When you are under mental stress, you'll quickly notice the physical effects on your body. For many people the first signs of stress result in neck, shoulder, back pain, and headaches. Chronic stress and inflammation can of course result in even deeper health concerns. This is why it is important to combat stress and inflammation as early as possible.
Some of my favourite natural supplements and remedies to reach for when I'm feeling stressed include essential oils , and magnesium baths. Supplementing with a good B-vitamin complex. Turmeric (more specifically curcumin found within turmeric) also provides great support during times of stress!
The key constituent found in turmeric that appears to be responsible for all of it's many health benefits is called curcumin. Curcumin is unfortunately hard for the body to absorb. There are many supplement companies that have developed ways to increase it's absorption, but these supplements can be expensive. Another great way to unlock the health benefits is to cook with turmeric and black pepper together. Black pepper increases the bio-availability of the curcumin by up to 2,000% !! (8)
Health Benefits of Curcumin
- Curcumin is one of the most effective anti-inflammatories in the world (1)
- May promote resilience to stress & anxiety in social situations (2)
- Due it's anti-inflammatory properties, curcumin promotes healthy, glowing skin (3, 4)
- Has anti-depressant properties (2)
- Has neuro-protective properties that could help promote memory and attention (5)
- May have anti-cancer effects (6)
- Has powerful anti-oxidant properties (7)
Curcumin has many health benefits and an increasing amount of scientific research supporting these claims. Due to chronic stress and the standard American diet, most of us experience inflammation in the body on some level. Incorporating more anti-inflammatory foods such as turmeric into your diet is a great way to combat long term stress, and it's delicious too!
How to Make a Golden Milk Latte
One of the easiest ways to supplement with turmeric that has been increasingly popular over the past couple of years, is turmeric golden milk lattés. Although it might not be as concentrated as taking a bio-active turmeric or curcumin supplement, turmeric golden milk is a great way to incorporate this stress-busting spice into your diet!
- Cha's Organics Turmeric Latte Instant Mix
- Unsweetened almond milk, oat milk, or cashew milk
Blend 1 tablespoon of turmeric latte mix with 1 cup of nut milk or oat milk for a creamy, relaxing golden milk latte. Sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on top for extra flavour! I love cha's organics turmeric latte mix because it combines high potency turmeric with creamy coconut milk powder, gently spiced with true cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves and a hint of black pepper. It is truly delicious, and not too sweet!
This post is in partnership with Cha's Organics.