I first discovered the spice Turmeric from researching homeopathic ways to help keep my 10-year-old Alaskan Malamute feeling agile. There are many great human foods that aren’t good for pets, but turmeric happens to be an all-around ingredient that benefits humans and dogs.
Turmeric has been known to be an anti-inflammatory agent. This was the primary reason I wanted to try giving my dog the spice. Upon opening the first bottle of organic turmeric from the local grocery store, I wasn’t so sure that the distinct smell and taste of turmeric would jive with my dog. I slowly started incorporating it into her food and to my surprise, she digs the taste!
After giving her about a teaspoon a day for the past six months, she seems to have an extra spring in her step. She’s moving around great and running around like a young pup. She looks invigorated and while I don’t know if the turmeric is the sole reason, I definitely feel that it’s a contributing factor.
Now, jumping over to the human benefits, the difficulty in taking your daily dose of turmeric is the taste. I have a capsule version from the vitamin aisle but I hear that the absorption isn’t as great sometimes without other components. This past week, I’ve battled the flu and while watching the Today Show, Jenna Bush Hager mentioned that she took shots of turmeric and it helped her kick the flu. Knowing that there were incredible benefits with the spice, I decided to give it another go in incorporating it into my daily routine.
Mixing it with orange juice was tolerable. One teaspoon shaken up with a few ounces of orange juice in a straight shot is good. Then, make sure to have an extra few ounces of orange juice on the side as a chaser to take away any remaining turmeric taste. I’m two for two at the moment. While I’m still fighting the flu, I seem to feel a lot better as I took my first turmeric shot yesterday.