What if there was a better option for your achy body than Tylenol, Advil, or Aleve? Pop just a few of those and bam, that joint soreness if gone…but not really.
Those over the counter medications are dangerous for the body, but that is not where I want this article to end up, so back to inflammation: ah yes!
There IS a better option than over the counter medicine, and it might be lingering in your kitchen already! Time to spice up your diet, while also healing your body in the process. I’m talking about Turmeric Anti-Inflammatory Golden Milk
The Japanese island of Okinawa drinks their elixir of Turmeric Tea on a daily basis. Many studies have linked turmeric with a wide range of beneficial anti-inflammatory elements. The culture of Okinawa is clearly reaping the benefits of this tea – having the world’s longest average life span of 81 years!
In October of 2007, the issue of Alternative & Complementary Therapies, ethnobotanist James A. Duke, PhD., comprised a summary of 700 studies. These studies revealed extensive evidence on how turmeric reduced inflammation, as well as support brain and joint health,
It has reduced symptoms of those with Rheumatoid arthritis, decreased joint swelling, and increased ranges of motion of the joints when used regularly. On top of that, Turmeric has shown that the reduction of inflammation is NOT just limited to your joints; assisting irritable bowel syndrome, relieving indigestion, improved liver function, and inhibited cancer cell growth are just a few supplementary benefits of this special spice!
“Turmeric extracts were also tested and found to have skin-improving properties. In one study, extracts of turmeric were used on ultraviolet radiation-damaged skin for six weeks. Scientists reported improvements in skin hydration and sebum content, along with possibilities that similar creams could be used in future photoprotective formulations.” –Dr. Joseph Mercola
Personally, I think it is a spice cabinet essential. It brings notes of a peppery spice to dishes, and it is a part of most meals I cook. When paired with mixed peppercorns and cumin, it brightens many seafood dishes and brings flair to things like sweet potatoes, egg, meat marinades, or roasted vegetables.
Now, onto making your Anti-Inflammatory Golden Milk
Golden Milk can be purchased as a supplement but can also be easily replicated with standard kitchen items and a quick trip to the grocery store. With this drink, you reap the benefits of ginger, which is also a natural anti-inflammatory (more bang for your buck, I suppose!). It is also enhanced with black pepper, making the golden milk more readily available for the body to use, meaning less of it ‘goes to waste’. With the turmeric and ginger, using them fresh is best. But if you have a jar of ground ginger or turmeric, by all means, go with that.I love having mine before I go to sleep, but can also be a great morning beverage to continually mitigate aches and inflammation!
It is just a few steps here, the ingredients you will need are;
- 2 Cups Unsweetened Coconut Milk (Hemp or Almond work as well)
- 1 Tbsp Freshly Peeled & Ground Ginger
- 1 Tbsp Freshly Peeled & Ground Turmeric
- 1 Tsp Ground Peppercorns
Heat all of the ingredients in a saucepan or pot to a light simmer. Once the simmering begins, cover and let sit for about 10 minutes. I do not strain out the spice pulp, but you can if you wish, and for a touch of sweetness, add a 1/2 teaspoon of honey.
And that’s it!
If you are a visual type of learner, Dr. Weil has a brief demonstration on how to make his Anti-Inflammatory Golden Milk recipe. The quantities are slightly different in this video, but the principles remain the same. The link for that video is just below;
Thanks for reading, and share this recipe with friends or family as an alternative to over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications…or as a delicious beverage!