Turmeric Tonic: Anti-Inflammatory Elixir

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Turmeric Tonic Recipe by Chef Joy Houston

Kick inflammation’s ass with this yummy tonic

This is a juice that not only tastes amazing but also does amazing things to support your overall health.  You can thank me later. WAY later, like when-we-are-old-&-grey later because you will have the memory power to recall who shared this recipe with you!  Turmeric has been show to be massively successful in the prevention of Alzheimer’s (as well as the conditions listed below).  So, drink up my friends and drink up often.

Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory without the worrisome side effects that its pharmaceutical counterparts bring to the table. It offers natural support to the body in dealing with arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and even cystic fibrosis. It has also been shown to be highly anti-cancerous, inhibiting cancer cell growth and metastasis. The video below, gives you a delicious way to enjoy the powerful root of the curcumin plant.

Turmeric Tonic: Anti-Inflammatory Elixir

4 inch piece fresh turmeric (or two teaspoons organic dried turmeric)
3 inch piece of ginger (or one tablespoon organic powdered ginger)
3 lemons, peeled
Dash cayenne
4 cups young coconut water (Watch a video on how to SAFELY open young coconuts)
Raw honey to desired sweetness

Juice the turmeric, ginger, and lemons. Add the juice to the young coconut water (or spring water). Add the cayenne and stir well to combine. Store in the fridge for up to three days.

QUICK NOTE: You can use the same method I demonstrate in this video for Ginger, Apple & Beet juice to create this tonic using a high speed blender and a strainer. A standard blender won’t get you the same results as a VitaMix or BlendTech. Just sayin’!

MONEY SAVER: You can buy powdered organic turmeric by the pound on Amazon (CLICK HERE).  Much better pricing that the tiny jars you will find at your local market.


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  • Dina Pope

    Great recipe Joy. Any chance you could do this with a Vitamix?

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  • I love this drink. The spicy version with lots of Cayenne is my favorite

  • Rose

    Would love to have PDF’S of recipes, great idea

  • Nicole Day

    I would love the pdf downloads!

  • Yes, yes please do the pdf’s!!!!!! would love that.
    Thank you for this tonic. Our household needs it!
    Peace and Raw Health,

  • kathie

    Tumeric tonic sounds refreshing! I can hardly wait to give it a try!

    As for PDF’s….I’m not so lucky to have an iPad to bring into the kitchen with me, my kitchen is too small anyway. So, I do end up printing recipes or running back and forth to my computer. A PDF is always greatly appreciated!

  • kathie

    Tumeric tonic sounds refreshing! I can hardly wait to give it a try!

    As for PDF’s….I’m not so lucky to have an iPad to bring into the kitchen with me, my kitchen is too small anyway. So, I do end up printing recipes or running back and forth to my computer. A PDF is always greatly appreciated!

  • Laura

    I would really appreciate PDF files!

  • Joy

    Dina- yes!! You can do this with a vitamix. If you haven’t “juiced” using the vita-mix, watch my “Just Beet It” (beet, ginger, apple juice named in homgage to Michael Jackson, pre-creepy stage!). In that video you will see how to blend (with a little extra liquid to shake things up) and strain the mixture. Contact me if you need help! Thank you for your comment!

  • Joy

    Figures you like it hot honey! xoxox

  • Joy

    It sounds like PDFs would be an appreciated addition! Happy to oblige. Thanks for your comments!

  • Michelle

    I can’t wait to try this recipe.
    I would love pdf files. Easy to keep on my iPad.

  • Joy

    You got it Michelle! I’ll start including those from now on and get back to the popular older posts ASAP. I’ll send this one via email tomorrow due to the overwhelming response! Thanks for being here & for your comments!

  • Joy

    pdf format would be great! Love all your stuff!

  • Yep! Would be great! Do you mind if I share the recipe on my website (with the mention of you, ofcourse)?

  • daureen

    What is the name of the sweetener suggested? I didn’t not quite make it out clearly and I never heard of it.

    Thank you.

  • Isabella B

    What if you don’t have a juicer? Can I use a blender and then just strain it? Love the recipes!!

  • Hi love the video but I am living in Tenerife and can’t get fresh turmeric , so need to know how much dried turmeric to use . The PDF are a great idea and also including dried amounts of dried herbs could help some of us !

  • Ruth

    pdf please.

  • Bonnie

    PDF YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PLEASE. Thank you

  • Lori

    I am new at getting to know what you are about and I love the content. Like others I will give this a try. Since you are using the IPad in the kitchen sound like I need to understand more about the IPad. I am still an old fashioned girl when it comes to electronics and “yes” PDF’s would be great. Keep up the great work.

