Turmeric and its healing powers

It was only a year ago that I was told I had arthritis.  When I was 28, I was flagged that it wouldn't be long as wear and tear on my joints were already showing, but I didn't actually think it would happen.  The pain got worse, the swelling was out of control and the rainy winter days of Vancouver started crippling me.  My rhuematologist gave me an option of 3 drugs I could take. The side affects of all three were very similar.  The chances of having a healthy child at some point in my life was minimal.  I was not working towards a child right now, but it is something I want in my future. I had to evaluate how much pain i was in and if I could find other solutions.  Enter - my many hours of reading up on the web and ultimately deciding to go to back to school.  I was going to fix me the healthy way…with food!

The more I read about turmeric, the more I am excited to get it into my body.  The healing power of turmeric out-ways the bitter taste and the chances I will walk into work one day stained yellow from head to toe.  Yup, when it comes to anything that can stain, I am the first to prove it right.

Turmeric has been used in Ayurveda medicine for years and now we are seeing it used as a great healing tool for many ailments. Curcumin is what gives turmeric its medicinal power

  • an antioxidant
  • reduces inflammation - arthritis
  • help to fight cancer
  • aids in digestion
  • slows down/prevents Alzheimer's

Here is how you can add it to your diet:

  • add it to your rice
  • put it on top of your eggs
  • eat some yummy Curry
  • put it into your smoothies
  • drink some golden milk

Golden milk is something I just learned and I don't mind the taste of it.

Here's how to make it:

  1. measure out 1/2 cup of filtered water or spring water and put it in a pot
  2. measure out 1/4 cup of turmeric and place in the potphoto 2
  3. on med-low heat stir the mixture for 7-9 minutes. add water if it gets too thick                             photo 1
  4. remove and place in glass bowl (1/2 tsp can be used in your smoothies)                            photo 3
  5. take 1/2 tsp and put back in pot with 1 cup of milk of choice. I used coconut milk  photo 4
  6. add a sweetener of choice.  I added honey, about 1 tsp.
  7. pour in a coffee mug and enjoy.  photo 5

Here is a great youtube video on how to make golden milk

 

drink up :)