Top 8 Amazing Health Benefits Of Turmeric Tea And 3 Yummy Recipes

Turmeric is an easily available spice in Asian cuisine, which is used since old times. Apart from the culinary usage, it is quite popular for its medicinal benefits and here comes the importance of turmeric tea.


This is an extremely soothing infusion prepared from either freshly peeled and grated turmeric roots or good quality turmeric powder, which enhances our health in a number of ways.

Let’s have a look at Turmeric Tea Recipes and its Health Benefits here:

Here is the recipe for the tea and its wonderful health benefits:

Turmeric Tea Recipes:

If you are an extremely busy person with no time for brewing a cup, turmeric tea bags are easily available in the market for you. But it is always better to use fresh ingredients to enjoy the utmost benefits of the drink. Here are three most popular ways to prepare turmeric tea at your home:

1. Basic Turmeric Tea:

Ingredients:

Turmeric– 1 teaspoon
Water – 4 cups
Pure raw honey / fresh lemon juice / grated ginger – 1 teaspoon (optional – for taste)

Preparation:

This is the most traditional way to make turmeric tea at home.

Turn on the oven and bring the water to a boil.Put the turmeric into the boiling water and simmer the flame.Simmer for next 10 to 15 minutes.Then, take it out of the heat and strain the liquid.Add honey or lemon juice or grated ginger before consumption.

2. Creamy Turmeric Tea:

Ingredients:

Turmeric – 2 teaspoons
Coconut milk / almond milk – 2 tablespoons
Fresh ginger – 1 teaspoon (peeled and grated)
Black pepper / cayenne pepper – 1 pinch
Water – 2 cups
Pure raw honey – 1 teaspoon (optional)
Cinnamon powder – (1/2) teaspoon (optional)
Pure vanilla extract – (1/2) teaspoon (optional)

Preparation:

It contains fresh coconut or almond milk, which gives the concoction a creamy texture and a beautiful taste.

Turn on the oven and bring the water to a boil.Add turmeric and grated ginger into the boiling water and cover the pot with a lid to steep the ingredients for some time.Meanwhile, warm up the coconut or almond milk in another pot.Add black or cayenne pepper, cinnamon powder, vanilla extract and honey to it and stir well.Then, pour the entire concoction into the previous liquid and stir once again until well-blended.

3. Spicy Turmeric Tea:

Ingredients:

Turmeric – 2 teaspoons
Fresh coconut milk / almond milk / hemp milk – 1 teaspoon
Cinnamon powder – 1 teaspoon
Clove powder – 1 pinch
Nutmeg powder – 1 pinch
Water – 2 cups
Fresh ginger – 1 teaspoon (optional – peeled and finely grated)
Pure raw honey – 1 teaspoon (optional)

Preparation:

This version of turmeric tea contains lots of spices and thus gives an amazing flavor.

Start with bringing the water to a boil by adding spices like cinnamon powder, clove powder, nutmeg powder and grated ginger to it.Put the lid over the pot and simmer the flame.You need to simmer it for 10 to 15 minutes and then strain the concoction.Add fresh coconut or almond or hemp milk and honey to it before consuming.Health Benefits Of Turmeric Tea:

Now, let us take a look at the turmeric tea benefits:

1. Anti-Inflammatory:

It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties, which reduces inflammation and provides relief from certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis, chronic anterior uveitis, joint pain, backache, etc. Turmeric tea also can treat inflammation resulted from injuries, acne, eczema, psoriasis or other skin conditions.

2. Antioxidant Property:

It is loaded with powerful antioxidants, which keep fatal diseases like cancer, multiple sclerosis, hypercholesterol, etc. at bay and prevent medical conditions like cataracts.

3. Heals Alzheimer’s Disease:

Being rich in curcumin, this concoction can decrease the formation of beta-amyloid plaque within our brain. As a result, we can steer clear of Alzheimer’s disease.

4. Immune System Booster:

It plays a key role in boosting our immune system, which helps in averting serious bacterial or viral infections and flues.

5. Prevents Blood Clotting:

Turmeric is known for its ability to put a stop to blood clotting. Hence, regular consumption of turmeric tea can help you avoid atherosclerotic vascular disease (ASVD) or atherosclerosis.

