If you follow international food trends online, then you definitely would have stumbled upon this latest fad that is taking over the beverage industry in the US and the UK – that of drinking the ‘Turmeric Latte’. The golden drink is fast replacing their cups of cappuccinos and espressos, what with its proclaimed health benefits. A fancy name for what is predominantly an Indian concoction, the turmeric latte is nothing but what we know as turmeric milk or haldi doodh. The benefits of turmeric milk have been recorded in Ayurveda and it is a drink that our grandmothers have sworn by to keep infections at bay and keep the body healthy.
What makes turmeric milk so potent?
The main component of the yellow spice is curcumin that lends it all its superpowers. Curcumin helps prevent infections, builds immunity, is known to be anti-cancerous and what’s more, has also been proven to fight Alzheimer’s disease. What’s more, it is also a proven antiseptic, a quality that makes turmeric a vital ingredient in many beauty care products. If all these benefits were not enough, on adding milk to the mix, you have a concoction that boosts metabolism and also fights common cold. Milk is a great way to deliver the benefits of turmeric to the body, since by itself curcumin can be very potent.
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How to make turmeric milk?
Traditionally, turmeric milk or haldi doodh has been made with fresh turmeric – a juicy root that resembles ginger. If you have access to it, take a 1 inch piece of peeled turmeric and boil it with milk. Keep stirring it until the mixture comes to a rolling boil. Now turn off the flame, strain the mixture and enjoy your cup of golden goodness! If you do not have fresh turmeric at hand, you can substitute it with half a teaspoon of organic turmeric powder instead.
When should you drink turmeric milk?
We recommend that you consume turmeric milk or haldi doodh before going to bed since it has a calming effect on the body and can also induce sleep. After downing a cup of turmeric milk, you can go to sleep, allowing the drink to work its magic while your body gets some much needed rest.
Benefits of Turmeric Milk
Inflammation in the body is one of the causes of many chronic ailments like heart disease and metabolic disorders. Haldi doodh helps counter that inflammation on a cellular level, thereby preventing many diseases in the body.
One of the most important benefits of turmeric milk is its antibacterial and antiviral property. So drinking a cup of turmeric milk during monsoons keeps cough, cold and other infections at bay by giving your body the necessary strength to fight them.
If you regularly consume haldi doodh, then you don’t need any of those fancy detox diets. It purifies your blood and improves circulation, also leading to a healthy glow in your skin!
Promotes Weight Loss
Not only does turmeric milk purify blood, but it also helps in breaking down stubborn fat that can promote weight/fat loss. If you are drinking it for the purpose of weight loss, then make sure that you use skimmed or low fat milk for best results.
Reduces Menstrual Cramps
You don’t have to resort to just that bar of chocolate anymore to counter your menstrual cramps. Turmeric is anti spasmodic, meaning, it eases cramps and soothes frayed nerves. Drink a cup of warm turmeric milk during your periods to keep cramps at bay.
Treats Skin Problems
Not just as a drink, the benefits of haldi doodh can also be reaped by using it externally. Dip a cotton ball into turmeric milk and dab it on your face. The mixture helps fight acne and pimples while also soothing any other irritants on the skin. Milk gently moisturizes the skin, keeping it soft and supple. Applying this once a week guarantees blemish-free skin with a warm golden glow.
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The Americans, in their version of golden milk are also stirring in a spoon of cold pressed coconut oil which enhances its medicinal effect. Coconut oil lends the drink a nutty flavour that will make it even more delightful! Now that you know the benefits of turmeric milk and how easy it is to make it, what’s stopping you from enriching your life with a cup of this goodness?