The Amazing Benefits of Turmeric for Inflammation

Turmeric - in it's raw form
Turmeric – in it’s raw form

Health wise, this has been a tough year for me. We were involved in a car accident that has left me with a lot of inflammation in my body which causes a considerable amount of pain. I’ve always been one to seek out holistic healing first instead of western medicine  – which can often include harmful side effects.

I’ve know about the amazing benefits of turmeric for a number of years now (click here to read more) – and use this spice regularly in my daily cooking routine. After the car accident, I knew I needed to increase my daily intake of turmeric – a potent anti-inflammatory – to help relieve some of my pain.

Since the car accident, I’ve spent quite a bit of time seeking chiropractic care, acupuncture and massage therapy – as well as practicing yoga and changing my diet even more so (and I already ate a primarily organic plant based diet) to help my body heal. It’s been a long road to recovery and I am still not out of the clear – but as of late,  I’ve been able to start resuming some of the more intense activities I enjoy, such as mountain biking.

I don’t have a lot of disposable income these days, so I’ve come up with a couple of creative and inexpensive ways to consume turmeric – in addition to cooking. First off, I always buy turmeric in bulk at a health food store – it’s considerably less expensive than purchasing it prepackaged.

One of my favorite bed time treats and a fun way to consume turmeric, is a warm glass of coconut milk mixed with a teaspoon of turmeric and a teaspoon of raw honey. As strange as it sounds, it’s actually quite delicious and helps put me in a state of relaxation. You can also use milk – but since I am overly sensitive with the inflammation, I am not consuming much dairy.

A cup of delight - turmeric, coconut milk, honey
A cup of delight – turmeric, coconut milk, honey

The other thing I have done, is make my own turmeric supplement. Health food stores already carry turmeric supplements ranging from $20-$30 for a months supply – but for 1/3 of the cost and twice the amount, I make my own by filling capsules. You can purchase a bag of 250 empty capsules for less than $6. One capsule filled with turmeric and a hint of black pepper – black pepper helps the body adsorb turmeric – is about half a teaspoon.  I take 2 capsules 3 times a day with food. I have been on this regimen for a number of months now, and am amazed by the relief it has given me.

Making my own Turmeric supplement
Making my own Turmeric supplement

Can you imagine the amount of Advil I would have had to consume this past year to achieve the same results? The thought makes my stomach and liver hurt. I want to heal and avoid damaging my body further.

After experiencing the benefits first hand, this is something I highly recommend to anyone seeking an all natural approach to an anti-inflammatory.

 

 

 

 

 

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