The spice that colors your favorite curry dish could actually be one of the most powerful natural healers… and it’s right in your spice rack.  For centuries, turmeric has been used in both Chinese and Indian health systems as an anti-inflammatory.  These days, it’s used as a go-to healing spice that’s not spicy hot, as in heat, but “hot,” as in popular.

One of turmeric’s most beneficial uses is healing and helping the digestive system, which, in both Chinese and Indian systems, is said to be critical to overall health.  In other words, when your tummy is happy, the rest of your body is happier, period.  Turmeric has been used to treat inflammatory bowel syndrome, and some studies say it can prevent colon cancer.

Here are some easy ways to add turmeric to your daily diet, giving your tummy a regular shot of healing throughout the day.

  • Create A Morning Tea.  Before your morning coffee, create a healthy tea with juice from half a lemon, a teaspoon of turmeric and some raw honey.  It’ll cleanse, hydrate and lubricate your systems.  You might not even want your coffee afterward!   In the winter, add fresh slices of ginger.  In the summer, add a sprig of fresh mint.
  • Punch Up Lunchtime Dressings.  Add turmeric to your egg or chicken salad for extra color and health benefits that’ll blend in with the intended salad taste.  You can also sprinkle turmeric into your liquid salad dressing before you toss your greens, retaining all the benefits of your healthy lunch ingredients, plus the therapeutic properties of turmeric.
  • Add to Side Dishes.  Spice up your side dishes without making them spicy on your tongue.  Mix turmeric into couscous or brown rice (add other spices like cumin, coriander, cardamom or fennel for a taste boost).  You can also try sautéing your veggies in your cooking oil, then sprinkling turmeric on them as a last stage, or earlier – experiment!  Good bets are cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes and sweet peppers.
  • Power Your Dinner Protein.  A little lemon juice, broth, your planned spices – plus turmeric – will amp up your protein of choice, whether it’s chicken or fish or something else.  Try broiling or baking your protein as usual, and let it soak up the benefits of your turmeric-powered marinade.

Warning: tumeric is also a natural dye, used for years to turn fabric bold, mustard yellow.  It stains, so if it gets on your clothes, spot wash them immediately!  Meantime, feel this colorful spice brighten your digestive system with better health.