I’m almost ready to start my day. I wrap up my morning by finishing off my last gulp, tipping up my mug for the chunks of yellow and bright orange. Bliss.
Wait, that doesn’t sound very appealing, does it? Let’s rewind.
Turmeric has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, and current clinical trials are affirming the benefit of curcumin, the main compound in turmeric. Curcumin is being studied in Alzheimer’s patients, cancer treatments, people with liver problems and several other health issues. It has also been demonstrated to be a safe and effective anti-inflammatory.
Ginger is a health superstar as well. From whfoods.com:
In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.
Cancer prevention, organ health, digestive benefits and anti-inflammatory compounds on top of that? We already comprehend that inflammation is literally our enemy; not only does it cause pain, but disease as well.
So we’re all on board with consuming more turmeric and ginger, but perhaps you’re wondering how to incorporate more into your nutritional routine. There are limitless ways to derive the healthy benefits of roots like these. They can be ground up into spices or pickled and used as condiments. After some experimentation though, I’ve added a new element to my AM routine. I like to begin my mornings with the perfect combination of breakfast and blues. Lately, I’ve been closing out this ritual by slicing off a square of turmeric and ginger roots, dropping them in a mug and pouring boiling water over the top. The liquid draws out all the spice and nutrients and makes a delicious (and beautiful) tea.
I’ve found my simple routine to produce a nice combination of subtle flavors and a satisfying way to put a cap on my morning experience. When the last drop of hot water goes down, I’m left with the two squares at the bottom of my glass. Why would I toss them away in haste? Rather, I chew on them for a while; sucking out every last bit of healing properties they have to offer.
Then, I head to my 5 x 5 workout, knowing that the earth is protecting me when I dip into my deep, heavy squat.
Until my next bizarre idea,
- Peel one half inch chunk each of turmeric and ginger root.
- Place in a mug.
- Pour boiling water over the roots.