Ayurveda’s Golden Elixir

The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.” –B.K.S. Iyengar

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My interest in Ayurveda is fueled by my love for the practice of Yoga.  The healing I experience when I step onto my Yoga mat or sit down for few minutes of chanting and meditation has inspired me to research the sister science of Yoga - Ayurveda. Ayurvedic medicine teaches us ancient healing practices for optimal health.  As an integrative dietitian, my mission is to combine western medical methods with safe and effective healing methods from Eastern philosophies like Ayurveda.

In Ayurvedic cooking there are two spices that are beloved more than any - ginger and turmeric.   

My desire to bring integrative healing to my patients has also led me to become a devotee of ginger and turmeric. Adding ginger and turmeric to your diet, along with a health-supportive diet can help manage challenging digestive symptoms like nausea, bloating, cramping, heartburn, and indigestion. Ginger and turmeric are great for promoting overall digestive health and may provide relief for those struggling with digestive conditions like IBS, Crohn's, and gastritis.

In addition to its health supportive benefits, ginger and turmeric provide a warm zing during the frigid winter. When you take a sip of this stunningly beautiful drink, you’ll experience the warmth and earthiness of a golden elixir that provides comfort to your soul and a sense of well-being to your digestive system and overall body.   

Let’s do some nerd talk and dive a bit deeper into what nutritional science has to say about the healing properties of ginger and turmeric:

Ginger: Ginger root has been shown to promote healthy digestion and improved management of inflammatory conditions like osteoarthritis and IBS. Ginger is used as an effective complementary treatment for indigestion and nausea. If you suffer from chronic nausea due to a medical condition or treatment, ginger may help alleviate some of the discomfort.  Also, when you experience indigestion due overindulgent consumption of alcohol and food, drinking a ginger tea may bring some much needed relief to your belly!

Turmeric: Turmeric is treasured for its beautiful color and its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidation properties. Turmeric contain curcumin (a polyphenol antioxidant) that assists in cell maintenance and repair. Turmeric has also been linked with improved management of chronic inflammatory conditions like arthritis, high lipids (elevated triglycerides and/or cholesterol) and metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess abdominal fat).

Turmeric may also become your best friend at the gym, since it has been shown to help reduce muscle soreness and inflammation related to exercise.

Let’s dive into the recipe!

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Ginger Turmeric Latte
Need to warm up during a chilly evening? Or maybe you've got a belly ache that needs some comfort. Cozy up with a soothing cup of this Ginger Turmeric Latte.

Prep Time
10 min

Servings: 2

Ingredients:
1 inch of  fresh ginger (peeled) ( you can use ½ inch of fresh ginger for a milder taste)
1/2 inch of fresh turmeric (peeled) ( you can ¼ inch of fresh turmeric for a milder taste)
2 cups milk (almond, soy, hemp, coconut milk)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
a pinch of ground black pepper (optional)
1-2 teaspoons of 100% maple syrup or honey (optional)


Instructions:

  • Wash and peel ginger and turmeric. You can use a spoon or peeler.
  • If you have a high speed blender in your kitchen, simply toss all the ingredients into blender. Blend at high speed until ginger and turmeric are smoothly mixed in with the milk.
  • If there is pulp in your milk, strain milk through a nut milk bag, cheesecloth, or fine strainer (chinois). Most high speed blenders make the milk so smooth, there is no need to strain.  
  • Place Turmeric Ginger Milk in a medium sauce pot.  Bring milk to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Turn off heat and let the milk cool slightly.
  • Enjoy warm or chilled.
  • Store in a glass jar or thermos. Turmeric Ginger Latte can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat or add ice as necessary.
  • Enjoy, and Happy Eating!

Fear not, if you don’t have blender you can still  make this delicious ginger turmeric latte.

  • Wash and peel ginger and turmeric. You can use a spoon or peeler.
  • Grate ginger and turmeric using a grater or microplane. You can also mince it finely using a sharp knife.
  • Add grated ginger, turmeric, and milk to a medium size sauce pot.  Bring milk to quick boil. Lower heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Turn off heat and let the milk cool slightly.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon and black pepper ( optional)
  • Once milk is cool enough to handle, strain through a nut milk bag, cheesecloth, or fine strainer (chinois).
  • Enjoy warm or chilled.
  • Store in a glass jar or thermos. Turmeric Ginger Latte can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat or add ice as necessary.
  • Enjoy, and Happy Eating!

Alice is a registered dietitian based in New York City and you can check her bio here. You can contact her by commenting below or through her website aliceinfoodieland.com.