Turmeric is the golden yellow spice used in Asian curries. It is obtained from the ginger-like rhizome of Curcuma longa, a tropical herb from India. The well-researched anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer properties of turmeric make it worth including in your diet. If you are not a curry fan, turmeric milk is an excellent option.
Turmeric milk is an infusion of either dry turmeric powder or fresh turmeric root (rhizome) in milk. It is traditionally used in Indian households for treating specific diseases as well as a tonic for general health. This drink is easy to prepare and highly palatable, the milk taking most of the spiciness out of turmeric. If that doesn’t convince you, the health benefits of this drink would.;
1. Turmeric milk helps build immunity
Turmeric milk is an excellent tonic to improve your general immunity against a host of diseases. It is especially useful in the cold and flu season, thanks to its antiviral effect. If you’re prone to pick up infectious diseases, make a habit of having a cup of turmeric milk on an empty stomach in the morning or just before bedtime at night.
This is particularly beneficial for children who tend to bring home not only colds and the flu, but chickenpox and measles from school and the playground. Swimmers and people who take public transport or otherwise engage in activities that bring them in close contact with a lot of other people would also benefit from a regular dose of this health promoting drink.
2. Gives relief from a cough and cold
Turmeric milk is a commonly used traditional remedy for a cough, cold, and other respiratory tract infections. Turmeric increases mucus production which naturally flushes out the microbes that have managed to get a foothold in the respiratory tract. The antiviral and antibacterial properties of turmeric can help fight the infections while the anti-inflammatory property helps relieve the symptoms. A cup of warm turmeric milk before going to bed will relieve nighttime coughing and provide restful sleep.
3. It is a good remedy for digestive problems
You can tackle most of the digestive tract problems with turmeric. That could be why it came to be regarded as an important culinary spice. It improves digestion, helps relieve gas and bloating as well as heartburn resulting from gastric reflux. Turmeric increases the flow of bile, which helps in fat digestion. Loss of appetite and indigestion can be successfully treated with a cup of turmeric milk a day.
Turmeric can prevent and treat gastrointestinal infections and get rid of worms. In the tropics where intestinal parasites are very common, especially in children, turmeric milk comes to the rescue.
4. It is a liver tonic
Laboratory tests and clinical studies have demonstrated the ability of the curcumin in turmeric to prevent and reverse liver cirrhosis and fatty liver. Liver, being the chemical hub of the body, is constantly engaged in the processing of chemical substances entering the body. That includes environmental pollutants, chemical additives in processed foods and drugs taken for other disease conditions. The hepatoprotective and detoxifying action of turmeric reduces the impact of injuries to liver tissue by these toxic substances. Increasing the production of bile, it helps remove biliary obstructions too.
5. It is an excellent blood purifier
Turmeric has always been regarded as an excellent detoxifying agent. Our body has to deal with an onslaught of toxins that enter the blood through our food and drink as well as the respiratory tract. They can damage not only the blood vessels but all the other tissues that the contaminated blood reaches.
Toxins in the blood are the underlying causes of many abnormal skin conditions and other diseases. Turmeric helps the elimination of blood impurities by improving the function of the liver which is entrusted with the duty of identifying these toxins and finding a way to eliminate them. Moreover, the diuretic effect of turmeric helps flush out these toxins through urine.
6. Clarifies the skin
Turmeric has been used externally as a beauty aid because of the visible changes it produces on the skin. It makes the skin smooth, removes fine lines and other signs of premature aging, reduces acne, and lightens scars. Internal use further enhances these effects and makes the skin clear of liver spots, rosacea and skin eruptions.
Taking turmeric milk regularly gives tremendous relief to eczema sufferers. Eczema is often considered as a skin problem, but it has deeper roots, probably issues with immune responses and toxin accumulation in the body. The immune modulating effect of turmeric and its detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties ease symptoms and prevent flare-ups.
7. Gives relief from autoimmune diseases
Autoimmune diseases stem from the faulty action of our immune system which is supposed to protect us from foreign agents like pathogenic microbes and toxic substances. For some unexplained reasons, the immune system turns against our own tissues and organs, and that results in autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, psoriasis etc. The treatment of these diseases in mainstream medicine is limited to suppression of symptoms since the exact causes cannot be identified.
People often report not only relief of symptoms but long-term remissions, or even complete cure, with alternative treatments with herbals. Turmeric scores high in this regard, especially in the case of problems with the digestive system, skin, and joints. Turmeric milk is a convenient way to derive the immune-modulating benefits of this wonderful herb.
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