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Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Tonic

turmeric tonic

For the last four years, I’ve had the weirdest bit of joint inflammation in my right index finger. It gets worse when I’m tired, eating poorly and drinking too much alcohol. I never thought about it too much and just chalked it up to a bit of arthritis, unless it was accidentally pushed or I needed to open a jar.

 

Last year, I went to see a naturopath at my college for some general coaching. I happened to mention my ‘dicky’ finger to her and she recommended taking two Pukka Wholistic Turmeric capsules in the morning for a few months to see if that made any difference.

 

And you know what, the capsules made a little difference. I started to wonder if there was more I could do, so started looking into ways of eating and drinking the raw turmeric root. Turmeric root has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and liver detoxification properties through its active compound curcumin, which is why you might have noticed more chatter about this plant in the last year. Research has shown that curcumin from turmeric in its food form is more bioavailable, especially consumed with a pinch of black pepper.

 

So I decided to start drinking a turmeric tonic in the morning to see if I could relieve some more of the sore feeling in my ‘dicky’ finger. After many trial runs, here’s the recipe I use every week.

 

This tonic has made a huge difference to my finger – to the point where I notice when I’ve forgotten to have my shot of tonic in the morning. Try it!

 

NB: please avoid this drink if you are on blood thinners, as turmeric and blood thinning medication can cause excess bleeding.

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What you need

1 grapefruit (exclude this if you are any medication as grapefruit contains naringenin, a phytonutrient that can interfere with CYP450, an important family of enzymes that help break down toxins in phase I liver detoxification. This can cause adverse reactions to medication.)

3 lemons

1-2 orange, if you need to exclude the grapefruit

2-3 thumbs of fresh turmeric root

1 thumb of fresh ginger

1 tbsp raw organic honey

200mL filtered water

Large blender cup / Nutribullet cup

 

How to make it 

1. Cut the citrus fruits in half and squeeze the juice into your blender or Nutribullet cup. Take care to remove the seeds, but to keep the pulp.

2. Wash the turmeric and ginger and drop them in with your citrus juice.

3. Add the honey, black pepper and water.

4. Blend for at least 30 seconds and decant into a glass storage jar.

5. Drink a shot’s worth each morning.

6. Keeps in the fridge for 7 days (if it lasts that long!).

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Lemon, Ginger and Oil of Oregano Cold Remedy

lemons and grapefruit

As you can probably imagine, I’m not a huge fan of off the shelf cold remedies you might find in your local Boots or Superdrug. I always prefer a natural remedy whenever possible.

 

A few weeks ago when I was fighting a little cold, I bought a few turmeric tonic shots from my local Planet Organic. As effective as they are, they can be rather pricey at £3.50+ for a 50ml bottle.

 

 

Here’s my recipe for a quick little homemade tonic that will help boost your immune system and help those natural killer cells do their job of getting rid of bad bacteria and pathogens.

 

I’ve included a good dose of ginger for the lovely zing and the zinc, a mineral that is better at boosting the immune system than vitamin C. The turmeric in the recipe is packed with curcumin, an phytonutrient that has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

 

Oil of oregano is an incredibly powerful antioxidant, with important antiviral, anti fungal and antimicrobial properties through carvacrol and thymol, its active ingredients. I get my oil of oregano from Zane Hellas, a reputable Greek company. If you use oil of oregano, do not give this to children, as they cannot ingest essential oils.

 

What you need: (makes 2-3 servings)

1-2 lemons, cut in half and juiced

1/2 thumb fresh ginger, roughly chopped

1/2 thumb fresh turmeric, roughly chopped

a dash of cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon coconut oil

3-4 drops of oil of oregano

20 – 30mL water to dilute the mixture, depending on preferred strength and taste (for me, the stronger the better!)

 

How to make it: 

  1. Juice the lemons into a cup, using a strainer to catch the seeds. I go old school and do it by hand.  Remove the seeds and add the pulp back into the mixture.
  2. Add the ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper, coconut oil, oil of oregano and water
  3. Blend for 30 seconds, or until the turmeric and ginger are not longer visible
  4. Pour half of the mixture into a cup and down the hatch!
  5. Store the rest in a glass container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

What are your  cold remedies? I’d love to hear what your tried and true recipes and tricks are!

 

Are you the kind of person that gets sick more often than others? Your immune system could likely use some support. Maybe there is an underlying issue, especially if you also have asthma, eczema or allergies. Is this you? I invite you to book in for a free introductory session with me to talk through your health and wellbeing.

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