Alkaline Recipe #192: Alkaline Anti-Inflammatory ‘Bulletproof’ Tea

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This Bulletproof TEA is the ultimate morning kick-start to power up your metabolism, help ignite effortless fat loss, supercharge your brain and focus and alkalize, energize and provide a hit of anti-inflammatories…

ALL IN ONE CUP! It’s like the perfect natural energy drink that gives you focused, sustained, all-day energy – not a high then crash.

My ‘bulletproof tea’ is the alkaline take on the legendary Bulletproof Coffee pioneered by the amazing Dave Asprey. Full props to Dave for the inspiration.

I have tweaked it because the caffeine (also seen in “bulletproof” green tea varieties) and butter – albeit containing healthy properties – are acidic and clogging and stressful to our adrenals, and the addition of turmeric & ginger and maca make this highly anti-inflammatory, alkalizing and awesome.

The turmeric & ginger have been proven beyond doubt to be a more potent anti-inflammatory than at least 14 OTC anti-inflammatory drugs, while also being proven to help prevent and fight various cancers, heart disease and more.

Maca is known to be a booster for the immune system, and increased energy, stamina, improved sexual function, memory, and focus. It’s also known as an ‘adaptogen’ – the name given to a collection of roots and plants that are proven to help protect the adrenal system from stressors. (see more on maca here)

I know it might seem weird to be putting coconut oil in tea…but this just works – trust me! And the saturated fats from the coconut oil will make this tea a bad-cholesterol-fighting superstar…as well as adding even more all-day energy to your day.

Alkaline, Anti-Inflammatory Bulletproof Tea

Serves 2

turmeric bulletproof tea


1 inch of fresh turmeric sliced
1 inch of fresh ginger sliced
1 tbsp coconut oil
500ml coconut milk or almond milk
1 tsp powdered cinnamon
1 tsp maca powder (optional)
1 tsp coconut syrup / rice malt syrup (optional)


  1. Start by slicing the turmeric and ginger and then put these in a saucepan with the milk, coconut oil, cinnamon, maca and syrup if using (it’s totally optional to leave it out – and healthier if you do)
  2. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 5 minutes
  3. At this stage if you have time, leave for a further 10 minutes to allow the ginger and turmeric to infuse a little longer
  4. Pour everything into a high powered blended (pref like a Nutribullet or Vitamix – note, they’re just links for your benefit, I’m not selling them πŸ™‚ and then blend on a high speed for 30 seconds to liquify the turmeric and ginger and create a nice froth on the tea
  5. Serve and enjoy!

This drink alone will keep you going for a couple of hours in the morning if you’re up early for a work session, meditation, exercise etc. I love to have this if I’m up at 4am or 5am for an early morning writing session (I do my best writing before the sun is up), and I then have breakfast with the family at 8am. With this drink I don’t even think about food until then.

I hope you love this – it’s a big winner in my house πŸ™‚



Two Delicious Turmeric Teas: One Creamy, One Refreshing

Turmeric User Guide: How to Get Turmeric Into Your Everyday Life

PS Tim Ferris also has his own bulletproof energy drink that he calls Titanium Tea (tongue in cheek). It’s a bit more acidic using green tea and aged pu-er tea, but it could also be worth a try. Check Tim’s out here.

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    The point of bullet proof coffee/tea is the keep you in a fasted state during intermittent fasting. The coconut milk and suggested sweetners would kick you out of fasting. Going to try this without the milk but is there an alkaline + keto sweetener you can recommend?

  2. Ron Griffiths Reply

    On the point of alkaline versus acidic…from all the charts and all the literature, I know steak is acidic and kale is alkaline.
    BUT is a small steak maybe worth 10 points of acidity but a huge bowl of kale may be worth only 5 points. I know if I eat kale it is alkaline and steak is acidic….but if I eat a small steak which is acidic how much kale must I eat to balance out the steak?

    • Taylor M. Holt Reply

      Dead cow muscle. Call it steak all you want. It was a living breathing being with a heart, brain, and capacity for love. Pork? Dead pig flesh.

  3. Marie Leo Reply

    Hi Dave, Curious as to why you not adding peppercorns to this recipe. Doesn’t turmeric need pepper to be properly absorbed?

    • Ruth Reply

      I am surprised you don’t use black pepper in the recipe for the Bulletproof Tea. I have read that black pepper is needed in order for your body to absorb the turmeric.

      I am anxious to try this recipe.

      • ross Reply

        Hi Ruth

        This is a completely unproven idea. Don’t stress over it.


  4. Sheelagh richardson Reply

    If I made this the night before does it keep till morning. Thanks.

