Turmeric is a real deal WONDER drug

Hellooooo! Me again, with another cheap, easy way to seriously boost your nutrition. Something that I discovered recently that I had to share.

So what if I told you that it's been said that turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence?

Seems SO simple right? 

Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines use turmeric to clear infections and inflammation both inside and outside the body. But beyond the holistic health community, western medicine has slowly come on board recognizing the benefits of turmeric. 

There are actually over 6,000 published health studies from the National Institute of Health that prove it's benefits.

Pretty legit right? Like if you don't believe me, then believing medical research may do the trick! 

The benefits seen by turmeric can mostly be attributed to one of it's ingredients, called curcuminoids.

(Not sure how to pronounce it so don't ask me LOL). 

The main phytochemicals that give turmeric its most impressive and wide-ranging health benefits are curcuminoids. Amazingly, over 9,000 medical and clinical research studies have been conducted on this amazing spice and curcumin in recent years, with most noting significant benefits.
— Dr. Edward Group, The Global Healing Center

Often seen in the grocery store as a bright golden orange powder, or a weird looking raptor foot root you find in the produce aisle, turmeric has been around for-ev-er. It gives curry and mustard that bright yellow color and is one of the BEST ways to add flavor to dishes when cooking. I think it's so amazing because it's all natural, comes from the earth, has been proven of HUNDREDS of years (and in medical studies) and is SO CHEAP! You can buy turmeric powder at the grocery store for under $10 dollars. 

But to the real deal, the benefits.


The benefits of turmeric include:

Powerful Antioxidant

Blocks CANCER

Inflammatory

Indigestion

Heartburn Relief

Improved Liver Function

Stabilizes your Mood

Balances your Blood Sugar

In short, it's inexpensive, mild in taste and benefits every system in the body


How to consume it:

I usually add turmeric to my quinoa when I make a stir-fry with Trader Joe's vegetables (like once a year when I cook), or you can get turmeric latte's at hip coffee shops as of late. I love the post from The Kitchn, which gives 7 ideas of ways to consumer turmeric, including tossing it in roasted vegetables, adding it in egg scrambles, in rice, or with any greens. 

But, one of my favorite (super easy ways) to consume it at home is as a turmeric latte. 


Turmeric latte recipe:

  1. 1/2 a cup of coconut milk or almond milk (I LOVE the Whole Foods 365 Brand Almond Milk Unsweetened)
  2. 1 tbsp fresh ground ginger
  3. 1/2 tsp turmeric
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon (or cinnamon to taste, I use A LOT)
  5. Two packets of Stevia, Truvia or a sweetener of your choosing
  6. Pinch of black pepper (if you want to increase absorption)

Pour your milk into a small pot with the rest of the ingredients and warm it up on the stove, for about 2-3 minutes.

Make sure it doesn’t start to boil.

Once you have it warmed up and all together, you can throw it in your Nutri-bullet to make it more 'frothy' and light. 

Put it in your favorite mug (preferably with your initials on it).

Sprinkle cinnamon on top.

Take lots of photos of it - and enjoy!

Get the ingredients here:


Or, another option that's much more gnarly and just something that I do personally because I'm crazy. 

When I am feeling ambitious, I'll do a shot of healthy stuff that has:

  1. 1 tbsp of turmeric powder 
  2. 2 oz of apple cider vinegar (which I wrote about previously)
  3. 1 tbsp of wheat Grass powder
  4. Water to dilute

Or, if you want to just take it as a pill, they have those too! These are super concentrated forms of turmeric, that I just am dabbling in now because I am impatient ha. 


Cool, right? All about all natural and cheap ways to boost your health!

Let me know if you're currently using turmeric in your diet or you cook with it? I'm sure there are really good recipes out there that make it so delicious! Comment below with your thoughts!

Happy Wednesday, friends! Hope the week is going well (and you're in the swing of January!)

xox
Krista

 

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