Turmeric Power

By Anthea Grimason

This golden wonder spice came into my radar during recent stints in Bali when I became rather fond of a local drink called jamu, made with fresh turmeric, ginger, tamarind and honey. Lately much has also been researched and written about the wonders of this intensely bright, pungent super food. Now known to effectively fight inflammation in the body – the number one underlying cause for all diseases from heart disease to cancer, Alzheimer’s, and arthritis – it seems it’s definitely worth paying attention to what turmeric has to offer. Silent inflammation in the body can go unnoticed for a long time so the key is to keep it under control before disease ever develops.

While recent medical research highlights turmeric’s ability to tackle inflammation, it has been used for centuries in Ayurveda for its antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. It can be used to treat a wide range of ailments from infections and wounds, coughs, respiratory problems, colds and flus, to parasites, candida and athlete’s foot, high cholesterol and even depression. And the research on its cancer-beating properties is quite outstanding. Apparently turmeric not only destroys cancerous cells but, unlike chemotherapy, doesn’t cause any harm to the healthy cells at all. Amazing. Is there no end to the healing powers of this plant??!

turmeric

And it’s so easy to add into the diet. I fully believe in adding in as opposed to depriving ourselves when it comes to making beneficial changes to the diet. Psychologically it’s easier and over time you often let go of attachments to bad foods naturally by replacing them with good foods, instead of trying to force it. So while sugar and refined carbohydrates contribute to inflammation and it definitely makes sense to reduce these, if cutting out certain foods completely is too hard, try adding in instead. Amazingly I found that I crave sugar less since adding in this super spice in the form of a tonic (recipe below).

So what ways can you add turmeric in to your diet? The obvious one is in Indian food – it will definitely work in any sort of dhal or curry dish. You can also add it to most vegetable dishes, whether you fry, steam or roast them. What about soups, juices, and teas, even coffee – yep, all work with a dash of the yellow stuff! Many, many ways to experiment with adding it in, whether in its root form, very similar to ginger, or bought already in powder form. And if none of them are appealing it’s also available from health food stores in capsules these days, making it easy to take as a supplement.

My own personal tonic recipe that I drink almost every day is simply apple cider vinegar, water, and turmeric, and sometimes honey. Guaranteed it’ll get you going in the morning! For colds and flus try adding it to your ginger, lemon, honey tea for extra healing power. Or make your own soothing throat medicine with coconut oil, honey and turmeric mixed as a paste, swallowing a teaspoon a couple of times a day. One word of warning – turmeric powder stains so wash hands immediately after using it to avoid strange looking yellow fingers. Happy experimenting!

turmeric-tonic

anthea-header

Anthea has also now joined the loveyogaanatomy family and has her own magazine column here called Love Food and Yoga Titbits.
AntheaAuthor : Anthea Grimason
View Profile
Visit Anthea’s Website: www.goodnessyou.com & www.lovefoodandyoga.com
Some other articles by Anthea that you might find interesting:
  • No Meat, No Problem – Protein From Plants September 27, 2014 Love Food & Yoga Titbits: 16 December 2013 : No Meat, No Problem – Protein From Plants As a vegetarian yoga practitioner one of my main dietary concerns has always been about getting enough protein. Whilst the majority of people eating a typical western, meat-eating diet need not worry about a lack of protein (quite the ...
  • Mucus Management September 27, 2014 Love Food & Yoga Titbits: 31 January 2014 : Mucus Management Thought I’d share a few top tips for those of you in wintery climates and potentially suffering from an invasion of the slimy stuff! We all get it from time to time but right now in the Northern Hemisphere is Kapha season when excess coldness, ...
  • Superfoods Focus: Goji Berries September 27, 2014 Love Food & Yoga Titbits: 30 April 2014: Superfoods Focus: Goji Berries These gorgeous bright red berries sure pack a punch when it comes to nutritional value. Superfood guru, David Wolfe, describes them as potentially the most nutritionally rich berry-fruit on the planet. Gojis are a powerful antioxidant, a complete protein source, they contain all eight ...
  • Superfoods Focus: Spirulina vs. Chlorella September 27, 2014 Love Food & Yoga Titbits: 25 February 2014: Superfoods Focus: Spirulina vs. Chlorella David Wolfe, leading authority on superfoods and advocate of raw foods and nutritional healing for many years, calls superfoods the ‘Food and Medicine of the Future’, due to their nutrient dense qualities, compared even to high quality foods like organic fruit and vegetables. ...
  • Detoxing: The Intelligent Approach June 14, 2014 By Anthea Grimason Recognizing the fact that we’re all unique in terms of our body types, stages of life, issues going on with our health, climates we live in and foods we eat daily – it makes sense then to approach detoxing in a way that takes these factors into consideration. Just because one method of ...
View more articles by Anthea

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Error: Please enter a valid email address

Error: Invalid email

Error: Please enter your first name

Error: Please enter your last name

Error: Please enter a username

Error: Please enter a password

Error: Please confirm your password

Error: Password and password confirmation do not match