According to an ancient legend, the day Jesus was born wise men from the East brought him frankincense, gold and myrrh. But, other ancient texts suggest that gold was another word for turmeric in the past. Turmeric is also mentioned in the Bible, and has played a big role in the Ayurveda practice for centuries. The yellow spice has numerous health benefits – it has been given to kings when they were poisoned. However, modern medicine hasn’t recognized turmeric until recently besides its long use as a natural remedy.
Poison of the modern world
A fact that was brought up recently says that 42 000 new toxins were introduced in the world only in the last year. These chemicals have been present in deodorants, chemical air fresheners, cosmetics, cleaning products, shampoos, toothpastes and other everyday products. Some of the chemicals are harmless, but others have a negative effect on the body.
The endocrine system is responsible for the secretion of numerous hormones into the bloodstream, but many chemicals that enter our bodies every day can disrupt its function. And, although there is a way of avoiding chemicals, we can’t avoid them at all times. Knowing this, preparing your body against toxins is of vital importance.
Turmeric health benefits
Simple lifestyle changes such as consuming whole foods instead of processed ones can actually revolutionize our health. Turmeric is a powerful spice with numerous health benefits. It has powerful antiviral, antibacterial, anti-cancer, antiseptic, herbicidal, antiviral and antispasmodic properties.
Here’s what the spice can do:
Since many serious illnesses are inflammatory in nature, and turmeric is a powerful antibacterial agent, using it against these diseases is the logical choice.
Boosts the mental health
According to studies, turmeric has neuroprotective properties and can treat neurodegenerative disorders such as epilepsy, depression, Alzheimer’s and tardive dyskinesia.
Improves your gut health
Keeping your gut health in check is vital as 95% of the serotonin and other hormones reside in it. Turmeric will improve your gut health and restore the balance of bacteria in your gut.
Here’s how to use turmeric in 7 different ways:
Turmeric juice shot
Half a lemon
1 teaspoon of powdered turmeric
Mix all the ingredient together and drink the mixture fresh.
Half a teaspoon of freshly grated turmeric
A cup of hot water
Bring the water to a boil, then add the turmeric and simmer the mixture for 5 minutes. Next, strain the mixture and add the other ingredients then enjoy your cup of turmeric tea.
Organic bone broth or veggie (4 cups)
Chopped or grated turmeric (1 knuckle)
Simmer the turmeric and the broth for about 15 minutes then strain it. Add some black pepper and your soup is ready.
All you need to do is throw some turmeric on your eggs and enjoy your meal.
If you do not have much time for preparation, simple add a teaspoon of powdered turmeric to a cup of warm coconut milk. If you do have time, follow this recipe:
Almond or coconut milk (1 cup)
Water (¼ cup)
Fresh grated or powdered turmeric (1 teaspoon)
Fresh grated or powdered ginger (¼ of a teaspoon)
Vanilla (¼ of a teaspoon)
Cardamom (a pinch)
Cinnamon (a pinch)
Clove (a pinch)
Raw honey (2 teaspoons)
Simmer all of the ingredients in a pot for a minute and it’s done.
Coconut flakes (2tablespoons)
Frozen mango or pineapple (1 and a half cup)
Almond milk or coconut milk (half of a cup)
Fresh or powdered turmeric (1 teaspoon)
Hemp seed hearts (1 teaspoon)
Macca root (1 teaspoon)
Black pepper (a dash)
Blend all of the ingredients together and enjoy your smoothie!
All you need to do is add a teaspoon of turmeric into your kefir and enjoy.