Losing Fat by Intermittent Fasting 2 - Turmeric and Oatmeal

(This is the continuation of Part 1)

In Part 1 of this journey to recovery, I mentioned the disappointing blood chemistry results I received from my medical exam.

I suppose the reason why the consulting physician upped her prescription of Atorvastatin (Xantor by Sandoz) to two months for me was because I mentioned to her that the previous physician prescribed one month and my cholesterol numbers hardly improved. She probably concluded that I needed more for the statin drug to take effect.

While I was prescribed 2 months, DH received a 1 month prescription only for the same daily dose - 20mg.

How to Prepare Turmeric for its Medicinal Benefit

When I asked the consulting physician how much turmeric poweder to take for lowering uric acid, she said there was no specific amount. In other words, just take in what you can take - although she hinted one teaspoon. Yup, there was nothing scientific about it - much like the disclaimer "No guaranteed therapeutic effect" on labels.

DH's suggestion on turmeric preparation was to boil cut up pieces of turmeric root and then take the concoction as tea as shown below.

Now I'm a person who doesn't like extravagant preparations that take more time than necessary. And I just want to keep matters as simple as possible. For this reason, I planned on searching for turmeric powder at the mall with the intention of mixing the powder to hot water and drinking that instead.

I've taken turmeric before and I don't find its taste disagreeable. So whatever manner it's taken in, I'm optimistic that I won't have problems.

Oatmeal to Lower Cholesterol

I've taken oatmeal before and even wrote an article on some ways to prepare it. Oatmeal as a source of soluble and dietary fiber to help flush out excess cholesterol.

For an extended period in the past, I have been eating oatmeal. I just don't remember why I stopped taking it. For all I know, stopping may have contributed to the recent increase in cholesterol levels.

Legumes are a good source of fiber, but then legumes could further worsen my uric acid levels. Oatmeal will also be good to keep blood sugar down (not that I have elevated blood sugar) As shown by the chart photo in Part 1, my FBS (Fasting Blood Sugar) is well within normal.

So oatmeal as a source of soluble fiber, decreases the absorption of cholesterol, decreases the movement of glucose into the blood, and delays stomach emptying. Insoluble fiber like fruits and vegetables add bulk to stool to pass stool more quickly and prevent constipation and hemorrhoids.

Types of Oatmeal at the Supermarket

The oatmeal that I usually buy is not the instant oatmeal. Instant oatmeal is notorious for being the most processed and has the least fiber content. And I'm not even talking of the flavored or sweetened ones.

For plain oatmeal, I'd prefer the quick-cook type over instant. I know of 4 types: Oat groats, Steel-cut oats, Rolled oats, Quick-cook oats and Instant oatmeal, with the Oat groats being the least processed and the Instant oatmeal as the most processed.

The quick-cook oats are similar to rolled oats but roughly cut further for easier cooking. Like I said, I don't like elaborate preparations (cooking in a pan) and so I just buy quick-cook oats and just add boiling water. It will cook.

(See Part 3 for the continuation of this article)

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