If you haven't been hiding under a rock, you've probably heard of turmeric and its amazing health benefits. If you did just come out from said rock, that's OK. You look great. We should totally grab a coffee sometime. Shall I catch you up on turmeric?
You've probably seen turmeric powder sold in stores. But what is turmeric exactly? Turmeric is a plant from the ginger family. It has an earthy, warm, bitter taste and is bright orange in color. Chinese medicine has long been using turmeric for its healing benefits.
One of the main active ingredients in turmeric is curcumin and it reduces inflammation.
A study done by researchers in Canada, suggests that depression may be the brain's reaction to inflammation. Health advisors are recommending practicing low inflammation diets. This is where turmeric and its large array of healing properties take the spotlight.
Turmeric can be found as a spice in most grocery stores. I recommend spending a few extra dollars on the organic kind. The possibilities of incorporating turmeric into your diet are endless, and with that I could see how you might be a little overwhelmed.
Have no worries, I have compiled five easy ways in which you can add turmeric to your life without breaking the bank or your kitchen.
1. COFFEE AND TURMERIC
Don't be surprised! Sprinkling a pinch of turmeric into your morning coffee tastes great. Its warm, orange-ginger aroma goes perfectly with a hot cup of joe. Add some milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon (which lowers blood sugar and fights infections) and enjoy a little extra boost in your morning routine.
2. SMOOTHIES WITH TURMERIC AND MACA
Smoothies are my favorite go-to for a blast of nutrients. I add either 1/4 teaspoon of grated turmeric or a dash of powdered turmeric to the smoothie.
1 cup almond milk 1 banana 1 kiwi (peeled) 1 cup baby spinach 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder 1 teaspoon maca root powder
3. TURMERIC LEMONADE
This refreshing drink packed with vitamins and flavors combines turmeric with a spice that boosts its amazing properties and promotes its absorption: black pepper. Black pepper aids in the absorption of turmeric, and it tastes pretty great together too!
1/2 teaspoon turmeric (peeled and grated)
Juice from 2 oranges
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1 cup filtered water (or 1/2 sparkling water, 1/2 filtered water)
Squeeze juice from 2 oranges and ½ into a glass.
Add a dash of freshly ground black pepper.
Top off with either 1 cup of water, or for extra oomph ½ cup filtered water and ½ cup sparkling mineral water.
4. TURMERIC EGGS AND RICE
This is my version of healthy fried rice. When I was growing up my mom used to always scramble some eggs into my pasta or rice, and I love the way it holds the dish together. Adding turmeric to this meal makes it have a warm glowing color, and it feels like my belly is getting a hug from all the nutritional benefits.
1.5 cups brown rice cooked according to package directions.
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon organic turmeric powder
Pinch of chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
Heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
Add onion, cook until translucent and just starting to brown.
Add tomato and cook for 1 more minute.
Add rice, eggs, turmeric powder, chili powder, salt and pepper.
Mix well and cook for 4 minutes or until egg is fully cooked through.
5. TURMERIC TOOTHPASTE
What?! You heard me right. The newest craze is making your own toothpaste and deodorant. This intriguing homemade toothpaste claims to help with receding gums and gum inflammation and also whitens teeth. I was skeptical at first because in my experience turmeric can stain anything it touches. I tried this out, and my teeth felt extremely smooth and sparkly. It did make my toothbrush yellow, but that came out after I washed it with soap. Here is the recipe.
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
Mix the ingredients together and brush your teeth, allowing the paste to sit for 1-2 minutes after you're done brushing. Rinse and follow with brushing with your regular toothpaste.
Turmeric has been around for centuries and has been known in the health community for a while, but I think it's making its mainstream media debut now, and you are the first to know.