Stay Golden Turmeric Tea
Happy 2017 everyone! A new year, a fresh start, and an opportunity to take a birds eye view of the year that just passed. 2016 for me was all about nourishment and self-love from the inside out. In 2016, I took a gap year in my adult life and indulged in school to study nutrition. After experiencing what a loss of health could feel like with my mom’s journey, it made me want to embrace the responsibility that I wanted to have over my own body. I wanted a year to hear what my body had to say, and wanted to allow it to be my compass to health. It’s been such an eye opener, and I feel that I still have so much to learn and more importantly, to practice and put into action. For this year, I am going to continue on my journey of filling my self up, and nourishing myself on many different levels.
When it comes to the New Year, it is often deemed as the season of detox, a week of juices, hitting the gym 5 days a week after having not worked out for a long time. Although this is a common approach, quick drastic changes can often cause more internal stress and can be doing your body more harm than good. If you look at the month of January, to me (in Vancouver), it’s cold and wet. I don’t want cold juices and I don’t want to deprive myself. I want to be warmed up, comforted, and in building mode to ensure that I don’t get sick. I wanted to find a middle ground between being in detox mode, yet staying comforted. I considered what these cleanses and detoxes do, and concluded that the biggest benefits were often that it was cleansing the liver, and decreasing inflammation within the body. It instantly made me think of turmeric as this potent herb could help with both of the above.
What’s the deal with Turmeric?
Turmeric falls into the ginger family, and has been big in the Ayurvedic world for centuries. It is the phytochemical curcumin within turmeric that is known to play a role in detoxing your body, specifically the liver. It’s associated with being the anti-cancer herbal remedy, an anti-depressant, autoimmune and inflammatory fighter, and according to Dr. Mercola, turmeric goes up against liver disease, skin problems, respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments, sprained muscles, joint pains, and general wound healing. It is super bright in color, and is high in beta-carotene, acting as an antioxidant. It is often sold in powder form, as a root (smaller than ginger), or in capsule form.
In order to get the most out of Turmeric, there are a couple considerations when consuming: it is best combined with fat to be taken up by your body, and black pepper, which enhances the ability of our body to break down the curcumin and get the most out of it.
The easiest way I know how to consume turmeric is in ‘golden milk’ tea. When I was asked what this recipe is like, to me, it’s like a warm, badass, body protecting and cleansing hug. I personally added a packet of TruMarine Collagen to this drink, just to add a little extra kick for some additional gut, mineral, and bone love.
INGREDIENTS – Makes 1 cup
¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder
¼ teaspoon of ginger powder
¼ teaspoon of ground clove
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
½ teaspoon of coconut sugar (or honey)
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 cup of coconut milk (or any non-dairy/alternative milk)
dash of pepper
optional: TruMarine Collagen
1. Put the coconut milk and coconut oil in a pot, and bring to a light boil.
2. Remove the pot from the heat, and add the remaining ingredients.
3. Stir it all together, and allow to steep for 3-5 mins
4. Pour over a strainer into a mug and add your dash of pepper on top
5. Add in the TruMarine Collagen and stir to dissolve (optional)