There are countless gurus in the wellness sphere these days, look around and you’ll find one on every web corner sporting their own alliterated bylines and catchy slogans. But how can you find one that works for you? You know, one that is not selling a cure for cancer, an expensive online course to sign up to or low fat weight loss program. Some of the snake oil merchants can even pull rabbits out of hats.
Wondering how to spot a health and wellness guru? Outside of cyberspace you’ll usually find them hanging around lifestyle improvement shows or persuasively sneaking their segments into breakfast television.
When I look for health gurus, I like to look at specific ingredients, because let’s face it health gurus don’t bring you pleasure like food does, you know those wonderful fist pumping moments when the dish you created tastes inexplicably good; I guess you could say gurus are there to change the way you think BUT a beautiful vegetable or spice that flavours up a meal which attacks your senses can really change the way you FEEL and I think that is what is most important.
Speaking of ingredients, there are some Svengalis out there and ones you should steer clear of, the bad fats and over processed, chemically laden non-foods; but real gurus ones that metamorphosize you on a deeper spiritual level come in all shapes and spices, they may not be photogenic, glamorous and trendy like unpronouncable hyped-up super foods but they are REAL.
When it comes to charismatic healing gurus look no further than turmeric. It’s not just a sunny bright spice to curry up dishes, it’s also commonly used in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine. Turmeric originates from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, which is a member of the ginger family and it's one of nature's most powerful healers and a true guru.
I know you will relate to this cleansing tea with its alkalising and detoxifying properties which provide powerful anti-inflammatory action within your body. It's from my latest book Eat Yourself Beautiful. Turmeric is a superhero ingredient to help heal and prevent dry skin, slow aging, diminish wrinkles and improve skin’s elasticity.
Indian women use turmeric as a facial cleanser and exfoliant. If you are using fresh turmeric, handle with care as it stains easily. If you do happen to turn your favourite garment yellow try squeezing on lemon juice or eucalyptus to remove the stain.
So here’s to my number one health guru turmeric. Make it yours too!
- 250 ml(9 fl oz/1 cup) almond or rice milk
- 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
- 6 drops stevia liquid
- Add the almond milk to small saucepan and heat gently until it reaches room temperature.
- Add the turmeric and ginger to a mug.
- Pour a small amount of warm milk into the mug and stir to create a liquid paste, ensuring there are no lumps.
- Add the remaining milk and sweeten with stevia.
For more healing recipes check out my new book Eat Yourself Beautiful.