Turmeric is extremely beneficial to us in many, many ways… so why should you be eating turmeric?
I have struggled for the past 7 or more years with the health of my intestinal tract. I have done various diets, taken various supplements, but nothing has noticeably helped my guts like turmeric. Yes. Turmeric has helped me more than anything else in terms of my intestinal symptoms. It has dampened the pains. It has taken away the bloating. It has helped my allergies lessen. But why?
Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory. And it comes from a component in it called curcumin. Not cumin, the spice in your cabinet that you use in Mexican food. CURCUMIN. Curcumin is a diarylheptanoid (say what!). It is the principal curcuminoid of turmeric, which is a member of the ginger family. These components help to eliminate inflammation inside of us, beginning in our intestines.
So why is inflammation an issue you need to worry about? Inflammation is how any disease process starts, and most of us have it inside of us. It is our immune system’s response. When something harmful or irritating affects a part of our body, there is a biological response to try to remove it. This is inflammation. Unfortunately, it can become a chronic problem, never going away. When it does not go away, this is when we start to have issues. A number of recognizable illnesses start because of chronic inflammation such as heart disease, arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and even cancer. So it is important for us if we want to remain healthy, to be able to remove this inflammation.
Most importantly, is the food we eat. An anti-inflammatory diet is a step forward in the direction of ridding ourselves of excess inflammation. With this type of eating model, we eliminate or reduce foods that cause inflammation such as red meat, vegetable oils (fried foods), processed sugars, processed foods, and the ‘whites’ (which is white four, white sugar, etc). This is where adding things in that are known to be anti-inflammatory, like turmeric, come in. Spice up those veggies! Make turmeric tea! Put a section of turmeric through your juicer into your morning juice! Or take a curcumin or turmeric supplement! I personally like to add turmeric and a little pinch of himalayan salt to sauteed green beans, and my favorite… turmeric tea! I make mine different from the recipe I posted above… I warm up almond milk, 1 teaspoon of turmeric, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon honey in a pot… once it’s warm I drink up. It’s quite tasty…. and earthy. If you try it you’ll know what I mean, ha.
It’s super easy to get turmeric into your diet, so why not?! If it’s healthy for you, it’s worth a try!