When you think about turmeric, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe something along the lines of yellow-stained-everything, anti-inflammatory, or superfood, yes? Well, something not so often considered is that it is a warming food. This doesn't necessarily mean that turmeric itself is physically warm (although it can be). It means that, as a whole, it is warming due its composition; taking into account both inner and outer temperatures and ultimately affecting the way our bodies interact with and process it.
As I have recently been learning a lot about complementariness; warming vs. cooling, masculine vs. feminine, yin vs. yang, I've come to realize the importance in seeing these opposites as wholes; working in harmony as opposed to one being better or worse than the other. As with all living matter, foods from the earth possess complementary properties as well. Warming foods, like turmeric, have the effects of dry and light yang energy whereas cooling foods, like cucumber, have the effects of cold and dark yin energy.
Next time you sit down to eat, mindfully take into consideration the effects of different foods. Pay attention to everything you eat and to how you feel right afterward. It can deliver great insight to possible imbalances or deficiencies as our body knows exactly what it wants and needs, all you need to do is listen.
Healing + Warming Turmeric Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1/2 pear
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
- 1 knob ginger
- 1 teaspoon bee pollen
- 1/4 cup ground flax
- 1/2 cup milk of your choice (I used: rice milk)
- dash cinnamon
- 1 ice cube
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Top with bee pollen.
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