Let’s Talk Turmeric

by Monday, April 3, 2017

Ok.  Ok.  Ok.

Turmeric has been having a major moment you guys.  It is everywhere!  Lattes, energy shots, juices, smoothies, in your favorite healthy dishes.  Literally everywhere.  I basically can’t open up Instagram without seeing something involving turmeric.

(Maybe I follow too many health accounts?….Nope.  Never enough)

Anyway.  Real talk here:  I have never been a fan of turmeric…the taste I mean.  Bleh.

GASP.

I know.  You’re not really supposed to say that if you’re someone in the health and wellness world, but oh well…I admit it.  The taste of turmeric just doesn’t do it for me.

I also don’t really like Indian food, and I guess turmeric just tastes like Indian food to me….only bitter.

I have tried it mixed into cold pressed juice, and have liked it in small doses (like…super small) but when I tried a few other drinks I just could’t get on board at all.

BUT I WANT TO BE ON BOARD SOOOO BAD YOU GUYS!!!

Turmeric is SO good for your body.  I want to like it because I want its benefits.  Lets talk about those benefits, shall we?

It is a natural anti-inflammatory agent:

The most important compound in turmeric is called curcumin.  Curcumin has incredible anti-inlfammatory effects within the body.  Many people suffer from chronic long term inflammation and a lot of the details can get pretty complicated but the general gist is that a lot of diseases and conditions people suffer from are caused by inflammation.  Turmeric helps fight inflammation in the body.

 

It increases the antioxidant capacity of the body:

Curcumin is s very potent antioxidant, which helps protect our bodies from free radicals.  It also aids our bodies natural antioxidants we already have, so it sort of delivers a double dose of antioxidant power, to keep your body healthy and strong.

 

Ease digestion and digestive issues:

The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric greatly benefit people who suffer from tummy troubles.  It eases inflammation in your digestive organs, and in turn helps reduce stomach pains and discomfort.  I have a sensitive stomach, so this is something I need!

 

Clearer skin:  

Again with inflammation!!  A lot of skin troubles are triggered by inflammation- I know mine are!  Turmeric can help clear up skin troubles long term.

 

Brain Boost:

Curcumin is known to boost brain hormone levels that increases neuron growth and help keep your brain functioning well as you get older.

 

Heart Health:

Curcumin has been shown to help keep your heart healthy and may help prevent heart disease, which is the number one killer in the world!

SO, you can see why I want to like this stuff right?

Well…I went to an event hosted by Reebok over the weekend, where they introduced a new turmeric latte mix made by GoldynGlow.  I was hesitant at first, but I actually really loved the latte!  The blend of spices really made it taste good and creamy, without the bitterness I am used to.  I wouldn’t chose it over coffee or a smoothie just yet, but I can definitely palate it.

 

So I decided to put myself on a 30 day turmeric challenge.  Guinea Pig Katrina!

I know all the benefits of turmeric, but I haven’t experienced them.  I want to, and I want to track the effects and share my experiences with you.  I tend to always be a skeptic, but this is one challenge I am excited for and optimistic about!

I plan to consume 1 tsp of the turmeric powder blend 2-3 times a day.  I will make lattes and share the recipe with you (soon!) and dabble in cooking with the spice blend.  I may even throw some in a smoothie!

OH!  It is important to note that you need to consume turmeric with black pepper, coconut or fats to help it absorb into the body!  It doesn’t absorb easily naturally, so you need to give it a little help.  I did some more research and found that most people drink it with some coconut oil, coconut milk or in a meal with some healthy fats.  YUM!  I can totally do that.

So today marks day 1 of 30.  I have already consumed one latte today and I plan to have another in the evening.

Have you tried turmeric products?  Do you have any favorites?  Tell me!  Tell me!

I want to hear your experiences too!

Wish me luck!

XO Katrina

*This is not a sponsored post.  

I just honestly like the product and am excited 

about finding one I love ♥

 

 

 

2 Responses
  • Steve Valle
    April 4, 2017

    Hi, katrina. I take Turmeric in capsule form. My knee had been bothering me. It does help. I drink with a glass of water daily.

    • fitkatadmin
      April 14, 2017

      Awesome! Good to know. A few people have mentioned the capsules to me. One I finish this 30 day with the powder, I will try the capsules!

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