by Lisa Breitenwischer, CHHC, ERYT-500, AADP
Summertime in Traditional Chinese Medicine is the most yang time of year and is ruled by fire. Life energies are at their peak. Summer in TCM is the season associated with the heart and the small intestine.
When we are properly balanced, the heart circulates oxygen rich blood through out the body and assures proper assimilation in the beginning stages of digestion in the small intestine. Mental acuity is associated with the heart therefore memory, thought processes, and emotional well being are also attributed to the heart and the fire element. When the fire element is unbalanced or in disharmony, depression, insomnia and digestive issues may arise. To keep myself balanced and feeling good, I drink this turmeric tonic daily.
This juice not only tastes great but it’s easy to whip up. It also does amazing things to support overall good health and is loaded with compounds that many believe support gentle detoxification. One particular component of turmeric is curcumin- a powerful anti-inflammatory that has been studied for it’s ability to prevent premature aging, reduce depression, and offers natural support to the body on wound healing, dealing with arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis, blood sugar, and act as a painkiller, among other things.
This tonic can easily be made with a blender or immersion blender.
About The Ingredients:
Ginger is a powerful antioxidant that increases circulation and may reduce muscle pain and soreness. It has long been used in folk medicine to soothe nausea and treat indigestion.
Coconut water is often referred to as “Nature’s Gatorade”. It contains 13 times more potassium – an electrolyte needed for proper cell function – than Gatorade, plus twice the amount of another electrolyte (sodium). I use Vita Coco as it doesn’t have any additives/preservatives.
Lemon is rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that is needed to manufacture glutathione, a tripeptide that assists with detoxification. Also, according to Dr. Alexander F. Beddoe in Biological Ionization in Human Nutrition, “the liver can make more enzymes out of fresh lemon juice than any other food element. Given more of the raw materials needed to function properly, the liver’s efficiency gets a boost from lemon consumption.”
Oranges, are low in calories but full of nutrients, they promote clear, healthy skin and can help to lower our risk for many diseases. “Orange strengthens your emotional body, encouraging a general feeling of joy, well-being, and cheerfulness”. The Yun Kim
Raw organic honey is a natural energy source and antioxidant powerhouse.Studies have found that raw honey can activate hormones that suppress the appetite.
Unrefined sea salt contains 84 minerals that support adrenal function, help regulate blood volume and blood pressure, and assist with the delivery of nutrients to cells. It also reduces adrenaline levels and supports overall metabolic health.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory without the worrisome side effects that its pharmaceutical counterparts bring to the table. It offers natural support to the body in dealing with arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and even cystic fibrosis. It has also been shown to be highly anti-cancerous, inhibiting cancer cell growth and metastasis.
The active compound in turmeric – curcumin – is fat soluble and is best absorbed when taken with fat or old fashioned black pepper. “Adding black pepper to turmeric or turmeric-spiced food enhances curcumin’s bio-availability by 1,000 times, due to black pepper’s hot property called piperine,” says nutritionist Stacy Kennedy.
If you’re experiencing bloat, indigestion or feeling down, here’s a link to the recipe: BE Healthy Turmeric Tonic.