You know me, I am always game for trying new things that are supposed to be healthy alternatives. One such supplement is Turmeric, and research is showing that it has a wide-range of health benefits. I’ve known about it for years as an anti-inflammatory, but Turmeric is so much more!
Turmeric is a flowering plant, Curcuma longa of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae, the roots of which are used in cooking (Wikipedia). It is one of the most studied plants, and here is a short list of some ways it can help you:
- Reduces bad cholesterol better than Lipitor without the negative side effects (2008 Drugs Journal study).
- Acts better than steroids to lower inflammation of the eye that causes disease (1999 Phytotherapy Research).
- Performs better than Prozac in the treatment of depression (2011 Acta Polonia Pharmaceutica).
- This blood like Aspirin (1986 Arzneimittelforschung).
- Improves cell health as a means of fighting cancer (2007 International Journal of Cancer).
- Helps combat diabetes by suppressing glucose production (2009 Journal of Biochemistry).
The best part of Turmeric is it is non addictive, which many of the traditional treatments for the items listed above can have. Medicine certainly has its place, but when you can find a natural alternative that does the same thing, you’ll be better off for it. You might want to look into Turmeric and see if it would be a good addition to your routine.
Our pastor shared these three words last year during the pandemic, and it has taken some time for me to process them: Erosion, Excavating and Explosion. He shared them in the context of seasons, and he encouraged us to mediate on what season we might be in.
It’s not that simple for me as I break my life up into categories. For instance, I feel like COVID-19 has eroded my business, and I find myself excavating for a way to pivot. I trust when I hit pay dirt, there will be an explosion. I think we will see many explosions in the business world and marketplace with pent of demands. Time will tell.
Healthwise, the erosion is simultaneous with my excavating. It’s like layers of an onion. When one layer is pulled away, there is another. I keep searching for the best way to address each layer in hopes of an explosion of healing, release and energy. As long as I am working on it, it will come.
Where are you? Did last year erode anything for you? Erosion isn’t always a bad thing as we may have to let something go in order for the new to rise up. Often times, we won’t begin our excavating until the erosion as taken place because we are too comfortable. COVID-19 certainly shook things up and created a lot of uncertainty. With that can definitely be some explosions. Did you faith grow or shrink? What about your relationships? Maybe some needed to be excavated a bit while others may have soared due to additional time together. Ebb and flow.
Just like life, we are a work in progress. As a home owner, I have learned that projects are never really done as there is always something else that needs fixing, improving or updating. We are no different as long as we desire to be better. I hope you choose to be the best you that you can be! Ready for an explosion? Bring it on.
As a business consultant, I have often helped companies develop their rewards and recognition programs. Unlike others, my foundation always begins with the understanding that we are all different. Cookie-cutter programs never work because we all have different needs, desires and motivators.
As a leader or HR professional, you need to know your people. It isn’t difficult but does take some awareness on your part. You must observe and understand what jazzes a person and what will be meaningful to them in order to keep them engaged.
If you have low engagement, you are offering the wrong rewards and recognition. You must have a diverse list of ways to show appreciation and gratitude. The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money!
Your high achievers do often want you to “show them the money,” but they are also excited about additional responsibilities and challenges. Tell them something isn’t impossible and turn them loose, and you will see a driven individual striving to prove you wrong.
Extremely social associates love public praise. Throw them a party and have some cake in their honor. At a staff meeting, acknowledge their job well done, and they will beam from ear to ear.
Don’t make the mistake of applying this same treatment to your very shy and introverted employees as the attention will about kill them. It will certainly destroy their motivation. They want private appreciation shown in the form of a nice card or note.
Your analytical types are a little harder to peg as they vary depending upon what the correct level of reward should be, but the good news is you have a lot of options to work with. Gift cards, a sincere thank you, additional duties, or a new job title. Again, most of these don’t cost you much but reap huge benefits.
In all cases, listen and learn. Pay attention to what excites people and what turns them off. Your attempts to customize your rewards and recognition program will gain you points for caring enough to try. Need some help? Give me a call.
Besides the workouts I have posted on You Tube, I have three workout DVDs designed to give you an effective, safe yet fun workout at home. Check them out at my website: Lunges with Lorraine, Have a Ball with Lorraine, and Yoga with Lorraine.