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SOOTHING TURMERIC MILK
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The go-to remedy when you’re feeling a bit off is usually ginger tea with lemon and honey. It usually works wonders. But what if you’re like me and don’t like ginger? Try and make this soothing warm milk – apart from ginger (which you won’t taste at all, I promise) it contains cinnamon and honey. But its main ingredient (well, apart from coconut milk) is anti-inflammatory turmeric, which gives it its specific taste and colour.
I know, the ingredients don’t look that enticing (and I haven’t even told you it contains pepper, too!). But wonder of wonders, when all of these super spices are combined, you’ll conjure up a soothing warm drink that will get you out of any tight spot (the blues included).
I’m using coconut milk as the basis for this recipe. Because I follow an anti-inflammatory and low-allergen diet I avoid dairy. It’s been shown that cow’s milk is far from beneficial due to the following factors*:
It hardly contains as many nutrients as meat, fruit and vegetables.
Its consumption leads to high insulin spikes in your blood.
Milk contains hormones which increase the risk of breast, colon and prostate cancer. 
Milk contains protease inhibitors, which leads to a leaky gut. (While leaky gut is beneficial in infants because the nutrients in the mother’s milk need to cross the gut barrier and get into the baby’s blood stream, the same process leads to an exaggerated immune reaction in adults.)
Milk increases mucus production, which can worsen conditions like asthma. The presence of mucus in the gut also prevents nutrients from being absorbed correctly.
About 25% of Caucasians (and 98% of North Americans) are lactose intolerant. (Raw milk can still be consumed though, because it contains enzymes that enable digestion of lactose.)
Milk and dairy are highly allergenic.
If you have skin issues, keep in mind that dairy consumption can lead to acne. Try and avoid dairy for a month and see if there’s a difference. But don’t forget you can always indulge with this turmeric coconut milk!
*Allow me a short parenthesis here. I must admit there is some good in milk too. Especially raw organic full-fat milk. Nevertheless, Sarah Ballantyne PhD. recommends people (especially, but not only, those with autoimmune diseases) to avoid dairy altogether. The main reasons is that it’s highly allergenic. It’s not just a question of lactose intolerance (lactose is the sugar in milk) but also of casein intolerance (casein is the milk protein). Moreover, casein has high cross-reactivity with gluten, which means that our body often confuses these two substances. In other words, if you’re sensitive to gluten it’s highly probable that you will react negatively to casein, too.
Turmeric is made from the pod of a plant from the ginger family. It is the main ingredient in curry. Its active substance curcumin not only has anti-inflammatory properties, but also reduces oxidative stress in the body. Curcumin also helps fight against the Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, cancer, or rheumatoid arthritis. If you’d like to read more on turmeric, have a look at Mark Sisson’s article.
Ginger and cinnamon are two other important ingredients in this recipe. Ginger is another spice that helps fight against inflammation. Moreover, it helps regulate blood sugar (which makes it great for diabetes patients) and it opens up our airways (which makes it ideal for asthma patients). Cinnamon softens up the taste of the milk (I personally like to add more than recommended). Plus, it too has some awesome properties. It helps fight against the bacteria in the mouth and it prevents fast proliferation of cells (which helps effective treatment of cancer).
 Crowe FL et al “The association between diet and serum concentrations of IGF-I, IGFBP-1, IGFBP-2, and IGFBP-3 in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition.” Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2009 May;18(5):1333-40.
- helps prevent cystic fibrosis and cancer
- boosts cognitive abilities
- helps detoxify body
- aids in reducing stress and depression
- useful for treating gastrointestinal disorders
- beneficial in maintaining healthy heart
- rich in anti-inflammatory properties
- relieves menstrual pain and gives relief from fatigue,
nausea, pelvic pain and cramps
Good Vibes Huntress
Fibre - 84%
Carbohydrate - 22%
Calories - 18%
Protein - 16%
Mn - 392%
Fe - 230%
K - 72%
Mg - 48%
Vitamin B6 - 90%
Vitamin C - 43%
Niacin - 26%
Vitamin K - 17% 14
*Recommended daily value per 100g.
Excess usage of turmeric can cause nausea, dizziness or
diarrhea, heart irregularities.
Soothing turmeric milk
Good Vibes Huntress
1 cup coconut milk
3/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cinnamon
several slices of ginger
a pinch of pepper
essence of vanilla
(1/2 tsp coconut oil)
1. Heat coconut milk over low heat.
2. Add all ingredients and stir until they mix nicely together.
3. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for later. (You can reheat it or serve cold.)
Adding pepper seems strange. But it is important! It helps turmeric to be better absorbed (and trust me, you won’t taste it at all!). If you’re strictly AIP, however, be careful with it.
I personally like to add some coconut oil. It helps further soften the taste and it’s a great way to consume more healthy fat and to feel full faster and longer. Try and see if you like it.
Feel free to add generous amounts of ginger, if you like. If, on the other hand, you don’t fancy the taste of ginger, just add a few slices when brewing, and then take them out. You can also cut it into small pieces or grate it. The smaller the pieces, the more of the good nutrients will end up in the milk (and you still won’t taste ginger that much). And the bigger the healing effect of the drink!
If you don’t happen to have fresh ginger at home, just add in dried ginger powder. And if you feel like experimenting, try using cardamom (in addition to, or instead of cinnamon).
Multiply the goodness by pouring some of the milk into chocolate moulds or an ice-maker and freezing it for later!
Inspired by Heartbeet Kitchen
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