The foods you eat are an important factor in maintaining hair health. A diet rich in whole foods will give your hair follicles the necessary nutrients they need to keep growing hair at maximum capacity. You want your diet to also contain foods that are known to cut down inflammation, which can affect hair production.
Turmeric is a spice that has extraordinary anti inflammatory properties. It has a very subtle, non overwhelming flavor which makes it easy to incorporate into many recipes. It is also a natural food coloring, brightening up the dish, thus making it more appetizing.
I like to feed my kids turmeric. Like most children (and many adults) they can be picky. But I know it’s never too soon to train people in the art of healthy living. Being that turmeric’s flavor is almost undetectable, it’s a good spice to use in food for even the most unadventurous eater.
I started adding it first to foods that had their own deep color so that the difference was not so notable. Once their palates got used to the new flavor I started putting it in dishes where the color shone through. Now they love it.
The very first recipe I tried it in was red lentil soup. It has an orange/yellow color anyway and it went over very well. From there we progressed to grilled meat, then chicken and currently we add it to almost every savory dish. I’m so happy I got my family to eat this miracle spice. Fighting inflammation is a lifelong job and I’m glad they have it in their arsenal of natural remedies.
Red Lentil Soup
1/2 pound split red lentils
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion diced
4 carrots sliced
2 stalks celery sliced
5 cloves garlic chopped
6 cups water
2 teaspoons turmeric
Saute the onions and carrots in olive oil. Add the lentils, garlic and turmeric and mix. Add the water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil amd cook about 1 hour till lentils are soft. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup till smooth. Ladle into bowls and enjoy.
If you like thinner soup add more water. For a more hearty soup add less.