Q: Is turmeric good for you? How much should I take?
Turmeric has been touted as a cure-all for many diseases. It’s a well-known herb that originated from the traditional Indian Ayurvedic herbal practices. It’s generally regarded as safe in its powdered form and can be used in cooking at a level of one to two teaspoons per day. In Ayurvedic medicine it was added to milk and ghee or coconut oil as a medicine for gastric upset of any form, and as an anti-inflammatory in arthritic conditions.
As with all herbal medicine, there’s no one-size-fits-all and there may be some interactions with certain medications such as blood thinning medications. Turmeric in tablet form may cause an additive effect to blood thinners and increase the risk of bruising and bleeding under the skin. Always talk to your health care professional before taking turmeric with prescribed medications.
Q: I’m experiencing bad constipation, what can I do to help ease this problem? I take five lots of medication daily.
Your doctor can refer you to a dietician on a health care plan to help with meal planning. Additionally, there are many supplemental powders and stool softeners that can assist you with opening your bowel more easily. High-fibre supplements are not always the answer. You would also need to discuss the timing of any fibre supplements, as they may reduce the effectiveness of your prescribed medications. When increasing fibre in your diet, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids.
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