There is so much around on the net at the moment about the benefits of turmeric taken as a tea (ALWAYS with a little black pepper to increase its bioavailability) that I wanted to share one with you that is really quick, easy and has some added extras for optimum health. It's also dairy free. You can make the tea hot or cold but as I don't like tea of any description I make mine as a cold drink (body temperature). The first attempt wasn't as bad as I expected.......like an easy to swallow health potion.....you can see my first try in the video at the end.
If you haven't got time for a smoothie in the morning but still want a natural drink full of health boosters, then this is a great alternative.
Here are the ingredients with their health benefits. Try and buy the highest quality possible and organic when you can.
I cup of hot or cold water
I teaspoon of turmeric: many studies have proven this wonder spice to help with anti-inflammatory conditions (I have lots of anecdotal evidence myself) and as a powerful antioxidant that could help protect us against some cancers.
A pinch of black pepper: the compound curcumin is the magic ingredient in turmeric and it's bioavailability (it's absorption by the body) is, apparently, increased by up to 2000 times if combined with black pepper. Never forget it.
1 teaspoon of matcha tea: this trendy health tea is the best of the best because it is the highest in polyphenol compounds called catechins, a type of antioxidant. Because it's made from whole leaves ground up, it's a far more potent source of catechins than green tea. I also found it a great aid to giving up coffee when I was in Australia. It gave me such a buzz I didn't need my caffeine, and I still add it to my smoothies to this day. (I don't like tea!)
The juice of half a lemon: one of the highest sources of vitamin C, so great for your skin and your immunity as well as kick starting your digestion, especially first thing in the morning.
1 teaspoon of cinnamon: I have always been a great fan of this spice because back in my Nutrition training days, a teaspoon a day was claimed to be as good as statins for reducing cholesterol. However, there is little evidence so don't take it instead of statins, if you're on them, for goodness sake! But it is renowned for helping to lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk factors, as well as many other benefits .....so great as a preventative measure.
I teaspoon of apple cider vinegar: I'm sure you have read all about the benefits of something our grandparents knew about way back! New medical research suggests that it can help cure acid reflux, lower blood pressure, improve diabetes symptoms, and help weight loss. Wow! Certainly worth a try.
1 teaspoon of raw, local honey: it will sweeten the slightly bitter concoction plus, as you know, honey has always been known for its health benefits, especially raw honey because it contains bee pollen, which is known to protect your immunity....possibly help prevent, or improve the symptoms of, hay fever & other allergies....and help ward off infections.
So there you go: a bunch of heroic health boosters to help you look good & feel great|! I've put together a short video to show you how I do my turmeric tea and, as usual, I would love to hear from you, especially if you have any other healthy additions to turmeric tea you can share with us.
Till next time, and now I'm back on track there will be a new blog at least every week. Now here's another of my little videos.......