You must have heard of the expression ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ Nowadays that apple is often substituted by turmeric, a type of flower whose roots are used for consumption. Its popularity is nothing new. It has been used as a medicine for centuries, initially in Asia and later on the other continents as well.
Turmeric provides plenty of benefits. Thanks to its main constituent, curcumin, this root is a mighty antioxidant that can boost your immune system over the roof. Furthermore, it has anti-inflammatory features, meaning it can help the body fight off inflammation caused by unwanted intruders such as viruses or bacteria.
How can we consume turmeric?
I like seasoning my soup with a mix of turmeric powder and black pepper (which activates the curcumin) or use it while cooking lentils, making turmeric gold milk, sprinkle it on potatoes that are about to be baked, or even in a salad dressing. All in all, I use it in most dishes I cook just like a regular ingredient among the other spices I would usually put. An alternative way to consume it is by making the famous turmeric shot. You can find these shots in most supermarkets, but why spend money on something you can do at home for half the price?
I prefer making big batches that will save me a couple of days of preparing shots and I tend to use only three ingredients: 2 tablespoons of turmeric powder, a pinch of black pepper, and fresh oranges. However, you can also add ginger and lemon juice. Now I warn you. It’s not going to be the tastiest thing you’ve tried, especially if you put in ginger as well, which will only make the shot stronger and spicier. The preparation takes only a couple of minutes. Squeeze the juice of four to five oranges, add the turmeric powder and black pepper and shake it.
Drink this potent “magic potion” first thing you get up in the morning and I promise you, it will not only wake you up but will also fill you up with much-needed energy.