as dining tables and coffee tables, regularly changing bedsheets (this is particularly true for those where summer and higher temperatures are now in season), wiping doorknobs, and disinfecting common handheld items such as your cellphone, computer, tablet, remote control and light switches.

Cleaning and disinfecting frequently in good sense, and not in an obsessive anxiety-driven way, is a healthy home habit to lower the chance of infection, not just from the coronavirus, but from viruses and bacteria in general. While on quarantine, develop this healthy home habit for all year-round protection.

2. Get some sun
Just because you’re on quarantine, doesn’t mean you have to be indoors all the time. While we practice social distancing, know that you can still see the outside world, as long as you don’t come into close contact with other people.

With that said, get some sunlight for a breath of fresh air and get your daily dose of immune-boosting, serotonin-inducing Vitamin D. Not only does Vitamin D and UV rays help to decrease a virus from spreading, the serotonin produced when exposed to sunlight can help us feel happier, which is especially beneficial for people who are having a hard time staying at home or feeling anxious amidst this coronavirus lockdown.

So while at home, stick to a morning or afternoon ‘sunning’ habit. You can either go for a walk, enjoy coffee or tea on your balcony, lounge on your backyard etc. The idea is to get some sun and get a break from being indoors.

3. Meal Prep
Our usual busy lives can make even the most organized person find difficulty in carving out time to prep meals. For those in isolation, meal prepping is a great habit to incorporate as it keeps you busy, gives you a better idea of your food inventory (this is beneficial especially for areas where food is scarce or groceries have become overcrowded), and eating healthy quick and easy, making reaching out for a quick bag of junk food less tempting.

If you’re working from home, meal prepping is likely to still be more doable now. Use the time it takes for you to get to and from work to meal prep instead. Simple things such as roasting vegetables, washing herbs and leafy greens, tossing together a bunch of sauces and dressings, marinating meat and batch cooking grains, making plant-based milks etc. are all surprisingly easy and only takes some investment in time, which while on self-quarantine, you have more of!

4. Take Care of Your Immune System
Amidst an outbreak of a highly contagious virus, taking care of your immune system is more important than ever. While on quarantine, it’s tempting to fall into unhealthy habits such as excessive drinking, being sedentary on the couch, forgoing exercise, and reaching for a quick snack, which becomes quite unhealthy during an indefinite period of lockdown. Pairing this with the anxiety that usually comes amidst all the news going around the coronavirus and the feelings of loneliness that come from isolation, our physical and mental health can suffer, making us more susceptible to infection.

Even though you’re on self-quarantine, avoid over indulging on Netflix and instant ramen. Make your health a priority by eating fresh wholefood and home-cooked meals, taking time to exercise, and working your way through any difficult emotions that are cropping up while you’re on quarantine. Meditation, journaling, or even calling a loved one can help keep your mental and emotional health in check, which in turn keeps your immunity strong.

5. Clean the Air
Regardless of your living situation, it’s always a good idea to keep air circulation fresh and clean which keeps microorganisms like viruses from building up. If you’re living in a more urbanized area, consider investing in an air filter to help keep your home clean from pollutants on top of germs. If you live in an area away from emissions, simply open your window to allow for good circulation.

Being on quarantine is the perfect opportunity to hone your healthy habits. Whether you find staying at home easy or difficult, let our supplements help keep your immunity strong, without having to make a frequent run to the grocery store to stock up on fresh food. Our Turmeric with Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory that will help keep infections from taking hold and our Apple Cider Vinegar tablets provide protection from bacteria, viruses and mold for easy and convenient immune enhancement.

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6 Ways to Boost Your Immunity Naturally

With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) becoming a widespread and growing public health concern, ‘boosting your immunity’ has become even more of a buzzword than it already is.

In light of current news, good hygiene, giving extra consideration to those who are immunocompromised, and taking extra good care of our immune response are some of the necessary measures we all need to take to protect ourselves and each other.

Besides washing your hands and practicing social distancing, follow these other lifestyle tips to boost your immune system.

1. Prioritize Sleep
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, sleep is essential to keeping our immune system strong. Even just 1 night of inadequate or poor sleep quality lowers your body’s production of immune cells. Go ahead and make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary and do what you have to do to relax before bedtime to ensure you get quality zzz’s.

2. Replenish your Vitamin C
We can’t have an article about boosting your immunity without mentioning Vitamin C. It goes without saying that you need to have this antioxidant on hand to counteract immune-dampening free radicals. Where Vitamin C is concerned however, more isn’t necessarily better, but more frequently is.

