Golden Milk Turmeric Latte to Fight Inflammation
Inflammation is a term we’ve all heard about or are aware of but very few people truly understand what it is. The immune system is the body’s first line of defense from foreign organisms such as bacteria and viruses. (1) When the immune system senses a threat, it sends white blood cells to the affected areas to repair cell and tissue damage, prevents further spread of infection, and can even eradicate foreign organisms. Even small wounds and injuries will trigger a response by the immune system. This response is also known as inflammation.
As you can see, inflammation can be a good thing. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to recover from infections, diseases, or even injuries. There are two types of inflammation; acute and chronic.
Acute VS. Chronic Inflammation
The onset of acute inflammation is quick and its duration lasts from a few days to a few weeks at most. Symptoms of acute inflammation include pain, redness, immobility, swelling and heat. In most cases, acute inflammation is not threatening in terms of long-term health.Chronic inflammation is a more serious condition and can last for months and even years. Symptoms of chronic inflammation include fever, insomnia, weight gain, depression, joint pain, rashes, chronic fatigue, chest and abdominal pain.
When compared to acute inflammation, chronic inflammation poses a more serious threat to long-term health and longevity since it may lead to more serious conditions like cardiovascular ailments, cancer, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease. (2)
Preventing Chronic Inflammation with Proper Nutrition
Experts agree that lifestyle change is the best way to prevent chronic inflammation. Some of these lifestyle changes include exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight, sleeping 7 – 8 hours per night to help the body recover, avoiding stress, minimizing the intake of antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and eating healthier.
This golden milk turmeric latte includes 2 powerful ingredients that help fight inflammation; ginger and turmeric.
Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of Ginger and Turmeric
Osteoarthritis (OA) may cause inflammation in the joints. A study done in 2001 showed that ginger extract was effective in treating patients with OA. (3) Ginger is also effective at treating nausea, reducing muscle pain, lowering the risk of heart disease, treating chronic indigestion, improve brain function, and more. It’s a fantastic ingredient that will not only add a strong flavor to your dishes, but it will also keep your health in check.
Turmeric is considered as one of the top medicinal herbs. Curcumin is the chemical compound that’s found in turmeric to be effective in treating inflammation. In fact, it is proven to be one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory compounds to exist! (4) Turmeric is also effective at slowing down and preventing blood clots, reducing depression, improving skin health, managing diabetes, preventing cancer, and detoxifying the body. For these reasons, turmeric should be a staple ingredient in everyone’s diet.
In as little as 8 minutes, you’ll have a tasty anti-inflammatory latte to keep your body healthy. Most of the ingredients for this recipe can be purchased at your local grocery store with the exception of MCT oil and collagen peptides. These two ingredients can be found in supplement shops or specialty health food stores.
First, get a small saucepan, place it over medium heat, and add 1 cup of milk. When the milk begins to simmer, add ½ a teaspoon of ground turmeric, ¼ a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/8 a teaspoon of freshly ground ginger, a pinch of freshly ground black pepper (optional), 1 teaspoon of organic honey and stir. Make sure all the ingredients are combined well and cook for 1 minute. Set the sauce pan aside and allow it to cool down.
Next, transfer the mixture into a blender. Add 1 teaspoon of MCT oil or melted coconut oil and 1 scoop of collagen peptides (optional). Blend the ingredients on the high speed setting of your blender so it acquires a frothy texture. Lastly, pour the mixture in a mug and serve immediately.
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Golden Milk Turmeric Latte to Fight Inflammation
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 3 minutes
- Total Time: 8 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
1 cup milk of choice (dairy milk, nut milk, etc.)
½ tsp ground turmeric
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
pinch of freshly ground black pepper (optional)
1 tsp MCT or melted coconut oil
1 tsp honey
1 scoop (1/3 oz) collagen peptides (optional)
- In a small saucepan add the milk and heat over medium heat.
- When the milk is simmering, add the turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper (if using) and honey and mix to combine.
- Cook for one minute.
- Transfer the mixture into a blender.
- Add MCT oil and collagen peptides (if using).
- Blend on high speed until frothy and combined.
- Pour in a mug and serve.
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