FOOD | Turmeric Can Help With Your Anxiety, So I Make Lattes!
Every day it gets better. I wrote about the debilitating anxiety I started experiencing after giving birth to our son. It comes and goes, some months good, some great, some not good at all. Most cases for me it comes on strong at night time, it feels like I have a plum stuck in my chest and it's bouncing around. When the anxiety hits, it last about 2 to 3 days straight and it alters my mood in the most drastic way, taking me down a spiral of depression.
I try a combination of things to manage it and like most things, it's not just one thing that helps. Talking about it, doing exercise, getting up and going for fresh air, meditation, (any form of relaxation), crying it out, doing puzzles (keeping the mind busy), eating certain foods and taking vitamins. A combination of all of these things are helping me through the anxious moments. I am also doing my research on alternative medicines like cannabis (this is a great topic of discussion and I'll post what I can about my journey at a later time).
I started adding some turmeric to my diet. This spice is part of the ginger family and is used predominantly in South East Asia, and it's got a pretty distinct taste. Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which can help boost memory and uplifts mood which helps with anxiety. I have found the best way to intake Turmeric is by making them into lattes, personally, this is the most enjoyable. I have them at night before bedtime and if I choose to have them during the day, I add coffee. Here's a great simple recipe for a Tumeric Latte I found on Sprouted Routes.
1 cup milk (I use Almond)
1 tsp Turmuric
1 tsp vanilla extract
A pinch of salt and pepper
1 heaping tsp of coconut oil
1 to 2 tsp of honey or maple syrup (I use 2 as I like it a bit sweeter)
Take a small sauce pot and whisk together the milk, turmeric, salt, pepper, vanilla and sweetener of choice. Heat just enough, but do not boil.
Pour this into a blender, (I use my Magic Bullet), add the coconut oil and blend to froth.
Viola! Just like that, you have a Turmuric Latte! Now if you want to add caffeine, replace the 1 cup of milk with, 1/4 milk and 3/4 coffee.
Give this a try and tell me how you like it. Do you experience bad anxiety? What helps you? I'd love to hear from you.