Some Tonics and Elixirs can take tons of ingredients or “superfoods,” and can get pretty expensive. I love my superfoods and making wild concoctions, but sometimes you just need simplicity.
This tonic use 2 simple but powerful ingredients: oranges, turmeric root, and ginger root.
I feel like oranges are typically associated with summer, but they are in season during winter months in warmer climates. They offer a perfect dose of vitamin C when everyone is more susceptible to getting sick. Oranges contain citrus flavonoids that have shown a possible protective effect against cardiovascular diseases and some types of cancer. (1) Vitamin C has been shown to improve components of the immune system. (2) The daily recommendation of vitamin C intake is about 90mg for men and 75mg for women, and a medium sized orange contains about 70mg (3).
Turmeric and ginger are spices that have been used in cooking and traditional medicine for decades. Turmeric contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties. Research has found that the root cause of most chronic illness is dysregulated inflammation. Inflammation has been found to play a major role in cancer, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), pulmonary diseases, metabolic diseases, neurologic diseases, and even psychological diseases. Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties may give this phytochemical an important role in preventing and treating some chronic health conditions. (4)
A research study demonstrated that ginger alleviated migraine symptoms without causing side-effects. (5) Ginger is often used to relieve nausea and vomiting. This is probably why ginger-ale was paired with chicken soup as a healing remedy when I was growing up. We were close, but obviously the pound of sugar probably wasn’t so helpful. Studies indicate that ginger has a pivotal role in the control of diabetes and its complications via anti hyperglycemic effect. (6)
I know it’s mind blowing the amazing benefits one food can hold and that’s only skimming the surface. We have an amazing medicine cabinet compliments of nature. That’s why taking care of nature is so important because it takes care of us. This drink is a concentrate so it’s meant to be taken in small amounts daily, but if you prefer to have it as a juice you can dilute it by adding 1/2 cup of water.
(gluten-free, vegan, paleo, low-FODMAP)
Time: 5 minutes Servings: 1-1/2 cups
- 2 large oranges peeled
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of turmeric root
- 3/4 teaspoon of ginger root
- Peel and chop the oranges, ginger root, and turmeric root.
- Add to a blender and blend until it forms one consistency.
- If diluting to enjoy a glass of juice add 1/2 a cup of water and blend. Or just take a “shot” of it, about 1/4 cup.
- Store it in an airtight jar in the fridge.
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