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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 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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