Your body will THANK you for ingesting this anti-inflammatory, powerhouse of a tonic!
Turmeric is an acquired taste (in my humble opinion!). Therefore, turmeric-based beverages, including this one, may not be for everyone! Regardless, the health-related benefits just cannot be denied, and when enjoyed in a liquified form, the goodness is rapidly and easily absorbed by the body.
With strategic ingredient-combining and a touch of sweetness, you can arrive at a pleasing blend that your body is hungry for!
What I love about this beverage is that it is so quick-and-easy to make! If you have a blender, you're set! Here we go!
Yield: 1 tall glass (1 large serving, or 2 smaller servings)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
2 cups filtered water
1 lemon, juiced
1 knob ginger (about 1-inch long) (alter, as needed, depending on spice preference!)
1 tbsp. raw, unpasteurized honey
2 tsp. turmeric powder
Sprinkling of freshly-ground pepper
1. Combine all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass, or two, and enjoy!
Nutritional Benefits of the Key Ingredients
Cleanses the liver and the bloodstream
Boosts Immune System function
Supports the lowering of blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure
Alkalizing for the body, once metabolized
Be sure to seek out firm and heavy lemons possessing a rich and vibrant yellow colour, with a smooth and slightly glossy outer surface
One of the most widely available and utilized medicinal herbs
Its compound, Gingerol, contributes to the reduction of inflammation
Supports the lowering of blood pressure and cholesterol
Contributes to optimal circulation
Helps relieve nausea, upset stomach and indigestion
Helps kill of bacteria associated with acute illness
Raw, Unpasteurized Honey[iii]:
Isn’t processed or cooked in preparation for sale, so retains all of its naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals (in the proportions Mother Nature intended)!
Possesses anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-viral properties.
Is considered to be a full-body tonic
Its active constituent, curcumin, is a potent antioxidant
Soothes inflammation and supports the reduction of histamine levels in the body; histamine is a bodily chemical releases as part of the body’s immune response
Its bioactive compound, piperine, may boost the body's ability to absorb curcumin
[i] Balch, P. A. (2003) Prescription for Dietary Wellness, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Avery.
[ii] Balch, P. A. (2003) Prescription for Dietary Wellness, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Avery.
[iii] Balch, P. A. (2003) Prescription for Dietary Wellness, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Avery.
[iv] Balch, P. A. (2003) Prescription for Dietary Wellness, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Avery.
[v] Goodson, A. (2018, July 4) Why Turmeric and Black Pepper is a Powerful Combination. Retrieved December 22, 2018 from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/turmeric-and-black-pepper