Superfood: Turmeric

TurmericRoot7a_0In light of our second chakra, or in Sanskrit Swadhisthana, located just below your navel, is associated with feelings and emotions, gut-instincts and intuition, creative realization, playfulness, passion and sexuality. Its color is pumpkin orange. Spiritual and emotional issues that can block energy in the second chakra are balancing your drives toward sex, money, and relationships; co-creating with others; defining boundaries; and struggling with when to give and take and when to be assertive and passive. Physical aliments typically associated with a dysfunction or blocked second chakra are low back pain, irritable bowel movements and low libido, which can be caused from inflammation found in our cells and organs.

We’re highlighting turmeric as the superfood for the day as a compliment to help energetically open this richly layered chakra, due to it’s vibrant yellow-orange color and as a means to help unblock and soothe our second chakra while nourishing our body. And I mean how wonderful is mother nature to supply this wonderful, similarly colored, healing food to help reduce inflammation in the body.

About Turmeric

turmericTurmeric, which is made from the root of the curcuma longa plant, gets its super powers from an antioxidant called curcumin (no relation to cumin). Traditional Indian medicine Ayurveda —  has used the spice for its medicinal powers for thousands of years to cure inflammation-based conditions ranging from irritable bowel syndrome and autoimmune disorders to arthritis and tendonitis. Chronic inflammation is responsible for many serious illnesses, including heart disease and some cancers, so adding anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric can help relieve pain, swelling, and redness that may come with inflammation. Plus, it may help fight infections and help treat digestive problems.

Even more modern studies have found this magical compound can prevent the growth of cancer cells by decreasing swelling and inflammation. Some research suggests turmeric’s antioxidant powers may also help slow cancer growth and for those already suffering, make chemotherapy more effective and help protect the body’s healthy cells from radiation therapy damage. Aside from its antioxidants, tumeric’s anti-estrogen compounds can help fight the growth of breast tissue tumors thought to be caused by estrogenic compounds found in food, pesticides, and other chemicals. While turmeric has been studied and proved to help relieve inflammation symptoms from the body more research is still desired and needed to fully understand the complete health benefits of this superfood. To get your turmeric love affair underway try this delicious healing elixir…

Yellow-Orange ‘Heal Me’ Smoothie
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup coconut water
1 inch fresh ginger
1 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cinnamon
A pinch of pink Himalayan salt
Top with a squeeze of lime, to taste
A drizzle of raw honey, optional
Turmeric Info Source: Greatists
Photos: myombody
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