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5 Surprising Health Benefits of Ginger (Plus an Easy Ginger and Honey Tea Recipe!)

5 Surprising Health Benefits of Ginger (Plus an Easy Ginger and Honey Tea Recipe!)

Ginger has many medical benefits and has been used for centuries around the world as a way to treat ailments from nausea to inflammatory issues. Ginger is also commonly used in tea to as a way of maximizing its many health properties. Here are a few ailments that it can help cure, along with an easy recipe for ginger tea with honey.

1. It improves blood circulation

Compounds found within ginger like gingerols and zingerone are known to help warm up the body, thus creating improved circulation. The amino acids in ginger assist in increasing circulation and decreasing the possibility of cardiovascular diseases. There are also many positive side effects of improved circulation that include more key nutrients, minerals and oxygen being spread throughout the body, and the promotion of cell growth and healthy organ function.

2. It assists in pain relief

Gingerol, a key compound found in ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that helps block the chemical COX-2 produced in the body that creates the sensation of pain. Drinking ginger tea is recommended for those individuals suffering from gout, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis- as well as for use by athletes post-workout to prevent swelling. For those who suffer from migraines, ginger can help by blocking the prostaglandins that are responsible for causing headaches.

3. It helps ease menstrual cramps

Ginger is known to be effective in treating the symptoms associated with menstruation: cramps, fatigue and PMS. Ginger tea helps relax the muscles, thus reducing any cramps associated with this time of the month. Women who often have heavy or irregular periods will find relief with ginger tea.

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4. It helps fight nausea and digestive tract ailments

Ginger is perhaps most famously known for its ability to ease nausea or stomach-related ailments. Active properties like volatile oils and phenol compounds help relieve an upset stomach. Women who are suffering from morning sickness are also recommended to slowly sip a cup of ginger tea to settle their stomach. This same natural remedy is prescribed for patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and suffering nausea as a result. If you suffer from motion sickness, drinking a cup of ginger tea before you hit the road should help make your journey more bearable.

5. It helps strengthen your immune system

Due to containing antioxidants, ginger helps keep colds at bay- and when you do get sick it lessens the duration of your illness. It help break down the toxins in your body quickly, thus allowing your body to get rid of them faster. Ginger also contains chromium, zinc and magnesium, aiding the immune system. Not only this, but it has antibiotic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that can help prevent many common health ailments and infections.

There are many different ways to consume ginger, but drinking it as a tea is most effective. However, make sure not to drink more than three cups of ginger tea a day, otherwise it can have adverse effects on your body. Here is an easy recipe so you can make this soothing beverage at home.

Ingredients

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  • 4 to 6 thin slices of raw ginger
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups of filtered water
  • Lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of raw honey

Directions

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    1. Peel the ginger root and rinse it well

    2. Thinly slice the ginger

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    3. Bring to to the boil with 1 1/2 cups of filtered water and add the ginger slices

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      4. Add a lid to the pot and let it simmer on a low heat for about 10 minutes

      5. Strain the water to remove any of the ginger slices from the tea

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      6. Squeeze in a little lemon (you can vary the amount depending on personal preference)

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        7. Stir in one to two tablespoons of raw honey

        8. Let it cool down a bit and then enjoy!

        Featured photo credit: Getting out the ginger for some tea / Karen Mardahl via flickr.com

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        Last Updated on October 20, 2020

        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

        You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

        We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

        The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

        Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

        1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

        Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

        For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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        • (1) Research
        • (2) Deciding the topic
        • (3) Creating the outline
        • (4) Drafting the content
        • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
        • (6) Revision
        • (7) etc.

        Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

        2. Change Your Environment

        Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

        One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

        3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

        Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

        Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

        My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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        Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

        4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

        If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

        Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

        I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

        5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

        I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

        Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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        As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

        6. Get a Buddy

        Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

        I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

        7. Tell Others About Your Goals

        This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

        For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

        8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

        What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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        9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

        If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

        Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

        10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

        Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

        Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

        11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

        At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

        Reality check:

        I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

        Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

        More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

        Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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