Add this to your coffee to fight inflammation, boost your immune system, and more!
Its so cold out and a hot cup of tea or coffee is the perfect start to our mornings! Just by adding three key ingredients to your coffee it can drastically improve your health. I do this in my daily morning routine and hope after reading this, that you will as well. So, without further ado, here is why you will want to start adding turmeric, cinnamon and ground pepper to your cup of joe.
Chronic Inflammation Dangers
Chronic inflammation is something we are learning more and more about everyday. It is linked to everything from Alzheimer's disease to arthritis, hair loss to diabetes. We are now learning that chronic inflammation can be linked to just about every major disease that our human race in plagued with. That includes but is not limited to heart disease, cancer, and even mental illnesses such as depression.
I believe that we should do all that we can to care for these beautiful bodies that our Creator has gifted us. This includes such simple things as adding some spices to my coffee that I so enjoy.
Curcumin is the main compound found in turmeric and it is known for its anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral, and antioxidant properties. The Arthritis Foundation suggests adding 0.5 grams to 1 gram of ground turmeric three times a day to reduce the painful inflammation that comes with athritis. That amounts to just 0.1 to 0.2 of a teaspoonful. So, you can see that you really don't have to add that much at all to each cup of joe to reap all the benefits.
Cinnamon adds a delicious flavor to your coffee, but it is about so much more than that. Cinnamon actually has anti-inflammatory properties that can ease swelling. Cinnamon is filled with polyphenols (which are powerful antioxidants). Many other reports have found that cinnamon is also antidiabetic, antimicrobial, anticancer, lipid-lowering, and lowers cardiovascular disease, in addition to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties I have already mentioned. There is no set amount that is recommended so add to your liking. I enjoy a good healthy sprinkling in mine.
One thing that we have learned about consuming turmeric is that if we consume it alone, it has a pretty low bioavailability. One thing that increases that bioavailability substantially is black pepper. You do not need a lot. Just a pinch of black pepper has been proven to increase turmeric's bioavailability by 2000 percent! And honestly, it doesnt alter the taste of coffee one bit!
Additional Health Tweaks
Ditch the sugar! I have an insatiable sweet tooth and cannot imagine my cup of coffee without the sweet factor. We all know by now that refined sugar is no good for us. But what else can we use? There are several options. You can use raw honey and get its antioxidant, antifungal, antibiotic, and antibacterial benefits as well. For those of you who are vegan, there are options for you as well. You can try date syrup, molasses, agave, maple syrup or brown rice syrup.
Switch your dairy creamer for coconut oil. It sounds weird, I know, but its really delicious. Coconut oil gives your coffee that creamy consistency that I love. I have a mini whisk that I use to whisk it in and it get so yummy and frothy. Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid, which means it is processed by the liver and converted to energy rather than being stored as fat