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Okay. So. This here? This is Turmeric Milk.
Before you look at the ingredient list and go “Blagh!”, let me first explain the benefits of turmeric milk:
- Strengthens your immune system
- Turmeric destroys both bacterial and viral infections
- Turmeric strengthens your metabolism (helps you shed lbs faster)
- Treats heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers
- Strengthens bones
- 20 health benefits of turmeric by Health Diaries
This soothing elixir is most commonly used as a treatment against colds and flues. For centuries, the Indian spice turmeric has been used in Ayurveda medicine to heal wounds, strengthen the immune system and work it’s magic throughout the human anatomy.
So I guess what puzzles me is why people spend hundreds, if not thousands each year on natural supplements to boost their energy and strengthen their metabolism when similar benefits can be found in a tall glass of turmeric milk. It’s not as if I allow my frugality to jeopardize my health…I simply look for an alternative. Turmeric milk is that alternative.
- 1 cup soy milk
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- pinch of ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- sweetener of choice to taste
- In a medium pot, warm your milk. Add your spices. Let it simmer. Remove from stove. Strain. Enjoy.
*When you take it off the stove, set it aside to cool and allow the spices to blend and disperse through the milk. Reheat if desired.
The taste is very…interesting. Unique. Different. Unusual.
To be honest, it tasted better than I expected. Initially, I couldn’t wrap my head around turmeric in my soy milk. I imagined the taste would border that unfavorable area between sweet and savory. And the color…well. That certainly didn’t help.
But let’s say I couldn’t stand the thing; say it tasted worse than beer mixed with whiskey; you would still find me making a batch and then gulping it down to reap the benefits of turmeric, ginger and cardamom.
I highly recommend drinking turmeric milk every night before bed. But if you can’t find the time to squeeze in, at least drink it once a week. That’s four times out of the month and a lot more than most people drink this Indian elixir. As ancient as this remedy may be, few people have heard of turmeric milk. So you’re off to a good start.