Hey! It’s Magda here blogging again for the first time since Mateo was born (8 months ago). Wow, time just zooms by with a tiny human being. Anyway, these past few months have been somewhat of a rollercoaster for me in terms of health. For the first real time, I actually have to try to lose weight, meaning really push myself to make a change. Unfortunately, being home all day kinda got me stuck on raiding the fridge for snacks all the time and sitting on my butt to entertain the little one. So I’m ready to take control of my body again.
I’ve started doing more research and listening different doctors perspectives. The main thing I’ve learned is that in order for your body to heal, you have to give it what it needs and take away what it doesn’t. It might seem like a no brainer, but western culture and medicine seem to teach us that introducing foreign substances (i.e. medication) to our body will get us healthy. Well, I’m now on a journey to discover what God’s food really does for our bodies when we eat what we are supposed to eat.
I am currently breastfeeding so I am a little bummed I can dive into deep detoxing but there are still ways to help my body start the process without doing anything too drastic. Why am I so intrigued by detoxing now? Well, the truth is I am almost 30, and while many may think that is still so young, having a baby and living a more sedentary lifestyle for these past couples of years has really taken a toll on my body. Not only that, but I am more aware of people around me becoming sick with cancer or other immune diseases and have seen how traditional doctors just keep prescribing meds that do more damage rather than healing. Anyway, I don’t want to wait to get sick to make a change so I’m starting now by researching foods or health topics I am interested. I am more fond of herbs, Chinese medicine, homeopathy and natural foods that help our bodies heal rather than supplements or programs you have to purchase. Before trying any specific program I want to learn more about what foods to eat and how they help our bodies heal.
For starters, I am exploring the top foods to include in your diet to fight free radicals and support your immune system to better fight cancer cells. One big cancer fighter is Curcumin. What is it? Well, have you ever heard of Turmeric? It’s often found in Indian dishes (yum!). Well, Turmeric is a root, part of the Ginger family, and curcumin is a substance found in Turmeric which has tons of medicinal benefits. There are over 100 pharmacological benefits but here are just some:
- Boosts Immune System
- Fights Against Cancer
- Helps Prevents Alzheimer’s
- Reduces Stress
- Decreases Risk of Heart Disease
- Age Reversing
I won’t go into the science of how Turmeric fights disease in this post but I wanted to share a recipe for a Turmeric drink that I have added to my morning routine. I’m mostly drinking it to help my body fight Cancer cells and address any inflammation I may have.
There are two Turmeric drinks you can make but they are pretty similar. The first one is Turmeric Tea. My dad has had knee issues for years and has been drinking this tea more regularly recently and has expressed how good he feels. After being a construction worker in the U.S for so many years his knees really took a toll. He is now farming his lands in Mexico and the Turmeric has really helped him deal with his knee issues.
To be honest I don’t really measure most of the time because who has time for that nowadays, right? But here is what you need.
- 1 Cup of Water
- 1 Tablespoon grated Ginger
- 1 Tablespoon of Honey
- Juice of 1/2 Lemon
- 1 to 1.5 Teaspoon of Turmeric powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper
Bring your water to a boil then turn it off and throw in all the ingredients. Let it sit for 10 minutes and voila! Your tea is ready. You can strain the ginger if you don’t want to be biting down on it but I don’t mind it. Don’t forget to add the black pepper since it helps your body absorb the Turmeric. You can also make a big batch of it and drink it throughout the week.