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

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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