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Health Benefits of Eating Turmeric and Ginger to Detoxify

 

Health Benefits of Eating Turmeric and Ginger

Health Benefits of Eating Turmeric and Ginger to Detoxify:

How I Developed the Turmeric/Ginger Broth and Roasted Cauliflower Detox Soup Recipe While Focusing on Their Health Benefits:

 As a chef, I cook all the time. There are sizeable health benefits to eating turmeric and ginger. Over the years, clean eating has become important to me. The rise of detox dieting has become a popular trend and it comes in different forms. Some diets are liquid based and are executed in the form of juices, smoothies, and tea remedies. Other forms of detoxification include the consumption of healthy foods in the form of solids. No matter what method you choose, they are each designed to produce their own health benefits.

I recommended that before starting a diet of any kind, you consult with your healthcare provider especially if you are taking medication. Some foods may trigger adverse effects with medications that you certainly want to avoid. A medical professional can provide you with information on what foods to limit or avoid based on your individual circumstances.Two things that are important to me in cooking is controlling food cost and food waste. I believe there are many practical ways to eat healthy and clean without bankrupting your wallet. I feel that this is possible using simple healthy ingredients that often already exist in our kitchens and pantries. I would like to share with you how I use herbs and spices to create an exciting and vibrant detox soup that will wake up and excite the palate, and is refreshing, boosts energy, and you feel great.

Flavor Patterns Cooking with Herbs and Spices:

There are many benefits to cooking with herbs and spices. Many of them offer fantastic health benefits and they add exhilarating flavor to food. When you add flavor to your dishes, food naturally wakes up your taste buds and enjoyment is almost inevitable. Common flavor components of herbs and spices include sour, sweet, salty, and tangy. Most commonly used herbs and spices include basil, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, rosemary and turmeric. Herbs come from the leafy green part of the plant, while spice comes from a part other than the leafy seed, root or bark.

My detox soup recipe uses turmeric, ginger and garlic to create a silky rich concentrated broth with roasted cauliflower prepared in two ways to promote both a creamy and textured combination of deliciousness. If you are like me, and have a pantry complete with wonderful herbs and spices waiting for your attention, then lets put them to good use. This detox soup recipe is a fantastic way to take those ingredients off the shelf and get them cooking in a pot of love that is healthy, boosts energy, is nutritious and refreshing while tasting great.

Turmeric and Ginger:

Turmeric and ginger are a combination of flavors that are delicious and offer significant health benefits when it comes to detoxification. Both contain antioxidants. Antioxidants work to prevent or stop cell damage caused by “oxidants” which are free radicals found in the environment and are also produced by the body. The body produces them naturally to fight off viruses and microorganisms that cause disease. If there are too many, they can cause damage and contribute to various health problems.

Benefits of Turmeric:

In addition to having antioxidant properties, turmeric has an anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps your immune system ward off unfavorable germs and chronic disease. Turmeric may assist fighting atherosclerosis, protect brain health and fight against dangerous infections according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

From a culinary perspective, turmeric has a warm peppery like flavor. It is sometimes used as a alternative to saffron. It is a major ingredient in curry powder, and it is used in Middle East and North Africa to flavor and color sauces, syrups, rice dishes, meat and vegetables. Turmeric is an important ingredient to the Arab ras el hanout spice blend and to the Indian marsala spice combinations. Worldwide it is used as a coloring in commercial foods such as canned beverages, dairy products, ballpark mustard, cereals, chips, cheese, butter, baked goods, ice cream, yellow cakes, cake icings, orange juice, popcorn, sauces and gelatins. The turmeric root can also be eaten raw or cooked and has a sweet nutty, slightly bitter flavor. In its natural state it contains significant amounts of vitamin C,E,and K, folate, niacin,pyridoxine, potassium electrolytes, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc.

Hajeski, Nancy, J. National Geographic Complete Guide to Herbs & Spices, Remedies, Seasonings, and Ingredients to Improve Your Health and Enhance Your Life. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society. 2015. Print.

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Benefits of Ginger:

In studying the benefits of ginger, researchers have found that ginger may also ease nausea and settles the stomach. Studies suggest that ginger may lower cholesterol and help treat heart disease where blood vessels can become blocked and lead to heart attack or stroke. Other studies suggest that ginger may help improve blood sugar control among people with type 2 diabetes; however, more study is needed to determine whether ginger is safe or effective for heart disease and diabetes.

From a culinary approach, ginger comes from the same family as turmeric and cardamom, but it is distinctive in taste. It’s brisk peppery flavor is adaptable to be used and served in a variety of ways. It is often associated with Asian, Arabic, and Indian cuisine. Ginger comes comes in a variety of different forms that can attract any palate, such as fresh, dried, crushed and powdered. Fresh ginger is the least potent. It is peeled and then sliced or grated. Dried ginger slices have a strong taste and a long shelf life. Ginger is used in soup stocks and curries. Crushed ginger provides the pungent taste of fresh ginger without the prep work. It is a tradition in Asian cuisine. The tangy ginger powder is most often used in baking and Indian spice blends.

Hajeski, Nancy, J. National Geographic Complete Guide to Herbs & Spices, Remedies, Seasonings, and Ingredients to Improve Your Health and Enhance Your Life. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society. 2015. Print.

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Benefits of Cauliflower:

Cauliflower is a plant-based food that is high in fiber and has been found to reduce the chance of developing many health conditions. Medical News Today, suggests that eating more plant foods like cauliflower has been found to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and can increase overall mortality, skin health, energy and weight loss. Side effects of eating cauliflower include eating it in excess because a balanced diet is important. It is also important to exercise variety in any diet and avoid overindulgence of individual foods.

Possible Health Risks include: Bloating if eaten in excess.Blood thinning due to high levels of vitamin K. Anyone on blood thinning medications should not consume large amounts of foods which contain vitamin K.

 

 

2 Comments

  • Gosia Posted November 14, 2017 8:11 am

    You know what I don’t like about the Turmeric root powder? It’s natural food coloring. I often at a pinch of this spice to many dishes – I am aware of its benefits for health but it annoys me sometimes. Some time ago I used my Thermomix to make steamed veggies and I spiced them (I added the Turmeric root as well) – till this day I can’t clean the lid of the device.
    Have you ever tried to prepare a golden milk? It’s a remedy for cold which contains a paste made of Turmeric root powder.
    It’s a very informative article. Definitely I’ll come back for more info regarding natural methods for detoxifying

    • Deneen Delevante Posted November 14, 2017 8:42 am

      Thanks Gosia, for visiting my site. Yes, you do have to be careful when cooking with Turmeric because it stains really good. I have been lucky so far. The flavor is wonderful though, and I appreciate all the healthy qualities it has to offer. I have not prepared a golden milk yet. I will do some research on it and try it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. After I research it I will post an article about it. This is cold season and many of us can benefit from its healthy properties.

      Thank you

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