  5. Tracey Reply

    This sounds absolutely delicious. I do have a question however; I thought the turmeric needed a fat(coconut oil) and some fresh cracked pepper to be activated by your body. Can you elaborate on the need for the pepper?
    Thank you

  6. Linda Reply

    Is there a substitute for fresh?

  7. Judishaa Reply

    Hello. Finally someone who is getting out the word on alkalinity! I am a student of Ayurvedic medicine and health which is a lifelong study it seems. I have a question. I prefer hemp milk to coconut or almond. I am really tired of the constant flavour of coconut and/or almond overpowering other tastes – your thoughts in hemp? Milk?

    Also does denatured organic fixing oil remove any nutrient value.

    Warm regards. Another fellow human working together to change the health of the collective unconscious and conscious! Judishaa

  8. Vic Reply

    Just to check, do you put hot liquid into nutri bullet?? I’m pretty sure my dad did this once and it exploded when he took the lid off ?

    • ross Reply

      Yes, but never past half way full. I believe they have improved this now. Personally I recommend the Vitamix over the Nutri – much better build and more powerful.

  9. Julie B. Reply

    Could I use a powdered time tic and dried ginger? Is so, any idea of the measurements? Thank you for these recipes! Just getting started…

  10. Pamela Reply

    Hi there, can this “bulletproof drink” be made in quantity, say two or three days worth and be reheated? For those of us who really rush in the morning ☺. Thank you. Pamella

  11. Heather Holmes Reply

    Is it O.K to have Vitamin B tablets that contain yeast please?

    Also, would it be possible to advise us by giving us websites for the best coconut milk and cream to buy.
    We own a Chanson purchased from you and it is the best investment we ever made. Thank you. The Quit sugar course has been fantastic and we no longer crave the awful stuff. All thanks to YOU. I am determined now to make my family healthier, my husband has already joined me and is very happy with the wonderful recipes you have given us.

  12. Rose Reply

    Thank you so much for all your beneficial recipes and info!

  13. High Alkaline Foods Reply

    Great article, thanks πŸ™‚

  14. Zoe Reply

    Hi Ross,

    Can I make this the night before & drink the next morning? How long does the nutrition last once its blended?

    Thanks so much for your work & inspiration,


    • ross Reply

      Hi Zoe

      Absolutely – you can definitely make this the night before.


  15. Sky Reply

    How much is 1 inch of tumeric/ginger?
    How much is 500ml?


    • ross Reply

      Hi Sky

      An inch of ginger/turmeric refers to the root and is visual – literally cutting about an inch off the root.

      For ml/oz etc conversions google is your best bet.


  16. Tricia Reply

    Sounds delicious but can’t seem to find fresh turmeric here in New York. Any substitutions?

    • ross Reply

      Hey Tricia

      You can definitely use powdered, but check I’m pretty sure you can get it delivered!


  17. Jessica Reply

    Let me know when these other questions have been answered. Those are my questions too. Thank you, Cant wait to try it!

  18. Anonymous Reply

    Where do you find the coconut syrup?

    • ross Reply

      You can also use honey or maple syrup if you need to, or stevia in fact – or go without the sweetener if you can enjoy the subtle flavours. As with the fresh turmeric – try amazon for the coconut syrup.

  19. Kimberly Reply

    Can I use ground turmeric and ginger instead of fresh?If so how much?
    Thank you..

  20. Jessica Reply

    Ross- would MTC oil be ok to use i stead of coconut oil? I usually use it in my morning shakes… Thanks for the recipe!

    • ross Reply

      Definitely – I only set it as coconut oil because I didn’t want it to seem like you needed to have niche ingredients. Coconut oil is great, MCT is even better.

  21. Anonymous Reply

    Do you need to peel the turmeric and ginger.

    • ross Reply

      Not if it’s organic – I would if it’s not organic though…

  22. Andrea Kennedy Reply

    I know fresh is best, but could you use ground ginger and tumeric? I find it hard to get tumeric root in stores near me. Thanks. Sounds great!

  23. Chema Reply

    I’m a huge fan of bulletproof coffe! Thank you for this delicious recipe! It’s exactly what I needed!

    • ross Reply

      Hey Chema

      Definitely a less caffeine-y version so give it a go and let me know what you think!


  24. Gaylyn Kaufman Reply

    Great recipe, but I also have not found tumeric root, as the previous woman asked, is tumeric powder OK and how much would you use? Thank you!

  25. Pamela Gainey Reply

    I can never find turmeric root at the store, can I use the powder turmeric instead?

    • ross Reply

      Hi Pamela

      How’s it going? You can use powdered – a tsp. You can actually, believe it or not, get fresh turmeric on amazon!

      But in the meantime, powdered is fine.