My upper back is a mess of inflammation post a car accident and it causes me daily grief years later. I’m 2.5 months into super strong anti-inflammatories and had to go off them for a treatment. Oh man, I need relief! So… I’ve been researching things to help with that.
Cayenne pepper and Turmeric immediately came to the forefront, so I’ve added Turmeric supplement to my routine.
As for Cayenne, I remembered reading about a Trim Healthy Mama fat busting tea (http://www NULL.trimhealthymama NULL.com/main-home/free-recipes/shrinker-recipe2/) with Cayenne and tweaked it a little and it’s delicious without sweetener.
- 2 T Oolong tea – I used David’s The Skinny, in 12oz hot water
- 1 cup coconut milk – I used 1/2 of unsweetened beverage one & half cooking coconut milk
- 1/8 tsp rounded sea salt – I used Pink Hawaiian – their recipe calls for Celtic
- 1/2 tsp cayenne
- 2 tsp Epicure’s vanilla
- 1 tsp Epicure’s cinnamon
I steeped the tea until it was cool. David’s ‘The Skinny tea’ has oolong, pu’erh tea, ginger, orange peel, eleuthero root. You can use plain Oolong althoug this one has the added bonus of ginger and extra flavors. The original recipe calls for Almond milk, although coconuts are so healthy (http://www NULL.eatingwell NULL.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/health_benefits_of_coconut_coconut_oil_coconut_milk_coconut_water_coconut_flour) that I went with coconut milk instead. The original recipe calls for a pinch of Cayenne, well that’s only for wusses, so I went with a rounded 1/2 tsp. After the first few sips I was used to it and added more to subsequent batches.
I tossed all ingredients in lg shaker jar and gave it a good shake. This is your concentrate and should give you 8 cups of beverage over the course of the day. To serve: fill a mug (I use a 2 cup Mason Jar) 1/2 full with ice and, pour on your concentrate and top up with water (or don’t – taste and go from there).
The Cayenne boosts your metabolism (http://www NULL.precisionnutrition NULL.com/thermogenic-foods) and works on inflammation (http://www NULL.natural-health-and-healing-4u NULL.com/health-benefits-of-cayenne-pepper NULL.html#axzz3Su1zBb5X), so go with as much as you can handle!
So for those worried about calories – GO PALEO. And if you’re not and you do count calories – Even with full fat coconut beverage this whole days worth of tea has only 160 calories AND it’s got the health benefits of coconut milk & oil (http://authoritynutrition NULL.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/)and makes your tea naturally sweet so you save those calories!
note: coconut milks are NOT created equal. Avoid those with Guar gum and other crud. I buy Real Thai in a litre Tetra pack at my local Superstore. Crap free.