Most of us know the benefits of drinking warm water first thing in the morning. It cleanses the body from the inside, flushes out toxins from the digestive system, boosts metabolism, clears skin, etc. But what you might not know is that if you add just a small amount of Turmeric to your warm water, it will benefit you even more! Adding this powerful spice to warm water is the best thing you can do for your long-term health. Here are the benefits of drinking Warm Water with Turmeric in the morning:
- Gives An Instant Boost To Our Immune System
The lipopolysaccharides (endotoxins) in turmeric boost the immune system of the body and lowers the risk of catching Cold, Flu, or other nasty infections. Drinking this turmeric water regularly, especially in the winter months is definitely advisable to help defend against the viruses that are widespread in the colder months.
- Improves Digestion
Turmeric encourages the gallbladder to produce bile and other digestive enzymes that aid the body in proper digestion of food. When you start your day with turmeric water you set your digestive system for the rest of the day to digest the food properly.
- Balances The Sugar Levels In The Body
Turmeric helps the body to properly process the sugars inside the food, which prevents high blood sugar spikes. This property of the turmeric is very useful for the people with Diabetes.
- Helps In Weightloss
Drinking turmeric water prevents fat accumulation in the body. It is very helpful for the process of weight loss. The curcumin in turmeric has been found to prevent fat accumulation in the adipose tissues.
- Reduces Inflammation
Turmeric water stops inflammation which prevents damage to the joint tissues. This prevents or relieves joint pain and arthritis. So for people with arthritis, a warm glass of turmeric tonic is a brilliant start to the day.
- Improves Skin Health and Complexion
Turmeric has many benefits for the skin. Turmeric is a natural blood purifier. It removes toxins from the blood. Turmeric also has an antioxidant property which protects the skin from free radical damage and helps in brightening the overall skin and adds a healthy glow to it.
- Turmeric Protects Brain Cells
Turmeric reduces the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have found that the curcumin found in turmeric counteracts symptoms of Alzheimer’s, by blocking the formation of beta-amyloid, the protein substance believed to cause the cell and tissue loss. In addition, turmeric also reduces inflammation of neural tissues.
- Reduces The Risk Of Cancer
Regular consumption of turmeric can greatly lower the risk of cancer. Turmeric is one of the best ways to prevent tumours caused by radiation exposure.
- Keeps Your Heart Healthy
Turmeric is linked to lower cholesterol levels and the prevention of atherosclerosis, which is plaque buildup in arteries that can lead to stroke or heart attack. Turmeric may also help protect against blood clots developing on artery walls.
How Much Turmeric Should You Use?
1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder in one glass of warm or room temperature water is more than enough per day. You can also put this turmeric in your honey lemon water.
If possible add pinch of black pepper powder in the turmeric water. Adding black pepper to turmeric or turmeric-spiced food or drinks enhances curcumin’s bioavailability by 1,000 times due to black pepper’s hot property called piperine.
If you don’t like the taste of raw turmeric, then there are many good quality turmeric capsulesavailable in the market. You can also try ‘Turmeric Milk/Latte’ if you haven’t already. Read my previous blog on benefits of Turmeric Milk. It also has the recipe for making delicious Turmeric Milk/Latte at home!
By drinking turmeric water first thing in the morning, you can ensure that your body gets the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits of turmeric before you begin your day drinking, eating and exposing your body to harmful UV rays. Therefore, it is best to take turmeric before you eat or drink anything else in the morning.
Although turmeric is considered safe when taken in the recommended doses, pregnant women should avoid taking turmeric orally because it might stimulate the uterus. In addition, if you have any digestive issues like gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, talk to your doctor before using turmeric.