I am on a detox – it is my first in a while and I am not being strict with regard to some things like black coffee (I know!) but others such as sugar, alcohol, gluten and dairy are out. I don’t tend to eat a lot of these foods rather little bits constantly so I just decided to give my body a break. What it has meant is that I am being more creative in the kitchen and tonight I made an anti-inflammatory elixir as an after dinner drink. The primary ingredient in the elixir is Turmeric, which is renowned for its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. While these effects are wonderful for the skin, the intense yellow/orange colour of Turmeric means that it is not ideal to apply directly. However, it doesn’t matter what colour your insides are and it still has the same wonderful effects!
Inflammation is a significant factor in all skin conditions as well as skin ageing. Factors that promote inflammation in the body include high glycemic diets, the wrong kinds of fats (too many Omega 6, trans and grain fed animal fats), AGEs (see previous article) and low nutrient dense diets, i.e., not enough colourful fruit, veg, nuts & seeds. The great thing to remember is that we have easy access to the foods that counter inflammation so we can make a huge difference with the foods we choose on a daily basis. The reason I love Turmeric in particular is that half a teaspoon is enough to have a powerful therapeutic effect.
So to the Turmeric elixir and I have to fess up right now, I borrowed this idea from Angelina Helene of Wholistic Revolution:
- A nob of fresh grated ginger (I leave this out if I want to create a chai like drink rather than a therapeutic food)
- A teaspoon of organic turmeric powder
- Any other spices you want to add – cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg
- A dessert spoons of Coconut oil
- A cup of Almond milk
- Honey to taste (I left this out due to my detox but it is like a spicy dessert when included)
Method: Toast all spices in coconut oil until you can see the oil become yellow in colour. The active constituent in Tumeric is cucumin. It is fat soluble so needs to be cooked in oil to be absorbed effectively. Stir in almond milk and sweeten with stevia or a little honey. Drink as a delicious anti-inflammatory drink or store and take a dessert spoon as desired. Make sure you wipe off your milk moustache so the Tumeric doesn’t stain your top lip!
Now I need to go and make some Cacao Chia Chocolate Pudding to have for afters! I will save that for the next blog.
Let me know if you try this and if you like it.