4 cups coconut milk
2 tsp powdered turmeric or 2 tbsp peeled, fresh turmeric
2 tsp powdered ginger or 2 tbsp peeled, fresh ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tbsp coconut oil
12 peppercorns, gently crushed
A squirt of liquid stevia
1. Combine everything except the coconut oil into a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
2. Let the mixture bubble gently for about 5 minutes, then shut off the heat.
3. After about 5 minutes of cooling, strain the mixture through a few layers of cheesecloth or a very fine strainer if you prefer a smoother texture.
4. Stir in the coconut oil.
Taste and add stevia if desired!
Turmeric-infused coconut milk is delicious and warming. Try this ancient elixir nightly to improve digestion, calm the nervous system and prepare for restful sleep. Best results will be seen over time as the ingredients in the elixir work to repair and replenish your body.
Coconut Milk And Coconut Oil – The fiber and fat content of coconut are what help coax sound sleep by how each support balanced blood sugar.
Turmeric – Known to reduce inflammation, support brain, and joint health; liver protective.
Ginger – Natural anti-inflammatory that can help relieve symptoms of arthritis, bursitis and other musculoskeletal issues; particularly calming for the digestive tract. For sleep, it’s the melatonin present in ginger that seals the deal!
Nutmeg – Acts as a natural relaxant in small doses.
Black Pepper – The piperine in black pepper enhances the absorption of turmeric. It also contains essential nutrients, including manganese, iron and vitamin K and is commonly used to calm digestive issues. So you should always take turmeric and black pepper together.
WHY COMBINE TURMERIC AND BLACK PEPPER?
The daily recommendation of turmeric is around 450 milligrams of curcumin capsules or about 3 grams of fresh turmeric root daily divided into several doses. The problem is that curcumin doesn’t have the best bio-availability level when taken orally. Even if you are taking turmeric religiously, you may not receive all the benefits due to poor absorption – unless it is combined with black pepper.
When combined with black pepper, the effects of curcumin are strengthened. Researchers have found that the bioavailability of curcumin in turmeric is increased by 2000% when consumed with a quarter of a teaspoon of black pepper.
by Sarah Lawrence