Don’t Get Sick, Get Turmeric!


By Liz Perkins

Instead of suffering from colds and flus this fall, supercharge your body and diet with turmeric!

Turmeric can reduce the symptoms of a cold, even prevent them altogether! You will benefit greatly from the active ingredient, curcumin and the other components of this vibrant root. Let your body amaze you by how it knows just what to do when you give it this orange-yellow powerful rhizome (root).

You can include turmeric in your morning smoothie and get the benefits of its anti-inflammatory properties or even add it to your afternoon tea or evening meal. This amazing yellow spice is an immune system modulator as it helps your white blood cells work together in harmony so that you can fight off invaders (viruses, bacteria and fungi) better and stay sniffle-free.

You want to give your body what it needs and it makes sense to use food to do that – you may be surprised by just how much your body will grow to want and benefit from this spice.  

Here are some tasty recipes to try using one of Nature’s most beneficial roots!

For breakfast, use turmeric in this smoothie recipe. You will love the color and the rich flavor.

Autumn Turmeric Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
  • 1 cup hemp or coconut milk
  • ½ cup pumpkin or squash chunks
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp powdered ginger
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp chia seeds, soaked overnight in ¼ cup water
  1. Blend in blender, enjoy!

Before bed, make sweet and spicy golden turmeric milk to encourage sleep.

Turmeric Milk Bedtime Tonic
  • 1 cup pastured organic milk or nut milk
  • 1-2 tsps turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  1. Heat milk in pan until it is just steaming.
  2. Add turmeric, stir and pour in mug.
  3. Add honey if desired and top with a dash of cinnamon.

Now that you have some ideas on how to include turmeric in every meal of the day, you can be assured that you are giving your body a potent immune system modulator (and if you DO get a cold, you can always make a paste of 1:1.5 turmeric with honey and see if that helps reduce your symptoms: turmeric honey cold paste).

Give these ideas a try and find out which way you like turmeric the best – and feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below! We love hearing from you!


Liz Perkins

Liz Perkins

Integrative Nutrition Cancer Advocate at Liz Perkins Nourishing
Liz Perkins, MS. is an Integrative Nutrition Cancer Advocate.She is the mom of a leukemia survivor and leads clients through cancer with whole foods, meditations and humor.
Liz Perkins


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