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12 Benefits of Ginger Tea You Probably Don’t Know

12 Benefits of Ginger Tea You Probably Don’t Know

Despite popular belief, ginger has more benefits than simply flavoring cookies that are shaped like little men. In fact, the spice is incredibly beneficial for your body and can help to alleviate a number of ailments. Read on to find out how a hot cup of ginger tea can start benefiting your life.

1. Stomach Discomfort and Nausea

Ginger tea has been utilized to settle upset stomachs for thousands of years. If you suffer from belly ache, morning sickness, or even motion sickness, a nice warm cup can help cure what ails you. If you’re prone to motion sickness, have a cup of ginger tea before going on a drive or flight.

2. Digestion

Ginger tea can also play a vital role in proper digestion, which indirectly improves food absorption and avoids stomach pain. This can also help prevent unnecessary burping, as well as improve your appetite by releasing gastric acids.

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3. Reduces Inflammation

Ginger acts as an anti-inflammatory, which means that, as a tea, it’s perfect for treating rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammation of the joints. It can also minimize swelling and puffiness within sore muscles and joints, and has natural pain relief characteristics.

4. Asthma

Drinking ginger tea is beneficial in the case of asthma. Ginger helps to loosen phlegm and expand the lungs, which in turn helps to recover from difficult breathing. As such, it’s incredibly beneficial in fighting asthma.

5. Blood Circulation

Drinking ginger tea can improve blood flow and prevent fever, chills, and excessive sweating. Ginger contains active compounds, such as amino acids and minerals, that aid in improved blood flow. In the long run, this may prevent cardiovascular diseases.

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6. Menstrual Pain

You don’t just have to ingest ginger tea in order to benefit from it. Strangely enough, it can be applied externally. If you’re suffering from menstrual pain, try placing a hot towel dipped in ginger tea on your uterine area. It will relax your muscles and give you some much needed relief, as well as provide a soothing effect on the area.

7.Stress Relief

The scent of ginger acts as a form of aromatherapy and is therefore incredibly relaxing. Drinking a cup of ginger tea can boost and improve your mood, as well as leave you feeling calm.

8. Immune Booster

Ginger contains antioxidants that help to improve the immune system. Drinking a cup of ginger tea everyday can help you stay generally healthy. In addition to reducing the risk of strokes, ginger can keep your heart in good shape by minimizing the fat around your arteries.

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9. Weight Loss

Ginger tea can aid in weight loss in several ways. Firstly, it can burn excess fat, and secondly, it can help you feel fuller for longer. As such, your intake of calories will be smaller and you can potentially shed unwanted weight.

10. Alzheimer’s Disease

Ginger tea reduces the potential loss of brain cells, as well as protects these cells for longer periods of time. As such, if you include more ginger in your daily diet you can stave off brain related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.

11. Fertility

Ginger tea has been proven to help male fertility, as well as the quality of the sperm. As an added bonus, it can also help treat erectile dysfunction as well as act as an aphrodisiac, if consumed on a daily basis.

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12. Cancer Prevention

Ginger has been proven to help treat particular cancers, particularly the ovarian variety. In fact, studies have shown that it can literally obliterate ovarian cancer cells. If that didn’t sound amazing enough, the cancerous cells actually end up attacking and killing themselves. This is possibly the best reason to start drinking ginger tea.

Featured photo credit: Ginger tea in a white cup on wooden background via shutterstock.com

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Tegan Jones

Tegan is a passionate journalist, writer and editor. She writes about lifestyle tips on Lifehack.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

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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