We are a society of chai latte, grande macchiato, almond milk, no foam coffee and tea drinkers, who have memorized these complex drinks that have become our go to drinks when we are seeking something comforting, warm and delicious. What if we had a staple drink that wasn’t only tasty and had delicious, wholesome ingredients but also beneficial to our bodies and overall health? I was first introduced to what most people call golden milk or turmeric milk a few months ago. I follow a lot of holistic websites that offer various recipes for healing food. I knew I had to do more research and try it out for myself. I quickly forgot about it because I was distracted by the everyday stresses of life. However, it wasn’t too long that I started to see more and more articles about it popping up on my timeline, and I knew that I had to find out more about it.
So I started to look up recipes for this so called Golden milk to see what the ingredients were and how it was supposed to be beneficial to me. I am always looking for something that will decrease inflammation and support a healthy and balanced immune system. The main ingredient is turmeric, you know that spice that is used in curry recipes that makes your nails and everything it touches a very vibrant yellow color that is impossible to get out. Well apparently besides leaving a beast of a stain it is also a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache just to name a few. The active ingredient in turmeric is Curcumin; it gives it its yellow color and is also responsible for the amazing health benefits. The percentage of curcumin in turmeric varies depending on type – medicinal or aromatic, as well as where it was grown, and how it was processed. Some percentage of curcumin is lost during the heating process when making turmeric powder, which is why raw turmeric is very healthy.
Here is an article I came across that presents the benefits of turmeric in place of common treatments used for many different ailments including lupus. I also found similar benefits in drinking turmeric milk.
Here are a few that I think would be beneficial for Lupus patients.
Turmeric is great for stomach and aids in digestion. Turmeric is a powerful antiseptic and it helps in promoting intestinal health. It treats colitis as well as stomach ulcers.
- Detoxifies and purifies your body
This potent spice has been used as a blood purifier in Ayurvedic medicines for centuries. It improves blood circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system, which is the body’s natural drainage mechanism. It also helps your liver detoxify the rest of your body.
- Soothes arthritis and joint pain
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, which are great to treat rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Apart from this, turmeric has antioxidant property that helps to destroy the free radicals in the cell. This drink strengthens your bones and joints and improves flexibility as well.
- Boosts immunity and fights diseases
The antiviral properties of this spice boost your natural immunity and prevent the multiplication of viruses, thereby protecting you against infections like hepatitis. Research also suggests that turmeric slows down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and even reduces your risk of getting cancer.
- Enables sleep
Drinking a warm glass of this concoction an hour before bed can help you get much better sleep. Milk contains serotonin and melatonin, which are brain chemicals that play an important role in your sleep cycle. This is because turmeric milk contains amino acid as well as tryptophan that induce sleep.
- Makes your skin glow
The antioxidants in turmeric fight the free radicals that cause not only disease but ageing as well, keeping your skin young and healthy.
- Speeds up weight loss
The compounds in turmeric help your body break down fat, thereby helping you lose weight.
There are many more benefits I did not list but if you are interested in trying it for yourself here is my favorite recipe that I have found from Wellness Mama. I used maple syrup and loved it. Here’s to better health!
- 2 cups of milk or homemade coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric (where to find it)
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon (where to find it)
- 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup or to taste
- Pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)
- Tiny piece of fresh, peeled ginger root or ¼ tsp ginger powder
- Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
- Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.
- Pour into a small saucepan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot but not boiling.
- Drink immediately