Easy Ways to Up Your Turmeric Intake

A cup of golden milk made of turmeric

Turmeric is an ingredient that originates from South India, but has recently been receiving worldwide recognition for all of the health benefits that it brings. From easing arthritis to preventing cancer, here are a few easy ways to increase your intake of this superfood.

Golden Milk
Golden milk is one of the most effective ways to take turmeric, and only takes a few minutes to make. Simply mix some turmeric and ginger in with milk, and then bring this to a boil. Turn off the heat, leave to cool, and then add a small amount of raw honey to sweeten it. If you plan on drinking the golden milk before bed, as this is fantastic for promoting quality sleep, also add in a bit of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamom, as these help to magnify the effects of the turmeric.

Turmeric with Eggs
Eggs are a food that are commonly eaten for breakfast, and are great at disguising the taste of turmeric. Since egg dishes tend to mostly be yellow, this also hides the color of the turmeric, making it great for fussy eaters. When cooking the eggs, try to use coconut oil if possible, as this will bring its own set of health benefits with it.

Juice It
If you would prefer to consume turmeric in its freshest state, try seeing if you can purchase some turmeric root. This can then be juiced into your regular juices, although you will only need to use a thumb-sized piece of the root with each serving. Studies have shown that incorporating turmeric into a daily green smoothie can reduce inflammation in the body by up to 90%.

Raw chicken marinated with turmeric and other spices

Cooking with Turmeric
Many people believe that turmeric can only really be used in curries and Indian dishes, but this is far from the truth. There are so many dishes that work well with turmeric in it, with the ingredient enhancing dishes such as carrot soups and lentil stews. You can also disguise turmeric well in rich tomato sauces, and then use this for everything from pasta to pizza.

Baking with Turmeric
In addition to incorporating turmeric into your main meals, you can also try baking with it. There are many dessert recipes out there that include some turmeric, from scones to pound cakes, so have a look online to see what appeals to you the most.

Golden Paste
Golden paste, which is made from water, oil, turmeric and black pepper, makes the turmeric extremely bioavailable, making this the option to go for if you need quick results. However, many people find the taste of golden paste to be difficult to stomach, and would prefer to take it as a pill instead. Fortunately, this is easy to do yourself at home, requiring nothing but a pot of golden paste and some pill-shaped molds. Fill these molds with the golden paste and then freeze, taking them two to three times a day for best results.

Turmeric is an ingredient that just about everybody could benefit from, as it boosts the health in so many different ways. Even if you do not personally enjoy the taste of turmeric, these tips will help you to incorporate more of it into your everyday life, in easy and tasty ways.

Find a Hobby You’re Passionate About

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Studies have shown that having a hobby is most definitely good for you, bringing about many health benefits while encouraging creativity and cultivating new skills. So if you don’t yet have a hobby that you love, now is the time to find one!

Think Back to Your Childhood
Childhood is a time in our lives when we are extremely open to new experiences, and you likely tried a variety of different activities. Think back to those, as some of those things that fascinated you as a child is just as likely to interest you again, but in a new way, as an adult. Whether you used to enjoy adventuring around the woods collecting insects or sewing tiny dresses for your dolls, your childhood interests could very well point the way to a new passion.

A Solo Hobby or a Social Hobby?
Generally, a hobby is usually either solo or social, meaning that it is either something that you do on your own, or something that you do with others. If you are looking for a hobby that will allow you to escape from the world for a while, then you should seek out solo hobbies, whereas if you want to meet like-minded people, then a social hobby would suit you best.

Find a Hobby That Fits Your Personality
Your best chance of finding a hobby that you can really be passionate about is if you try things that fit your personality. For example, if you are an active person, then a sedentary hobby is likely to bore you quite quickly. If you are quite an impatient person, it would be a better idea to look at quick projects rather than long-term ones.

What Catches Your Interest?
When trying to find a new passion, think about the things that already interest you, and things that you already enjoy doing. If trying new dishes at restaurants is something you love to do, you may enjoy recreating these at home and teaching yourself new cooking techniques. If there is a certain painting or image you see that catches your eye, use this inspiration and pick up a paintbrush or a camera.

Ask Your Friends
You may be quite surprised to discover that your friends have hobbies that you never knew about, and you will only find out by asking. Trying a new hobby with a friend will always make the experience more enjoyable as well, and your friend is likely to be able to offer you plenty of advice, as well as share materials.

The most important thing to remember when you are trying to find a new hobby is that you need to keep trying new things. Carve out a small portion of your day or week and dedicate this to discovering your new passion. The beauty of a hobby is that you can start and stop at anytime, and it is perfectly fine to try a new activity for a while before moving on to something else, as there are an endless number of hobbies that you can discover in the world.

Healthy Summer Meals – OROGOLD Reviews

With plenty of fresh produce now in season, and lighter meals being so much more appealing in the heat, it is definitely easier to eat healthily in the summer. Whether you’re a big meat eater, a strict vegan, or just simply picky about what you like, OROGOLD has put together some fantastic ideas for healthy summer meals that you can easily take inspiration from for the next time you cook.

