I Drank Golden Milk Every Day For A Week To Boost My Health—Here's What Happened

Does a glass of this Ayurvedic turmeric-infused potion every day keep the doctor away?

May 12, 2017
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Long touted as a healing drink in Ayurvedic medicine, golden milk is getting alot of attention as a legit sip for the trendy crowd (#goldenmilk). 

The colorful combination of nut milk, spices and coconut oil is headlined by turmeric, a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory proven to fight free radicals and disease thanks to its active ingredient, curcumin. (Here’s how to grow your own turmeric indoors.) And since I’m all for tasty and easy ways to boost my health, I decided to drink it daily for a week. 

Did my skin, health, and taste buds also get the golden treatment? Yes and no—but I did learn a few golden rules along the way. 

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Allison Young
It was way easier to make than I thought

There are a ton of golden milk recipes online and it’s easy to get bogged down in their differences. Some use WORDS as a base; some go with almond milk. Some use grated fresh turmeric; some use ground. Some combine the spices into a paste first; some blend them right into the base. Some sweeten with a bit of honey or maple syrup; others don’t. I started out following this recipe from Minimalist Baker, which is easy and amazing, but have since tweaked it to my tastes. Here’s my go-to:

Ingredients
3 cups homemade cashew milk 
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1½ teaspoons ground turmeric
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground black pepper

Add ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk to combine. Drink hot or store refrigerated. NOTE: I’m not one for sweet drinks, that’s why I left out the honey.

The good news is you can’t mess it up. Golden milk isn’t like a soufflé that can flop. Other than turmeric, there really are only two must-dos: Add a bit of black pepper and some healthy fat, like coconut, sesame or almond oil. Why: Both boost your body’s ability to absorb curcumin (piperine, a key chemical in black pepper, has been show to boost curcumin’s bioavailability by 2,000 percent). Just make it and then modify it to how you like.

Related: The Only 4 Smoothie Recipes You’ll Ever Need

 

golden milk coffee
Allison Young
I found a delicious complement to my coffee routine

I’m a coffee gal in the morning … afternoon… and sometimes in the evening. It’s not so much the caffeine that has me hooked (I often drink decaf), it’s the ritual of it: Turning on the kettle, waiting for the water to boil, pouring it into my French press, letting it steep, and then sipping. 

I’m happy to report I got those same ritualistic comforts with golden milk: heating the nut milk on the stove, whisking in my spices, savoring each sip. You can certainly cuddle up to a cup. Not that I quit coffee or caffeine—sometimes I’d whip up the golden milk into a latte or an ice coffee—but it certainly offered a cozy alternative to coffee without feeling like I was giving up a thing. 

Related: I Drank Matcha Tea Instead Of Coffee Every Morning For A Week, Here’s What Happened

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Allison Young
My body didn’t magically kick into anti-inflammatory overdrive, but…

The word “superfood” is so overused it can lose its oomph, yet turmeric is more than deserving of the superior title. Not only is the golden yellow powder a potent anti-inflammatory that can fight arthritis, psoriasis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and even obesity, it’s been linked to fat metabolism, boosted brain function, and better skin

Knowing it’s superpower, I really wanted the drink to act like a magic potion—one sip and (BAM!) instant energy or fountain of youth skin—but come on? That’s not how food or our bodies work. So no, it didn’t make me feel instantly better, but health perks aren’t always physically noticeable, and maybe a month would have been a better window. 

That said, the Instagram darling may not have instantly transformed my body, but it did brighten my day. I looked forward to drinking the yellow cup of yum and always relaxed into the ritual, so I will give it props as a de-stressor. 

Related: 10 Quick And Easy Ways To De-Stress In Under A Minute

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Allison Young
It opened up my taste buds to other turmeric treats

What started as a week of drinking the turmeric tonic turned into a golden milk adventure. I drank it warm and cold, I whipped up golden milk lattes and iced coffees, and also fell for golden milk chia pudding (shown above) and golden smoothies. I became a golden milk groupie, which was honestly surprising since the flavor of turmeric can be pretty divisive. Next up: I’m going to add it to my homemade mac and cheese and also my cauliflower puree. 

So to answer your question, yes, I’ll keep making it and I’ll keep finding new ways to eat it—in drinks, dishes and desserts. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.