Seattle is for Runners


In light of the Seattle Marathon which takes place tomorrow I decided to post some of my favorite things about running in Seattle.

Lake Union railroad tracks:

Running by marinas always reminds me of home:

The endlessly hungry geese:

Massive bridges (not to mention hills):

And my wonderful running buddy!  Dr. Alison, pictured here with Oliver.

Here is a guest post by Dr. Alison, Naturopathic Doctor, avid runner & yogini and a participant in last year’s Seattle Half Marathon.  Enjoy everyone!!  And good luck tomorrow runners – enjoy your day off today and carb up!  Seattle will be cheering you on!!

Muscle Recovery Tea

by: Dr. Alison Relat

     With winter and the cold weather setting in, I started using the herb Curcuma longa, known to most as Turmeric, to get my blood moving, reduce exercise related inflammation, and help my muscles and joints recover. Used often in Indian cooking, turmeric is an amazing anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and fat modulating herb. In Ayurvedic practice, it is used for indigestion, poor circulation and inflamed joints.  Yogis recommend turmeric because it is thought to cleanse the chakras, elongate the ligaments, and balance excesses and deficiencies by supporting the body’s metabolic processes.

     Turmeric tastes bitter and pungent, allowing it to heat the body by stimulating blood flow. The Curcumin plant contains constituents called curcuminoids that act by inhibiting your body’s inflammatory cascade and promoting the breakdown of fibrin, which plays a part in your blood-clotting cascade. Turmeric can be applied topically to sprains, strains, and swollen joints by mixing a little powder with honey and rubbing it into the skin. Beware, this will temporarily turn your skin yellow, but I recommend it in the winter when no one will be able to see your yellow-stained ankle or knee.

     My favorite use of turmeric powder, especially as a post-yoga or bedtime treat, is Yogi Tea. For this you need organic powdered turmeric, milk, sweetener, cinnamon, cardamom and olive oil. Over the stove, in a pan you won’t mind staining yellow, heat 2 tablespoons of Turmeric in ½ cup of water. Warm over low heat until you make a paste and the turmeric is fragrant. You can set aside the paste and store leftovers in the fridge for many days of yogi tea. In a saucepan, heat up a mug-full of your favorite milk (soy, coconut, cow) and stir in a tablespoon of your paste along with a dash of cinnamon and cardamom. Add honey or agave syrup to taste and a dash of almond oil. The almond oil gives this mug full of heaven a nutty flavor and helps your body assimilate the awesome properties of the Turmeric. A mug a day will help keep the aches and pains away. I hope you enjoy this recipe enough to incorporate into your daily rituals! Namaste and Cheers to your health!

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Contraindicaitons: Turmeric is a great complimentary treatment, but should not to take place of proper rest and recovery from workouts. If serious sprains, strains, or joint problems persist, please consult with your doctor. I do not recommend the use of turmeric if you are pregnant. Use with caution if you have bile duct obstruction, hepatitis or stomach ulcers.