Turmeric - Is it Really a Miracle Spice? I think so!
Most of us know Turmeric as the brilliant yellow-orange colour in curries but its benefits are much broader than that! It's been used for centuries as a medicine for healing sores, cuts and bruises. Internally it's known for it's ability to relieve problems of the stomach and liver.
Among turmeric’s many active biochemical compounds, curcumin is the most studied for its health benefits. Curcumin in turmeric has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antiviral and antioxidant properties. It detoxifies the liver, cleanses the blood, acts as a cleanser and a toner for the skin, heals cuts and bruises and is a powerful antioxidant.
Turmeric is a rhizome that grows under the ground like ginger. It's most commonly used in India and other areas of southern Asia where it's referred to as 'the golden spice of life'.
Turmeric Detoxifies the Liver
This is an extremely vital and beneficial way turmeric helps you lose weight. The liver is responsible for many things in the body, including aiding in digestion. However, one of the main functions of the liver is metabolizing fat. In other words, the liver breaks down fat and remove toxins from your body. In order to do this effectively, however, the liver needs to be cleansed. Turmeric detoxifies the liver . In other words, cleanses it, allowing the liver to perform its duties at an optimal level. Thanks to turmeric, your toxin-free liver will be able to get rid of fat in your body and help you lose weight!
Turmeric Improves Digestion
Do you have unwanted fat hanging around your midsection? Do you ever experience bloating in your stomach, especially right after you eat? Well, I have some good news. Turmeric can help get rid of all of that! There are properties in turmeric that help improve digestion. When your digestive system is working well, it can speed up your metabolism, which will help you shed excess fat, especially in the stomach area. It will also help relieve any pain caused by excess bloating after you consume a meal. This is just another way turmeric is beneficial for weight loss.
Turmeric Helps Regulate Your Metabolism
There has been a lot of talk about metabolism and the positive effects turmeric has in relation to the speed and function of your metabolism. Metabolism refers to various chemical reactions in your body that are responsible for keeping your cells and organs alive and working well. Read more about Metabolism here on my blog.
In relation to weight loss, your metabolism is responsible for taking all the food and drink you consume and turning it into usable energy. When your body is performing these functions, it is burning calories; hence, playing a part in your weight loss. These are calories burned “at rest,” meaning not when you are performing a physical activity, such as going on a run. This is called your metabolic rate. It is important to know, however, that you can increase your metabolic rate or the number of calories your body burns at rest, by increasing the amount you exercise. This would be what is commonly referred to as speeding up your metabolism. So though turmeric does help regulate your metabolism, for optimal results, it’s best to start or continue an exercise program as well.
Incorporating it into your day
Though it is most commonly used in Indian food, the subtle taste that turmeric provides works well in other types of dishes as well.
Breakfast: use the spice in your egg scrambles for added taste and nutrition. Chopping some bell peppers, tomatoes, and spinach for added nutrients will make it a healthy and filling breakfast option.
Lunch: add turmeric to your favorite soup for added flavor and whole body benefits.
Dinner: toss your favorite veggies in some turmeric; roast them for the perfect dinner side dish.
Tea: make a delicious cup of Turmeric & Ginger Tea. Enjoy all the health benefits of both ginger and turmeric in one comforting cup.
To sum it up...
Turmeric is a delicious spice, and it’s active ingredient, curcumin is a great health-booster.
Curcumin has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which are great to bust chronic inflammation. It also has other amazing health benefits, like brain- and heart-boosting properties, and even cancer-fighting properties.