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What’cha Wanna Know Wednesday Q&A

It’s orange, it stains, it’s used in Indian cooking, and it’s everywhere in the health world lately.
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Thank you Angie, Shawn and Annie for asking me about this golden root! It’s a hot topic in the health world and I’ve had many individuals inquire about what it is, and how  to use it.
I’ve gathered some information from some of my favourite sources to help answer this weeks What’cha Wanna Know Wednesday. question, and I’m sharing with you how I love to use it 🙂

Turmeriffic!  

Brief History & Facts:

  • Dates back 4000 years, as a medicinal tool used in South East Asia and used as a spice in India.
  • In Ayurvedic practices it’s used for, relieving gas, dispelling worms, improving digestion, regulating menstruation, dissolving gallstones, and relieving arthritis. In Pakistan, it is used as an anti-inflammatory agent. In South Asian countries use it as an antiseptic for cuts, burns, and bruises
  • It’s a product of Curcuma Longa, herbaceous perennial plant belonging to the ginger family.
  • It has a high content of the compound curcumin {used as a supplement}
  • Indian turmeric is considered to be the best in the world

What You Need To Know:

  • Turmeric is featured in over 6,000 health studies, some you can find here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28236605
  • It can be found fresh, ground, as a tea, tincture, or in supplement form {as curcumin}
  • It’s bright yellow/orange, stain’s very EASILY, has a warm and slightly bitter/herby taste.
  • When purchasing, is it organic? Is it free from filler or additives? Is the origin from India? 
  • Don’t overdue it, start small and see how your body responds. Image below shows the appropriate dosage. [Picture from www.healthy-holistic-living.com]

  • Taking as a supplement should be prescribed to you by a Naturopath or health care professional. 
  • I use it almost daily in my diet, at appropriate dosages. I personally do not take it as a supplement at this point, it will be added into my regime once my Naturopath feels it’s necessary. 
  • It’s been used for: wound healing, menstruation regulation, digestion, liver function, joint pain, and skin conditions, immune booster, anti-inflammatory, cholesterol regulator. 

How You Can Use It In Your Lifestyle 

My Favourite Brands: Organic Traditions, OMG Super Foods, Cha’s
Buying Fresh: I buy mine at Sobey’s and Zehrs & Health Food Stores {Gentle Rain usually carries it}
My Go To Uses: Golden milk, Ginger, turmeric tea and for cooking Indian inspired dishes, veggie and chicken seasoning. I’m wanting to make my own turmeric paste, a DIY is in the future! 🙂
Why I Use It: To help with digestive upset. Reduces constipation. I use it as part of my immune defence protocol in cold and flu season. To add extra nutrients and super powers to my smoothies. As a tea, I find it very soothing and relaxing. 

Recipes I Want To Share:

~Golden Milk~
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of milk of choice { I use almond or coconut milk, homemade is best}
  • 1 teaspoon ground or fresh Turmeric 
  • ½ teaspoon  True Cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup 
  • Pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)
  • 1″ piece of fresh ginger grated or 1/2 tsp ground ginger. 

How To:

  1. First, blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Strain over cheese cloth if you don’t want any texture {this is if you use fresh ginger and turmeric}.
  2. Then, Pour into a small sauce pan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot but not boiling. Drink immediately.
  3. OPTION- double the batch and store cold, warming as wanted. Typically  fresh for up to 4 days.  

~Ginger, Turmeric Tea~ Similar to the milk, but meant to be enjoyed immediately
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder or 1 inch fresh turmeric root grated
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp ground ginger or 1 inch fresh ginger root grated
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil 
  • pinch of black or cayenne pepper

How To:

  1. Add 2 cups of boiling water to your blender.
  2. Next, add turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, coconut oil, honey and blend.
  3. Again, you may want to strain to reduce texture.
  4. Pour into your favourite mug and pinch in pepper. 

**Remember, sometimes your taste buds need a few introductions to a new flavour in order to enjoy it. If you don’t like it at first, try, try again. You can start with a little less turmeric in the recipes I provided until you enjoy the strong flavour**

Give it a try and let me know how you like it!
Don’t forget to comment on what you would like me to cover next WWKW!
Live well TODAY-Steph 🙂 

 

 

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    A. Dawson
    April 5, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Stephanie: Love this post – very helpful – love the recipe and tea ideas. I use on baked cauliflower with a bit of olive oil – also drink a teaspoon with warm milk – helping my old self with joint pain and inflammation. thank you very much

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