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Fight Inflammation with This Turmeric and Lemon Morning Elixir

fightinflammationturmericlemon_640x359Today’s blog is republished from my friends at TheAlternativeDaily, and I wanted to share it on our blog here because its a really interesting way to get a couple more superfoods into your daily diet, and fight inflammation in your body…

By Stephen Seifert, TheAlternativeDaily.com

Starting the day with your morning routine may suit your needs just fine. A bit of yoga, maybe meditation, a shower, a healthy breakfast with organic coffee, and then out the door. Does this sound familiar? If so, your morning routine is already exceptional. But we have a mighty elixir that can compliment your regimen wonderfully.

You may have heard that warm lemon water will get those pipes working in the morning and optimize your health. You may even drink warm lemon water with Himalayan salt, or warm lemon water with honey in the morning. However, have you heard of warm lemon water combined with honey, cinnamon, and the most essential ingredient to this morning elixir, turmeric? If you have yet to try this one, you may be missing out on an excellent way to begin your day. All-natural lemon and turmeric are especially powerful ingredients that boast a wealth of beneficial properties.

Lemons offer a tasty, tart flavor with many health-promoting properties. According to a study published in the Chemistry Central Journal (2015), lemons possess a treasure trove of natural metabolites. The study authors state, “Citrus fruits exhibit plentiful bioactivities including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antimicrobial and anti-allergy activities, as well as cardiovascular effect, neuroprotective effect, hepatoprotective effect, obesity control, etc.” Lemons are indeed a healthy ingredient to enjoy at the beginning of the day. However, when you couple lemon with turmeric, your health and wellness benefits increase significantly.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a yellow-orange spice that is part of the ginger family. Native to tropical South Asia, turmeric is well known in traditional Asian medicine and cuisine. More recently, its health benefits have been recognized in Western medicine. According to a study published in the Journal of Nephropathology (2012), “Turmeric, a neglected Asian traditional drug might reemerge as remedy and/or preventive tool for various illnesses including different type of cancers, obesity, type-2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, CKD [chronic kidney disease] and ESRD [end stage renal disease], which are steadily increasing globally, claiming many lives and tremendous amount of resources worldwide.”

One active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been the focus of several academic studies.

Curcumin may alleviate inflammation: According to research from the Department of Stomatology at the University of California, San Francisco, curcumin possesses anti-inflammatory properties. The research, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2004), found that curcumin, “may exert its anti-inflammatory activity by inhibition of a number of different molecules that play a role in inflammation.”

fightinflammationturmericlemon_640x359Curcumin’s anticancer potential: Curcumin may play a vital role in cancer prevention, according to a study published in BioMed Research International (2014). Previous research has highlighted curcumin’s antioxidant, antibacterial and antitumor properties, according to the study, which concluded, “Curcumin, a vital constituent of the spice turmeric, is an alternative approach in the prevention of cancer.”

Therapeutic applications of curcumin: According to a review study published in the AAPS Journal (2013), “curcumin has shown therapeutic potential against a number of human diseases,” including multiple types of cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, peptic ulcers, psoriasis, H. pylori infection, Alzheimer’s disease, acute coronary syndrome, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and respiratory tract infections.

The Turmeric and Lemon Morning Elixir
1 serving
Prep Time- 5 minutes
Cook Time- no cooking

Ingredients
What you’ll need…
1/2 of a lemon, squeezed for juice
1/4 – 1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1 cup warm water, and/or coconut milk (the coconut milk adds healthy fats, and helps absorption of turmeric)

How to make it…

Mix the lemon juice, turmeric and honey into your cup of warm water or milk. You will want to stir these ingredients well. Add cinnamon on top and continue to stir your morning elixir as you drink it — this will ensure that the turmeric does not settle at the bottom of your cup.

Turmeric with its main active ingredient, curcumin, may be that one healthy addition to your morning routine you’ve been looking for, and can help you fight inflammation in your body.  I enjoy this elixir nearly every morning with fruit, which adds a sweet, delicious twist.

What healthy alternatives get your morning off to a perfect start?

—Stephen Seifert
(The original article source is here)

Note from The Nutrition Watchdog:

I would highly suggest always making sure to take turmeric with a source of FAT… taking turmeric with fat greatly helps your body absorb it.  So you could add a splash of MCT oil (coconut based) or even olive oil to this daily drink concoction to help your body absorb it better…  

I also recently discovered a highly bioavailable form of anti-inflammatory turmeric that just may be absorbed better than capsules or other powdered forms… it’s this powerful liposomal full spectrum turmeric extract here that comes in a dropper bottle and actually tastes amazing!  You won’t believe how rapidly you’ll feel the positive benefits.

