WHAT’S TURMERIC GOT TO DO WITH IT?
Already I can feel the Holiday squeeze ramping up. Deadlines loom. Parties abound. And someone next to you is blowing their nose, getting bugs on you. Kleenex pile up on the table, the floor and in the wastebasket but I’m pushing so hard, I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in days. I’m stressed and I’m gonna get sick. That’s how I feel and with my luck, I will probably end up sick over Christmas, because that’s how the timing will work.
So what’s turmeric got to do with it? A lot. I can’t miss a writing deadline. I can’t take a day to sleep enough to ward off illness (even though I need it) and I can’t go on vacation. I have to find ways to help myself stay healthy. Enter turmeric.
It’s not a pretty little root, nor does it taste all that good but boy does it pack a punch! That colour! That bitter, earthy taste! There’s no mistaking when turmeric makes its’ appearance on stage. A culinary spice that does overtime in the medicine cabinet, turmeric rocks my Eat Clean socks right now. I have been grating fresh turmeric root, a relative of ginger, into wilted greens, eggs and Meatless Monday dishes for years - just check out my fingers, they are yellow from the bright pigment - becoming daily more aware of its’ brilliance (LOL - pun intended).
If you thought turmeric and curry might be related thanks to their similar colour, you are right. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. It is the yolk to the white of an egg - they come together and are better together. I like to use fresh turmeric root because one of my Eat Clean® philosophies is to eat the whole plant, fresh when possible. I keep the root in my freezer and use it liberally for lots of reasons including protecting my liver and my body from dangerous cancer causing compounds, Alzheimer’s and inflammation.
An article published in Advanced Experimental Medical Biology in 2007 states that, "Curcumin has been shown to exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities and thus has a potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and other chronic illnesses.” I don’t know about you but I want that good stuff in me so I can shore up my body against all the nasties out here.
I also know when stress levels are out of control we are more prone to illness, and not just colds and winter bugs but all the big bad ones. Since Bob’s cancer and learning more about turmeric in naturopathic treatments, I have simply adjusted my kitchen and cooking to incorporate this fleshy, wrinkly root whenever I can for medical benefits. Come to think of it, more and more of my kitchen items are ending up in the medicine chest - coconut oil, turmeric, oregano oil.
Right now, it’s been a long day consisting of a 5 am hour-long workout outside in -5 degree temps (boosts immune system and fat burning too), working, writing and more working and now I need to fill myself up with sick-busting nutrients. I’m making Baked Turmeric & Sesame Chicken, Turmeric Milk and wilted greens with turmeric. I’m making tonight’s meal all about the golden spice.
Remember, I’m always listening! Love and hugs, Turmeric Tosca