In todays world of ever-changing diet fads and eating plans, it’s understandable to wonder if there is a simpler way to boost our overall health with our food choices. Well, guess what, there is a simpler way! When seeking out new ways to eat healthy we tend to make drastic changes; like, uprooting our entire eating habits. However, there’s an easier way to go about this or at least a way to gradually begin to make bigger changes. A great way to do this is by paying closer attention to what spices are being used in the food we’re consuming. Throughout history herbs have proven to have profound medicinal and health aiding properties. One of the best examples of this is turmeric.

Turmeric is a flowering plant that is a member of the ginger family. Like ginger, the root of the turmeric plant is used for cooking, dying items, and making medicines. Ingesting turmeric has been reported to ease heartburn, joint pain, and stomach pain as well as decreasing infections, stomach ulcers, and high cholesterol. Turmeric is a great natural anti-inflammatory agent which also aids in relief from everyday maladies including; headaches, bronchitis, colds, and even yearly allergies. However, it is important to note that ingesting turmeric in its original natural state isn’t enough to benefit from its health aiding properties. This herb needs a bit of a boost to get things going in our bodies.

While adding this spice to everyday life is pretty simple, it’s not as easy as throwing a little bit of turmeric on everything we eat. As stated by Jennie Miremadi in her blog, “Four tips to Increase Turmeric Absorption”, “curcumin (the major active compound in turmeric) is poorly absorbed in the body and has minimal impact on blood levels when taken alone (ii).” But, don’t worry, this is an easy fix. All we need to add is a little bit of any of the following four ingredients or methods of preparation; black pepper, fat (oil, protein, dairy), quercetin-rich foods (onions, broccoli, citrus fruits), or heat. Voila! Turmeric activated! Check out Jennie’s blog,, for more in depth information on these methods and ingredients.