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The RDs agree: Turmeric water is liquid gold for fighting inflammation

At Well + Well, we often underline the importance of adequate hydration with passion and emphasis. Research shows that optimal hydration levels are closely linked to longevity, and as we age, our hydration needs tend to equalize Moreover important.

That said, it’s no secret that many enjoy adding extra flavor (not to mention the health benefits) to H2O. What is not to love? One of our favorite ways to give a cup of plain water an extra tasty twist is to make turmeric water, a simple concoction with one of the most potent anti-inflammatory spices. We spoke to a registered dietitian and spice expert who shared how to make turmeric water at home. Ready to stay well hydrated all summer long?

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Health benefits of turmeric water

Turmeric water is a simple combination of water infused with turmeric, a plant in the ginger family native to Southeast Asia and grown commercially in that region, mostly in India. Notably, the bright orange plant contains curcumin, the main compound in turmeric that has strong anti-inflammatory properties.

Second Ujjwala Baxi, RD, a Registered Dietitian and VAHDAM India Ambassador, Turmeric Water is packed with delicious flavor and health benefits. Turmeric water is rich in antioxidants, which help unlock the body’s ability to reduce inflammation and stave off chronic disease. When stored toxins are cleared out, we’re able to release pain and open up our body’s cellular realm to new nutrients and boost immunity, says Baxi.

To boost the health potential of your turmeric water, try adding a sprinkle of black pepper to your glass, this makes the spice up to 2,000 times anti-inflammatory. Baxi points out that turmeric and fat can work synergistically in the body, too: When turmeric is paired with fats like ghee or oil, it can release flavonoids, an antioxidant compound that can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of disease. heart attacks, she says. When whipping up a cup of turmeric water at home, Baxi often adds a few drops of ghee and a pinch of black pepper.

Additionally, Baxi says turmeric water can be consumed at any time of the day. Its wholesomeness can be beneficial in the morning, on an empty stomach, or simply before, during, or after meals, he says.

Because turmeric is considered a sacred spice in India

People have used turmeric for its amazing medicinal properties for centuries. And in some places it even has a special cultural significance. For example, in India, turmeric is used for cooking, but it is also considered a sacred spice. Turmeric is considered a sacred spice and has its place in all Indian auspicious rituals and ceremonies. Golden spice is known to bring prosperity, happiness, good luck and harmony in relationships, all essential virtues for a well-settled family life, says Baxi.

Turmeric is considered a sacred spice and has its place in all Indian auspicious rituals and ceremonies. Golden spice is known to bring prosperity, happiness, good luck and harmony in relationships, all essential virtues for a well-settled family life, says Baxi.

The spice is also used in several Indian savory dishes or as a substitute for expensive saffron in sweet dishes, due to its distinct and vibrant yellow hue. Yellow turmeric root is not only used for curries, biryani and various regional cuisines, but also for making golden milk to boost immunity, says Baxi. And in addition to cooking, you can find turmeric in many skincare products to help brighten and smooth the complexion.

Time to sip. Greetings!

Turmeric water recipe

Makes 1 serving

ingredients
A few drops of clarified butter
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
A pinch of black pepper
1 cup of water
A splash of lemon juice

  1. In a small wok over medium-low heat, add a few drops of ghee. Heat the fat and turn off the flame.
  2. Add turmeric powder and black pepper powder. Mix well and add a cup of water.
  3. Boil the water and spice mixture. Once done, add the lemon juice just before consuming the water. Mix well before drinking.

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