Everyone thinks that a successful weight loss diet needs to be flavorless in order to work. Experts say that’s not even close to the truth. In fact, nutritionists recommend incorporating spices like turmeric into your diet is the best way to speed up your metabolism for weight and fat loss.
Not sure where to begin with turmeric? Having a cup of hot turmeric tea in the morning is a great way to wake up your metabolism in the morning and burn calories fast!
Turmeric tea makes for one of the best morning drink options, especially on a chilly fall morning, to help you get a flat stomach. Marisa Moore, RD, says that turmeric is "a golden root that’s rich in curcumin, a compound known for its cancer-fighting and anti-inflammatory properties."
Now, let's dive into turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties. According to Heathline, turmeric contains curcumin and curcumin can affect molecules that play major roles in inflammation. Getting a hold on your body's inflammation is essential since it can lead to many different types of diseases, such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.
HOW TO MAKE TURMERIC TEA
Luckily, there's a simple turmeric tea recipe that you can easily follow to make the healthy drink. Dr. Josh Axe has a few pointers on how he recommends making the tea:
1. Pour coconut milk and water into a saucepan and warm for 2 mins
2. Add in butter, raw honey and turmeric powder for another 2 mins
3. Stir and pour into glasses
Not a fan of tea? You can add turmeric to your smoothies to reap its metabolism-boosting benefits and get the same fat-burning effect as the tea.
"Turmeric has a thermogenic effect in that it increases our metabolism. Essentially, when you have more metabolic activity, heat is created and this heat creates faster cellular action," explains Dr. Lori Shemek, Ph.D., CNC. "This powerful spice can combat unwanted fat by helping fat cells to self-destruct through the process of apoptosis (cell death). Turmeric also has the ability to tamp down on inflammatory markers – this equates to the vicious cycle of weight gain that fat cells produce."
2 cups fresh kale
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups pineapple
1 cup mango
Juice of ½ lemon
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 ground turmeric (to taste)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
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You can also get a daily dose of turmeric in supplement form. "Good general maintenance dose of curcumin that has been shown to be safe and effective is 10 grams each day—which is a lot! Want to super boost your curcumin? Adding piperine from black pepper increases the bioavailability of curcumin by 2,000 percent," William Cole, D.C., IFMCP says.
He also suggests adding turmeric powder to your favorite dishes to reap its metabolism-boosting benefits too!