Vitamin C is a water-soluble Vitamin, meaning your body excretes the Vitamin C it doesn’t need or absorb at a given time. Instead of loading up all at once on Vitamin C, have it frequently instead to replenish your daily needs. A glass of orange juice in the morning and a Vitamin C supplement after lunch are more ideal to give your body a daily dose of Vitamin C instead of 1 large single serving at once.

3. Stay Hydrated
Another obvious way to enhance your immunity and keep it strong is to stay hydrated. Why exactly? Drinking adequate amounts of fluids keeps your lungs moist. This moisture is needed to help clear out any unwanted toxins in them which otherwise make it an environment for infections to thrive.

 

4. Avoid Inflammatory Foods
As if inflammatory foods in themselves are reason enough to not eat them, you want to avoid inflammation to ensure a healthy and strong immune response to infections.

So keep away from inflammation causing foods such as refined sugar, trans fats from junk food, and artificial ingredients and additives such as nitrates from packaged food to maintain a healthy and strong immune response.

5. Lessen Cortisol
Make it a daily practice to allow your mind and body to relax and unwind. This can be from sitting quietly and mindfully eating a healthy meal, taking a long warm bath, going for a run, journaling etc. Time to relax allows your body to normalize it’s cortisol levels. Where boosting your immune system is concerned, you want to balance out your cortisol levels naturally because too much can physically disrupt and slow down your body’s natural ability to heal itself. This is why so many diseases are linked to stress and improve when we prioritize time to relax.

Consider a stress supplement and pair it with breathing exercises which can be especially helpful if you’re having a difficult time relaxing.

6. Load up on immunity boosters
Vitamin C isn’t the only nutrient you need for a strong immune system. Eat healthy and incorporate these other nutrients as well to keep your immune system strong:

  • Turmeric and Ginger- Powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients that are especially good at warding off colds and other viruses.
  • Garlic- Contains allicin and Sulphur which have been shown to boost the disease response of white blood cells especially where viral infections are concerned.
  • Zinc- Zinc is an important mineral that helps keep the immune system strong and can promote faster recovery from existing infections.
  • Vitamin D- Low levels of Vitamin D are linked to higher susceptibility to various and frequent infections so ensure you supplement with Vitamin D and/or get your daily exposure to sunlight.
  • Fish Oil– The long chain fatty acids found in fish oil have shown the ability to strengthen and enhance existing immune cells. The EPA and DHA found in fish oil also reduce the body’s susceptibility to illness thanks to their anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Probiotics– Probiotics help to boost an immune system and inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria which can lead to infection in the body.

Check out these healthy recipes as well that will help ward off infections if you need any immune-boosting inspiration for the kitchen.

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All-Natural Ways to Promote Youthful Skin

Getting back or preserving your skin’s youthful appearance is all about improving your complexion. This can be done by focusing on restoring and slowing down the breakdown of your skin’s elasticity, firmness, hydration and plumpness.

While aging skin is generally taboo, know that it is a natural process of life and laugh lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging are beautiful too. Nevertheless, we want to focus on keeping your skin as healthy as possible, with the added benefit of looking younger.

Here are some all-natural ways you can promote youthful skin and prevent premature aging:

1. Be happy


As we all know, stress, especially chronic stress, negatively affects our physical and mental wellbeing, and our skin is no exception. It’s important to reduce stress because cortisol, the hormone our body creates under stress, dulls our complexion by breaking down collagen.

As we age, our skin creates less collagen, so it’s important to optimize collagen production by caring for ourselves the best way we can. Stress is essentially a mental issue that carries over into our physical body so it’s important to live a life that makes you happy, while having the right tricks up your sleeve to adapt and manage stress, thus keeping those cortisol levels down!

Do things that make you happy, where possible, as much as possible. Hug your loved ones regularly, treat yourself to a good meal on difficult days and don’t beat yourself up over any extra calories, take a moment to enjoy the morning sun, talk to your support system when things get overwhelming, indulge daily in self-care rituals, etc. Happiness is a choice, and a proactive one at that, so choose happiness and get that youthful glow.

2. Hydrate


A simple but often overlooked skincare practice is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. If you’re wondering how much water you should be drinking, simply half your body weight (in pounds) and drink that amount in ounces. So for example, if you weigh 120 pounds, you should be drinking at least 60 ounces of water daily.

That coveted youthful glow is partially thanks to plump skin with a healthy moisture barrier that our body gets from adequate hydration. Don’t forget to pair your water with an adequate amount of minerals and electrolytes which you lose from sweat and exercise.

