Three Surprising Health Benefits of Everyday Food and Drink
Staying healthy can often seem like a chore, rather than something to enjoy. With more products than ever offering solutions to problems you never even knew you had, the choice can be overwhelming and the options hard to navigate. But looking after yourself isn’t rocket science and certainly doesn’t have to break the bank. There are numerous products you can use to improve your health and wellbeing, and many of them are likely sitting in your cupboard already.
1) Turmeric & Black pepper
The anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Turmeric have long been cited as miracle cures for a variety of mild to moderate ailments; including acne, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and even cancer! But while it’s benefits are well-known, it’s special compatibility with black pepper is not. “The problem is that curcumin is not absorbed well in the body. This is where black pepper comes in” states The Times of India. “It contains a compound called piperine, which when combined with turmeric, increases the absorption of curcumin by upto an astonishing 2000%.”
2) Bicarbonate of Soda
Any keen baker will have used bicarbonate of soda at some point or other as a leavening agent, but beyond that it has a variety of beneficial uses. Due to its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties it can be used effectively for cleaning and whitening teeth. Simply mix with toothpaste or coconut oil and brush your teeth as you usually would, or add a small teaspoon to a glass of water and use the mixture as a mouthwash.
Most of us drink coffee on the daily, with little thought for its health benefits. However, studies have shown that there are numerous reasons to drink it in addition to simply getting your morning caffeine fix. “Studies have shown that coffee may have health benefits, including protecting against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver disease, including liver cancer” states Dr Donald Hensrud of Mayo Clinic. “Coffee also appears to improve cognitive function and decrease the risk of depression.”
Of course, as with any supplement, even the most common ingredients should be used in moderation. But next time you’re feeling run down, you may not have to fork out for super-expensive superfoods to give your wellbeing the jumpstart it needs.