6. Detoxifying Agent:

It detoxifies the liver as well as the entire body and regularizes our internal functions, thereby keeping our overall health up.

7. Protects Gastrointestinal System:

Turmeric can take ample care of our gastrointestinal system, which is essential for maintaining a good digestive health and curing problems like indigestion, heartburn, poor fat metabolism, obesity, etc.

8. Antidepressant:

It works as an antidepressant and can lift our mood instantly.

So, when are you going to include turmeric tea in your diet? Did you ever taste these teas mentioned above? Do not forget to share your valuable experiences or thoughts with us.

Energize Circuit Workout

KICK OFF THE NEW WEEK AND A NEW MONTH WITH A HEART PUMPING, FAT BLASTING, BUTT KICKING CIRCUIT WORKOUT.

Circuit training combines resistance training with cardiorespiratory training and consists of a series of exercises performed one after the other, with minimal, if any, rest between exercises. Circuit training allows for fitness results comparable to more traditional training without spending extended periods of time to achieve them. Circuit training can result in higher post workout metabolic rates and strength levels. What does that mean for you? Your body is burning calories at a higher rate even after the workout is complete and you’re getting stronger.

This workout is broken up into 5 circuits. Repeat each circuit 2-3 times, depending on your fitness level, before moving on to the next circuit. No rest between sets. Rest for 30 seconds after each circuit is complete. Warm-up and cool down for 5 minutes.

Equipment needed:
timer
dumbbells
mat (optional)



Full size download here Energize Circuit Workout. Print it out and hang it in your workout area where you can easily see it during your workout.

Don’t forget your favorite music or try this Energized Workout Playlist for a heart pumping playlist to motivate you through your workout.

Remember:

Keep your core tightShoulders blades down and backDon’t skip the warm-up or cool-down.Use proper body alignment and good form.Reps and rest periods should be based on your fitness level.Modify as needed to meet your fitness level by increasing/decreasing reps, weight and sets.Gradually increase intensity based on your progress.

I am a certified personal trainer, but this workout was not created for your specific fitness level and needs. Make modifications as needed. Intensity and rest periods should be based on your individual fitness level. See your physician before beginning any exercise program. This web site is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice and supervision of your personal physician. Any application of this or any other exercise routine set forth in this program is at the viewer’s discretion and sole risk.

Pushup 

(1) Lie face down with your legs straight out in behind you and your feet together. 
(2) Bend your elbows and place your palms on the floor put to the sides of your chest. Position your palms so they are directly under your elbows. When your arms are bent they should form a 90 degree angle. 
(3) Your neck should be straight and your eyes focused on the floor in front of you. 
(4) Keep your abs tight. 
(5) Straighten your arms so that your body is hovering over the floor, balancing on your palms and the balls of your feet. 
(6) Bend your elbows and lower your entire body until your upper arms are parallel with the floor. 
(7) Exhaling, push back up to the starting position. Targets: chest, shoulders, triceps, abs

Squat

(1) Holding dumbbells in both hands, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with your weight on your heels. Keep your abs tight and stand with your shoulders over your hips. 
(2) Sit back and down as if you were sitting down in a chair. 
(3) Keep yoour back straight being careful ot to lean forward, and lower yourself down until your thighs are parallel with the floor. 
 (4) As you exhale, push through your heels and squeeze your glutes, straighten your legs and stand back up. Targets: glutes, quads, hanstrings

Mountain Climbers 

(1) Star in a plank position with your feet hip width apart. 
(2) Bend your right knee and with a springin movement, bring your thigh under the right side of your torso. 
(3) Quickly spring back out to the start position while jumping your left knee in toward your torso. Keep your pace as fast as possible. Targets: cardiorespiratory system, chest, shoulders, lower abs, traverse abs

Dumbbell Chest Flys 

(1) Lie on your back on a bench, the floor or stability ball with your knees bent and your feet aligned with your hips. 
(2) Hold the dumbbells over your chest your your arms extended toward the ceding and both palms facing each other. 
(3) Inhale, open your chest, and slowly lower the weights in a semicircle arc out to the sides of your chest. Do not lower your arms farther than parallel to the floor and if you’re lying on the floor, do not let your arms touch the floor. 
(4) Exhale, and raise the weight, again in an arc, back up to the starting position. Targets: chest, shoulders, triceps

