You may have noticed a little ingredient popping up grocery stores and specialty shops in the past year or so. Turmeric. That yellow-orangy, powdery spice that is probably hidden in the way back of your spice drawer which we always confuse with curry powder.
I started using turmeric last year when I heard that it could help relieve my GERD a.k.a. really bad reflux. I’ve had GI issues since the birth of my second child. Burning heat, pain and nausea flairs up every few months and makes it difficult for me to eat and sleep (not to mention an undiagnosed hiatal hernia, but that’s a story for another day). I take medication and a flare up can last up to 4 months. After many tests and an endoscopy, my GI doctor says there’s not much I can do about it, in short. If I could count the number of times a doctor has sent me on my way without a solution!
So, I’ve done my own research through the years. It involved a holistic doctor, changing my diet and turmeric. I was excited to hear on the Today Show this month that it is going to be this year’s super food and we are going to start seeing it everywhere. I’ve already seen many teas popping up using turmeric along with another flavor like ginger.
Check out the health benefits:
“Turmeric, the main spice in curry, is arguably the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease. It has so many healing properties that currently there have been 6,235 peer-reviewed articles published proving the benefits of turmeric and one of its renowned healing compounds curcumin.” – Dr. Axe
I own turmeric tea, which is basically turmeric powder in a tea bag and add it to whatever tea I’m drinking at the time. I try to make sure I have two bags a day.
The website Mind Body Green (a great resource) in an article a few weeks ago, claims that it calms down skin flair ups, lowers body fat and help digestion. Give me a natural ingredient that can help my real life health issues and I am all in.