We know foods impact on the body is huge – inside and out. Since the beginning of the wholefood for the whole body journey, we have proven the brilliance of the avocado, discovered why Extra Virgin Olive Oil is referred to as liquid gold; explored natures very own multivitamin – the egg, we’ve found out how to cure-all with chamomile, benefited from ‘the fruit of the Angels’ – papaya, and enjoyed nature’s ultimate energy snack of bananas. This week we asked the question – what wholefood would you like to see featured as our wholefood for the whole body? And you responded with some great suggestions. So, this week has seen us eating and beautifying with a spice that has been used to treat a variety of ailments for more than 4000 years – turmeric.
Nourish from within:
Protect your body from free radicals with turmeric’s ability to increase the antioxidant capacity of the body.
Keep your brain healthy with the curcumin contained in turmeric. Curcumin is said to increase the brains level of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), a main driver for the formation of new neuron connections in the brain.
Improve liver function and detoxification with the effects of turmeric on the liver’s ability to detoxify xenobiotic (toxic) chemicals.
Be traditional with it: Turmeric is traditionally used in a lot of Indian cooking. This recipe is super yum as a soup, or you can add meat / extra veggies to make it in to a hearty curry http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Indian-Mulligatawny-Soup-I-Adore-Food_-200817?columns=3&position=20%2F56
Tip: Use sweet potato for the potato component of the recipe. If you are watching your weight, replace potato all together and use pumpkin instead.
Marinade with it: Turmeric is so flavoursome, it is the perfect marinade for just about anything. Make this mixture to quickly and easily transform any dish:
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp grated turmeric root
- 1 tsp grated ginger root
- A good squeeze of lemon juice
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- Pinch ground chilli
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- Pinch salt and pepper
In a clean bowl, mix all of the ingredients well until they form a paste. Rub in to meat or fish as required.
Start the day with it: Try replacing your regular morning ‘pick me up’ with an alternative in the form of a turmeric latte, you won’t regret it. Here’s what to do: http://theforgivingbody.com/turmeric-chai-latte-golden-coconut-milk/
Treating the outside:
The wide range of antioxidants; antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties, combined with the nutrients; protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, sodium, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc in turmeric means the advantages for the outside of the body are as incredible as for the inside.
- 1 tablespoons of organic turmeric root powder
- ½ tablespoons of baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil
Mix all of the dry ingredients in a clean bowl. Add the coconut oil and stir through until the mixture forms a thick orange paste.
Put a generous amount of the mixture on to your toothbrush and brush teeth with this for around 2 minutes. Spit and rinse well with plain water until the water becomes clear.
Tip: The paste will stain your toothbrush. Buy an inexpensive one you can use especially for this purpose only.
Turmeric and your usual foundation or tinted moisturiser.
Place your usual amount of foundation/tinted moisturiser on to a clean spatula or in to a small bowl. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and mix well with a clean foundation brush, apply foundation/tinted moisturiser as normal. This leaves the skin with a beautifully natural glow.
Tip: Start with a very small pinch of turmeric powder, blend with foundation/tinted moisturiser and test on the jaw line before applying to the entire face. Remember, you can always add but you can not take away!