Turmeric is one of those things that elicits eyerolls from those of us overwhelmed with wellness information. I don’t blame the eyerollers! Turmeric is so ubiquitous these days, and yet when I read articles and recipes about this magic superfood, I see little about why we’re supposed to want it in our lives. Yes, turmeric lattes look beautiful, but um, why?
If you don’t have time to read this whole post or watch my rambling video, here are a three simple reasons you want turmeric in your life:
- it’s high in iron, vitamin B6, vitamin C and manganese (learn about these nutrients at the link)
- it’s anti-inflammatory topically and when ingested
- it’s CHEAP
Turmeric has been used in ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, and it’s thought to have healing powers both for the body internally and for the skin. When I say ‘healing’ I mean ‘anti-inflammatory,’ and when I say ‘anti-inflammatory,’ I mean that its nutrients help assist the body when it’s fighting an infection, virus, parasite, fungus or other pathogen.
With so many factors, dietary, environmental and intellectual (think: stress), potentially contributing to inflammation in our bodies, I’d say don’t just reach for turmeric when you’re feeling sick. Drink it a few times a week.
And it doesn’t have to be complicated or Insta-worthy. Just stir a teaspoon or two into hot water, season with black pepper to help activate circumin, the potent nutrient in turmeric. Then, cut the flavor with coconut milk, half & half, ghee, butter, or another kind of milk, as fat also assists the bioavailability of turmeric.
Easy Turmeric Tea Recipe:
1-2 tsps organic turmeric powder
8-10 oz boiling filtered water
1/2 tsps freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsps nut milk, half & half, grass-fed butter, ghee or coconut oil
1 tsp honey or agave syrup (optional)
Directions: Stir ingredients in hot water for ~30 seconds using a spoon, blender or bamboo whisk, and drink up!
Learn a little more about turmeric in my video below! And subscribe to my YouTube channel while you’re at it 🙂
Image: Tracy Benjamin via Flickr