Turmeric, also known as haldi (as the Indians call it), is a common spice found in the kitchen of every household. Turmeric is often known as the ‘queen of spices’ and is not just like any other ingredient. It is commonly used and has a range of uses from culinary additions to health benefits.
Turmeric has been often used solely and as additions in home remedies for treating stomach issues. Many people suffer from digestive problems and heartburn. Turmeric can be the solution for you. It regularizes bowel movements, indigestion, and in turn aiding flatulence. It helps people suffering from constipation, diarrhea or even loss of appetite.
Here are seven ways turmeric can help your belly issues:
1. To burn belly fat:
Turmeric contains ‘curcumin’, which is an active compound that contributes to most of the benefits of turmeric. This compound curcumin can help suppress the growth of fat tissues in the body and can help reduce the production of fat. Consuming a turmeric drink (recipe below) can help promote belly fat reduction.
2. Can relieve indigestion:
Turmeric consumption can help keep indigestion at bay. Indigestion is often discomfort in the upper abdomen and often causes pain and promotes a feeling of fullness. Therefore, by consuming turmeric, the production of bile in the gallbladder can be increased, in turn improving and aiding better digestion of food.
3. Can relieve flatulence:
Some people experience lot of flatulence and this could be because of the accumulation of gas in the alimentary canal. Therefore, regular consumption of turmeric can help relieve this problem and also reduce bloating.
4. To prevent diarrhea:
There are times when we can get an unexpected diarrhea attack because of the certain types of food we eat. So, consumption of turmeric in any form either in the dishes you make or by having a turmeric tea, can help prevent diarrhea. You can also add in a pinch of black pepper, to help absorb the curcumin in the turmeric and aid better absorption of the turmeric.
5. To relieve gas and bloating:
Turmeric can act as a natural detoxifier and helps detoxify the body and can thereby reduce gas and bloating. Bloating occurs when the gastrointestinal tract (GI) is filled with air or gas, making a person feel full.
6. Can help relieve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS):
A lot of people suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) that includes cramping, stomach pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation or both. Turmeric consumption can act as a natural remedy to reduce inflammation and soothe digestive issues.
7. Can relieve stomach pain, spasms and stomach ulcers:
Turmeric contains ‘curcumin’, the compound that contributes to the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric that can reduce intestinal spasms and the formation of stomach ulcers. The antioxidant properties in turmeric can also help heal any existing stomach ulcers. READ MORE – FOODS FOR THICKER AND FASTER HAIR GROWTH
Turmeric Mix :
- organic turmeric powder – 3 tbsp
- cinnamon powder – 1 tsp
- dry ginger powder – 1 tsp
- pepper powder – 1 tsp
Into a glass jar, add in the organic turmeric powder, cinnamon powder, dry ginger powder and pepper powder and mix well. Add 2 cups of water into a saucepan with 1 tsp of the turmeric mix. Let it simmer on low for 5 mins. Pour it into a cup and sip on it warm or add ice cubes for a cold brew.
Tip: Have this drink on an empty stomach early morning and do not eat or drink anything for half an hour after consuming this tea.
Turmeric tea for general stomach health and better digestion:
- 2 cups water
- ½ tsp grated fresh organic turmeric
(Or ½ tsp organic turmeric powder)
- ½ tsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 two-inch sticks of cinnamon
(Or ½ tsp cinnamon powder)
- Honey (to taste)
Into a heating pot, add in the water, grated turmeric, grated ginger and cinnamon sticks. Let this come to a boil and then let it simmer for 5 to 6 minutes on slow flame, while the pot is covered with a lid, so that the ingredients get infused into the water. Then turn off the flame and let it sit for 2 to 4 minutes, before straining this mixture into a cup. Then, add in the lemon juice and honey (optional), stir well and it is ready to consume. READ MORE – Cinnamon milk – Benefits and recipes to treat sore throat, good sleep, winter tonic and much more.
Caution – do not exceed the recommended dosage of turmeric you need to take per day.