Coffee · Recipes

Turmeric Coffee Recipe

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Turmeric , what can I say about turmeric, besides it has an intriguing taste, awkward mustardy color & it’s supposed to be one of the most amazing anti-inflammatory spices.

This post is directed toward any autoimmune sufferer who is very tired of modern medicine & its side effects…..ME!

Winter has been tough for me because of a change in medicine. My issue with modern medicine is that it treats one hurts one for me. The new infusion Entyvio has done wonders for my colitis but has been hard on my juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. For this reason, I’m willing to try natural means just so I don’t have to add another pill into the “big box ‘o pills” I have to take everyday.

For the past week I have been having a funky coffee blend & while it doesn’t taste much like my regular cup of joe, I’m willing to give it a shot. My blend is listed below.

Funky Coffee Recipe
1 cup (or more depending on your coffee addiction) simply smooth Folgers coffee
1 tsp turmeric spice
1 tsp cinnamon spice
1 tsp ginger spice
2 tbsp powdered creamer (non-dairy)
1 tbsp coconut oil
Honey to taste

I blend all with my nutribullet for a frothy feux-Starbucks look but it’s definitely not your average Starbucks coffee.

Improvements I have noticed drinking this recipe:
* Throughout the day, my back pain is much less, just a sore feeling instead of pain.
* I have more energy!
* I have been sleeping more soundly.
* The urgency with my gut that I usually feel several times a day is drastically reduced. Maybe once a day instead of 3 to 4 times a day.

So I took to the internet to research the above spices. I started with turmeric. Turmeric, sometimes pronounced as tu-mer-ic, is used in many Indian & Bangladesh foods as well as curries. I have found its coloring to stain very easily so wash your cups immediately after use.
Research is ongoing but suggests that it:

* is a natural pain reliever

* can help lower the risk of cancer

* strong anti-inflammatory plant

* strengthens immune system

* improves cognitive function

* helps boost mood

* lowers the risk of heart disease

* helps keep memory sharp

* helps reduce & prevent arthritis

* is anti-aging

Of most interest to me is the idea that it could, with regular use, reduce & prevent arthritis symptoms. Coupled with an alkaline diet (next order of business to look into), turmeric can help calm inflammation that causes joint pain. The results will not be instantaneous but with a build up in the system over time, can reduce inflammation without causing the unwanted side effects of pharmaceuticals.

Next but not least, what does cinnamon do for you? Cinnamon also has a great resume including anti-inflammatory qualities but it’s list is more widely varied. According to authoritynutrition.com, cinnamon was a gift fit for a king in ancient times. The appeal of cinnamon today is that it’s cheap, available in most supermarkets & flavorful for all kinds of foods. Bring on my childhood favorite, cinnamon toast! My mom made the best!

The benefits of cinnamon include being loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties (yay), may cut the risk of heart disease, can improve sensitivity to insulin, lowers blood sugar, could be beneficial for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s, can be a protective against cancer, fight bacterial & fungal infections, & may help fight the HIV virus.

Lastly I checked out the top ten health benefits of ginger. I already know that it makes nausea better when your pregnant or at least it did for me. I’m pretty sure I lived off ginger flavored Preggie Pops for three weeks with each of my babies. Maybe that’s why I have two red heads, bawhahaha! The top ten Heath benefits includes soothing the stomach, reduces nausea, reduces muscle soreness, boosts your immune system, is anti-viral, reduces inflammation, is anti-carcinogenic (anti-cancer benefits), improves cognitive function, can help relieve cramps for women, & helps reduce cholesterol. That ginger packs a punch!

It may be too good to be true or it could absolutely be true but I’ve got to try either way. I’m not going to let disease win! I’m very willing to try natural remedies, especially if it revolves around my favorite morning beverage.

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Information obtained from www.healthremediesjournal.com & www.authoritynutrition.com.

Entyvio · Ulcerative Colitis

Iron is the Devil!

Iron is the devil! Ok, so maybe it’s just red like the devil but still, you can’t take an iron pill & not wonder, it’s torture enough to be anemic, why the funky side effects?

I got a call from my dr stating that she ran several iron tests and they were all severely low. That is very common with ulcerative colitis but why?

The internal damage caused by UC frequently results in blood loss. What would you expect when your colon, in my case entire colon, is filled with cuts that are effected by everything you do including diet.
I had a theory that Entyvio would heal my gut so that I wouldn’t have bleeding intestines anymore. Well, that recent blood work discounted that theory!

I’ve read the symptoms of anemia and it’s like a checklist! Fatigue, check, muscle aches & pains, check, being cranky, check! I knew there had to be an explanation for my crankiness! Doesn’t look too bad just looking at the symptoms but I wondered what damage it was causing internally.

