Are you unfamiliar with the benefits of turmeric? Turmeric is a yellow or orange colored spice, originating in India, and is part of the ginger family.

In Ayurveda, turmeric is known as a powerful antioxidant that fights cancer-causing free radicals ; it is also an antiseptic and has natural anti-inflammatory effects.

Turmeric is a staple in Indian cuisine, but if you’re not consuming Indian food every day, how are you supposed to incorporate this wonderful spice into your diet? Easy! Flavor your warm lemon water by adding turmeric.

For an added pinch of health benefits, you can add a pinch of cinnamon, which has anti-inflammatory properties and can stabilize your blood sugar (meaning you’ll eat less and feel full longer).

Warm water with lemon and turmeric

Serving size: for one person. Ingredients

  • 1 cup of warm water (not hot); or you can use 1 cup of non-dairy milk of your choice;
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric;
  • Juice of half a lemon;
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon (optional);
  • 1 pinch of ginger (optional);
  • 1/8 teaspoon honey or agave syrup (optional).


Once the water is hot, add the turmeric, lemon juice and honey and stir well. The turmeric settles to the bottom of the cup, so you should keep stirring the water while you drink it, so that you can get all the benefits of turmeric. Make sure to drink while the water is still warm.

Adding turmeric to your hot water is inexpensive, mild in flavor, and benefits all body systems. Adding this powerful flavor to your diet is one of the best things you can do for your long-term health.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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