If you have been investigating some of the latest diet crazes and fads, then you may have noticed a lot of buzz surrounding the gut. Your gut consists of a lengthy intestinal tract that is filled with a diverse colony of microorganisms.
In fact, there are a reported in your intestinal tract alone. These microorganisms help to digest food properly to provide you with the nutrients and energy you need to make the most of your weight loss plan.
Turmeric and Inflammation Control
If you have read up a bit on the gut, then you may know there are certain things that can disrupt the delicate balance of healthy microbes in your digestive system.
On such thing is bodily inflammation. Research suggests that Inflammation can disrupt the way that microorganisms are able to access nutrients in the intestines.
When the microorganisms can no longer feed and breakdown the nutrients, the beneficial bacteria start to die off and harmful microorganisms begin thriving. Helpful bacteria also die because swelling causes a reduction in the oxygen available in the intestinal tract. Beneficial gut bacteria need the oxygen to live and die when they are deprived of the nutrient.
Occasional bloating, a poor diet, and diseases like inflammatory bowel disease can cause some intestinal swelling issues, and certain foods and spices can reduce this inflammation. Turmeric is one such spice.
Turmeric contains a compound, called curcumin, that acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. When you eat the spice, the curcumin reduces some of the chemical compounds released by the body that cause swelling to occur. The swelling reduction occurs across the intestinal tract, gut, and elsewhere in the body (like around your joints).
Adding Turmeric to the Diet
Turmeric is a versatile spice that can be added to a wide assortment of dishes. Use the turmeric to create curry or add it to your split pea soup, coconut bisque, or your favorite chicken dish. Since turmeric can add a bit of heat, try using it in place of black pepper, red pepper, or cayenne spice when you cook.
If you really enjoy the taste of the turmeric, then you can make a tea out of it. For the greatest benefits, try brewing a cup at least a few times a week. Boil one cup of water using your stove or microwave and pour the water into a mug. Stir in one-quarter teaspoon of turmeric and let it sit for five minutes. If using fresh spice for the tea, make sure to drain it. A small sieve or strainer can work well for this.
Add a teaspoon of honey, a splash of lemon, and a bit of ginger to the tea and enjoy.
If turmeric is just not your thing or if you do not like the taste of your tea, then you can take a turmeric supplement. Capsules are a good option and you can typically find tablet supplements as well. When you buy your supplements, make sure the capsules contain between about 500 and 800 milligrams of curcumin.