- Beth Chiodo RD, LDN, CWC
Turmeric Iced Tea to Reduce Inflammation
Turmeric has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation in the body. Turmeric also has many antiseptic and antimicrobial properties as well, making it a nutrition powerhouse. Absorption is limited, but consuming turmeric with pepper and fat increases the absorption by almost 1000%! You can purchase fresh turmeric root at any whole foods store. Though it is expensive per pound, I paid less than a dollar for the amount you use in this recipe because it weighs so little. A vegetable peeler works great to peel the thin skin. I do the same with fresh ginger root. If you are looking to reduce inflammation or know someone with arthritis, diabetes, or another chronic inflammatory condition, give this cool elixir a try:
Turmeric Iced Tea
2 cups water
1 inch fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced
1 inch turmeric root, peeled and sliced
2-3 cinnamon sticks
1 lemongrass tea bag (I used 2 stalks of fresh lemongrass)
Pinch of sea salt
Sliced orange or lemon
Coconut oil (optional, but the fat increases absorption)
honey to taste
Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan. Simmer for 10-15 minutes on medium-low heat. Add lemongrass tea bag and steep for 3 minutes. Then take out.
You can enjoy this tea warm or cold. In the summertime, I like to have it over ice. Enjoy!
Inspiration from: http://nutritionstripped.com/turmeric-tea/