I’m a huge fan of turmeric. I try to sprinkle it on everything—literally. It is one of the most powerful roots used as medicine all over the world (thank goodness it is abundantly available!). When combined with other simple yet powerful ingredients, you can really impact change in your overall health.
What is particularly helpful about turmeric is its anti-inflammatory properties. People with diabetes may be focused on their blood sugar levels all day, but behind the scenes, in every fiber of their beings, they are also fighting inflammation. Diabetes has a trickle down effect on your health, and the instability of blood glucose can set fire to your veins, cell, organs and brain by way of inflammation. This chronic inflammation could then turns into heart disease, organ failure, cognitive decline, and poor blood circulation.
Yeah, it’s pretty serious.
Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is best known for its anti-inflammatory properties, but don’t think that’s all that it has to offer. This spice has also been found to work as an anti-depressant, anti-coagulant, painkiller, cholesterol reducer and even to increase insulin sensitivity (win!).
In this instance, we focus on the active component curcumin for its anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin is so powerful, in fact, that researchers have found—over and over again—that it is stronger than ibuprofen and aspirin, two over-the-counter manufactured anti-inflammatory medicines.
Benefits of Ginger
Ginger, like turmeric, has an extensive list of health benefits. It is well known for boosting the immune system and easing digestion. Another advantage of ginger rests in its ability to naturally improve diabetes by making your body more sensitive to insulin.
As a painkiller, it targets inflammation in the body and works to reduce it. Combined with turmeric, this potent root can tackle quite a bit of the secondary issues that come with diabetes.
Benefits of Lemon
Lemon is nature’s detoxifier. It helps your body burn through all the bad stuff, boosts your immune system (thanks to the vitamin C), and fights damaging free radicals. Think of lemon as the pre-inflammation ingredient that combats inflammation before it settles into your veins.
Benefits of Raw Honey
Raw honey is a delicious syrupy treat that is actually good for you, unlike other sweeteners. Packed with antioxidants, honey is a rejuvenating ingredient and fights free radicals like a warrior.
For people with diabetes, raw honey encourages the release of insulin and decreases hyperglycemia. Though it doesn’t elevate glucose as much as other sweeteners, it still causes a rise in blood glucose, so add with caution.
Turmeric Morning Elixir
Now that we know all of the stellar components of this drink, let’s put it together!
- 1/4″ raw turmeric root, chopped
- 1/4″ raw ginger root, chopped
- 2-3 cups water, boiled
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
- Place the turmeric and ginger at the bottom of a mug. Pour the boiling water. Steep it for 5 minutes. Remove the turmeric and ginger with a spoon.
- Add the remaining ingredients. Stir until fully mixed.
Tip: You can also make this drink and pop it in the fridge overnight to have a refreshing drink in the morning!