What Are The Herbs That Will Help You Live Longer
This article was originally published on mexitverse.com by Deaunna M. Smith.
The Right Kind Of Lifestyle
How you eat and what you put into your body isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle and your lifestyle will determine a lot about your longevity and how you will enjoy it. In life, we deal with stress both mental and physical, anxiety, unhealthy eating, blood pressure issues, and a few other things. All of this on top of having to get up and live a life every day. The stress of life can weigh you down, but it doesn’t have to shorten the life you live.
In this article, I want to introduce to you or remind you of some herbs and vegetables that you can introduce into your everyday lifestyle and assist you in extending your lifecycle here and enjoying it at the same time. Let’s dig in.
Shifting To A Stronger You
Shifting your lifestyle isn’t as hard as you think because quite a bit of it you already do and don’t realize it.
No, sunlight is not an herb, but it is just as important. The combination of natural sunlight from the outside and the natural herbs from the inside make a dynamic combination. I was reading an article from “Mayo News” and it was discussing the effects of sunlight. Here is what it said, “In the early morning and late evening, UV radiation is scattered or removed from sunlight, giving the light an orange-red hue. As the sun gets higher, this scattering effect decreases, and the concentration of UV light is increased. Red light stimulates the production of an enzyme in the body’s mitochondria that reacts with oxygen to produce chemical respiration — in short, it helps the body break down glucose to produce energy. This is particularly significant when considering the ‘diseases of civilization’, such as diabetes, heart disease, and many cancers; all of which are linked to mitochondrial dysfunction.
At the other end of the color spectrum, UV light is an important stimulator of vitamin D production, which in turn regulates calcium balance in bones and muscles. We all know that inadequate calcium in bones causes osteoporosis. But did you know calcium balance is vital for muscle contraction and relaxation, and thus related to muscle pain and fibromyalgia? If the ‘calcium switch’ in a muscle is broken, the muscle can’t relax and remains under constant tension, eventually becoming hypersensitive and painful.”
Enjoying sunlight at all times of the day is beneficial to your health and the longevity of your life. Take the time to enjoy the sunlight. When you are getting ready in the morning, take a moment to just step outside and enjoy the sunrise. On the drive to and from work, enjoy the rays that flow through your car. When you take your break at work, step outside and just take a few minutes to enjoy the sun. You can also sit on your back porch and bask in the glow of the sunset. Each works out for you.
Tumeric is well known for its protective effects on overall health and immunity, especially as we age. An article on VitalPlan.com stated that lab studies show that “curcumin could directly help protect against neurodegenerative changes, including those that lead to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. ” The article also stated that “turmeric could help lower your risk of cancer, specifically of the colon, stomach, and skin, and that it may even play a role in directly fighting cancer cells. The anti-inflammatory powerhouse also seems to be a promising therapeutic agent for easing and preventing arthritis and other joint and back pain.”
Here are some recipes that include turmeric that are easy to do and don’t take out much time from your daily routine.
Ginger-Turmeric Herbal Tea
- 2 cups water
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (Optional)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 lemon wedge
- Step 1Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan; add turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain tea into a large glass; add honey and lemon wedge.
Healthy Turmeric Chicken Stew (Serves 2)
- ½ tablespoon and ½ teaspoon olive oil
- ⅔ skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cubed
- ⅔ sweet potatoes, cubed
- .17 red onion, chopped
- ⅓ small eggplant, cubed
- ⅔ cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
- ⅘ teaspoon ground turmeric
- 2 ½ tablespoons and ½ teaspoon low-sodium chicken broth
- Step 1: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook until browned and no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes. Add sweet potatoes and onion; cook and stir until onion is translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggplant, garlic, ginger, and turmeric; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Pour in broth and simmer stew until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.
BILBERRIES and BLUEBERRIES
YUMMY!!! I absolutely enjoy blueberries but never paid attention to their wonderful qualities and how they actually help me until now. I was reading an article on Joybilee Farms and here is what they said about bilberries and blueberries. “Bilberries and blueberries have been traditionally used for anti-aging, eye health, and brain health. High in antioxidants, they were historically used to improve night vision in fighter pilots during World War 2. These berries are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, support healthy circulation, protect the heart, and reduce free radical damage.” The article also stated, “Other black or blue fruits like black currant, blackberries, and black raspberries also are high in antioxidants and are protective against aging.”
You can easily add these into your oatmeal, yogurts, cereals, and even your salads. Here are some quick and easy recipes that you can add to your lifestyle.
- 1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
- 1 (8 ounce) container plain yogurt
- ¾ cup 2% reduced-fat milk
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Step 1Blend the blueberries, yogurt, milk, sugar, vanilla, and nutmeg in a blender until frothy, scraping down the sides of the blender with a spatula occasionally. Serve immediately.
Creamy Layered Blueberry Ice Pops
- 1/3 cup agave nectar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 fresh rosemary sprig
- 1 lemon zest strip (2 inch)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2–1/4 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 10 freezer pop molds or 10 paper cups (3 ounces each) and wooden pop sticks
- For lemon syrup, place first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, 10 minutes. Remove rosemary and lemon zest. Stir in lemon juice; cool completely.
- Place blueberries and sugar in another saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until berries pop, 5–7 minutes. Cool completely.
- Add whipped topping to the lemon syrup, whisking to blend. Transfer half the mixture to a pastry bag. Pipe into molds. Layer with blueberries. Pipe the remaining whipped topping mixture over top. Close molds with holders. If using paper cups, top with foil and insert sticks through foil.
- Freeze until firm, about 4 hours. To serve, dip pop molds briefly in warm water before removing.
Sweet, golden honey. That soothing elixir does more than just sweeten your tea and coffee. You can do more with it than just dipping your biscuits in it. An article on Express stated “By replacing sugar with honey, you will speed up the rate at which you burn calories and thus lose weight natural way. Studies have also indicated that by consuming raw honey you will have better endurance when it comes to exercising. By losing weight, reducing your risk of cancers and heart disease you can help boost your longevity.” This article had a lot of interesting things to say about honey. The one that really caught my attention was, “Some of the vitamins found in honey include ascorbic acid, pantothenic acid, niacin, and riboflavin; along with minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.” The article also posted the results of a study from the National Library of Health and it stated, “Honey is a natural product known for its varied biological or pharmacological activities ranging from anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antihypertensive to hypoglycaemic effects.
“Effects of honey have been thoroughly investigated in certain cancers such as breast, liver, and colorectal cancer cell lines. In contrast, limited but promising data are available for other forms of cancers including prostate, bladder, endometrial, kidney, skin, cervical, oral, and bone cancer cells.
“Honey is highly cytotoxic against tumor or cancer cells while it is non-cytotoxic to normal cells.”
Here are some recipes that include honey that you can incorporate into your daily lifestyle.
Air-Fryer Gingered Honey Salmon
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 salmon fillet (1–1/2 pounds and 3/4 inch thick)
- For marinade, mix the first 6 ingredients. In a shallow bowl, combine salmon and 2/3 cup marinade; refrigerate 30 minutes, turning occasionally. Reserve remaining marinade for basting.
- Preheat air fryer to 325°. Place fillet on greased tray in air-fryer basket; discard remaining marinade. Cook until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 15–18 minutes, basting with reserved marinade during the last 5 minutes.
Here is a list of other herbs/fruits that will help you live longer:
I hope this article has enlightened you or confirmed for you what you already know about natural herbs, fruit, and veggies. I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment and let me know what else you would like to know about!
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