January 25, 2014

Turmeric and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Photo Credit: The Kitchn

Try turmeric with greens! Photo Credit: The Kitchn

I’m always a big fan of homeopathic remedies and avoiding the doctor at all costs. Let’s not forget, it’s the medical industry and in addition to symptom relief everyone is there to make money. When I found the link between turmeric and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome I wasn’t surprised – turmeric root is an anti-inflammatory, but in addition what can you do to relieve carpal tunnel at home? If you’re looking for carpal tunnel relief start at home and start with the basics:

  • Avoid inflammatory foods and add more anti-inflammatory foods to your diet
  • Take vitamin B6 and a potent complex-B vitamin
  • Take the time to do carpal tunnel exercises daily
  • Start cooking with turmeric

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Photo Credit: The Golden Foodie

Explore turmeric in every shape and form – don’t shy away from the whole root!
Photo Credit: The Golden Foodie

WebMD defines symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as, “The most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain felt in the fingers or, less commonly, in the palm.” Those close to me define it similarly with great emphasis on their carpal tunnel pain and sleepless nights due to it.

In an effort to find the best homeopathic remedies for carpal tunnel syndrome, I ran across a few commonalities; the most interesting to me was turmeric. Diet is always the first place I go when it comes to solving a health problem. You truly feel like what you eat, so make it something good!

Turmeric Benefits

The list of turmeric health benefits goes on and on, but some are very helpful for carpal tunnel relief. If you’re asking yourself, “What is turmeric?” then ask no more! Turmeric root is related to ginger root – you’re probably most familiar with its use in Indian cuisines, curry and even used for dyeing things a hideous vibrant orange hue. I like Melissa’s brand whole turmeric root from the our local Sprouts grocery store. The health benefits of turmeric  include:

  • Natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent – You can use turmeric in a pinch to disinfect cuts and burns.
  • Shown to block additional growth of blood vessels in tumors
  • Used in Chinese medicine to treat depression

    Photo Credit: Epicurious

    Click the photo for a tasty recipe! Grilled shrimp with turmeric, chili, cilantro and lime – So good!

  • Its anti-inflammatory properties also make it great when treating
  • Natural painkiller and cox-2 selective inhibitor
  • Natural liver detoxifier

With all of these healthy side-effects you may be wondering why turmeric isn’t used in everything (I know I was). Well, it looks like there was a person who reportedly took a ridiculous amount of turmeric – over 1500mg twice a day – and experienced an “abnormal heart rhythm”. Additionally, it shouldn’t be taken in medicinal amounts if you’re pregnant because it’s “likely unsafe”.

What do you think? —

Would you use turmeric instead of big brand drugs?

Did you give the recipe a shot?

July 31, 2013

Beer | Supplication by Russian River Brewing (GF People DO NOT READ – you will be jealous!)

I was really thankful when my tests came back negative for being allergic to gluten/wheat. That being said, if you are and are bummed that you can’t drink amazing beer, please proceed with caution…

Russian River Supplication Beer

Brewed in Santa Rosa, CA

Supplication is a sour ale that is barrel aged for 12-15 months in Pinot Noir barrels with cherries added. Russian River Brewing Company from Santa Rosa, CA produces this sour, dry and crisp American Wild Ale (7.75% ABV, Drink Responsibly) as thirsty beer lovers like me wait, with bated breath. This beer is really out of this world amazing…it makes you wonder if you have an additional flavor palette that just hasn’t been used until the moment you taste it!

The bottle I picked up was around $15 and was just under 13 oz. Small beer for a chunk of cash, right? WRONG. This beer is HUGE in flavor depth and I’m pretty darn sure it’s my favorite beer.

Quality, not quantity people!

September 22, 2012

Summer 2012 – Refreshing Green Papaya Salad

Out here in San Diego, we aren’t used to humidity and lately it has been hot and really humid – even at the beach! Something that is always cool and refreshing with a kick is Green Papaya Salad! Plus, it’s another excuse to use my food processor :)

Foodista’s Green Papaya Salad

Ingredients:
400g Papaya (shredded)
4 Cloves Garlic
2-3 Green Thai chili
10 Cherry tomatoes
80g Long beans
3-4 teaspoon Fish sauce
4-5 teaspoon Lime juice
20g Dried shrimps
40g Peanuts (toasted)
3-4 tablespoon
Palm sugar

Directions:

Peel the green papaya and shred the papaya with a zigzag peeler.

Soak the papaya in water to remove the acid and make it crispy.

