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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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Eloise is an everyday health expert and runs My Vegan Supermarket, a vegan blog and database of supermarket products.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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