My stomach and I have never really been friends. With a gluten and dairy intolerance and unpredictable IBS I seem to spend most of my life bloated and with some sort of discomfort. The few mornings that I wake up with a flat, non-distended stomach, feel like a blessing and I’m slowly finding ways to ensure that they come around a little more often.
My most recent discovery is the benefit of drinking a warm brew of ginger and Turmeric each morning. Regardless of my tummy situation, I drink this savoury tea. On bad stomach days, this warming ginger and turmeric infusion helps me to de bloat within the hour and get back to feeling normal once again.
Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. This wonderful spice is what gives curry its vibrant yellow colour and has been used in India for its medicinal properties for years. Like ginger, turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and tests on curcumin, the active compound in turmeric that gives it this yellow colour, have shown it to have anti-cancer benefits.
Both Turmeric and ginger belong to the Zingiberaceae botanical family with their sister being the spice cardamom. From ancient India and China to Greece and Rome the root of ginger has been revered as a medicinal spice. Historically ginger has a long tradition of being effective in alleviating stomach discomfort and pain and is considered an excellent carminative, helping the elimination of excessive gas from the digestive system.
This morning tea couldn’t be easier to make, just peel and roughly chop a thumb size piece of ginger and add with 1/2 a teaspoon of Turmeric to your favourite mug and pour over boiling water. I like to leave mine to brew for about 10 minutes, in which time it has cooled to a drinkable temperature and infused with a spicy ginger flavour.
If you want to be able to reap the benefits of this warming tea on the go then I’d also recommend buying some in tea bag form, perfect for emergency bloating situations and all you need is to add hot water! These Rishi Tea – Organic Turmeric and Ginger Tea Bags come individually wrapped, perfect for keeping in your handbag or the glove box of your car.
If you like a spicy drink then you can always add a little cracked black pepper, which not only helps the absorption of turmeric but will give this savoury drink a little more bite. Or if you prefer your tea sweet then try this with a teaspoon of honey.
Have you tried Turmeric and ginger tea? Let me know in the comments!