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Sources:
http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/107555303321223035
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3886164
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4176907
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3535097
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4690266

About The Watchdog

Mike Geary has been a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer for over 15 years now. He has been studying nutrition and exercise for almost 25 years, ever since being a young teenager. Mike is originally from Pennsylvania, but has fallen in love with mountain life and now resides in the picturesque mountains of Utah. Mike is an avid adventurist and when he’s not spending his time skiing, mountain biking, hiking, or paddleboarding on the lake, he has enjoyed skydiving, whitewater rafting, piloting an Italian fighter plane (seriously), scuba diving, heli-skiing, and traveling all around the world, enjoying learning about different cultures. At the age of 40, Mike now feels healthier, stronger, and more energetic than when he was 20... All because of a healthy lifestyle and great nutrition!

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76 comments

  1. Linda Kay Johnson

    I m so excited to see this! I have Psoriasis and recently went gluten free. This beverage sounds like it’s worth a try!

    • Psoriasis: I had that years ago, then someone told me of Unfiltered Apple cider vinegar. Rub this on two or three times per day, and w/in a short time it will be gone. I have not had Psoriasis for over 30 years w/this cure. Oh, ad don’t wipe it off, just dry the area and let it go. It sure works. Raw Unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a miracle. Cures kidney stones and yeast infections, and urinary tract infections etc. try it.

  2. Love this article!!!

  3. Do you have ann online training program?

  4. Yolanda Marstellar

    Great information, I have Crohns and Kidney disease I drink the warm lemon water each morning and add 1/4 teas,, 1/2 teas olive and pinch of black pepper to my cooking, hopefully this will not hurt me.

  5. Yolanda Marstellar

    That is 1/4 teas. Turmeric

  6. I use Turmeric every day but add pepper to whatever I am adding it to. I have read in every article that speaks of it Turmeric to add black pepper for suitable absorption
    as well as a type of fat. I see no mention of pepper in this article so am wondering if the added ‘fat’ supersedes the need for pepper?

  7. I juice every morning and add tumeric root. Since it’s all veggies and citrus I don’t want to add pepper or a fat. How can I make sure I’m getting the full benefit from the tumeric?

  8. Rainer Schulte

    Tumeric cannot be absorbed well by the body to brain if not linked to lipids. Another question is if it can be absorbed with the help of lommon juice in water. Pepper seems to help- but without lipid linking the amount we receive is too little.

  9. Interesting. I do drink warm lemon water a few mornings a week but never heard of adding turmeric to the drink. I have been using turmeric in cooking when ever possible. Will definitely try this.

    I feel 100% better after I starting this morning regime and I a friend has recently started this and is getting amazing benefits from it.

  10. how long should you wait after you drink this lovely recipe, before consuming anything else?

  11. When making this drink, how much of the liquid turmeric extract in exchange for the powdered type? I have the liquid extract already, but seen how yellow it is and I’m afraid of staining my teeth!

  12. walter carpenter

    ayurvedic people use milk for the lipids, I suggest studying hemp oil instead of milk

    • Yes. We in india use turmeric powder in warm milk before bed to get rid of soar throat and few other inflammations. Most of our food has turmeric as part of the ingredients.

  13. Claude Rene Poulin

    will give it a try nothing to lose .

  14. Yesterday I read the Lemon and Salt article. I assume we could add Himalayan or Sea salt to this recipe without any adverse reactions.

  15. Can I use lime instead of lemon seeing we don’t have lemon in our country

  16. You need to put pepper in turmeric drinks as the pepperine activates the curcumin.

  17. Maureen Mulholland

    Can I use the Powered Tumeric that I use for cooking

  18. Like the article – Just wanted to know if I could use the powered tumeric that I use for cooking.

  19. I wish people would stop pronouncing it “toomeric.” Most people leave out the “r” in the first syllable when they say the word. It’s pronounced, “TURmeric,” the way it looks!
    Anyway, it might be very good for you, but it tastes TERRIBLE, no matter what you mix it with.

  20. i brush my teeth with turmeric and coconut oil. they haven’t been this white in years.

  21. May I use coconut oil rather than coconut milk? In addition, may I also use the fresh liquid within an actual fresh coconut to mix with this drink? I am concerned about the sugar content of the coconut cream.
    What is the difference between using black pepper versus Cayenne pepper?

  22. Curcumin (found in turmeric) is effective at inflamation and its work like antiinflamation but it’s not easily absorbed by our body. if we take it with piperine (found in black pepper), it’s much more absorbed.

  23. After researching the differences between the two, why not replace MCT with coconut oil?

  24. Shirleyjune hagerhirschman

    Hi Mike, I have so many diseases in my body I was wondering if the tumeric would help me, I’ve tried about everything even the Dr., says he’s at the end of his rope with my health.some of the things I have are. Seizures,Hyatal Hernia,Gastroporesis,Hi b.p.,Diabetes,Crohns disease,Gerd,can I use coconut oil or olive oil with the tumeric.

