When you’re trying to lose weight, you want to make sure you are doing it in the safest way possible. There are a lot of different synthetic weight loss pills with high claims and low results on the market. Even more, though they may aid in weight loss, there is no telling what these pills do to the overall health of your body. Using natural ingredients can assure that your body is going to remain at its optimal health as you lose weight. Though turmeric is not an end-all to weight loss, it does play a large role in your body’s ability to lose weight. Adding turmeric to your diet, while continuing with an exercise program, is a great way to continue reaching your weight loss goals.

So, now that you know you should add turmeric to your healthy lifestyle plan, let’s talk more about what it is and the specifics of what turmeric does for your body. Specially, how it aids in weight loss.

What Is It?

In the United States, when you think of turmeric, you probably think of it as the spice that gives curry its bright yellow color. And this is true. In India, however, it is so much more than that. Turmeric is a powder derived from the stem of its plant which belongs to the ginger family. It is most commonly used in India, and there it is referred to as “the golden spice of life.” In India, they adore turmeric for its therapeutic and medicinal uses, as it holds properties with great health benefits.

In our kitchens, it is most commonly used as a spice. However, because of the many beneficial properties of turmeric, it has also been known to be used as a healing agent. The many benefits turmeric has on the inner parts of the body also allow it to play a role in weight-loss.

Turmeric and Weight Loss

woman-with-measuring-tapeOkay, so now we will get to the heart of this article, and what you really are interested in knowing. Specifically, what it is about turmeric that will help you lose weight. Here are the many different benefits of turmeric and how they relate to weight loss.

Turmeric Lowers Bad Cholesterol

The properties found in turmeric help lower the bad kind of cholesterol, which functions in direct correlation with weight loss. High cholesterol and weight gain or loss work hand-in-hand. You have probably heard your doctor say that losing weight will help lower your cholesterol, but the opposite occurs as well. Lowering your cholestrol will have a positive impact on your body as you are in the process of losing weight.

Turmeric Detoxifies the Liver

This is an extremely vital and beneficial way turmeric helps you lose weight. Let me explain. The liver is responsible for many things in the body, including aiding in digestion. However, one of the main functions of the liver metabolising fat. In other words, the liver breaks down fat and remove toxins from your body. In order to do this effectively, however, the liver needs to be cleansed.

Turmeric detoxifies the liver. In other words, cleanses it, allowing the liver to perform its duties at an optimal level. Thanks to turmeric, your toxin-free liver will be able to get rid of fat in your body and help you lose weight!

Turmeric Improves Digestion

digestion-systemDo you have unwanted fat hanging around your midsection? Do you ever experience bloating in your stomach, especially right after you eat? Well, I have some good news. Turmeric can help get rid of all of that! There are properties in turmeric that help improve digestion. When your digestive system is working well, it can speed up your metabolism, which will help you shed excess fat, especially in the stomach area. It will also help relieve any pain caused by excess bloating after you consume a meal. This is just another way turmeric is beneficial for weight loss.

Turmeric Helps Regulate Your Metabolism

There has been a lot of talk about metabolism and the positive effects turmeric has in relation to the speed and function of your metabolism. Metabolism refers to various chemical reactions in your body that are responsible for keeping your cells and organs alive and working well. It’s pretty important.

In relation to weight loss, your metabolism is responsible for taking all the food and drink you consume and turning it into usable energy. When you body is performing these functions, it is burning calories; hence, playing a part in your weight loss. These are calories burned “at rest,” meaning not when you are performing a physical activity, such as going on a run. This is called your metabolic rate.  It is important to know, however, that you can increase your metabolic rate, the amount of calories your body burns at rest, by increasing your exercise. This would be what is commonly referred to as speeding up your metabolism. So though turmeric does help regulate your metabolism, for optimal results, it’s best to start or continue an exercise program as well.

Curcumim In Turmeric

turmeric-in-bowlThe active ingredient in turmeric is Curcumim. Specially, turmeric contains two to five percent of Curcumim. This is also beneficial for weight loss, as Curcumim has various properties that help with weight loss. When you consume turmeric, you also get all these benefits as well.

Curcumim is an Anti-Inflammatory

Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory. Here is why this is beneficial and important. Foods that are processed contain toxins. Your body’s immune system naturally responds to these toxins with inflammation. This can cause diabetes and obesity, as well as cancer. When the body consume anti-inflammatory foods or supplements, such as turmeric, the opposite occurs. In essence, the anti-inflammatory properties found in turmeric lessen the chance of you becoming obese and getting diabetes or cancer.

