If there ever was a powerhouse for boosting your immune system this is it.
Lets start with turmeric. Actually, lets start with curcumin, a polyphenol of turmeric. Studies show curcumin has very high anti-inflammatory properties, prevents pre-mature aging, improves memory loss, has anti-oxidant anti-cancer properties, helps manage arthritis and improves digestion therefore supporting a healthy immune system. The only downfall of this super substance, however, is that when taken alone it has poor bioavailability (absorption). That means most of the nutrients in turmeric you ingest end up not being utilized.
Which leads me to black pepper. Black pepper contains piperine which is a bioavailability (absorption) enhancer. That means it helps other substances’s nutrients to absorb into your cells for a longer period of time.
Turmeric and black pepper, when taken together, make each others nutrients more bioavailable (absorbable).
That being said the supporting roles in this tonic are some pretty heavy hitters themselves.
Ginger is also an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory immune system booster.
As is raw honey.
Coconut water is high in potassium, vitamin C and electrolytes which is extremely hydrating. It is also an anti-oxidant, good for digestion immune system lover.
Lemon juice is high in vitamin C and cleanses the liver which is great for what? You guessed it.
Sea salt (like pink himalayan or grey celtic) contain 84 important minerals, it helps regulate blood pressure (contrary to popular belief) and most importantly for this cocktail is it assists with the delivery of nutrients into your body’s cells.
Need I say more? Ok then, here’s the recipe. Drink up!
Turmeric-black pepper tonic
- 1 cup Coconut water (from young coconuts, non-pasteurized, non-concentrated and with no preservatives)
- 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
- 1/2 in. Fresh Ginger peeled & chopped
- 1/2 a Lemon juice only
- 1/8 teaspoon Sea salt
- 3 grinds of Fresh black pepper
- 2 Tablespoons Raw honey
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 30 seconds.
Sarah Burchard is the author of The Healthy Locavore, a natural foods chef and experience host whose writing focuses on cooking, holistic health, supporting community and eating locally grown and made foods.