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What should I drink to be healthy at 100?
If you ask a centurion from Okinawa, the answer would probably be turmeric tea. This golden spice is a staple tea for many centurions living in Okinawa, also known as the Longevity Island.
Okinawa is considered to be a blue zone where people live to be 100 years old at a rate 10 times higher than anywhere else in the world. Blue Zone is a term used to reflect the lifestyles and environment of the world’s longest-living communities, and there are only 5 in the world!
Okinawans live to be 100 for many reasons: they exercise regularly and also have an excellent diet low in red meat, and high in seasonal fruits and vegetables, fish, whole grains, and lean proteins, including soy. For the Okinawa native, turmeric tea is a nice complement to an already incredibly healthy lifestyle.
Turmeric offers so many health benefits
A growing body of evidence suggests that turmeric may help reduce the risks of several diseases and that it may be one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories discovered thus far.
This spice is a major overachiever. In fact, many health professionals have claimed that it may be one of the most powerful disease fighters known to humans. There have been over 6,000 peer-reviewed articles published proving the benefits of this beautiful orange herb, and its #1 component, curcumin!
My turmeric research recently made me a lot more interested in making my own turmeric tea at home. So I started making my own over the last two weeks. I don’t know for sure if it’s the tea, but I feel amazing!
My husband has commented several times already about our counters having minor yellow spots. Turmeric’s rich golden-yellow color will stain clothing and may temporarily turn counters and some dishware yellow, so be prepared for that.
How to make turmeric tea at home
Imagine what replacing 1 soda or sugary drink a day with a turmeric tea could do for your health over the long run!
Turmeric tea is a hearty drink and takes a little extra preparation than just adding a tea bag into a cup of hot water. However, the experience is totally worth the preparation and wait time. I love the idea of adding lots of anti-inflammatory herbs to tea to keep my immune system in tip-top shape.
I have tried several recipes for making turmeric tea at this point. This one is my favorite and makes an excellent place to start if you’re starting to add turmeric into your diet. It is simple and strait-forward and adds the perfect amount of spice. In the beginning, I would start with 1 tsp turmeric and try and add a little more each time you make it to see how much works for you.
You can purchase turmeric here.
Turmeric Tea Recipe
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Yield: 1 serving
- 1 tsp turmeric (start with this and work your way up to as much as you want!)
- 1-2 cups of almond milk (you can use water or whatever milk product you prefer, I like almond milk)
- tsp cinnamon
- pinch in nutmeg
- tsp ginger
- pinch of ground black pepper*
- honey (just a little or a lot, your preference)
*Black pepper is added because studies show it aids in the absorption of curcumin, the healthy component of turmeric.
- simmer herbs and water together for ten minutes on the stovetop
- strain out and add honey
Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!
If making turmeric tea is not your thing don’t let that stop you from reaping its benifits. You can always buy a turmeric supplement over-the-counter to take once a day.
Sarah, Mother Nurse Love
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