Friday, January 13, 2012

Ginger Tea

Hey Everyone! I just wanted to let ya'll know that I am going to start a segment called Friday Favorites. It where I'm gonna talk about my favorite things. Today I'm gonna start with one of my favorite types of tea. Due to health issues I have to limit my caffine intake. Some days I due better than others. Until recently I couldn't really stand to drink herbal tea until recently. It was just bland. Then I came across some information that caught my attention about ginger tea. Here's what I found:

Ginger Tea ~ The Universal Tonic
The benefits of ginger are nearly endless. Its healing effects are most often associated with settling an upset stomach, but ginger does so much more!

Gingerols (the compounds that give ginger its pungent flavor) in ginger have powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Study after study shows rapid reduction of pain and inflammation in arthritis patients with minimal amounts of this healing root. Those same chemicals also slow the growth of certain types of cancer (colo-rectal and ovarian) cells in humans. 

Ginger also promotes immune health with its strong antioxidant effects, cleanses the system of toxins, and even promotes respiratory health, making it ideal for winter months when cold and flu germs are everywhere!

This multi-purpose root also reduces cravings for sugary sweets... a huge plus right after all those holiday treats!
Well after seeing this article I was usurious so I decided to give ginger tea a try. I was amazed as soon as I pour the water on the ginger root. The aroma was instantly soothing. After a few days of drinking ginger tea twice a day I noticed I started feeling better and about a week later I noticed that my sugar cravings were gone! I still eat sweets way to much but at least i don't crave them now. 

So without further ado here's my recipe for ginger tea:
Ginger Tea 
8 ounces boiling purified water
1 to 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger root (peeled)
Thin slice of lemon, optional 

If you need sweetener, use pure organic honey or pure maple syrup or other natural sweetener of your choice, but try to keep sugar low. 

Add ginger to boiling water and allow it to steep for up to 5 minutes. Strain if you wish, or drink with ginger bits in tea (they are good for you!). Add lemon and/or sweetener of choice, if using. 

Sip away and find out exactly why this simple elixir is so healing...

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At January 13, 2012 at 6:41 AM , Blogger Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We eat a lot of Oriental food that has ginger in it. (Otherwise, sorry, I'm not much of a tea drinker.)

At January 13, 2012 at 2:27 PM , Blogger Diana Ferguson said...

Good for you limiting the caffiene. I'm so not there yet---sweet tea and Diet Cokes---oh my oh my!!!

At January 13, 2012 at 9:31 PM , Blogger Arlee Bird said...

I like ginger in asian foods. When my stomach is upset ginger ale is usually helpful. I would imagine that ginger tea would be good.

You asked for suggestions on what to blog about for the A to Z Challenge. Follow your interests, passions, or whatever you'd like to tell others about. It's kind of like what you're doing for Fridays. Ginger Tea would be a good entry for G for example. The possibilties are endless.

Good luck!

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