More and more, the information functional medicine is putting out there is becoming increasingly public. One big issue talked about in regard to most Western disease is how low lying inflammation is undoubtedly related. Basically the SAD (standard American diet) is a wasteland of inflammatory foods. And that inflammation can linger on our insides and we can be entirely unaware of it while it wreaks havoc on our systems.
By eating foods that balance our pH and are anti-inflammatory, we can counteract this deadly inflammation on a daily basis. One of these strong anti-inflammatory foods is a spice called turmeric. It is often used in Indian cooking (which I love and eat often, though many of us don't). Unfortunately, since it's foreign to so many of us, we can't figure out how to incorporate it into our daily diet. That said, it doesn't have a superstrong taste and gives food great color!
I often add it to my rice. A perfect compliment to spanish beans is a yellow, garlic rice. Just add a tablespoon of turmeric, a couple pinches of sea salt, and 5-7 cloves of garlic to the cooking water and cook as usual (click here for the perfect recipe), and voila!