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Boosting reciept of Winter Tonic by Lucy!

Lucy CLucy Cheyney, one of Plan B’s super healthy chefs, kicks off a regular segment in which she’ll give out seasonal recipes to offer you little boosts all year round. First up a littlesomething to perk up from that winter sluggishness!

 

It is never easy embarking on a health and wellness mission during the cold and damp months of Winter. Post Christmas, feeling sluggish and hermit like, trying to enforce a new health craze can seem daunting. Our bodies are somewhat exhausted, due to the frenzy of holidayIt is never easy embarking on a health and wellness mission during the cold and damp months of Winter. Post Christmas, feeling sluggish and hermit like, trying to enforce a new health craze can seem daunting. Our bodies are somewhat exhausted, due to the frenzy of holiday festivities, prolific ‘Australian Flu’ and a sense of over indulgence. Boosting our immunities can be the first step to feeling vibrant, and ready to take on the New Year.


Whiter TonicWinter Tonic Recipe

1 Orange
1 Lemon
½ tsp Ground Turmeric
½ tsp Ground Ginger
Cracked Black Pepper
250ml boiling water
½ tsp Organic Honey (optional)


Method

  1. Juice the orange and lemon.
  2. Add the turmeric, ginger and black pepper, stir well.
  3. Pour in the boiling water.
  4. Enjoy

This Winter Tonic is a great way to start the day, especially before your caffeine fix.  Warm lemon water in the morning has been a favourite ritual for many in helping kick start our digestives systems, the addition of orange increases the level of vitamin C which supports our defence system as well as supplying mood boosting vitamin B1, always welcome on a grey wet day.  Not all of us have the time or equipment to juice fresh turmeric and ginger every morning.  As long you aim to buy good quality and ideally organic ground spices I believe you can still reap their health benefits. This Winter Tonic is a great way to start the day, especially before your caffeine fix.  Warm lemon water in the morning has been a favourite ritual for many in helping kick start our digestives systems, the addition of orange increases the level of vitamin C which supports our defence system as well as supplying mood boosting vitamin B1, always welcome on a grey wet day.  Not all of us have the time or equipment to juice fresh turmeric and ginger every morning.  As long you aim to buy good quality and ideally organic ground spices I believe you can still reap their health benefits.

 Turmeric has been in the spotlight recently, many health practitioners praising its anti-cancer qualities.  Curcumin, the main active ingredient is a powerful anti-inflammatory as well as a strong antioxidant.  Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream.  The addition of cracked black pepper which contains Piperine, enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%. And finally Ginger, a powerhouse ingredient, its benefits well known by many.  In this concoction I find it energises the system, especially the digestive tract, helping alleviate chronic indigestion and getting everything moving smoothly.  Gingerol, the bioactive substance in fresh ginger, can help lower the risk of infections.  In fact, ginger extract can inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria.  Making it a go to for common Winter viruses affecting the respiratory system.


Taking small steps towards a healthier you, will in my opinion make the New Year New You challenge far more manageable and rewarding.

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