Have i ever told you that I have arthritis in my hips? Well, I do, due to an abnormality I was born with called hip dysplasia (like German Shepherds).
For that reason, and for better health in general, I need to stick to an overall anti-inflammatory diet. Inflammation in the body leads to a number of issues that range from joint pain to even heart disease. Inflammation is caused by so many different foods in our SAD, Standard American Diet, like sugar, wheat, meat, dairy and alcohol.
I’m not saying that I avoid these foods all the time, but I know that when I do indulge in them, I feel more aches and pains in my joints.
Turmeric is a superfood spice that has anti-inflammatory properties without the side effects that medications do. I love to add it in my rice dishes, curries, and smoothies when appropriate. Otherwise, you can also take it as a supplement.
Here’s my latest anti-inflammatory Turmeric Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe:
1/2 cup hemp milk (you can also use almond, coconut, or cashew milk)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and a few pinches of nutmeg)
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon raw hemp seeds
1 handful of ice
1/2 cup water (or less depending on how thick you like your smoothie)
Blend in a blender until smooth and serve!