I can’t say enough good things about this drink! There are SO many health benefits to it, including weight loss, immune support, inflammation reduction, gut health, digestive support, liver detox and SO much more…
I wanted to list all the great benefits of Ginger, to start, but I found this post and with all of the links and references to the actual studies… I think they did a better job than I ever could. Check it out here.
I’ve always known that ginger was good for you, sure… but it’s so much more. It’s cleansing, detoxing, anti-inflammatory … it’s an amazing food, honestly. I’ve been a fan of ginger root since my second pregnancy. I had the WORST morning sickness with my first pregnancy. I couldn’t keep anything down… As someone that isn’t a fan of public bathrooms, the worst part was the constant visits to random public bathrooms, to evacuate anything that entered my stomach.
Once I had my daughter, I thought it would be better, but her stomach upset was just as bad…. I tried to breast feed her, but sadly, if I ate anything with so much as black pepper on it, she would scream for hours afterwards. I tried living off of bland potatoes and rice, but honestly, her and I were both STARVING.
When I found out I was pregnant again, I did all the research to figure out what could prevent any of that from happening. The magic was in Ginger! Ironically… my son, the red head…
I would make ginger tea, by simply steeping ginger root in hot water, add honey and whala. I even bought a concoction for him that had ginger in it to make sure I would have success with breast feeding this time.
All those years ago, I understood the basics… it helps to heal the stomach… or something like that. I don’t know that I cared, I just don’t like puking!
One day I had the WORST food poisoning I had ever experienced. It was so bad that my husband and I honestly thought I might end up in the hospital, and possibly lose the baby. I was miserable, just hanging out in the shower with warm water running on me, in so much pain, every oz of saliva I swallowed came up, it seemed.
The next morning, my sister came over and brought ginger root…. No exaggeration, I only had a couple sips before I felt a sudden relief. I can’t even explain it. Ever since then, I’ve always had ginger root in the house for this reason.
During my recent research, I started looking more into turmeric and the health benefits that it offers. The one that stood out the most was the fact that the curcumin in Turmeric has a way of preventing cancer cells from growing or multiplying. There is something about it that actually stops cancer…. and having just lost too many loved ones to cancer, I decided to incorporate turmeric into anything I could.
Turmeric has so many benefits (which are better explained here), but ultimately, knowing that it could improve your heart, your brain, prevent cancer or slow the effects of aging…. I was all in.
The key to the benefits of Turmeric is the curcumin though, and honestly, dusting our food with a little here and there is ok, but it’s going to make a huge difference, right? Except black pepper, specifically the piperine in black pepper increases the effects of turmeric by about 2,000%… That’s significant. This is why I decided to add the black pepper to the drink. So far, I can honestly say, you can’t taste the pepper, in case you were wondering.
As for this concoction becoming a lemonade… well, as long as we’re detoxing anyway, lemon is a great detox! My problem has always been overdosing on lemon. The acid in lemons can be too much for your stomach, and teeth. When we drink a little bit in water, it actually has some amazing benefits, including detoxing your liver… the largest filter in your body. Lemon water can help with digestion, aids in weight loss, and improves your immune system with bioflavinoids which fight free radicals in your body… Free radicals damage your body’s cells and essentially age you.
I sweeten the drink with a couple table spoons of a good quality maple syrup. It’s not just for pancakes, but maple also has a ton of antioxidants, and other nutrients like riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium and potassium. How awesome is that?!
With all the anti-inflammatory benefits, digestive help, anti aging and over all immune support you get from this, it’s easy to drink it all day! My husband likes to refer to it as his Gatorade, because it does kind of taste like the lemon lime gatorade he used to drink. And, if you added a pinch of pink salt, you could use it as that thirst quencher, for sure.
Here’s the reason I decided to share this simple lemonade. Obviously I love it for many reasons, but specifically, the other day, we were working on a project at the house. We were removing a large furnace… and boy was that thing really in there! We finally got it loose from the ceiling and down came a large, VERY thick metal pipe… aimed right at my head! My husband quickly put his hand in the way, great for my head… but his hand took on that thick, heavy metal. We were all a little concerned that his knuckles were broken… The pain started to sneak in and the cut started to reveal.
I insisted he take some advil, but my hard headed husband said no… he didn’t want to stop yet, and didn’t like taking pain killers, especially on an empty stomach. I told him that the pain was going to increase, the swelling would start up and he at least needed to reduce the inflammation…. still he refused.
Instead, I made him drink several large glasses of this lemonade over the next couple hours.
While I’m not going to claim that this drink healed his hand instantly… I will say that it didn’t bother him after that. For what happened… he should have been throbbing in pain, yet he was fine… just a good cut on his knuckles.
So, that’s my personal testimony to the anti-inflammatory affects of this lemonade.
I feel good drinking it. I feel like I’m doing something great for my body… and it tastes great too!
If you want to feel healthier, lose weight and do something good for your heart, brain, liver and digestive track… go make this lemonade now! I’m going to go refill my glass now as well.
Ginger Turmeric Lemonade
- 1 Liter Bottle
- 3-4 inches Ginger You can use a solid, medium root.
- 1 root turmeric The more, the better.
- 1/2 Tbsp Black Pepper Whole peppercorns, not ground
- 1/4 C Fresh Squeezed Lemon About half of a medium sized lemon
- 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- Slice Ginger root and Turmeric Root
- Split the peppercorns. You can do this with a mortar and pestle, or a sharp knife will also cut them in half. You just want to make sure that they are split and opened.
- Steep the Ginger, Turmeric and Black Pepper in boiling water, let sit for 15-20 minutes. Muddle the ingredients to release their flavors and oils.
- Strain and pour into a bottle (about a liter sized or so)
- Steep the same ingredients again, for another 15-20 minutes, muddling periodically.
- Squeeze half of a lemon into the bottle with the ginger concoction.
- Add the maple syrup and mix well.
- Top off with fresh water, to fill about a liter. Drink throughout the day.