Turmeric is a spice that I’m hearing a lot of buzz about lately. Its so funny to me how these things gain momentum. Like many things Tumeric has been flying well below the radar of most of us westerners – but for some reason its been gaining popularity and a groundswell is coming. Although its a spice that has been used for centuries in India and China – here in the states most of us only consider it to be a food complement – something we use to enhance or improve the taste of certain foods and recipes that call for curry.
But medicinally, Turmeric has been used for thousands of years. Its primary use is as an anti-inflammatory. Many of you are well aware that most all chronic diseases are caused or precipitated by inflammation in the body. So – reducing inflammation is a huge benefit and something most all of us could benefit from both in the short and long term. Cancer, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes are all attributed, at least in part, to inflammation. Most health professionals now agree that less inflammation equals less disease! So if we can improve health and longevity with food – lets do it people!
Here are some tips for using Turmeric in ways other than curry.
1. Recently – I am seeing it in drinks. As a per/post exercise method of hydration as well as energy booster. Check out www.tumericalive.com.
2. Turmeric can also be added to sautéed veggies, to salad dressings and marinades, massaged into kale, sprinkled on popcorn and trail mix, added to teas, soups and stews, and even incorporated into homemade mustards, relishes and pickles.
3. Beware – it does stain. So be careful when “sprinkling”
4. Also – if pregnant – please research on your own as some advise agains’t using during pregnancy. Also – those with gallbladder problems should proceed with caution as well.
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Lets chat – any of you already on the Turmeric bandwagon? I’d love to hear how you are incorporating it into your diet and lifestyle!