Many of us know the feeling of our lives being on fast forward. Things rarely slow down. With all of our responsibilities, it can be hard to find time to cook three well-rounded meals a day for yourself or your family and exercise regularly, all while finding some “me-time.” Let’s not forget those families with kids who are always touching everything and putting stuff in their mouths, creating a recipe for disaster when it comes to protecting the body from viruses and potentially harmful bacteria.
While managing all of this, it’s difficult to ensure that our immune systems are staying up to par. Luckily, there are some herbal solutions that have been shown to kick our immune systems into gear, all while tasting good! And don’t worry – kids will love it too!
Support Your Body with Turmeric
Turmeric root is a plant native to Southeast Asia. It can grow up to 6 feet tall, but the part above the ground isn’t what we are interested. Turmeric has a root structure that is known as the rhizome, and it contains important nutrients, specifically curcumin.
Curcumin contains antioxidant properties that are key to it many potential health benefits. These can include support for the brain, heart, joint, respiratory, mood, blood health, and of course the immune system.
You can enjoy turmeric root as a powder that you can add to almost any recipe, or slice it up fresh. Either way you take it, absorption rate into your system is only at about 3%. This is why we add peppercorn to our turmeric recipes. Peppercorn can increase the absorption of turmeric in the body by over 2,000%.
Turmeric supports the immune system in multiple ways. When studying the benefits of turmeric, researchers have found that it may provide temporary relief from inflammation and a healthy internal response to microbial or pathogenic challenges. Turmeric may also help to maintain a healthy white blood cell count, which is important when dealing with bacteria or viruses.
Turmeric is also suggested to support a healthy metabolism. Specifically, it aids in digestion, including supporting the “good” bacteria that help to break down food and remove “bad” bacteria.
Stress and Mood Support
Turmeric may also help to ease feelings of stress and anxiety. In addition, people use it for sleep support. When looking to promote a healthy immune system, the importance of rest cannot be overstated. Additionally, turmeric is a detoxifying agent that helps the liver to remove toxins, metabolic waste, and foreign microbes. This process also helps to “make room” for vitamins and minerals that cells need to maintain health functions.
Try This Golden Milk Recipe
It is amazing how one little root can carry all this impact on your overall health. It almost seems silly not to make it a part of your daily diet! One of the easiest and tastiest ways to incorporate turmeric into your daily life is with golden milk. Golden milk is a tasty, spicy beverage that may be perfect for giving your immune system a little extra help every season of the year.
It stores well in the fridge so you can make a batch up to 5 days ahead to keep on hand. If you or your kids like warm beverages, heat this concoction on the stove or in the microwave. Have your kids help you prepare the golden milk turmeric root beverage by asking them to add some of the ingredients.
To get started, try one of our favorite golden milk recipes from epicurious and see what you think:
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, preferably coconut milk beverage or almond milk
- 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
- 1 (1-inch) piece turmeric root, unpeeled, thinly sliced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric root powder
- 1 (1/2-inch) piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- Ground cinnamon (for serving)
Whisk coconut milk, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, honey, coconut oil, peppercorns, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan; bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors have melded, about 10 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into mugs and top with a dash of cinnamon.
With this simple and tasty recipe, you can give your body a little extra help during especially trying times. Turmeric root is easy to incorporate into your daily diet and may be an ideal alternative or complementary supplement to over the counter drugs. When looking to support your feelings of health and wellness, always look for supplements as a natural way to maintain health and happiness.
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