Natural New Years Resolution: Feel More Energetic with Turmeric

New Years is all about starting fresh with brand new goals and achievable steps to make change happen. It's a time of celebration; the closing of one chapter and the beginning of a next. Are you feeling run down and fatigued with a loss of energy over the holidays? Do you want to get rid of dreaded fatigue over this coming year? Close that chapter of your life and move on to greater, better feelings. The solution is a simple little spice that is found in Southern Asia and has been imported all over the world.

If you're ready to start feeling like you're on top of the world every morning you wake up to go to work, there's a little culinary spice that you can add to your diet that will help change everything. Of course, with anything else, adding this spice alone won't be sufficient. Real changes happen with healthier lifestyle habits like a healthier diet, workout routines a positive outlook.

So what is the name of this special little spice? Turmeric, of course. You may be familiar with it by now, but did you know that it can help reduce the amount of fatigue you experience during the day? Studies show that turmeric is effective at helping reduce fatigue as well as increase the effectiveness of workout routines with daily use.

How Can I Take Turmeric?

Turmeric can be taken so many different ways, from capsules to tea, powder, straight root, in culinary dishes and in plain water. There are so many options to choose from, so try them all out and see which one suits your tastes the best. You can easily purchase capsules either through health food stores or the internet. Most grocery stores or health food stores will also carry the natural root, so you can choose to grind it up on your own or slice it and place it in your water and food.

Masking the Taste

Some people, unfortunately, don't like the taste of turmeric, however, they still want the benefits that turmeric provides. Turmeric's taste can be hidden in curries or other traditional Eastern foods as it can taste strange in most traditionally Western foods. The most popular way of hiding the taste is actually to purchase turmeric capsules. Turmeric capsules can be found in many different forms, however, you'll want a capsule that contains a high level of Curcumin. Curcumin is the compound that contains most of turmeric's benefits. If you purchase something with a low Curcumin content you may be simply purchasing filler capsules or extracts.

Absorbing the Benefits

Unfortunately, not too many people see immediate and substantial results due to their body not absorbing the Curcumin correctly. The bioavailability of Curcumin, which determines how much of the compound your body can absorb, is rather low. Adding a pinch of black pepper to any dish or drink you prepare with your turmeric will show an increased rate of Curcumin absorption. Black pepper has a high bioavailability and will bind to the Curcumin, allowing your body to absorb more.

Energize Your Day

Energize your day by taking a capsule or 8 oz glass of water steeped with turmeric root each morning. Turmeric will help you wake up and get your day started – if you're ready to feel like you're on top of the world and more energized than ever before, this will help boost your way up. Once that is out of your way for the morning, if you're not already in the habit of drinking water regularly, you should be. Water helps our body excrete toxins from our kidneys and cleans out our system. The recommended daily amount of water is eight 8-ounce glasses, or a half-gallon per day. This will not only improve your sleep, but you will also wake feeling much more rested and energized.

Combined with 15 to 30-minute exercise routines at least 5 times a week and healthy dietary habits, you will start seeing results in a short time. You will wake feeling more rested and less fatigued throughout the day, making the way to achieving your New Years Resolution of a more energized and healthy life a piece of cake!

Steps to Take

Start off the New Year by improving the quality of your health, diet and lifestyle with a few simple steps. Below is a quick overview of things we covered above that you can do to achieve a healthier, more energized lifestyle.

  • Take turmeric supplements or fresh root daily. Most turmeric products can be found at your local health food store or even online. Adding black pepper will increase how much Curcumin your body absorbs. 
  • Incorporate healthy food into your diet. Avoid processed sugars and bad fats, eat out less and eat more protein and nutrient-rich foods. Avoid eating 3 hours before bedtime so your body has time to digest and break down the food.
  • Drink more water. The recommended daily amount of water is eight 8-ounce glasses of water, equaling up to a half-gallon per day. This will help your quality of sleep tremendously, resulting in more energy during your day and less fatigue in the mornings.

Cautions to Keep in Mind

Turmeric has a compound called Curcumin in it, and this is the main compound that will help you see health benefits. Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimicrobial compound that will help spur your metabolism and give you more energy during the day. Curcumin is a natural blood thinner, so be sure to consult your doctor before taking any supplements, especially if you are on medications that are anti-inflammatory or thin your blood.