    • Hi Shirleyjune, you can definitely use coconut oil or olive oil, any type of healthy fat will help your body absorb the turmeric better. Black pepper does the trick as well, here’s an article that might interest you that.http://www.thealternativedaily.com/eat-this-with-turmeric/

    • Hi, I too suffer with lots of health issues and do much reading & research. I’d suggest you just give it a try. I do not yet take this brand, but another cucurmin (Dr.’s Best)& it has been a big help to me with my health. I can only guess this one would even be better. Read up on cucurmin and tumeric (which so you know, the research is never ending, but thank goodness others have written about this or that health problem). I gave up on western Dr.s ideas a while back. I still go to them for the tests and then I do my own research and reading and treating myself and I think I’m far better for for choosing to go this direction that just trying to follow what western medicine tells me to do…which the last time I followed the western Dr.s meds and food western meds….I just got a lot sicker! BTW born and raised and live in the good ol USA!…but our Dr.s need to learn herbs and Chinese meds!

  25. Hi. Greg I use turmeric and lemon this morning for the first time, after reading your blog all the information that i saw it’s very much interesting , I would like to use it twice a Day early morning and late night is it okay. my only known complaint is that I have arthritis in my knee. and it pains a lot.

  26. great info. thanks a bunch. I’m wondering if hemp milk would work just as good as the coconut milk or real milk that is sugested?

    • Hi Michael,
      I read your comment and felt I needed to point out a couple of things. From what I have read and learnt throughout the years, there is no benefit to drinking milk, particularly that of another animal other than human. Like animals in nature, we only need mothers milk while we are babies after which there are many other ways to gain the essential calcium we need from what we eat or drink. Another no no with milk is if you add dairy milk to lemon it curdles. This would probably play havoc in your stomach and I feel would actually become detrimental rather than a boost to the system.
      All these issues can be avoided through the use of milk alternatives, such as coconut or hemp milk as you mentioned in your question. There are so many alternatives out there these days to help us cross dairy milk off our consumption list and we don’t just help ourselves but all those poor dairy cows going through what must be hell in the giant dairy warehouses around the globe.

      • Regarding the comment about ingesting milk…and lemons, and the fact it curdles….wouldn’t the stomach enzymes work to counteract the curdling?

  27. Can you add ginger to this mix?

  28. Hi,I use turmeric powder & cinnamon in my coffee every morning..I drink at least 3 cups a day.
    I also use the Turmeric in my chicken soup,& every dish I make.
    I do love the different elixirs,& Iam going to continue making them for my husband also.
    Thank you for these great health advises.
    PVC

  29. Hi I use turmeric powder with cinnamon I also added fenugreek, fennel and coriander seed. But will it be ok if I use all this with the lemon water and red cayenne

  30. I’ve been doing this every morning since reading the article the first time several months ago. I prefer holistic preventions and remedies and refuse to ingest man made “cures” or “drugs”. I saw what the latter did to my parents over the years. About the only thing I take re: OTC “medicine” would be two aspirin… plain, simple aspirin and a gel cap of vitamin D3 1000 iu every morning after I drink this particular concoction. Throughout the day I drink a mix of apple cider vinegar, honey and water or just plain water. Since starting this turmeric concoction I’ve actually lost 5 pounds and my old, messed up hip, my arthritic fingers and shoulders and my back are allowing me to do things again. I don’t know if I can attribute that to the turmeric, cinnamon, lemon, honey concoction or not but I will say I’m doing things now that I quit doing several years ago because it all hurt back then. I’m semi-retired which means I only work when I want to and having grown up in the outdoors I’m finding myself wandering back out there on a far more frequent basis than before, when everything seemed to hurt. Don’t get me wrong, ALL of the pain, lack of energy didn’t go away but it’s far more tolerable and I’m far, far more active than before, when I wasn’t doing the turmeric, cinnamon thing. I read the article back when it was first posted and started the consumption of it the very next morning. So that should give you a time factor as to how long it took to get me up to a more tolerable existence in life. I’m 64 yrs. old and abused or otherwise beat up my body pretty bad over the years in my career. This concoction is not a “cure all” nor is it hyped up to be. But it sure helps me… a lot.

    • I almost mirror your recipe….. I do add a cap of CMO from Jarrow formulas. Buy at the health food store. Arthritis in my toes has almost gone away. Took about 5 months for total pain relief but felt the results start in about 4 weeks. I am 72 and feeling like the good ole days. Medical cannabis is useful too.

  31. Great article, and followup blog info. I do the lemon juice/warm water each morning on rising, and now will definitely add turmeric/acceptable lipidl/black pepper. I can’t wait to feel fantastic! Fingerscrossed!
    xk

  32. hi my name is leticia, i would like to know how much of pepper to use and is the powder is ok to use instead of the fresh or liquid one?

