By Adele Fawcett, ROHP
Get a quick health boost from a
warming fall drink!
Golden Milk – Key Ingredient: Turmeric
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory power house spice that supports liver and brain health. It is fat soluble and difficult to absorb which creates some challenges in using it as a health tonic. Golden milk is a good way to overcome some of these challenges. Create a paste by mixing 4 tbsp of organic dried turmeric, ½ teaspoon of organic black pepper with 4 tbsp of virgin coconut oil. This can be stored in a glass jar in the fridge for a little over a week.
To enjoy a daily anti-inflammatory beverage:
Combine 1 tsp of turmeric paste and 1 tsp of cinnamon powder into 1 cup of boiling water. Add raw local honey to taste and 1 cup of unsweetened almond or coconut milk
Spiced Cherry Apple Cider – Key Ingredient: Tart Cherry Concentrate
Tart cherries are a natural source of melatonin to aid sleep, help the body eliminate uric acid which plays a role in gout and joint inflammation and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Combine one to two tablespoons of tart cherry juice concentrate, ½ cup of organic apple cider (this is non-alcoholic) and mix into 1 cup of hot water. Add a dried clove and ½ a tsp of cinnamon for a delicious hot spiced fall cider!
Manuka Lemon Ginger Throat Soother
Fresh squeezed lemon juice, ginger and Manuka honey make a great throat comforting beverage, as well as a sinus decongestant. Make ginger water by grating or finely chopping 1 inch of fresh ginger root and steeping it in 2 cups of boiling water. Let it cool and place in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 10 days.
To ease a sore throat:
Combine 2 tbsp of fresh squeezed lemon juice, 2 tbsp of ginger water, 1 tsp of raw Manuka or raw local honey and 1 cup of hot water. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to open up blocked sinuses!
Tangy Red Digestive Tonic – Key Ingredients: Beet Juice + Dandelion Tea
Beet juice is an excellent source of betaine which supports digestion, liver health and bile flow. Dandelion is another great liver and gallbladder herb. To create a digestive tonic beverage, first make a dandelion root tea. Use one organic dandelion root tea bag steeped for five minutes in 1/2 cup of boiling water, discard the tea bag. Add the tea to 1 cup of beet juice, 2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of ginger water.
Adele Fawcett is a holistic nutritionist at the Valley Nutrition Centre in Sudbury..