I have been swotting up on foods that can help us feel extra good. Frankly, if there are natural wonder foods out there that can help us with the battle against feeling depressed / like a wooden plank then I’m going to gobble them all up!
Luckily I stumbled upon a book called ‘Healing Spices’ by Bharat B. Aggarwal which, as you can imagine, contains hundreds of healing remedies and wonder spices. In the book there are 11 pages, that’s eleven pages dedicated to the super powers of Turmeric.
Curcumin found within Turmeric is the special thing, it is said to be a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory which can benefit the health of almost every organ in the human body and help fight against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. WOW right?
The extra special thing about Turmeric is that it is said to help fight depression. YES! Aggarwal refers to animal studies which have found that circumin boosted serotonin and dopamine levels in mice and reduced depression-like behaviour.
This is why I have now added Turmeric Tonic to my morning routine. If you want to join in you just need to mix together:
- 1 mug of boiling water
- 1/2 tsp of Turmeric
- Squeeze of lemon
- Honey to taste (if required)
I have to admit, this is definitely not the most delicious thing I’ve ever tried. It’s kind of earthy, and you have to keep stirring it otherwise the spice just floats to the bottom and you end up with a nasty surprise. but the health benefits far out weigh the not-particularly-yummy concoction.
I’d love to hear about your recipes for Turmeric Tonic, or any other pearls of wisdom about different spices we should try. Let me know below!