6 Ways to Get More Turmeric in your Diet

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I’m having a bit of a love affair with turmeric these days. A powerful anti-inflammatory, it’s a beautiful and natural way to bring ease to a body inflamed. I’ve been using it as part of my natural remedy cocktail at the first signs of a migraine and have been loving it so much I’ve been finding ways to sneak it into anything and everything.

Turmeric is an excellent example of how some of the most powerful healing substances are actually in your kitchen, not your medicine cabinet. Here are some of the amazing benefits of turmeric:

  • It is very nourishing for the liver, your primary detoxification organ. By supporting your liver, you’re naturally supporting your body’s ability to detoxify.
  • It is a powerful anti-inflammatory due largely to the effects of the compound curcumin.
  • It stimulates the production of bile, which has two primary roles in your body: it emulsifies (breaks down) fat so that your body can use it properly and it escorts toxins from your body through the digestive tract.
  • It has been shown to be very important in fighting cancer.
  • It purifies the blood.

For more great reading on the health benefits of turmeric check out:

As you can see, turmeric is some pretty awesome stuff. Here are six ways to get more of it in your diet:

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1) Buy the root whole and juice it along with your greens in your morning green juice. Don’t go too crazy here… a little goes a long way! I’d use a piece about the size of a small thumb. Here’s a compelling story of how doing exactly this – adding a small bit of turmeric to a daily juicing regime – drastically reduced severe inflammation by 90%. You can also put a couple of slices into a smoothie, especially one with coconut milk. Yum!

2) Make a soothing tea. Simply slice up a little turmeric root (you don’t even need to peel it) and add it to some boiling water along with some slices of ginger root, some lemon and honey. Here are other great recipes for you to try:

3) If making turmeric tea from scratch is more than you signed up for, you can simply add some liquid turmeric drops to your tea. I learned this trick from my awesome hair dresser who made me a big cup of chai tea with some added turmeric one day when I had a headache. The flavor goes beautifully with the chai or any Indian spiced tea. I’ve now made it a regular addition to my afternoon cup of Roisboos Chai tea.

4) Cook with it. Turmeric is the spice responsible for giving Indian curries their bright yellow/orange hue. Just be careful with your clothing – it does stain. Here are some recipes to get you started:

 

5)  Drink some golden milk. This could be my new favorite drink. Golden milk is an ayurvedic beverage that is soothing, healing, and a great way to get your daily dose of turmeric. Here’s a recipe my good friend Amanda whipped up for me the other day. This makes one cup – you can multiply the ingredients to make as many servings as you like. Try adding in a little ginger as well. You can drink it warm or cold.

Combine ingredients in a pan over medium heat, and whisk to mix well. Once warmed, you can drink it immediately or store a glass jar in the fridge for later. Keeps for 2-3 days.

6) And here’s a bonus I never thought of: bake with it. Check out this wonderful recipe for Paleo Turmeric Scones from Grok Grub.  I haven’t tried them yet, but what a creative use of a beautiful spice!

What’s your favorite way to use this wonder spice?



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14 Comments

  1. Kelly from Primally Inspired

    April 2, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Love turmeric! What a great post!! And thank you so much for including my liver detox turmeric tea recipe. xoxo, Kelly

  2. Ratika

    April 3, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    This is an awesome post, thank you! Can you recommend a good brand of liquid turmeric? Also, does adding it to tea stain the teacup? Love you and all you share with us, Margaret!!

  3. Katie

    April 4, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Golden milk, was surprisingly satisfying!…and easy. Not an everyday drink, but definitely worth putting into rotation. Thanks. New website launch looks great!

    • Ethel Prvott

      April 13, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      I will try this in coconut milk, I think it would be delicious.

  4. Lisa Argenton

    April 15, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Fantastic Post, Thank you! I have read a lot about turmeric when researching alternative cancer therapies, and love putting it into stews, can’t wait to try your beef recipe, and never thought to bake with it, it would go so well in a carrot cake!

  5. madian

    January 31, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    I want to know more about turmeric por curcuma

  6. Robin

    May 23, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Cant wait to try the Golden Milk. We put Turmerick on our eggs in the morning….scrambled, fried, or omelette. Super tasty!

  7. Bree Carr

    October 20, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Where do You get turmeric?????

    • Margaret Floyd

      October 28, 2015 at 10:23 am

      You can get it at most grocery stores in the spice section. I recommend going with an organic brand. If you’re looking for fresh turmeric root, you’ll find it at some health food stores — Whole Foods sometimes has it (espeically in their bigger stores) and sometimes you can find it at asian markets.

  8. Stacie

    January 30, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Any more recipes for Tumeric?

  9. Abby Chand

    May 6, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Warmwater withchopped u parsley and a squeezedlemon along with half a tspn of turmeric as first thing in the morning is way to go for me.

    Another oweskme recipe i found quenching is grated ginger and turmeric boiled togethr n enjoyed as tea with a dash of grounded cinnamon and honey

  10. Cathy swart

    May 6, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Does it work as well in a pill form

    • Margaret Floyd

      May 22, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Depends on the quality of the brand. I prefer to do these food-based supports via food if possible.

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