At this point, you’ve probably heard about turmeric and it’s amazing anti-inflammatory and free radical fighting benefits. You have possibly seen it as a powder, but it actually comes as a vibrant, orange root. It’s active ingredient, that is getting all the buzz, is called curcumin.

Curcumin, a powerful polyphenol, is essentially slightly toxic to us as humans, and as a result, when we ingest it our anti-inflammatory genes are turn on and the pro-inflammatory ones are turned off. Many individuals with inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, find great success with high dosing turmeric daily. This also means, reduced bloating, clear skin and more energy! All things busy women can benefit from!

In addition to its main anti-inflammatory benefits, turmeric has been linked to improving digestion, protecting against cancer, enhancing liver functioning, boosting immunity, calming the nervous system, as well as, improving memory and cognitive function. Can you say superfood?? I think so!

Turmeric is used in cooking, especially Indian dishes. It is very versatile and can be ingested in many different ways from a curry to stir fry to oats and even drinks! You can also make a turmeric paste, and store it in your fridge, which makes it very easy and quick to add to any meal.

Below, are two different ways to get your dose of turmeric, Get it cold or get it hot….just get it in ya! The hot version is also known as, “Golden Milk” and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to help balance the doshas.

Curcumin to Cool Off

 

1 cup of coconut milk

1 tsp of raw honey

1 tsp of turmeric

1 of tsp dried or fresh, grated ginger

¼ of tsp organic vanilla extract

1/8 of tsp cardamom

½ of tsp of cinnamon

pinch of fresh black pepper…Why? Black pepper has peperine, which helps increase the bioavailability or absorption of curcumin.

1 tsp MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oil

Ice

 

Put all your ingredients to a blender and blend up on high. Prep your drinking glass with ice and pour in. Garnish with spices on top, if you wish.

 

*Note- I also sometimes add a few shots of coffee to this one, when I’m in the mood! Cardamom is helpful in balancing the jitters that can come along with coffee.

Golden Milk to Get Heated

 

1 cup of coconut milk

1 tsp of turmeric

½ tsp of cinnamon

1 tsp of honey

pinch of fresh black pepper

1 tsp of dried or fresh, grated ginger

1 pinch of cayenne pepper …Why? It’s an optional choice, but it will give you that extra kick! It increases blood circulation in the body, so it will warm you up faster.

 

Blend all ingredients, except honey, up on high. Heat in a sauce pan on the stove until hot (not boiling). Pour into your mug and add honey for sweetness.

“ As far as I’m concerned, turmeric needs to become a new staple in your fridge- especially in the fall and winter! Go on, get yourself some turmeric. “