Sumo Squat 

(1) Place your feet as wide as you can while pointing your toes outward. 
(2) Lower your body until your things are parallel to the floor. Hold, exhale, press back up to start position. 
(3) Keep your shoulders directly over your hips at all times. Don’t lean forward or let your kneee come out over your toes. Keep your abs drawn in and don’t arch your back. Targets: glutes, quads, hanstrings

Butt Kicks 

(1) Stand with your feet pointed straight ahead and placed shoulder-width apart. 
(2) Contract your glutes, jump up and bring your heel to your butt, being careful not to arch your back. 
(3) Land softly and repeat with control. Keep your pace as fast as possible. Targets: cardiorespiratory system, glute max, hamstrings

Tricep Dips 

(1) Stand with your back to a bench or chair. Bend your legs and place your palm on the front edge of the bench. 
(2) Position your feet in front of you so that most of your body width is resting on your arms. 
(3) Keeping your elbows tuck along side your sides, bend your arms and slowly lower your body until your upper arms are parallel with the floor. 
(4) Your hips drop straight down toward the ground. 
(5) Hold for a beat, then exhale and straighten your arms back up to the starting position. Be careful not to lower your body too far. Do not lean forward or away from the bench. Targets: triceps

Pendulum Lunge 

(1) Stand on your right leg with foot rooted to the floor and left leg lightly placed on the floor next to the left foot, weights by your sides. 
(2) Lift the right knee up at at 90-degree angle, then step forward into a lunge. 
(3) Lunge the left foot forward, far enough so that knee is directly above the heel (it should not go past toes). 
(4) Hold for two seconds. 
(5) Lift left foot from front lunge to knee up, then extend same leg back to rear lunge with back knee bent. 
(6) Continue front and back lunges with right leg, then switch legs and repeat. Targets: glutes, hamstrings, quads, calves

Jumping Jacks 

(1) Stand with your feet together and your hands down by your side. 
(2) In one motion jump your feet out to the side and raise your arms above your head. 
(3) Immediately reverse that motion by jumping back to the starting position. Keep your pace as fast as possible. Targets: cardiorespiratory system

Lateral Raise 

(1) Stand with feet positioned over the center of a tube band, shoulder-width apart. Hold each handle with arms down at your side and palms facing in. 
(2) Bending your elbows slightly, raise your arms straight out to the side to shoulder height. 
(3) Slowly lower down to start position. Targets shoulders, upper back, chest and core.

Crunch 

(1) Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor about hip width apart. 
(2) Place your hands behind your head being careful not to pull on your head and neck. Keep your elbows open and out to the side. Keep your chin up and off your chest. Take a deep breath, then exhale curling up until your shoulder blades lift off the floor. 
(3) Hold for a moment at the top of the movement, fully exhale for complete contraction of the abs, then slowly lower yourself back to start position. Targets: rectus abdominis

Tricep Extension 
(1) Stand with the your feet hip distance apart, toes pointing forward.
(2) With palms toward the ceiling, extend both arms directly over your head so that they are perpendicular with the floor and in line with your body. 
(3) Inhaling, slowly bend your arms lowering your hands behind your head. Keep your elbows close to your head and pointed straight up throughout the entire movement. Lower until you feel a stretch in the back of your arms. 
(4) Exhale and raise your hands following a slight arch back up to start position. Targets triceps.

Russian Twist 

(1) Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. 
(2) Now sit about half way up keeping your chest and shoulders back being careful not to round your back. 
(3) Holding your hands together in front of your body, chin up and eyes looking forward, take a deep breath and exhale twisting your torso as far to the right as you can without changing the angle of your torso. 
(4) Now exhale and rotate your torso back to the starting position. Twisting your torso to the left and right is 1 repetition. Targets rectus abdominis, internal and external oblique and transverse abs.

Grab a pen and your calendar. Plan your workouts for the week. Write it down. Share with others. Set yourself up to feel amazing.

SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS!

KA-BOOM!



