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How Ginger Can Make You Much More Energetic Every Day

How Ginger Can Make You Much More Energetic Every Day

If you feel tired or run-down from day to day — no matter how much rest you get — and want a natural pick-me-up that doesn’t involve a ton of caffeine, then you should consider adding more ginger to your diet!  This spice does more than add a great flavor to your food, it will also help boost energy levels safely and naturally.

Here’s how ginger can make you feel more energetic every day.

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You’ll Reduce Inflammation

Some of the many active ingredients in ginger are called gingerols, compounds which have been proven to have strong anti-inflammatory properties.  This can help reduce your chances of developing many chronic, fatigue-causing conditions like heart disease or cancer. It can also help with the joint pain and stiffness that comes with arthritis, another debilitating condition.

You’ll Lower Your Risk of Bacterial Infections

Infections are another source of fatigue — and ginger can help with that, too! The active compounds in ginger apparently have the ability to fight against infections caused by bacteria — and its use as an natural antibiotic goes back literally thousands of years.  Scientists are studying it now because of its lack of side effects, among it many other benefits.

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You’ll Fight Off Viral Infections More Easily, Too

Cold and flu season is here!  And these and other respiratory infections can be a total drain on your energy – and it can take weeks to get back to normal once you’ve become infected.  Daily doses of ginger can help, however.  Studies have shown ginger to be affective at fighting off the RSV virus, which causes many respiratory infections and the rhinovirus which is responsible for many colds.

You’ll Stabilize Your Blood Sugars

For diabetics or pre-diabetics, unstable blood sugar levels can be another major source of fatigue from one day to the next.  These can also lead to serious, long-term health problems if the situation is not corrected.  Ginger can also help with blood sugar problems.  In one study, people with Type 2 diabetes who took 2 grams of ginger daily showed a remarkable 12% drop in their fasting blood sugars and a 10% drop in their AIC’s, a measure over time of how well blood sugars are being controlled.

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You’ll Reduce Menstrual Pain

The tiredness and pain that go along with a menstrual period can also leave you feeling completely worn out.  However, compounds like curcumin that are present in ginger can help to relieve this problem. Research has shown that women who took 1 gram of ginger during their period reported this to be as effective as over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen.

You’ll Boost Your Mental Energy as Well

Physical tiredness is not the only problem people have from day to day – mental tiredness can be an issue, too.  If you feel mentally “foggy” or sluggish and have problems concentrating, remembering things and staying focused, ginger might be perfect for you.

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You’ll Have a Stronger Immune System

Apart from its antiviral and antibacterial properties, ginger is also a great general tonic to buck up your immune system and make it easier for your body to fight off illness and disease. Part of this is because of ginger’s strong antioxidant content.  It is a great source of powerful compounds like beta-carotene which reduce oxidative stress on the cells and even help to slow the aging process.

So if you want to take advantage of one of nature’s best pick-me-ups, then get more ginger into your diet! It can be drink as a tea, eat as crystallized ginger, or added as a powder to stir-fries, curries, smoothies and desserts, just to name a few.  Click here for some of the best ginger recipes around, and start feeling better today!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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