Crush the chili, garlic, long beans, dried shrimps and peanuts with a mortar and pestle. Mix all the ingredients together and serve.

September 19, 2012

Summer 2012 – Arugula, Fig, and Blue Cheese Salad

I’m not a big fan of blue cheese unless it’s paired perfectly. This is the pairing for me!

“Figs are the ugly stepsister to the sexier fruits of summer.  You don’t see people waxing poetic about these tasty beauties.  I have to admit that it took me a long time to appreciate their luscious sweetness and chewy texture but they have moved to the top of my list as one of my favorite new ingredients to experiment with.”

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Feeling slightly adventurous? Try this summer salad Recipe from Scaling Back to boost your day!

Ingredients:

Method:

Combine the balsamic and mustard in a small bowl and slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking, season with salt and pepper.  In a large bowl combine the greens with the figs and blue cheese, add a few tablespoons of dressing and toss lightly to combine.  Sprinkle the hazelnuts over the top and serve.

September 18, 2012

Summer 2012 – Arugula Pistachio Pesto

Pesto is one of my guilty pleasures…but now I don’t have to feel so guilty!!

Arugula Pistachio Pesto

Arugula Pistachio Pesto

I’m such a tease.

Little did I know when I posted my tips for homemade frozen pizza, that all you really wanted was the recipe for the pesto I used to make the “hers” version.

If I share the recipe, will you forgive me?

Arugula Pistachio Pesto

I’ve been kind of crazy about this arugula pesto lately. Maybe it’s a basil-deficiency in my blood stream, or summer herb withdrawal syndrome. But tossing a handful of bright green rocket into the food processor instead seemed like the right thing to do.

I’ve probably made it a dozen times. I’ve smeared it on pizza. Tossed it with pasta. Slathered it on burgers. And, of course, spread it on some freshly toasted bruschetta with goat cheese. I’ve made it with walnuts, almonds, pistachios and pine nuts… added cheese and garlic and lemon. Spiced it up with red pepper flakes. But this. This is probably my favorite version.

Arugula Pesto and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Even though I expect my freshly planted basil to be primed for pesto in T-minus 65 days (brown-thumb notwithstanding), I don’t see myself tiring of this bright and nutty spread any time soon.

Basil? What’s that? Who needs it anyway.

Arugula Pistachio Pesto

YIELD: 1 cup

TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes

ingredients:

2 ounces arugula (about 2 cups, packed)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup shelled pistachios, lightly toasted
1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

directions:

Place arugula in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Add olive oil, pistachios, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Pulse until smooth, about 30 seconds. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Use immediately or store, refrigerated in an airtight container, for 1 day. Bring to room temperature before serving.

September 17, 2012

Summer 2012 – Strawberry Margarita Pops

Wow, another summer for the record books!

In addition, a summer for the cook books too :) and according to me, here are some great summer recipes (a little late, but better than never!).

TODAY’S ENTRY:

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Strawberry Margarita Popsicles – Perfectly refreshing with any appetizer or just on its own! Wake up by 10 am and have these ready for the afternoon :)

May 22, 2012

The Power of Words

I have been coaching girls volleyball since 2007 in the San Diego area.  I annually wretch and complain throughout the season to my loved ones…mainly about what I refer to as, “Non-Volleyball Related Things”. This is usually related, but not limited, to players misbehaving (expected), parents misbehaving (I hate conflict), general scheduling issues. I just love the game so much, that I hate to let emotion interfere with it.

As I looked forward to the end of our 5 1/2 month season, pushing the team’s athletic/mental abilities, I came to the stopping point that I get to every year. Do I want to do this for another year? Those of you who know me expect this every year and also know the outcome…

I LOVE VOLLEYBALL and my volleyball family! Being able to coach somewhere where I can help young ladies build character, integrity, and at the same time, compete athletically is extremely valuable to me. I am grateful for SBVC and for my players and their amazing and supportive parents/grandparents this year. THANK YOU!! Below are a few of the reasons (some easier to read than others) why I find it nearly impossible to not continue my “volleyball career” with [the non-profit] Solana Beach Volleyball Club. Long story short, this is the best end of the year coach’s gift I have received yet. To have the parents take the time to write a few sentences is so much more meaningful than that thank you card with everyones names signed on it.

Thanks Team – You kept a smile on my face for days!

May 3, 2012

Minor Injury via Mandolin Accident in the Kitchen

Well it’s tough typing with my left hand only, so I’ll keep it brief.