Losing a substantial amount of iron leads to anemia because your body uses iron to produce hemoglobin. Hemoglobin carries oxygen throughout your body which must cause the fatigue. Lack of iron means lack of hemoglobin therefore your not producing new red blood cells. Whoa, that sounds dangerous! Without the production of red blood cells, your body does not get enough oxygen. Thanks to WebMD for my new found knowledge of anemia.

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So what’s my treatment plan for now you ask? Keep calm & sparkle on of course! Whatever the plan is will have to be long term, she said at least a year once we find a good balance. I’m taking a chewable called Easy Iron for faster absorption so my gut can’t flush it before it can absorb. Unlike ferrous sulfate, it doesn’t cause constipation (that lovely side effect I mentioned earlier). I also added in a slow release iron supplement for a little extra boost. My body is adjusting to the re-introduction of the slow release formula which I took like clockwork for several years until the dr said it was not enough. I can already tell a difference in energy levels so hopefully the aches & pains follow that path.

An iron rich diet can also play a significant roll in decreasing anemia & ramping up hemoglobin production. I looked up a list of foods rich in iron & some make my list to add to my diet & some need to hit the road!

I’m good with:
*Spinach, as it’s the only salad I can have.
*Seafood, when I think to buy it.
*Iron fortified pastas, would be ok.
*Peas, never knew that one but I like them.
*And last but not least, my Achilles heel, red meat. I love steak & hamburger meat but it’s so hard for my gut to break down that I have to eat it in moderation. I shoot for 3 or less times per week.

I’m not game for:
*Beans, UC patients already have enough gas produced by the ulcers so nope, not unless I’m eating Mexican food.
*Pork, bacon is our only pork in this house.
*Iron fortified cereals & bread, not a big fan of either, unless Lucky Charms is iron fortified.

So for now, I pop iron supplements like crazy & try to balance that with an iron rich diet. The red devil is not gonna win this time. Instead I’ll blow a few red sparkles in his face and remember Ephesians 6:11. “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” He may be up to something but God’s up to something bigger!

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Exercise · Health · Sparkle

Killer Beginner Elliptical Workout

Exercise is tough but so rewarding! I really do believe that autoimmune suffers really should get some type of exercise daily but here’s my catch 22. I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and my hips & back hurt frequently. Exercising does not seem to help the pain but I know research shows it’s supposed to help reduce symptoms of JRA.

Another catch, there’s very few cardio exercises I can do without having to go to the bathroom while exercising.

I used to try to run & that was a fail. The bouncing helped with an unintentional colon cleanse & I never really accomplished any cardio.

I have tried workout videos & I would say that was more of a coordination problem than a UC problem. I’m just not cut out for aerobics.

I’ve given plain jane walking a shot but can’t get too far away from the house just in case I need a bathroom.

So my husband & I decided to buy an elliptical a friend was selling for cheep. We’ve both been using it several times a week & I have to say that it is a better option for some cardio. My knees are still fluid filled from my last JRA flair up so that hurts. I can’t go as long as I used to pre-babies, boy is this momma out of shape, but I am giving exercise a shot & I hope it helps.

A light bulb went off when it came to searching for a solid workout. I, once upon a time, used the Couch to 5K App to try to get in running shape so I thought, why not use it with the elliptical.

The Couch to 5K App is now called Run 5K (I love the apps equally the same & I don’t get paid to say any of that). It fabulous because it rotates between short spurts of  running with longer segments of walking.
As the weeks pass by, you will have shorter walking segments trading them for longer running segments.

This is the “I’ve gotten older but am still trying” way to workout. You can work your way back into shape without turning red & passing out!

Now, for the workout! 
This app is great for the elliptical! When it tells you to warm up, keep your speed between 3 & 4. Don’t rush the buildup, it’s about to speed up.

During walking segments, bring your RPM’s up to a comfortable walking pace, between 4 & 5. I know, your not really walking but let’s call it a good paced “moon walk”.

When the app says run, bring your speed above 6.5 & be consistent. I find myself slowing down a bit when I kick the incline in but you will still get a good workout, just keep pushing!

Last but not least, it’s time for your cool down. You should be sparkling with some sweat by now so a cool down is welcome. You will do the same spped for your cool down as your warm up.

Do you see the 2 icons at the bottom? The middle one connects to your music on your phone so connect your ear buds and get lost in your workout. The Run 5K app will tell you when its time to run, walk & cool down. So cool!!!

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So, now you’ve got your favorite new machine & workout so get to steppin’ & go get some of your sparkle back!


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