Activate Nrf2 Pathway with Turmeric and Ginger

Whatever happened to just eat healthy?

It’s well known that I am not a fan of western medicine. It’s kind of backwards to me. Wouldn’t it make more sense to do preventive maintenance on our bodies and try to thwart sickness before it happens rather than wait until it’s too late?

Sometimes I think most people and  care more about their cars than their bodies! I’m all about treating the body with healthy food, herbs, spices, staying nourished and reducing your oxidative stress.

Turmeric contains curcumin which activates the Nrf2 pathway is a powerful genetic pathway which turns on over 200 genes, many of which are related to detoxification and cellular repair, and key in reducing inflammation.

Ginger, high in antioxidants and replete with anti-inflammatory properties, does the same. This tea also contains black pepper which makes the curcumin in the turmeric far more bio-available. (Check out my post on Black Pepper)

I love using food as medicine and this is a great example of how good health can taste!

Activate Nrf2 Pathway with Turmeric and Ginger

Drinking healthy teas from scratch using fresh roots, herbs, and spices is so healthy and good for you. This potent Turmeric Tea is simply three very powerful healthy foods –turmeric, ginger, and black pepper, concentrated into a beverage. You can also use it a soup base and add concentrated veggie stock for a quick broth to turn into the healthiest soup ever!

Make this tea whenever you need a nutrient boost!

Make this tea when you don’t feel good, be it an upset stomach or when you feel symptoms of cold or flu.

You can also enhance antioxidant effects of the food you eat with this yummy, herbal, caffeine free tea:

Turmeric and Ginger Tea
Nrf2 Activation

Turmeric and Ginger Tea

1 quart water
1 inch piece turmeric, sliced, not peeled
1 inch piece ginger, sliced, not peeled
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon black pepper corns

Add water to a saucepan.
Add turmeric, ginger, and black pepper.
Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes, turn off heat and let steep for a stronger brew. You can add more ginger or turmeric if you want. The stronger you make it, the more medicinal it will be!
Pour through a fine mesh strainer into mugs, you may need to reheat it if you let it steep for a long time. Add honey to balance the spiciness. Also, delicious served as iced tea.

If you feel a cold or a cough coming on, sip it as hot tea. This allows the turmeric and ginger to clear your sinuses at the same time it gets into your digestive system. Both of these methods of absorption provide a boost to the immune system.


Make a double batch of Turmeric Tea and store it in glass jars in the fridge. It stays fresh for 2-3 days.

Share and Enjoy !


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