Two immune boosting hot drinks for winterWiebke Venter
Nature has a lot to offer when it comes to health benefits. During winter, we have an increased need for nutrients that support our immune system to prevent us from getting sick. Today, we will be introducing you to our top 2, all-time favourite immune boosting hot drinks for the cold season.
This trendy drink is a combination of hot (plant) milk, coconut oil, honey and the golden essence turmeric. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and modern research suggests that turmeric is a potent antioxidant with antimicrobial and anti-cancer effects, too.
There are a lot of recipes for golden milk. I have optimized mine during the last months of lockdown and COVID-19, and want to share my favourite combination with you:
- 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
- fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- A pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons of honey
Put almond milk in a pot and heat it. Add turmeric, cinnamon, fresh ginger and cayenne pepper, and stir thoroughly. When everything is boiled, remove the pot from the fire. Add coconut oil and honey for some sweetness.
Not only does turmeric have specific health benefits, Ginger is anti-inflammatory as well, and invigorating. Cinnamon has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. The cayenne pepper gives an extra hot boost and, apparently, increases the benefits of the turmeric.
Coconut oil contains good fatty acids and increases the bioavailability of the beneficial compounds.
Golden milk origins in the Indian tradition of Ayurveda, where it is used to treat a lot of different disease.
Ginger tea with vitamin C boost
Simple, but very efficient. Prepare the tea with fresh ingredients. Fresh ginger and lemon not only contain the best amount of nutrients but also avoid plastic packaging, if you buy them loose. Cut a thumb-sized ginger piece into slices, add hot water and infuse for eight to ten minutes. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and expectorant. The rhizome contains many essential oils that are being compared to acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin). It has vitamin C, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, sodium and phosphorus.
Add an extra kick with lemon and honey. However, only add these ingredients after the tea has cooled down a bit. Lemon is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and contains a lot of vitamin C. Honey contains healing enzymes. Both, enzymes and vitamin C are very unstable in heat and can be destroyed.
The tea weakens the flu virus and supports your immune system. I used to drink a big teapot every day in German winter and hardly got sick 😉