Is Drinking Turmeric Milk At Bedtime Healthy? Know From Celeb Nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar

Turmeric milk is a natural cure to a myriad of health problems but should you be drinking this at night? Read what nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar says.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarUpdated at: Feb 24, 2020 11:32 IST
Is Drinking Turmeric Milk At Bedtime Healthy? Know From Celeb Nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar

Turmeric milk or Haldi doodh is a power drink which apart from curing cough & cold, boosts immunity and digestion. In Indian households, turmeric milk is no less than medicine, in fact, more powerful and healing than others. Turmeric holds incredible remedial properties to bring immense health benefits. Celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar in her latest Instagram post answered some facts about turmeric milk that may help people earn the utmost benefits.

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Guideline 6 - Have a glass of haldi milk every night In 2018, our guideline 6 was to start strength training at least once every week and over 60% respondents picked up strength training for the very first time and saw amazing results. But for exercise to work and to continue to work, we need to recover from the stimuli of exercise. In fact we need to recover from the stimuli and stresses of daily life to make meaning of our existence. This year through the fitness project we are reviving age old traditions and one such timeless tradition has been the haldi doodh at bedtime. Of course the food and weight loss industry has appropriated it (turmeric latte/ golden milk) and sold us pills, shots and whatnot of turmeric, curcumin or curcuma but magic of haldi doodh lies in its use and not abuse. Here are some of the reasons that a glass or a cup every night works wonders - 1. Allows for restful sleep. Especially in cases where sleep is broken multiple times for using the bathroom 2. Accelerates recovery. Allows for repair work to take place optimally 3. Improves immunity. Surely have it during every season change when flus and coughs are around 4. Allows for better hormonal balance. Especially useful if you have acne or unpredictable periods How to make it - - Add a pinch of haldi to milk while you are boiling it - Pour in a cup - Add sugar or jaggery to taste. - Drink it just before you sleep, ideally hot but even warm is good Special tips for - 1. Diabetes, heart disease, joint pain - add a pinch of nutmeg 2. Poor sleep and restless legs - add a few cashews 3. Low energy & acne - add a pinch of aliv seeds 4. Bad throat and infections - pinch of black pepper 5. Lactose intolerant - have it with buttermilk instead of milk. If you would like to not have dairy at all, have a pinch with a piece of dry coconut and jaggery but by 4-5 pm. Fill the week 5 tracker form - link in bio. Video in story. Note - For the properties of haldi to work, the proportion and the timing has to be just right. If you have too much or too little, it won’t have the benefits. So if you have it in on an empty stomach with water, pop pills or simply use a lot of it, pls stop.

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Quick Rundown Of Health Benefits

  • 1. Promotes better sleep. People who get up several times in the night are sure to get a sound sleep.
  • 2. Accelerates injury and wound healing.
  • 3. Boosts immunity to shield body and health against seasonal flu.
  • 4. Improves hormonal balance which helps women combat irregular periods and acne issues.
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FAQs for Guideline 6 – Haldi milk before bedtime 1. What kind of milk to use? Can we have haldi with oat milk? The milk to use is the regular, full fat milk from your local dairy. The one with no labels, packaging and brands. But in case you live in areas where it’s tough to access that then look for milk from free grazing cows. The best kind of milk is the one that goes bad (in a couple of hours when not refrigerated). As far as oat, almond, soy, etc, milks go, they aren’t really environmentally sustainable. But can you add haldi to it? Yes, you totally can. 2. What kind of haldi to use? Well, the normal haldi powder. Ideally buy from places that sell locally and naturally grown haldi. And if you would like a more romantic answer then the haldi that grows in the shade of a banana tree with a mirchi and genda phool growing next to it. 3. Will having milk in the night lead to cough and cold? No, it won’t. Adding a pinch of haldi along with pepper or nutmeg ensures that. In fact, it can even help with common colds and coughs. 4. Is milk at bedtime ok if I want to lose weight? Yes, totally. Haldi and milk is a powerful combination of essential fatty acids, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. Together they will ensure that your fat loss is accelerated. 5. If we take haldi doodh in the morning, will it give the same results? Same same but different. One of the main purposes of haldi milk is to accelerate recovery and that happens when its had just at bedtime. It allows you to optimize your hormonal balance that results in you waking up lesser in the middle of the night and waking up fresher, younger, with each passing day. 6. Will haldi milk work for PCOD patients also? Yes, absolutely. Especially if you are struggling with the cystic acne. In which case, don’t forget the pinch of aliv seeds with it. 7. Will having Haldi every day create heat in the body? If you have it in random amounts, yes, it can even lead to acidity and bloating. But as a pinch with your milk, as a tadka in your sabzis and dals, it remains a safe herb for people of all ages and conditions. #12week2020 #haldimilk

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Use naturally-grown turmeric

Try to buy turmeric powder that has been grown naturally and locally. Giving it a witty angle, Rujuta says a turmeric plant has grown with chilies in the shade of a banana tree and has a marigold flower next to it is the best for consumption.

Better to use milk sourced from local dairy

Rujuta says that for turmeric milk, you should always use non-branded, regular full-fat milk, which is available in a local dairy. But if you are living in an area where regular milk is difficult to get, then try to find fresh cow's milk. The best milk is the one that gets spoiled within a few hours if not kept in the refrigerator.

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Drinking turmeric milk at night is more beneficial

According to Rujuta, you can drink turmeric milk in the morning, but it is better to drink it at night. Drinking turmeric milk in the morning also shows the same effect but the results are much better than at night. Drinking turmeric milk at night is the main reason that it optimizes your hormonal balance, due to which you get better sleep and you wake up fresh the next morning. This process keeps getting better with each day.

Also Read: Health Benefits Of Drinking Turmeric Water

Add Spices To Prevent Catching Cough and Cold

Add a pinch of black pepper or nutmeg with turmeric to fight cold and cough that in some cases, arrive after drinking turmeric milk at night. Surprisingly, this can keep you secure from many types of infections too. Drinking turmeric milk while sleeping at night also helps in losing weight because turmeric and milk together form a tremendous combination, which is full of essential fatty acids, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Turmeric milk beneficial in PCOD

Turmeric milk is a good drink for PCOD patients, especially for women who have bladder pimples. In this case, you can add aliv seeds in it, which will prove to be very beneficial for you.

Also Read: Treat Indigestion and Boost Immunity With Turmeric And Black Pepper

Drinking too much turmeric milk is not a good idea

If you drink turmeric milk daily, you may have acidity and flatulence. However, it is safe to add a little milk and turmeric every day when making vegetables or lentils. So use this information and improve your health by drinking magical milk containing turmeric.

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