Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Refresh Yourself With a Ginger Tea Drink



You must be wondering what ginger tea has to do in a blog about diet, nurition and exercise tips for brides-to-be. Well, a whole lot really, and I will tell you why.

Recently, I went to a spa that specializes in Eastern remedies for skin rejuvenation. A lot of what they did was particularly refreshing, but that was only external remedies. At the end of the treatments, I was given a warm tea drink. I was already feeling very relaxed and rested, but drinking the tea made me feel cool, calm and energized.

I asked the attendant what the drink was - she told me it was the ginger tea. I had always thought that ginger tea would taste somewhat like the pungent way it smelled. But no! It tasted really good. I obtained the recipe for the ginger tea drink, which is at the end of the article.

It turns out that the ginger tea drink has nutritional value that aids in its ability to stimulate the circulatory system. The ginger tea drink also helps in bringing an increased flow of blood to the surface of the skin, which helps us attain a healthy and radiant glow on our faces. It also has many other health benefits from warding off colds to energizing your body.

How cool is that? A drink that not only makes you feel good, but that is actually also good for your health!

So instead of those high-priced energy drinks, I have switched to drinking ginger tea after my workouts. It has certainly made a difference since the ginger tea drink also boosts the energy levels, and this rise in energy levels has kept me motivated on maintaining my workout routine. I do not feel so fatigued by the end of the day that I would intentionally skip my trip to the gym.

I do not know if there is any research studies that have proven this or not, but I feel that my drinking ginger tea after my workouts have helped me lose weight and maintain it too.

Ginger Tea Drink Recipe

Ginger Root, sliced thinly
Honey to taste
Lemon to Taste

Place ginger slices into a pot with water, and bring to boil. Make sure that you brew it long enough for the ginger essence to seep into the water. Drain the ginger slices and pour the drink into a cup. Mix in some honey to taste. If you like a zesty taste, add lemon drops into the drink.

I prefer my drink without lemon, but it is up to individual tastes.

Enjoy :)

Note: You can brew the drink in advance, and place it in the refrigerator. That way instead of a hot ginger tea drink, you have an iced one!

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4 Comments:

Blogger Lynea said...

I purposely searched google to find if others have stumbled across this little secret. Yes, I believe that homemade ginger tea inadvertantly helped me to lose 6 lbs. in about 3 weeks, without working out. Although, I did work out a very tiny bit (10 min. or less a couple times) it was obviously not the cause of my weight loss. The reason I took the ginger tea was to help me with my joint inflammation. Lo and behold, I noticed that I became very suddenly --- how shall I put this politely --- more 'efficient' in my digestion since taking the ginger tea daily. My energy seemed also to increase, and the taste --- I became addicted to the stuff. I did not add honey, but rather kept it in a separate bottle, and added it to not from concentrate fruit juice. I used about a pound of ginger and one lemon to 4 cups of water, and boiled for 20 min. I will make some more tonight to last for the next 3 weeks. :)

August 25, 2009 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger Lynea said...

Sorry to comment to my comment, but I just found something in my research on ginger tea: it helps reduce your blood sugar! I am borderline diabetic, and that is probably why it was very effective with me. Wow! Not only does it help you lose weight, but it's good for you, too (if you don't have low blood sugar), and it's cheap. And please, drink it in moderation! I only had a little bit a few times a day (like 1-2 Tbs mixed with no-sugar-added juice) watered down. That was all it took. But I will say, I didn't notice a big different in the inflammation...lol!

August 25, 2009 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger squith said...

Ginger tea is commonly used as a remedy against colds. He is said to stimulate the immune system, relieve sore throat and treating flu crisis. It is also believed to improve digestion and help relieve nausea.

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Blogger naila said...

Excellent post I must say.. Simple but yet entertaining and engaging.. Keep up the awesome work!
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