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The Best Way to Use Turmeric for Inflammation: 8 Things to Understand | Naturopathic Dr

What if there really was a natural cure for your pain?

Those who suffer from inflammation often spend their entire lives looking for a medical solution. However, the best solution is all-natural: turmeric!

Turmeric can make your pain a thing of the past. However, you must understand the best way to use turmeric if you want to get its full benefits.

Here are a few of the things you must understand in order to get started!

1. The Way It Works

We have some solid ideas below for how you can use turmeric to help with your inflammation. First, though, it’s worth addressing the obvious question: just how does all of this work?

Doctors and researchers are still exploring the full extent to which turmeric deals with inflammatory pain. However, some studies have shown that regular turmeric doses help with things like itching, osteoarthritis, and even high cholesterol.

On top of that, many have used turmeric to help with things like heartburn, joint pain, IBS, and more. And while you should always consult with your doctor before altering your diet, it’s worth considering turmeric as a new way to deal with a variety of inflammatory aches and pains.

2. Everything in Moderation

Think of turmeric the same way you think about traditional medicine. Taking one or two pills may help you with a headache. But taking the entire bottle could lead to serious injury!

One thing you’ll notice about our turmeric ideas below is that they include relatively small doses of turmeric. While you may ingest small amounts over a long period of time, you don’t want to ingest too much turmeric all at once.

That’s because there can be some seriously annoying side effects. These include headaches, nausea, skin rashes, and digestive issues. And women who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding should skip turmeric altogether.

For everyone else, though, avoiding those side effects is just a matter of using turmeric as you should use everything else: in moderation. And the following ideas ensure that you’ll get just enough turmeric to deal with your pain!

3. Get Your Tea On

Sometimes, people worry it will be difficult to bring turmeric into their diet. If you’d like to keep things simple, there’s nothing quite like brewing some turmeric tea!

Start out by boiling a cup of water. Next, add a quarter teaspoon of ground turmeric. After 10 minutes of simmering and a quick strain, you have a healthy new brew to drink!

If you don’t like the flavor by itself, feel free to add things like honey or lemon. You’ll still get the great turmeric benefits for your inflammation.

Feel free to add this to your list of tasty, healthy teas!

4. Turmeric Veggies

For those who like to eat healthily, veggies are a regular part of the diet. But what if you could double up on those health benefits?

Next time you’re preparing some fresh veggies, add a bit of olive oil and turmeric. Feel free to add as many other seasonings as you’d like.

After roasting and tossing those veggies, you’ll have a healthy meal that also helps with inflammation. And things like turmeric diced potatoes are so yummy that you won’t even notice you’re eating healthy.

5. Make the Soup Special

Many worry about adding turmeric to their dishes because they think it will seriously alter the flavor. And that’s why adding turmeric to soup is such a genius move.

You can add turmeric to literally any soup. And if you don’t add more than 2 or 3 dashes of turmeric, the original flavor of the soup will stay the same.

We like this because you can prepare turmeric soups for other people without sacrificing any of the flavor they have come to love. For example, your kids will still enjoy the family soup recipe while eating a dish that helps with both inflammation and the common cold.

6. Keep Those Teeth Clean

Bear with us: this next idea may sound a little crazy. But one of the best ways to get more turmeric into your life is to brush your teeth with it.

You may think such a move would stain your teeth yellow. But while turmeric will definitely stain your toothbrush, it will leave your teeth sparkly white.

Keep in mind that this shouldn’t replace your regular toothbrushing. But occasionally applying turmeric to your teeth via a wet toothbrush and leaving it there for a few minutes is an easy and natural way to whiten your teeth.

Less inflammation and a brighter smile…what have you got to lose?

7. Salad Topping

Turmeric salad is a lot like turmeric soup. That is, it’s very easy to integrate turmeric into your favorite salads without affecting the overall flavor.

The easiest way to do this is to sprinkle a small amount of turmeric directly on top of your salad. Alternately, you can easily blend turmeric into any kind of homemade salad dressing.

Salad is already a great food to eat to help out with your digestion. And those suffering from things like IBS may be able to get an enhanced benefit by consuming turmeric.

8. Golden Milk

Everybody knows that a glass of warm milk can help you get to sleep. But what about a tall glass of golden milk?

“Golden milk” may sound like something out of a fantasy novel. However, his fancy name refers to a simple combination of warm milk, ghee, and oil.

You start out by making a turmeric paste. Just mix half a cup of simmering water with a quarter cup of ground turmeric and stir it into a paste.

Next, mix half a teaspoon of that paste and one cup of milk in a pan on medium heat. After 5 minutes, add half a teaspoon of ghee and drink the warm concoction.

You get all the sleepy time benefits of warm milk with the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric!

Best Way to Use Turmeric: Say Goodbye to Inflammation

Now you know how to find the best way to use turmeric. But do you know who can help you with other naturopathic needs?

We specialize in helping patients achieve health and happiness in a holistic way. To see how we can help with your naturopathic needs, contact us today

About The Author:

Dr. Karen Threlkel

Dr. Karen Threlkel

Dr. Threlkel received her degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from The National College for Naturopathic Medicine (now called The National University of Natural Medicine) in Portland, Oregon. She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology from The University of Maryland. She is licensed in Naturopathic Medicine by the Government of the District of Columbia Department of Health. Dr. Threlkel is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, past president & current member of the Washington DC Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

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