Golden Milk by Dr. Danielle Tomko
It’s June, and for better or worse, we’re almost half-way through the year! Although I probably should do it more often, I like to use June as an opportunity to assess the year so far, to do a bit of a self-evaluation, and to make mid-year “resolutions.” After all, anything is possible when the weather starts to break, right?
A couple of years ago, I stumbled on a supplement/tea called golden milk, and my June resolution is to incorporate it periodically into my nighttime regimen. It can be made from scratch, but I have usually fallen back on a prepared powder from Gaia Herbs. What is golden milk? Golden milk’s main component is turmeric, which gives the drink it’s bright yellow color. Additionally, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and a healthy oil like ghee or coconut oil usually round out the ingredients. Golden milk traditionally is considered to have originated in Ayurvedic medicine, a holistic form of wellness that developed thousands of years ago in India. Ayurveda is “based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between mind, body, and spirit.” So true!
So why am I so excited about golden milk? First, of course, it is yummy! But it has a lot of health benefits too! In particular, turmeric (curcumin) is loaded with antioxidants, so it helps to boost the immune system and prevent infection. It can improve mucus flow, drain the sinuses, and reduce sinus pressure and headaches. This, of course, can be a welcome effect, especially during this time of year. Additionally, curcumin and the other ingredients in golden milk have been known for their anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce pain and prevent disease. Turmeric and ginger (not ginger ale!) also help to improve digestion and reduce nausea, and cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels!
What was news to me as I prepared for this newsletter, is that there are even some studies that have shown that turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon promote brain health, according to an article on healthline.com. Turmeric has been documented to “increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF),” which can reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. Further, cinnamon has been shown to reduce the accumulation of tau protein in the brain, which seems to also reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s. Finally, early studies have shown that ginger may improve “reaction time and memory.”
As the primary ingredient in golden milk tea is turmeric, please remember that not everyone is a good candidate to supplement with turmeric and golden milk. In particular, turmeric may slow blood clotting, so if you are on a prescription blood thinner, this may not be the supplement for you. Please speak with your chiropractor to make sure that it is safe to take.
As I write this newsletter, I am sipping on my delicious golden milk latte, and I am excited to see what the rest of the year has in store for us. Cheers to a healthy summer, and good luck with your own June “resolutions!
References: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/golden-milk-turmeric https://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/ayurvedic-treatments https://www.gaiaherbs.com/blogs/seeds-of-knowledge/the-ultimate-guide-to-golden-milk https://www.gaiaherbs.com/products/golden-milk
Recipe Of The Month
Golden Milk Breadkfast Bars
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time 30 mins
3 cups oats
3/4 cup coconut flour
golden milk spice mix (I used 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger, 1 tsp turmeric)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 14 oz can coconut milk
3 tbs coconut oil
1. In a casserole on the stove top over medium heat, add coconut milk, coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger and turmeric. Bring to a boil just until the mix is warm and bubbly, but do not overcook.
2. Next, combine the milk from the casserole with your oats and coconut flour in a bowl. You can do that with your hands or a spatula until everything is well combined.
3. Transfer the mix to a 9×9 inch square pan lined with parchment paper or greased with some coconut oil. Press with your hands or use parchment paper on top and press with spatula until flat.
4. Bake the bars for around 30 minutes at 410°F. Please allow the bars after baking to cool down for at least 10 minutes before cutting them.
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