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Why take a Ginger capsule (when you can just eat stir fry with ginger and soy sauce)?

Many lay people say that ginger is a good anti inflamatory.

Why do you care?

Because some researchers quoted by the National Institute of Health in the US have reported “potent” effects of ginger when used as an anti-inflammatory aid.

Hmmm. Could be evidence for those traditional practitioners claims.

Those same people people also say that ginger is good for nausea, digestion, and morning sickness.

Why does that matter?

Johns Hopkins Medicine also quotes ginger as having benefits for digestion and to ease nausea.

Meanwhile, This article says that ginger use can reduce and help modulate blood sugar, which means that it’s possible that it could be useful for people who are overweight or have diabetes.

I take a capsule regularly that has whole dried ginger root in it. It is cheap, very easy, and I get good results in my body and blood tests.

Tip: I check that there’s ginger in there when they arrive by removing one capsule from the jar and tasting/smelling it—it’s worth being careful.

Michelle Richmond gave me a great tip in 2011, which was to use the back of a tea spoon to peel fresh ginger and it comes straight off nice and easy. Much less wastage and mess.

I also eat foods that contain ginger, especially noodles and stir-fries.

I take a ginger supplement capsule regularly because when I do I feel healthier, happier, and have less inflammatory markers in my blood tests (note: correlation is not causation and there could be other factors at play).

Hope you enjoyed this article, and absolutely live your best life supplements or no.

None of the links in this article are affiliate links. All of the pictures are taken by me, unless otherwise noted.

Minghetti P, Sosa S, Cilurzo F, editors. et al. Evaluation of the topical anti-inflammatory activity of ginger dry extracts from solutions and plasters. Planta Med. 2007;73(15):1525–30.

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Sometimes What Glimmers IS Gold

If you want to read a truly great post, head over to Sara Flower Kjeldson Writes, and read the post ‘Know Your Glimmers‘.

That’s something to put anyone in a good mood!

The beauty of Sydney’s beaches and bays is a glimmer for me. Walking there makes me feel calm, happy and enervated. Early in the morning the life guards and councils sweep the sand, maintaining the beach and clearing it from last night’s parties!
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Sweet Healthy Cinnamon…

Things we eat every day can be extremely healthy.

I learned about the benefits of cinnamon from World’s Healthiest Foods, which is an amazing website by a guy called George Mateljan.

I started taking it in capsule form 3 days per week around 2017.

Next time the Doctor (GP) checked my cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar, they were noticeably lower.

Why is this?

  • Cinnamon contains antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. This study https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22007625/ says that cinnamon has “anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antiviral, antioxidant, anti-tumour, blood pressure-lowering, cholesterol and lipid-lowering and gastro-protective properties”.
Gum tree bark in some ways similar to cinnamon bark
  • According to this article https://badgut.org/information-centre/health-nutrition/cinnamon/ from the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research, Ceylon cinnamon can sometimes help balance blood sugars because it improves insulin sensitivity, slows the rate that your stomach empties, and improves glycogen synthesis in the liver.
Delicious fruits and veggies from my garden
Beauty
You can be healthy and enjoy your body
Spring Mulberry shoots: some of the healthiest foods are the yummiest and easiest to grow
  • This study https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28887086/ found that triglycerides reduced by an average of 23 mg/dL when taking cinnamon and total cholesterol reduced by an average of 13mg/dL. This effect got bigger the longer cinnamon was taken over 16 weeks.
Thanks to Wide Eyed Wonderings for this image of yummy healthy foods
It doesn’t matter what size or shape you are, you can always make small changes to improve your life

For me, supplements are a way to love my body into health. They’re something I can do to make my body healthier and make my mood better.

I only take Ceylon Cinnamon because it has the least amount of coumarin which can be harmful for my liver. I also take cinnamon in small doses and not every day.

I buy Ceylon Cinnamon either from here: https://au.iherb.com/ or https://www.pipingrock.com/

Hope you enjoyed this article, and absolutely live your best life supplements or no.

None of the links in this article are affiliate links. All of the pictures are taken by me, unless otherwise noted.

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The Sound Relationship House (Part 5 of 5)

John and Julie Gottman’s Relationship House

The final step is developing together, developing a world together, and making each other’s dreams come true.

If your partner dreams of owning a Model T Ford, say ‘Yes’ when they want to buy one. If your partner has always wanted to learn Chinese, say ‘yes’ when they want to go to night school with you.

It’s good to have a couples language that’s just for you. “Remember that time when…”(we went on holidays to Canberra, we snorkelled with sharks, we walked 2km in 40 degree Celcius heat) is a wonderful tool to stroke your partners good feelings.

My husband had always wanted a moon watch, and that was my wedding present to him. His first anniversary present to me was a painting that I really loved. We do what we can to make each others dreams come true.

https://www.southsydneyuniting.org.au/

https://www.gottman.com

https://relationshipinstitute.com.au

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Sound Relationship House (Part 4 of 5)

John and Julie Gottman’s Sound Relationship House

The hard step is safely managing conflict.

This means having good boundaries, accepting that your partner will be right sometimes, and that they get to have a say in what happens as a couple, but not letting them walk all over you.

It means talking and talking and talking.

It also means respecting when your partner gets overwhelmed and letting them stop. Letting them self soothe, and soothing them where possible.

It means watching your partner for signs that they’re getting upset and coming back to it later.

Roasted Kumera, Chicken Sausage, Fetta, Kale, and Spinach

My husband and I are having a big discussion right now about food. I read obsessively about diet, and even though I weigh around 190kg, I put into practice anything I can. For example I take supplements that are associated with a decreased risk of Type 2 Diabetes, I make sure I have a long gap between meals and snacks so my insulin doesn’t stay constantly high and I have a decreased risk of insulin resistance, I increase my protein, vegetable and legume intake and decrease my white carb intake.

Anything I’m capable of, I do.

Yet, my husband and I Both enable each other to eat potatoes, biscuits, chocolate and desserts.

Apple pie! Ready for the oven.

So my husband’s driving license has recently been threatened, and we’re having to do some serious thinking.

It’s tough coming up against ourselves like that.

Last night we were talking and my husband asked for a time out.

We stopped for a minute, and I stroked his hand.

After a while I said something, and he held out his left hand in a stop gesture.

I stopped.

It doesn’t mean that we won’t talk about it, and keep on talking about it, it just means that when he or I get overwhelmed, we pause for a moment and calm down for a while. We can each rely on the other not to cause harm by flooding.

https://www.gottman.com