As the celebrations wind down, our attention shifts to health and wellness. Many of us become more conscious of what we are putting in our bodies. After consuming an excess of foods with carbs and sugar, the likelihood of feeling bloated and inflamed is higher. As usual, there are natural approaches to these symptoms.
The turmeric plant is one of the best ways to cut down inflammation as the turmeric root contains properties known for numerous health benefits such as boosting cellular and immune health, promoting healthy blood circulation, improving brain health, and supporting mood.
Turmeric also provides antioxidants that help to neutralize free radicals. Neutralizing free radicals fights the consequences of oxidative stress. This is vital because we are exposed to oxidative stress every day due to things like pollution, toxins, a poor diet, inadequate sleep, and not enough exercise. Oxidative stress combined with chronic inflammation can be very detrimental to the body, so it is important to combat those consequences with natural foods. It also boosts brain health as it has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier. This is extremely rare for most supplements and medications, so turmeric has been proven to prevent the buildup of plaques, protect against neurodegenerative diseases, and enhance memory while protecting the brain. The brain health benefits go hand in hand with supporting mood because it has been shown to improve symptoms of depression, support the production of the “happy” neurotransmitters, and prevent mental fatigue.
Turmeric can be consumed through supplementation or through various additions in our diets, such as soups or curries, smoothies, or herbal tea. The most common way to consume it in the homeland of turmeric is through chicken curries or lentil soup. Here are some basic recipes for that: