Orange is the New White: 3 Reasons the Turmeric Challenge is Worth It

Over the last ten years, interest in homeopathic, naturopathic, alternative and natural health has completely skyrocketed. I believe this is all for a very good reason —

We’re not recovering anymore. Our society is ridden with chronic ailments that are passed from generation to generation, and we’re tired of it.

That being said, a need for chemical-free, naturally occurring sources of vitality are becoming more valuable. Considering that alternative medicine usage among Americans in all adult age groups hover around 33%, there’s room to grow in such a beneficial resource. I believe the most important time to introduce alternative and holistic health practices is in childhood. Remember: this form of wellness is best introduced as a preventative lifestyle practice. If you think about it, the accumulation of our childhood exposure to the world manifests within our adult bodies. Why not take care of it from the very start?

All of this brings me to the reason for this post. Let’s say you’re new to this whole floofy-doofy health thing. You could be skeptical of how it truly works, or if it actually benefits you. Let’s start with something that over 80% of Americans want — white teeth.
It’s a fantastic change to your entire well being. When we interact with each other, a person with white teeth will appear more healthy and attractive than someone with stained chompers.  It’s no wonder we’re all shelling out cash for whiter teeth. Before you portion out $20 for your next drugstore fix (or worse yet, $200 for a dental whitening), let me convince you to take the holistic road to get to your destination.

The average person swallows 25% of the chemicals stuffed into teeth whitening products and trays, which contain harmful substances you would never think of eating normally. Coal tar and benzene, which are known to lead to lymphomas when inhaled (think of what ingesting them will do), are in whitening products. We can’t forget to mention that the use of teeth whiteners means a heightened tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, which is never a sign of a strong and healthy smile.
The cost of whiter teeth with chemicals can mean a lessened quality of life later down the road.

turmeric

If you’re looking for the 3 reasons this challenge is worth it already, thank you and I’m excited to bring you on board with me! This challenge will give you a naturally brighter and whiter smile without any harmful side effects or causing any foreign materials to be absorbed into your blood stream. This bright orange powder can lift stains and strengthen teeth in ways you may have never known!

This blog lays out the steps beautifully for anyone interested in trying this.
I’m going to try 1/2 tablespoon of turmeric with drops of water until it becomes a paste, and one drop of peppermint oil to give that zing of flavor and cooling effect that’s reminiscent of toothpaste. It’s not needed, nor is it necessary.

Turmeric is the star in this challenge, and here are the reasons that this challenge is worth trying today:

Anti-Inflammatory Heaven

Turmeric is highly anti-inflammatory for the body, and it is also an antioxidant warrior. The compounds within the herb fight inflammation in the body, which is believed to be the source of all chronic diseases. By introducing turmeric into your life, your body can only boost its natural stress fighting resources. Talk about a double whammy.

Banish the Blues

Did you know that this herb has been proven to be as effective as Prozac in treating depression? Believe it! The tiny serving of one gram a day fared exactly as a dosage  of Prozac did in this study. While you’re getting your pearly whites, you can boost your mood even more!

Free Yourself

This last, and frankly most important, reason is not backed by science or proven in a laboratory under strict conditions. It is, however, a source of true freedom for you. Imagine a life where you’re not dictated by schedules and regimes of when you wake up, when you sleep, and which colored pills to take at which times. Imagine feeling a sense of relief instead of dread when you’re reaching for the NSAIDs or allergy medication.
Close your eyes. When you open them, you can be there. In an instant.
I truly believe that it takes small steps to accomplish any goal you set. By starting with small adjustments, like this turmeric whitener, you can gain the momentum to make more small changes until you free yourself from the pains of stress and weight of bad health.

In the inspiration of positive and healthy lifestyles, who’s doing this challenge with me?

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Orange is the New White: 3 Reasons the Turmeric Challenge is Worth It

6 Rules for LIFE

Whole Living, a magazine I’ve grown fondly for, introduced their January issue with a Detox plan that will get your body in shape for the new year.

