There’s nothing like a nice hot beverage first thing in the morning to warm up and prepare you for a new day. Many opt for coffee or tea to get a jolt of wakefulness and although these have their own host of beneficial properties, sometimes it’s nice to go for something a little more colorful. Some people might recommend a good blend of coconut milk and turmeric.
Have you ever heard of golden milk?
The star of this healing drink is turmeric, a rhizome in the ginger family that gives it a lovely golden hue.
A traditional Ayurvedic drink, golden milk has been enjoyed for millennia not only for its characteristically soothing warmth but for its ability to manage inflammation, improve the function of the digestive tract, and liver support.
Turmeric is a spice studied extensively and has been found to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.
So how does coconut milk and turmeric make such a good combination?
Turmeric’s potential includes:
Antiseptic – turmeric kills harmful bacteria and speeds healing for cuts and superficial burns (1).
Analgesic – the antioxidants in turmeric reduce swelling and relieve pain. It’s especially helpful for easing the joints of arthritis sufferers.
Boosts immunity – the phytochemical curcumin in turmeric see to that.
Anti-carcinogenic – one study showed a combination of turmeric and black pepper inhibited breast cancer cell growth by fifty percent (2).
Promotes digestive health – a healthy gut is critical for all bodily functions. Turmeric stimulates the gall bladder to release bile, which is necessary to break down fats.