One of the most important things that needs to be addressed when dealing with chronic illness (Lyme disease for me), or any illness in general is inflammation. Some believe that inflammation is the root of all disease which is why it’s critical to follow an anti-inflammatory diet and take supplements to help reduce inflammation in the body. I’ll get more into inflammation in another post but right now I’d like to share why turmeric is so important in the fight against inflammation.
What is turmeric?
Turmeric is an orange-colored spice imported from India, is part of the ginger family and has been a staple in Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cooking for thousands of years. Its incredible list of healing properties include antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-inflammatory – that list should make you rethink its usage in your food!
What are the benefits of turmeric?
Curcumin, the main component in turmeric, is where all the anti-inflammatory properties are found. It has been instrumental in treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis by reducing inflammation which is the main cause of arthritis pain. The antioxidant also destroys the free radicals in the body that damage the cells. It has been proven for cancer prevention, reduces digestive upset and heartburn by producing more bile in the gallbladder to help make digestion more efficient. Lipopolysaccharide – a substance in turmeric with anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agents helps stimulate the human immune system. Turmeric is known to increase the production of the vital enzymes that detoxify our blood in the liver by breaking down and reducing the toxins. By improving blood circulation too, turmeric is instrumental in promoting good liver health.
These are just some of the many benefits of turmeric but you’re probably wondering, how do I use it?
How to use it
You can buy the fresh root or the powder. If you are using it fresh, make sure you peel it before using and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator which will keep it fresh for 2-3 weeks. If you are buying the powder, make sure it is organic and stored in an airtight container and is a bright orange color.
Considering the number of health benefits it has to offer, this powerful spice can be added to a variety of dishes. Add turmeric powder or root to smoothies, warm milk, salads, stir fried dishes and in just about any other way you feel like. While there are turmeric supplements also available in the pill form, raw turmeric is considered to be the most effective.
You can mix a teaspoon of the spice powder in a glass of warm dairy free milk daily and you’ll see it work wonders as it reduces your chances of getting sick.
One of my favorite ways of taking turmeric is the following recipe. Just mix it all together and drink at least 8 ounces of it daily. Not only do you get the benefits of turmeric, but you are also receiving many nutrients and benefits from the lemon juice and ginger. It will help to alkalize the body, detoxify and reduce inflammation. It is also a great anti-depressant.
32 oz purified water
2 tbsp turmeric powder
juice of half a lemon
1 tsp ginger powder
pinch of black pepper (helps absorption of turmeric but doesn’t affect the flavor)
stevia or organic honey to taste
Serve cold and drink daily!
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