I think it’s time we have a conversation about turmeric.
It’s one of my go-to anti-inflammatory helpers in my vast arsenal of anti-inflammatory spices, supplements, vitamins, and foods. My kitchen cabinets and counter tops sometimes look like a giant science lab with all the potions I mix into my shake each morning. (Some of my other mainstays: L-glutamine, maca powder, bee pollen, collagen powder, manuka honey, coconut oil, every nut and seed imaginable, flax meal, almond butter… the list goes on.) I don’t think there’s one magic herb or spice, but I do believe that each helps my body in a different way and that over time, I’m making myself stronger and healthier by loading up on all this goodness. They all have different qualities and benefits, so it’s fun to play and see what works.
But back to tumeric! It’s an old Indian spice that contains the medicinal compound called curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a strong antioxidant. Dr. Lipman actually gives me straight circumin supplements to take, and they work wonders… but I still like to add turmeric to everything I can. It has a very distinct taste, but that doesn’t stop me from sprinkling it atop all my roasted vegetables, fish and meat. It’s everywhere now in restaurants too: in tonics, dressings, and even cocktails.
And now, mushing it into manuka honey and whipping it into a tea! And by whipping I mean swirling the honey/turmeric mixture into hot water. It’s so easy I can barely call it a recipe. I use manuka honey because it, too, has medicinal effects, but feel free to use any honey you can get your hands on. Raw honey is fantastic, too.
I swear it has helped my body remain strong as I — major post-foot surgery milestone alert — started going back to spin class last week. And while I’m sure it’s the endorphins, too, I’m going to keep drinking it. It makes me feel good and it tastes good, too.
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 TBSP turmeric, from dry spice jar
- 3 TBSP manuka honey
- Mix together the turmeric and honey either in a bowl, a mug or a ramekin.
- Boil or microwave the water for your tea.
- Swirl the turmeric/honey mixture into the hot water… then drink and enjoy!
This recipe was adapted from 101 Cookbooks, who uses lemon and black pepper. I like it with both of those ingredients as well, but they’re not necessary.
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