  33. I have been drinking lemon water for years upon rising! Several years ago I had two bouts with kidney stones and read that lemon water each morning would help prevent them, which it has. I just tried the lemon water with honey, cinnamon and turmeric this morning. I grated fresh turmeric; is that acceptable or should I use the powder turmeric?

  34. What do you recommend for eczema?

    • I WOULD GIVE IT A SHOT…IT CERTAINLY COULDN’T HURT

    • I abelsutoly refuse to watch cable news due to how ridiculous it is. In fact, when we dropped our kids off at the in-laws last weekend I noticed Fox news was on (and Rush was talking) and asked that they please turn that off while the kids were there No sense exposing them to that silliness, right?

  35. Tell me what kind of cinnamon to buy? is ther one that dissolves? mine doesn’t! Will the numeric dissolve? I have had IBS/spastic colon for 44 years not inflammation in my whole body and need all the help I can get

  36. What kind of cinnamon and numeric?

  37. Can you use the tumeric power you find in the spices at the grocery store?

  38. Dawn

    This is a handy recipe as is. And, I have tried to add 1/4 tea. Swanson Sunflower Lecithin (non GMO) powder and took Source Natural BioPerine 10 mg per tablet, with 1/4 tea 100% Manuka Honey (KFactor 16) and to my surprise with full strength (1/2 tea organic turmeric powder) has worked and taste is just citrus. My issue is psoriasis and or mild adrenal fatigue in the TMJ area. Next, I may look into MCT (100% C8) and the Unrefined organic coconut oil is working well though. Thanks for recipe.

  39. I am in desperate need of losing weight and regaining energy… I am 80lbs over weight, have high blood pressure, 3 herniated disc in my lower back, “0” energy and no motivation to get moving… Please help

  40. I love this idea however I am allergic to honey and cinammon and do not tolerate cayenne or black pepper, any other option?

  41. I have been drinking lemon water for years upon rising! Several years ago. This makes me energetic through out the day. I guess the lemon water kills the toxic in the body.
    Can’t stay without it now. 🙂

    • Hi Dick. Unsubscribing from emails can only be done from inside one of your newsletters, not on the blog. It’s at the bottom of any and all email newsletters.

    • I have just just read about this 2 days ago and definitely try it out. Need to buy the lemons, in the meantime I have added the rest of ingredients to my oatmeal and it tastes very good hopefully it will help with some of of the reduction of inflammation, less pain.
      Thanks, for the information.

  42. Sounds great, well except for one word which gets used a lot in describing the power of this cocktail, “MAY”.
    It, MAY, but will it?

  43. Really cool post. I read your posts all the time and you always do a good job explaining the whatever
    topic you’re blogging about. Btw, I shared this on Twitter and my followers loved it.

    Keep up the great work!

  44. so many excellent articles that this group puts out!

  45. Hi, read your article with interest. I drink lemon water with honey & apple cider vinegar 1st thing in the morning can I add turmeric & cinnamon & how much freshly grind black pepper please. Thanks & continue the good work.

  46. Is cumin the same as curcumin?

  47. Thank you!! The formula worked like a miracle to alleviate the burning sensation and pain in my stomach, probably caused by my sudden change of diet to include seeds and nuts. My good freined suggested that
    they may have stuck to my digestive system resulting inflammation as inher case. So in place of coconut milk, I used coconut oil. Anyway, It Worked!! The pain and constipation are gone!!

  48. That’s a slick answer to a changenlilg question

  49. When I was young my dentist was an alcoholic and his plate of food would be covered with black pepper. I have seen autopsy pictures of the stomachs of people that use a lot of black pepper, the pepper burns holes thru the stomach walls and esphagus. I quit using black pepper years ago and only use cayenne instead.
    Could someone prove any benefits of using such a poison as black pepper?

  50. I have systemic lupus. I can no longer tolerate the prednisone because of the side effects. I take acv with lemon and honey and will add on turmeric

  51. I am age 91, and i am finally pain free, after studying alternative doctor teaching and Mike Adams and Mike Geary. And the Lord has honored my prayers, too. I USED to have body pain and much sickness, and have had over 15 surgeries, and another 10 hospital visits. No more. I eat organic and can keep house and a garden, drive, shop, cook for two from scratch, and wash my own windows. Praise God! I use turmeric, ginger, coconut, ACV, olive oil and cocoa, and every item I can afford for better health. I was diabetic and berberine cured that. i had High blood pressure but hawthorn berry seems to handle that problem too. I take no Rx except glandular thyroid, and I see a trusted naturopath every couple years. I fast but have never had to diet, weigh 125 #.
    People say they can’t afford organic food; I say they can’t afford doctors who have pride, and are afraid to go against “The System”.

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