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.
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.
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.