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Remove Blackheads With One Simple And Effective Trick

We all want to have clear skin, but those little parasites called blackheads come between our wishes. Blackheads are very small pimples with no skin on them, and because of that when they become exposed to air and moisture they oxidize and turn into brown-black color particles that are called as blackheads.



I’m sure that you have heard about so many ways hot to remove blackheads. In some cases blackheads are soft enough so they can be eliminated by scrubbing. But, some blackheads can be so difficult to remove them. If you are prone to blackheads and looking for some solution that is quick and painless, then you are at the right place.

Here we are offering an effective DIY pack to get rid of blackheads.

You need:

Mint toothpaste
Salt
Spoon to mix
Small bow
l2-3 ice cubes

Instructions:

Mix 1 tablespoon of salt with 2 tablespoons mint toothpaste in a bowl. Mix them well to get a nice paste. Apply the paste on your nose and leave it for about 5 minutes to dry. After 5 minutes, put some water on your nose and massage it gently in circular motion. When your nose is clean, rub an ice cube on your nose. This is good to close the pores. At the end dry your nose. That’s it, your nose will be clear.

Why this works:

Salt is a natural antibacterial agent and helps defoliate the skin. Salt can never dissolve in toothpaste and therefore, this is the best combination.

Mint in the toothpaste works in the way to open your pores and kill any bacteria. Toothpaste deep cleans the pores and plucks out the blackheads.

Notes:

Your nose might turn up red, but the redness will disappear after a short time.

Those who have dry skin should use a moisturizer after the treatment.

It is very important to do the massaging very gently.


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What is Keratoconus (Infographic)

Keratoconus is a condition that affects 1:1800 Britons with the prevalence as high as 1:450 in some ethnic groups.

Keratoconus is formed by two Greek words: kerato, meaning cornea, and konos, meaning cone. In this condition the usual round cornea (front clear window of the eye) becomes cone shaped resulting in poor vision.



As leaders in the area of Cornea and conditions affecting the front of the eye, Centre for Sight as a service to the public have created the following infographic which provides a quick overview of the condition. The goal is to increase awareness of the condition and the various treatment options available.

We’ve put together an infographic covering the basic questions on Keratoconus, but if you want more details, you can always refer to its eye conditions and its treatments.

Mr. Sheraz Daya, Medical Director is a pioneer of many of the new techniques used and is a founding member of the Keratoconus Experts Group as well as the Global Consensus panel on Keratoconus.

If you have experienced Keratoconus or know someone that has, or you are just fascinated to know more about this eye condition, please share the infographic below. We hope you enjoy it!



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How Protein Can Help You Lose Weight Naturally

Protein is the single most important nutrient for weight loss and a better looking body.

A high protein intake boosts metabolism, reduces appetite and changes several weight-regulating hormones 




Protein can help you lose weight and belly fat, and it works via several different mechanisms.


1. Protein Changes The Levels of Several Weight Regulating Hormones

Your weight is actively regulated by your brain, particularly an area called the hypothalamus

In order for your brain to determine when and how much to eat, it processes multiple different types of information.

Some of the most important signals to the brain are hormones that change in response to feeding

A higher protein intake actually increases levels of the satiety (appetite-reducing)hormones GLP-1, peptide YY and cholecystokinin, while reducing your levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin.

By replacing carbs and fat with protein, you reduce the hunger hormone and boost several satiety hormones.

This leads to a major reduction in hunger and is the main reason protein helps you lose weight. It can make you eat fewer calories automatically.

BOTTOM LINE:Protein reduces levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin, while it boosts the appetite-reducing hormones GLP-1, peptide YY and cholecystokinin. This leads to an automatic reduction in calorie intake.


2. Digesting and Metabolizing Protein Burns Calories

After you eat, some calories are used for the purpose of digesting and metabolizing the food.

This is often termed the thermic effect of food (TEF).

Protein has a much higherthermic effect (20-30%) compared to carbs (5-10%) and fat (0-3%)

If we go with a thermic effect of 30% for protein, this means that 100 calories of protein only end up as 70 usable calories.

BOTTOM LINE:About 20-30% of protein calories are burned while the body is digesting and metabolizing the protein.


