The health benefits of probiotics (meaning: “for life”) are undeniable. These microorganisms (live bacteria) support the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, which are vital for the breakdown of food into nutrients our bodies then use for proper function.
On the other hand, we’ve been hearing constantly about the strong anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, which have also been confirmed by research.
Golden Milk Turmeric
Golden Milk Turmeric is an ancient Ayurvedic drink that has been used for centuries to treat a wide array of health issues. In this article, we present a powerful recipe which combines both probiotics, i.e. kefir and turmeric.
When animal milk is fermented, the complex milk sugar (lactose) breaks down into lactic acid. This lowers the milk’s pH and makes it more easily digestible. Plus, it extends its shelf life.
Kefir is more nutritious and provides more probiotics than yoghurt because it’s made with “grains” of bacteria and yeast that work together to ferment the milk.
This powerful natural probiotic got its name from the Turkish word “keyif”, which means “feeling good” after you drink it. This beverage has thicker consistency than milk but thinner than yogurt, which makes it ideal health drink.
Kefir combines yeast and bacteria in a unique way, and this powerful blend has been found to provide antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects, boost the immune system, as well as prevent the onset of cancer.
Turmeric owes its strong medicinal properties to its most bioactive ingredient – curcumin. Numerous studies have backed up the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects this spice provides. What curcumin does is regulate two particular enzymes that trigger inflammatory processes in the body – COX (cyclooxygenase) and LOX (lipoxygenase). The same effect is provided by a number of non-steroidal medications (over-the-counter and by prescription) including aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and nabumetone and more. What gives this popular spice an advantage is the fact that it doesn’t cause any side effects.
With its mild flavor and bright yellow color, turmeric has a versatile use and can be added to basically any dish. It’s also available in the form of capsules.
The recipe below uses cow’s milk, but goat milk lovers can use kefir from this milk instead.
Step 1# Make Turmeric Paste
- ¼ cup turmeric powder or 1-inch knob of fresh turmeric, finely grated
- ½ ground black pepper
- ½ cup filtered water
- 1/8 powdered ginger or ½-inch piece of fresh ginger, finely grated (optional)
- In a saucepan cook all the ingredients together over medium heat.
- Stir constantly until you get a paste-like It doesn’t take long for this.
- Remove from heat and let
Step 2: Golden Milk Turmeric + Kefir
- 1 quart plain organic kefir
- 1 prepared turmeric paste
- 1 coconut oil
- 1 honey (raw and unpasteurized)
- Using a food processor, mix all ingredients until well-blended. You can also mix by hand in a bowl.
- Keep the mixture refrigerated.