Thanks for joining us again for another health hack! We believe in the healing powers of natural foods and medicines, and today we are going to be talking about the “golden spice”, also known as Turmeric! Although turmeric has many benefits, we are going to be focusing in on the ones that specifically help those who live active and athletic lifestyles! Enjoy!
What is turmeric? Turmeric is the root that comes from the Curcuma longa plant found in India and Asia, and is often dried and ground into a golden like powder. Its usage goes back thousands of years as a medicinal herb and spice for cooking. The active ingredient in turmeric that makes it one of the most beneficial herbs on the planet is called curcumin.
There have been THOUSANDS of peer reviewed research studies done on the benefits of turmeric and curcumin, and we are going to go over a few of the ones that benefit those who live active and athletic lifestyles the most! So here we go!
Turmeric is most known for its ability to fight inflammation. The curcumin found in turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory. In fact the Arthritis Foundation lists turmeric as one of the herbs they recommend for preventing joint inflammation. Doesn’t get much more legit than that. Inflammation is your bodies response to tissue damage. Our bodies need inflammation to help us heal and recover, but its not always a good thing. Over exercising and working out can lead to delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This results in your body taking longer to recover and heal, and delays the soreness and aches you experience. Studies have actually shown that turmeric can be JUST as effective as ibuprofen in fighting off inflammation. Since turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, it may benefit you to start supplementing it into your diet.
—PROMOTES WEIGHT LOSS—
With the countless amount of companies out there and marketing campaigns claiming to help you lose weight fast, the last thing you need is another product or pill. Try going the natural route. 6 packs, as they say, are made in the kitchen. A big key to losing weight is proper diet and nutrition. Supplementing turmeric into your daily diet has been shown to naturally increase weight loss! Turmerics combination of vitamins and minerals helps to kick start your bodies natural fat burning processes, including:
- Increasing your metabolism
- Balancing your hormone levels
- And regulating blood sugar levels
—NATURALLY BOOSTS ENERGY—
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, turmeric goes and does it again. That’s right, research shows that turmeric can boost your energy levels and reduce grogginess. Turmeric boosts growth hormones in the brain, improving your cognitive functions and giving you better focus. Turmeric has also been shown to be a powerful detoxifier, which will cause your organs to function better and give you the clean healthy feeling you’re looking for. Adding turmeric into your diet may be just what your bodies needs to get through those hard workouts.
Did you know turmeric is one of the main spices used to make curry and is what gives curry its orangish gold color? It also adds to its unique flavor.
So hopefully by this point you’re pretty pumped up about turmeric, I know we are. We’ll leave you with some pointers on how to begin adding it into your diet. One thing to keep in mind is that you only get a small amount of curcumin through the root, so taking it in a supplement form is highly recommended to get a more concentrated dose. With that being said you can still enjoy the benefits of turmeric powder by adding it to meals, smoothies, or using the root for juicing.
Another thing that’s very important to point out is that curcumin needs to be taken with black pepper because it helps to enhance your bodies absorption by 2000%. Make sure the bottle says it has black pepper/piperine before buying it. Other than that you’re all set to get out there and start enjoying the benefits of turmeric!
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We hope this health hack has been of value and will lead to you experiencing a more abundant life!