Turmeric is one of the most versatile ingredients as it has multiple benefits for health, beauty, and overall well-being.
Thus, adding turmeric to your diet can be the best decision you can make. But what’s the right way to incorporate turmeric into your diet? Well, here’s how you can do it, along with how it will benefit you!
Benefits of Turmeric:
- To provide relief from pain and inflammation:
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties which can help treat wounds. It also has a compound called curcumin, which helps to reduce pain and provides an analgesic effect. It can be used to treat open wounds. Those who suffer from arthritis can use turmeric, as it helps treat inflammation.
- Helpful for skin allergies, treatment of acne, and psoriasis:
Turmeric can help reduce skin allergies as it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which work effectively in reducing the microbes and inhibiting fungal activity in the body. The compound curcumin acts as an anti-allergen and prevents allergic reactions. The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric can calm the skin, reduce scarring and prevent further breakouts and clear the already existing scars.
- Aids one’s digestion:
Many people suffer from digestive problems and heartburn. Turmeric can be the solution for you. It regularizes bowel movements, and indigestion, and in turn aid in flatulence. It helps people suffering from constipation, diarrhea, or even loss of appetite.
- Acts as an immunity booster and aids general health:
Turmeric can act as a natural detoxifier and helps detoxify the body (as it has diuretic properties), improve one’s cognitive functioning, decreases the risk of cancer, cures ulcers, helps the skin, acts as a blood purifier, gives menstrual pain relief for women and improves one’s overall health.
How to consume turmeric the right way?
Method 1: Adding it to your meal
Of course, the easiest way to consume turmeric would be by adding it to your meals. In your curried dishes, just add in a quarter or half tsp teaspoon of organic turmeric powder to the cooking oil and you’re good to go.
In case you make any savory snacks; turmeric powder can be used as a seasoning for its flavor as well
Method 2: Consume turmeric milk along with milk
Fatty foods, such as milk and oils (like coconut or olive oil), are the best to combine with turmeric. By eating turmeric with good fats, like milk, avocado, olive oil, or coconut oil, you’re more likely to absorb more of it into your bloodstream. This is also why turmeric is commonly mixed with warm milk.
1 cup warm/hot milk
⅛ tsp (a pinch) of pepper powder
¼ tsp organic turmeric powder
Honey (to taste)
Boil one cup of milk and add in ⅛ tsp (a pinch) of pepper powder, along with ¼ tsp of organic turmeric powder. Mix this well and pour this into a cup. You can also add in honey (optional) to taste. Stir well and it is ready to consume.
Tip: This drink is best had before you sleep at night or on an empty stomach early morning, after which you shouldn’t consume any food or beverage for half an hour.
Method 3: Drink turmeric with pepper –
Turmeric and black pepper are powerful, flavorful spices on their own. Even just a little pinch of pepper can significantly boost curcumin levels. Consuming turmeric along with pepper can activate the effects of the compound ‘curcumin’ turmeric as pepper contains a substance called ‘piperine’. Also, adding in pepper powder helps the curcumin in the turmeric get absorbed more quickly into the body.
1 cup water
¼ tsp organic turmeric (haldi) powder
A pinch of pepper powder
Honey (to taste)
Boil one cup of water and then, add in the turmeric powder and pepper powder, and then turn off the flame. Pour this mixture into a cup and you can also add honey to taste. Stir well and it is ready to consume.