Thanks to a Facebook post in a group that I’m part of, my new recent turn on is turmeric lattes. Sencha tea still reigns as my all-time favorite go-to cozy drink, but turmeric lattes have definitely activated my taste buds.
A cup of this healthy elixir might not give you a buzz like tossing back a glass of champagne or cocktail. In fact, turmeric lattes might be an acquired taste, but this drink bubbles with anti-oxidants, anti-inflammation goodness and potent chemicals to help down there and the rest of your health.
If you’re a lady and your regular go-to drink is a glass of wine or martini be aware that it’s not ideal for your health. A new global study just came out last week indicating that women are boozing it up just as much as men today. Yikes! The study points out that targeted marketing, cheaper costs and the culture of after work drinks is enticing women to consume more alcohol.
Drinking toe to toe with the fellas isn’t an equal opportunity gals should be striving for. Ladies just don’t process booze like men do. Women are more vulnerable than men to alcohol-related organ damage. Research has shown that moderate to heavy alcohol consumption increases the risk for breast cancer, liver damage, brain damage, heart disease and diabetes.
The liquid spirits can also can make women less fertile. Another study showed drinking between one and five drinks a week can reduce a women’s chances of conceiving, and 10 drinks or more decreases the likelihood of conception even further.
As someone who used to booze it up frequently I realized it wasn’t helping my quest to reclaiming my health. I’m not saying I never enjoy a drink. These days I rather focus on drinks that give me the biggest bang in each sip for my health. A turmeric latte does exactly that – each sip is brimming with flavor and immune system ingredients that won’t make you feel hung over.
A turmeric latte potent drink is easy and fun to make!
Here’s a recipe and the benefits of each main ingredient:
Turmeric latte recipe: (from Wellness Mama)
- 2 cups of milk of choice (almond, pecan, coconut and dairy all work in this recipe)
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup or to taste (optional)
- Pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)
- Piece of fresh, peeled ginger root or ¼ tsp ginger powder
- Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
- A few cardamom seeds
- First, blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
- Pour into a small sauce pan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot but not boiling.
- Drink immediately
- It’s a pain killer – Anti-spasmodic effect helps menstrual cramps
- Helps onset of irregular periods
- Known to balance female hormones
- potent anti-oxidant – fights free radical growth – meaning it helps
- Strong anti-inflammatory
- Blood purifier
- Assists the liver and kidneys
- Improved insulin resistance and
- Improves brain function and known to be an anti-depressant
- Curcumin has anti-cancer effects including breast cancer
- Heads up:
o Using a dash of pepper with turmeric turns on the bioavailability of curcumin – the active compound in turmeric.
o Research the risks of consuming too much turmeric, especially if you’re pregnant, are taking diabetes or gall bladder medication or on anti-coagulants.
- Considered a good source of manganese, fiber, calcium, iron and Vitamin K – all linked to improving PMS symptoms
- Linked to reducing risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes
- Powerful anti-oxidant
- Studies have shown that it limits the spread of yeast infections
- Assists in digestion and reducing bloating
- Reduces blood sugar levels
- Natural birth control
- Heads up: If pregnant or breastfeeding avoid large quantities of cinnamon
- Helps nausea and vomiting during the early months of pregnancy
- Known to increase libido
- Prevents and improves symptoms of ovarian cancer (and prevents bowel cancer) – inhibits free radical growth
- Reduces menstrual cramps
- Assists in creating digestive enzymes, aids in digestion and reducing gas
- Boosts circulation
- Anti-inflammatory and natural painkiller
- Free from dairy, nuts and lactose
- Assists digestion and constipation
- Can help control blood sugar and manage diabetes
- Linked to helping anemia
- Heads up: Avoid coconut milk with carregenan, added sugar/sweeteners, colors or other ingredients that aren’t natural or you don’t know what they are. Seek out organic or make your own.
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