3. Exercise


There’s a reason why our skin glows after exercise. Apart from toxins coming out and increased circulation (hello all-natural pink flush), inflammation is lowered as collagen-breaking stress and cortisol is lowered due to the release of endorphins. Exercise overall makes our skin look younger, so if you haven’t prioritized exercise as a regular habit, know that your skin health benefits greatly from it.

4. Eat Skin-Healthy Anti-Inflammatory Foods


Here we are again with inflammation and bad skin. Where diet is concerned, following a skin-healthy anti-inflammatory diet could help turn back the clock on prematurely aged skin.

Incorporate antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, leafy greens, turmeric, and skin-plumping antioxidant rich essential fatty acids like fish oil. All these foods, and a healthy varied whole foods diet provides the body with the necessary antioxidants to combat free-radicals that age our skin faster.

On the other side of an eating an anti-inflammatory diet, is to restrict or eliminate inflammatory foods, which could negate your healthy efforts. Trans fats found in fried and packaged foods, alcohol, sugar and refined carbs are all inflammatory foods best avoided to keep skin looking young.

5. Use Vitamin C


Vitamin C is a popular vitamin marketed for immunity, but this vitamin is also well known for its beautifying benefits. Vitamin C stimulates our skin to create collagen and protects existing collagen from breaking down.

Lucky for anyone looking to eat their way beautiful, Vitamin C is present in most brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Have yourself a serving of bell peppers, berries, mangoes, lemons and limes for a daily vitamin C kick. Take it a step further by applying Vitamin C to your skin to reap all the collagen-boosting and youth promoting benefits of this beautifying vitamin.

6. Incorporate Collagen


Collagen is having a moment in the beauty industry right now and for good reason: supplementing with collagen has shown improvement in overall skin hydration, elasticity, and density, meaning collagen genuinely improves skin health from the inside out and those supplementing with collagen can look forward to more youthful looking skin.

 7. Sleep


There are many professional opinions on how many hours of sleep an individual should get, but generally we recommended getting in a minimum of 7 hours of quality sleep every night and to not have a bedtime past midnight in order to reap all the skin-restoring benefits of a good night’s rest.

The logic behind this is you want to work with your body’s natural circadian rhythm, and not against it. Staying up late disrupts the natural release of your sleep hormone, melatonin, and results in producing more skin-aging cortisol.

Have you got any youthful skin health tips? Share them in the comments below! And for anybody looking to promote youthful skin, we’ve got the anti-inflammatory and skin plumping supplements you need for that fresh and youthful appearance. Try our Skin Bright Vitamin C Serum, Turmeric with Ginger and Omega 3 Fish Oil , all of which work synergistically together towards your best skin.

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4 All-Natural Recipes to Ward off Infections

Try these all-natural nutrient dense recipes that are specifically made to enhance your immune system straight from the kitchen thanks to the antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral and Vitamin C rich ingredients.

Turmeric Immunity Shot
Makes 3 servings
This turmeric shot contains all the anti-inflammatory viral and bacterial busting ingredients to help your immunity fight back when you start feeling an infection taking hold. Take it 2-3 times a day with or in between meals.

Ingredients:

  • Freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 apple, sliced into quarters and deseeded
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 generous pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2-inch knob fresh turmeric
  • 2-inch knob fresh ginger

Method:

  1. Run all the ingredients (except the orange, honey and cayenne pepper) through a juicer.
  2. Pour the juice into a bottle and thoroughly mix in the honey, cayenne pepper and orange juice.
  3. Pour into a shot glass for each serving.

Immune-Boosting Smoothie
Makes 1 serving
This smoothie acts as the perfect cold-prevention thanks to all the nutrient-dense fresh fruits. Paired with a quality yogurt, you get all the immune boosting benefits of probiotics and Vitamin C. This smoothie is best enjoyed during cold season or when you just want to up your body’s defenses amidst a rise in illnesses.

Ingredients:

  • Freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 4 oz. pack of yogurt, plain or flavored. We recommend a peach flavor.
  • 1 cup fresh/frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh/frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup fresh/frozen pineapple

Method:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth. You can add more orange juice till you reach your desired consistency.

Lemon Elixir
Makes 1 Serving
This easy recipe may be minimal with its classic cold-fighting ingredients, but it does the trick for helping to detox a body getting bogged down with germs while providing a good immunity boost. You can take it cold, warm, or hot and drink ideally first thing in the morning.

