What I've been sipping on as of late. This tart yet naturally-sweet elixir is my go-to for fending off seasonal mood swings, strengthening the immune system, nourishing the skin, and detoxifying the body.
IMMUNITY | It feels like literally everyone is getting sick right now, so bolstering the immune system is key. Getting enough quality, whole food-derived vitamin C is absolutely necessary to keep immunity elevated this time of year, and lemons are a potent source of this healing vitamin and antioxidant. Turmeric is an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory with anti-viral, anti-fungal, and antioxidant qualities for a nourished and supported immune system. Combine with mineralizing raw honey and anti-bacterial black pepper, and you have yourself one very body-loving immunity cocktail.
ANTI-DEPRESSANT | Turmeric is a potent mood-booster that I always turn to when feeling low. Numerous studies have proven curcumin (the main active compound of the turmeric root) to be just as effective as antidepressants in treating depression and similar mood disorders. There's a known link between inflammation of the brain (which is way more common than you would think) and depression, which can be treated and reversed through an anti-inflammatory diet that includes foods such as turmeric. Low levels of the hormone Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) have also been linked to a variety of brain, cognitive, and mood disorders, including depression. BDNF is responsible for the multiplication and growth of brain neurons, which is a key process for maintaining and improving brain function, and curcumin has been found to increase levels of this hormone.
DETOXIFICATION | Lemons nourish and support the liver, our bodies' main detoxification organ, helping to facilitate the removal of toxins from the brain and body. They also stimulate the production of bile acids within the stomach, a key factor in healthy digestion, which of course translates to more efficient detoxification.
NATURAL GLOW | As someone who has struggled with acne and eczema in the past, this elixir is a total skin-saver. The turmeric works to decrease inflammation and redness, while also speeding up the healing process and improving blood flow to areas of concern. The consumption of anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial foods (like turmeric) is huge for keeping skin clear and calm. The detoxifying properties of lemon help to flush the body of breakout-causing toxins and bacteria.
For those of you looking for additional support in way of nutrition for any mood, cognitive, or mental concerns, I look forward to connecting with you over a nutritional coaching session.
TURMERIC LEMON ELIXIR
Makes about 7 cups