THE PAIN-FREE POWERS OF TURMERIC
There is nothing worse than being in constant physical and chronic pain. When you’re in pain, you’re not able to focus on daily tasks or be present with those around you. It’s easy to lose hope of an active, healthy life when you feel terrible all the time.
If you have an injury or are healing from surgery, you will experience some inflammation around the injured area. This type of inflammation is ok. Acute inflammation is part of the healing process, but chronic inflammation can slow the healing process to a halt.
Chronic inflammation occurs when acute inflammation is not resolved. Chronic inflammation is a major cause of disease, illness, and long-term pain and suffering. Pain becomes a messenger to tell you that you have some chronic inflammation that your body would like you to flush out.
Reducing chronic inflammation is a critical factor in being able to live without pain. A healthy diet and supplement regimen can help. Here are a few things you can do to reduce chronic inflammation:
- Eat antioxidant rich foods like berries
- Drink plenty of water
- Physical therapy
- Consume herbs that help reduce inflammation
Turmeric is a powerful herbal medicinal spice that gives Indian food it’s yellow color. The main anti-inflammaory ingredient in Turmeric is Curcumin. It is a strong antioxidant as well. The natural Curcumin content in Turmeric is fairly low, and is more easily absorbed when taken with black pepper. That is why you see several products that contain Turmeric, Curcumin and black pepper together.
Turmeric is an excellent supplement to have in your toolkit for several reasons.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
- Anti-inflammatory (reduces pain)
- Antioxidant (anti-aging)
- Can Improve brain function
- Fights depression
- Helps lower risk of heart disease and cancer
In addition to adding it to your daily supplement routine, there are several ways to cook with Turmeric.
Golden Milk (Turmeric Tea) Recipe
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cinnamon stick
- ½ Teaspoon dried turmeric (can use 1-inch fresh turmeric if preferred)
- 1 Tablespoon local honey
- 1 Tablespoon organic coconut oil
- ¼ Teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- Sprinkle with Cardamom
- Sprinkle with Cinnamon
Combine all ingredients and simmer on a low boil for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently to incorporate all ingredients. Strain and serve warm in mugs. Sprinkle Cardamom and Cinnamon on top of each mug for a pretty presentation.