In this post I would like to talk about three essentials for me in winter. Honey, ginger and turmeric. These three super allies can help your body to defend against diseases caused by cold weather.
Raw honey is a superfood. It is very important to choose the raw version that it is not pasteurized or processed to obtain all its benefits and nutrients.
Raw honey is anti-everything … it’s antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. It is also anti-inflammatory and alkalizing.
It is used to treat respiratory congestion, bronchitis, asthma and also calms throat pain.
Not only is it good for the common cold, raw honey also helps to fight bacteria and fungi in your body in general.
How to take it
Raw honey is incredibly versatile, you can use it as a substitute for sugar, but to take advantage of all of its benefits, it is better to consume it directly from the jar.
Ginger root has been used by hundreds of cultures for thousands of years.
In fact, it is believed that ginger is the most used seasoning in the world. I love its powerful, fresh and spicy flavour.
From the same family as the powerful turmeric, ginger has been the subject of many medical researches for its uses in the treatment of everything, from cancer to ulcers.
The main beneficial components in ginger are gingerols, with antioxidant and super-powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It has been demostrated that these gingerols help in the prevention of heart disease and other ailments related to blood and blood vessels by preventing clots.
It has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of diabetes, certain forms of cancer, stomach ulcers and acid reflux.
Ginger has also been used for centuries as a digestive aid, as it relaxes the muscles responsible for moving food from the stomach to the intestines.
It is excellent in the treatment of colds or flu, since it heats the body, stimulates lymphatic drainage and increases the saliva that lubricates the throat. It has been demostrated that the antibacterial properties of ginger kill bacterias and other infections.
How to take it
It is very easy to incorporate Ginger into your daily routine. I love adding a slice of fresh ginger to my tea, or making a tea with freshly cut ginger, lemon and raw honey. Sometimes I also put star anise in this mixture, it is rally good.
You can use ginger in sweet and salty recipes.
Turmeric is basically a super spice, it is a root with a great anti-inflammatory power that has been used for centuries to treat all kinds of ailments.
The active compound of turmeric, curcumin, has been widely studied for its potential to fight diseases and its preventive health benefits.
Inflammation is the main cause of many health conditions, such as metabolic syndrome, heart disease and even cancer. It has also been shown that inflammation plays a role in cognitive decline. The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric can be of great help.
Stimulate your immune system.
Turmeric increases antioxidant capacity and helps fight free radical damage. This is especially good for the immune system and brain function.
It is also anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial.
The antioxidant properties of turmeric also benefit our appearance by protecting the skin from damage caused by free radicals, such as environmental pollutants.
Relieves pain in the joints.
The anti-inflammatory benefits of curcumin can help to relieve joint pain on cold days. Studies have shown promising results in the ability of turmeric to control the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
How to take it
While curcumin is not absorbed as well into the bloodstream, consuming it with black pepper improves absorption, thanks to a substance in pepper called piperine.
You can take it with water as an infusion.
Put a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a small bowl of water and let it boil. Remove the water from the heat and add a quarter teaspoon of ground ginger and black pepper. You can also take it with coconut milk instead of water. Because curcumin is fat-soluble, consuming it with foods or drinks that contain fat will help you absorb it more effectively.
I also like to add it in vegetable broths. After cooking the vegetables add a piece of fresh turmeric and put everything in the blender.
You can take it in tea, cooked, raw, powdered …
Take care during the coldest months. Combine Yoga and Meditation with outdoor activities. Remember to eat healthy with lots of vegetables and fruits in season, and of course drink lots of water.