November 19, 2014

Cold & Flu Ginger Turmeric Tonic.


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Want to protect yourself from winter colds? This tonic is for you:

It’s my favorite drink throughout autumn and winter. It is deliciously warm and it boosts the immune system to protect us against colds and flu.

You’ve probably heard about the amazing health benefits of both ginger and turmeric. Ginger contains several antioxidants that help prevent and fight many diseases, and turmeric has especially powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

This combination of lemon, ginger and turmeric has an alkalizing effect on the body. Plus, it promotes glowing, radiant skin.

If you’re having food cravings or you’re feeling hungry in between meals, you can also drink this tonic as well as lots of water before you reach for a snack.

I make this tonic once a day in fall and winter, usually in the afternoon. But, it’s also great to drink first thing in the morning, about thirty minutes before breakfast. It will help cleanse your liver and give you more energy for your day.

What you need for one person:

1 ½ cup of hot water
3 slices of fresh ginger
½ tsp turmeric powder or one slice fresh turmeric root
½ lemon
1 tsp raw honey

What you do:

Place ginger slices and turmeric in a mug, and add the hot water. Let it steep for five minutes.

Squeeze in lemon and stir in raw honey.

Enjoy this warm, golden tonic!



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MiMi Mar 9, 2015 9:18pm

I have Type 2 Diabetes and count carbs. There are about 5.6 grams of carbs in 1 tsp of honey. I use raw honey and have not had any issues with my blood sugar. Additionally, I recently read an article that suggests there is medical research that supports turmeric as a way to help regulate blood sugar. You may want to search for information about the possible benefits of adding turmeric to your diet, if you are diabetic.

Shannon Feb 20, 2015 1:26pm

Can anyone recommend a substitute for lemon in all these drink & cold/flu recipes that are so good for us? I’m allergic to all citrus 🙁

Thank you!

Gillian Jan 8, 2015 8:29pm

Hi there I read the recipe for the turmeric tonic that recommends using honey, I am a diabetic so can you recommend a natural diabetic sweetner for me

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Anne Ricci

Anne Ricci is a nutritionist and weight loss coach with a dietician training. She is a multilingual mom of two who has lived and traveled in more than 40 different countries and is now dedicated to helping women make healthy food choices and feel good in their body. Visit her website,AnnesHealthyKitchen.com where you can sign up for her 5-Step Healthy Weight Loss Solution. You can also connect with her on FacebookYoutube and Twitter.