Monday, April 4, 2016

Just when you think you're doing the right thing...

Probably a year ago, I started learning about turmeric.

I read about it's many health benefits.  Three caught my attention.  I read that turmeric could do the following:

1- decrease acne
2- improve mood
3- increase fertility

At first, I made a yellow paste to put on my face which didn't help my acne, but rather stained my face yellow for several hours.  Other than that, I didn't really do much with the information.

Finally, a couple weeks ago, I decided it was time to invest more deeply, and start ingesting the bitter powder.

So, I made a hot drink with almond milk, a few other spices and turmeric.

In spite of what people claimed about it's "silky" flavor, it was gross.

I mean, "silk" isn't a flavor anyway, it's a kind of fabric.

What inspired me to drink it in the first place were the things I read online like:

"Here's a spice you might already have in your pantry that will support your reproductive health and boost your chances of getting pregnant!  What is it?"  Turmeric!”"

"Research shows that turmeric has medicinal benefits for treating inflammatory conditions of the joints, muscles and nerves, autoimmune inflammation, autoimmune fertility health conditions and may be helpful for those dealing with fertility health conditions like: PCOS, Endometriosis, Uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, premenstrual pain, etc."

The only good thing about turmeric is
drinking it from a Disney
mug...which...nearly got
stained by the awful yellow stuff!
So, believing everything I read on the World Wide Web, I started making a daily concoction of Turmeric.

I eventually ditched the almond milk, and instead mixed water, turmeric, lemon juice and pepper, because pepper is supposed to make it more potent, or allow it to more easily absorb into your blood stream or something like that.  I didn't use any sweetener or vanilla extract because I'm also doing Whole30 right now which forbids those.

So yeah, it tasted pretty terrible.

For starters, it definitely didn't improve my mood. In fact, my husband Jason can tell you just how bad of a mood I was in every time I had to drink it!

But I was determined (aka: stubborn, strong-willed).

So I continued to dirty up a blender every day to drink this disgusting stuff.

Until today.

Today, for some reason I looked it up online again: turmeric and infertility, that is.

Now, please know that this is probably the hundredth time I've looked this topic up, so I did do my research before drinking it the first time.  But for some reason, new websites began to appear this time around.  Or maybe they were old, but they were definitely ones I hadn't seen before.

My heart just kinda stopped when I read things for the first time like:

Turmeric is traditionally used as a contraceptive tool to prevent pregnancy.”

Before modern science invented today’s methods of controlling childbirth people were using herbal based natural remedies. Turmeric was also used as one. Turmeric can be used to block conception.  According to Ayurveda, taking 4-5 gms of turmeric every day during periods will prevent pregnancy during next ovulation period!"

Is this right?
This must be a joke!?

There couldn't be more conflicting information!

Regardless of how accurate anything was or is, if you were me reading this information, you would have wanted to just sit down and cry in shock and disappointment.

"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." ~ Isaiah 55:9

I'm sure that God has, and will continue to call me to hard things, but I'm convinced that drinking turmeric is not one of them.

After all the things I've read on both sides of the spice, I can't even say if turmeric would help or prevent pregnancy, but who really can say that anyway?

I do know that it has had negative effects on my mood, which I know (or thought I knew), can affect pregnancy, not to mention my marriage, and overall perspective on life!

I regret the gallon or more I've already consumed, but I'm relieved that I am not planning to swallow any more of it!  At least not until someone or something that is qualified and knows all things tells me otherwise.  So yeah, not ever again.

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