Drinking warm lemon water is a morning ritual to many people around the world. You probably know the health benefits it offers, like boosting your metabolism and energy levels.
However, you can now take this healthy drink to a whole new level by adding few more healthy ingredients.
What you get is a powerful elixir packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which boost your digestion and immunity, and detoxify your blood and liver.
This winter wellness beverage is a great natural remedy for treating colds, coughs, sore throat, fatigue, chronic pain, seasonal allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive issues.
Besides lemon and water, it requires turmeric, ginger, and black pepper.
Here’s why this elixir is great for treating and preventing colds and flues this winter.
Benefits of the Ingredients
Curcumin, the active compound of turmeric, has powerful antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. It is a potent antioxidant which helps prevent free radical damage on the immune system.
This is important as a weakened immune system is prone to infections and viruses such as the flu. What’s more, it prevents the infection from spreading into other cells. It’s best to use raw turmeric root, but since it’s not easily available, you can use it as a spice.
Ginger will help you sweat more thanks to the gingerol and shagol it contains, thus eliminating the toxins from your body, and reducing your body temperature. This is very helpful in cases of a cold and flu.
The antiviral and antibacterial properties it has, help treat the symptoms of flu. On the other hand, the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of ginger help relieve the irritation, pain, and discomfort related to flu.
Ginger is also good for treating dizziness, upset stomach, cold sweats, nausea, and vomiting.
This humble spice is healthier than you probably think. It helps stimulate digestion, boosts weight loss, improves skin health, relieves depression, and treats cold and flu symptoms.
The antibacterial properties it provides, help fight the common cold and cough. Also, it helps reduce chest congestion due to flu, pollution, or viral infection. The high vitamin C content of black pepper makes it an excellent natural antibiotic.
What’s more, it helps increase the bioavailability of turmeric.
Lemon is packed with vitamin C which strengthens the immune system. This, in turn, helps your body to better deal with cold and flu symptoms, as well as prevent them in the first place.
Although this ingredient is optional in the recipe, it gives more than just a pleasant taste. It’s a great natural cough suppressant thanks to the ability to soothe a sore throat. Also, it reduces the risk of fever and boosts the immune system.
Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea Recipe
Now that you know what each of these ingredients offers, you can imagine how beneficial they are when combined together. So, here’s how to make the tea that you will love to drink this winter.
- Half a teaspoon of turmeric spice, or one teaspoon of fresh turmeric root, grated
- Two or three twists of black pepper
- Half a teaspoon of ginger powder, or one teaspoon of fresh ginger root, grated
- Half a lemon, squeezed
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 1 ½ cup of filtered water
- Two teaspoons of organic honey (optional)
How to Make
Add the ginger and turmeric to the boiling water and let it all simmer on medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes. But, make sure it doesn’t boil. Then, strain and pour into a glass or mug. Now, add the black pepper, lemon juice, and honey and mix well. Enjoy your tea while still warm.