I’m not sure about where you live, but yesterday in New Hampshire we got slammed with a snow storm! Between warm socks and fuzzy blankets there was only one more thing to make my snow day complete…and that was a cup of homemade Golden Milk. This drink is a cure all – whether you’re in need of some serious liquid nourishment or just something to warm your soul, this drink takes the cake!
As you might have been able to tell from my Instagram, this drink is hard to photograph. MMmm take two!
- 2 cups milk (I use homemade coconut milk)
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup
- ¼ tsp black pepper (this helps increase absorption of the turmeric)
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Tiny piece of fresh ginger (or ¼ tsp of ginger powder)
- Mix all ingredients in blender.
- Warm in saucepan until hot – but not boiling
If you’re thinking of omitting the black pepper let me stop you right there! Due to black pepper’s “hot” property, called piperine, combining turmeric and black pepper together enhances curcumin’s bioavailability by 2,000%! That’s 1,000x more turmeric that your body will be absorbing thanks to just a pinch of black pepper (that you can’t even taste).
The T1D Connection
As people with an autoimmune disease we have to nourish our immune systems more than others because it doesn’t take much to throw it out of whack. Turmeric is great immune supporting spice because it is has antiviral and antibacterial effects. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory and aids in digestion by increasing the flow of bile (which is super important for fat and protein digestion – holler to all my fellow keto lovers).