Keeping what’s left of my thumb (and there’s quite a bit left) elevated and on ice – 15 on, 15 off!

April 8, 2012

Lollipops | Organic, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut Free

Yummy Earth Certified Organic Lollipops are not only awesome for excluding high fructose corn syrup and allergens, but they taste delicious! I picked a bag of these up at our local Sprouts grocery store as an afterthought.

As I read the bag: 100% vegan, tree nut free, GMO free, pesticide free, soy-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, no MSG, no artifical dyes, 100% natural fruit flavors, casein-free…I thought,

“Is this too good to be true?”  - Well, it’s not! These are really tasty, and even kid approved. At 22 calories per sucker, you can rest assured these are not full of sugar too!

March 25, 2012

Immune System Booster | Benefits of Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit Extract

Grapefruit Seed Extract is a liquid substance extracted from the fruit and seeds of grapefruit, a sub-tropical citrus tree that grows in abundance throughout many countries. The extract from grapefruit seed was first documented for its medicinal uses in 1972 by Dr. Jacob Harich, a physicist who noticed its traditional use as a disinfectant in a multitude of countries.¹ Many traditional societies, from South America to Europe, to Asia have used the extract to clean the skin, hair, and home surfaces. These societies also valued the extract as a powerful anti-viral and bacterial.5

The Health Benefits of Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) has very high amounts of disease-fighting, free-radical eliminating antioxidants and phytonutrients called bioflavonoids. One of these powerful bioflavanoids (plant antioxidants) include the chemical component hesperidin, a well-known natural immune-system stimulator and booster.

4 Chemical analysis of grapefruit seed extract shows additional antioxidant constituents including Vitamin C, sterols, tocopherols, citric acid, liminoids, and other trace minerals. Perhaps most exciting in regard to GSE’s health benefits is its anti-cancer potentials. Studies done on the compounds in GSE’s seed and pulp have found that these bioactive agents may be able to inhibit the occurrence of colon cancer. 6

A recent study done by Microbiologists from the University of Georgia found that GSE was a very effective non-toxic disinfectant. Sadly, commonly-used disinfectant have high levels of toxicity and are harmful to humans, animals and the environment. The same study found that GSE demonstrates a “wide spectrum of activity,” including antiviral, antimycotic, and antiprotozoan capacities against many bacteria and viruses, including E.Coli.¹ It was also found to be an effective cleanser as a a pre-surgical soap.¹

Another recent study from The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that grapefruit-seed extract was effective in killing over “800 bacterial and viral strains, 100 strains of fungus, and a large number of single and multi-celled parasites.”² No other naturally-occuring anti-microbial can come close to these results.

Grapefruit Seed Extract is associated with the following potential health benefits:

  • Powerful natural antiseptic.
  • Antiviral and anti-fungal agent.
  • Possible anti-cancer properties.6
  • Promotes the healing of wounds and scar tissue.
  • Possible cholesterol-lowering properties due to the presence of the flavanoid naringin (a well-known plasma lipid reducer and plasma antioxidant activator).7
  • Excellent remedy for toenail fungal infections.4
  • Treatment for sinus, vaginal and topical skin infections.
  • Evironmentally-friendly fruit and vegetable wash for removing toxins.³
  • Effective preventative for Candida and other forms of yeast infection.4
  • Inhibits the formation of harmful intestinal organisms, including Giardia, without reducing levels of healthy bowel flora.4,5
  • Acts as a natural preservative for cosmetics.
  • Can replace chlorine in swimming pools, public baths, water and sewage treatment centers, and it also used as a general water-purifying mechanism.5
  • May reduce chances of developing coronary heart disease in high-risk patients due to high pectin content in Grapefruit seed extract.8
  • Possible anti-biotic activity.
  • Aids to alkalize the body, and is one of the world’s most alkaline forming foods, helping to stabilize acidic pH levels, a central component for health rejuvenation.
  • Great general immune system booster.

Other Home-Friendly Benefits of Grapefruit Seed Extract

An excellent extract to have on hand while traveling into foreign countries, GSE acts as a natural germ-killer and an effective preventative mechanism for food borne illnesses that cause diarrhea and dysentery. It is also useful for our pets, and can be applied in both internal and external infections of the skin, including fleas. It is also highly useful for the modern eco-conscious gardener, and can used to remove fungus and mold from tools and supplies. It is also a great bug and plant spray. Grapefruit seed extract can be used to clean surfaces and even sprinkled into soaps for an added anti-microbial and viral effects.


Click Here to View the Original Article written by the Global Healing Center

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