#4 You’ll Love the Soothing Benefits of this Awesome Beverage

As a Breast Cancer Recovery Coach, I believe it’s important for me to help my clients find ways to incorporate healthy eating, physical activity, herbal remedies and mindful practices into their busy schedules in realistic ways.

As much as I love to cook and would prefer to start everything from scratch, my schedule, and probably yours, doesn’t always allow the time for that. So, I look for the healthiest alternatives that allow to me to consistently incorporate these practices into my day and I treat myself to the “scratch” version whenever I can.
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Golden milk is a perfect example of this. This amazing, anti-inflammatory,  drink is a pleasure to create from coconut milk, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and honey. Can’t you just smell it filling the house with fragrance already?

When I’m in a pinch for time (or just tired), the Gaia, organic, premixed version does just fine. I get the yummy flavor and all of the benefits, other than the pleasure of handling the individual ingredients myself. This mix is also vegan and a little different from most golden milk recipes in that it uses cardamom rather than cinnamon and it also contains ashwaganda which is a powerful rejuvenative herb. Ashwaganda is used in Ayurveda  to support those who have been weakened by chronic disease, and exhaustion is said to be particularly rejuvenative for  muscles, bone marrow and semen.

If you’ve never heard of golden milk, I’ll break it down for you.

  1. The primary spice in golden milk is turmeric (curcuma longa) known mainly for its active ingredient, curcumin. Turmeric has been called “the spice of life” in Ayurveda for centuries but, in the recent years it’s health benefits such as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, have been studied more and more frequently which has shot turmeric to the top of the popular herbal supplement list in your local health food store.

When I searched turmeric in the PubMed (U.S. National Library of Medicine) database, I found over 1100 studies on everything from its effects on brain health to diabetes management to cancer protection.  Dr. Vasant Lad, a well known Ayurvedic physician and the founder of the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico, has said that turmeric cures the whole person. Pretty sweet, right?

The power of nature is so awesome, and that’s one of the things that I love the most about golden milk. It harnesses the power of:

Ashwaganda (Gaia Version): tonic, nervine sedative, rejuvenative, aphrodisiac.
Cardamom (Gaia Version): Stimulant, expectorant (said to neutralize the mucus forming effects of milk according to Ayurveda), carminative, diaphoretic.
Cinnamon: Carminative (reduces intestinal gas), antibacterial, expectorant, diuretic, analgesic.
Coconut Milk: The benefits of lauric acid, capric acid (medium chain fatty acids), and antimicrobial lipids.
Ginger: Carminative, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiemetic (reduces vomiting), cardio tonic (good for the heart).
Turmeric: anti-inflammatory, antiarthritic, carminative topical anti-bacterial & antifungal, anti-atherosclerotic, anticancer.
Vanilla (optional): Antioxidant, sweetener and delicious.
Honey (optional): Sweetener, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant.
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That’s a lot of good stuff for one warm and yummy beverage and I say yummy in all sincerity, even my kids like it!

There are different versions of the golden milk recipe, including ones with black peppercorns which gives the drink a little more heat and detoxifying qualities as well as enhancing the bioavailability of turmeric by up to 1,000 times. You can also prepare a golden milk paste by combining the herbs and spices with coconut oil and storing it in the fridge, then combine with warm milk when you’re ready to have a cup.

Here’s a simple recipe that you can make at home if you want to take the “made from scratch” route:

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk (of course you can substitute with cow milk, almond milk…whatever delivery system yo need to get these herbs into you but coconut is the traditional version)
1  cinnamon stick
1 (1-inch) piece turmeric, unpeeled, thinly sliced, or 1/2 tsp dried turmeric
1 (1/2-inch) piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced, or 1/4 tsp dried ginger powder
1 tablespoon honey or 1 tsp vanilla or scrapings from 1/2 vanilla bean (optional)
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
Ground cinnamon (for serving)
Directions:
Bring coconut milk, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, coconut oil, vanilla (if you’re using it) to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into mugs add honey if you like and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon or cardamom. Enjoy!

 

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Until Next time,

Let your lifestyle be your medicine,
~Laura

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