Zoodles with chicken.

Zoodles
Zoodles, which stand for zucchini noodles, are all the rage this summer, as they can be eaten raw or cooked in such a variety of ways. Unfortunately, you can’t create zoodles with a simple kitchen knife, but, if you don’t have the right appliance, a spiralizer is cheap to buy and can be used for other vegetables too. For a quick summer lunch, mix your raw zoodles in with whatever veg you have on hand, and top with some pesto. Zoodles can also be used as a lighter replacement for pasta, mixed into any sort of sauce, or even as a noodle alternative, and is delicious stir fried or cooked into a noodle curry. If you are cooking with zoodles and aren’t sure of the serving size, OROGOLD recommends one zucchini per person.

Fresh pesto in a cup

Pesto
Originating from Genoa, Italy, pesto is a sauce that consists of basil, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan. It is extremely simple to make, by just blending all of the ingredients together, and can be created either in a food processor or in a pestle and mortar. The great thing about pesto is that there are so many different alternatives that you can make, depending on ingredients in your kitchen. From a pesto made with arugula and parsley to a pesto made from sun-dried tomatoes and peppers, the options are endless. If you’re not a fan of pesto pasta, OROGOLD suggests trying it as a dip, a marinade, a salad dressing, in a stew, or even simply spread inside a sandwich.

Grilled kebobs.

Grilled Kabobs
There is nothing more satisfying than cranking up the grill on a summer evening and enjoying the aroma of your food cooking on an open flame. Grilled kabobs are one of the easiest dishes to make, whether on a barbecue or on your indoor grill, and can be adapted to suit your tastes. Meat is the obvious choice when it comes to kabobs, but experimentation is always fun, and OROGOLD has some great kabob ideas for you to try. Shrimp that has been marinated in garlic, olive oil and herbs, always taste fantastic when skewered and grilled, as does a mixture of scallop and bacon. For the vegetarians out there, marinated eggplant, bell peppers and halloumi only taste better once they have been charred by the grill.

Summer meals should be light, refreshing, hydrating, and packed with vitamins and minerals to help your body thrive in the warm temperatures. OROGOLD highly recommends that, whenever possible, you shop for produce at your local farmer’s market, as everything will be much fresher, meaning that less work will be needed to make you dish taste absolutely amazing.

Is it Worth Buying Organic? OROGOLD Reviews

Rather than dying down after a few years, the hype around organic food is still steadily growing. Ten years ago, it would have been hard to find a good selection of organic produce in the shops, but now, not only are the shelves full of organic products, we are being actively encouraged to choose these over the regular varieties. ORO GOLD tries to help you understand whether it makes sense to buy organic.

Fresh red and yellow capcicums

What Exactly is Organic Food?
Before the growth of industrial-scale farming, organic food would have just been called ‘food’. It is generally assumed that organic food has been grown without the use of any chemicals, but this is not exactly true. Instead, organic produce is grown with a minimal use of chemicals, with farmers still having access to a small selection of pesticides. In comparison, non-organic produce is repeatedly sprayed with many toxic chemicals, which work their way into the plant, ending up in your body.

Does Organic Food Cost More?
You will generally find that organic food costs more, often being 10% – 100% more expensive than the alternatives. The reason for this is because organic foods are much more labor intensive to grow, and can often result in smaller yields. The high price of organic products is usually what steers many people away, which, for some items that do not contain a high level of pesticide residue, is absolutely fine. However, certain products soak up much more of the toxic chemicals, meaning that by prioritizing the organic products that you buy, you will be able to keep your ingestion of these chemicals to a minimum.

Fruits and Vegetables
The most common fruits and vegetables that contain high levels of pesticide residue are celery, apples, carrots and lettuce. Any non-organic products that have been made with these ingredients, such as apple juice or carrot cake, would also contain the same chemicals. To keep your shopping simple, opt for organic varieties when you plan on eating the outside as well as the inside of a fruit or vegetable, and choose non-organic for the rest.

Cheese and ham on a chopping board.

Meat and Dairy
The term ‘organic’ applies to meat and animal products as well as to fruit and vegetables. In this case, non-organic meat production involves injecting antibiotics into the animals, which end up in your body when you eat the animal products. The growth hormone that is commonly given to cows has been linked, on numerous occasions, to the development of certain cancer cells in women. When it comes to meat and dairy, it is usually best to buy organic whenever possible.

Imported Organic Foods
If a product with an organic label has been made in another country, be sure to do some research before trusting in that label. Many countries, such as China, export common organic products, including tea and tinned tomatoes. However, their standards are much lower when it comes to organic rules and regulations. If you are unsure, it is best to stick to a variety that is made as locally as possible.

Organic food has been proven to have many more health benefits than non-organic, so in many cases, it really is worth buying. However, keep in mind that these still do contain some level of chemicals, so be sure to thoroughly wash all fresh produce before cooking or eating.