Ginger and turmeric tea is an effective way to reduce chronic inflammation, which can cause some serious health issues. But before we examine these benefits, let’s first establish what exactly inflammation is.
What is inflammation?
Inflammation is a natural, healthy response which arises as a result of some sort of tissue damage. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, can lead to some quite serious health issues, including digestive issues, joint pain and even cancer.
Chronic inflammation is becoming increasingly common within a modern day, western society. This is largely a consequence of both physiological and psychological stress. Examples of which include pollution, processed foods and a stressful personal life.
The chronic inflammation that is consequently developed creates an auto-immune response, which leads to the body damaging healthy cells within the body.
Reduce inflammation with ginger and turmeric tea
Turmeric is a root found in South Asia and typically used as a food dye or to flavour food within Asian cuisine.
Something lesser known are turmeric’s powerful medicinal properties, acting as a powerful natural anti—inflammatory, disinfectant and antioxidant.
The compound within turmeric primarily responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties is curcumin, which many report to relieve them of chronic inflammatory symptoms, including joint pain, tiredness and depression. Studies indicate that this is likely down to curcumin’s ability to supress the effects of inflammatory bio-markers, including lipooxygenase, phospholipase and nitric oxide.
The inclusion of ginger within this recipe is also for similar reasons, given its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. The compounds within ginger that makes it so effective are gingerols. These powerful compounds are thought to be the reason why so many people who suffer with arthritis experience significant pain relief.
Being someone who trains at high intensity on a regular basis, controlling inflammation for me is necessary for training longevity and mobility.
We also live in a time where other factors which contribute to inflammation are more prominent than ever before. This includes the rise of processed foods, containing high amounts of sugars and transfat; high stress jobs and lifestyles; lack of proper nutrients, such as omega 3 and antioxidants – I could go on…
Being conscious of this led me to supplement turmeric on a daily basis. There are various turmeric supplements on the market in both pill and liquid form. However I decided to be slightly more ‘old school’ and opt for getting my daily fix in tea form, allowing me to get the synergistic benefits of ginger and turmeric.
The ginger and turmeric tea recipe I’ve pieced together also incorporates synergistic ingredient black pepper, which increase the bio-availability of turmeric within the body. The recipe also factors in other natural anti-inflammatory ingredients: cinnamon and ginger.
Ginger & Turmeric Tea Ingredients
– 1.5 cups of water
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger
– 2 teaspoons of turmeric
-1 teaspoon of raw honey