g is for ginger tea
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:
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!
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.