Turmeric’s healthiest secret

Turmeric’s healthiest secretFirst it was kale. Then quinoa. Now turmeric is emerging as one of the latest health food trends — and for a good reason. Despite its low-key presence in your spice cabinet, turmeric is a detoxifying superfood.

As a member of the ginger family, this popular yellow root is loaded with a powerful anti-inflammatory, curcumin. By adding regular doses of turmeric to your diet, you can help prevent flare-ups of chronic neck or back pain.

Although it’s been around for thousands of years, turmeric is gaining steam among clean-eating fanatics. If you’ve seen golden milk recipes trending online, you’ve probably guessed it — the signature golden color comes from turmeric, much like in Thai or Indian curries.

Put a spin on this popular food for back pain with this chilled turmeric drink:

Chilled golden milk

Makes one cup

1 tablespoon fresh, grated or 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric root
1 teaspoon of powdered ginger
1 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon raw honey
Powdered cinnamon or nutmeg

If using fresh turmeric, peel and then grate it onto a plate or cutting board. Add the grated or powdered turmeric and powdered ginger to the almond milk in a small saucepan, stir and bring to a boil. Take off the burner and out a lid on the saucepan. Let the mixture brew for about 10 minutes. Strain the mixture if desired, or pour directly into a cup. Stir in the honey while the drink is warm. Add ice cubes to the cup and stir. Then top with a pinch of powdered cinnamon or nutmeg (or both).

By increasing this recipe, you can even make a larger batch for the next two or three days. With the plentiful antioxidants packed into turmeric, you can also help other health conditions like diabetes, indigestion and heart disease. This recipe is also a great replacement for any coffee that contains added sugar and processed ingredients that cause inflammation.

Living with a chronic spine condition isn’t easy, but adding another food for spine health to your diet is always a good idea. If your neck or back pain has become debilitating, you may need more treatment than a diet change. Reach out to Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally invasive outpatient procedures.

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