Curcumim is an Antioxidant

Curcumim is also an antioxidant. Antioxidants, which are most commonly found in fruits and vegetables, are known for their ability to prohibit, and even prevent, the oxidation of molecules in the body. This is beneficial because when your body is exposed to harmful environmental substances, such as tobacco, antioxidants protect your body at the cellular level. What this means for weight loss is that antioxidants have the ability to suppress inflammation in fat cells, thus aiding in fat and weight loss.

Other Health Benefits

As mentioned previously, turmeric prevents diabetes,cancer, and mutation. This is positive at the cellular level, as its protects your cells when they divide and populate, making sure they divide with correct, healthy DNA. Turmeric also has antimicrobial and immunomodulatory properties, which means it acts as an antibiotic to fight against bacterias in your body. Similar to this, turmeric fights fungus in the body as well. Lastly, turmeric has been used for therapeutic and medicinal health due to its benefits on the brain and the stomach.

Scientific Study Supporting Turmeric For Weight Loss

spoon-of-turmeric-powderResearchers conducted an over 20 year study on how medical plants, including turmeric, effect weight loss. Significant findings support claims previously made about turmeric aiding in weight loss. These researchers found that the anti-obesity function in turmeric was its ability to prevent adipocyte differentiation. Even more, their “findings support health organization recommendation regarding the regular consumption of vegetables and selected herbs, such as turmeric” (p.3). This is encouraging, as there is scientific evidence supporting turmeric and its weight loss ability.

Adding It To Your Diet

Okay, so now that you are sold on the fact that turmeric is a great addition to your healthy lifestyle, especially if you are trying to lose weight. Let’s talk a little bit about how you can add it to your diet, as well as how much you should have each day.

Supplements

There are two main ways to consume turmeric as a dietary supplement. First is powder-filled capsules. The second is turmeric as a fluid. Whichever way you decide works best for you, you want to make sure you consume 400-600 mg three times a day. This is the recommended amount.

Here’s a tip: for greater absorption, consume black pepper and fats when taking turmeric.

Spice

Another great way to add turmeric to your diet is by using it in the kitchen! You can find ground turmeric in the spice section at your local grocery store. Though it is most commonly used in Indian food, the subtle taste that turmeric provides works well in other types of dishes as well.

Here are a few ideas of how to incorporate turmeric, as a spice, into your everyday meals:

Breakfast: use the spice in your egg scrambles for added taste and nutrition. Chopping some bell peppers, tomatoes, and spinach for added nutrients will make it a healthy and filling breakfast option.

Lunch: add turmeric to your favorite soup for added flavor and whole body benefits. Turmeric in chicken noodle soup works great together, and it is tasty too!

Dinner: toss your favorite veggies in some turmeric; roast them for the perfect dinner side dish. You always want to make sure you are having a vegetable at dinner, and this is a way to get the whole family to enjoy it.

Here’s a tip: when search for the best turmeric spice, it is important for the container to say “Certified Organic.” This will insure that your spice is free of additives, such as pesticides, dyes, and chemical fertilizers, which could be harmful to your health.  

Fun Facts About Turmeric 

We love all the health benefits turmeric provides, especially how it’s active ingredients and properties can aid in weight loss. Here are other interesting uses for turmeric, as well as some common places it’s “hiding.”

Mustard

Turmeric is found in a majority of mustards. It is what gives mustard its golden color.

Sunscreen

Who would have guessed turmeric is found in a variety of different commercial sunscreens. Turning turmeric into a paste and using it as a home remedy for sunburn has also proven to be beneficial. So make sure you’re stalking up this summer. It could come in handy!

Paste

It has been said that some women in India use this paste not only as a sunburn remedy, but also to remove hair from their bodies. So be careful where your sunburn is.

Radiator Leaks 

And lastly, one of the most random in my opinion, is that turmeric combined with the water is your car radiator has been proven to stop leaks. So while you’re at the store, make sure to grab a travel size turmeric, as it could come in handy.

Last Thoughts

As you start or continue your weight loss journey, it is essential to find natural, healthy ways to help your body lose excess fat while remaining in optimal health. From regulating your metabolism and decreasing inflammation in your body to maintaining ideal cell life and health, turmeric does it all. Thanks to its active ingredient, Curcumim, you receive many health benefits from this powder.

So get in your car and head to the grocery store or health store to get your needed amount of turmeric. Adding it to your healthy lifestyle plan, as well as a consistent weight loss, exercise plan, will help you reach your best self yet.