Need to reduce inflammation? This recipe is the Golden Ticket!
Inflammation is a natural response of the body when an injury takes place, and it is necessary to help us repair and recover. Temporary (acute) inflammation occurs when we sprain an ankle, cup our finger, or suffer from a cold. Our immune system responds to these issues by sending out chemical messengers that deal with the injury to our otherwise healthy tissues.
If our body is unable to repair the original injury then inflammation becomes constant (chronic) and can lead to many diseases.
We can help our body manage inflammation through the food we eat. There is food that will increase inflammation as mentioned in this article or we can also increase our consumption of anti-inflammatory foods.
Golden Turmeric Latte
1 Cup water
2 tea bags of Rooibos tea*
1 Tbsp. ginger, grated
1 cup coconut milk*, unsweetened (you can also use almond milk)
1/2 – 1 1/2 tsp. turmeric (work up to your desired flavor tolerance)
up to 1 Tbsp. raw honey
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
In a small sauce pan, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Remove from heat and add in the Rooibos tea bags, cover and allow to steep for 10-15 minutes. Discard tea bags after steeping.
Grate the ginger then squeeze the juice out of it into a saucepan. Discard the pulp. Add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan and place over medium heat. Heat through for about 3 to 5 minutes, not letting it come to a boil. Whisk continuously.
If you’d like a little foam use an immersion blender just before transferring to mugs.
Pour into 2 mugs through a sieve (to catch any remaining ginger fiber) and enjoy!
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Brimming with inflammation-fighting ingredients.
Rooibos tea is loaded with nutrients, has zero-calories, is caffeine-free, and is low in tannins. Rooibos is only found near the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. Rooibos is also known as red bush tea or the Tao of Tea, because of its amazing healthful properties. It contains 50% more antioxidants than found in green tea, is low in oxalic acid (a compound found in many plants, which can lead to kidney stones) and it is a naturally sweet tea.
Rooibos tea functions as both an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, protecting your cells from damage by free radicals and reducing inflammation.
Rooibos also is beneficial for heart health to help decrease blood pressure, reduces the risk of arteriosclerosis (hardening and inflammation of the arteries).
May treat or prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes and cancer.
Several compounds found in the tea are anti-spasmodic and help to prevent abdominal pain and reduce the occurrence of diarrhea.
Rooibos is also helpful in treating allergies. Quercetin, a plant pigment is capable of blocking “mast cells.” These immune cells are critical in triggering allergic reactions.
Ginger contains compounds called gingerols, which block inflammation, has anti-cancer properties and anti-oxidants to also reduce inflammation. Ginger is known to effectively help settle the stomach and reduce nausea. It will also help your body absorb more nutrients from the food you eat.
Coconut Milk and Coconut Oil
Rich in anti-inflammatory lauric acid, a medium-chain fat, and healthy saturated fat that also support the nervous system, help maintain hormone and blood sugar balance. Coconut oil is readily absorbed by the body and used as an immediate energy source. It is also anti-bacterial and anti-microbial.
One of the most potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant spices. Turmeric’s power comes from curcumin, one of the most active anti-inflammatory components around.
Turmeric is used therapeutically for many inflammatory diseases, including IBS, IBD, arthritis, cancer, pancreatitis, heart disease, and depression and mood disorders.
Rich in enzymes and contains anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic properties that boost the immune system.
Contains anti-inflammatory, ant-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic properties. It also aids in balancing blood sugar and increases blood circulation.