Turmeric is a yellow spice that’s usually used in curries. Studies have suggested that it can help to treat a range of digestive problems. It can relieve common problems like heartburn and wind. It can also help with peptic ulcers and conditions like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Turmeric contains minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and fiber, all of which help to keep the digestive system functioning properly. Its active compound, Curcumin, helps to fight inflammation, bacteria and viruses. Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory and studies suggest that it may be helpful in treating inflammatory bowel diseases such as IBS.
Studies have also shown that turmeric helps to stimulate the gallbladder. The gallbladder releases bile which enables the breaking down of food and absorption of nutrients.
How to add it to the diet:
• Stir a tablespoon of turmeric into an eight-ounce glass of juice and drink this when you are suffering from flatulence.
• Add a tablespoon of the spice to your food every day to find some relief from IBS.
• Add this versatile spice to foods such as soups, vegetables, and curries.
• Eating a teaspoon of powdered turmeric up to three times a day, together with drinking more fluids, can bring relief from a bout of diarrhea which may be triggered by anything from medications, allergies, and viruses to food intolerance or food poisoning.