The Golden Ingredient
OKAY this is one of my favorite things to talk about it….
Turmeric turmeric turmeric. It honestly is one of the most transformative things I’ve consumed. For me personally, inflammation is a huge issue in my body. In my joints, in my digestive tract, in my slow-healing ankle wound(another story for another day). Inflammation really has a way of finding a new home in my body. I used to try and take NSAIDs (ibuprofen mostly) but it was wrecking my digestive tract, slowly but surely. When I found out turmeric was considered nature’s advil, I had to know everything about it.
And my findings were this…
- Consume turmeric with coconut oil and black pepper
Hence the creation of a turmeric latte. Coconut oil and black pepper activate your turmeric for the turmeric to do it’s job in your body better.
- Not all turmeric is created equal
I’ve found that juicing or blending the peeled root is a more powerful and potent way to consume the turmeric. I learned that this is because the turmeric root contains curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, which the turmeric powders you’ll find on the spice isle in your local grocery store, don’t contain unfortunately.
- It’s incredibly comforting
I don’t know what it is about drinking a warm turmeric latte after a long day, just before you go to sleep. My belief is that the anti-inflammatory powers of the drink brings your body into a restful state and prepares you for a deeper, more restful sleep
- It can stain. Everything. Forever.
I remember the first time I tried to juice turmeric. My boyfriend had so thoughtfully gone to Whole Foods to get turmeric and ginger root for me to juice in his juicer. I quickly realized that the turmeric has an extremely yellow color that not only stains your hands, but stains EVERYTHING it comes in contact with. Your juicer, your cutting board, your kitchen COUNTER (I’m (still) sorry babe!). But a good trick to lift that turmeric stain, is stick your juicer or cutting board (this doesn’t work for the counter), in sunlight for 24 hours. The stain will lift! I promise! I learned this the hard way.
- It speeds up healing processes
Anything wound-related, turmeric can help with. Surgeries sites, skin blisters, highly-inflamed wounds, turmeric is your go to supplement. I know somebody who had an invasive surgery recently and they had a turmeric latte daily and their swelling went down significantly at an expedited rate. Turmeric is amazing y’all.
Stay tuned for healthy, anti-inflammatory recipes with this superfood ingredient! The turmeric latte will obviously be my first turmeric-y recipe post, but what kind of other recipe posts would you like to see?
Until next time,
photos by Danny Lovve