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Why Eating Turmeric Should Be A Part Of Your Diet

You’d probably be able to place turmeric if we told you it was the stuff in curry powder that makes it yellow, but turmeric in its raw form is a root that looks fairly similar to ginger. The root has a ton of health benefits and deserves to be incorporated in your life way more than solely in the form of a miscellaneous golden powder. Here are just some of the reasons you should be eating more turmeric.

Turmeric is so good for reducing inflammation that it can be just as effective as actual anti-inflammatory medicine.

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You read that right. The root is very high in a chemical called “curcumin,” which is a natural anti-inflammatory. While certain low and short-term levels of inflammation are natural for the body, long-term inflammation is really bad for your body tissue. Studies have shown that turmeric can sometimes be just as effective as your run-of-the-mill anti-inflammatory, so it’s time to throw away the Ibuprofen and stock up on turmeric. Try this tea on for size. .

turmeric is loaded with antioxidants


If you’ve ever fallen victim to the many trendy beverages on the shelves marketed as having tons of antioxidants (we’re looking at you, Bai), then you know antioxidants protect the body from free radicals. These little buggers can be pretty harmful to the body. Luckily, turmeric is a pretty potent antioxidant. Try incorporating it into your next snack. We promise it’s not that hard. Just take a look at this turmeric popcorn.

Turmeric is known to improve brain function


If you’re feeling a little sluggish mentally and all those Lumosity games aren’t working for you, turn to turmeric. Curcumin, which we mentioned earlier, has been found to increase levels of this thing in your brain called BDNF, which stands for Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor. Basically, BDNF is a type of growth hormone that lives in the brain and contributes to healthy brain function. Some people even think this aspect of turmeric can improve your memory, or even combat several genetic or age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s. Adding turmeric to your diet is much easier than you think. Just throw some turmeric in the pot the next time you make rice. Your brain will thank you.

Turmeric is a natural way to keep your brain happy


Certain studies have shown that turmeric can even improve your mood, and protect against depression. This has to do with that BDNF stuff we mentioned earlier. Depression is oftentimes linked to a shortage of BDNF, which as you know affects brain health. Since turmeric boosts BDNF, it can contribute to a healthy, happy brain.

Some people think turmeric can even help prevent cancer


Obviously, cancer is it’s own demon and there isn’t 100% proof that turmeric can cure it at all, but integrating turmeric into your diet definitely can’t hurt. There are a few reasons scientists think this way. First of all, the antioxidant boost found in turmeric protects the cells in your body from free radicals. These free radicals can be pretty harmful to the point where they have the ability to attack your DNA. So by boosting the antioxidants and nipping those free radicals in the bud, ideally there will be less room for that DNA to be mutated into cancer cells. Next time you’re fixing up a midnight milkshake, throw in some turmeric. We promise your milkshake will still taste like a milkshake.

Turmeric can help you undo the damage you did to your liver last weekend


Don’t tell PETA, but we have rats to thank for this discovery. There is a study that had one set of rats consuming turmeric, and the other was exposed to the control drug. The rats that were fed turmeric had increased levels of two essential liver detox enzymes. Honestly we’re not entirely sure how to pronounce these so we’ll leave it to the scientists, but we do know this is good. If you had a particularly exciting weekend, whip up a batch of this turmeric drank. You’ll be good as new by Monday.

Turmeric can lower your risk of heart disease


Alright, we’re about to get scientific with you again. So that curcumin stuff is really good, can’t you tell? In this case, we’re talking about it because curcumin is known to positively affect the endothelium, which is a fancy term for the lining of your blood vessels. Heart disease is highly driven by a dysfunctional endothelium, therefore, by making it better suited to do it’s thang like regulate your blood pressure and help with clotting, your risk of heart disease can be significantly decreased. If you have a sweet tooth, you really need to whip up this turmeric-filled dessert. Just look at it.

Turmeric can tame heartburn and an upset stomach


Similar to it’s cousin ginger, turmeric works wonders against heartburn. It’s also pretty good at relieving any distress you might be feeling in your tum tum. Next time you eat Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, boil some hot water and throw in some chopped turmeric. The hot water will release the flavors of turmeric and you’ll have yourself a nice, makeshift tea. You’ll be pain-free before you know it.

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10 Foods That Help Keep Your Teeth Looking Clean And Healthy

Though closed-mouth smiles and sultry smirks have grown increasingly popular — likely due to the influence of the Kardashian clan —it’s not an excuse to abandon the health of your teeth.

While you may choose to hide them underneath a pouted duck lip or even a blank, lifeless expression, you should remain prepared for when smiling comes back in vogue.

Luckily, there is no need to seek out expensive treatments in planning for the smile’s imminent return. There are a number of foods that naturally keep your teeth healthy and sparkling. Even more fortunate, is that this list includes cheese.

Now that’s a fact that would even have Kanye West smiling.

Yogurt

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Foods that are high in calcium and protein are paramount in strengthening tooth enamel. Fortunately for dairy lovers, this accounts for the majority of delectables that exist within that food group. Yogurt in particular, however, is full of probiotics and healthy bacteria that help fight cavities. You go, yogurt.

Cheese

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If you needed another reason to vindicate your cheese obsession, you’re in luck. Turns out, not only is cheese good for your soul, it’s good for your pearly whites, too. Similarly with yogurt, cheese contains high levels of both calcium and protein. Eating cheese was also found to raise the mouth’s pH level, thus lowering the risk of tooth decay.

Kale

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Not being one to readily fuel the Kale mania, it has been found to be unparalleled in promoting the health of your teeth. It’s high in calcium for strong enamel, contains folic acid which reduces the risk of gum disease, and chewing the (ahem) garnish also forms sufficient saliva which naturally cleanses your mouth.

Beans

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The high fibered fruit is typically known for the good it does leaving your body as opposed to going in. However, apparently not only are beans beneficial for healthy digestion, but for healthy teeth, too. As is the way with kale, beans cause your mouth to salivate when eating them. The saliva washes away bacteria while the food itself scrubs your teeth.

Apples


“An apple a day…” While the old saying does not hold true for many things such as a case of the flu or broken bones, it is in fact pretty accurate in terms of your dental health. Apples are high in fiber, and like beans and kale, can rinse away bad bacteria. Additionally, however, they contain fluoride, which is found in most toothpaste, and helps lower the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Strawberries


Though not necessarily health related, strawberries do help you achieve a whiter smile. And what’s the point of healthy teeth if light can’t bounce off of them in a selfie? Strawberries contain malic acid, which naturally whitens tooth enamel. However, be sure to floss out any lingering seeds before you switch to your front camera.

Carrots


So apparently there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to carrots. Eating carrots reduces the risk of cavities and contributes to the good bacteria in your mouth. They’re also full of Vitamin A, which assists in strengthening bones including teeth.

Almonds


Like many of the other foods topping this list, almonds are tooth health superstars by being high in calcium and protein and low in sugar. Feel free to go nuts with these nuts as they strengthen enamel and keep your mouth healthy.

Celery


Celery is an ideal snack for improving your dental health if cheese and apples are just too exciting for you. Full of water and vitamins A & C, celery helps promote healthy gums. Chewing the rather bland vegetable also assists in scrubbing unhealthy bacteria off your teeth.

Cranberries


More than a Thanksgiving side dish or a means to finishing off that pesky UTI, cranberries foster healthy teeth. Recent studies have shown that eating cranberries interrupts the formation of bacteria that causes plaque. I think I’ll go for an extra serving this November.