- ¼ inch of turmeric
- Small sliver of raw ginger (not necessary, only add if you have it)
- 1/3 cup of fresh Orange Juice
- ¼ cup filtered water (I use APEC reverse osmosis)
- ¼ teaspoon of black pepper (I never measure. I just eyeball it).
* Can add in cinnamon as well
- Mix all ingredients in a blender (I use a Vitamix).
- Drink all at once, or divide it into 2-3 doses to drink throughout the day (store in fridge).
- To be honest I’m not a fan of how turmeric tastes, so before I drink it I take a deep breath in, exhale and down the entire drink. Then I follow it with a sip of orange juice.
- Be sure to add in black pepper. Black pepper is what allows your liver to digest the curcumin found in the turmeric. Think of it as the Trojan Horse to the liver. Without the black pepper, your body is unable to process all the anti-inflammatory properties of it.
- For more information on Turmeric please check out my other Turmeric post here: Turmeric + Black Pepper.
- You can find the Vitamix I use on Amazon or you can go to the Vitamix website and buy refurbished (that’s how I bought mine). You can find the Omega Juicer on Amazon or on Bed Bath and Beyond’s website & can use your 20% off coupon. I really like the Starwest Peppercorn. I buy it off of Amazon in bulk. It’ll last you a long time!
Where to buy it:
- You can find it at most grocery stores in the refrigerator isle.
- During season, I’m able to buy it from my local Farmers Market.
- Can buy this at most Juice Bars or make yourself.
- Juice around a handful of turmeric root through your juicer (I use an Omega Juicer).
- Add Black Pepper.
- Quickly drink it and bite into an orange slice.
- I stick to drinking only around 1-1.5 oz’s at a time. For me, more than that is too much.
Caution – Possible side effects:
Always talk to your medical provider before starting any new supplements or medications. If you decide to use Turmeric, it’s suggested that you take it at least 4 hours away from other medications.
If you have an allergy to Ginger, you might want to avoid Turmeric because they are in the same family.
Possible side effects of turmeric include, uterine contractions in pregnant women, elevated liver function tests (damage to the liver), increased risk of bleeding, increased menstrual flow, low blood pressure (dizziness), nausea, diarrhea, and kidney stones. You may want to avoid using turmeric if you have diabetes, as it can lower sugar levels. If you have gallbladder issues, you might want to steer clear, as Turmeric can potentially cause gallbladder contractions. If you have surgery coming up, you may want to avoid using Turmeric for at least 2 weeks, because Turmeric has the potential for decreasing blood clotting time. This could increase your risk for a serious bleed.
* If you’re on any anti-coagulant medications such as Plavix (clopidogrel), Coumadin (warfarin), Eliquis (apixaban) or aspirin, you need to use extra caution. Turmeric may also decrease blood clotting time.
JUST EAT REAL FOOD – Stop focusing on calories & focus on what you’re eating and how it makes you feel. Your body is always giving you signals, but many times we ignore them. Pay attention if you develop nausea, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, joint pain, rashes, sinus problems, or cold sores. If you develop any of these things after eating, it’s a good indicator that your body is giving you a clue to stop consuming something in your food. Many times these symptoms come from consuming chemicals, artificial coloring, and preservatives. Other times these symptoms can occur from a food allergy or sensitivity. Pay attention. Creating a food diary is a really great way to help you figure out what your triggers are. Food elimination diets are a great way to figure out what your triggers are.
Information in this posting is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Talk to your medical provider before starting any new supplements or medications.