The 2018 Winter Olympics are off to a great start! How great is it to watch athletes who have trained years for this moment achieve their goal?! I’ve always seen Olympic Athletes as real life superheroes. So strong, so confident, so determined. There dedication to a healthy lifestyle has always been so motivating to me. This year I made it my goal to focus on finding ways to fuel like an Olympic Athlete during these winter games
How do I fuel like an Olympic Athlete? My latest obsession is ginger and turmeric. Both are great ingredients that you can fit into a lot of recipes (especially warm drinks). Both have been shown to have a great impact on the body, especially, for people who are active. They both fight inflammation, help keep your body regulated, and promote a healthy immune system. The perfect combination to bring home the gold.
Ginger is great for digestion. Ginger has been shown to help the stomach maintain its regular digestion rhythm. A great example of this is after a large meal ginger helps regulate high sugar levels that might disrupt digestion. Ginger is also great for bone health and for relieving joint pain (Great for an Athlete!). Ginger contains a compound called gingerols which have been directly associated with suppressing inflammation in the body.
Turmeric is also a great ingredient to aid in preventing inflammation and reducing pain. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin. Curcumin has gained a lot of attention for its anti inflammatory properties. Turmeric has also been shown to improve liver function by stimulating the lymphatic system ensuring that toxins are removed efficiently.
Turmeric and Ginger are both ingredients that can help spice up any dish. Not only will adding they help take your food to the next level it will also help boost your health. Looking for something easy to make that contains both ginger and turmeric?! Check out this delicious Turmeric, Ginger, and Lemon tea. It’s a great night time drink to sip on which will help fight inflammation making sure you are ready for you workout the next day!
Turmeric, Lemon, and Ginger Tea
¼ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp cinnamon
⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
½ inch ginger root diced
Juice of ½ of a lemon
Place turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, ginger, and lemon in your favorite mug
Boil 1 cup water
Pour boiling water into mug and let sit for 10 minutes
You can strain the tea or just drink with everything in it!