Turmeric, a cousin to ginger, is a magical medicinal root. It boasts potent antioxidant power, boosts the immune system and is known to prevent & fight disease. And that's not all....Turmeric is most notably known for it's extremely powerful anti-inflammatory properties. You might be thinking, is inflammation really that big of an big issue? It is. Most commonly we think of inflammation on the surface of our skin, as it becomes swollen & red from an injury. But inflammation also happens inside of our bodies as well, on a cellular level. And that type of inflammation is the root cause of many health conditions like heart disease, cancer & arthritis. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years to prevent & treat illnesses for those very reasons. And when paired with black pepper it increases the bio-availability, meaning our bodies can absorb & use it to it's full potential. In combination with black pepper it also breaks the blood brain barrier so it can help treat & prevent diseases of the brain, like Alzheimer's & Dementia.
As a health coach people always ask me "where do I start?". No matter who they are in their health journey or what their health concerns might be I always say the same thing, "start with Turmeric!". You can incorporate it into your daily life by taking it as a supplement or adding it to your food. Try adding it to your smoothie, stir fry, roasted vegetables, soups, curries, tea- whatever you like! And you don't need a lot, this is potent stuff. Just 1/4 tsp a day will do the trick. The recipe I'm sharing with you here is great to try if you have access to fresh turmeric & a dehydrator. If you don't you can buy it in a powder or as a supplement in a capsule. Just make sure you get it from a reliable source and check to make sure it has black pepper in it as well. As always, choose organic whenever you can!
Makes approximately 8 oz of powder
1 lb fresh turmeric
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
Approx 2 quarts of water
start by snapping the turmeric apart & Washing it very well as there might be some dirt inside of the folds of the fingers. Next slice it down into approx 1/4- 1/2 inch slices. The skin is very thin so there is no need to peel it off. Once it is processed put it into a pot & cover with water. bring to a boil & let it simmer for 45 min. strain the turmeric, but save the water! See Notes below for suggestion on what to do with .
Transfer the strained turmeric pieces onto your dehydrating trays. Turn your dehydrator onto 120 degrees and let it go for about 24 hours, just to be sure you get all of the moisture is out. The Turmeric will shrink in size considerably and the color will dull. Don't worry! This will still make you plenty of powder & the color will come back once you blend it.