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Embracing Ginger and Turmeric

Both ginger root and turmeric root have been touted as powerhouse health foods because they have components that reduce inflammation, reduce pain, and reduce cancer cells' growth. Ginger has been traditionally used to aid digestion, reduce morning sickness and motion sickness, reduce headache pain, and as a warming spice that can improve blood circulation. Turmeric has been traditionally used as a liver support, cholesterol reducer, pain reducer, joint support and decongestant.

But is it worth adding adding a capsule of ginger or turmeric to your daily routine? In most cases, no. The research on each of these spices shows doses of what you would find in 3-8 capsules each per day to be clinically effective or a lifelong diet that regularly incorporates these spices. So how do you take advantage of the benefits of ginger and turmeric while not having the time or desire to swallow 15 capsules in addition to what you are already taking?

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Red Lentil Anti-Inflammatory Soup

This warming soup takes advantage of the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger, turmeric and coconut as well as the immune boosting power of lemongrass, onion, and garlic. If you can not find lemongrass, you can subsitute for it with the zest of one lemon.

It's perfectly satisfying topped with green onions, sesame oil, gomashio or cilantro or served alongside brown rice.