Today’s post is quite fitting, since I’m in bed nursing Pneumonia, bronchitis and the flu which is truly an unpleasant experience. Since staying on my own wasn’t a good idea, I’m back at my families home trying to recover and also taking advantage of cable television again. All I’ve wanted to eat is Ezekiel bread or this delicious quinoa cereal my mom has – literally the thought of eating anything else makes me cringe right now.
I’ve spent some time in the hospital as my fever and chest pains were out of control and the medication given by the nurses, really has messed with my stomach to a new level. Usual I’m always an advocate for reaching for natural supplementation first, but the reality is when your this sick and when you end up in the hospital, you need other forms of medication to help you through it. So it’s about supporting your body as best as possible to help your immune system and revive it when it’s in a depleted state.
I’ve been making these healing beverages lately, elixirs if you will, that offer a variety of health supportive benefits. I have an array of these drinks in my recipe tool box that I pull out when I’m sick, have digestive upset, when I need an immune boost or a daily energy kick.
Today’s recipe is all about supporting immune health, I call it my Immune Boosting Turmeric Mylk, it’s super rich and creamy, that has a little kick from the cayenne and ginger.
Sweet: Manuka Honey, Coconut
Savoury: Ginger, Ghee
Pungent: Cayenne, Turmeric
There is a synergistic reason why I love the ingredients in this elixir and I feel like they need to be highlighted.
Ghee: The result of clarifying butter, but taking it 1 step further, by simmering it longer to increase the rich nutty flavour. The process of turning butter into ghee, involves removing the water and milk fats that leaves behind a pure health supportive fat that is also excellent for cooking, lactose free and shelf stable. Ghee contains Butyric Acid, a short chain fatty acid that helps to detoxify and improve colon health. It’s been shown to lower inflammation, manage insulin levels, and very nutritive for those with IBS, Chrons disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Lastly, something many people are not aware of, Ghee actually helps increase gastric acid with improves the efficiency of digestion!
Turmeric & Ginger: two very powerful anti-inflammatory roots, that are much more potent in their root form over the powder. They both promote liver health and are very therapeutic for the digestive system as they are both soothing and warming roots.
Collagen Hydrolstate: This is essential for all connective tissue in the body and aids in our joint health, especially when dealing with any joint inflammation. It supports our hair, skin, nails, and any skin ailments including acne, eczema and scaring. This type of collagen is a great source of protein that’s a pure product meanings it’s exceptionally absorbable in the gut causing no gastric issues, like other protein powders can cause for those who are more sensitive.
Coconut milk: I choose this liquid base firstly because of its rich, creamy satisfying mouth feel. It’s an easily digestible, nut free liquid, that holds up well when heated, coconut also pairs deliciously with the other flavours in this elixir.
Immune Boosting Turmeric Mylk
Yields 2 servings
~Paleo, Diary Free
1 can coconut milk (full fat)
turmeric root, 2.5” piece peeled and minced
ginger root 2.5” piece peeled and minced
cinnamon ½ tsp
Pinch of Himalayan sea salt
Collagen Hydrolstate (I used Great Lakes) 2 Tbsp
Ghee 1 Tbsp
Manuka honey (optional) 1 tsp
Pinch of cayenne
1) In a blender, blend the coconut milk, minced turmeric, minced ginger, cinnamon and pinch of salt.
2)Pour into a small pot and bring to a gentle simmer.
3)Pour back into the blender with the collagen, ghee and honey. Blend on high speed until emulsified and smooth.
4)Pour into 2 glasses and sprinkle with a pinch of cayenne pepper, and serve.