What is inflammation? Simply put, inflammation is your body’s natural reaction to protect itself from injury and infection. For instance, when you scrape your knee or stub your toe, your body sends a bunch of white blood cells to protect the injury. The result: swelling, redness, and the miraculous ability to somehow maintain your composure. But every once in a while, inflammation can become a chronic issue. Chronic inflammation occurs when unwanted substances enter the body and can have a lasting effect on your health. The causes vary from exposure to poor quality air, pesticides in foods, and toxins from cigarette smoke. So, how can turmeric prevent inflammation?
Turmeric has a notable reputation for having medicinal healing powers. Various cultures use turmeric as a remedy for many ailments and diseases. Eastern medicine swears by its powerful anti-inflammatory effects and other health benefits. This mysterious spice is a strong antioxidant that fights free-radicals and harmful toxins. But what makes turmeric such a powerhouse of health benefits? Well, the answer is Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric.
Turmeric Is A Natural Anti-Inflammatory
Curcumin is a chemical found in turmeric, a member of the ginger family. It is primarily responsible for giving turmeric it’s vibrant yellow color! In addition to being an anti-inflammatory, studies have shown that this magical ingredient is a strong antioxidant, can improve brain function, increase longevity, lower your risk of heart disease, improve arthritis, and may even prevent cancerous tumors! (1)
Although inflammation might not sound like a good thing, it’s actually a completely normal and healthy function of the body. Inflammation helps protect us during injury or infection but can have lasting effects on the body if it becomes chronic. Chronic inflammation has been noted as the culprit for multiple diseases and conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cerebral injury, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, cancer, allergy, asthma, bronchitis, colitis, arthritis, renal ischemia, psoriasis, diabetes, obesity, depression, fatigue (2)
Many medical professionals use curcumin in large doses to help treat these diseases. But you can take action against inflammation before it turns into something more serious!
How To Use Turmeric
Turmeric is easy to add to your daily routine. It’s a very versatile seasoning that can be used in so many dishes! Here are some ideas on how to use turmeric regularly.
Add It To Your Eggs
Have you ever gone to a restaurant that had really amazing eggs on the menu? Well, using unexpected seasonings, like turmeric, add a unique flavor profile to even the most simple dishes! Try adding some turmeric into your egg scramble or frittata when you host your next brunch! Your guests will love it and beg for your secret ingredient!
Toss It With Roasted Veggies
My mouth is already watering just thinking about this! Chop up some of your favorite veggies with olive oil and turmeric and let your taste buds enjoy the ride!
Add It To Rice
Want to spice up your chicken and rice routine? Adding turmeric to the rice compliments your main dish and adds a little something extra!
Use It In Soup
What’s better in a warm soup than using warm, inviting flavors? Nothing! Turmeric has a natural warmth flavor that leaves you feeling cozier than your favorite blanket!
Use It In A Smoothie
Adding spices into smoothies is so underrated and I’m still trying to figure out why! Adding a teaspoon of turmeric to your morning smoothie will add a more dynamic flavor profile and give you a boost of antioxidants!
Mix It With Your Tea!
Boy do I have a treat for you! Turmeric Detox Tea is the hottest trend since avocado toast! And I have the perfect recipe for you to try! When you combine all the amazing health benefits of turmeric with the 13 superfoods found in SkinnyFit Detox, you can additionally fight bloating, boost metabolism, and rid unwanted toxins!
Turmeric Detox Recipe
- 1 cup SkinnyFit Detox
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- dash of cayenne pepper
- 1 tbs honey
- 2 tbs lemon juice
- Brew 1 cup of SkinnyFit Detox using hot water
- Mix all of the ingredients in a heat safe mug or cup
- Use a whisk and mix thoroughly!
You can view our step-by-step tutorial video of this recipe on our YOU TUBE PAGE!