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The Drink That People Choose to Replace Coffee/Tea: Golden Milk

The Drink That People Choose to Replace Coffee/Tea: Golden Milk

Imagine a drink that could help you in over 150 different ways. Sounds pretty good, right? Well, golden milk is a warming drink containing turmeric, a spice which has over 150 potentially therapeutic activities.[1] Drinking golden milk in place of your usual cuppa could have all sorts of benefits, from helping reduce inflammation to supporting healthy cholesterol levels and improving wound healing.

Read on for full details on exactly what golden milk contains, how it could help you, and how you can make your own.

Golden milk has been used in Ayurvedic medicine

Golden milk contains one key health boosting ingredient: turmeric. Turmeric is part of the ginger family, and originates from the root of the Curcuma longa plant. Turmeric has been widely used in India for many years, but has only recently started to gain popularity in the western world.

In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is used to treat:

  • Indigestion
  • Common colds
  • Throat infections
  • Liver problems
  • Wounds and sores

Turmeric is so highly regarded in India that it’s often used as part of religious ceremonies and weddings. [2]

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How can golden milk benefit your health?

There are so many ways that turmeric can benefit your health, and we’ve listed some below.

Potential benefits of turmeric [3]

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve skin conditions
  • Regulate metabolism
  • Maintain healthy cholesterol levels
  • Improve digestion
  • Boost immunity
  • Reduce inflammation

When combined with black pepper, the effects are even more powerful

In golden milk, turmeric is often combined with black pepper – and it’s not just about taste. Even a tiny amount of black pepper massively increases the absorption of turmeric into your bloodstream, maximizing your chances of seeing health benefits.

Turmeric contains an active compound named curcumin, while black pepper contains piperine. Piperine inhibits drug metabolism, meaning that larger amounts of curcumin are absorbed directly into the bloodstream. [4]

How to make golden milk

This magical milk is usually made using a mixture of coconut milk, turmeric and black pepper. Recipes vary though, and you could swap coconut milk for another variety like soy, almond, oat or rice milk. Extra spices can also be added for flavor, with cinnamon being a popular option.

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Golden Milk Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of your favorite milk (rice, almond, oat, dairy, etc)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • Pinch of black pepper

Method:

Heat milk gently in a saucepan, before adding the rest of the ingredients and simmering gently for 3 – 4 minutes.

Golden Milk Powder Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup turmeric powder

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1/2 cup cinnamon powder

2 teaspoons of black pepper

Method:

Simply mix the powders together and store in a jar, then add two teaspoons to two cups of warm milk anytime you fancy a drink. Add ginger, cayenne pepper or sugar/syrup to taste.

Golden Milk Paste Recipe

Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup turmeric
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 10 tablespoons virgin coconut oil

Method:

Cook the water, turmeric and black pepper over a low heat for 10 minutes, until it forms a thick paste. Then, whisk together with coconut oil and store in a glass jar. Keep refrigerated.

Heat one teaspoon of paste along with two cups of milk for quick and easy golden milk. Whisk if necessary.

Where to get turmeric

Turmeric is available in most health food shops and large supermarkets, and can often be found in ethnic supermarkets. It’s worth shopping around to compare prices, especially if you plan to buy large amounts of turmeric. Ordering online is often the best option when buying in bulk.

Who should drink golden milk?

It’s worth giving golden milk a try if you:

  • Suffer from stomach aches
  • Have skin problems
  • Are trying to manage your weight
  • Struggle with high cholesterol
  • Struggle with high blood pressure
  • Want to boost your immunity against coughs and colds

If you’re pregnant, have a pre-existing health condition, family history of heath problems, or are on medication, consult your doctor before drinking turmeric milk.

Next time you fancy a cup of tea, try golden milk instead. You might be surprised by how many benefits you see.

Reference

[1] Mercola: What is Golden Milk?
[2] Wikipedia: Turmeric
[3] Live Science: What Is Turmeric?
[4] NutritionFacts.org: Why Pepper Boosts Turmeric Blood Levels

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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