The Auto immune disease series
In my last post I talked about ways in which your body can become overloaded with toxicity. I also suggested how best to avoid such insidious chemicals. In this next post I will talk about a very simple recipe that will help your liver to detoxify your blood and help your body to carry out the poisons that may be lodged in your tissues.
So, as the winter months approach this Golden Peppered Milk will bring comfort, sustenance and yet, with its golden trio of ingredients; turmeric, black pepper and oil, it will sock your immune system an almighty punch (for the better!).
Turmeric works to promote healthy mucus membranes and can be a key component in relieving digestive issues. It is also used to reduce symptoms of joint and muscle pain. It lowers inflammation, fights cancer and cleanses the liver.
In the old days, milk would have been used to make this sumptuous ‘tea’. However, with my understanding of dairy as a culprit in autoimmune disorders, I have duly substituted it for a vegan alternative.
With no more ado, other than an apology for the delay in this post (due to an almighty and gorgeous summer) I present to you:
Golden Peppered Milk – serves 1
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 3 cardamom pods, split and seeds removed (use the seeds and discard the pods)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 -6 dates (depending on how sweet your tooth is)
- optional sprinkling ground cinnamon
- Ideally soak everything in a saucepan overnight and then continue with the next step.
- Otherwise, heat all ingredients in a small saucepan very gently to achieve a muggy aromatic and very yellow infusion (watch your clothing). Don’t let it boil.
- Remove from the heat and place into a food processor, liquidiser etc.
- Give it a whizz for about a minute.
- Pour into a mug or glass and add a sprinkling of ground cinnamon if you wish.
You can of course substitute your own nut milks or oat milk and play around with the spice infusion. Almond milk would be a great substitute for the coconut milk and water providing all essential magnesium that will help to soothe and relax you in addition to stabilizing your blood sugar levels.
However I would urge you to please keep the potent trio: Turmeric for all of its immune promoting benefits is not well absorbed. So always take with some fat or oil (as turmeric is fat soluble and will be far better absorbed if taken this way). Finally, black pepper, don’t skip this as piperine, the active component in black pepper will magnify the effects of the curcumin in the turmeric (by increasing it’s bioavailabilty, a thousand fold), such is the synergy of these crucial ingredients.
Please note: In order to avoid BPA toxicity from canned coconut milk try this cheaper, make at home variety:
So for those of you who want still more information on how this Golden Peppered Milk works, read on:
Curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory compound that is active in turmeric has a long and widespread history in Chinese and Ayuvedic medicine.
Some key benefits from this mighty root include:
An anti inflammatory
Curcumin has been shown to be a powerful suppressor of chronic inflammation-mediated disease processes…With a high enough dosage, this has the ability to pull the body out of a strong inflammatory cascade and reset anti-inflammatory behavior at the cellular level.
Dr. David Jockers for Natural News
It balances blood sugars
It helps by improving insulin resistance. Insulin resistance in the body can present a huge health burden by triggering inflammation in the body, damaging cell membranes and crucial enzymes. Studies have shown a positive impact on conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis.
Elevated blood sugar creates hazardous glucose cross-links with proteins, causing Advanced Glycolytic Enzymes (AGEs) to form. These AGEs damage cell membranes, vital enzyme systems and perpetuate inflammatory conditions throughout the body.
Curcumin offers a modulatory effect on liver enzymes; slowing the release of sugar into the bloodstream, while promoting the activation of those enzymes that cause the liver to store sugar as glycogen, in effect balancing and smoothing glucose levels in the blood.
It helps your body to detoxify
Turmeric is steeped with antioxidants, helping to detoxify the body and neutralise oxidative stress.
It reduces high blood pressure
Another property that curcumin has is that it helps to dilate your arteries. It achieves this by inhibiting the transportation of calcium into your cells, calcium acts as a chemical messenger that causes cells to contract, so instead cells relax and arteries dilate, reducing your blood pressure.
It is a potent cancer killer
Research done by the Life Extension Foundation found that curcuminoids target ten factors involved in cancer development. This includes chronic inflammation, DNA damage and disruption of cell signaling pathways.
Curcumin regulates tumor suppressor pathways and triggers mitochondria-mediated death in the cancer tissue. Curcumin is anti-angiogenic, which means that it shuts down the ability of cancer cells to form new blood vessels for blood supply and fuel. This effect makes cancer cells more vulnerable to pharmacological treatments such as chemotherapy and other cancer-control drugs.
Turmeric seems to have a generally agreed daily dosage of between 1 and 3g per day, though no official figures have been agreed upon. It is often used daily in Asian Cultures and is considered very safe. However as always I would advise finding an organic source. I use a Waitrose of the shelf product.
Black pepper must not be consumed in excess of 1 tsp a day when certain medications like digoxin or phenytoin are being taken.
The rate at which these medications are cleared by the liver could slow down when black pepper is consumed in excess
So a warm, cosy armchair and a great book is all that you need now.