  • Joy

    Indeed- please spread the word about using turmeric! I’m thrilled & honored for you to share it on your site. You can grab the embed cod off YouTube.
    Thank you,

  • Rebecca

    The PDF idea sounds great. I picked up some tumeric today so I’m going to give your tonic a try. If it will help with the inflamation in my body, I’m all for it. Thanks.

  • Olivia

    Hi Joy, thank you for posting this recipe. I remember you mentioning the benefits your dad had experienced and I was curious about it. Question? What is the reason to Strain the juice? I also make your celery parsley cooler and I won’t lie, sometimes I don’t strain it because I just want to drink it already 🙂 I would just like to know what the benefits are. Thank You for sharing your knowledge.

  • Anna-Carin Rahm

    Very nice healthy drink. Thank you. And pdf:s could be useful. Is it a lot of work on your behalf?

  • Nancy

    Tumeric tonic sounds great! Can hardly wait to give it a try!
    And yes please… love to have the pdf files…

  • Joy

    The benefits of juicing (straining) is straight-shot, super-quick absorption with little to no work needed by your digestive tract. The benefits of consuming that as a smoothie (not strained) would be the inclusion of the fiber (which has lots of benefits too- like absorbing excess hormones in the digestive tract, keeping things movin’, and bulking up stools). So I’d say each day is a choose-your-own-adventure. Depending on what you need – make the appropriate choice. Great question!
    Thank you,

  • MC

    Thanks for sharing this, Joy! I have tried a smoothie with tumeric before (not this combination yet though) but could not drink more than a few mouthfuls It wasn’t even that much tumeric powder. It is a very strong taste! But I didn’t use organic tumeric. Would that be better tolerated? Or is this simply an acquired taste? Thanks again!

  • Joy

    Indeed, on its own turmeric can be a tough-to-acquire taste, but I think you will find that as long as you have more ginger that turmeric- the ginger flavors kicks butt on the turmeric & keeps its flavor in check. At least that is my experience of this juice.
    Let me know what you think.
    One more note: I waiver between keeping this juice around prepared as above OR skipping the coconut water (or filtered water) and having this INTENSE shot of the straight ginger/turmeric juice with (less) lemon & honey. WHHHHOOOOA NELLIE is that a way to wake up!
    That one is only for the slightly insane.

  • Ernest

    Yes please do PDFs

  • sindi

    Yes please the PDF would be wonderful!! Thank you!

  • Joy

    A friend here on Delicious Revolution told me about a calming drink from Dr. Sanjay Gupta that is intended to help calm us down before bedtime. Since my mind needs a fair amount of calming some nights, I am very thankful to her for sharing this with us…

    Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Calming Bedtime Drink
    1 cup warmed almond milk
    1/4 tsp. turmeric
    1 tsp. cinnamon
    1/4 tsp. ginger
    1 tsp honey
    Stir and enjoy!

  • noa

    Dear joy, thank.u for that amazing recipe. I would like to ask about the lekanto sweetner that you mentioned in this video. Does it fit to people that have to completly avoid sugars? (candida, for example)? Untill today I used only stevia and didnt know there is another alternative.. and if the answer is yes, where can I buy this sweetner?

  • Anony13

    Hi, I just found your site and it is wonderful! For all of the people asking for pdf files, I would suggest using Evernote. I have it downloaded on my mac and iPhone. You can basically just save a picture (similar to a screenshot) from any website and access it from all of your gadgets (PCs included). I have a notebook just for recipes that I use in that way. Anyway, my question for you, Joy: is this Turmeric Tonic safe while breastfeeding? I’ve read that we should be cautious about consuming detoxifying foods because it then releases those toxins into breast milk. I was just wondering if this tonic falls into that detoxifying category or not. Thank you!

  • Yes Noa, you will want to explore lakanto if you are seeking a candida-safe sweetener. I love it for that use, and it is also popular with the Body Ecology Diet group.

  • Jennifer

    Dear Joy…what are the measurements for the turmeric “shot”? Thanks a bunch 🙂

  • Jennifer,

    I like to use a double shot glass but only because it is fun for me to throw back a healthy shot since I no longer throw back shots of booze! If you do a 1/4 cup of the condensed version, you are getting a nice amount of the turmeric mixture.

  • Lynette Cano

    I know that black pepper helps to absorb turmeric, will the cayenne serve this same purpose ?

  • GingerGram

    Thanks this sounds helpful. and another way to add turmeric to my day

  • grinch

    Healthy fats help to absorb this tonic so it must have coconut oil, water or milk. The pepper reacts with the turmeric and makes it more potent and yes Black pepper will work as well as cayenne!

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  • Safa Starr Fisk

    But won’t you get more of the nutrients by just bleeding it all up in a blender and eating/drinking everything together?

  • Naomi Shiels

    It needs freshly ground black pepper to make the turmeric bioavailable. Its the peperine in the pepper that has the desired effect. Cayenne doesn’t act in the same way.

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