Chronic dehydration of the body can be the main cause of numerous health issues, like blood flow resistance, skin issues, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.
The following turmeric and ginger iced tea is a delicious and refreshing way to keep the body hydrated, support heart and brain health, and improve overall health. Ginger is taxonomically known as Zingiber officinale, while turmeric bears the scientific name Curcuma longa.
Both of these herbs separately contain various medicinal and health benefits, and if combined, they possess even more value. The various phytochemicals contained in them interact very well together to boost the potency of their benefits.
Turmeric ginger tea has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which fight inflammation in the body, fight diabetes, prevent cancer, and naturally lower high cholesterol. Despite alleviating numerous health issues, the medicinal and therapeutic properties of ginger and turmeric together also produce an overall and all-rounder effect of ease, comfort and wellbeing.
These two potent spices have been used widely throughout history for both culinary and medical purposes. Their combination in the form of turmeric ginger tea has a plethora of medicinal and nutritional effects.
Turmeric has been scientifically shown to be able to reverse the progress of heart disease, and its active ingredient, curcumin, improves the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of the blood vessels, and thus regulates blood pressure and blood clotting. It also improves brain health, and helps in the case of stroke and Alzheimer’s.
Ginger is another versatile spice that offers potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It improves heart health, lowers cholesterol levels, and prevents the oxidation of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, and atherosclerosis.
It also benefits the brain by elevating the levels of important neurotransmitters, chemicals used by the brain cells to communicate with each other and control the ability to focus, sleep, remember, and concentrate.
You will sweeten this iced tea with honey, another natural miracle that offers numerous health benefits of its own. It improves brain health, and the high antioxidant levels prevent cellular damage and brain cell loss. Its potent antioxidant and therapeutic compounds have been found to prevent cognitive decline and dementia, and improve the cholinergic system and circulation of the brain.
The small amount of black pepper in the recipe will improve its flavor, and boost the bioavailability of turmeric.
Now, here is how to prepare it:
- 4 tsp dried organic turmeric
- 4 tsp dried ginger (or two inches fresh ginger root)
- ¼ cup honey
- ¾ tsp black pepper
- 1 cup plus 3 cups of water (1 cup for steeping, 3 for dilution)
In a small saucepan, mix turmeric, ginger, and black pepper, and pour a cup of water. Bring the mixture to boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for a few minutes, and turn off the heat.
Sweeten with honey. Cover the saucepan, let it steep for 1 hour or overnight, and then strain the mixture using cheesecloth. You can store the concentrate and make one drink at a time, or add the 3 cups water and store in a quart- sized jar in the refrigerator.