Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Drink

Turmeric’s use was present since ancient times and it all started in India. Since then this amazing spice is used all over the world and a lot of people are satisfied from its health benefits.
It is even scientifically proved that it helps in prevention and treatment of cancer and dementia, it’s useful for nausea, vomiting and other diseases and it cleanses the organism out of toxins.
This slightly sweet, earthy tonic is a wonderful way to start your day: Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Tonic. And the best part is that you don’t need a juicer to make it!
The word “inflammation” is a word we hear often in health circles these days. It has been linked to conditions like Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes. arthritis, and depression. It is also thought to be the culprit behind the visible signs of aging.
Inflammation is our body’s response to stress- whether this comes from the foods that you eat, the lifestyle that you live, or from an injury. Inflammatory responses such as fevers or pain and swelling are your body’s way of trying to bring itself back into balance. But that is not what we are talking about today.
Causes of Inflammation
We are talking about the inflammation that comes from eating a poor quality diet loaded with refined sugars, processed foods, industrial fats, gluten, and poor quality meats. Other causes of inflammation include:
  • lack of sleep
  • lack of exercise
  • diets low on Omega 3 fatty acids and high in Omega 6 fatty acids
  • chronic stress
  • poor gut health
  • lack of time outdoors and away from media and stimulation
  • low-grade food allergies and sensitivities
  • environmental toxins
This constant state of inflammation is weakening our bodies and our immune systems, making us more susceptible to illness and making us age at a faster rate.
Besides looking at the factors listed above and making lifestyle choices accordingly, there are some powerful anti-inflammatory foods that you can ingest to bring down inflammation in the body. If you reduce inflammation in your body, you’ll not only look and feel younger, but you’ll significantly lower your risk for chronic disease.
Anti-Inflammatory Tonic Recipe
  • 2 cups coconut water (or filtered water)
  • 2 tbsp. grated fresh turmeric- about a 2 inch piece (or 1/2 to 1 tsp dried turmeric powder)
  • 1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger – about a 1 inch piece
  • Juice from 1 lemon or orange
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey or real maple syrup
  • Pinch of black pepper
Optional: a pinch of cayenne or cinnamon
  • Place all ingredients into high speed blender and blend until smooth. Drink as is or strain before serving.
Health Benefits of Turmeric:
Research shows that turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, and antioxidant properties. It has also been shown to block cancer cells, to reduce the risk for diabetes, and to be good for the liver.
An easy way to reduce inflammation and to give your immune system a powerful boost is to add turmeric to your diet.
What’s In the Turmeric Tonic?
Fresh turmeric:
Now sold in many health food stores, this bright orange root is powerful anti-inflammatory medicine. If you cannot find the fresh root, you can substitute dry turmeric powder.
Ginger is another wonderful anti-inflammatory. It also promotes healthy digestion and improves absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients. The fresh root is best.
Coconut water:
Coconut water is deeply hydrating and nourishing. It is loaded with vitamins (especially the B vitamins), minerals, and trace elements (including zinc, selenium, iodine, sulfur, and manganese). It is also full of amino acids, organic acids, enzymes, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.
Lemon or orange:
Citrus fruits are not only sweet and refreshing, they are also loaded with flavonoids, which have anticancer properties. Citrus flavonoids are also antioxidants that can neutralize free radicals and may protect against heart disease. Citrus fruit is also high in Vitamin C, folate, and potassium.
High levels of beta-carotene in carrots act as an antioxidant to prevent cell damage. Vitamin A in carrots is said to promote healthy skin, improve vision, and to assist the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body
Honey or Maple Syrup:
A titch of sweetener gives this tonic a nice smooth flavor. Raw honey is rich in flavanoids which are antioxidants that reduce inflammation. Maple syrup contains polyphenols, antioxidants that quell inflammation.
Black Pepper:
Adding black pepper increases the bioavailibility of the active ingredient in turmeric, meaning it helps with the assimilation of turmeric into your body.
Cayenne can be added for a bit of heat and is a powerful digestive aid. Cinnamon is a warming spice that is said to stabilize blood sugar.

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