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5 Signs Ginger Water Should Be Your Everyday Choice

5 Signs Ginger Water Should Be Your Everyday Choice

Ginger is one of the most powerful spices on the market today. Its health benefits and medicinal uses are endless, and we would do well to pay attention to the positive attributes that ginger can provide us. While we probably know ginger in the root form as something we add to certain food dishes, or maybe throw into a juice if we are feeling festive or a little run down, ginger actually comes in many forms, and we are really only seeing the tip of the iceberg.

Ginger is packed with nutrients and bioactive compounds that help relieve anything from digestive problems to motion sickness. The root can be consumed fresh, or it can be ground into powder; it can be juiced, dried, or turned into oil. It also can be consumed as a beverage: ginger water, which is made by boiling the ginger root down and then straining the remaining liquid. Here are five reasons and benefits of ginger water as part of your daily diet.

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1. You have digestive issues.

Ginger is a flowering plant from China, and the root of the stem is the part we use as a spice or ingredient (ginger root). Within ginger is a powerful ingredient called Gingerol, which has an enormous range of health benefits and medicinal purposes. Like its sister spices cardamom and turmeric, the ginger root has been used for centuries to aid with health problems, digestive issues, stomach problems, and just general ailments — the common cold being one we associate it with today (think ginger, honey, and lemon tea).

2. You have inflammatory problems.

Going back to Gingerol, this substance in ginger has high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Gingerol is the prominent bioactive ingredient in ginger, and is found in the natural oils of the root.

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So when we infuse these oils with our beverages, we are reaping the antioxidants often found in teas, but also the anti-inflammatory properties of Gingerol, which can lower our risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. By combining daily ginger water with things like probiotics and multivitamins, we can maintain a preventative level of good health.

3. You get respiratory infections from time to time.

Gingerol also fights infections. This active ingredient is known to protect against the growth of bacteria, namely infections of the mouth such as gingivitis, which is an overgrowth of plaque on your teeth and gums. But Gingerol also aids in fighting respiratory infections such as cold and flu. It is known to fight against the RSV virus (Human respiratory syncytial virus) which has connections with respiratory tract infections.

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4. You often suffer from nausea.

A remedy we might be familiar with is ginger’s ability to aid in nausea-related illnesses. With its somewhat spicy flavor, ginger can sometimes be deemed as harsh for the stomach, but this is a myth.

Do you recall being offered ginger beer when you’ve had a sore stomach? Well, that’s because ginger is a highly effective remedy for stomach-related sickness, including morning sickness, motion sickness — it even has long been used as a remedy for sea sickness. It can help relieve nausea after surgery, though if you are pregnant or seeking treatment, always consult your doctor before consuming hefty amounts.

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5. You suffer from pain.

If you suffer from any pain, ginger can’t hurt. With its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and its help with nausea and overall healthiness, consuming ginger on a regular basis is only going to benefit you. And while differing degrees of pain need different attention, ginger water can always aid the process of recovery, and can be an easily available, simple, and quick source of medicine.

Sometimes the oldest remedies are still the best remedies — and ginger has been used by human beings for thousands of years. So love yourself, trust in ginger, and always have some root handy for a brew!

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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