DID YOU KNOW? There are over 12,500 peer-reviewed articles published on the benefits of turmeric, in particular one of its powerful compounds, curcumin.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant – making it great for both weight loss and IBS.
Unfortunately, the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high, so if you want to experience the full effects of this powerful compound, you need to take a supplement that contains high amounts of curcumin.
In addition, curcumin is poorly absorbed during digestion, so many different supplement formulations have been created to improve its bioavailability. Want to learn more about effective curcumin supplements? Send me a message and I’ll help guide you.
Consuming curcumin with certain fats and/or black pepper may help to increase absorption.
I used coconut milk (a healthy fat) and added black pepper to this Turmeric Latte, so you can get the most out of your golden milk!
INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 tsp honey or coconut sugar
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground ceylon cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
dash of black pepper
1. Add all ingredients into a small saucepan and heat on the stove. Whisk to combine ingredients. You can also add heated ingredients into a blender to combine.
2. Pour into a mug and enjoy!
DID YOU KNOW? Ginger is Mother Nature’s medicine especially when it comes to supporting digestive health.
This powerful root can help prevent problems like dyspepsia, a common condition of weakened digestion characterized by symptoms like pain, heartburn, fullness and discomfort.
Ginger relaxes the smooth muscle in your gut lining and helps food move along throughout the system – a major reason why ginger helps people who are bloated, constipated and have other gastrointestinal disorders.
Here are a few ways to incorporate ginger into your diet:
Lemon Ginger Fizz
INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1/2 cup cold ginger tea
1/2 cup carbonated water
A pinch of stevia (or other natural sweetener) for sweetness – optional
1. Squeeze lemon juice into a cup.
2. Add cold ginger tea and carbonated water.
3. Add a couple of lemon slices and enjoy!
Sometimes you just need to kick-up your heels and enjoy the Summer heat with a feel good and refreshing Kombucha “Mulegarita”!
Here’s why Kombucha is one of my go-to healthy thirst quenchers during the hot Summer days …
Kombucha is a fermented beverage consisting of black tea (or other teas) and sugar (cane sugar, fruit or honey). The tea and sugar combo is fermented by bacteria and yeast commonly known as a “SCOBY” (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast).
This functional probiotic food helps to support a healthy gut by aiding in digestion with its high levels of beneficial acid, probiotics, amino acids and enzymes. The bacteria found in kombucha are the beneficial kind that compete with “bad” bacteria in the gut.
Some research has linked kombucha to ulcer prevention & healing – and helping to stop candida from overpopulating the gut.
Look for unpasteurized organic kombucha. Many health food stores and conventional grocery stores carry it in the refrigerated section. You’ll find a variety of brands and flavours.
So, if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to sodas to satisfy your craving for something fizzy – or looking to create some cool cocktails this Summer – I highly recommend giving kombucha a try!
INGREDIENTS: (serves 2)
8 oz. kombucha (ginger flavoured)
8 oz. San Pellegrino (carbonated mineral water)
4 oz. tequila
2 limes, squeezed
2 oz. concentrated cold ginger tea (optional)
1. Add lime juice, tequila and ginger tea into a cocktail shaker with lots of ice and shake.
2. Strain into two Moscow Mule mugs.
3. Add 4 oz. San Pellegrino and 4 oz. kombucha to each mug and stir.
4. Garnish with lime wheels or wedges and serve!