I enjoy starting my day with some warm lemon water, and I’ve been doing it for a few years now.
It has so many health benefits, including the ability to detox your body by kick-starting the digestive system in the morning.
While I always enjoy my lemon water each morning, I’ve been trying to find a good way to mix up this morning ritual. With a bit of research, I found the idea of adding turmeric to my lemon water.
It definitely gives you a different taste, but even better, the turmeric offers some health benefits of its own.
What Does Turmeric in Lemon Water Taste Like?
Many people wonder if turmeric will actually taste good in their lemon water. From my experience, I’ve found that the turmeric eliminates the sour taste that comes with lemons.
It also adds a peppery flavor to the water. I’ll be honest, it takes a bit of time to get used to the different taste. I would recommend starting with only a small amount of turmeric.
Then you can build up to adding more to the water as you begin to get used to the taste. Starting with a small amount also gives you a chance to see how the turmeric affects the digestive system.
Now, this sounds strange, but you should consider adding a bit of black pepper to your turmeric and lemon water. Apparently, there’s something in black pepper that makes it easier for the body to absorb certain nutrients, such as curcumin.
If you already eat a lot of black pepper regularly, you may not need to add any pepper to your water. However, since I usually don’t eat much black pepper, I always add some freshly ground black pepper to my drink.
Of course, it’s always a good idea before you start any kind of new diet or health regimen. Make sure that these ingredients won’t interfere with any medications that you may be taking.
I figure that it can’t hurt to add a bit of turmeric to my lemon water in the morning. Here’s how you can do it.
- 1/4 of a lemon
- a dash of turmeric
- warm water
- a dab of honey (optional)
Squeeze 1/4 wedge of a lemon into an 8oz mug.
Add the turmeric.
Add warm water.
Add honey to taste, if desired.
Keep a spoon in the cup as turmeric will fall to the bottom, so the drink will need to be mixed again.
Turmeric – The Health Benefits
Turmeric is a spice that gives curries and mustard that dark yellow color. This spice is also a great nutritional supplement that packs a powerful punch.
Chemical compounds, known as curcuminoids, are found in this Indian spice. Out of the curcuminoids, curcumin happens to be the best one, offering antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This compound also makes it easier for the body to absorb other essential antioxidants.
Studies have shown that curcumin can help reverse, or at least delay, some types of brain disease in rats. Other research indicates that this compound can help reverse and prevent cardiovascular disease by improving the function of the inner lining of blood vessels.
Even cancer patients can benefit from curcumin since studies show that it can help to kill most types of cancer cells and keep existing cells from spreading. This compound also contributes to treating depression and is useful for treating other health problems as well.