Turmeric powder is often considered the king of spices, and has been frequently used in curries and in Ayurvedic practices. It is extracted from Curcuma longa, which is a tropical herb. Extensive research on the properties of turmeric powder shows that it may provide antioxidant, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, turmeric has anti-anxiety and depression fighting effects which make it a great addition to your daily routine. You can add turmeric powder in your cooking, or whip up a quick cup of turmeric milk for a quick, easy health boost.
Strengthens your immune system
Turmeric milk can help enhance your general immunity to protect yourself against a large number of diseases. It is enriched with anti-viral properties, which is why it is often recommended to help fight influenza. Turmeric can be especially beneficial for children who are susceptible to influenza or other viral diseases like chickenpox and measles. It can help reduce the development or severity of side effects associated with viral illnesses.
Remedy for treating digestive problems
Digestive problems are a challenge, and it often becomes too easy to turn to medication to manage the symptoms. However, turmeric milk may provide a more natural and effective solution to soothing problems in the digestive tract. Drinking turmeric milk can help improve digestion by relieving gas and bloating, while also helping to reduce heartburn resulting from gastric reflux. You can also try turmeric milk to treat indigestion and loss of appetite.
Clarifies your liver
Some studies have shown that traces of curcumin—the substance used to make turmeric—may be linked to the prevention and reversal of fatty liver and liver cirrhosis. Your liver is responsible for recycling and processing chemical substances stored in it. These chemical substances range from chemical additives in processed foods to environmental pollutants you inhale. Turmeric milk is enriched with detoxifying and protective properties that may help protect your liver from these toxic materials, and improves the flow of bile.
Purifies your blood
Turmeric powder has earned a good reputation for its antioxidant and detoxifying properties. Toxins are released into our bodies by consuming junk food or through our respiratory tract when we inhale pollution. Toxins are not only detrimental towards our circulatory system, but they can also contaminate organs and tissues once blood is transported to them.
The presence of toxins in blood has been linked to several skin conditions and diseases. Turmeric milk can help purify your blood by clarifying your liver, which is one of the most effective ways to cleanse your blood. The diuretic effect of turmeric milk eliminates the traces of toxins through urination. Be consistent with your consumption of turmeric milk to avoid the buildup of toxins in your blood, and visit a doctor regularly to have your blood tested and monitored for toxic build up.
How to make turmeric milk
There are dozens of way to make turmeric milk, but my all-time favorite recipe uses coconut milk and some additional spices which make it a relaxing, evening beverage.
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 TBS raw, local honey or maple syrup
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- pinch of black pepper (which helps enhance absorption of curcumin)
Add all ingredients to a saucepan and heat until warm. Enjoy!
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