We all enjoy having a nice, relaxed night, watching a movie, and having a delicious dinner, or our favorite drink. However, this can also lead to indigestion, heartburn, or acid reflux.
Jackson Siegelbaum Gastroenterology reports that people with GERD should avoid the following foods, drinks, and lifestyle habits:
- caffeinated soft drinks
- spicy or acidic foods
- tobacco and nicotine products
- fatty or fried foods
- chewing gum and hard candy
- citrus fruits such as grapefruit, oranges, and pineapple
- creamed veggies or soups
- fast foods
- processed meats
- late night snacks and lying down immediately after the meal
- tight clothing and bending over after eating
- large meals throughout the day
- carrying extra weight
Therefore, your diet should be rich in fruits and vegetables, and low in the foods listed above.
Yet, we suggest the recipe of a delicious bedtime drink that will actually soothe the unpleasant symptoms of GERD and help you wake up full of energy in the morning.
All of the ingredients of this drink offer amazing health benefits, and their combination drastically improves health. The Golden Milk is a combination of turmeric, ginger, coconut milk, honey, and black pepper, and it helps digestion while relieving acid reflux.
According to Dr.Mercola:
“It’s difficult to describe turmeric in brief simply because it has so many beneficial properties. That’s why the “spice of life,” as it’s known in India, sums it up wonderfully.
Traditional medicinal uses in both traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), as well as Ayurvedic medicine, include the treatment of liver disease, skin problems, respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments, sprained muscles, joint pains, and general wound healing.
Turmeric’s benefits have since been well documented in the medical literature, and curcumin — one of the most well-studied bioactive ingredients in turmeric – has been found to promote health and protect against a wide variety of health conditions.
It actually exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities, including anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity, as well as potent anti-cancer properties that have been intensely studied. “
Turmeric detoxifies the liver, soothes arthritis symptoms, treats pain and fevers, improves brain and heart health, and boosts blood circulation. Ginger helps the digestive process, treats nausea and vomiting, accelerates the circulation of blood, relieves pain, and much more.
“Coconut milk is made from the expressed juice of grated coconut meat and water. About 50 percent of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, which is rarely found in nature. Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, a monoglyceride that can actually destroy lipid-coated viruses such as HIV and herpes, influenza, measles, gram-negative bacteria, and protozoa such as Giardia lamblia.
Lauric acid is a type of medium-chain fatty acid (MCFAs), which is easily digested and readily crosses cell membranes. MCFAs are immediately converted by your liver into energy rather than being stored as fat.
There are numerous studies showing that MCFAs promote weight loss, including one study that showed rats fed MCFAs reduced body fat and improved insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. In addition, coconut milk is rich in antioxidants and nutrients, including vitamins C, E, and B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and iron.”
It effectively alleviates pain and discomfort from GERD, while black pepper is added to boost the bioavailability of turmeric.
Honey is one of the most versatile natural foods, provides high amounts of amino acids, enzymes, minerals, and vitamin, and eases the symptoms of acid reflux.
Now, here is how to prepare this drink:
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 cups coconut milk
- One inch piece of sliced and fresh ginger root, or one teaspoon ginger powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon organic honey
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients, and heat the mixture into a saucepan until it comes to a boil. Then, lower the heat, cook for 5 more minutes, and drink this delicious milk an hour before going to bed.
You will improve your sleep quality, and wake up energized, and free of discomfort and pain!