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The One Spice You Won’t Want to Live Without

Did you guess what it is? Maybe you’re already familiar with it and maybe you aren’t. But if you aren’t, you should be!

There was a period of time where I was literally telling every person I knew that they had to try turmeric. I was singing its praises to my family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers. Dan even joked that “big turmeric” should be paying me. I’ve calmed down a little bit, but I’m still seriously obsessed! But that’s because I am such a strong believer in this miracle spice, and here’s why…

For whatever reason, my body is very prone to small cysts and styes. At one point about a year ago I had multiple cysts at one time on various parts of my body. They weren’t painful or even really noticeable to anyone but me, but they were annoying. I went to the doctor and she basically told me that they were fine and there wasn’t really anything she could do about it besides removal, if they bothered me too much. At this point I’d already had two of the cysts for months. Since there were no medical solutions to the problem besides removal, I decided to start googling for a natural cure. This is when I stumbled upon turmeric.

The active ingredient in turmeric called curcumin is actually what gives turmeric its medicinal properties. In my Dr. Google research I discovered that curcumin can be beneficial for a variety of ailments, such as congestion, arthritis, and inflammation. It’s even being studied for the treatment of heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and depression, and has shown great results in studies so far. This is because of it’s natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric/curcurmin can also be a very powerful remedy in managing any type of autoimmune disorder that is caused by or leads to inflammation.

However, if you have diabetes, gall or kidney stones, bile duct problems, or take blood thinners you should consult your doctor before trying turmeric because you could have an adverse reaction. Same goes for pregnancy.

The curcumin in turmeric is best absorbed by your body when combined with piperine, which is found in black pepper. Therefore, it’s recommended to consume turmeric with black pepper for best results.

So back to my bod. I bought some ground turmeric powder at the store for like $6.99 and started experimenting. Turmeric has an earthy flavor. In powdered form, it’s honestly similar to dirt. I decided to mix a little turmeric powder in a glass of water with a pinch of black pepper. To be honest, this is not the most delicious thing you will ever drink. You might even think it is downright disgusting. I got used to it and actually came to enjoy it, minus the powdery consistency of the turmeric. Your best option is just to chug! I thought of it as medicine, and just did what I had to do to get it down.

So after taking this combo daily for only a few days my cysts started to shrink, and within 5 days, they were gone. I’m not exaggerating. These cysts I’d had for months were gone within days of using this natural remedy. That was enough to make me a believer. I started taking this combo every morning to prevent new cysts from occurring and I haven’t had one since.

I also noticed when taking turmeric that if I woke up with a stuffy nose from allergies or sinus issues, my morning dose would immediately clear it up. I often get sinus pressure, so this was another bonus for me.

Dan suffers from allergies most of the year since we live in Florida where plants pretty much never stop blooming. He wasn’t thrilled about the prospect of taking it, but after trying it out and seeing the results it had on his allergies, he started taking it with me every morning too, with a grimace on his face. He usually sneezes all day long, but on days when he takes the turmeric, we notice a definite difference in his sneeze frequency.

I even got my mom hooked. About a month into my turmeric obsession my mom came over and mentioned that she had a stye on her eye. I told her to take some turmeric and shortly after, her stye went away. It could have just been coincidence, but after that she started taking it daily, too. The turmeric powder was a little upsetting to her stomach, so she started taking it in pill form. After taking it for a few weeks she told me she could really feel the difference it made on the inflammation in her body. On days when she didn’t take it, her joints ached more.

Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine and Chinese medicine for centuries, but if that, along with my family’s personal experiences isn’t enough for you to give it a try, I implore you to look into the many scientific studies that have come out in support of its amazing medicinal uses.

You can buy turmeric in powder, pill or its natural root form. It can definitely be found at health food stores in one form or another, but with its recent boost in popularity, it can now even be found at most regular grocery stores. Powder or pill form is quickest, but I also enjoy cutting up the raw root and using it in teas and fresh juices. The earthy flavor of turmeric is also great in stews and curries. I think we will start seeing this wonder spice used more and more as people start to look for natural remedies to their ailments.

Here are my two favorite, easy ways to consume turmeric. Hope you give them a try.

+Turmeric shot – Put 1.5 tsp of ground turmeric powder, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, and a pinch of black pepper in a 5 oz. glass of water. Stir or whisk well. Chug!  **Note: I always rinse my mouth out with water after I drink apple cider vinegar because I’ve read it can erode tooth enamel if you drink it straight.**

+Turmeric/Ginger tea – Peel and slice a 1-2 inch piece each of turmeric and ginger root. Boil water. Place the ginger and turmeric slices in a mug and pour the hot water over them. Add a sprinkle of black pepper and stir. Let sit for 2 mins. Enjoy. Don’t chug. It’s hot-that will hurt. Duh!
***Warning*** Turmeric in powder or root form WILL turn anything it touches yellow, including your hands. So be careful not to get it on your clothes or skin, or prepare to look like Homer Simpson the rest of the day.

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