For some of us, coffee is a life-saver, joy-inducer, focus-maintainer. But for others, coffee is just another hot drink. Admittedly, I’ve never been too excited about it because of its predictable taste. What I like most about coffee is the creaminess of the milk and puffiness of the foam.
I discovered Turmeric Latte or as I call it here Liquid Gold drink which satisfies my need for a ritual beverage. It doesn't give me adrenal fatigue and it has the most amazing healing properties.
I bet you’ve heard about turmeric. It’s a staple spice in Indian and Asian cooking and has far-reaching medicinal properties. It has become very popular thanks to its phytochemical curcumin that prevents and neutralizes free radicals. It also protects the liver against toxins, then aids circulation, lowers cholesterol levels and improves blood vessel health. It has antibiotic, anticancer, anti-inflammatory properties. It’s suitable for arthritic conditions. It stops the oxidation of cholesterol which inhibits the formation of the plaque in arteries. Some call it a king of the spices as it has such a vast range from improving heart health to fighting cancer. If you have ulcerative colitis, it may help with keeping the flares at bay. Moreover, if you have psoriasis, one study has shown that topical application of curcumin in a gel yielded 90% resolution of plaques in 50% of patients within 2-6 weeks.
Nevertheless, you need to be cautious with consuming curcumin if you take anticoagulants - it could be counterintuitive as it acts as a blood-thinner. Also, It stimulates bile secretion, so watch out if you have biliary tract obstruction.
Now, let’s get to the practical part of this article. It is easy to take curcumin, but unfortunately, it is not easy for the body to absorb it. The best way to enjoy it is in small quantities using good-quality roasted, dried and ground turmeric. I suggest that you heat it to activate it, then add some black pepper (piperine is an active ingredient in black pepper to help the body absorb curcumin). Don’t stress about staining your hands and kitchen with raw turmeric - dried would be an even healthier option.
If you want to spice up your days with something little more exotic than a coffee, I encourage you to try Turmeric Latte which will calm you down instead of giving your adrenals a rush.
I know that you can find all sorts of recipes for Turmeric Latte, but here's just a friendly reminder - make sure not to go too wild with it. You want to experience its healing properties, and not to clog your system. A cup will go a long way as well as 1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric. In India, people even drink 1/2 cup of it.
Remember, take it often and in small quantities.
Turmeric Latte Recipe
200 ml unsweetened almond milk
50 ml water
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp raw honey
1. Place the milk, water, and spices in the small pot and gently simmer for 10 minutes.
2. Remove from the heat, strain it, let it cool slightly and only then add honey. Important: never heat the honey as it will become toxic.
That's it! Hope you'll enjoy it!
Thanks for reading and let me know if you decide to try it over on my Instagram account @healthy.atelier. Feel free to tag me or use the hashtag #healthyatelier so I can find you.