If you are struggling with jet lag, feeling under the weather or just slightly out of balance, this wellness elixir is for you!
Packed with flavour and a real kick, you will feel instant renewal when you taste it. It synergises the anti-inflammatory powers of ginger, turmeric and peppercorn, combined with the antioxidant properties of Manuka honey, it is a powerhouse for better wellbeing.
BENEFITS OF THE MAIN INGREDIENTS
Ginger contains a powerful bioactive compound called gingerol, to which it owes most of its medicinal properties. It is the major pungent constituent of ginger and it exhibits antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Gingerol can facilitates better absorption by regulating GI tract function.
This golden spice contains a powerful polyphenol (micronutrient found in plants that appear to be beneficial to human health) called curcumin, A potent antioxidant, curcumin possesses diverse anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. The associated health benefits of curcumin through consuming turmeric alone isn't effective due to poor bioavailability but when partnered up with black pepper the bioavailability of curcumin increases by 2000%.
Black pepper contains a phytochemical called piperine, which works in great synergy to enhance the anti-inflammatory power of curcumin from turmeric. Partnering piperine with gingerol and curcumin can increase the absorption of all three beneficial compounds involved, this is food synergy at work.
Manuka honey Manuka honey is nutritionally dense and acts as a gut friendly prebiotic which can leave you feeling great from within. It provides a delicious sweet flavour to balance the spicy kick from the ginger and peppercorn.
Adding lemon to this recipe provides a touch of vitamin C and that gorgeous fresh scent. For greater benefits it is advisable to add the pulp to the mixture too.
-Ginger- how much you use is dependant of how much of a kick you can handle (I used a piece 2 inches in length and an inch in width)
-Turmeric- 2 inches in length (use less or more if you like)
These are the exact pieces of ginger and turmeric I used in my elixir
-Black peppercorns (about 20 whole peppercorns)
-Manuka honey, optional/1 teaspoon
-Lemon (I used half a lemon, plus pulp/ if you want a more sour taste feel free to use the whole lemon)
- Roughly chop up the ginger and turmeric and add to a food processor along with the water. Blend for a few minutes on a high setting.
- Use a sieve to strain the mixture and squeeze out the extra liquid. If you use your hands to squeeze the mixture, make sure you use gloves to avoid staining.
-Add the peppercorns, lemon juice and pulp, honey and mix well.
-To store the mixture, pour into bottle with a seal. To serve, use a strainer.
Iman The Nutritionist (BSc, ANutr)
Registered Private Nutritionist
Weight Management Specialist
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