I recently signed up to start Nutrition school in September and I couldn’t be more excited! Since the fall I have really gotten in to nutrition and all of the natural ways to heal your body. Through my time reading, researching and watching documentaries I have found a lot of new foods to incorporate into my diet because of their amazing health benefits.
One of those foods (spice actually) is TURMERIC.
This spice is best known for its use in curry, and has the iconic mustard yellow colour to it. I’m sure I am like many other people and don’t generally make curry, so I will add it to my quinoa or rice a few minutes before it is finished cooking, when there is a little water left in the pot. I try not to add too much because this way it doesn’t distort the flavour of the food I am cooking, but I add enough to change the colour of the quinoa (or rice) to a nice yellow.
Personally, I find that turmeric doesn’t have an extremely overpowering flavour so it is easy to add to most foods you are cooking without being noticed. That is one of the things that makes this spice so great, because you can still get the health benefits of it without compromising the flavour.
Here’s why you should be including turmeric into your daily diet:
- It’s anti-inflammatory (inflammatory issues include: arthritis, IBS)
- Can help with IBD, Crohn’s and Colitis due to its anti-inflammatory properties
- Inhibits cancer cell growth
- It’s an antioxidant
- Helps lower cholesterol
- Calm your stomach when it is upset
- Boosts your immune system
- Has many skin benefits, including the treatment of acne, wrinkles and reducing stretch marks
- Helps heal minor wounds, cuts, rashes due to it being a natural antiseptic, antibacterial agent, and its anti-inflammatory properties (a way better alternative to medicated ointments!) –
Here you can find a more in depth article on other benefits of turmeric and further explanation for the above health benefits.
This website has some really cool suggestions for how to use it for your hair, skin, and other health benefits and even includes ways to eat turmeric root and turmeric powder
Here is a more in depth article on the healing powers of turmeric for wounds and other skin issues
This spice is amazing and deserves a bit more public recognition than it currently receives and truly should be a staple in every home. There are so many more benefits to this spice than what I have posted above but this is just a small taste of what this healing spice can do for you! (pun intended :))
I encourage everyone to go out and buy turmeric and add it to their current spice drawer. It is so easy to incorporate into your cooked meals, so give it a try and you will be taking another really great step towards better health now and in for your future.
Thanks and until next time!