This weeks top health tip is: TURMERIC! Read on.
1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, according to MIND. What's even more worrying is that according to Office for National Statistics (ONS), a higher proportion of women than men reported that they suffered from the conditions, with the highest indication of anxiety or depression occurring in the 50-54 age group.
There was evidence of anxiety or depression in 19% of people aged 16 or over, with 21% of women reporting the symptoms, and 16% of men.
Are mental health problems increasing?
The overall number of people with mental health problems has not changed significantly in recent years, but worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope.
Depression is a real illness. Treatment can help you live to the fullest extent possible, even when you have another illness.
It is common to feel sad or discouraged after a heart attack, a cancer diagnosis, or if you are trying to manage a chronic condition like pain. You may be facing new limits on what you can do and feel anxious about treatment outcomes and the future. It may be hard to adapt to a new reality and to cope with the changes and ongoing treatment that come with the diagnosis. Your favorite activities like gardening, may be harder to do.
Health in Check aims to empower and educate individuals on how to take steps- no matter how little to improve their health and wellbeing. We will always post tips that can easily be incorporated in your day to day activities. That's why we are sharing with you how turmeric can be beneficial and a simple recipe that will boost your immune system.
There is no doubt that turmeric is an incredibly healthy spice, with numerous health benefits and amazing properties. It is rich in antioxidants, has powerful anti-inflammatory, cancer fighting, anti-bacterial and anti- viral properties.
It has now been found to be extremely effective in the treatment of depression, more powerful than any other conventional drug.
Turmeric is also excellent for brain health, it reduces the risk of heart disease, and has been found to be extremely useful in the case of depression.
Furthermore, a clinical trial on the major depressive disorder (MDD) discovered that its active ingredient, curcumin, is equally effective as fluoxetine, which is a prescription drug used in treatment of depression. And the plus side is it has no side- effects!
People with depression have higher levels of inflammation in the brain. Also, people with depression have lower levels of neurogenesis in the brain, meaning they make fewer new brain cells than people with no history of depression. Curcumin is both a potent anti-inflammatory agent and a powerful stimulator for neurogenesis.”
Numerous studies have confirmed that the regular use of turmeric lowers inflammations in the body. The following turmeric lemonade is extremely effective, so this is how to prepare it:
Recipe — (4 servings)
2 tablespoons of freshly grated or powdered turmeric
4 tablespoons of honey, 100% maple syrup, or Stevia
Juice of 1 1/2 lemons or limes
4 cups of cold filtered or sparkling water
Juice of 1 blood orange (optional)
Method of preparation:
In a small pitcher, add all ingredients and mix them. Serve the turmeric lemonade garnished with a slice of lemon.
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