3. Protein Makes You Burn More Calories (Increases "Calories Out")

Due to the high thermic effect and several other factors, a high protein intake tends to boost metabolism.

It makes you burn more calories around the clock, including during sleep

A high protein intake has been shown to boost metabolism and increase the amount of calories burned by about 80 to 100 per day

This effect is particularly pronounced during overfeeding, or while eating at a caloric surplus. In one study, overfeeding with a high protein diet increased calories burned by 260 per day

By making you burn more calories, high protein diets have a "metabolic advantage" over diets that are lower in protein.

BOTTOM LINE:A high protein intake can make you burn 80-100 more calories per day, with one study showing an increase of 260 calories during overfeeding.


4. Protein Reduces Appetite and Makes You Eat Fewer Calories

Protein can reduce hunger and appetite via several different mechanisms

This can lead to an automatic reduction in calorie intake.

In other words, you end up eating fewer calories without having to count calories or consciously control portions.

Numerous studies have shown that when people increase their protein intake, they start eating fewer calories.

This works on a meal-to-meal basis, as well as a sustained day-to-day reduction in calorie intake as long as protein intake is kept high

In one study, protein at 30% of calories caused people to automatically drop their calorie intake by 441 calories per day, which is a huge amount

So, high protein diets not only have a metabolic advantage - they also have an "appetite advantage," making it much easier to cut calories compared to lower protein diets.

BOTTOM LINE:High-protein diets are highly satiating, so they lead to reduced hunger and appetite compared to lower protein diets. This makes it much easier to restrict calories on a high-protein diet.



5. Protein Cuts Cravings and Reduces Desire for Late-Night Snacking

Cravings are the dieter's worst enemy.

They are one of the biggest reasons why people tend to fail on their diets.

Another major problem is late-night snacking. Many people who have a tendency to gain weight get cravings at night, so they snack in the evening. These calories are added on top of all the calories they ate during the day.

Interestingly, protein can have a powerful effect on both cravings and the desire to snack at night.

This graph is from a study comparing a high-protein diet and a normal-protein diet in overweight men :


The high-protein group is the blue bar, while the normal-protein group is the red bar.

In this study, protein at 25% of calories reduced cravings by 60% and cut the desire for late-night snacking by half!

Breakfast may be the most important meal to load up on the protein. In one study in teenage girls, a high-protein breakfast significantly reduced cravings

BOTTOM LINE:Eating more protein can lead to major reductions in cravings and the desire to snack late at night. These changes should make it much easier to stick to a healthy diet.



6. Protein Makes You Lose Weight, Even Without Conscious Calorie Restriction

Protein works on both sides of the "calories in vs calories out" equation. It reduces calories in and boosts calories out.

For this reason, it is not surprising to see that high-protein diets lead to weight loss, even without intentionally restricting calories, portions, fat or carbs.

In one study of 19 overweight individuals, increasing protein intake to 30% of calories caused a massive drop in calorie intake



In this study, the participants lost an average of 11 pounds over a period of 12 weeks. Keep in mind that they only added protein to their diet, they did not intentionally restrict anything.

The majority of studies do show that high-protein diets lead to significant weight loss

A higher protein intake is also associated with less belly fat, the harmful fat that builds up around the organs and causes disease.

All that being said, losing weight is not the most important factor. It is keeping it off in the long-term that really counts.

Many people can go on "a diet" and lose weight, but most end up gaining the weight back.

Interestingly, a higher protein intake can also help prevent weight regain. In one study, a modest increase in protein intake (from 15 to 18% of calories) reduced weight regain after weight loss by 50%.

So not only can protein help you lose weight, it can also help you keep it off in the long-term.
BOTTOM LINE:Eating a high-protein diet can cause weight loss, even without calorie counting, portion control or carb restriction. A modest increase in protein intake can also help prevent weight regain.

Protein Helps Prevent Muscle Loss and Metabolic Slowdown

Weight loss doesn't always equal fat loss.

When you lose weight, muscle mass tends to be reduced as well.

However, what you really want to lose is body fat, both subcutaneous fat (under the skin) and visceral fat (around organs).

