Want to stay well this winter and avoid any colds or flu? Prefer to do so without having the ‘flu shot’ or taking pharmaceuticals?

Great! So do we and it seems we have the perfect, anti-bug, natural solution.

Turmeric.

Of course, you’re thinking, we have all heard it before about turmeric being such a wonderful anti-inflammatory and we have all seen a pretty yellow latte on our feeds, but can this spice actually help us all stay well this winter?

Absolutely!

In fact, some experts have been quoted saying “turmeric may be the most effective natural antibiotic in existence.” So, it’s no wonder facts and posts on the golden spice keep reappearing on our screens.
So, our suggestion today is, that rather than wait until you need antibiotics or pain killers, why don’t you try adding just more turmeric into your day-to-day lives to help build your immunity before the cold months really set in, giving your body the strength and resilience to fight off any bug.

How does it help?

Although commonly considered in the western world as nothing but a curry ingredient, turmeric has actually been used for thousands of years as an excellent natural antibiotic and remedy for treating many diseases in ancient Asian cultures. This evidence is all well documented in any Ayurvedic or Chinese medical practices. It’s just great that now, western studies and science are backing up these theories.
Some in-vitro studies have indicated that regular, daily consumption of turmeric helps to;
+ improve digestion
+ fight bad bacteria in the GUT whilst increasing good bacteria
+ clean the colon systems which keeps everything moving along healthily
+ boost antioxidant levels
+ decrease inflammation around the body
+ modulate the immune cells
+ enhances the body’s natural antibody responses

Now since oxidative stress and inflammation often go hand in hand with bacterial infections, and as turmeric has been proven to be an established anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, this makes it an ideal candidate to use in combination therapies against bacterial pathogens of humans.

The positives

In addition to the array of benefits listed about, turmeric can’t hurt you, literally. Probably the best thing about taking turmeric daily is the no negative side effects, unlike some that can arise from taking pharmaceutical drugs. A great, natural herbal solution.

The dose

We recommend taking 1-2, high grade organic turmeric capsules daily, that have high curcumin content and balanced with black pepper for absorption. Alternatively trying adding 1-2 Golden Lattes into your day.

Check out the full range at Golden Grind – the all Australian made and owned turmeric experts.

Sources:
1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17211725
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4910474/
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4374920/
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Guest post written by Tahli Watts. The opinions expressed in this article are the authors own and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Vegan Company itself. 

About the Author

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Tahli finished a double degree of Exercise and Health Science (Nutrition) at Deakin University in 2009. She has since had extensive experience in the health and wellness space working for companies such as Made Group (Nutrient Water, Cocobella, Rokeby Farms) and Bounce Foods, as well as running her own personal training business.

Tahli has represented Victoria in Gymnastics, Track and Field and Gridiron.

Along with her Mother, she has successful opened and sold two health cafes – The Kallista Tea Rooms and Evolve Fair Food Store, both pioneers of their time and both well reviewed by industry publications including Broadsheet and The Age Good Food Guide.

In early 2016 she founded Golden Grind along with her Husband, Renwick and Sister, Sage. She is currently the Managing Director of Golden Grind, studying a Masters in Nutritional Medicine (Via ACNEM) and working to establish her latest business Be Bliss Baby – Modern Cloth Nappies.

Tahli is also Mother to beautiful little girl, Hazen.

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