Remember how your mother used to (or still does, if you are among the lucky ones!) give you haldi ka doodh when you had a bout of cold? Turmeric milk is extremely effective in fending off cough and cold, especially when taken when you start showing signs of cold. But well, the benefits of turmeric milk don’t just end there!
Turmeric is packed with anti-inflammatory properties and is a natural antiseptic. Hence it is used on cuts and wounds and aids healing. In combination with milk, it forms a potent mixture that has many a health benefits. Let us see what they are.
1. Liver detoxifier:
Turmeric milk is a natural liver detoxifier. When the liver is detoxified, the entire blood stream gets detoxified by the liver. Drinking a glass of turmeric milk every night guarantees better liver health.
2. Helps aid digestion:
Turmeric milk is said to be great for indigestion. However, make sure you thin down the milk as full fat milk can add to the indigestion trouble.
3. For strong bones:
Both turmeric and milk are known for their ability to strengthen the bones- since both are rich in calcium. So don’t just stop at a glass of milk but add a good dose of turmeric to it from now on for stronger bones.
4. Helps relieve join pain:
Curcumin that is the active compound in turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps reduce the swelling caused by arthritis. It also helps soothe the muscles aiding in their easy movement.
5. For headaches:
Due to it being anti-inflammatory, turmeric is a good pain reliever. In combination with milk, it produces the same effect on the body that aspirin does. Drinking turmeric with warm milk helps relieve you of body aches and headache.
6. Anti-oxidant properties:
Turmeric milk helps fight free radicals due to its anti-oxidant property. Before you sleep, don’t just reach for that anti-aging cream for your dose of anti-oxidants, but also drink up a glass of turmeric milk to maintain your youthfulness.
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7. For cramps:
Turmeric is antispasmodic- it helps soothe muscles. If you consume turmeric milk daily, two weeks prior to your menstrual period, it helps reduce menstrual cramps to a great extent.
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8. Fights cancer:
The curcimin present in turmeric has been proven to fight cancer. Turmeric milk is a great way to incorporate a good amount of turmeric in your diet every day. So go ahead and keep cancer at bay by consuming haldi doodh.
9. For great skin!
How can I forget how wonderful turmeric milk is on the skin! Simple make a paste of turmeric with milk and scrub your face with it. Wash off immediately to prevent a yellow stain. It gives your skin a great glow, wards off pimples and acne and evens out the skin tone.
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10. Finally, for a good night’s sleep:
Drinking warm turmeric milk makes tryptophan more accessible to the body. Tryptophan is an amino acid that induces sleep. So all you insomniacs out there, do try turmeric milk to get some good sleep.
How to Make Turmeric Milk
Now how do you make turmeric milk? Very simple. For two persons, take two cups of boiled milk (you can thin down the milk if you do not want to overload your digestive system in the night or cut down the serving to half a cup). To this, add half a teaspoon of turmeric. You can add a couple of peppercorns, some saffron or cinnamon or some ground ginger for extra goodness. Warm this concoction. Strain and drink up for great health.
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