Ingredients:

  • 1 glass of water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Method:

  1. Stir together all the ingredients and pour into your favorite mug.

Roasted Vegetable Soup
Makes 4 servings
This roasted vegetable soup is as versatile as it is healthy. You can essentially toss in any combination of vegetables, herbs and spices here. The idea is to get in at least 4 servings of different vegetables and warming spices to nourish a dampened immune system.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium red bell peppers, chopped and deseeded
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium potato, chopped (skin on/off is optional)
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
    *Tip: Chop your vegetables in fairly equal sizes so that they cook evenly
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Greek yogurt to garnish

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees, Celsius.
  2. Season your chopped vegetables with salt, pepper, cumin and smoked paprika.
  3. Mix the vegetables in olive oil and add to a roasting tray.
  4. Pop the vegetables in the oven and let them bake for 20-30 minutes, or until all the vegetables are cooked.
  5. Add the roasted vegetables to a blender (allow to cool) and add chicken stock and coconut milk.
  6. Blitz until you reach your desired consistency.
  7. Pour the soup into a pot and gently bring to a simmer.
  8. Pour the soup into a bowl and garnish with a generous dollop of Greek yogurt and a drizzle of olive oil.

When it comes to boosting your immunity with food, prevention is always better than cure. Try incorporate these immune-boosting recipes into your arsenal of go-to meals and drinks even on days where you feel healthy. They’re easy and the recipes are flexible enough to be altered to your preferred taste and quantities.

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Superfood Recipes

Good nutrition is and will always be the primary means to maintain good health, prevent disease and just overall help you to live your healthiest life.

Here are a few simple recipes, supercharged with our very own Nature’s Health supplements to incorporate into easy recipes you can make everyday.

Coconut Cashew Energy Balls


This recipe is perfect made in large batches and can be formed into balls, raw cookies, or shaped however you like for a superfood energy bite. We love the way the spicy ginger and turmeric compliment the creaminess of oats and cashews.

The recipe is supercharged with anti-inflammatory powerhouse turmeric, which also lends a lovely earthy spice to the energy balls as well as a beautiful golden hue.

Makes 20 balls
Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Pulse the oats and cashews in a food processor or a blender
  2. Add the medjool dates, ground ginger and turmeric
  3. Blend all the ingredients until well incorporated
  4. Roll the mixture into balls and refrigerate for an hour to set.

Adaptogenic Latte


Ashwagandha, literally translated to mean ‘smell of a horse’, can work perfectly into a variety of adaptogenic beverages to start or end your day on a healthy note. If the taste of this ancient super root isn’t particularly palatable for you, know that it mixes well with other ingredients to mask the taste while you get all the benefits.

This latte features the sweet spiciness of cinnamon to balance out the bitterness of Ashwagandha. Drink it in place of your morning coffee for a different kind of energy boost, without the crash, with the added benefit of stabilized blood sugar levels.

Makes 1 serving
Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Pour the almond milk in a pot and heat over a low flame
  2. When warm, mix in the maple syrup, vanilla, ceylon cinnamon, and Ashwagandha and continue to gently warm the mixture just before boiling.
  3. Turn off the heat and give the mixture a good whisk or use a frother to add a layer of foam.
  4. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

Super Greens Smoothie- Cinnamon


This smoothie is best taken as your breakfast. It’s chock full of nutrient dense ingredients that blend so well together into a creamy and seemingly indulgent smoothie to help supercharge the start of your day. We sneak in some spinach as well to help you get greens first thing in the morning while our own Ceylon Cinnamon helps to keep your mind clear and blood sugar levels stable throughout the day.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (optional: frozen)
  • 50 grams rolled oats
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 1 heaped tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 ½ cups almond milk
  • 1 handful of fresh spinach (tip: use frozen spinach if you don’t want to taste it)
  • 2 capsules of Nature’s Health Ceylon Cinnamon (twisted open)

Method:

  1. Place all the ingredients in the blender and pour the almond milk over
  2. Blend until smooth

Golden Hummus


One of our favorite things about turmeric is that it goes so well into sweet and savory dishes alike. Here, we use it in a hummus which gives it a stunning golden hue. Best served with fresh chunks of sourdough bread or simple whole wheat pita and roasted vegetables, or on top of a salad to bring all the ingredients together.

