Not a big turmeric fan? Well, you might be after you read this information and the health benefits of turmeric. For my Wellness Wednesday post, I ask Dr. Laura Belus to share everything you need to know about turmeric and why you should start using it daily. Turmeric also has proven anti-inflammatory effects which is vital for those of us living with psoriasis, a chronic auto-immune disease.
About Dr. Laura Belus
Dr. Belus is a licensed naturopathic doctor practicing in Toronto, Canada.
Her passion for health & wellness started as a young girl and grew into a way of life after reversing her long history of migraines and adult acne. She focuses on the foundations of health, including diet, movement, sleep & stress management to help women live more vibrant, beautiful lives.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is an ancient root that has been used to spice food and treat disease for thousands of years. It gets its bright orange-yellow color from components called curcuminoids which lend it to being chock full of antioxidants too. It has a mild, earthy taste and is often combined in traditional Indian flavored dishes like curries.
How Can Turmeric Help My Health?
While turmeric isn’t a new ingredient, it has been getting a lot more attention in the last several decades for its potent anti-inflammatory effects. In fact, over 13,000 research articles have been published on this plant and its various health benefits. Perhaps the most well-known modern day usage of turmeric comes from its active ingredient, called curcumin. Curcumin makes up a small part of turmeric, and has been most extensively studied for its anti-inflammatory properties. Whether it’s for arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, skin rashes or cancer risk reduction, it can have a powerful effect.
Curcumin must be consumed as a supplement in capsule form, and is a much stronger anti-inflammatory when compared to the whole spice turmeric, However, for daily use, try adding 1 tsp to your smoothies, eggs, soups or a latte a.k.a. golden milk (my favorite use!). Be sure to always include a pinch of black pepper, which is necessary for your body to better absorb the turmeric. The overall benefits will build over time & you’ll enjoy the process of improving your overall health!
You can read more about the 10 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin from Healthline.
Dr. Laura’s Get Glowing Iced Turmeric latte
2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 pinch black pepper
1 tbsp pure maple syrup, or stevia to taste
1 tsp coconut oil
Directions: warm the coconut milk & oil on the stove top until hot, not boiling. Once hot, remove from heat and whisk in all ingredients until blended smooth. Let stand to cool for 5 minutes. Pour over ice & enjoy!
Comment below and let me know how you’ve tried turmeric. If you missed my last Wellness Wednesday post, check it out here Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen Talks Easy Meal Time Tips. If you’d like to be featured on my Wellness Wednesday series, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org