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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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        Getting naked is often thought of as an act that should only be reserved for intimacy—and even then some get squirmy! Many people are more comfortable believing that the more clothes you are wearing the better. However, getting naked more often can have great benefits for you. Here are 10 great reasons to get naked more often:

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        Your body’s main supply of brown adipose tissue (BAT), or good fat cells, are located around your shoulder blades and neck. When your body is exposed to the elements and is cooler, the BAT proliferates and essentially kills the white adipose tissue, aka bad fat cells. So, not wearing any clothes helps promote this and makes you healthier.

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        2. You’ll become comfortable with who you are.

        Self-acceptance is hard to come by today. Ask anyone you know and see if they are happy with themselves. Chances are they will say they are too fat, not pretty, and find all of the flaws that they can. In reality, others do not see this. They see that you are beautiful. When you begin to get naked, you learn to appreciate your body and realize how beautiful you really are.

        3. It saves you money.

        Being naked more often saves on buying new clothing since you are wearing nothing a lot of the time. Be careful when you are in public, though—you may have to put on some clothes!

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        4. It increases your immune system.

        Being naked and getting exposure to the sun’s rays actually increases your body’s vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is directly related to your immune system. When you have optimal levels of vitamin D, your body’s immune system is impeccable, and you will be better equipped to ward off viruses, including the common cold and flu. So go lay outside naked on your private balcony or in your yard.

        5. It makes you face your fears head on.

        People cringe today when you mention the words “get naked.” They are so afraid of it—and today’s children are so ingrained with this—that they must wear layer upon layer to deal with their body image. However, when you are naked, you face your fears of body image and self-acceptance, experiencing some of the best moments of your life.

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        6. You will feel better in your clothes.

        When you do wear clothes (because not everyone has yet accepted being naked in public), you will start to choose clothing that accentuates the parts of your body that you love. You will begin to notice that maybe that muumuu does not flatter your beautiful curves and start wearing clothes that you love.

        7. You will embrace vulnerability.

        When you put yourself out there, it is a natural reaction to have fear and worry. However, this is an opportunity to embrace being vulnerable. It allows you to think and get down to the core of what really matters and what is of importance to you. When you strip away all of the excess, you are 100% you and willing to take on anything that comes your way.

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        8. You will show the world the real you.

        Today, we have many ways of altering our appearance from our true body image when we wear clothing. Some people alter their image so much that they fear getting naked with the person they love. It seems crazy that this could even happen; however, the rise in use of breast-enhancing bras and Spanx products has put this idea into people’s minds. This all goes back to being comfortable with your true body image. If a person really does love you, then they should not love you based upon your image. If they do, then you may even decide that the ever-so-uncomfortable leggings that go up above your waist to hold in all of the imperfections may not be worth it after all.

        9. You will have fun.

        Well, this could go in all sorts of directions. But when you are comfortable with your naked body and see it as being flattering, then life is more fun. You start realizing that you are beautiful and are willing to do more things that you probably would not have done otherwise—with and without your clothes on.

        10. You can have intercourse with the lights on.

        Many people are self-conscious about the way they look and decide that the less lighting the better when they are intimate with their partner. It’s nothing new. If you survey your best friends, you will probably come to this conclusion too. They may say that it even gets awkward, because they are more concerned with what their partner thinks of their body than just having and enjoying amazing intercourse. When you love the way you look naked, you will also want to have your partner see you at your best.

        What are you waiting for? Start spending more time in the buff today and begin to change the way you think about your body.

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