Makes 1 big bowl
Ingredients:

  • 1 can or 400 grams of chickpeas
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 heaped tablespoons tahini
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves (fresh or roasted)
  • 3 capsules of Nature’s Health Turmeric with Ginger (twisted open)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Generous pinch of salt and pepper
  • Smoked paprika to garnish

*Tip: Simply add some water to adjust your consistency

Method:

  1. Put all the ingredients into a food processor or blender
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy, and add water to adjust the consistency
  3. Serve in a large bowl and sprinkle over some smoked paprika

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5 Ways Turmeric Supports Your Fitness Goals

Turmeric, an ancient golden root hailed for its potent anti-inflammatory properties seems to keep surprising us with its endless benefits. Turmeric can be especially beneficial for athletes and exercise enthusiasts looking to supercharge their fitness levels.

Here are 5 ways turmeric can support your fitness goals:

1. Eases muscle pain and protects joints

Turmeric’s potent anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to curcumin, help heal tired muscles. As we workout, our muscles undergo micro-tearing before it forms back together as a stronger muscle. This process can be painful, especially for unfit individuals who do too much too soon, or when suddenly increasing the duration or intensity of exercise.

This is where turmeric comes in, the anti-inflammatory benefits that curcumin brings help to ease the onset of exercise-induced muscle inflammation.

A double benefit as well is turmeric’s ability to protect joints. As we exercise, our joints undergo impact from various types of movement. Prolonged joint stress without the proper time for recovery can leave us injured. Turmeric helps to protect joints by easing inflammation and stiffness caused by exercise impact.

2. Promotes faster recovery


Did you know that when you work out, your body naturally produces more free radicals amidst the physical strain?

Taking turmeric before and after a workout, especially a strenuous one, is a great way to support your body and fitness goals because it helps to counter the free radicals your body produces. The flood of antioxidants help your body recover faster, making you ready and stronger for the next workout.

3. Mental Health


Taking turmeric has the mental benefit of uplifting your mood. This is especially beneficial for people who are just starting their fitness journey and are struggling with keeping motivated and consistent with an exercise routine.

As we know, inflammation has been linked to causing depression. Getting into a fitness routine is especially difficult when life has you feeling down. Turmeric can help alleviate depression induced by inflammation and may give you that added spark of a calm and positive attitude to get you exercising. Bonus points as well as turmeric’s feel-good benefits complement the natural endorphin-high you get from exercise.

4. Hormone Balance


For women, turmeric can be especially beneficial in staying consistent with a fitness routine. PMS and other hormonal pain can leave women feeling like lying down and going through the motions of PMS for up to a week. Not the best way to achieve fitness goals if you stop for a week at a time each month.

Turmeric was found to greatly reduce PMS symptoms ranging from menstrual migraines, bloating, acne, cramps, and depressive moods. This is thanks to turmeric’s endless spectrum of anti-inflammatory benefits as well as it’s natural ability to uplift moods. Women who want to keep up a consistent exercise routine may find it easier by incorporating turmeric into their diet or supplement routine, especially a few days before and during their PMS days.

5. Boosts DHA production


A lesser known benefit of Turmeric is its ability to boost DHA production in our body. Usually consumed through dietary means such as fish oil, curcumin helps our body synthesize its own DHA.

While DHA has a host of benefits beyond fitness, it’s particularly beneficial for athletes as DHA helps protect athletes from exercise-induced asthma. Taking curcumin regularly throughout your fitness journey has the ability to promote healthier lung function, which is essential for fitness goals such as endurance and explosive power.

Try these great pre or post-workout drinks smoothies featuring turmeric!

Orange & Turmeric Smoothie:

  • 1 banana
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 100g frozen mango
  • 150 ml orange juice

Immune Boosting Turmeric shot:

  • Juice of 1 orange
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Golden Smoothie

  • 150 ml coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 banana
  • 4 tablespoons oats

Whether you’re taking turmeric pre or post workout, the idea is to give your body a boost of antioxidants to help with keeping you mentally ready for exercise, promote faster recovery and to keep your joints and muscles protected as you push yourselves to your fitness goals. Let the magic of this little root help you achieve the fitness level you want while keeping you as healthy as possible.

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How Much Turmeric Should you be Taking?

The wonderful earthy and spicy taste that turmeric brings to food is only half the story of what this potent root is capable of. Perhaps the most famous and potent anti-inflammatory ingredient nature has to offer, this ancient super root has been linked to easing and alleviating a wide variety of ailments.

Whatever your lifestyle may be, incorporating turmeric into your diet or supplement routine is sure to give you a much-needed boost.

