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Turmeric and why you should include it in your diet

Updated: Apr 24, 2019


HEY LOVELIES! I wanted to tell you about turmeric and why Im so obsessed with this superfood! Turmeric is basically a member of the ginger clan, this plant grows up to a height of 1.50 meters and its is mainly known by its anti inflammatory and antioxidant qualities, its flavour and its vibrant colour... Oh and also because it's the main spice in curry and who doesn’t love curry?


Turmeric has a hot and bitter flavour to it and now its food colouring qualities has made this root a must have on any kitchen! But this is also a great superfood that you should include in your diet because of all of its health benefits. Turmeric is know by aiding health to help to fight and control the following:


  • Inhibits Cancer

  • Aids to control diabetes by aiding to temperate insulin levels and control glucose.

  • Aids to delay osteoporosis by aiding bone protection and strengthen them.

  • Decreases cholesterol

  • Aids skins look and texture

  • Reduces risk of heart attacks and strokes

  • Fights colds and flues

  • Stops cells break

  • Aids acne and stretch marks

  • Can help to control oily skin



HOW TO APPLY OR INTAKE TURMERIC?


Luckily turmeric is very accessible on any market today, you can find it in many forms such as teas, pills, creams and balms, powder and juices. Turmeric is not water-soluble which means its difficult for our body to absorb it apart from meals. But don't worry because very simple to pair it up so our body absorbs it quickly and get all the benefits turmeric has to offer. Here are some tips:


Take it with black pepper

Black pepper contains piperine which ensures turmeric to be absorbed 20 times better by our body. Just a pinch of pepper is enough and this will skyrocket turmerics benefits in your body.


Take if with a healthy fat

Since turmeric is does not dissolve with water consuming it with a healthy fat will ensure that turmeric is absorbed directly into tour bloodstream through the lymphatic system. So pair turmeric with a healthy fat such as coconut, flaxseed or avocado oil.


Tip: My favourite way is to ad just a little bit of coconut oil to my golden milk or adding coconut oil and turmeric when roasting veggies.


Consume it fresh

All thought turmeric powder is easier to incorporate in your cooking and drinks I always prefer some fresh turmeric over powder since consuming it fresh helps our body to digest it easier with our having to add any extra fat to out diet ad it tastes better. ( Tip for those on a low fat diet!)


HOW MUCH TURMERIC SHOULD I CONSUME IN A DAY?


As turmeric is a superfood the body breaks it down very fast.

  • Fresh turmeric: 1.5 to 3 grams per day

  • Turmeric powder: 1 to 3 grams per day

Translated int o teaspoons this is about 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp per day from dried turmeric powder or 1 tbsp of fresh grated turmeric root per day.


PRO TIP: Always buy turmeric that does not have any GMO, additives or fillers. And always buy it in smaller quantities instead of bulking your spice cabinet with turmeric. This is because turmeric loses its natural taste when stored for long periods of time.




Some of my favourite ways to add it to my diet are:


- Sprinkle it on top of veggies with some coconut oil before frying or baking them.


- Adding it to my morning lemon tea: I add few slices of ginger, 1 tsp turmeric powder, Juice of half a lemon, 1/2 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp of maple syrup and hot water. I give everything a good stir and let it set for 3 min. And there you have it a turmeric and ginger morning tonic!


- Golden milk latte ( don't forget that pinch of pepper!)


- Golden milk smoothie bowl ( Check my recipe here)


- Breakfast chia jars ( Check my recipe here)


- Tofu scramble " eggs" ( Check my recipe here)


- Add it to soups

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