Losing muscle is a side effect of weight loss that most people don't want.

Another side effect of losing weight is that the metabolic rate tends to decrease.

In other words, you end up burning fewer calories than you did before you lost the weight.

This is often referred to as "starvation mode," and can amount to several hundred fewer calories burned each day.

Eating plenty of protein can reduce muscle loss, which should help keep your metabolic rate higher as you lose body fat.

Strength training is another major factor that can reduce muscle loss and metabolic slowdown when losing weight.

For this reason, a high protein intake and heavy strength training are two incredibly important components of an effective fat loss plan.

Not only do they help keep your metabolism high, they also make sure that what is underneath the fat actually looks good. Without protein and strength training, you may end up looking "skinny-fat" instead of fit and lean.

BOTTOM LINE:Eating plenty of protein can help prevent muscle loss when you lose weight. It can also help keep your metabolic rate high, especially when combined with heavy strength training.

How Much Protein is Optimal?

The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) for protein is only 46 and 56 grams for the average woman and man, respectively.

This amount may be enough to prevent deficiency, but it is far from optimal if you are trying to lose weight (or gain muscle).

Most of the studies on protein and weight loss expressed protein intake as a percentage of calories.

According to these studies, aiming for protein at 30% of calories seems to be very effective for weight loss.

You can find the number of grams by multiplying your calorie intake by 0.075. For example, on a 2000 calorie diet you would eat 2000 * 0.075 = 150 grams of protein.

You can also aim for a certain number based on your weight. For example, aiming for 0.7-1 gram of protein per pound of lean mass is a common recommendation (1.5 - 2.2 grams per kilogram).

It is best to spread your protein intake throughout the day by eating protein with every meal.

Keep in mind that these numbers don't need to be exact, anything in the range of 25-35% of calories should be effective.

More details in this article: How Much Protein Should You Eat Per Day?

BOTTOM LINE:In order to lose weight, aiming for 25-35% of calories as protein may be optimal. 30% of calories amounts to 150 grams of protein on a 2000 calorie diet.

How to Get More Protein in Your Diet

Increasing your protein intake is simple. Just eat more of protein-rich foods.

These include:
Meats: Chicken, turkey, lean beef, pork, etc.
Fish: Salmon, sardines, haddock, trout, etc.
Eggs: All types.
Dairy: Milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.
Legumes: Kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, etc.

If you're eating low-carb, then you can choose fattier cuts of meat. If you're not on a low-carb diet then try to emphasize lean meats as much as possible. This makes it easier to keep protein high without getting too many calories.

Taking a protein supplement can also be a good idea if you struggle to reach your protein goals. Whey protein powder has been shown to have numerous benefits, including increased weight loss.

Even though eating more protein is simple when you think about it, actually integrating this into your life and nutrition plan can be difficult.

I recommend that you use a calorie/nutrition tracker in the beginning. Weigh and measure everything you eat in order to make sure that you are hitting your protein targets.

You don't need to do this forever, but it is very important in the beginning until you get a good idea of what a high-protein diet looks like.

BOTTOM LINE:There are many high-protein foods you can eat to boost your protein intake. It is recommended to use a nutrition tracker in the beginning to make sure that you are getting enough.

Protein is The Easiest, Simplest and Most Delicious Way to Lose Weight

When it comes to fat loss and a better looking body, protein is the king of nutrients.

You don't need to restrict anything to benefit from a higher protein intake. It is all about addingto your diet.

This is particularly appealing because most high-protein foods also taste really good. Eating more of them is easy and satisfying.

A high-protein diet can also be an effective obesity prevention strategy, not something that you just use temporarily to lose fat.

By permanently increasing your protein intake, you tip the "calories in vs calories out" balance in your favor.

Over months, years or decades, the difference in your waistline could be huge.

However, keep in mind that calories still count. Protein can reduce hunger and boost metabolism, but you won't lose weight if you don't eat fewer calories than you burn.

It is definitely possible to overeat and negate the calorie deficit caused by the higher protein intake, especially if you eat a lot of junk food.

For this reason, you should still base your diet mostly on whole, single ingredient foods.

Although this article focused only on weight loss, protein also has numerous other benefits for health.
 

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