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By m.timesofindia.com | Last updated on – Jun 17, 2020, 11:50 IST
At a time, when stress and anxiety have become a part of our lifestyle, there is a lot of discussion about depression and loneliness. While we all are looking for ways to handle it effectively, it is also important to balance our daily lifestyle and avoid everything that can spike the levels of stress and anxiety. From watching food habits to social media consumption there are many things that need to be regulated. This piece of information talks about a simple and effective homemade drink called ‘Turmeric Lemonade’ which can actually make it a smooth ride. Read below to know about it.
First of all squeeze juice of two lemons and 1 orange and mix them together in a glass jar along with 4 cups of soda water. Next, add a teaspoon of turmeric and mix until well blended. Add honey as per your taste and stir again. Lock the glass jar and keep in a cool place. Pour in a glass, add some ice and enjoy.
According to Tanya S Kapoor, nutritionist, Wellness by Tanya, “Turmeric is known for balancing mood swings. In times of stress, if consumed daily it reflects positive impact on mental health. This spice works as a strong antidepressant; hence, one must regularly consume it in curries, salads or in any form making it a part of daily consumption.” She affirms, “When turmeric is combined with lemon it works wonders. And the best way to do so is to indulge in Turmeric Lemonade.” “It is suggested to take it daily during the first half of the day or with breakfast to have maximum benefits, as one tends to set a base for the body to absorb the right nutrients and feel good throughout the day,” she concludes.
According to a study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, consumption of turmeric offers positive effects on depression as fluoxetine, the active ingredient in the psychiatric drug Prozac. The best part of consuming turmeric is, it has no side effects. Also, curcumin present in turmeric increases the levels of BDNF protein in the brain, which helps in sharpening thinking, learning and memory. It also helps in regulating neurotransmitters in the brain, which further improves sleep, appetite and positive mood.
Rich in vitamin C, it helps strengthen physical and mental well being in adverse situations. It has been proven that vitamins help reduce the levels of stress hormones ‘cortisol’ in the human body.
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