Our bodies were built to move and most of us sit a great portion of our day. Poor posture is a key component to the cause of pain. Most definitely it is not a deficiency in pain killers and muscle relaxants. It used to be older people would start rolling forward and hunching. Now we see with video games, smart phones, and other modern conveniences: any age person is rolling their shoulders forward and slouching.
What’s the remedy? Maybe nothing until you are in enough pain or discomfort to change. When we move wrong, we place constant wear and tear on our joints, primarily our spine. This can lead to other pain in the body like knee pain, plantar fasciitis, shoulder pain, and jaw pain. To learn more you can listen and watch Dr. Eric Goodman, a chiropractor who developed “Foundation Training”. This work is to build a strong posterior chain to support the body with better biomechanics. The posterior chain is the continuum of the back muscles, gluts, hamstrings, and calves acting as one unit. A key factor is to learn to hinge at your hips versus bending with your spine.
You can learn something about Foundation Training by this introduction on a TED presentation below and if you don’t want to listen skip to around 8:30 and start the active movement.
This is a fabulous go to hot drink at the end of the day or actually anytime. Your can vary the amounts to your taste. Turmeric’s key ingredient is curcumin, which has studies showing great health benefits including:
Anti-inflammatory (reducing joint pain), anti-cancer, anti-depressant, digestive aid, liver detoxification, anti-oxidant, wound healing, blood sugar, anti-bacterial, immune booster, and more
1c Coconut Milk
pinch of black pepper ( said to help in turmeric’s absorption)
1t honey or maple syrup to taste
pinch of cayenne pepper
Slowly warm milk with all the ingredients in a sauce pan. Warming too quickly makes the coconut milk gooey and thick. Drink warm and enjoy.
For more specifics research on Turmeric-
“Curcumin seems to delay liver damage that can eventually lead to cirrhosis, according to preliminary experimental research at the Medical University Graz in Austria.
Kansas State University research found that adding certain spices, including turmeric, can reduce the levels of heterocyclic amines — carcinogenic compounds that are formed when meats are barbecued, boiled or fried — by up to 40 percent.
Rodent studies at the University of Texas indicate that curcumin inhibits the growth of a skin cancer, melanoma and also slows the spread of breast cancer into the lungs.
Researchers from the University of South Dakota have found that pretreatment with curcumin makes cancer cells more vulnerable to chemo and radiotherapy.
For a few years I’ve been recommending 2 cups of Celery a Day to assist the body. Celery binds toxins and helps remove them from the system. With this article you can read the details of how celery fights cancer, replaces electrolytes, balances pH levels, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, prevents constipation, improves kidney function, and supports the nervous system. Maybe after seeing all the benefits you’ll actually eat it. Purchase organic celery and just do it.