Today, I finally whipped up my own ginger turmeric lemon tea with an apple cider kick (& a few other spices and MANUKA HONEY!). But we’ll get to all of that shortly!
First things first, as you guys know, turmeric, ginger, lemon & apple cider are all some of the remedies I used to cure all the digestive issues that eating disorder recovery entailed. If you guys want to read more about what helped me cope with all the bloating (& co.), as well as why I incorporate apple cider vinegar into my daily routine, click on the links below:
But for now, let’s get back to this tea!
Ok, guys, maybe this is TMI, but FYI: did you know that a healthy bowel transit time is between 12 – 24 hours from intake of food to elimination?… And, wait for it: Research has shown that the average American’s bowel transit time is 48 – 96 hours. So basically… to put things into perspective: imagine what you ate for breakfast yesterday morning sitting in your tummy at 98 degrees… GROSS, right?
Many people think that going #2 once every 2-3 (sometimes even 4-5 days) is normal… But, when you actually read about how the insides function & all the science behind it, it’s kind of terrifying. Substances that are supposed to be eliminated get absorbed back into the bloodstream, which obvi sounds gross. BUT EVEN WORSE… it can interfere with & irritate the entire system.
THAT BEING SAID, living your healthiest life really begins & ends in your gut (& proper digestion, absorption & elimination of food), all of which makes up your metabolism. To read more about my tips & tricks regarding gut health, click here: Everything You Need To Know To Heal Your Gut a.k.a. GO WITH YOUR GUT, ALWAYS.
That’s where this tea comes in. As you guys know, I drink a lukewarm glass of lemon water with sea salt first thing every morning when I wake up & it’s safe to say that not to mention all the other benefits it provides, my digestion is ON FLEEK (& that’s saying a lot given where I come from). I speak more in depth about all the benefits of lemon water here: Lemon Water a.k.a. The-Only-&-Healthy-&-Best-&-Yummy-Way-To-Start-Oops-I-Mean-Detox-Your-Day-Right.
In a nutshell, this tea provides many benefits, some of which are:
- Promotes healthy, clear & radiant skin!
- Fights inflammation & bloating, gas + acid reflux!
- Filled with vitamin C + antioxidants!
- Gut healthy!
- Amazing for digestion!
- Flushes out the kidneys!
- Immune-boosting & pain relieving!
- Stabilizes blood sugar levels!
- Naturally sweetened with Ceylon cinnamon & Manuka honey! Manuka what? All the benefits of honey multiplied by tons to create this super healing, medicinal & nutritious honey!
But, if we want to break down some of the ingredients a little more specifically (of course we do, we always do):
LEMONS help the body in removal & prevention, by flushing out kidneys to prevent kidney stones & UTIs, providing an ample source of vitamin C, which is one of the most important antioxidants in nature, promote healthy digestion & detoxification, as well as glowing, radiant skin, boost energy & help balance the body’s pH levels.
GINGER is great for any type of stomach issue or trouble! It basically acts to increase the speed at which food empties from the stomach into the intestines; therefore, it’s no surprise that it helps with indigestion, acid reflux, bloating & as, as well as overall inflammation.
TURMERIC is another powerful anti-inflammatory, super high in antioxidants & helps boost & support the immune system in its ability to fight off infection! It also has great pain-relieving properties & has been shown o help with headaches & migraines.
Speaking of turmeric, the reason I added black pepper to the recipe is because it enhances the body’s ability to absorb & in turn, use, the curcuma (the main compound in turmeric). Let me explain. The reason that black pepper enables this increase in our body using curcuma is due to piperine, a compound found in black pepper, which slows our liver from metabolizing the curcuma too quickly & removing it through urine. By slowing this process, the body is able to use more of the curcuma & reap its beneficial effects. The reason for this is because curcuma is otherwise quickly metabolized & removed from the body by the liver & intestinal wall, due to its poor bio-availability (which means that if you are not consuming it with black pepper, you could be consuming it uselessly because your body isn’t given the opportunity to absorb the benefits, as it is too quickly eliminated from your system!).
P.S. Bioavailability of a food is the amount of a nutrient which is available & readily absorbed by the body to use for metabolic purposes in the body, from food that is consumed. Some nutrients have a high bioavailability and can be digested, absorbed & metabolised by the body very easily. BUT, when it has a poor or low bioavailability, the process of digestion, absorption & metabolism varies & this can also be impacted by other vitamins & minerals that we consume these can either inhibit or facilitate these processes.
CAYENNE adds a spicy kick, but also helps with inflammation & healthy weight maintenance, as well as boosts the immune system due to the antioxidants contained in it (in the form of beta-carotene).
CINNAMON provides EVEN MORE ANTIOXIDANTS (no, you can never get enough!!!), increase insulin sensitivity, thus promoting more stable blood sugar levels & is anti-fungal, anti-microbial/bacterial & anti-inflammatory!
MANUKA HONEY helps heal the gut (& helps with issues such as SIBO, low stomach acid & acid reflux). It also helps treat acne, eczema, combats staph infections, prevents tooth decay, helps with IBS treatment, improves overall immunity & helps with allergies. It also contains TONS of antioxidants & helps fight free radical damage & heal your skin from within!
P.S. This recipe is great to make in bulk for meal prep & store in the fridge in a large mason jar! You can then warm it up in the morning or whenever you choose to take it & mix in some lukewarm water, additional honey or cinnamon & a bit more lemon juice, to your liking!
Now, without further ado, let’s get to the nitty-gritty! I KNOW YOU’RE DYING TO MAKE THIS. I WOULD BE TOO.
My loves, YOU WILL NEED:
- 8 cups of water;
- 2-3 chunks of fresh ginger (peeled);
- 2-3 pieces of fresh turmeric (peeled);
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper;
- 1 tsp. ceylon cinnamon;
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper;
- the juice of two lemons;
- 1/4 cup of organic raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (always from the mother),
- 1/2 tbsp. Manuka honey.
Now, FOR THAT HOW-TO?
- In a medium pot over high heat, combine the peeled ginger & turmeric with the water. Bring to a boil, then turn to low heat, add in the black pepper, stir & let simmer for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, add the cinnamon & cayenne & simmer again on low heat for 15 minutes, stirring here & there!
- Remove from heat & let cool before adding in Manuka honey, lemon juice & apple cider (to prevent the destruction of enzymes & nutrients from boiling water).
- Once cooled, add in the lemon, Manuka honey & apple cider & stir.
- Now, strain to get rid of the ginger/turmeric chunks.
- Store in a mason jar or other glass container in the fridge!
- Drink warm or cold & add any ingredients of your choice: more cinnamon for added sweetness, more lemon juice for added citrus/zest, more honey for natural sweetness or more apple cider for zing!