Here are some ways you can take turmeric and how much of it you should be taking to feel its positive effects:

For Immunity
Turmeric’s high antioxidant content gives our immune system protection from bacteria, viruses and even fungal infection, which proves to be amazing support in the face of the wear and tear of everyday life.

  • Keep pesky bugs and diseases at bay with a daily 500 mg dose of turmeric. Take two servings daily when you feel like you’re coming down with a bug.

For Fitness
Exercise should be part of our daily lives. For sustained wellness and preventive health, exercise and a healthy diet is the perfect marriage for a habit that will keep you looking and feeling good from the inside out.

With exercise however comes stress from impact to our muscles and joints. Paired with this, our bodies naturally produce more free radicals as we physically exert ourselves. While our bodies are perfectly capable of handling and recovering from this, you can boost and speed recovery with all the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric.

  • For easing inflamed muscles and joint pains and promoting recovery take 1 teaspoon or 500 mg of turmeric pre and post workout to keep your body nourished and to promote faster recovery.

For Hormonal Balance
Hormonal issues are quite prevalent in this day and age, particularly amongst women. PCOS, menstrual cramps, menstrual induced-migraines etc. are just some examples of hormonal imbalances that can be painful and often debilitating.

Thankfully, turmeric’s anti-inflammatory benefits and overall nutrient-dense profile make it an ideal all-natural remedy to ease and even alleviate pain from hormonal imbalances.

If you suffer from PMS-induced pain, whichever form it takes, consider incorporating turmeric in your diet for a happier moon cycle.

  • For hormonal support, take 2 tablespoons or 1000 mg of turmeric 5 days before your period and throughout the duration of your period. This should help prevent menstrual cramps, migraines and moodiness.

For Stress Relief
Turmeric is commonly known to be good for your immunity, but a lesser known benefit of this golden root is its ability to relieve depressive moods and to be generally uplifting.

Turmeric may be just the boost you need to get through a stressful day with a positive mind set.

  • For immediate stress relief from a stressful day, have a teaspoon or 500 mg of turmeric. Pair it with a 1-minute meditation or some deep breathing to get you feeling centered and happy.

Need more convincing to add turmeric to your healthy lifestyle? Here are 4 Reasons Why You Should be Taking Turmeric. Have any other ways you use turmeric to boost your health? Let us know in the comments below and share the wonderful benefits of this golden root.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Be Taking Turmeric

Turmeric is one of the most widely studied plants in the world due to its numerous health benefits. This ancient super root and its famous compound, curcumin, have been used for over 6000 years to optimize physical wellness spanning from improving skin tone to warding off disease.

Here are 4 reasons to start taking turmeric.

Say goodbye to pain from inflammation
Inflammation is a natural bodily response to stress in the form of disease, toxins, etc . Unfortunately, today’s modern lifestyle puts our bodies under so much stress, chronic inflammation has become a growing and painful issue.

Most physical ailments can be traced back to a form of inflammation. Curcumin, the antioxidant found in Turmeric, inhibits inflammation which is why studies show Turmeric can ease and even cure a variety of inflammatory issues such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Acne
  • Heart disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Menstrual pain
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches

The plus side? Unlike painkillers which temporarily bandages inflammation issues, Turmeric ease inflammation and helps our body to heal from what’s causing it.

All-natural detoxification
Turmeric has the ability to increase antioxidant capacity resulting in gaining potent protection from free-radical activity. This means that common environmental aggressors that we face on a daily basis such as pollution, UV rays, pesticides in food, etc. are less toxic to our body as turmeric helps to stave off the negative effects.

It boosts your immunity
Turmeric is one of the most antioxidant rich foods on the planet. The human body needs antioxidants to protect itself from free radical damage. What does this mean for your health? Thanks to the incredible amount of antioxidants found in turmeric, your immune system gets a boost as curcumin acts as an antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal giving you a wide shield of protection from numerous forms of infections.

Promotes happiness
Thanks to Turmeric’s potent anti-inflammatory properties, eating this ancient root doesn’t only benefit your body physically, but also mentally. Consumption of Turmeric has shown that as it reduces inflammation in the brain and gut, mood is lifted as well and mental ailments and disorders such as depression and Alzheimer’s are less severe.

How to use turmeric?

If you haven’t incorporated this golden root into your diet and wellness routine, now is the best time to reap the benefits. Turmeric’s spicy, earthy, and slightly sweet and citrusy taste add its distinct flavor to sweet and savory dishes alike. Stir it into soups and curries for a nutritional punch or mix it in coconut milk and honey for a delicious immune-boosting golden latte. Cheers!

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