Why You Need More Turmeric In Your Life!

Turmeric is not a popular spice in the US, but it has very powerful health benefits that should not be ignored. It has been used for thousands of years in India as a medicinal herb, and is what gives curry its signature yellow color. Turmeric contains compounds called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and a very strong antioxidant.

It is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions. Incorporating anti-inflammatories into our diet is critical.

I try to sprinkle turmeric in most of my sautés and soups to give my meals a nutritional, anti-inflammatory boost. However, if you are really looking to get a concentrated dose of curcumin, you can take it in capsule form. This allows you to get all the benefits without having to alter the taste of your food much. Be aware that it is poorly absorbed in the blood stream, but absorption may be improved by eating it with a healthy fat (it is fat soluble).

Some trusted turmeric/curcumin supplement brands include:

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Soothing Joint Pain Without Medication

Joint pain can really limit our ability to participate in the activities we love, and often take for granted until we aren’t able to do them anymore. Joint pain is typically cause by a form of arthritis, and can limit our mobility. Luckily, there are some great natural remedies that can soothe your pain naturally, making it easier to participate in the things you love.

joint-soak

Epsom Salt Soak

Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate, a naturally occurring mineral that has been used to get relief from pain for years because of its high levels of magnesium. To soak, simply add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a large bowl of warm water, stir it and soak your joints for at least 1 minutes.

shutterstock_193533122

Olive Oil Massage

A main compound in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) called oleocanthal inhibits inflammatory enzymes COX-1 and COX-2, just like Advil or aspirin does. The study showed that 1 ½ tablespoons is equal to 200-mg of ibuprofen. Make sure the oil is extra virgin olive oil or “cold-pressed.” The ripeness of the olives at the time they were pressed determines the levels present. To massage, rub some olive oil (about 1 TBSP) onto your joints 2-3 times a day and gently rub.

essential oils

Essential Oils

Peppermint and eucalyptus have analgesic, or pain-relieving, properties. They are very cooling oils, and can temporarily soothe your discomfort. To use, blend 5-10 drops of both eucalyptus and peppermint oil together, and then mix into 1-2 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil (known as the “carrier” oil). You MUST dilute the essential oil or it may irritate your skin. Be sure to keep your blended oil in a dark glass bottle out of direct sunlight to maintain potency.

ginger-turmeric

Turmeric & Ginger

Turmeric is a bright yellow herb that has been used in cooking, dyes and Ayurvedic medicine in India and China for 2,000 years. Turmeric has recently drawn attention from Western health practitioners for the treatment of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. Please note: turmeric can cause side effects, specifically thinning of the blood, so please consult a practitioner before starting this herbal treatment. Dr. Andrew Weil recommends combining turmeric with ginger for natural relief of inflammation. Ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce swelling and stiffness. Take both herbs together in capsules at the same time, or make a tea, brewing a one-inch piece of each herb in two cups of boiling water for 15 to 30 minutes. Remove the herbs and add honey or stevia to sweeten if desired.

By using some of these readily available natural remedies, you can support your body and help soother your pain without the use of medications. Treat your body well, and it will treat you well in return!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Slow Cooker Coconut Turmeric Chicken

I’ve been on the hunt lately for more crockpot friendly recipes that are paleo compatible and low or no carb. Bathing suit season is around the corner! I love the ingredients in this recipe because they’re anti-inflammatory and full of flavor!

Slow Cooker Coconut Turmeric Chicken

Author: Happy Healthnut

Ingredients
1 whole organic chicken, giblets removed and saved for stock
½ cup full fat coconut milk. I use this kind.
2 inch knob of fresh turmeric, grated
2 inch knob of fresh ginger, grated
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and grated
sea salt and pepper
Scallions to garnish

Visit this website for the full recipe.

Anti-Inflammatory Iced Cooler

Here’s a great recipe to help you cool down as the weather heats up. It can be served warm or over ice, but when it’s hot out, I prefer it ice cold. Turmeric is a great natural anti-inflammatory and this is absolutely delicious! I found this recipe on thefullhelping.com. I just let it cool and serve over ice during the hot summer months. Enjoy!

Ingredients
    • 2 cups almond milk (rice milk, soy milk, coconut milk, and any other non-dairy milks are a fine substitute)
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
    • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger, or 1 teaspoon ginger powder
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
    • ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder (optional)
    • 2 pitted medjool dates or 1 tablespoon maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Transfer the mixture to a small pot and heat gently, stirring often. Serve warm.

Turmeric Milk: An Anti-Inflammatory and Dairy Free Treat

Ginger Turmeric Detox Tea (from organicfoodshealth.com)

Ginger Turmeric Detox Tea

This is a delicious tea that can aid the body in releasing impurities. It’s a great way to refresh your body and help keep your energy up!

Ingredients:

  • 2 inch knob of ginger
  • 2-3 inch piece of turmeric root
  • 1-2 dashes of cayenne pepper
  • 4 organic lemons (3 for juicing and 1 for using as a garnish)
  • 3 drops of vanilla stevia
  • 2 quarts of water

Mix all ingredients and enjoy!