When it’s cold outside our bodies are more prone to back, neck and shoulder complaints, plus old knee injuries often flare up. The culprit behind all of this is often inflammation. Before you reach for super-strength anti-inflammatory painkillers, try healing yourself with magnesium and turmeric which are both brilliant, but natural, anti-inflammatories.
Taken in the form of a drink, turmeric gets to work on reducing your inflammation within 15 minutes. Studies have found that the piperine in black pepper increases curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) bioavailability by 2000% so try to add a spritz of freshly ground pepper to turmeric recipes wherever you can.
We’ve put together a list of warming turmeric drink recipes so there should be something to suit everyone.
Golden Milk – Easy to prepare and as medicinal as it is tasty, golden milk leads to better sleep, headache relief and eases aches and pains. Whisk a cup of coconut milk, a heaped teaspoon of turmeric, a drizzle of honey, 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, a spritz of peppercorns, and 1 cup of spring water in a small saucepan; bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about ten minutes. Add a dash of ginger as a final touch for a festive feel.
Turmeric Latté – Add a teaspoon of turmeric, a teaspoon of ginger, a tablespoon of coconut sugar, a teaspoon of coconut oil and a pinch of sea salt and blitz in a powerful blender. Heat a cup of almond milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until just simmering. Pour the hot almond milk into the blender and blitz everything until smooth and frothy. Enjoy.
Black Pepper and Turmeric Tea – This tea is powerfully healing and tastes heavenly. Take 1 tsp cinnamon, a pinch of clove, a pinch of nutmeg, tsp fresh ginger (optional), a pinch of fresh ground black pepper, as much turmeric as you can handle (start with a teaspoon) plus 1-2 cups of water. Add raw honey to sweeten. Milk of choice (coconut milk, almond or hemp would all be delicious). Simply add together in a pan and allow to simmer for ten minutes before straining and serving.
Golden Milk Kefir – Once you’ve mastered making kefir, you can blend milk kefir with a teaspoon of turmeric paste, two teaspoons of coconut oil and a drizzle of raw honey for a double blast of probiotics and anti-inflammatories. You can gently warm this if you want, try not to let it boil though.
Turmeric Cinnamon Coffee – If you can’t live without coffee but would like to make yours a bit healthier, make as usual but add a sprinkle of powdered turmeric and a sprinkle of cinnamon. ‘Hard to beat when stirred into the froth on a latté.
Adding a tablespoon of magnesium salts to a warm bath will help ease away any stiffness, or you can eat it. Try eating a diet which is packed with dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, yogurt, bananas, dried fruit, dark chocolate and tuna – all of which are bursting with magnesium.
What is your favourite turmeric drink? Let us know in the comments…