How Turmeric Benefits Gut Health

Cindy Wilson Thumbby Cindy Wilson
BS, Nutrition & Food Science

Your gut may not be the part of your body you think about the most, but it is one of the most important parts. Your gut houses trillions of bacteria, which help to support healthy digestion and a healthy immune system.

If you don’t already think about the best ways to care for your gut, you may want to start now.  Serious diseases, like diabetes, obesity, depression, autism, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic fatigue syndrome can all be linked to unhealthy digestive systems, specifically inflammation.

There is a simple solution to keeping your gut in good health, and ultimately boosting your overall health and wellness. By improving your gastrointestinal health, you can do more than benefit digestive processes.

The absorption of nutrients will be dramatically improved, which means your body gets everything it needs. Your gut barrier also becomes strengthened and restored from any damage, which is important in preventing “leaky gut” syndrome.

Unfortunately, modern lifestyle and diet choices promote bad intestinal flora, which can cause leaky gut. This means that pathogenic bacteria are free to roam the body causing chronic, out-of-control inflammation.

There are several things you can do to help restore and maintain a healthy digestive system:

  • Remove all known food toxins from your diet
  • Increase intake of fermented foods, like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, and kimchi
  • Add a high-quality probiotics supplement to your daily plan
  • Get plenty of fermentable fibers (found in yams and sweet potatoes)
  • Treat any intestinal pathogens once they have been identified
  • Seek ways to control and regulate stress in your life

Spice Up Your Life

Along with leaky gut syndrome, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) also affects a large number of Americans. Both of these digestive ailments cause severe discomfort as well as irregular bowel movements, gas, and bloating.

While it is possible to address these symptoms with a multitude of medications or treatments, you can also remedy the problem with a small addition to every meal. Adding turmeric to your meals or taking a supplemental capsule provides numerous benefits to your gut and your health.

Turmeric is mostly known for its vibrant golden color and use in curries, but it contains vitamins, minerals, and additional compounds that fight inflammation and help to reduce abnormal muscle movements. Cutting down these movements allows your digestive tissues to relax and recover.

Specifically, it is the compound curcumin that provides the health benefits. A teaspoon added to your meals or smoothies can prevent IBS and other uncomfortable digestive symptoms from even showing up.

Factors, such as stress, genetics, and food allergies or intolerances, contribute to upset digestive systems too. If you are prone to certain reactions because of allergies, consider taking turmeric every day to help prevent uncomfortable symptoms.

Taking turmeric three times a day means you get some delicious flavor added to your foods and you don’t have to take any potentially harmful medications. Turmeric offers a more natural solution to your ailments and helps to keep you hydrated at the same time as fighting inflammation.

What Turmeric Does for You

Now that you understand why you need to add turmeric to your diet, you can focus on the specific ways it will help your body. Most people think of fermented foods and probiotics as the go-to source for curing an unhappy digestive tract, but turmeric is one spice you shouldn’t count out.

The curcumin in turmeric not only provides relief from inflammation and can help to prevent an upset stomach or other IBS symptoms, it promotes health and efficiency throughout your entire digestive system.

Every organ get a little help from turmeric to keep them functioning at optimal levels.

  • Stomach: Turmeric helps your stomach lining by inhibiting the enzymes that compromise stomach health. At the same time, the compounds in turmeric boost the secretion of stomach mucous, which is the stomach lining’s best defense against corrosive stomach acid.
  • Intestines: Curcumin supports the process of digestion by relaxing the smooth muscles in your intestinal walls, which allows for food to be gently pushed through the intestines. With regular intake, it can also help to prevent gas and bloating.
  • Colon: It may be at the end of your digestive tract, but your colon is essential for efficient gut function. It also plays a role in the promotion and growth of friendly gut bacteria.
    Turmeric facilitates the balance between your gut flora and the immune response. It achieves this by encouraging the glands on the surface of your colon to regenerate and heal for individuals suffering from IBS, leaky gut, or unbalanced bacterial colonies.
  • Liver: Curcumin also possesses properties that help to increase the elimination of cholesterol by boosting the production of bile. Combining turmeric with fiber-rich foods helps your liver to more efficiently cleanse itself of cholesterol.
    It is able to trap cholesterol molecules and moving them directly to the colon for elimination, so there is no opportunity for buildup.

Turmeric (or curcumin) helps support and encourage a healthy digestive system.  It can assist in the repair of damaged intestinal walls as well as reduce inflammation and prevent the development of serious health problems. As if this wasn’t already enough, turmeric provides benefits to other parts of the body as well.

  • As a strong anti-inflammatory agent, curcumin is beneficial for relieving gout and muscle pain and soreness.
  • The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric also deliver relief to women suffering from unpleasant symptoms as a result of their menstrual cycle.
  • As stated, liver function is improved, allowing for more efficient detoxification, which in turn allows your body to benefit from lower levels of toxicity and an energized lymphatic system.
  • Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties also make it ideal for the relief of arthritis pain.
  • The properties of curcumin improve the endothelial lining of your blood vessels, which helps to regulate blood pressure and prevent blood clotting. Heart disease is caused by endothelial dysfunction, so turmeric keeps your heart healthy too.
  • Taking turmeric twice a day has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, providing further proof of supporting a healthy cardiovascular system.

Final Thoughts

The extensive health benefits that turmeric provides speak for themselves, and you will notice improvements within days of adding regular turmeric to your diet. It seems that there is nothing this spice can’t do, making it the real spice of life.

About Author

Cindy Wilson Thumb
BS, Nutrition & Food Science
Cindy Wilson

Hello, I am Cindy, and this a website where I inspect everything related to nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. I have a BS in Nutrition and Food Science (Colorado State University) and have completed a dozen specialty courses related to nutrition, biochemistry, and food science. I am open to learning more, but foremost I would like to share all my knowledge with you.

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  1. I am really impressed with this detailed article on the benefits of Turmeric. Especially its anti-inflammatory properties which helps alleviate many diseases

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