Hey everyone, hope you’re all well and having a great week so far. Today’s post is going to be a little drink recipe for you. This isn’t just a drink though it’s more like a health tonic. Its benefits are numerous so let’s get to the reasons why I make it regularly, especially during the cold, wet Autumn and Winter months here in England. On a side note, it’s blowing up a gale here in Cornwall as I’m typing this!
Ginger and Turmeric have many amazing health giving properties and together they are a match made in heaven. Listed below are some of the health benefits they provide.
Ginger root contains a compound called gingerol. This pungent chemical is the main one that provides many medicinal benefits. Firstly, ginger is anti-inflammatory which can promote better health and be useful for sufferers of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. It has shown to be a useful remedy for helping to combat nausea and vomiting. Ginger also provides anti- oxidants which help to stabilise free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that are found in the body. They are either by- products of digestion or they form in the skin and eyes after exposure to sunlight and environmental toxins. These free radicals cause negative effects in the body as they damage cellular DNA and membranes which can lead to accelerated ageing and an increased risk of cancer and other diseases. Therefore ginger’s potent anti-oxidant capacity helps to promote good health by reducing the amount of free radicals in the body.
Turmeric root contains bioactive compounds called curcumoids. The most potent of these being curcumin. Just like ginger, curcumin in turmeric also has a high anti-inflammatory effect on the body which can be beneficial in assisting the treatment of chronic diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric helps to promote good digestive health as it stimulates the gallbladder to release bile, a substance that is crucial for the digestion and absorption of fat. Anti- microbial benefits are provided by turmeric so it can be helpful in treating both bacterial and viral infections and strengthening the immune system overall.
Even though I cook with both of these spices often either in fresh or powdered form, I love to make a ginger and turmeric drink. I suppose it’s like a tea really but since it provides a heap of health benefits, I view it as more of a tonic.
Over the winter months I make it regularly as I crave it’s warming, stimulating effect. This drink is so easy to make and really cheap. It’s particularly good when you’re stressed out and a little ‘run down’ as I’ve found it to be a great little pick me up as it boosts my immune system. I also like to drink it a few times a day but particularly before meals to stimulate digestion.
Disclaimer: Please check with your doctor or healthcare provider before trying this drink if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking medication or suffer from any medical condition. I’m not a qualified healthcare provider and the information provided is just based on my opinion. I am not diagnosing or attempting to treat any health issue.
Fresh ginger root (a large piece or a couple of smaller pieces)
Fresh turmeric root (about 6 large pieces 8 small)
750 ml cold filtered water
Optional: sweetener of choice to taste e.g. raw honey/ stevia/coconut palm sugar
- You just peel the ginger and turmeric root and chop them into small chunks (you may want to use gloves as turmeric stains!)
- Add them to a small saucepan and cover with the water.
- Bring to a boil and then add the lid and simmer for at least 20 minutes.
- Add a bit of this ‘tonic’ to a mug and top up with boiled water. It should still be a deep orange colour so try not to make it too dilute.
- Sweeten to taste using raw honey, stevia, coconut palm sugar etc.
Note: I don’t use any sweetener and find the flavour really good soI advise trying it first as it’s obviously better to avoid sweetening it where possible.
I hope you enjoy trying this drink recipe, it really has become a staple in my routine. You always know when I’ve made a fresh batch because my fingers are stained bright yellow!
I’ll be posting again before the end of this week. Looking forward to catching you all then.
P.S. I’d love to hear what drinks/ teas you enjoy drinking. I’m always on the look out for new ideas 🙂