While completing my dietetic internship, I took a functional foods class. This class was the sole reason for why I love the idea of food being able to help heal the damage that has happened within our bodies. I learned so much in that class and it has shaped most of my philosophies on food today. The term functional foods refers to going above and beyond basic nutrition (if you want to read my article 'Basics of Functional Foods' click here). Within certain foods there are phytochemicals, which could be argued are the most important part. These molecules go beyond providing nutrients to our bodies, and help actively reverse disease or aid in preventing damage or diseases to form. The first phytochemical I want to talk about is one of my absolute favorites - turmeric.