We hear so much about gut health on social media. So, even if you haven’t looked too deep into the subject of “ghee for guts,” you’re bound to know a thing or two about it by default and from the many site words and phrases floating around.
In short, it’s well established that our guts need to be healthy.
Our gut plays a massive role in multiple bodily processes. It has many responsibilities, like digestion and maintaining our immune system, and it even plays a role in managing the central nervous system.
I don’t have to tell you that your skin, sleep, and mental agility all rely heavily on the health of your gut.
But unless you’re familiar with Ayurvedic Medicine or the culture, you might have overlooked the incredible gut-healing capacity of two very simple ingredients: ghee and turmeric. So, let’s talk about that for a moment—then I’ll tell you how to make it and use it!
Turmeric For Gut Health
Turmeric is a popular spice, especially in the Indian culture, but it’s been glorified as a super-hero anti-inflammatory spice here in the States for quite some time now. And the reason why has a lot to do with turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties. This is primarily due to a chemical in turmeric called Curcumin, which you can buy encapsulated all on its own.
Curcumin supports digestion by calming inflammation in the intestines—allowing food to pass easily through, helping to prevent gas and bloating as it moves to its final destination.
It also helps promote the growth of friendly bacteria in the colon and eliminate unfriendly bacteria often associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome. And turmeric can help increase stomach bile, helping to regulate digestion and supporting the liver.
Occasionally inflammation can cause pain in the abdomen, and turmeric is known to help because of its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. It also helps that turmeric is chock-full of powerful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Ghee For Gut Health
Many herbal constituents are increased in bioavailability when taken with a fat source like ghee. Especially turmeric because there are a lot of fat-soluble components there.
Ghee is a type of clarified butter, which means the milk solids, including the lactose, have been removed through the cooking process. What is left over is a tasty golden oil known as ghee, also known as “sacred fat” and “liquid gold.” The main fatty acid in butter is butyric acid or butyrate, which the intestinal tract thrives on. And it helps to protect the integrity of the gut wall lining. Research has shown that some people with unhealthy digestive tracts do not produce enough butyric acid.
Some digestive benefits of ghee:
- It helps maintain the health of the gastrointestinal mucosa
- Supports and regulates healthy bowel movements
- Inhibits the growth of unwanted bacteria
- Promotes healthy bowel functions in those with inflammatory bowel conditions
Ghee is also one of the highest temperature cooking oil available with a flash point cooking temperature of 485℉.
How to Make Turmeric Infused Ghee
Making your own turmeric-infused ghee is super simple. All you have to do is mix together two simple ingredients and voila!
- 1 cup ghee
- 1 tablespoon powdered turmeric
- Put the ingredients into a jar and mix thoroughly. Place a lid on top.
- Stores well for 1 year in a cupboard and several years in the freezer in an airtight container.
How to Use Your Turmeric Infused Ghee
Because of its high smoke point, turmeric ghee is great for sautéing or starting out more intricate dishes. You can also add to many other foods and anti-inflammatory beverages.
Give a few of these a try…
Turmeric Ghee Tonic – mix your turmeric ghee with one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of lemon juice for a potent immune system and gut-boosting tonic.
Turmeric Ghee Rice – Easy peasy… your ghee is already flavored! Drop a tablespoon into your rice dishes to give them a little gut-loving zip.
Turmeric Ghee Curry: Curry already uses both ghee and turmeric. So how convenient to have them already mixed and on hand?
Turmeric Ghee Latte or Golden Milk Latte – add one tablespoon of your turmeric ghee to two cups of vegan milk, ½ teaspoon of powdered ashwagandha, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger, ½ teaspoon of vanilla and a squirt of honey or maple syrup. Heat slightly in a small saucepan until slightly bubbly, and enjoy!
Turmeric Ghee Coffee – try making a turmeric “bullet” coffee by adding one teaspoon of turmeric ghee to your morning cup.
Turmeric Ghee Honey– there are so many ways to enjoy this one! Mix one tablespoon of turmeric ghee with one tablespoon of honey and spread it on your favorite sweet bread, muffin or bagel.
Ghee on Baked Potatoes or Veggie Sides – Instead of butter, why not use your turmeric ghee to flavor your veggie sides? It’s great for white potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, broccoli, peas, and carrots too. You can substitute pretty much anything you can put butter on with ghee.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to using your turmeric ghee. Just be creative and add it to anything you think might taste good. What’s the worst that could happen? However you decide to enjoy it, the most important thing is that you are eating it, and I’m sure your gut will thank you.
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