Turmeric , what can I say about turmeric, besides it has an intriguing taste, awkward mustardy color & it’s supposed to be one of the most amazing anti-inflammatory spices. This post is directed toward any autoimmune sufferer who is very tired of modern medicine & its side effects…..ME!
Winter has been tough for me because of a change in medicine. My issue with modern medicine is that it treats one hurts one for me. The new infusion Entyvio has done wonders for my colitis but has been hard on my juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. For this reason, I’m willing to try natural means just so I don’t have to add another pill into the “big box ‘o pills” I have to take everyday.
For the past week I have been having a funky coffee blend & while it doesn’t taste much like my regular cup of joe, I’m willing to give it a shot. My blend is listed below.
Funky Coffee Recipe
1 cup (or more depending on your coffee addiction) simply smooth Folgers coffee
1 tsp turmeric spice
1 tsp cinnamon spice
1 tsp ginger spice
2 tbsp powdered creamer (non-dairy)
1 tbsp coconut oil
Honey to taste
I blend all with my nutribullet for a frothy feux-Starbucks look but it’s definitely not your average Starbucks coffee.
Improvements I have noticed drinking this recipe:
* Throughout the day, my back pain is much less, just a sore feeling instead of pain.
* I have more energy!
* I have been sleeping more soundly.
* The urgency with my gut that I usually feel several times a day is drastically reduced. Maybe once a day instead of 3 to 4 times a day.
So I took to the internet to research the above spices. I started with turmeric. Turmeric, sometimes pronounced as tu-mer-ic, is used in many Indian & Bangladesh foods as well as curries. I have found its coloring to stain very easily so wash your cups immediately after use. Research is ongoing but suggests that it is a natural pain reliever, can help lower the risk of cancer, strong anti-inflammatory plant, strengthens immune system, improves cognitive function, helps boost mood, lowers the risk of heart disease, helps keep memory sharp, helps reduce & prevent arthritis & is anti-aging.
Of most interest to me is the idea that it could, with regular use, reduce & prevent arthritis symptoms. Coupled with an alkaline diet (next order of business to look into), turmeric can help calm inflammation that causes joint pain. The results will not be instantaneous but with a build up in the system over time, can reduce inflammation without causing the unwanted side effects of pharmaceuticals.
Next but not least, what does cinnamon do for you? Cinnamon also has a great resume including anti-inflammatory qualities but it’s list is more widely varied. According to authoritynutrition.com, cinnamon was a gift fit for a king in ancient times. The appeal of cinnamon today is that it’s cheap, available in most supermarkets & flavorful for all kinds of foods. Bring on my childhood favorite, cinnamon toast! My mom made the best!
The benefits of cinnamon include being loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties (yay), may cut the risk of heart disease, can improve sensitivity to insulin, lowers blood sugar, could be beneficial for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s, can be a protective against cancer, fight bacterial & fungal infections, & may help fight the HIV virus.
Lastly I checked out the top ten health benefits of ginger. I already know that it makes nausea better when your pregnant or at least it did for me. I’m pretty sure I lived off ginger flavored Preggie Pops for three weeks with each of my babies. Maybe that’s why I have two red heads, bawhahaha! The top ten Heath benefits includes soothing the stomach, reduces nausea, reduces muscle soreness, boosts your immune system, is anti-viral, reduces inflammation, is anti-carcinogenic (anti-cancer benefits), improves cognitive function, can help relieve cramps for women, & helps reduce cholesterol. That ginger packs a punch!
It may be too good to be true or it could absolutely be true but I’ve got to try either way. I’m not going to let disease win! I’m very willing to try natural remedies, especially if it revolves around my favorite morning beverage.