Turmeric Beauty Elixir by Joanna Townsend LMSW, CHHC

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This golden potion is one of my favorite morning beverages. It’s a caffeine-free alternative to your morning brew that boosts vitality, energy, immunity, and detoxification.

Turmeric has been used for centuries for its healing and medicinal properties. It’s one of my kitchen staples, along with ginger and garlic. But since garlic does not have a place in my morning palate, turmeric makes for the perfect ingredient for a warm nourishing drink, as it’s soothing, anti-inflammatory, and oh-so vibrant (source).

Collagen is all the rage right now. I go for marine collagen for its bioavailability―meaning it’s absorbed more efficiently and enters the bloodstream more quickly than other animal collagens. Collagen is a fabulous supplement for beautiful skin, bone health, joint pain, metabolism, as well as digestion and gut health. It’s also tasteless, so it’s a sneaky way to add in quality protein to start your day (source).

Ghee is a newbie in my life. I have been a coconut oil aficionado for years but I’m experimenting with ghee at the moment. It’s free of lactose and casein, making it a great option for anyone with allergies, gut issues or vegetarian leanings. The taste of grass-fed ghee is also delicious, not to mention it’s nutrient dense: full of medium-chain fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin 2, vitamin D, and vitamin E, powerhouse vitamins for maintaining a healthy metabolism, repairing damaged skin, balancing hormones, improving vision and lowering cholesterol (source).

Maca and ashwagandha are two adaptogenic herbs that I incorporate daily. Adaptogens are essentially a group of healing plants that help us, well, adapt. So they support and restore our physiological functions, particularly given the way that acute and chronic stress fundamentally alter our body’s natural healing power. Maca and ashwagandha are my go-tos to relieve tension and anxiety, while offering energy and mood boosting benefits (source).

And then there’s cinnamon, the always reliable sweet spice we all love. Aside from its nostalgic and warming flavor, cinnamon helps to balance blood sugar and it’s full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, too (source).

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • 1 dropper of turmeric extract
  • 1 scoop marine collagen
  • 1 tbsp grass-fed ghee
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • ½ tsp ashwagandha powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

RECIPE:

Blend all ingredients and serve.

 Joanna is a licensed therapist, holistic health practitioner, foodie, and wellness advocate. Born in Mexico City and with an early upbringing in New Delhi, new cultures and foods were part of the fabric of her childhood. She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from New York University, and a holistic health coach certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Joanna's mission is to help others lead energetic and fulfilling lives. She approaches wellness with the understanding that we all have an integral body and mind connection that serves the basis for quality of life. Nutrition, mindfulness, self-care, and self-love are parts of her solution. As a health coach, she believes that when our bodies are nourished, energized, and healthy, our minds feel balanced and stable. For more wellness inspiration, follow her along on  Instagram  or read more about Joanna’s coaching programs  here .

Joanna is a licensed therapist, holistic health practitioner, foodie, and wellness advocate. Born in Mexico City and with an early upbringing in New Delhi, new cultures and foods were part of the fabric of her childhood. She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from New York University, and a holistic health coach certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Joanna's mission is to help others lead energetic and fulfilling lives. She approaches wellness with the understanding that we all have an integral body and mind connection that serves the basis for quality of life. Nutrition, mindfulness, self-care, and self-love are parts of her solution. As a health coach, she believes that when our bodies are nourished, energized, and healthy, our minds feel balanced and stable. For more wellness inspiration, follow her along on Instagram or read more about Joanna’s coaching programs here.