There is a list of 6 things you should cut during this period, and I’d like to share them with you.
I’d also like to tell you why it would be beneficial to cut these for life, not just for detoxing.

processed food & drink

This one is a tough one, yet it is vital for health and longevity. Almost anything in a bag or package is processed. Use your common sense: if it needs a food label with ingredients, it’s probably best to avoid it.

added sugars

Sugar is everywhere. Our bodies are relatively new acquaintances with this food, and most likely still learning how to properly digest and utilize it. Not to mention the dozens of health issues linked to consumption of sugars; refined or not.

dairy

About 75% of adults have lowered lactase levels, and this means that our ability to digest lactose lessens as we age. Your digestive system deserves a break!

gluten

It’s been surfacing in the news and mainstream media this year for a reason. Celiac disease and gluten intolerance may be a result of evolutionary changes in our digestive tracts, or a reaction to the mass production of gluten grains (GMOs, ect.). Either way, replace bread with rice and chips with popping corn. There are many foods that are carbohydrates and free of this troublesome protein.

caffeine

Whole Living states, “It’s a false energy booster that can mask lack of sleep[…]coffee is also highly acidic, which makes it tough for the digestive system.” If you’re like me, and have suffered enough switching from caffeinated to decaffeinated coffee, try chai tea or earl grey tea. They are both rich, earthy teas that will give a little caffeine and big flavor. (They both go great with a little almond or coconut milk!)

alcohol

This is a processed food whether you’d like to admit it or not. For this reason alone, I have cut my consumption of it to a half glass of wine once monthly (even bi-monthly). Your liver does not need more stress from having to refine and digest this stuff, as well as your waistline. It is the most calorically dense food per gram!

It can be very easy to talk about how each of these things is bad for you and why you should avoid or completely eliminate them from your life. There’s a completely different feeling associated with living each of these truths. Even if just one or two really stand out to you, every step toward wellness is a step toward a longer life and happiness!

What are your healthy living “pitfalls?” Do you have any health goals?

I feel like my pitfall is eating too much of the “healthy junk food.” I will make a batch of no sugar, no filler and low calorie chocolate but end up eating more of it than I should. I suppose my health goal is to get a handle on portions and make sure I am compensating when I overdo it.

6 Rules for LIFE

The Food Pyramid is Ridiculous! (And more common sense)

“Unfortunately, like the earlier U.S. Department of Agriculture Pyramids, MyPlate mixes science with the influence of powerful agricultural interests, which is not the recipe for healthy eating.”  USDA has not provided commentary.

Within a short span of less than twenty years, our dietary guidelines have changed twice. The basic source of information that supports our choices in food has proven to be confusing, disproportionate, and even carelessly designed. Our basic food pyramid was introduced in 1992– a carbohydrate based map of what to eat.  Above that generously sized carb-wedge were fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, and (finally) sweets being the smallest wedge. Many of us grew up filling in triangles in grade school to show we knew what to eat and how much of it.

Little did we know that what we were learning was a hideous representation of human health and well-being.

Call me a dramatist, but we all know the consequences we have been facing as a population since 1990: cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, kidney/liver failure and transplants, liposuction and lap-band surgeries. We have endured all of the “ends” to our means. The government began to notice this too, and in 2005 created a new food guide pyramid— featuring someone running up the pyramid. I assume this has to do with encouraging physical activity. Each food group has a wedge in the whole pyramid, but are not stacked. Their thicknesses differ, and that is where the proportions are represented. Many people began to feel confused about this concept, and it was quickly scrapped in 2011 for our latest attempt at health: MyPlate.

Visually, this is the most simple and elegantly designed concept so far. It illustrates a “real-life” situation that many people can compare their own plates to. I believe the reduction in carbohydrates is in response to many of the scientific claims that prove carbohydrates are puffing us up, not fat. Personally speaking, I don’t know how you can incorporate fruits into every meal like that. On the flip side, at least it’s fruit and not sweets.

By the way, where did our fats go on this plate? We all know how much I love naturally-occurring fatty foods (like coconut oil and avocadoes)! Science is proving again and again that this does not harm our health. Excess carbohydrate and sugar does.

Frankly, with such a diversion as this MyPlate is, we are still avoiding the real issue here: that we don’t know how we should eat.

Oldways: Health through Heritage is a group that has adapted the food pyramid to not be a “one-size-fits-all” approach. They have creatively combined differing cultures like Latino, Asian, and African into complimentary food pyramids and dietary standards. This caters to the science behind nutrition: something I feel is what’s needed if we’re going to take this food thing seriously. Our bodies are a biological excitement for scientists all over the world, and they work hard to find the answers to life’s mysteries.

Someone is telling you what to eat and how much to eat. Where’s the fun in just being told? In asking “why,” we invite learning and begin to solidify our beliefs.

How do you feel about the food pyramid and its changes? What does the picture of health look like to you? If you could make your own perfect food pyramid, what would it look like?

The Food Pyramid is Ridiculous! (And more common sense)