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Amazing Benefits of Ginseng (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

Amazing Benefits of Ginseng (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

You may already have heard of ginseng, the key ingredient to countless performance-enhancing energy drinks. Yet, this mysterious perennial root has a lot more going for it…

Harvested across both East Asia and North America, traditional Chinese medicine emphasises its importance for balancing yin/yang energy. Amercian ginseng is said to help calm the body by promoting yin energy (female, negative, cold and shadow), whereas Asian ginseng energizes the body by promoting yang energy (male, positive, hot and sun).

Lesser known benefits of ginseng have been reported on a worldwide scale for hundreds of years. Let’s take a closer look at the most exciting claims, plus five revitalizing recipes for you to try out!

1. Improve Cognitive Function

The most exciting and widely reported claims involve brain-boosting qualities of ginseng. The strongest scientific support comes from a study conducted by the Medical School of Nantong University in China. It suggests that “ginseng appears to have some beneficial effects on cognition, behavior and quality of life.” Another supporting study, published in the Journal of Dairy Science, stated, “drinking 150 to 300 mL of this ginseng-enriched milk would provide the amount indicated to be effective for improving cognitive functions”.

2. Treating & Fighting Influenza

Regular ginseng consumption has been scientifically linked to the prevention and treatment of flu. If you suffer from this debilitating sickness, you should head straight to the recipes below! A report published by the International Journal of Molecular Medicine found reasonable grounds for ginseng helping to beat the flu.

3. Prevent Diabetes

This wonderful root has been linked to the prevention and treatment of diabetes by reducing the body’s insulin response. Studies have uncovered evidence of ginseng reducing blood-sugar levels, even preventing them from spiking. Korean red ginseng could be a highly beneficial supplement for Type II diabetics by reinforcing insulin and glucose regulation.

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4. Reduce Risk of Cancer

American ginseng is claimed to reduce the risk of cancer (particularly colorectal) when consumed regularly. At this stage, this claim is still largely anecdotal. The American Cancer Society officially stated, “Clinical trials are still needed to determine whether it is effective in people.” Yet, a couple of experimental Asian case studies have already linked regular consumption of the root to reduced chances of cancer.

5. Reducing & Treating Effects of ADHD

One of the most surprising benefits of ginseng is linked to treating ADHD. Many have claimed it alleviates ADHD symptoms in children and teenagers. Promising results have been documented in a Korean study studying the benefits of red ginseng. If there are more studies to prove the strong correlations between Ginseng and ADHD, this implication would be profound.

6. Improve Immune System Functions

Throughout life, our immune systems have periods of highs and lows. This is largely due to changes in lifestyle, location, and other external stimuli. Luckily, many experimental studies have shown that American ginseng can reinforce and bolster immune system effectiveness. So, if you fall ill often, or need a speedy recovery, ginseng could be a highly beneficial natural supplement for you.

7. Increase Mental & Physical Energy

The most publicized benefit of ginseng is its energy boosting ability. For years, it’s been used in energy drinks, supplements, herbal teas, and more. Millions have relied on ginseng to help boost their performance. A study conducted by the Mayo Clinic found the root was successful in relieving cancer patients of extreme fatigue. The scientific community is still somewhat divided on the energy boosting qualities, yet the strong social proof is hard to ignore. After all, many athletes have been successfully using it to gain the edge during intense competitions.

8. Lessen the Effects of Erectile Dysfunction

Men with erectile dysfunction usually suffer from unprecedented mental stress. Yet, erectile dysfunction should no longer be taken as an incurable problem now. According to a 2002 Korean study, 60% of men taking ginseng supplements regularly reported significant improvement in erectile dysfunction. Similarly, a British journal found that red ginseng is effective in treating erectile dysfunction. Ginseng is a promising natural remedy for frustrated men worldwide!

Add a pinch of fire and a healthy kick using these refreshing ginseng recipes

Chicken Ginseng Soup

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    This chicken soup uses ginseng tea, an exciting and healthy alternative to an absolute classic. Try adding your favorite vegetables to make your own version!

    Lemon-Ginger-Ginseng Tea

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      This extremely nutritional drink is a variation on a tea that has been consumed for hundreds, if not thousands of years. There is no better way to integrate the essential root into your daily life than this!

      Ginseng Infused Fire Cider

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        Perfect for cold and flu season, this tonic mixture contains a number of herbal essences and ciders to keep you warm, all season long.

        Ginseng & Pork Soup

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          Mouthwatering pork ribs delivered in a ginseng infused soup. Awaken taste buds, body, and mind with this delicious dish.

          Turmeric & Ginseng Healing Smoothie

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            When it comes to convenience, smoothies are king. This recipe contains plenty of nutrients, anti-inflammatories, and antioxidants to help reinforce your bodily healing.

            As you can see, ginseng is a joy to work into your diet. Use this unique fiery root to enhance flavors whilst fortifying both body and mind!

            Featured photo credit: tarapong srichaiyos via shutterstock.com

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            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.

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